Good times in Virginia’s bluegrass capital.

Bluegrass and Barbeque in Galax, VA
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The grass is always bluer in Galax, a little town tucked into southwest corner of Virginia that makes a lot of noise. It’s easy to see where songwriters get their inspiration: Galax is surrounded by winding rivers and the thickly wooded Blue Ridge Mountains.

Rex Theater

Join WBRF radio Friday evenings for live bluegrass broadcast from the historic theater.

Blue Ridge Music Center

On summer Saturdays, take in concerts at the outdoor amphitheater.

The Galax Smokehouse

Pour on the sauce at this corner bbq joint, famous for serving the town’s best barbecued pork sandwiches.

The Doctor's Inn

A country doctor’s 1913 home is now an inn, an easy tree-lined walk away from downtown. The quietly refined guest rooms come with plush bathrobes and cashmere blankets; the backyard has a pitching area for playing horseshoes.


Housed in the old post office building, this family-friendly restaurant serves generous plates of comfort food, everything from cheese fries to lasagna and create-your-own sundaes. The real stars here are the sandwiches—some 20-plus varieties.