Day Trips to Virginia’s Best General Stores

Virginia is for Lovers posts all sorts of stuff about things to do here in Virginia. I recently came across their posting for general stores and saw that we had taken day trips from The Oaks Victorian Inn to 5 of them. The Floyd Country Store is our favorite and we send guests there a lot. It’s an easy ride from The Oaks. Just head south on Route 8 (go down our driveway and you are on Route 8) till you get there. You can find barrels of old fashion candies, kitchenware, toys and games, and clothing. There are also arts, crafts, preserves, soaps, lotions, music and books made by folks in Floyd. Don’t miss the Bluegrass Jamboree Friday nights and music Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There are some great little shops and galleries in town too.

Taking a ride on the Blue Ridge heading southbound from Floyd? Stop and visit the little town of Meadows of Dan located at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Highway 58. The Poor Farmers Market has hoop cheese, herbal products, honey, apple cider, jams and jellies, wines from Chateau Morriesette and Villa Appalachia, salad dressings, hand packed old-fashioned candies, chocolates, fresh local flour, buckwheat and more. While you’re in Meadows of Dan head over to Nancy’s Candy Factory for a sweet treat.

Down in Wytheville you’ll find the BW Country Store located at Big Walker Lookout high atop Big Walker Mountain on the Scenic Byway: Hwy 52. It’s a pretty drive on a sunny day and at  the top elevation of 3,405 feet you’ll enjoy spectacular views. Climb the 100 foot observation tower for an even better bird’s eye view. Big Walker Country Store has been a family owned business since 1947 and is still going strong. Don’t miss the live music on the porch every weekend May Through October.

If you are going to Lexington for the day, get off the highway and onto Route 11 just beyond Natural Bridge. Stop at Layne’s Country Store in Glasgow for their hoop cheese, country ham and Amish jams and pickles. The first time I stopped I bought a 1/2 lb of the hoop cheese and nibbled almost all of it by the time I got home. Yum!

Motorcycle enthusiasts love the ride to Paint Bank General Store. There had to be at least a dozen or more bikers when we visited the little town of Paint Bank. The general store carries grocery items, gift items and farm-raised buffalo meat of different cuts including burgers & rib-eye steaks. We went to enjoy the mountain drive and eat at The Swinging Bridge Restaurant, homestyle good cookin’ with a Southern gourmet flare. Bison is featured on the menu and it’s really good!

Have fun exploring




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