THINGS TO DO
WHILE YOU'RE HERE
ARTS & CULTURE
Abingdon has long been a community with a thriving arts scene. You're going to want to dedicate a minimum of one day to explore all that Abingdon has to offer. Whether it's the authentic music culture of Southwest Virginia on The Crooked Road, or at a local music venue, a play at the world-class Barter Theatre, an exhibit at William King Museum of Art, or the traditional crafts of the region, you'll want to experience it all.
The Barter Theatre: The state theater of Virginia and the nation’s longest-running professional resident theatre
Heartwood: Gateway to Southwest Virginia’s artisans, crafts, and traditional music; headquarters of The Crooked Road heritage music trail.
William King Museum of Art: The region’s premier visual arts facility, offering fine world art, contemporary regional art and cultural heritage exhibits that change frequently.
Abingdon Music Experience: Presenting a variety of world class artists throughout the year. Don't miss Grammy award winning artists during the January Jams series, or the diverse music offerings of the free summer concert series at the Abingdon Market Pavilion on Thursdays May - July
The Crooked Road – Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail: A 330-mile driving trail through the mountains of Southwest Virginia that focuses on the uniqueness and vitality of the region’s heritage music; also includes outdoor recreational activities, museums, crafts, and historic and cultural programs.
VA Highlands Festival: A 10-day arts & craft festival with music, fine arts, children's activities, food events, antiques market and more. Traditionally the first week of August.
Scenic Beauty. World-class trails. Countless Adventures.
The Guest House is your home base for some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the world. Walking distance from the Virginia Creeper Trail, considered to be one of the best biking trails in the Eastern U.S. Explore the vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains by choosing to hike on one of a dozen trails within an hour drive. In addition to hiking and biking, visitors choose Abingdon as their home base for world-class rock climbing, kayak adventures, fishing and agri-tourism opportunities.
South Holston Lake: With hundreds of miles of shoreline, is popular for fishing, boating, skiing, and other recreational activities; hosts a number of fishing tournaments each year.
Appalachian Trail: The longest hiking-only trail in the world runs through the heart of Washington County.
Virginia Creeper Trail: A hiking, biking, and equestrian trail running from Abingdon to Damascus; considered to be one of the best mountain biking trails in the eastern U.S.
Creeper Trail Bike Shop: Right around the corner, rent your bikes and schedule shuttle service
VA Creeper Fly Fishing: Schedule your fly fishing adventures here
SHOPPING & DINING
Abingdon is home to over 34 independently owned restaurants-which is more unique dining options per capita than San Francisco! You'll find award-winning fine dining, delicious casual menus and cozy coffee and dessert options, many within walking distance of Park Street Guest House.
Some of our favorites within walking distance:
The Tavern: Don't miss the oldest building in town, offering a fine dining menu with traditional German dishes as well as cocktails and a romantic atmosphere. 2 blocks
Rain Restaurant: Unique menu with something for everyone. Upscale dinner and an award-winning mixologist on staff. Offering nightly specials as well as a late-night bar menu. 3 blocks
Morgan's: Menu focused on local ingredients and international flavors. 2 blocks
White Birch Juice & Food: Offering breakfast, lunch and weekend dinner menus highlighting local farmers, gluten free options and healthy fare. 3 blocks
Jack's 128 Pecan: Casual dining with a focus on the freshest ingredients and unique flavors. 1 block
Blue Hills Market: Right around the corner from the Guest House, grab ingredients to make your own dinners, or grab and go lunches to take with you on the Creeper Trail. 1 block
Wolf Hills Brewery: Craft beer in a quirky, historic Old Ice House. Offering live music throughout the week. Family friendly outdoor area with Corn Hole & Giant Jenga.