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Find Your Way to Play in Abingdon

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Southwest Virginia, Abingdon beckons with its unique blend of outdoor adventure, culinary delights, and vibrant arts and entertainment scene. This charming town, with its historic roots dating back to the 18th century, has seamlessly woven tradition with contemporary allure.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves captivated by the natural wonders surrounding Abingdon. The Virginia Creeper Trail, a renowned rail-to-trail path, winds through lush forests and meandering streams, offering cyclists and hikers a scenic journey through the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Embracing the spirit of the outdoors, the town also acts as a basecamp for outdoor adventure throughout Southwest Virginia. Popular locations like The Channels, Hidden Valley Lake, Backbone Rock, and Grayson Highlands are just a short drive away.

Food and drink enthusiasts are in for a treat as Abingdon boasts a burgeoning culinary scene. In fact, Abingdon was named the “Best Small Town Food Scene” four years in a row by USA Today’s 10 Best. Quaint cafes, farm-to-table restaurants, and eclectic eateries line the streets, tempting palates with diverse flavors. Locally sourced ingredients and Southern hospitality converge to create an unforgettable dining experience.

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Historic Elegance

Stroll through Abingdon's meticulously preserved historic district along Main Street, where colonial-era buildings house an array of boutique shops, galleries, and quaint cafes. The Tavern, a venerable landmark since 1779, extends a warm invitation to guests seeking to savor Southern-inspired cuisine in an atmosphere steeped in Old World charm. For those seeking the epitome of elegance, The Martha Washington Inn & Spa stands as a bastion of luxury, providing a retreat infused with the town's storied past.

Outdoor Escapades

Abingdon caters to outdoor enthusiasts with The Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34-mile trail winding through lush forests and over charming trestle bridges. Rent a bike from one of the local outfitters, such as the Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop, and embark on a leisurely ride, immersing yourself in the natural splendor of the Appalachian landscape. South Holston Lake, a haven for water lovers, beckons with opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing, all against the stunning backdrop of rolling hills.

Culinary Delights

Abingdon's culinary scene reflects a commitment to farm-to-table freshness and regional flavors. From the refined ambiance of Rain Restaurant & Bar to the down-home allure of Summers Roof & Cellar, each dining experience offers a delectable taste of Southern hospitality. For a casual yet sophisticated culinary adventure, explore 128 Pecan, where contemporary dishes showcase the culinary creativity synonymous with the region.

Arts and Culture

Abingdon's artistic spirit flourishes in galleries, studios, and the iconic Barter Theatre, the nation's longest-running professional theater. The Barter Theatre, housed in a historic building, stages performances ranging from classic plays to contemporary productions, promising an evening of cultural enrichment. The Arts Depot is a haven for local artists, featuring diverse paintings, sculptures, and crafts, creating an immersive experience for art enthusiasts.

Relaxation and Wellness

After days filled with exploration, indulge in relaxation at one of Abingdon’s spas. From therapeutic salt room sessions to relaxing massage therapy, you will find a unique and rejuvenating way to unwind. Follow up with a peaceful evening with a local wine by a warm crackling fire.

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