Barter Theatre: Broadway in the Blue Ridge (2 NIGHTS/3 DAYS)
Theatre lovers will delight in this excursion to the state theatre of Virginia. See Broadway-quality entertainment in a charming small-town setting with a Barter Theatre group tour.
Arrive in Abingdon and check in to one of our group-friendly hotels. The Abingdon CVB can help you find the right fit - we offer free assistance to help you compare the best rates.
Grab a bite to eat at Luke's Cafe, a casual 1950s-style diner, or one of our other group-friendly restaurants, before heading to the show at Barter Theatre's Gilliam Stage. Founded during the Great Depression, the historic theatre has helped nurture the careers of stars like Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine, and Frances Fisher. Barters group sales department can assist with play recommendations, group discounts and parking/drop off information.
Let your group explore Abingdon's Historic Main Street, with its tree-lined brick sidewalks and two centuries of architecture. Among Abingdon's unique shops, you'll find Appalachian crafts, edible goodies, clothes and gifts, an olive oil tasting gallery, and more. The Abingdon CVB can provide complimentary dining & shopping guides for your group.
Then head back to Barter Theatre for lunch and a matinee performance at Barter's Smith Stage. This smaller venue makes you feel like a fly on the wall as you watch Barters's resident actors perform. Attached to Barter Stage II is The Barter Lounge, a comfortable space accommodating up to 55 people. Ask Barters group sales department for a list of approved caterers and create a unique dining experience.
After freshening up at the hotel, enjoy a multi-course dinner at The Tavern, a fine dining restaurant located in one of Abingdon's oldest buildings, originally constructed in 1779.
Make sure to include a stop at one of Abingdon's fine arts venues. At the Arts Depot, you'll find working artists in their studios, located inside a converted railroad depot. William King Museum of Art houses rotating exhibits of Appalachian contemporary art.
EXTEND YOUR STAY!
Extend your trip with any of these additional activities.
See even more theatre at Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre in Wytheville, VA (60 minutes away) or Theatre Bristol in Bristol TN/VA (15 minutes away).
Take a backstage tour of Barter Theatre. A one-hour tour shows you the behind-the-scenes magic of a Barter play.
Tour The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace, shop in the gift shop, and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch.