Monthly Archives: June 2012

Breakfast on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Welcome to MY SWVA and one of my favorite activities. I love to wake up on Saturday morning and go have breakfast in a unique diner where home cooking is served. Those of you who know me,  know that I … Continue reading

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Red, White & Blue Ridge Parkway

Welcome to MY SWVA and a few of my favorite things that I have found on my 22 year journey of learning the tourism treasures in this mountain area of Virginia.  My favorite scenic drive is the portion of the … Continue reading

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Heartwood is a LEED-er!

On behalf of the Southwest Virginia chapter, Nick Safay presented the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification to Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in a ceremony there today. Accepting the award were People, … Continue reading

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4th of July Travel Tips

JD and I are getting ready to head to Maine for the 4th, a journey that will take us fairly close to the northern terminus of Interstate 81. As we prepare for our adventure, I’m reminded of the hidden treasures … Continue reading

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Foraging About Laughing Water Farm in Marion

Drawn primarily to the notion of foraging the mountains of Appalachia for lavender, chamomile, various and sundry greens, and culinary ‘shrooms, I found myself welcomed into the inner-circle of Antoinette Goodrich, the soft-spoken and gracious, bespectacled and silver-haired owner of … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Honeybee

Four or 5 years ago, I started hearing about the mysterious disappearance and rapid decline of honeybees from our environment, a phenomenon I have since come to know as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Wanting to know more, I watched a … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s Celebrating 25 Years in Downtown Blacksburg?

Stepping into ‘Round the Mountain trail site, Matrix Gallery, on a dreary afternoon that might best be described as a mix of drizzle and gust with a touch of grey, the forecast immediately brightens as shop owner, Lana Jaurez, ushers … Continue reading

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