Marina Matters

New Owners Do New Things At Flannagan!

Reprinted with Permission from The Dickenson Star Article and Photos by Jenay Tate, Editor and Publisher June 21, 2017 CLINTWOOD — In operation since 1964, the marina on Flannagan Lake turns another page in history as it welcomes the summer season under new ownership. On Friday, almost all of the 99 boat slips at Flannagan […]

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Music Trail Mix – Ralph Stanley Museum

Blue Ridge Outdoors - Dave Stallard Visits the Ralph Stanley Museum

Contributed by Dave Stallard – April 17, 2017 After leaving Charlottesville in 2004 and moving to the mountains of Southwest Virginia, I taught in a school located just miles from hallowed ground in the bluegrass world. Ralph Stanley, bluegrass icon and patriarch, was born and raised in Dickenson County. With his brother Carter, in The Stanley […]

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Music Trail Mix – Carter Family Fold

Blue Ridge Outdoors - Dave Stallard Interviews Granddaughter of AP Carter

Contributed by Dave Stallard, March 22, 2017 I have lived in the mountains of Southwest Virginia for thirteen years now. For much of that time, I have dabbled in both festival promotion and music writing, and a significant part of my focus in both has been on Appalachian folk music and bluegrass. So, you can imagine my shame […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 3

Grundy - A Real Southern "Gap Adventure"

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park I’ve been to Grundy several times since I’ve moved here, mostly to marvel at their three-floored Walmart, but I hadn’t realized there were so many things to do and see! I ran out of day in Buchanan County before I ran out of adventure. Here’s what I did […]

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Spring Break Adventures

We all need a break!

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park We all need a break from time to time from our busy lives. Spring Break has always been that annual answer, our week-long escape from responsibilities. The Heart of Appalachia has plenty of opportunities to fully enjoy your week off whether you want to hike up a mountain […]

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March Music Madness

At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music!

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music that ranges from nostalgic old time gospel to contemporary bluegrass. No matter where you go, you’ll get an earful of string instruments, unique voices, and the sound of people dancing. We’re listing five of many of […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 2

How about an excuse to enjoy some great coffee!!!

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park We can all agree the weather’s been a little wacky lately. One day, it feels like the perfect day of Spring and the next, you’re suddenly wondering if you somehow transported to Antarctica. I know everyone around here brags about how you actually experience all four seasons in […]

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Cozy Cabins That’ll Make Your Valentine’s Unforgettable

With Valentine's Day only days away, it only makes sense to lock in those getaways now.

Article written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park Now whether this getaway is something romantic and shared with a loved one or simply a perfectly timed hide out from all the romance and chocolate is up to you. Regardless, we’re going to give you five amazing cabins that’ll make your weekend full of fun and […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 1

Cupcakes, Giraffes & Stone Mountains

Article Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park We’re starting off 2017 by adding a new string of blogs called “A Day with Shay!” If the title is any indication, my name is Shay and this series is my own personal introduction to the Heart of Appalachia. While the natives of southwestern Virginia know all the […]

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Hikes To End Your Year With Chills and Thrills!

Taking a hike is a great way to end the year...

Article Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park Taking a hike in the winter is not a thought that crosses everyone’s mind. It’s chilly, and most people would much rather spend their afternoon curled up watching holiday movies in a warm house. However, taking a hike is a great way to end the year! You’ll […]

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