WanderLove: Find What You Love in Abingdon, VA


Arrive in historic Abingdon, VA and start to explore the charming brick sidewalks of Main Street.  Take a walking tour of almost 250 years of American history. Abingdon was founded in 1778, and the entire immaculately preserved downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places.   

Allow plenty of time for meals in Abingdon, as you eat your way through the “Best Small Town Food Scene in the Country” for TWO years running!  With over 30 independently owned restaurants, Abingdon has more eateries per capita than New York City.    

Experience the nostalgic charm of a night at the drive-in. Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia, offers live performances at the historic Moonlite Drive-In.  Take in a live show from the comfort and safety of your car.  


The Virginia Creeper Trail is considered one of best rail-trails in the country, famous for its scenic vistas, tumbling creeks, and 47 original trestle bridges. Numerous outfitters are ready to provide bikes and shuttle services to the trailhead, making it accessible to even novice riders. Start in Abingdon or take a shuttle Whitetop Station for an all downhill ride, or challenge yourself with the full 34-miles!

Just off the trail in Alvarado you’ll find Abingdon Vineyards, a gorgeous farm winery along the banks of the South Holston River. Enjoy a flight of wines and live music on the lawn. Rent kayaks at the Vineyard or bring a picnic blanket and just relax!


Abingdon is your jumping off point to explore the curvy back roads and tiny towns of Southwest Virginia.

Head out for some sightseeing on the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway – aka “the road to the wild ponies.”  The Abingdon area is home to Mount Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia. Stops along the way include the highly instagrammable ponies of Grayson Highlands State Park and the charming town of Damascus, VA, known as Trail Town USA. 

After a day of exploring, enjoy dining al fresco in Abingdon. For a luxurious step back in time, enjoy a glass of vino from the award-winning wine list at Sister’s American Grill at The Martha. The grande dame of Abingdon has now added intimate outdoor dining, as well as tables on the front porch overlooking Main Street.   Plenty of Abingdon eateries also offer patio dining, from innovative fine dining, to family-friendly joints.  


Before heading home, explore Abingdon’s public art trail, including 3 of Virginia’s famous LOVEworks. In addition to the permanent pieces of art, you’ll find special pop-up LOVEworks throughout town, just for summer 2020.  

General Info

Attractions, Main Street Virginia, Multi-day, Scenic/Outdoors, Theatre/Music/Arts, Wine/Culinary

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