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Driving Southwestern Virginia's Mountains

Tara Donne Abingdon’s Martha Washington Inn.

Photo: Tara Donne

On the southern outskirts of Roanoke, the slightly down-and-out atmosphere of pawnshops and converted industrial buildings gives way to a more pruned, suburban feel. Then after an innocuous-looking turn, the road suddenly narrows, all signs of suburbia disappear, and you are swerving back and forth up and around a mountain.

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Destinations: Virginia · Roanoke · Abingdon · Floyd

Inspired by: Driving Southwestern Virginia’s Mountains — by Thomas Beller, Published May. 2008

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    Martha Washington Inn

    Try the delicious grilled cheese on buttermilk bread served at the Country Store’s lunch counter. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, don’t miss

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    Taubman Museum of Art

    L.A. architect, Randall Stout's new building for the Art Museum of Western Virginia sits in the center of Roanoke's revitalized downtown district l

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    Holston Mountain Artisans

    In addition to works by local craftspeople, the store also stocks vintage books on local Virginia heritage.

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    Floyd Country Store

    Floyd might have a lunch counter, but it’s best known for its music: Friday nights at the Floyd Country Store, a “jamboree” of bluegrass starts at

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    Chic's Antique Mall

    The antiques store is a warren of vintage radios, kerosene lamps, tools, and beautiful objects, where you could disappear for hours.

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    Finders Keepers

    The store is filled with Deco furniture at reasonable prices.

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    Sweet Providence Farm Market & Bakery

    The red-roofed log-cabin store sits on the crest of a steep hill. Its porch (in the Fall) is strewn with pumpkins and features a cider press. Elsew

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