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Experience the magic of the holidays and the fascination of the start of a New Year with Mountain Lake Lodge. This brand new event atMountain Lake Lodge immerses visitors in the rich history of the New River Valley and introduces guests to the breathtaking views throughout Giles County and beyond. Its connection to culture and spotlight from the iconic Dirty Dancing film provides an unmatched experience. Guests can take advantage of the delightful offerings through a Village...

Take the Plunge: Can’t Miss Southwest Virginia Water Destinations   It’s summer, the temps are climbing, and the water is calling! If you’re looking to cool off and enjoy some of Southwest Virginia’s most beautiful sites, you’re in luck because the region is overflowing with incredible water destinations. From rivers and lakes to falls and parks, there are a number of must-visit locations in Southwest Virginia that we know will make a big splash with our visitors. Here...

Top Stops Along The Crooked Road  The musical heritage of Southwest Virginia is a celebration of one of the richest traditions in the world - Appalachia music, which includes various genres such as old-time, folk, country, and bluegrass. Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, known as The Crooked Road, is a regional destination famous for celebrating heritage music throughout the year. It covers 19 counties, 4 cities, and 54 towns and communities. The trail features ten major venues, over...

Celebrate International Museum Day in Southwest Virginia Extraordinary and beautiful Southwest Virginia features an abundance of culture, heritage, and history. Extending across 8,600 square miles, we are also proud that it is also home to more than 55 museums. The Southwest Virginia Museums Experience seeks to connect visitors with museums to learn more about this remarkable region. The experience will take visitors on a journey throughout Southwest Virginia in both space and time and as we observe...

On today's episode of the Stories from Southwest Virginia podcast, we talk to two Montgomery County Coffee Shops as we continue this craft beverage series. The two coffee shops we spoke to today include: Strange Coffee Company Brugh Coffee [pods field="https://anchor.fm/storiesfromswva/episodes/Montgomery-County-Craft-Beverages-Part-4-Connecting-Through-Coffee-e1h7s3r"] It's always exciting to hear how these passionate individuals get their start in the craft industry, hardships they have had to overcome, as well as future plans they have towards their businesses. This series was made in part by...

On today's episode of the Stories from Southwest Virginia podcast, we talk to two Montgomery County Wineries as we continue this craft beverage series. The two wineries we spoke to today include: Beliveau Farm Winery White Barrel  It's always exciting to hear how these passionate individuals get their start in the craft industry, hardships they have had to overcome, as well as future plans they have towards their businesses. This series was made in part by David Rotenizer, executive...

On today's episode of the Stories from Southwest Virginia podcast, we talk to three more Montgomery County Breweries as we continue this craft beverage series. The three breweries we spoke to today include: Beliveau Farm Brewery Bull & Bones Brewhaus Iron Tree Brewing Company It's always exciting to hear how these passionate individuals get their start in the craft industry, hardships they have had to overcome, as well as future plans they have towards their businesses. To learn more...

On today’s episode of the Stories from Southwest Virginia Podcast we speak with three breweries who also happen to be three great friends. These breweries in Montgomery County, Virginia tell us what it means to be Southwest Virginian by showcasing a great example of community, being neighborly, and having a passion behind their products. Rising Silo Farm Brewery, Moon Hollow Brewing, and Eastern Divide Brewing Company were such a fun group to speak with on the...

Friday April 1, 2022 will begin the opening for The Long Rifle in Virginia Exhibit. This exhibit will be showcased across the state of Virginia at 6 historic locations. Wilderness Road State Park, Ewing Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield William King Museum of Art, Abingdon O. Winston Link History & History Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester Each exhibit will showcase different programming featuring events, stories, and...

FRIENDS OF SWVA RELEASE 2021 ANNUAL REPORT   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chad Thompson  PHONE:  276-623-7042 EMAIL: cthompson@myswva.org   FRIENDS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA RELEASE 2021 ANNUAL REPORT   ABINGDON, Va. (Wednesday, January 26, 2022) –  Friends of Southwest Virginia has released their 2021 Annual Report which focuses on the development and marketing efforts of Southwest Virginia’s Creative Economy. The report features an approach that blends essays and graphics, and, as always, emphasizes the work of Friends of Southwest Virginia Staff, board members, and regional...