DETAILS: Carroll County, Va.
GETTING THERE: Carroll County, Va., is about five hours from the Capital Beltway. Take Interstate 66 west to I-81 south about 220 miles to Exit 81 and I-77 south. Take I-77 17 miles to Exit 14 for U.S. 58/221 north and Hillsville. (For directions through Indian Valley, enter "Dugspur, Va." as your destination in Google Maps, skip the last turn and when you get to 221, turn right to Hillsville or left to Floyd.)
WHERE TO STAY: The Inn and Cottages at Orchard Gap (4549 Lightning Ridge Rd., Fancy Gap, 276-398-3206, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: In Hillsville, the Hardware Co. (276-728-2658), open daily, adds local flavor to its casual pub atmosphere; the Court Street Coffee Co. (276-730-9948) and the Hillsville Diner (276-728-7681) are closed on Sundays. Finer dining experiences can be had just outside Galax at Bogeys (276-236-0060), on the Olde Mill golf resort campus in Laurel Fork at Niblicks (800-753-5005, http:/
WHAT TO DO: For links to most outdoor activities and attractions in the county, the Carroll County Tourism site is a good start (see below). The Floyd and Galax Web sites below also contain everything you need to know about upcoming music-related events and festivals; for the record, however, this year's Galax Leaf & String Festival is June 13-15 and its Old Fiddler's Convention is Aug. 4-9, and Floyd's way-beyond-mountain-music Floydfest is July 24-28.
INFORMATION: Carroll County Tourism (276-730-3100, http:/