When Bernie and I started our search for a bed and breakfast, we thought we’d end up in a destination city but fell in love with The Oaks Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast in the sleepy little town of Christiansburg Virginia. Never heard of Christiansburg VA? Until 5 years ago we hadn’t either. We’re just 2 miles from I-81 exit 114 or 118B and about 10 minutes from both Virginia Tech and Radford University. Bernie was a little concerned that there wouldn’t be enough for our guests to do but I was sure we’d find lots of things to do in the area, and I was right. We’ve gone exploring in every direction and have found some great stuff, so allow us to be your home base when you visit Southwestern Virginia. To pique your curiosity, here are just a few “hidden gems” that we have discovered. I’ll be telling you more about these places and many others in future blogs.This, shall we say, is just the tip of the iceberg!
A little something for the Foodies are 2 great local hangouts Due South BBQ and Buffalo and More. There are lots of other great places to eat in the area and we have a basket of menus for all the restaurants that we recommend.
For the Artist and Art Lover take a ride to Floyd and visit Bell Gallery where we have made many purchases or go to Blacksburg and check out The Artful Lawyer. Yes it is a real law office that exhibits and promotes the arts and crafts of local artists and artisans.
For the Wine Lover, right here in Christiansburg and just 15 minutes from The Oaks, is Attimo Winery a wonderful intimate family run vineyard. My favorite is a red called AD325. If you prefer white try Off the Cuff or Yesterday’s Song. Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg carries wines and beers from all over the world and always has tastings on Friday and Saturday and sometimes special tastings for closeout wines at rock bottom prices.
For the Music Lover check out the new Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech They get world class artists in a 1260 seat auditorium where the acoustics are absolutely perfect no matter where you sit. There are lots of free concerts at Radford University. Several of the professors have formed a group call The Jazz Doctors and we try to get to all of their performances.
Feeling nostalgic? Here in Christiansburg we have a real old fashion drive-in theater called The Starlite Drive-in. Turn your radio dial to 90.3 FM or really be nostalgic and hang the good old Starlite speakers on your partially rolled down window.
The Lyric Theater in Blacksburg is a single screen theater that has lovingly been restored and shows first run movies, movie classics and live performances. It even has a balcony.
There are lots of festivals in the area. My favorite is Steppin Out. It has crafts, music and great ethnic food. I always head right to India Garden’s booth for my lunch. In late July come for Floydfest. It’s a 4 day festival and a lot like traveling back in time to Woodstock. There are lots of old hippies, tons of tie-dye shirts, great music and the best people watching you can imagine. Last year it even had a big rain with lots of mud just like back in 1969 at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York.
I’m a garden junky and always looking for something more than what you can find at Lowes or Home Depot. Two places I really love are Wildwood Farms and Crow’s Nest Greenhouses . Wildwood Farms has approx 600 varieties of day lilies to choose from in every color combination you can imagine. Me, a credit card, and Wildwood Farms is a real dangerous combination so I try to go just once per season but I visit Crow’s Nest at least a half dozen times a season. There just isn’t enough room in our Subaru Outback to hold all the different plants that I buy at Crow’s Nest.
Are you a sports fan? If you like football we’re just a few minutes from Lane Stadium, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies. I’m a baseball fan and being from Massachusetts I loved going to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox. The 2004 World Series was a dream come true for me and every diehard Bosox fan. Imagine how excited I was to find out that The Salem Red Sox are just a 30 minute drive up I-81. It doesn’t have The Green Monster, but it’s a great ballpark and the most expensive seats are just $13. Such a deal!
July is going to be a very busy month around here and I look forward to telling you about all the great stuff coming up and we look forward to sharing our home with you. If you would like to book a room we’re just an easy click away.