Spring Break Adventures

We all need a break!

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park We all need a break from time to time from our busy lives. Spring Break has always been that annual answer, our week-long escape from responsibilities. The Heart of Appalachia has plenty of opportunities to fully enjoy your week off whether you want to hike up a mountain […]

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March Music Madness

At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music!

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music that ranges from nostalgic old time gospel to contemporary bluegrass. No matter where you go, you’ll get an earful of string instruments, unique voices, and the sound of people dancing. We’re listing five of many of […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 2

How about an excuse to enjoy some great coffee!!!

Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park We can all agree the weather’s been a little wacky lately. One day, it feels like the perfect day of Spring and the next, you’re suddenly wondering if you somehow transported to Antarctica. I know everyone around here brags about how you actually experience all four seasons in […]

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Cozy Cabins That’ll Make Your Valentine’s Unforgettable

With Valentine's Day only days away, it only makes sense to lock in those getaways now.

Article written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park Now whether this getaway is something romantic and shared with a loved one or simply a perfectly timed hide out from all the romance and chocolate is up to you. Regardless, we’re going to give you five amazing cabins that’ll make your weekend full of fun and […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 1

Cupcakes, Giraffes & Stone Mountains

Article Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park We’re starting off 2017 by adding a new string of blogs called “A Day with Shay!” If the title is any indication, my name is Shay and this series is my own personal introduction to the Heart of Appalachia. While the natives of southwestern Virginia know all the […]

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Hikes To End Your Year With Chills and Thrills!

Taking a hike is a great way to end the year...

Article Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park Taking a hike in the winter is not a thought that crosses everyone’s mind. It’s chilly, and most people would much rather spend their afternoon curled up watching holiday movies in a warm house. However, taking a hike is a great way to end the year! You’ll […]

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Halloween is over and, for most of us, that means it's the start of the Christmas Season.

Thanksgiving can’t be forgotten, of course, but we all know that soon stores will inevitably be filled with repeats of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” multi-colored lights will be strung up around everyone’s houses, and holiday-themed coffees will be bought by the masses. It’s never really too early to start looking for Christmas […]

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Holiday Shopping Adventure to Find One-Of-A-Kind Gifts

Follow our Artisan Trails to treasures and unique gifts...

Forgo the big box stores this year and show your family and friends just how much you care… give them a gift from the heart of one of our local regional artisans. Every piece an original work of art from the HEART of all things creative ~ the Heart of Appalachia!         […]

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Elk on the Roam

Virginia's Elk Viewing Opportunities in the Heart

Historically, Elk roamed freely throughout eastern North America, including Virginia. Unregulated hunting and habitat loss led to their demise by the late 1800s. Early to mid-1900s attempts to restore our elk populations failed, mostly due to lack of suitable habitat and human knowledge of elk ecology. Today, elk are making a comeback in the Heart […]

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No Tricks, All Treats!

Halloween Events to Make Your October Spooktastic!

October is the month we all look forward to the most! The leaves are changing from green to orange, the weather’s cooling down enough to finally break out that sweater collection, and, of course, Halloween is at the end of the month! While everyone’s trying to find out what costume looks best or what kind […]

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