Family Adventures in Abingdon
Family FUN: A WEEKEND GETAWAY in Abingdon (THREE DAYS, Two Nights)
That evening, head to Barter Theatre for a Broadway quality performance from the state theatre of Virginia. Older children and adults will enjoy the mainstage offerings (insider tip, the box office staff keeps detailed information about the age-appropriateness of every play and musical).
Younger children ages 3 and up will love the world-class children’s theatre of the Barter Players. Not just for kids, you’ll find yourself laughing and cheering along to one of your favorite classic children’s stories.
Begin your day with a ride on the famous Virginia Creeper Trail. Although the trail begins in Abingdon, it’s best known for its easy, all-down-hill ride through Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop offers an all-inclusive package of a bike, helmet, and shuttle service ($26 for adults, $24 for kids). From White Top Station, coast 17 miles downhill through the national forest and over trestle bridges that once held steam engines. Allow 4-5 hours for the trip, including shuttle service.
Ask for a pickup in the little trail town of Damascus, VA, or ride a few more miles to Abingdon Vineyard and Winery, just a few yards off the trail near Abingdon. Nestled in the trees along the South Holston River, the winery offers a flight of wine tastings for the adults, and a creek for the kids to explore.
After a big day on the trail, refuel with dinner at Bella’s Pizza or Bone Fire Smokehouse, both popular with all ages. Save room for dessert at 149 Sweets, offering homemade desserts from scratch, just like grandmom used to make.
Start your day with a cup of coffee at Zazzy’z Coffee Shop on Main St. With coffee roasted on premises and plenty of savory and sweet treats to choose from, it’s a casual, affordable breakfast option.
Explore Abingdon’s two centuries of history with a kid-friendly trivia game. Traipse Abingdon is a free app that turns a stroll through downtown Abingdon into an interactive scavenger hunt (smartphone required, traipseabingdon.com). See if you can find the site where Daniel Boone was attacked by wolves, and find out why Barter Theatre used to accept vegetables instead of money.
Enjoy a retro lunch at Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe. Located in an original pharmacy on Main St., you’ll enjoy a fantastic menu of burgers, sandwiches and soups, as well as a soda fountain serving old-fashioned root beer floats, milkshakes and malts.
Head to William King Museum of Art to watch artists working in their studios, and view their unparalleled collection of Appalachian art, crafts and furniture. The best part? Thanks to local grant funding, the museum is completely free.