Lazy Southern Summer Sundays at Chateau Morrisette

lazysummerdaysThe spring and summer months are a great time to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway’s overlooks and breath-taking views are experiences unto themselves. One of the most entertaining overlooks can be found at milepost 171.5. Just off the Parkway, Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant offers great wines, food, special events, festivals and a spectacular view of the valley below.

Imagine a beautiful summer day, sitting on the terrace at 3500 feet above sea level, while taking in the view and indulging in a glass of wine and some deliciously prepared southern cuisine. This could be your reality any Wednesday through Sunday throughout the summer! Now take that one step further and imagine it’s a Sunday. Now you can enjoy Chateau’s renowned Sunday Brunch Buffet. Sunday Brunch begins April 20th and is offered every Sunday through October. Guests choose from over twenty items for the main plate and then another twenty items for the dessert course. Dave, a reviewer on Open Table, attests to the Chateau Morrisette Restaurant as being an enjoyable meal in a truly beautiful setting Kay S. from Eden, NC writes on TripAdvisor, each entree presentation is a feast for both eyes and palate. Sunday brunch is a Blue Ridge Parkway experience to savor.

Also available on Sundays at Chateau Morrisette is Sunday Sounds. Each Sunday from June through October, there is an artist who plays on the courtyard outside the Chateau Morrisette Winery. It is completely free for everyone and snack food and wine are both available for purchase. Want to pack a picnic? Bring it to Chateau Morrisette and spend some time in one of our gazebos and listen to the music. First come, first served and please, no outside alcohol during your visit. Sunday Sounds presents a different artist each week and each artist brings a different genre to the courtyard; the music ranges from jazz to bluegrass so there is something for

The Sunday of August 10th not only offers music and wine, but beer and bratwursts as well. Weeping Radish Brewery which hails from the Outer Banks, North Carolina comes to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains and brings along their delicious bratwursts and craft beer. It;s the Sunday following our Black Dog Summer Music Festival, so it makes for the perfect action-packed weekend. Between the beer and the wine, the brats and the brunch, and the Black Dog Festival and Sunday Sounds, there is something for everyone, no matter the preference.

Sundays are not the only day for fun at Chateau Morrisette. Summertime brings The Black Dog Music Festivals. These festivals are held on a beautifully landscaped field adjacent to the winery. Guests enjoy expansive views of Buffalo Mountain and the surrounding countryside. The day is filled with notable bands performing lively music, wine tastings from a number of different Virginia wineries, craft beers, and a variety of festival foods. Festival goers do not have to stay on the festival field because there are shuttles to and from the winery running all day, so guests have the opportunity to visit the winery, tasting room and restaurant too.

There are four Black Dog Music Festivals: Rhythm and Vine on July 5th with headliner Paul Thorn Band and opening performance by Alternate Routes. Next comes The Black Dog Summer Music Festival on August 9th featuring newgrass band Railroad Earth. September 13th brings The Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival featuring not only a music festival, but also some of the best Kansas City style BBQ around. Competitors come from all over the region to compete for best barbecue. Mountain Heart headlines the festival and The Greencards are back to open the show. And finally, Beach Music fans come out in droves for The Black Dog Beach Music Festival on October 11th where The Catalinas and The Embers will keep fans dancing all day long. Every festival features wonderful artists and artisans who bring the most unique handmade works to show and sell, making it a rewarding shopping experience too. The festivals are laid back, relaxed, and just an all around perfect outing. So bring your lawn chairs, your sunscreen, and your dancing shoes and have a good time. Oh, and by the way, your well-behaved canine companions are admitted for free!

Everyone has a weekend available once in a while, so there is no need to miss out on any of the fun! Sundays at Chateau Morrisette are enjoyable, relaxing opportunities to share with your friends and family. Time spent in the mountains, especially along the Blue Ridge Parkway, is always time well spent. Enjoy the summer mountain breezes, the majestic beauty, the laid-back, unhurried pace, along with some good wine, food, and song. There’s no better way to rejuvenate the spirit. Welcome to Floyd.

Written By:
Ashley Adams

16 Hands Fall Tour in Floyd Virginia

November 23-25, Friday & Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fall Tour: Stacy Snyder will not be showing in the upcoming tour. She will re-join us in the spring.  David Crane will be exhibiting this fall at the studio of Rick Hensley and Donna Polseno.

Spring Tour: Join me to welcome Agnes Seebass at the 16 Hands Spring Studio Tour. Agnes will be showing her collection at Granatelli Pottery studio once again this fall. Agnes has been creating jewelry for over twenty years. All of her work is handcrafted and includes small series as well as one-of-a-kind pieces. Ever since Agnes began working with metal, mostly silver, she has been fascinated by its possibilities. She never stops discovering new ways to transform her ideas into silver. Agnes’ designs are a mixture of her German heritage and the Mexican culture she lives in. Forms from nature are an inspiration combined with a love of simple geometric shapes and precise craftsmanship.
About the Tour

In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains there is an enclave of craftsmen who have solidified deep friendships as well as a network of creative, technical, and professional support over the past 25 years. Drawn to the area by it’s beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers and a way of life.

From the beginning they shared many common goals and apprehensions, offering each other feedback, assistance and courage. In the fall of 1998 this commonality blossomed into a formalized association called 16 Hands. They recognized a shared desire to deepen the relationship with the people who appreciate their work by inviting them into their studios.

Over the years many of them attempted this in individual ways, hosting sales independent of one another and on different dates. It became apparent that by joining resources they could offer a broader more enjoyable experience to a greater number of people by creating a tour of all the studios on the same weekend.

So, the 16 Hands Studio Tours came about, offered twice yearly: the fourth weekend in November and the first weekend in May.In the spring of 2000, each craftsmen opened their doors to welcome visitors year round. If you are interested in viewing their work, other than at tour time, e-mail us for a brochure about studio hours and other details.

Spring Rabies Clinic Sponsored by the Floyd County Humane Society

Various locations and times around Floyd County – including at the 1st Bark for Life
$12 per animal 9:30 am – noon at Bark for Life – (see above)

April 21st Bark for Life at United Methodist Church on 417 E. Main St., Floyd Virginia

Rabies Clinic: 9:30 am – noon at Bark for Life – 10 am – 2:00 pm at Willis Village Mart 221 S. in Willis

Note: To get 3-year rabies vaccine, pet owners must bring current certificate. All dogs must be on a leash & cats must be in a carrier – not loose

For questions, contact 745-7207 or

Bark for Life  8-noon
Location: Floyd United Methodist Church
401 E. Main St., Floyd

April 28th & 29th

PetEx in Roanoke – Join Floyd County Humane Society & others at the 2nd Annual PetEx at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Hours are: Sat. April 28th 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday April 29th from 11am to 5 pm – More details visit

Sat. May 5th

Pet Adoption Day at Petsmart in Christiansburg.  Exact times will be posted on by mid-April. For questions, contact 745-7207 or

Sat. May 12th 1-4 pm

Bowl for a Cause to benefit Barn Cat Buddies.
Location: AMF Hilltop Lanes
5918 Williamson Rd, Roanoke

Sat. May 19th 10-3

Stand-Up for Strays to benefit the Floyd County Humane Society
Location: Floyd United Methodist Church
401 E. Main Street in Floyd
Blessing of the Animals by Pastor Rhonda Hobbs, Flyball demonstration by New River Rapids Flyball team, Music, Face Painting, Pet for adoptions, Yard sale, crafts, food, & more… For questions contact 745-7207 or

Sat. August 25, 2012 7 pm – until…

The Floyd Co. Humane Society presents a “Pause for the Paws Cause” to benefit our fury friends on Saturday, August 25th from 7-until at the Great Oaks Country Club on Hwy 221 N. in Floyd.  Enjoy wine from Villa Appalachia, great food and music, silent auction of goods and services and a live fine arts auction.  $25 per person.  Need more details, call Diane at 540-745-3667.

Sun. Sept. 9th 11 am – 41 pm

Pet Adoption Day at Chateau Morrisette – Join Floyd County Humane Society & others at Chateau Morrisette – Great  fun for the whole family – Pets for adoption, crafters, and music.

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 171.5, 287 Winery Rd., Floyd, VA
More details will be provided by late August

Sat. Sept 15th –

Pet Adoption Day at Petsmart in Christiansburg. Exact times will be posted on by early Sept.

September 29th

Fall Rabies Clinic
Various locations and times around Floyd County
More details will be provided by mid-September.

Note: To get 3-year rabies vaccine, pet owners must bring current certificate. All dogs must be on a leash & cats must be in a carrier – not loose

Sat. Nov. 3rd – Pet Adoption Day at Petsmart in Christiansburg.  Exact times will be posted on by late Oct.