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Where to Go, What to Do Along Virginia's Crooked Road

Sunday, October 4, 2009

DRIVE TIME

11 hours over 3 days

COST

TOTAL $540

Transportation: $95 | Lodging: $370 | Meals: $75

GETTING THERE

The easternmost stop on the Crooked Road, Rocky Mount, Va., is about 270 miles from the Beltway. Take Interstate 66 west to I-81 south. Merge onto US-220 south at Exit 143. Follow 220 to Rocky Mount.

WHERE TO STAY

Miracle Farm Bed and Breakfast Spa & Resort, 179 Ida Rose Lane, Floyd, 540-789-2214, http://www.miraclefarmbnb.com. Full vegetarian breakfast with farm-grown ingredients brought to your door. Pet-friendly. Cottages with kitchenette start at $115.

New River Lodging, 307 Stockyard Rd., Galax, 276-236-4022, http://www.newrivertrailcabins.com. Adorable cabins (with names like Chance for Romance) stocked with jacuzzis, gas log fireplaces and gas grills. Rates start at $130 on weekends.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Over the Moon Gallery & Cafe, 227 N. Locust St., Floyd, 540-745-4366, http://www.harvestmoonfoods.com/gallery.htm. Wraps and sandwiches from $7.25. Live music Friday to Sunday.

Oddfella's Cantina, 110A N. Locust St., Floyd, 540-745-3463, http://www.oddfellascantina.com. Local and organic food, including "Appalachian Latino" tortilla wraps starting at $8. Live music most nights and some days. Reservations suggested on weekends.

Stringbean Coffee Shop & Shamrock Tea Room, 215 S. Main St., Galax, 276-236-0567, http://www.stringbeancoffeeshop.com. Good coffee and basics for cheap: $2 hot dog and $5.60 BLT. Jam sessions Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and live music Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Harvest Table Restaurant, Meadowview Town Square, Meadowview, 276-944-5142, http://www.meadowviewfarmersguild.com. Farm to fork at its finest. Lunch entrees start at $7; dinner $11.

WHAT TO DO

State Line Grocery Jam Session, Patrick County, 276-694-6377, Session starts at 7 p.m.

Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., Floyd, 540-745-4563, http://www.floydcountrystore.com. Friday Night Jamboree features three bands, starting at 6:30 p.m., $4. Sunday Bluegrass/Mountain Music Jam at 2 p.m., free.

Blue Ridge Backroads Show, Live at the Rex Theater, 113 E. Grayson St., Galax, 276-238-8130, http://www.rextheatergalax.com. Fridays at 8 p.m., broadcast live on WBRF(98.1 FM). Admission is free, but donations are requested.

Leaf & String, 401 S. Main St., Galax, 276-236-7702, http://www.edmondsguitars.com, http://www.leafandstring.com. Visit luthier Jimmy Edmunds's workshop and wife Debbie's garden shop. Test instruments, and if you're lucky, catch an impromptu jam in the store.

Carter Family Fold, AP Carter Highway, Hiltons, 276-386-6054, http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Family-oriented acoustic-only music shows (and Appalachian-style dancing) Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://www.crookedroad.org

-- M.D.G.K.

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