Head for historic Abingdon Virginia, just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and named one of the 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America with charming brick-lined sidewalks, historic buildings and the star attraction... the Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia.Experience Holston Mountain Artisans Cooperative, one of the oldest craft cooperatives in the U.S. offering a wide selection of finely made gift items. Visit the unique Abingdon Olive Oil Company tasting gallery, offering 52 flavors. Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants that line Main Street. Take your seat at the Barter Theatre, famous for launching the careers of Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine and Patricia Neal to enjoy a heartwarming holiday show.
Check in to one of Abingdon's hotels, B&BS, cottages or inns. Dinner follows at the Abingdon Tavern, built in 1779, the oldest of Abingdon's historic buildings that served as a hospital for wounded Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. Travel just twenty minutes to where the roar of the engines is replaced with the twinkling of two million lights along Bristol Motor Speedway's holiday celebration, Speedway in Lights.
Start the day at the Heartwood, Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway offering the region's best in authentic crafts, music, & food which have been juried under the strictest standards. Find one of a kind jewelry, pottery, quilts and handcrafted musical instruments, a farm to table restaurant and coffee and wine bar.