• Off the Beaten Path

    Off the Beaten Path — Artist Home Studio Tour

    Mountain View and the surrounding areas are not just an Off the Beaten Path destination for great music. Many talented artists reside in the communities and towns in Stone County. The mountain atmosphere and the outlying locations give these amazing artists the solitude and serenity to fuel their creativity.

    This coming weekend on September 18th, 19th, and 20th, people from all around the state and outward will venture into Stone County to for this aptly named Off the Beaten Path studio tour. A typical studio tour is a short walk down a crowded street to each urban studio. What makes this studio tour unique is that the studios are actually in the artist’s homes.

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  • Not Your Typical Mountain View Music

    Not Your Typical Mountain View Music

    Live folk music is considered your typical Mountain View music fare. Many talented musicians, young and old, develop their talents in keeping these folk traditions alive. However, many of these same musicians have a thirst for more. In a previous blog post 5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Mountain View, I touched on a couple of groups that are bringing some great American traditional music to Mountain View, such as Syllamo Trio and Hwy 9 South.

    If you “dare” to venture away from the Pickin’ Park into some of the local establishments you’ll hear Mississippi Delta Blues, classic and modern country, classic rock, and even ukulele blues.

    Really. Ukulele blues. Just wait….

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  • Game of Thrones (and other decor updates)

    Game of Thrones (and other décor updates)

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    Choosing a toilet is like sifting through the characters in Game of Thrones. (There are many metaphors you can make here, choose your own). As a new innkeeper, I knew that I would have to replace one eventually. While this thought occurred from time to time, it wasn’t something that I thought would be a dramatic event.

    Boy, was I wrong.

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  • Grandpa Jones Weekend

    Grandpa Jones Weekend

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    Grandpa Jones was a banjo-picking icon on the show Hee Haw for many years. His claw-hammer style of playing was reminiscent of mountain folk music. One of his most love songs was “Mountain Dew“. He was not only loved just for his banjo playing and his unique one foot stepping to keep the beat. His humor and good nature endeared a generation of Hee Haw watchers and mountain music lovers.

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  • 5 Things I Bet You DIDN’T Know About Mountain View, Arkansas

    5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Mountain View

    Mountain View may a small town off the beaten path. But there is so much to do for people of all ages. Referred to as the Folk Music Capital of the World, some people have the impression that only older generations can enjoy what Mountain View has to offer.

    But that is oh so not true.

    Here are 5 things that I discovered about Mountain View that blew my mind.

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  • Into the Next Generation

    Into the Next Generation

    We had another wonderful week at the Wildflower. Several of the best hammered dulcimer players in the country came to the Ozark Folk Center for the hammered dulcimer workshop. I have always loved this instrument, so I bought a Masterworks dulcimer from the McSpadden Dulcimer shop here in Mountain View and signed up for the workshop. My instructor Joe Jewell has played the hammered dulcimer around the world, recording many albums of Celtic style music. Everyone at the Ozark Folk Center is amazingly helpful and friendly and the workshop was a blast.

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  • Old Friends and New Friends — and Dulcimers!

    An Amazing Dulcimer Week with Old Friends and New Friends

    Last week was an amazing week. We started the week busy, then just filled up from there!

    Pete and Edna were here celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! Congratulations to this amazingly awesome couple. Shelley and I are honored they chose our little inn to spend their anniversary. We sure enjoyed their company and hope to have them back again soon.

    Several guests came in for the Mountain Dulcimer workshop at the Ozark Folk Center. Joe is one of our favorite and frequent guests and a Mountain Dulcimer player. It was a delight seeing him and his family come to attend the workshop.

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  • The First Remodel

    Making it ours–First Remodel

    Even though we liked our bed and breakfast the way it was, we knew we wanted to make some changes. Instead of doing some things slowly, we decided to jump in feet first!

    First impressions are very important. We wanted our guests to be impressed as soon as they walked in the front door. We also wanted to move the check-in area to the parlor so the front area would have tables for dining. After giving it some serious thought, we decided that remodeling the parlor, dining room, and the front check in area would best be done before we get fully moved in. What we didn’t expect was how hectic all this would become as we had to organize and coordinate painters and the flooring guy along with getting our things moved in and unpacked then welcoming our guests.

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  • First Weekend at the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast

    Our First Weekend as Innkeepers at the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast

    When Shelley and I talked about buying the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast, we had a dream that consisted of great guests, great music, and all around great fun. So here we are, in the real situation. Our first big weekend with an almost full house. We survived our first weekend as innkeepers. As far as first weekends go, I believe we could not have asked for better.  We still had a few hiccups, though…

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