Originally posted on TimberHomeNation.com on January 7, 2011.
A few months ago, while on a short trip to the Roanoke Valley in southwestern Virginia, I took the opportunity to visit Chateau Morrisette Winery, located in Floyd, Virginia, between mile markers 171 and 172 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I knew this well-respected establishment at least included a timber-frame structure in its operations; what I didn’t realize was that the winery’s entire production facility and hospitality center were housed in one of the largest salvaged timber-frame structures in the United States. Continue reading
Originially published on TimberHomeNation.com on March 16, 2010.
Last night, I went to an Altan concert at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in nearby Vienna, Virginia. The concert was phenomenal — Altan is the world’s preeminent traditional Irish music group, and between Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s pure soprano and the entire band’s incredible talents on the fiddle, guitar, accordion and bouzouki, it was one of those rare experiences where the music seems to become much more than the sum of each of the players’ individual contributions.
I was expecting a great show, and I got that in spades, but I was pleasantly surprised with the venue where the concert was held. Wolf Trap has a great outdoor amphitheater for summer shows, but for year-round events, it has The Barns.
Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts