There’s so much to do in Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia, that you can build separate weekends around auto racing, family fun and inspiring Instagram locations. Or for the ultimate weekend, jam all three themes together in a mishmash spree through Southside.
For more ideas of things to do and places to visit in Martinsville – Henry County, Virginia, check its website. It includes an itineraries page, with listings so far for auto racing, family fun and great places to Instagram. (We borrowed ideas from all three for this weekend trip.)
Begin your weekend in peaceful Bassett, home of the Bassett Furniture World Headquarters. Start with a visit to the Bassett Historical Center, a world-class genealogical facility and museum with an authentic moonshine still and other historical artifacts.
Then journey to Philpott Lake, a scenic wonderland covering 3,000 acres with 100 miles of shoreline. Here, you can boat, swim, picnic, hike, bike, hunt, fish and observe wildlife.
Enjoy lunch just a few miles away at the locally owned Italian favorite, Papa’s Pizzeria, before jumping on the Smith River Trail System. Below Philpott Dam, a 44.5-mile section of the Smith River bisects Henry County, including a scenic blueway with 10 river access points and more than 20 miles of greenway. For equipment rentals, shuttles and guide services, call Smith River Outfitters.
Begin with breakfast at Clarence’s Steak & Seafood House, which offers a full menu full of southern favorites. Make sure to visit the back dining room to see Winston Cup trophies, Martinsville Speedway grandfather clocks and other awards.
Next, travel the streets of Uptown Martinsville. Covered in historic sites, museums and public art, uptown is sure to keep your camera busy. Photograph murals including the Circus mural, Old Glory, the June German Ball and others. How many will you find?
Then head over to the Martinsville Speedway. As the shortest and most historic NASCAR track, the Martinsville Speedway has a rich history to be explored. Start off the visit with a photo op at the track’s road-side historic marker before exploring from the speedway itself.
Now it’s time to relax and unwind at the brewery. Kick back in the peaceful serenity of Mountain Valley, Henry County and enjoy a locally brewed craft beer! At Mountain Valley Brewery, stroll the hop yard, chat in the taproom, listen to live music or play yard games.
Get going early with a fun day at the ranch. Infinity Acres provides an immersive experience with alpacas, camels and goats. The ranch allows guests to participate in activities like milking goats, giving baby bottles, grooming or feeding & watering the animals.
Check out lunch at the airport at Simply Suzanne’s Café. Enjoy your meal on the patio for a unique experience viewing planes around the airport. Whether flying in or cruising through, Simply Suzanne’s Café at Blue Ridge Airport gets you refueled and ready to go.
Finally, after a busy weekend, enjoy relaxing on the Tasting Terrace at Hamlet Vineyards with a glass of Virginia wine.