Visitors to Virginia will find an abundance of many things and art is no exception.
Take home the artists' finest accomplishments - the beauty and grandeur of Virginia's mountains, seascapes, pastures and forests captured in nearly any media of your choice.
Artisan Center of Virginia
Artisan Trail Network
Nelson and Albemarle Counties - Travel the Monticello Trail and discover the beauty of the mountains and valleys that local artisans call home. A wonderful place to explore with family and friends, it will surely create lasting memories. Our rural countryside and agricultural heritage provide many opportunities for an engaging, authentic experience with local farmers and artisans.
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“Handcrafted and Homegrown in the Shadow of the Peaks of Otter". Bedford County IS Virginia charm! With its picturesque landscape of farms and townships nestled against the Blue Ridge Mountains it is home to some of Virginia’s most exceptional artisans and artists.
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Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro - From artisans preserving traditional crafts or exploring the limits of modern innovations to world class theatre, reenactments, and festivals activities for all ages and interests abound. Weaving your path amidst the restored architecture of Staunton and Waynesboro’s downtown museums and historical sites, you will enjoy the unique shops, art galleries, studios, markets, restaurants and lodging that make this area a truly memorable experience.
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Alleghany, Bath, Craig, and Highland Counties - Located in the Alleghany Mountains of Virginia, this four county artisan trail region of the Virginia's Western Highlands offers unparalleled recreational opportunities as well as unique Appalachian cultural experiences. Throughout the region, you will find unique handmade arts and crafts and traditional farm markets as you take in the the pristine surroundings or head out to explore the remains of iron mining/smelting sites, former railroad depots, and other historic footprints left behind from the railroad and iron industries of the 19th century.
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Shenandoah County with its country stores, art galleries, historic museums quaint bed & breakfasts, peaceful river lodges, and mountain cabins offers a unique and restful place to escape. To experience the true charm of Shenandoah County meander your way up Route 11 through a string of small towns, each with their own charm of local eateries, artisan shopping and warm Shenandoah Valley hospitality. Whether visiting Civil War sites, hiking the surrounding mountains, attending one of the many festivals or spelunking through the underground caverns you will be enamored by the beautiful countryside as round each curve along our backroads and scenic byways.
This trail is in its development period with early enrollment open now. Winchester and Frederick County - Located at the top of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, Winchester-Frederick County is a choice destination for visitors who appreciate friendly, relaxing towns with big city amenities and the rural countryside. Take in the sheer scenic beauty, premiere shopping and dining destinations, family-friendly festivals, outdoor recreational activities, historical attractions, artisan and musical events that await your enjoyment in the city and county known for apples, the Civil War, Patsy Cline, George Washington, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, and much more.
This trail is in its development period with early enrollment open now. In Page County you can find excitement and beauty at every level—from the high peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the celebrated Shenandoah River that bisects the county, and down to the underground mysteries of Luray Caverns. Whether you venture out into our picturesque landscape by mountain path, sidewalk, road or river, arts & cultural experiences await you amidst a wide variety of entertainment and outdoor adventure activities.
“The City of Martinsville and Henry County are naturally beautiful places to live, work and play....” Trout-filled rivers, quiet lakes and gentle mountains surround this beautiful location that's full of rich history. Home to some of the finest recreational and cultural activities in the country, Martinsville-Henry County is just right for those who enjoy all four seasons with cool winters and pleasant summers.
“Where Creativity and the River Begin!” Historically agricultural and with a strong commitment to land conservation, Rappahannock County in Virginia's Piedmont Region has remained pristine and is described by many as "a scenic masterpiece made perfect by nature." A rural oasis Rappahannock County boasts that there are no traffic light intersections, fast food franchises or "big box" stores.
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Bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, and originally inhabited by eight Virginia Indian tribes who established villages along its shores, Virginia’s Northern Neck is a rural, history-laden peninsula settled by the English in the mid-17th century, after the first tourist, Captain John Smith, explored the area as early as 1608.
Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore
This trail is in its development period with early enrollment open now. A 70-mile coastal peninsula on the mid-Atlantic seaboard, with the Chesapeake Bay on one coast and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The longest stretch of undeveloped barrier islands on the East Coast. Kayakers, hikers, boaters, fisherman, birders and nature lovers of all stripes revel in the area’s stunning wild beauty. Two National Wildlife Refuges, a National Seashore, and state and local parks preserve thousands of pristine acres and hundreds of miles of coastline. Chincoteague Island, named "America's Friendliest Seaside Town" in 2014, is the gateway to Assateague Island, home of the famous Chincoteague ponies and one of America’s best beaches.
Artisan Trails of Southwest Virginia
'Round the Mountain is a 19 county and four city network of southwest Virginia artisan studios, galleries, craft venues, farms, vineyards, and other creative points of interest.
Blue Ridge Highlands
Galax and Carroll County - The artistic community of the Harmony Trail has a strong commitment to preserving the functional crafts of mountain living and introducing more contemporary design in the galleries and schools along the trail. From the songs of birds, to the rumble of river rapids, the soft hum of a potters wheel and the lilting tunes of old time music, the Harmony Trail offers you a Blue Ridge Mountain retreat.
Giles County - The artisans on the Giles Trail have carved, molded, melded, painted and quilted unique and creative art that is found in the quaint hamlets scattered in the mountains and valleys of Giles County. Galleries throughout the area offer artisan gatherings, educational classes, demonstrations and special events. Experiencing life “Giles Style” is to is to embrace the great outdoors ready for adventure, fun and relaxation all at once.
Patrick County - Covered bridges, corn mazes and working grist mills invite you to relax in the midst of artisans who weave their hearts into handcrafted quilts, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, woodwork, soaps, and blacksmithing and much more along the Hidden Treasures trail in Patrick County. Music, food, craft shows, art, plays, storytelling highlight the festivals and showcases the talents of Patrick County’s artisans.
Montgomery County - Make your memory for a lifetime in the eclectic galleries and artisan studios where craft isn't just sold, but happily made before your very eyes. Galleries exhibit work from local artisans and offer classes for new apprentices. Visitors can enjoy the many annual festivals where you can relax with ice cold lavender lemonade, get lost in a corn maze, pick a pumpkin, or just get down to the toe tapping rhythms of bluegrass music.
Radford and Pulaski County - Directly on the Wilderness Road, sustenance farming required homemade baskets, quilts, weaving, wood turning and soap making. Today visitors are immersed in the heritage and culture of days gone by while transported into contemporary art produced by the creative and talented artisans along the New River Valley Artisan Trail. Quilt shows, gallery exhibits, art center workshops and annual festivals bring artisans together to demonstrate their skills to a new generation.
Franklin County - The purr of the spinning wheel and the clack of the loom sing of Franklin County’s textile artistry. Amid hardwood forests and a local legacy of furniture making, Franklin County artisans give a new voice to woodworking. In the jewelers’ hands, precious metals and gemstones come together as art and heirlooms. From colorful two dimensional art to the traditional mountain music, this area is sure to please your senses, stir your heart and move your mind.
Bristol and Washington County - This trail offers up an eclectic collection of galleries and shops featuring traditional and contemporary work from the hands of artisans who live throughout the region. A colorful patchwork of craft opportunities include classes, exhibits, working studios, and galleries devoted to the preservation Appalachian heritage and the infusion of contemporary new world creativity.
Grayson County - Refresh your spirit along mountain streams and the highest peaks in Virginia on the winding roads of Grayson County. The New River connects the valley from Independence to Galax and provides a muse for the artisans who draw inspiration from their natural surroundings. The artisans invite you to visit their home studios to share their incredible talents. Grayson County is adding to its long farming tradition with new local farmers’ markets.
Smyth County - When you visit one of the craft festivals, farmers markets, or wineries, you'll see that the artisans of Smyth County are spirited, distinctive and rooted in mountain traditions that come alive through their creative work. Smyth County is home to Mount Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia. Smyth County’s rich history and picturesque scenery make it one of Virginia’s must-see places.
Wythe and Bland Counties - Wine tastings, good food, farmer’s markets and herb gardens greet visitors who plan an indulgent visit to Wythe and Bland Counties. The artisans along this trail take great pride in preserving the traditional arts of the region including quilting, spinning, soap making, weaving, wood carving and chair canning. Through their hands, jams, jellies and sauces are a favorite at County Fairs and local arts festivals. This trail is fun, lively and attractive to active families or those who just want to sit in a rocker on a front porch.
Floyd County - Truly the largest artisan community in Southwest Virginia, the Floyd Artisan Trail brings you face to face with an eclectic collection of talented artisans who have their feet firmly planted into a community that nurtures creative and inspirational minds. Floyd County’s friendly artisan community opens their doors with special events, festivals and remarkable galleries. Floyd’s enchanting downtown is bursting with specialty shops, and restaurants with a varied fare from organic, and vegetarian to platefuls of simple home cooking.
Heart of Appalachia
Wise County and Norton - The artisans who live along the Lonesome Pine Artisan Trail draw from a culture steeped in mountain scenery to create masterpieces that reflect their rich heritage. Find beeswax candles, pottery, wooden bowls, handmade musical instruments, local wines and more inside the museums and shops, and throughout the area’s festivals. Many artisans and musicians share their talents at schools, workshops and gatherings throughout the year, including the Mountain Music School at Mountain Empire Community College.
Russell and Tazewell Counties - You'll find outdoor murals and artistic expressive brick sculpture walls that depict coal mining and the storytelling traditions of Jack Tales. Retrace the footsteps of pioneers from the late 1700s through museum re-enactments. Move your feet to traditional mountain tunes at one of our many festivals. Discover finely carved wood creations, delicately sewn quilts, and brightly colored wool handspun on spinning wheels passed down through generations.
Scott and Lee Counties - The Wilderness Road Artisan Trail winds its way through Scott and Lee Counties marking heritage artisan studios, craft galleries and resting points. The local farmers market brings you the best the season has to offer and at local farms you can visit a pumpkin patch, and enjoy a hay ride or corn maze. Mountain music at local venues brings folks together to sing, dance and rejoice in the pioneer heritage that thrives in the hollows of along the Trail.
Dickenson and Buchanan Counties - A unique folk culture developed in these southern Appalachian Mountains from the time the first pioneers moved into the region in the 1700’s and today’s visitors are offered a view into this rich craft tradition of quilting, carving, canning, music and dance. The Rivers to Ridges Artisan Trail will take you to soaring heights where you will discover the plaintive, soulful musical ballads of heroes, heroines, joys and sorrows.
Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads
Discover the Arts Trail is an exploration of Historic Triangle's 35 visual arts venues and 16 performing arts venues. The annual An Occasion for the Arts outdoor event features more than 160 juried visual artists and multiple performing stages showcasing dance, music, choral and individual artists.