A Taste of Abingdon (Friday – Sunday)
ABINGDON’S CULINARY SCENE IS ROOTED IN APPALACHIA
Abingdon was recently named one of the Top Small Town Food Scenes in the country by USA Today Travel, and it’s not hard to understand why. The town is home to 34 independently owned restaurants, a surprisingly high number, considering Abingdon’s total population is just north of 8,000 people. In fact, according to Eater.com, that means Abingdon has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, New York, or New Orleans!
This three-day itinerary highlights Abingdon’s outstanding culinary scene that’s truly rooted in Appalachian traditions.
DAY ONE – FRIDAY
Arrive in beautiful historic Abingdon, check into one of our eclectic B&Bs, hotels, cottages or inns.
Once you’re settled in, head out for dinner on our historic Main Street – where you won’t find a single chain restaurant or shop. Look for the Rooted in Appalachia logo when you dine: these restaurants have committed to using local produce, purchased directly from the farmer. The Tavern serves up fine dining inside Abingdon’s oldest building, constructed in 1779, while Sister’s at The Martha offers a sophisticated menu and a cozy, pub-like atmosphere.
Attend a performance at the historic Barter Theatre, The State Theatre of Virginia. This beautifully preserved theatre was founded in 1933 during the Great Depression, when actors bartered an evening’s entertainment for food from local farmers. The theatre now performs year-round in two venues on Main Street.
DAY TWO – SATURDAY
Start the day off with a trip to the Abingdon Farmer’s Market, where you can sample the freshest local produce and the best handmade goods the area has to offer. After spending the morning at the market, take time to stroll the beautiful downtown to visit the many unique specialty and antique shops and grab lunch at one of our distinctive farm-to-table restaurants. There’s a good possibility you saw chefs from local restaurants shopping at the market for the freshest ingredients. Local food is harvested and produced at the height of freshness. Its flavor and nutrition are unparalleled.
Take pleasure in the scenic drive down to Abingdon Vineyard and Winery to taste their wide variety of locally-made wines. For dinner, travel to nearby Meadowview and visit The Harvest Table restaurant where you can enjoy locally-sourced cuisine and artisanal goods in their General Store. The restaurant is owned by Barbara Kingsolver and Steven Hopp, inspired by their best-selling memoir Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In addition to the produce grown on its own Harvest Table Farm, they offer the products from over 50 regional farmers, gardeners and ranchers.
DAY THREE – SUNDAY
Delight in a southern tradition with brunch at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. You will also find the region’s finest in authentic crafts, music, food and wine juried under the strictest standards, one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, quilts and handcrafted musical instruments. Be sure to visit the Abingdon Olive Oil Company tasting gallery and Holston Mountain Artisans, one of the oldest craft cooperatives in the United States, offering a wide selection of finely-made gift items, decorations for your home, musical instruments, and local artwork, books and photography.