A little “peace” of heaven just off the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Merry Christmas, from Pilot’s Perch

Upper Pond - Winter

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Born thy people to deliver
born a child and yet a King
born to reign in us forever
now thy gracious kingdom bring

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention

Galax Fiddlers Convention Stage

Every year old-time and bluegrass musicians travel from all over the world to Galax, VA to compete in the Old Fiddler’s Convention. Galax has hosted this granddaddy of the fiddler’s conventions nearly every year since 1935. Folks flock to Felts Park in Galax to play or simply enjoy great old-time mountain music. The 2023 convention, … Read more

Mayberry Days

Mayberry Courthouse

Mayberry Days is a festival celebrating small town America as depicted on the Andy Griffith Show. It’s an annual celebration held annually the last weekend of September. This year’s festival will be held in Mt. Airy, NC from September 18-24, 2023. There’s lots to take in for fans of the show, with the activity centering in … Read more


Banjo Picker

NOTE: The Galax Volunteer Fire Department has announced that the 2023 HoustonFest would be the last one. It will no longer be held. Every year the city of Galax hosts HoustonFest, a festival of song and service in honor of Galax firefighter Houston Caldwell, who died in a car crash on April 30, 2010. About … Read more

Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention

Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention Silhouette

The Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention, officially known as the Blue Grass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, brings together musicians and fans for two full days of competition, jam sessions, dancing, singing, education, and family entertainment. This popular festival, established in 1972, is dedicated to old-time and bluegrass music, as well as dance. The Fiddlers Convention features … Read more

Best of Fancy Gap and the Surrounding Area

Fancy Gap Welcome Sign-600x300

Please enjoy our “best of” list for Fancy Gap and the surrounding area. You’ll find great food, great things to do outdoors and great destinations for wine and spirits. And if you’re looking for a place to stay, we might be biased, but we think the best accommodations in Fancy Gap are Pilot’s Perch Cabins. … Read more

Fancy Gap Weather Tips

Fancy Gap Cabin During a Snow Storm

Looking for good sources of information for Fancy Gap weather? Here are some tips for getting weather information for Fancy Gap and other parts of SW VA. Southwest Virginia Weather Blog From major snow storms to flash flooding to wind-storms such as the bizarre derecho and the occasional tornado, Southwest Virginia can present some unusual weather … Read more