Galax, Virginia is known as "the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains". With rich tradition, recreation and scenic beauty, this is a great place to stay in a Galax bed and breakfast. Held every August since 1935, The Old Fiddlers Convention attracts about 50,000 fiddle enthusiasts of every ilk, who come to see some 2,000 musicians compete in categories like old time fiddle, dobro, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, bluegrass banjo and many others. If you decide to stay at a Galax B&B or Galax inn early in February to beat the Valentine's Day rush, you'll be able to attend the annual two- day Chocolate Lovers Festival. It is held the first full weekend in February. The Sherando Lake is a recreation area in George Washington National Forest with swimming, picnicking, and camping. Need a great place to hang out or take a break? Just like your favorite national chain restaurant with a twist, try Bogeys. The Parrott Bay Restaurant is a great place to eat and drink and hang out with friends and family.