7 Reasons to Visit the Heart of Appalachia this Spring

It's almost that time of year again so spring into action and plan your visit today!

This topsy-turvy winter is almost over here in Virginia and we’re dreaming of the special feeling that spring brings to the heart of our beautiful region. Explore the adventure spring passes to our mountains by discovering some of the great attractions and events that we have to offer! If you’re in search of an exotic […]

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Where Two Hearts Can Become One

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. This two part series will guide you through some of the Heart’s most beautiful wedding venues and help you decide where you and your sweetheart will say your ‘I dos’ this year.

Crooked River Farm in Hiltons- Crooked River is a 200 acre farm along Virginia’s famous Crooked Road Music Trail. The estate includes rolling hay fields, oak forests, and open glades with a spectacular view down the open valley with the Clinch Mountain on one side, rocky cliffs along the river on the other side, and […]

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Cozy Cabins for Valentine’s Day

Grab your sweetheart and bring them to the Heart of Appalachia for a cozy, secluded getaway in our peaceful mountains!

With Valentine’s Day a little over a month away we thought it would be a great time to share some of our most romantic hideaway spots with warm fireplaces and breathtaking views for you and your love to escape to this February. If your significant other enjoys antiquing or scenic drives, we suggest a stay […]

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2015: A Walk Down Memory Lane

2015 was a big year for us, discover a few of our new businesses, big moments, and explore some of what's coming in 2016!

The Big Stone Gap Movie Of course, we couldn’t make this list without mentioning the movie that put the little town of Big Stone Gap on the map! After 15 long years, Adriana Trigiani was able to bring her book to life and share our unique lifestyle with the world. Witness the magic of the […]

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More Winter Wonder in the Heart of Appalachia

Check out the second part of our winter adventure series!

After guiding you through the winter wonders of our southwestern region we can’t wait to tell you about what else the Heart of Appalachia has to offer our guests! Bright lights, delicious food, decadent wine, and mountain music await you in the northeastern corner of our beautiful mountains. The Parsonage in Burke’s Garden offers its guests a true Appalachian experience. Burke’s […]

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4 Great Winter Getaways

It might be winter, but there's still lots of fun to be had!

  The Heart of Appalachia region is well known for its outdoor adventure like hiking, biking, and ATVing, but did you know that we also have some great relaxing winter activities for families to enjoy? If not, follow along as we take you on a guided tour, in the first of a two part series, […]

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5 Great Fall Hikes

Take a Day Trip or Make it a Weekend in the Mountains with Friends

Every autumn, people visit the Heart of Appalachia region to enjoy our beautiful mountains, stunning fall foliage, peaceful waterfalls and lakes within our forests. We have composed a guide of some of our best hidden gems for you to get out, ELEVATE your heart rate, and enjoy everything the region has to offer. Little Stony […]

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Big Stone Gap

Rocks the Big Screen

  Best-selling author, Adriana Trigiani, grew up in the small town of Big Stone Gap amid the Lonesome Pines and Coalfields of Virginia. Trigiani was so inspired by her hometown, she immortalized this special place and time in her novel, Big Stone Gap, the first in a series of four books. Set in 1978, the […]

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Fish to Your Heart’s Content

in the Heart of Appalachia

Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority (HOA) has launched a new marketing initiative called Fish to Your Heart’s Content, designed to attract a new tourism demographic to the region. “Local residents have known for decades that the Heart of Appalachia region offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the state,” said Erin Riedhammer, HOA Executive […]

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Pedal Pushin’

the Heart of Appalachia state bike route

Spring, Summer, or Fall, the Heart of Appalachia Bike Route is one of many opportunities to experience our region, Virginia’s westernmost tip. It offers unparalleled scenic bicycle pedal pushin’ exploration between the six-mile Guest River Trail near the Kentucky border and Burke’s Garden, a geological wonder cloistered between Rich and Brushy Mountains, just south of Bluefield, West Virginia. Begun as an […]

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