DUGSPUR, VA—Wine, cider, mead and cheeses will be offered up during the Mountain Road Wine Experience’s “Wined and Cheese Tour” on June 18 through 19. The Mountain Road Wine Experience is comprised of six wineries in southwest Virginia. The trail has the distinction of being the only trail in Virginia that produces wine, hard cider and mead (wine made from honey). The wineries will each have different cheeses, toppings and breads to pair with their individual wine, cider or mead. Since over 30 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway is covered by the wine trail, you can enjoy much of Virginia’s scenery along with cooler weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The wineries include:
- AmRhein Wine Cellars in Bent Mountain
- Attimo Winery in Christiansburg, Va.
- Villa Appalaccia Winery and Chateau Morrisette Winery, both near the town of Floyd.
- Blacksnake Meadery and Foggy Ridge Cider near Dugspur, Va.
The “Wined and Cheese Tour” is from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at any of the six wineries. Tickets cover both Saturday and Sunday. The Mountain Road Wine Experience hosts two special tasting tours per year. The first is the second weekend of June, followed by another the second weekend of September.
For more information, visit online at www.mountainroadwineexperience.com.
If you are a Birding and Wildlife enthusiast then you will enjoy the 1,087 acres contained within the Stewarts Creek Wildlife Management Area. It is best known among locals for its high quality trout fishing. This wildlife management area is located along the Blue Ridge Mountains and includes both the North and South forks of Stewarts Creek. You will find hiking trails throughout this area which provides the ideal setting for nature lovers. This is also an excellent area to spy a diversity of wildlife, including animals such as wild turkey, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, gray squirrel and even the elusive red fox. Stewarts Creek is open sunrise to sundown and admission free.
Since 1965 Rooftop of Virginia was formed along with its goal of helping low-income citizens from Carroll, Grayson and the City of Galax. Rooftop continues the fight against poverty by helping people develop different skills or by promoting those skills each citizen has. Rooftop is divided into several departments, each of them focused in different tasks. Rooftop Crafts offers everything from arts and crafts to emergency home repair, rental assistance and some other special projects concerning the Earned Income Tax Credit program and the Virginia Individual Development Account program. Rooftop also organizes Fundraising events such as the Nightmare Mansion, music events and much more.
History? Yes, please! The Hale-Wilkinson Carter Home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Hillsville Historic District. The home was originally constructed in 1845, but was extensively modified in 1924. The building is currently undergoing renovation, but frequently accommodates social events. The home specializes in weddings, luncheons and other meetings of the sort. Tours are available. The home is open from 1pm to 4pm daily.
Peaceful, relaxing, tranquil; these are all words that describe the Beaver Dam Creek Walking Trail in Carroll County, Virginia. The trail is situated along a creek embankment with views of open fields opposite the creek. The trail also has an abundance of wildlife and plant life and the diversity helped get the trail listed in the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail System. Beaver Dam Creek Walking Trail is open everyday from 8 am to 8 pm. The trail is made for walking, which makes it appropriate for all ages. Bring your family and have a great adventure this spring! For directions, visit the website.
Washing D.C. is not the only city with historic monuments. In Carroll County, Virginia, the Confederate Monument stands 21 feet tall and is made of zinc. This monument was unveiled on July 4, 1907 and has been in Carroll County ever since. It is located on the lawn of the Carroll Courthouse, although it originally stood in the middle of Main Street. With so much rich history, how could you not visit Carroll County? For contact information, visit the website.
Applewood Music Park is an indoor concert facility that hosts live music every weekend. Admission is $6.00 unless otherwise noted. Applewood Music Park has hosted acts such as Stan Bobbitt and Friends, White Top Mountain Band, and New Ballard Branch Boggtrotters. For more information regarding the Applewood Music Park, visit their website.