Wanderlust is defined as a strong desire to travel, but here in Virginia, we call that feeling WanderLove. And while travel doesn’t look quite the same this year, you can still indulge your love of travel with an epic road trip to Montgomery County, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg, VA.
**Know before you go! Please wear a mask or face covering when indoors and observe Virginia’s current safety guidelines when you travel. Before visiting, be sure to contact individual businesses for the most up-to-date hours and info.
Food for Days
Dining outside as sweater weather takes over Southwest Virginia is easy and scenic! Stop over at Eastern Divide Brewing Company for a cold craft beer and some gourmet bar food. The Tallow Fries are a must-try. If you roll in a little early on a Sunday, don’t miss the opportunity for brunch!
Thinking about dinner while you’re at lunch? Zeppoli’s Italian Restaurant is a local favorite for homemade pastas and a crazy extensive wine selection. Check out their unique family takeout specials to taste a little bit of Italy in Blacksburg.
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Fun Times Ahead
No matter the season, Beliveau Farm Winery always has gorgeous views and a place to stretch out with your favorite people. Not only are the sights amazing, but so is the gluten-free beer and handcrafted wine! If your road trip crew includes young ones or pets, Beliveau welcomes you to come roam and explore the estate. Be sure to take a few Insta-worthy pictures with the love sign while you’re there!
Ready to see what Blacksburg is all about? Spend some time exploring the original sixteen squares of Downtown Blacksburg. Here you have access to an abundance of locally owned restaurants and shops that will please everyone. Not a shopper? The history in this town is rich. Visit the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center to learn more about the historical roots of Blacksburg. If you lean more on the artsy side, check out The Lyric Theatre. The Lyric is a restored 1930’s movie theatre in the center of downtown that features indie films and live music!
Wander Where the Wi-Fi is Weak
Take advantage of our breathtaking mountain views and get outside! Heritage Community Park is the perfect place to wander. The walking (or running if you’re into that kind of thing) trails take you across creeks and near ponds, all while being surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a picnic and relax, or bring a fishing pole and try your luck in the pond!
Pandapas Pond is another gem hidden in the mountains of Montgomery County. Just outside of Blacksburg town limits, Pandapas Pond is an 8 acre man made pond surrounded by the Jefferson National Forest. The Poverty Creek trail system, which is 17 miles long, can be accessed here and welcomes hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. There is a wooden boardwalk that separates the pond from a wetland area that is packed with wildlife and is the perfect place to explore! Click here for information on operating procedures in response to COVID-19.
Ready for Bed?
Clay Corner Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast located in Downtown Blacksburg that offers each guest that “home away from home” feeling. If you’re looking for a comfy bed in a prime location, Clay Corner Inn is the place to stay. Check out their website here to book a room for your next road trip!
Do you have a heart for camping? We do too. The New River Junction offers a peaceful campsite and cabin rentals right on the New River. Talk about falling in love! The New River winds through age-old mountains, and together, the sights are unmatched.
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In Need of Caffeine
As you make your way through Montgomery County, you’ll come to find that we have a lot to offer when you’re jonesing for that perfect cup of coffee. If you love a quality coffee as much as we do, Brugh Coffee in Christiansburg is the place to go. Brugh’s beans are roasted in-house and they offer unique syrups that are made with lots of love.
Another awesome place to enjoy caffeine in a cup is Great Road Coffee. Their java is sure to give you an energy boost without a bitter taste, the secret is in the beans! While you’re recharging, walk across the hall and check in at our visitor center for more information about attractions and tips for exploring Montgomery County!
In the Mood for Food
Christiansburg is home to the iconic Dude’s Drive In, where small town nostalgia is in full swing. Honk to order and be greeted by a smiling face who will bring the mouth-watering food right to your car. Local tip: try the Dude Burger!
Buffalo and More is the perfect place to go for lunch if you’re in the mood for a home cooked meal. Located just down the road in Riner, Chef Connie cooks up all sorts of dishes using buffalo meat from her local ranch. Fresh seafood from Indigo Farms is also available here on the first Friday of every month. Give the Buffalo and More team a call at (540) 381-9764 or check out their website for more information and updates on COVID-19 operating procedures.
Activate Your Nostalgia
Release your inner-child at the NRV Superbowl. The Superbowl offers laser tag, bumper cars, bowling, and arcade games for daysss. The opportunities for fun are endless, and the whole family will enjoy it! The NRV SuperBowl is committed to keeping everyone safe with a seal of cleanliness throghout the center. Check out their website for more ways they're keeping equipment and hi-touch areas sanitized.
If you’re here during the Fall, make sure to head over to Sinkland Farms for their Pumpkin Festival every weekend from September 26th through November 1st! Click here for more details on the event. Voted the best pumpkin patch in Virginia, you can’t miss this festival!
If you have kids, a visit to Wonder Universe is a must. This interactive children’s museum is wildly popular for so many reasons and is a perfect rainy day activity. Make a reservation today to have some fun with your little one!
Take a trip down memory lane with a movie at the Starlite Drive-In. One of only eight drive-in theaters left in Virginia, Starlite is the perfect place to go for a healthy dose of classic fun. Hop in the car with your road trip crew and make some new memories together at Starlite Drive-In.
Climb Towards New Activities
In need of fresh air? We’ve got you covered. The Huckleberry Trail is 10+ miles long, connecting Blacksburg and Christiansburg via walking/biking trails. There are a variety of scenes to enjoy depending on which trailhead you use. Click here for more details about the Huckleberry Trail!
Come play at Crimper’s Climbing Gym! Crimper’s is a rock climbing gym in Christiansburg and is the perfect place for anyone to learn and practice the sport of climbing. Visit their website here for more information about pricing and COVID-19 operating procedures.
Your WanderLove is calling. How will you answer?
Please contact the Montgomery County VA Regional Tourism office by phone or message us via social media for more area information.