• Top 10 Mini-Vacations in Southwest Virginia
    Featuring a landscape dappled with mammoth swaths of wilderness, laced with free-flowing rivers, and crowned by high peaks—including the loftiest summit in the state, 5,728-foot Mount Rogers—Southwest Virginia is like no place else in the state. For outdoor lovers, this ruggedly wild corner of the state is not to ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-03-12
  • A Runner’s Guide to Southwest Virginia
    One of the nice things about running is you can do it just about anywhere. Lace-up a pair of running shoes and start exploring. Of course, it helps when the place to explore is surrounded by tree-covered mountains, scenic waterways, and an abundance of trails. Southwest Virginia has just what ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-03-12
  • Five over 5,000…Southwest Virginia’s Mountains Rise Above the Rest
    Virginia’s spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains were so named because from a distance they appear to be blueish in color. Part of the Appalachian Mountain range, the Blue Ridge Mountains boast the highest mountains in the Commonwealth and five of them are in Southwest Virginia.Mount Rogers, whose summit stretches across the ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-02-18
  • How Southwest Virginia is Transforming from an Industrial Past to an Outdoor Destination
    Hiking the Appalachian Trail to Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia. Virginia State Parks   Driving through Southwest Virginia, you’re struck by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. You can see why anyone would want to make this part of the country home. But in reality, what drew many of ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-02-13
  • The Crooked Road
    The Crooked Road – Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail winds through almost 300 miles of picturesque terrain in southwest Virginia, including 19 counties, four cities, and 54 towns and communities where heritage music is celebrated year round. With nine major music venues, more than 60 affiliated venues and festivals, and over ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-02-06
  • Heartwood
    Heartwood   Heartwood is the Gateway to Southwest Virginia music, crafts, outdoor recreation, food and local culture.   Here we celebrate the unique natural and cultural assets that make Southwest Virginia such an incredible place to live or visit. With the objective of making Southwest Virginia known all over the ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-01-24
  • Heartwood
    Heartwood   Heartwood is the Gateway to Southwest Virginia music, crafts, outdoor recreation, food and local culture.   Here we celebrate the unique natural and cultural assets that make Southwest Virginia such an incredible place to live or visit. With the objective of making Southwest Virginia known all over the ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-01-24
  • Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace
    Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace   The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace is the Gateway to Southwest Virginia music, crafts, outdoor recreation, food and local culture.   Here we celebrate the unique natural and cultural assets that make Southwest Virginia such an incredible place to live or visit. ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-01-24
  • Wineries
    The picturesque mountainsides of Southwest Virginia are home to a number of well-established wineries, thanks in large part to a good climate for growing grapes, as well as a loamy and gravelly soil with good drainage and stunning elevations. Throughout the region, you’ll find a wide variety of enjoyable wines, ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-01-23
  • Distilleries in SWVA
    Virginia, which has a long and fascinating history regarding distilled drinks, produced the first batch of whiskey on American soil way back in 1620. A rich tradition has followed, with numerous distilleries and tasting rooms now open all across the Commonwealth, including several in Southwest Virginia. Each has its own ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-01-23
  • Three Memorable Virginia Vacations for 2019
      Although the year has just begun, we have already started thinking about our travel plans for 2019. While planning vacations can easily become an overwhelming task, we have three suggestions based off of the 2019 Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide covers to help you get started!   —CONQUER ... read more
    Source: Virginia MountainsPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Beautiful Southwest Virginia Is Home to 11 State Parks
    Southwest Virginia is within a day’s drive of more than half of the United States population, giving plenty of folks the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful state parks in the country.   At roughly the same size of Rhode Island, scenic Southwest Virginia, which sits among the ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2019-01-09
  • Friends of Southwest Virginia Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week with Free Biscuit Friday at Heartwood
    Contact: Jenna Wagner PR & Marketing Director Friends of Southwest Virginia Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (276) 492-2422 jwagner@myswva.org FRIENDS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM WEEK WITH FINAL ‘SPRING BREAK BLITZ’ PRESENTATION & LAUNCH OF FREE BISCUIT FRIDAY AT ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2018-12-03
  • Friends of SWVA and Winze Company Team Up for New Merchandise Program
    Contact: Jenna Wagner PR & Marketing Director Friends of Southwest Virginia Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (276) 492-2422 jwagner@myswva.org FRIENDS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BUSINESS, WINZE COMPANY, TEAM UP FOR NEW MERCHANDISE PROGRAM  ABINGDON, VA – The Friends of Southwest Virginia ... read more
    Source: SWVAPublished on 2018-12-03
  • All Aboard for a Fall City Walking Tour in Virginia!
    **This post is written in partnership with Amtrak Virginia and Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation.**   Virginia’s cities are thriving – and Amtrak takes you right to the heart of them. So put on some comfortable shoes, take in the crisp fall air, and experience one of these ... read more
    Source: Virginia MountainsPublished on 2018-11-09