Whether soaring vistas, historic sites, water adventure or sheer relaxation, Patrick County has it all.
Located where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet Virginia’s Piedmont, Patrick County contains all the elements for a perfect weekend getaway. Here’s our recipe for a jam-packed weekend trip to Patrick County. For a more leisurely pace, stretch this out to a three-day weekend or even a full week, with side visits to other parts of the Dan River State Crossings region.
Begin your visit at Fairy Stone Park, where you can swim, fish, paddle, or hunt for fairy stones.
Fairy Stone State Park offers an unforgettable experience with camping, swimming, hiking, paddling, picnicking and two playgrounds, including one in the water. Go deeper to explore the recreation area’s local folklore and its unique abundance of fairy stones—the small, cross-shaped rocks that are said to be the crystallized tears of ancient fairies.
Then stop by Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge, one of only four historic timber-covered bridges publicly accessible in Virginia. The bridge was first built in 1914 to access a church, and it has survived flooding and the passage of more than a century.
Or head into Stuart, the county seat, and shop at Mattie B’s, Main Street Cards, Marilyn’s, Quilted Colors, and Wanda’s Estate Jewelry. Make sure to stop by Pet Pro Visions, Naturally to stock up on supplies for the traveling pets.
Enjoy a romantic dinner at Primland Elements restaurant. Stop by the Stable Saloon to check out some live music. Then, end the evening with a whiskey tasting.
Primland can sustain a weekend trip all in itself, too. Stay at a lodge, cabin, or even a treehouse. While there, enjoy world-class golf, fishing, shooting, and fine dining—all without leaving the resort grounds. No matter your preference, Primland can open your eyes to the simple pleasure of a mountain getaway.
Start your day at Coffee Break on Main Street with their throwback diner feel. Or visit the Honduras Coffee Shop for food and locally roasted coffee.
Visit Lover’s Leap and take a selfie at the overlook.
Then stop in at Nancy’s Candy to watch candy being made and shop their selection of locally made candy. While there, shop in the Meadows of Dan Village, and pick up unique gifts at Concord Corner Store.
Cap off the morning by driving Patrick County’s 30 miles of Blue Ridge Parkway, which offer sweeping views of the mountains and foothills. “America’s Favorite Scenic Drive” is known as a roadway with one-of-a-kind scenic, recreational and historic qualities.
The blend of mountains and foothills in Patrick County blend makes for an exceptional terroir, as demonstrated by the county’s rich wineries.
Take advantage by stopping off the parkway at Villa Appalaccia for a wine tasting, pizza and music on the piazza. The vineyards, tasting room and music garden of Villa Appaccia offer stunning views and a relaxing environment. Tim and Julie Block and their family will make you feel right at home. The winery specializes in Italian grape varieties, including Sangiovese, Primitivo, Pinot Grigio, Malvasia, Cabernet Franc, Aglianico and Corvina.
Then keep the day flowing at Stanburn Winery, a family-owned vineyard and winery that offers delicious wines and friendly warmth in a beautiful setting. Nelson and Elsie Stanley established their vineyard in 1999, and started the winery a decade later with their son David and daughter-in-law Tabatha. The winery began with three varietals, but now has 12 different styles of wine.
Check out the Stuart Family Restaurant, where you can get a taste of most any food genre. At reasonable prices, there are plenty of options and the portions are large.
Before tackling the final day, begin the morning with a stop by the Claudville Cafe for breakfast.
Take a wondrous drive along Squirrel Spur to Angel Overlook. Then head up to Groundhog Mountain Lookout Tower. From here, cast your gaze over the county’s rich topography and soak in the views.
Before heading out, fill up at Jane’s Cafe, which has homestyle food with out-of-this-world homemade desserts.
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