Is Abingdon the most romantic small town in Virginia?

Three days of romance in charming Abingdon, VA

Abingdon has been called of the most romantic small towns in Virginia. Known for its arts, history and outdoor recreation, Abingdon was named the Best Small Town Food Scene in the country by USA Today.

Sample all that Abingdon has to offer with a three-day getaway, perfect for Valentine's Day... or any day! 

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Relax at a historic four-Diamond hotel, take in a show at the State Theatre of Virginia. Explore Abingdon’s award-winning food scene while you wander the charming brick sidewalks of the historic district.

After three days in Abingdon, you and your special someone might want to stay forever!

Couple in pool at The Martha spa
The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

Day One - Explore historic Abingdon

Arrive in Abingdon and check in to The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon’s grand dame of a hotel.  Built in 1832 as a private residence for General Francis Preston, it has led many lives over the decades, including as an elite women's college and Civil War hospital. Now, it's a AAA Four-Diamond property featuring an award-winning restaurant and wine program.   The indoor salt water pool and outdoor hot tubs are the perfect complement to a full-service spa.  Read more about all of Abingdon's unique lodging options.

Take a self-guided walking tour of historic Abingdon, and enjoy the perfectly preserved downtown district, with architecture dating back three centuries.  Abingdon's entire historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Dine next to a roaring fire at The Tavern restaurant and imagine yourself two centuries in the past. The oldest building in Abingdon, The Tavern has been welcoming travelers since 1779.

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The Tavern Restaurant

Day Two - Arts & Culture in Appalachia

Explore the real Appalachia at William King Museum of Art, where exhibits marry traditional crafts with modern sensibilities. The Museum also features artist studios and an outdoor sculpture garden, with free admission seven days a week. After you’ve gotten a taste of the history of craft in the region, visit Holston Mountain Artisans to view the work of contemporary craftspeople carrying on those traditions into the current day.

Visit artists working in their studios at the Arts Depot, housed inside a vintage train depot.

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The studio of fiber artist Nancy Garrettson at Abingdon Arts Depot

Barter Theatre began in 1933 with one man's idea to have patrons pay with produce. Now it has grown in to a year-round theatre with more than 150,000 visitors each year.

During the Great Depression, many actors were literally "starving artists," while Appalachian farmers had produce rotting in the fields, unable to sell their goods. So on June 10, 1933, Barter Theatre opened its doors, proclaiming "With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh." The price of admission was 40 cents or equivalent amount of produce.

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With two different stages and up to five plays running in repertory, this professional Equity Theatre has something for everyone. 

After the show, head to Anthony’s Desserts and split a decadent cheesecake or crème brulee at this pastry shop with a dessert menu that was named Best in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine.

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Barter Theatre, founded 1933

Day Three - Best Small Town Food Scene

In 2019, USA Today named Abingdon the Best Small Town Food Scene in the country. 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.

Indulge in a leisurely brunch at Morgan’s, choosing from Orange Maple Waffles, Shrimp and Grits or savory, filling Pastrami and Potato Hash.

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Morgan's Restaurant

Drop by Abingdon Vineyards for a wine tasting and tour. Curl up on the couch by the wood-burning fireplace and try a flight of 5 wines, or buy a bottle and enjoy it with the charcuterie platter. If the weather is warm, take your glass out to the patio for tranquil winter views of the Holston River.

Head to White’s Mill, a working grist mill dating back to the 18th Century. Tour the mill itself, and then pick up a souvenir at the Mercantile next door. You’ll find stone ground grits and cornmeal, as well as local crafts and antiques.

You may find that very same cornmeal in menu items at 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.

Grab a craft cocktail at Rain and browse the creative bar menu for some late-night eats.

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