“Rooted in Appalachia” Culinary Experience
Day One - Check in to one of Abingdon’s unique bed and breakfasts, cabins or vacation rentals. Once you're settled in, head out for dinner on our historic Main Street - where you won't find a single chain restaurant or shop. Look for the Rooted in Appalachia logo when you dine: these restaurants have committed to using local produce, purchased directly from the farmer. The Tavern serves up fine dining inside Abingdon’s oldest building, constructed in 1779, while Sister’s at The Martha offers a sophisticated menu and a cozy, pub-like atmosphere.
Day Two - After breakfast, stop by a local cafe to pick up a boxed lunch for your outdoor adventure - try Zazzy'z Coffee House or Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe. Then choose your adventure: head north to Adventure Mendota for a relaxing kayak trip on the North Fork of the Holston River, or explore some of the best fly-fishing in Virginia with one of the guides at Virginia Creeper Fly Shop. Once you've cleaned up, head up Main Street for unique shopping and a locally sourced dinner at 128 Pecan before your show at the historic Barter Theatre. Afterwards, stop by Anthony’s Desserts for a decadent homemade dessert and a cup of locally roasted coffee.
Day Three - Fuel up with a hearty southern breakfast at local favorite Chick n' Little, before heading to the Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop to get outfitted for a bike ride on The Virginia Creeper Trail. The shop will shuttle you to the top of Whitetop Mountain - Virginia's 2nd highest mountain peak. Enjoy the scenery while keeping those feet up - you won't need to pedal much! Hop off the trail in downtown Damascus to grab a bite to eat before taking the shuttle back to Abingdon. On your way back into town, stop by Wolf Hills Brewing Co. for local craft beer and live music. Just a quick drive from downtown is a can’t-miss stop for true foodies: Harvest Table Restaurant, a 100% farm-to-table restaurant in nearby Meadowview.
Day Four - Before heading home, visit Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway for a taste of Appalachian crafts, heritage music and local foods. The restaurant features spectacular mountain views and tasty regional cuisine, plus locally roasted coffee and a regional wine and beer menu. Drop by the gift shop to take home a souvenir like locally ground cornmeal from White’s Mill, a historic grist mill.