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The Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains are full of rich history and culture.  Like Bristol, Virginia- Birthplace of Country Music - where first country music recordings earned it the title to historic downtown Bristol rich with history dating back to pre-revoluntionary war times. Take an awesome train tour with the Roanoke Chapter National Railway Historical Society this November!  A great way to learn and see some incredible countryside.

The Wilderness Road |  Virginia's Heritage Migration Route

Today, over 43 million Americans can trace their heritage to the families that migrated along the Wilderness Road.

In the more than 250 years since Mary Draper Ingles was captured by Shawnee warriors, escaped and made her historic return journey to the New River Valley of Virginia, much has been written and produced about the preeminent colonial heroine. Mary represents hundreds of women who survived capture and returned to their log cabin homes during the early settlement of the region west of the Alleghenies.

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Mill Mountain Theatre | Roanoke

A year-round professional theatre, which produces several shows each season geared to children and their families. Drama Enrichment classes for students are also available.

website | (540) 342-5740

 Virginia Museum of Transportation | Roanoke

The Virginia Museum of Transportation fires the imagination! The whole family can climb aboard decades-old steam locomotives while watching modern trains zoom by on busy active tracks. Don't miss two "last of their class" steam giants: the N&W Class J 611 and the N&W Class A 1218. The museum is located in downtown Roanoke’s century-old freight station in the heart of Virginia's Rail Heritage Region. Explore our extensive collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, rail cars, and model trains. Visitors love our antique cars, trucks, and buggies, too. The Museum Store offers hard-to-find books, DVDs, toys and gifts. After your visit, stroll along the Goode Railwalk to the O. Winston Link Museum to watch trains and enjoy hands-on exhibits about Roanoke’s rail history. The Museum is Virginia's official transportation museum.

website | (540) 342-5670


Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech | Blacksburg

The Center for the Arts 2013-2014 Season will feature international and touring artists, including composer Philip Glass, who will open the Inaugural Season with the Philip Glass Ensemble on Nov 1, 2013.

The Center for the Arts will offer a dynamic range of programming, from timeless classics to family-friendly offerings, from works with deep meaning and global themes to events with a fresh and sometimes unexpected perspective.

The Inaugural Season promises to be a cultural blockbuster. To preview many of the upcoming events please consult the Center for the Arts website.

Season Subscriptions for the full lineup of 21 performances are on sale now.


The Lincoln Theatre  | Marion

Welcome! Originally built in 1929 as a vaudeville and movie house, The Lincoln Theatre hosted stars such as Roy Rogers, Ralph Stanley, Roy Acuff, and other legends. Through a focused community initiative and fundraising of more than $1.8 million, the building was fully renovated. The theater reopened in 2004 as a presenter and a programming facility. Today's theater boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and six beautifully restored historic murals.

website  |  (276) 783-6092

Blue Ridge Dinner Theater  |  Ferrum

We're looking forward to a 31st season filled with new plays, new delicious meals, and some new performers. Of course, you can look forward to seeing some of your favorite BRDT performers returning to the Sale Theatre stage

website  |  (540) 365-4335

Stafford Glass | Newport

Stafford Art Glass is a glassblowing studio and gallery displaying the work of owner Parker Stafford as well as the best works by today's finest artisans of the region and nation. All work made by hand in the U.S.A.

website | (540) 605-0034

Taubman Museum of Art | Roanoke

At the heart of downtown Roanoke, the new 81,000 square foot Taubman Museum of Art proves an arresting landmark for visitors arriving from US I-581. As Roanoke's most contemporary structure, it provides an analog for the city's evolution from industrial and manufacturing town to technology-driven city.

website | (540) 342-5760

Appalachian Spirit Gallery | Marion

Our mission is to celebrate the arts, traditions, lore, and spirit of the Appalachian Mountains and showcase the work of local talent. The building was once the home of Lola Poston Harriman, the artist who painted the large murals in the Lincoln Theatre. The Gallery also provides tourist information and guided history walks.

website  |  (276) 783-8891

Narrows Gift Shop & Art Gallery | Narrows

"302" Main St. displays and sells the artistic endeavors of over 30 local artists, artisans, authors and craftmen. The juried items are offered at reasonable prices to suit every budget, allowing comfortable enjoyment of the arts as gifts or as personal expressions Just For You. The inviting shop showcases an extensive variety of quality handcrafted items including jewelry, furniture, paintings, wood turnings, digital art, candles, knit apparel, soaps, stained and blown glass, books, lotions, purses, wall decor, sculpture, baskets, note cards, quilts, Appalachian, coal, local history, and more. Also offered are gift certificates and personal or group private appointments.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Follow this link to the Town of Narrows website for information on the Gift Shop or phone (540) 726-3022.

Bonaparte Antiques
Are you an antiques collector? Looking for unique pieces for your home or office? At Bonaparte Antiques, we offer a wide selection of beautiful antiques and collectibles, ranging from fine funiture and artwork to jewelry and glassware, that would make the perfect addition to your home or place of business.With our lifetime of experience in antique collecting, we have Something For Every Collector! Find limited-edition art prints or curio cabinets from the 30's, 40's, as well as Americana and Oriental antiques pieces from around the world. We offer competitive prices on all our pieces, so for a fine selection of antiques and collectibles, visit Bonaparte Antiques today!
At Bonaparte Antiques, we pride ourselves in delivering friendly service, and the best prices you will find anywhere! If you enjoy collecting antiques visit us today!
111 S. Main St., Galax, VA 24333  |  (276) 236-8662

Golden Gallery of Galax
The Golden Gallery is the place to find the best in high quality European Antiques & Collectibles. We offer a wide variety of furniture including “Farm House” pine from Bavaria as well as many household primitives. Browse thru our collection of beautiful blue salt-glaze pieces from Westerwald of Germany as well as china and glassware. Keep track of time with a beautiful Grandfather clock or one of the many mantle or wall clocks. We also offer a wide selection of bedroom furniture including beds, armoires, dressers,& nightstands in a variety of woods. We also have dining room tables, chairs, writing desks, china buffets & a large collection of framed paintings & lithographs as well as European religious art. Housed in a fully restored 1940’s warehouse, Golden Gallery offers 7,000 square feet of antiques for your shopping pleasure.
211 S Main Street, Galax, VA 24333
website | (276) 236-1970

September 1, 2013 "End the Summer Blues" Fest at Mountain Lake Lodge

End YOUR Summer Blues with our 1st Annual Blues Event at Mountain Lake!

Chase the Blues Away with the Lizzy Ross Band, Justin Johnson, and the Barrelhouse Band. A full day of Great Food, Music, and Summer Camaraderie with Beer and Wine available for purchase. Tix are $5 per person admission; doors open at Noon!

Get details on this and other fantastic Mountain Lake Lodge Events for 2013 at the Mountain Lake website.

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival | Sept 28 & 29
The 25th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held September 28 and 29, 2013. This year, 27 Wineries will be participating as well as 85 juried craft and food vendors. Continuous Live Music featuring bands Polychrome and Dragonfly on Saturday and The Kings on Sunday. The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held at LakeWatch Plantation in Moneta, directly off of Route 122, about 1 mile south of Hales Ford Bridge. This venue allows for easy access to the site, an abundance of free parking and more space for festival-goers to enjoy the festivities.

Enjoy a "Grape Day" the Smith Mountain Way!

Wine Festival Website

BBAVHuffman House at Creekside Farm | Newport

This meticulously restored historic home offers guests the rich history and experience of peaceful country living. Located in the 'Lost Community'of Huffman, 7 miles from Newport. Enjoy 61 acres of pastures, fishing streams, barns and animals, or just relax. Minutes from Blacksburg & Virginia Tech.Virginia Green

Website | Availability  | (540) 544-6942


Giles CountyMountain Lake Lodge | Pembroke

Where the hit movie "Dirty Dancing " was filmed. Historic Mountain Lake Getaway Resort is a gorgeous 2,600 acre Virginia, mountain-top resort where you can "Do it all, or do nothing at all." Families have found Mountain Lake to be the best vacation option in the Southeast for nearly 150 years. Land and water activities, entertainment and adventures abound, while the environment is also perfect for simple relaxation or that well-deserved romantic getaway.

website  |  (800) 346-3334

The Farmhouse Restaurant | Christiansburg

A favorite Southwest Virginia landmark, the Farmhouse Restaurant has served the New River Valley since 1963. The authentic farmhouse, originally part of the Ridinger Estate, was built in the 1800s. In the early 1970s, an old train caboose was added to provide a unique dining area. Today, the renovated antique farmhouse offers a nostalgic setting and a cozy atmosphere for dinner and all your special events. The Farmhouse favorites include prime rib, charcoal steaks, fresh fish, chicken and pasta.

website | (540) 382-4253

1776 Log House Restaurant | Wytheville

Fine dining in an 18th century atmosphere. Restaurant is located near shops specializing in antiques, Appalachian crafts, unique trinkets and a great deli. Hours are Monday - Saturday 11 am - 3 pm & 4pm - 10 pm.
East Main Street, Wytheville.

(276) 228-4139

Giles CountyThe Palisades Restaurant | Eggleston

Located in the former Pyne's General Store, the Palisades Restaurant offers contemporary cuisine in a unique countryside setting, warm hospitality and unparalleled service in an historic landmark building. Live music.

website | (540) 626-2828



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