Sweet sound of traditional Appalachian music rings from the mountains, as the smell of homemade bread and wild game fills the evening air.

Traditions are valued and preserved in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Blue Ridge Parkway winds her way through most towns and offers visitor a chance to see everyday life and culture of the area on display at Blue Ridge Institute & Museum. Annual events such as the Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax and the Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, the birthplace of country music as well as the many Brew Festivals are a must. There is no shortage of wineries in the region. These mountains are filled with talented artists and craftsmen, and a stop at Heartwood is a must to get a glimpse of the culture or take home a one of a kind handmade treasure.

Blue Ridge Mountains