Antique and Art Lovers Adore Martinsville

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    Philpott Lake - beautiful in the fall!

    Fast or slow, the pace is yours.

    Let the hunt begin!

    Martinsville may be known for fast speeds with NASCAR drivers visiting twice each year to race one of the oldest tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit, but you can run a slower pace, hunting for treasures and a picture-perfect, winning weekend.
    American Flag Mural

    Day One:

    When you get into town you'll find plenty to do. The quaint shops are delightful and there's no hospitality like that of a small business owner.

    Check out  Rucker's Antique Emporium and Martinsville Antique Mall for rare finds and mementos from the past.

    You'll want to seek out a few photo opportunities, no doubt, so keep an eye peeled for the American Flag Mural, the Circus Mural, and the Farmers' Market Mural - all located in Uptown.

    Check into the accommodation of your choice (a few are mentioned below) and freshen up for dinner at Hugo's. Casual and comfortable, you'll find a generous menu of choices, including kid-friendly options.

    I'm Busy - Karen Despot Artist

    Day Two:

    A down home breakfast will kick start your day, so head to The Henry Restaurant in Uptown.

    If you didn't know, Martinsville has a thriving artisan population. Browse their studios and see if something beautiful catches your eye. Studio 107 is where a great deal of magic happens and where you'll find the beauty of Frostings, Mary Donaldson Powell, 5 Glassy ChixTerry Mitchell, Those Crafty Barnes Sisters and Zelma Lee Designs.

    Is it lunch time already? Fridays Garden Deli will keep it light. Ask about the soup and sandwich of the day specials. The kids might like a break, too, and Jackson Street Children's Park is just the place to let them swing off some energy.

    Hit the bricks again and head for The Artisan Center on West Church Street. Intricate woodworks, ceramics, paintings (like that of Karen Despot), jewelry, stained glass and more are available here for purchase. 

    Dinnertime! Tonight, it's Italian and Rania's is your place. More than spaghetti and meatballs, you'll find escargot, lamb, duck, veal and seafood on the menu, too. For the little ones, there's pizza, of course! Save room for dessert because the tiramisu is pretty awesome.

    Depending on the night of the week, find a Friday concert series, Saturday Bluegrass series, a film screening or special production at The Rives Theatre. It's a great place to end a great day.


    Day Three:

    Good Morning! Daily Grind Cafe has a quick pastry and wide range of coffee concoctions to start you off. It's going to be a big last day ... big like dinosaur big.

    The Virginia Museum of Natural History is the crown jewel of this getaway as far as your kids are concerned! The big T-Rex? Another awesome photo op, mom!

    A "fossil" will be a great take away and you can find some at the Museum Store. Oh, and the Paleo Cafe right inside the Museum is a cool place for a very affordable lunch.

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