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Floyd EcoVillage – A Unique Event Center Nestled in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains is a facility unlike any other. The goal of this facility is to offer a beautiful event location at an affordable price while saving the planet at the same time. Even if you travel to Floyd every weekend, there is a good possibility you haven’t noticed the signs for the Floyd EcoVillage. Tucked away on 75 acres of pine forest, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, this event center offers a secluded location that can hold any type of event. The eco-friendly theme can be seen from the moment you pull up to the building. Natural parking lots and locally sourced timber frame welcomes you before you even enter the building. Walking around the back of the community center, guests are greeted to a large stone patio overlooking an amphitheatre and pavilion. Looking up the hill past the pond and bee hives, you will see the Bermed Lodge. The lodge, which has five single rooms and two double suites, is built into the mountain and completely off the grid, offering visitors three alternative energy sources to insure they are comfortable while staying in the hotel built underground. Joni Quesenberry, guest at the Bermed Lodge commented, “Our stay at the Floyd Eco Village was perfect in every way. The view of the mountains and pond were gorgeous from the covered porch.” From the back patio of the Community Center you can’t see the campground because of the lush trees but it is there. The quaint solar powered campground complete with a bubbling brook, clean bathhouse, fire pit, tree canopy, and the occasional deer sighting is available May 1st-October 31st. As you turn to enter the EcoVillage Community Center, you will see a roof glittering with solar panels and solar rods, reminding you once again, the dedication the owners have made to do their part to help the planet. Entering the Community Center, the first thing that hits you is the smell; the smell of wood to be precise. The facility is adorned with locally sourced timber frame everywhere you look. Wooden beams, trusses, molding, and window boxes can be seen at every turn. Speaking of window boxes, the window boxes are 16” deep. This is due in large part because of the SIPs panels used on the exterior of the entire building to keep the rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Energy efficiency is very important at the Floyd EcoVillage. Although the building is impressive as far as green construction goes, what interests most people are the events that take place within. From weddings to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, world renowned speakers to community involvement meetings, the

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Floyd EcoVillage can accommodate groups from 5-250. Celebration Hall with its sprung dance floor is designed for groups from 50-250. With a professional lighting and sound system, as well as the largest electric projector screen in the area, this room can be set-up for concerts, weddings, dinners, or any event you desire to have. The rustic look of the wood beams combined with the modern feel of the electronics, allows groups the opportunity to create something very special. The cafe is sometimes more desirable for groups of 60 or less. The walls, painted by local artists, and the views from this room allow for a smaller function that doesn’t need all of the bells and whistles. It has wood tables and cafe style booths, which lends itself to family dinners or small business retreats. It is also connected to the commercial kitchen, which makes it a great place for a private dinner or cooking class. At 740sq.ft. the kitchen can be used by a home chef, canning your harvest or a professional caterer to feed a party of 250. Most recently, the Floyd EcoVillage has become a popular wedding destination. Families, brides especially, like the laid back atmosphere that allows caterers and alcohol to be brought in, while offering dishes and linens to be rented on site. Santina Krayer, mother of the bride explained, “The EcoVillage was a wonderful place for our daughter’s wedding.” The setting is breathtaking and the venue is beautiful. The staff are warm, friendly and listened to all of our thoughts and wishes and made this special day happen. They took care of every detail!” The Floyd EcoVillage has the ability to make your special day as big or small as you want. Weddings ranging from ornate affairs with up-lighting and walls draped with satin to country motifs complete with mason jar drinking glasses and candles carved into wood are possible. If you can dream it, the Floyd EcoVillage can make it happen and while your dreams are coming true, the environment is being protected at the same time. If you are from Floyd or visiting for the first time and are interested in a tour, upcoming events, staying in the campground or Bermed Lodge you can visit the Floyd EcoVillage or give us a call. Maggie Hesisnger - Event Coordinator Floyd EcoVillage 188 Eco Village Trail SE, Floyd, VA 24091 www.floydecovillage.com 540-745-4434 or 704-649-8227

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Floyd Virginia Magazine is a small town publication designed, published and distributed by four talented individuals. Publisher, Luis Garcia...

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Floyd Virginia Magazine is a small town publication designed, published and distributed by four talented individuals. Publisher, Luis Garcia...

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