Byways, Barns, and Barbeque

Day One:

Wake up in the comfort of the cozy Cottage at Crab Orchard. Then enjoy breakfast with a view on the front porch swing before heading out to visit the Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park.

Ride on the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail to the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine, and the Coal Miners Memorial. Shop for local crafts and artwork at the nearby Appalachian Arts Center.

Enjoy a meal at the famous Cuz's Uptown Barbeque, where you will literally eat in a barn, filled with eclectic art and memorabilia.

Day Two:

Enjoy a ride on the Big Walker Scenic Mountain Byway to the Big Walker Lookout and Country Store to see a bird's eye view of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains. Ride the Virginia byway to the Burkes Garden, Virginia's highest valley and largest rural historic district, where century old farmsteads dot the agricultural landscape and beautiful scenery are abundant.

Grab a bite to eat at Your Grate Escape. Choose from fresh made sandwiches, hot soups and more. Be sure to take home some freshly made cheese straw cookies.

Visit the first and only winery in Tazewell County, Plum Creek Winery. Enjoy a glass or take home a bottle or case of wine in one of many flavors. Flavors available are plum, peach, pineapple, strawberry, blueberry, muscadine, concord grape and apple.

Day Three:

Spend the day at Burke's Garden. Sometimes referred to as "God's Thumbprint" because of its view from the air, this mountain-ringed bowl is 10 miles in diameter and filled with some of the most fertile farmland in the state. Buy baked goods and vegetables, bike on area roads, hike and hunt in nearby Jefferson National Forest.

Dine at the newly opened Fisher & Company restaurant. Located in the 1907 Pisgah Store across the road from Historic Crab Orchard Museum, Fisher & Company serves BBQ, home baked pies, cakes and sweets - country food you will love.