Hidden Gems in The New River Valley

12 years ago we decided to leave Corporate America to run a bed and breakfast. We looked for 3 years visiting many “obvious” destination areas including New England, the Tri-state area, and Asheville. On our way home from Asheville to New Jersey we stopped at The Oaks Victorian Inn in Christiansburg VA to break up the drive. Just 2 miles off I-81 it had everything we wanted in a B&B except location, or so we thought. At breakfast the next morning we found out it was for sale and 11 months later we became innkeepers.

Overtime we have discovered so many things to do in the area! Home to The Hokies, Virginia Tech is just 12 minutes drive from us, much closer than most B&Bs in Asheville are to the Biltmore. We love our alumni guests who stay with us for football games. Two years after we moved here Tech built The Moss Center for The Arts a beautiful complex offering world class entertainment as well as constantly changing art exhibits. We’ve had the pleasure of attending concerts featuring Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis and Audra MacDonald.

We’re just 30 minutes from Mountain Lake Lodge where they filmed Dirty Dancing. The bungalow where Baby and her family stayed is there and we’ve had lunch in the lodge where “nobody puts Baby in a corner”. Just a few minutes past the turn to the lodge is Jefferson National Forest where you can hike to The Cascades, a beautiful 66 ft waterfall. We recommend stopping at Tangent Outfitters where they’ll pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy when you reach the falls. There’s also great hiking near Roanoke, just a 30 minute ride north of us. We have lots of pamphlets provided by the National Park Service for more than a dozen great hikes in our area.

Hiking in the woods is not your thing? Would you rather hike after a little white ball on beautiful greens? The Pete Dye River Course is just 20 minutes from The Oaks and Draper Valley Golf Course and Hanging Rock Golf course are just 30 minutes from us.

Love wine and beer? Sinkland Farms Brewery is just 7 minutes down the road and there’s rumor that another brewery will be opening in Christiansburg this spring. Whitebarrel winery is here in Christiansburg and less than 15 minutes from The Oaks. More than a dozen wineries and breweries are within about 30 minutes from the Oaks. We’ve been to most of them. It’s part of our job to do lots of research. We love our job.

Is antique hunting your thing? We have a mini visitor center here at The Oaks and can provide you with a map showing lots of antique shops all along I-81. Antiques on Main is just 2 blocks down the street from us. The Cambria Emporium is just down the bottom of the hill. The Salvage Junkies is 3 miles from us on 460 east and Black Dog Salvage, home of the TV series Salvage Dawgs, is just 30 minutes drive north of us in Roanoke.

Do you love classic cars? Visit Duncan Imports and Classic Cars. It’s right here in Christiansburg.  All I can say is WOW what an amazing place! There are over 100 left hand drive Nissan Figaros and lots of classic cars from the 1930’s through 1990’s available for purchase. My favorites are the hearses with intricately carved gilded pagodas on top of somber black Toyotas.

Are you a baseball fan? Looking for a fun way to spend a warm summer night? 30 minutes north of us is The Salem Red Sox and 30 minutes south west of us is The Pulaski Yankees.

The town of Floyd is just 30 minutes south on route 8. Visit The Floyd Country Store on a Friday night for their weekly Bluegrass Jamboree. There’s also plenty to do the rest of the week. Have a beer at Buffalo Mountain Brewery. If you’re a quilter shop at Schoolhouse Fabrics. There are lots of arts and craft galleries and 6 miles down the road hop on The Blue Ridge Parkway.

I could go on and on but the best way to plan your visit is to check out our Things to Do page. Make The Oaks Victorian Inn your home base when exploring The New River Valley. We look forward to being your hosts.



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  1. We love visiting the Blacksburg area. Our favorite places to go are Friday nights in Floyd with the blue grass bands. And my all time favorite is walking the cascades trail to the beautiful waterfalls. Cant beat the Oaks Victorian Inn as the perfect place to stay.just beautiful anytime of year!!

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