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5 Scenic Fall Drives in Southwest Virginia

Leaf season is fast approaching, and the Abingdon area has plenty of opportunities to see gorgeous autumn color. Make Abingdon your home base for a perfect fall weekend getaway, then plan a day trip to check out one of these five scenic drives.

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Hiking to Mount Rogers: The Best Day Hike in Southwest Virginia

Reaching the tallest peak in each state is a goal for some people. Reaching all 50 provides impressive bragging rights—but there are a lot of “peaks” that wouldn’t be worth the trouble except for the fact that it happened to be the tallest in the state.

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Top annual events in Abingdon

Visitors and locals alike are drawn to Abingdon's signature events. Stroll through downtown Abingdon at one of the summer street festivals; catch nationally known music acts at Barter Theatre and the Market Pavilion; taste the unique flavors of Appalachian craft beer; or beat your personal best at one of our signature races.

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A Foodie’s Guide to Southwest Virginia

Local farmers, chefs, winemakers, and brewers are taking locally sourced products and regional traditions to new levels with stunning dishes and authentically Appalachian dining experiences to satisfy both your hunger and your sense of culinary adventure.

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Adventure and Beer: Where to Unwind After a Day on the Trails in Southwest Virginia

A craft beer on a warm summer day tastes great. But after a day spent slaying singletrack with buddies, swapping out leads with a climbing partner, or hiking with the family, that beer tastes even better. Long ago, some brilliant outdoor enthusiasts paired beer with outdoor adventure and ever since it’s been a marriage made in heaven.

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Is This the Most Scenic Section of the Appalachian Trail?

Southwest Virginia has become a tourist destination for many reasons—scenic mountains, heritage music, farm-to-table restaurants, and Appalachian culture, just to name a few. But many people are passing through on a much larger journey: Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of hikers each year set out on the 2,200-mile long trail.

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The Historic Inns of Southwest Virginia that Make a Trip Special

The mountains and valleys of Southwest Virginia are the birthplace of Appalachian Mountain culture. One way to dig into the unique heritage and hospitality of Southwest Virginia is to stay in a historic inn. Here are three exceptional lodging options that will help make your trip unforgettable.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Trip to Southwest Virginia If You’re a Climber

Southwest Virginia is loaded with adventure potential, drawing outdoor lovers of all kinds. But for climbers, the region is truly special. Blessed with some of the state’s premier climbing areas, southwest Virginia is also peppered with secret spaces and newly re-opened treasures. Options are abundant for climbers of all styles and skill sets.

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5 More Awesome Day Hikes in Southwest Virginia

Home to the state’s highest peaks and wildest spaces, Southwest Virginia is a wonderland for trail lovers, from hardened weekend warriors to casual day-hikers in search of a little fresh air. The region is overlaid with some of the country’s best-known trails.

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Special Spots and Solitude: Learning to Fly Fish in Southwest Virginia

I fly fished for the first time in Southwest Virginia. I was guided by a local fisherwoman to a special spot that just a few fly fishers in the area have access to. When we pulled up to the remote spot just outside of Marion, Virginia, we opened the horse gate and were immediately greeted by a couple of chipper farm pups.

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An Overview of the Fly Fishing Scene in Southwest Virginia: Some of the Best in the State

Southwest Virginia has been a well-guarded secret among outdoorsmen in the know for decades. However, with so much of the region accessible from the I-81 corridor and the increased demand for outdoor recreation, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the secret is out.

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Christmas in Abingdon

According to Southern Living, "If Frank Capra had made a Southern version of It’s a Wonderful Life, he might have set it in Abingdon, Virginia." Escape to Historic Downtown Abingdon for a winter getaway, and take care of your holiday shopping while you take in the twinkling lights and cozy eateries on Main Street.

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A Destination Christmas in Historic Downtown Abingdon

Settle down and settle in with a destination Christmas in Abingdon, Virginia. Abingdon is a small town that’s big on culture and hospitality. Here, you can escape the hustle and bustle and focus on what’s important: your loved ones. Let us show you the way.

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Holiday Shopping in Abingdon

'Tis the season to shop 'til you drop, and we suggest Abingdon as an especially fine choice for buying unique, meaningful gifts. We're the quintessential "shop small" destination with quaint boutiques lining our historic downtown streets. Let us show you why.

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Barter at Christmas: 5 Unexpected Delights

Those who have never experienced the holiday season at Barter Theatre in Abingdon are truly missing out. It's not your average theater, and it's not your average "come watch our holiday show and go home" experience.

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