Two days filled with local history, outdoor activity, and the arts of Abingdon.
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If you want historic charm and the comforts of home, make reservations at A Tailor’s Lodging, The Copper Lantern Inn, or Summerfield Inn, all of which put you steps away from Abingdon’s main street attractions.
Start your day with a morning hike or bike ride on your chosen part of the Creeper Trail, a 34 mile stretch from Abingdon, through the town of Damascus, and up to its highest point at Whitetop Station near the North Carolina state line. Treat yourself to a casual lunch at 128 Pecan and modern chic shopping at Forget-Me-Not Boutique, both of which are located near the entrance of the Creeper Trail.
Inside the old school house rebuilt in 1913, spend your afternoon touring the galleries of William King Museum of Art. WKMA is the region’s premier visual arts facility, showcasing art from around the world, contemporary regional art, and cultural heritage through decorative and folk art. Visit the galleries, sculpture garden, studio artist spaces, and more during your tour of the Museum.
Nearby are some of Abingdon’s favorite galleries filled with works by local artists. Spend your afternoon wandering in and out of Holston Mountain Artisans, The Arts Depot, and Heartwood, which are among many other arts and retail stores.
The Tavern Restaurant is in Abingdon’s oldest building from 1779, and favored by locals and tourists for its traditional German cuisine. Make reservations for cocktails and dinner before catching a show at the renowned Barter Theatre. Stage II is across the street for those wanting to see newer, edgier plays. After the show, enjoy coffee and dessert or specialty cocktails at Rain Restaurant and Bar owned by local chef, Ben Carroll.
Awaken your senses at Zazzy’z Coffee House where the coffee is roasted on site! Local art fills the walls and books by local authors are available in their shop. Indulge in a spa treatment of your choice at The Martha Washington Hotel and Spa. This historic hotel was built in 1832 as a residence for war hero General Francis Preston, and at times has served as a women’s college and a hospital during the Civil War.
Grab a locally made craft beer and see more art plus live music at Wolf Hills Brewing Co. located in Abingdon’s old Ice House. Many beers are named after local points-of-interest like the Troopers Alley IPA, Creeper Trail Amber Ale, and Whitetop Wheat.
Dinner at Bonefire Smokehouse, located inside the historic 1914 Withers Hardware building, includes your choice of barbeque smoked on-site and your choice of southern side-dishes. If you want, call ahead to find out which band will be performing live music. Dancing shoes are optional!
Out on the patio at the inn, take time to relax and feel at home in Abingdon before turning out the lights.
Next trip, be sure to catch a show hosted by The Abingdon Music Experience, shop at the Virginia Highlands Festival the first days of August, or gallery hop year-round at the town-wide event First Thursdays, Abingdon.