Here at The Oaks Victorian Inn we do our best to shop, buy and eat local as much as possible. If we don’t support our local businesses they along with the charm of small towns will disappear and that would be very sad indeed.
Do you like trains, treasures, toys and books? Head down to the Historic Cambria district of Christiansburg where you’ll find The Cambria Toy Station and Whistle Stop Books. Browse as you watch lots of freight trains rumble by. Right across the street at The Cambria Emporium is where you’ll find old treasures and new art work. Crab Creek Country Store has the Big Green Egg, fireplaces and lots of great primitives and home decor.
Downtown Christiansburg is going through a revitalization and though it may be quiet at the moment, there are several places worth checking out. Just a 5 minute walk from The Oaks is Antiques on Main. Many of our guests have found some great stuff there and just around the corner from them is Mockingbird Cafe and Bakery. It’s a really cute place for a cup of coffee and some to-die-for pastries. Do you like Mexican food? On the corner of W. Main and Radford is El Bronco Mexican Bar and Grill. I love their shrimp cocktail dinner and Bernie can’t get enough of their pork carnitas Want fine dining? Try The Summit Restaurant where you’ll enjoy an elegant leisurely meal.
May through October, our downtown hosts the Christiansburg Farmer’s Market every Thursday. Enjoy lots of local produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, all things lavender, organic eggs, poultry and more. This past December they had a special Christmas market that was bigger than anyone had anticipated. We bought a gorgeous wreath for our front door.
Looking for great gift baskets? One of our newest local businesses is The Orange Bandana. Though it doesn’t yet have a storefront location, we hope that with your support it will grow and maybe one day be a place downtown where we can send our guests to shop. We love their Taste of Virginia Basket.
Did you know that Virginia has over 250 wineries? There are only 4 states in the US that have more and we have a really terrific one here in Christiansburg. Whitebarrel is less than 15 minutes down the road from The Oaks Victorian Inn. Relax in their tasting room by the fire when it’s cold out or enjoy a glass of wine on the patio when it’s warm.
Visit Christiansburg and Shop Local Buy Local and Eat Local…Oh and sleep local too.