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Enjoy the Lullaby of Heritage Music at a Bed and Breakfast

Apr 22, 2008
History buffs glory in the architecture, ambiance and stories found in many bed and breakfasts, but why not take your trip to past a step further and enjoy a unique musical experience. Many cities and towns celebrate their history through music festivals and concerts. Whether it be the storytelling charms of folk music or the spiritual revival of a gospel sing, you'll soak up history while dancing or singing along. Add to that a stay at a cozy bed and breakfast, where hospitality and relaxation are the order of the day, you may be disinclined to rejoin the fast-paced modern world. Let the following destinations inspire your next getaway.

Make Musical Memories in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle

A scenic two-hour drive takes you from the sites of Washington, D.C. to Shepherdstown, W.V. This picturesque hamlet is the state's oldest town and the historic Thomas Shepherd Inn is perfect and romantic spot from which to enjoy the town's unique musical offerings. Each week, musicians gather at a local general store and perform traditional mountain music. Dances and a variety of concerts are held each month. An annual dulcimer festival and theater productions are other popular, tuneful options.

Savor North Carolina's Musical Heritage

An Arts & Crafts style National Historic Register treasure in Asheville, NC, the 1900 Inn on Montford brings the music to their guests so that they never have to leave the elegant surroundings. Local musicians with banjos, guitars, and harmonica play on the expansive porch every Thursday and Saturday night during the evening social hour. The town of Asheville provides diversions with shopping for locally-made fine crafts and art, fine and casual dining, and of course, the Biltmore Estate, only two miles away. The Inn is furnished luxuriously with King beds, fireplaces, and whirlpools.

Celebration of Southern Music in the Smoky Mountains

If you're a music lover, the Great Smoky Mountains might just be a perfect place for your next vacation. Guests at the local Hilton's Bluff Inn enjoy cozy, country rooms with quilt-topped beds, a tranquil woodsy setting, and close access to all that nearby Pigeon Forge has to offer. Concerts at the Smith Family Theater feature everything from bluegrass to the golden oldies of rock and roll. Dollywood is another musical Mecca offering a variety of performances ranging from local heritage music to Southern gospel, as well as a variety of festivals throughout the year.

West Virginia Festival Features Heritage Music

Guests at The Ponderosa Lodge are just a few miles from a myriad of mountain music and local crafts. The Tamarack Arts Center offers live music at its Governor Hulett C. Smith Theater as well as music festivals, workshops and plenty of unique shopping. The Lodge also is near to Camp Washington-Carver, home to the famous Appalachian String Band Festival, one of the largest heritage music venues in the country. Back at the inn, you'll find gleaming wood floors topped with braided rugs, quilt-topped beds, scenic grounds with walking trails and nights filled with starry skies.

Music and Theater in Granbury, North Texas

The tradition of bluegrass music is celebrated throughout North Texas and the American Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Granbury is a perfect location from which to enjoy it all. Romantic decor, whirlpool tubs, antiques, and a wrap-around porch will put that spark of romance into your vacation and the local music venues will have you dancing and singing. Each spring, a variety of country and bluegrass artists perform at the popular Brazos River Music Fest. Granbury Live offers a variety of live music. In nearby Glen Rose, bluegrass concerts are held at local parks.
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Jane Leisteiner enjoys B&Bs and traveling. For even more information on Texas bed and breakfast inns or Tennessee Bed and Breakfasts visit the American Historic Inns website and discover 19,000 B&B inns.
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