The Lincoln Theatre
Located in historic downtown Marion, this fully restored 1920’s theatre is host to numerous live performances. Originally built as a movie house, it is one of only three remaining Mayan Revival-style theaters in America. Visit The Lincoln Theatre’s web site for upcoming performances: www.thelincoln.org.
Song of the Mountains -- Bluegrass Concert Series
The Song of the Mountains concert series showcases Bluegrass and Old-Time musicians with performances held at the historic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Marion, Virginia. Some performances are videotaped for broadcast by over 190 public television stations around the country. The full concert schedule is available online at: www.SongoftheMountains.org.
Hungry Mother State Park
Known for its beautiful woodlands and placid 108-acre lake in the heart of the mountains, Hungry Mother has a sandy beach with bathhouse, boats and boat launch, universally accessible fishing pier, campgrounds, cabins, restaurant, gift shop, visitor center, and hiking and biking trails. Hungry Mother State Park is a perfect day trip for guests of all ages. Visit their web site for more details: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hun.shtml
Grayson Highlands State Park
An easy and beautiful drive off I-81 from Exit 45 in Marion, Virginia, Grayson Highlands State Park is adjacent to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area -- a part of the Jefferson National Forest. The park offers beautiful vistas, hiking, mountain biking, and bridle trails, excellent trout fishing, and picnic facilities. Visit their web site for additional information: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/gra.shtml
Bristol Motor Speedway
Known as “The World’s Fastest Half Mile,” Bristol Motor Speedway is home to Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series events in March and August. Adjacent to the Speedway is Bristol Dragway, affectionately known as “Thunder Valley.” Bristol Dragway hosts racing from March through October, including the NHRA Drag Racing Series, which features cars that race at speeds in excess of 300 mph. The Collins House Inn is located just 45 miles north of Bristol, making it a favorable option for your NASCAR vacation accommodations. Make your reservations early! For more information on the Bristol Motor Speedway, visit their web site at: www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
Beagle Ridge Herb Farm
Nestled in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Beagle Ridge Herb Farm awaits you. Nature is the watchword at Beagle Ridge which, to date, contains 14 theme gardens and herb collections consisting of Lavender, Thyme, Oregano and Salvias. Their farm building houses herbal products including soap, lotions and a variety of dried flowers, tea, potpourri and of course Lavender. Executive Director, Ellen Reynolds has been gardening and specializing in herbs for two decades. Beagle Ridge's goal is to teach you to enjoy what nature has to offer. Whether working in the garden, hiking on the trails, making an herbal craft or just sitting and watching the birds while you enjoy a cup of herbal tea: they have something for you to do at Beagle Ridge. Take a class or just spend the day enjoying the great outdoors. Visit their web site for hours of operation and class schedules: www.beagleridgeherbfarm.com
Henley Mountain Berry Farm
Pick your own blueberries (and maybe even more) at Henley Mountain Berry Farm. Owners Bill and Marcia Blackwell established their "pick your own" blueberry farm in 2008 at which time they planted nine varieties of highbush blueberries. Their varieties include Duke, Draper, Patriot, Reka, Blueray, Bluecrop, Liberty, Aurora, and Elliott.
Blueberry season begins mid-June and typically goes through mid-September. During this time, Henley Mountain Berry Farm plans to be open Friday through Sunday from 8AM to 5PM, weather permitting. They always recommend calling first (941-661-7401) to check availability and picking conditions. For more information, visit their web site at www.henleymountainberryfarm.com
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
The West End of the Mount Rogers NRA includes the famous Virginia Creeper Trail and outstanding trout fishing in Whitetop Laurel and Beartree Lake. Damascus, known as the friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail, is a trail hub that has four major trails going through the town: Virginia Creeper, Appalachian Trail, Iron Mountain, and Daniel Boone Heritage Trail. There are over 400 miles of designated trails in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area ranging from primitive single-track to old logging roads and railroad grades. Some are for foot only while others allow horse and/or bicycle use. For more details on the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, visit the National Forest Service’s web site at: www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/mr/ or the Virginia State Parks’ web site at: www.stateparks.com/mount_rogers_smyth.html.
You can also click on this link to view/print a .pdf document of all the trail types, and their details, located in the Mount Rogers NRA: www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/mr/recreation/hiking/pdf/trails_table.pdf
Davis Valley Winery
Owners Rusty & Ruth Rhea Cox invite you to visit their farm winery and vineyards in the enchanting mountains of beautiful Southwestern Virginia. Drop by the Tasting Room to sample their wines on a 100 year-old, handcrafted oak bar. Tour the winery and browse the gift shop or simply relax on the terrace and take in the beautiful mountain scenery. The Davis Valley Winery is located just 11.5 miles from our Inn and boasts beautiful and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit their web site for additional information and special scheduled events: www.dvwinery.com
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