The Floyd based Jacksonville Center for the Arts is partnering with the Floyd Virginia Lodging Association to create a new vacation program entitled ArtFull Escapes. The programs main purpose is to increase tourism to Floyd County from the surrounding region during the weekdays. It evolved from brainstorming sessions on how to increase participation in classes at The Jax by out of town visitors and has been in the works for more than a year.
“The Floyd Lodging Association is excited to partner with the Jacksonville Center for the Arts with a new package showcasing the unique classes and lodging that the two organizations can provide for people visiting the area,” said Derek Wall, Manager of Hotel Floyd. “Visitors interested in the arts should take advantage of this opportunity for a hands on experience and a unique lodging destination offering anything from small cabins and B&B’s to larger inns/hotels with local art and furniture . . . Floyd has it all!”
ArtFull Escapes is geared toward a group of four people. These people could be friends, family or co-workers, who are interested in a creative group learning experience in beautiful rural southwest Virginia. The program is comprised of a one or two day class at The Jax chosen by the group, a lodging voucher that can be used at participating Floyd County lodging establishments, coupons and discounts to various local shops and eateries, and a gift certificate to a wine tasting at Chateau Morrisette.
Classes that may be taken are part of The Jax’s OnDemand class offerings and are all taught by local instructors Class choices include: Felted Scarves, Hot Glass Beads, Stained Glass, Ceramic Sculpture, Wood Turning, Blacksmithing, Shibori (Japanese Tie-Dye), Papermaking, Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel, and Polymer Clay.
Participating lodging establishments are Ambrosia B&B, Beaver Glen B&B, Bella La Vita Inn, Blue Ridge Real Estate, Hotel Floyd, Inn The Hollow, Mountain Rose Inn, Mountain Song Inn B&B, Tuggles Gap Restaurant and Motel, Oak Haven Lodge, Stoney Meadow Inn B&B, The Room Upstairs at Bell Gallery, and Woodberry Inn. Other businesses participating in ArtFull Escapes by offering discounts and coupons are: Bell Gallery and Garden, Chateau Morrisette Winery, Dogtown Roadhouse, Harvest Moon Food Store, On The Water in Floyd, and Winter Sun Clothing.