Phyllis Speidell

The pioneering NASCAR driver didn't make the hall of fame till long after his death. Read more


I love ghost stories. My partner, photographer John Sheally, knows any mention of a spectral sighting signals that he should settle in and get comfy – we’re staying for the full story. Read more

Word & Image

Donna Fargo

John H. Sheally II

Mt. Airy, N.C.’s “other star,” country singer and author Donna Fargo, has overcome lots of adversity since her 1972 chart-topping hit, and still approaches every day with a smile. Read more


After a long day researching vineyards, we were ready to relax over dinner. On the recommendation of the owners of Rag Apple Lassie Vineyard we set "Helga" (our GPS) for Sanders Ridge Vineyard in Boonville, and its new Big Woods Restaurant. Read more

, Word & Image

Glittering fireflies, so many we weren’t sure at first what they were, sparked a magical light show in the Blue Ridge mountain night. And all ours to view from the back deck of the Glade Valley Bed and Breakfast. Read more


Like others who travel Virginia’s highways and byways on business, I often wonder what great little stories lay just off the four lane. What’s there waiting for me to explore? Read more

Book Reviews

The sound of a train whistle, the company of the inn’s dogs and WiFi are all part of the Riverbend experience. Read more

Where to Stay

As snow clouds gather over the Blue Ridge, we pull up a winding drive to an Edwardian mansion.A resident house cat (one of three) escorts us up the stone steps to the front door and our host Tom Conkey. Read more

Where to Stay