If you’re looking for a unique destination for your next vacation, look no further than Wytheville, VA. After all, there’s only one—no other city in the world shares the same name with this beautiful southern town. It’s named after George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a mentor to Thomas Jefferson. But that’s just the beginning of its charms.
Here are our top 12 reasons that Wytheville, VA should be on everyone’s list of southern cities to visit.
1. Outdoor Recreation
Camp, hike and bike to your heart’s content at the Crystal Springs Recreation Area, over 1,800 acres of outdoor heaven. You can also take advantage of the 57-mile-long New River Trail State Park—bike, canoe, kayak or even take a guided horseback ride.
2. Big Walker Lookout
Take in the scenery at Big Walker Lookout, a beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains that’s over 3,400 feet high. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the BW Country Store for handcrafted goods and artwork from over 25 local and regional crafters.
3. Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre
What could be better than dinner and a show? Enjoy a four course German-American feast while taking in a performance by Virginia’s only all-musical theater.
4. Downtown Wytheville
Spend the day strolling the gorgeous streets of downtown Wytheville, currently experiencing a revitalization. With local shops, cafes, and restaurants as far as the eye can see, it’s a breath of fresh air!
5. Antique Malls
Whether you’re a seasoned antique shopper or just want to see what all the fuss is about, Wytheville is sure to have what you’re looking for. Visit Antique Station, Snoopers Antique Mall, Old Fort Antique Mall, or one of the other many shops in the area and you’re sure to go home with a treasure (or two)!
6. Local Wineries
Virginia’s wine business is booming, and Wytheville is no exception. Stop by West Wind Farm, Rural Retreat Winery, or Davis Valley Winery to taste small-batch, handcrafted wines and spirits made from locally grown grapes.
7. Live Music
There’s always live music being played somewhere in Wytheville. Local bands play free jam sessions weekly all year round. If you happen to visit during the summer, there’s the After Hours Summer Concert Series and the Chautauqua Festival, an eight-day event with all the local entertainment and food you could ever want.
8. Bolling Wilson Hotel
Every vacationer needs a place to stay, and it doesn’t get much better than the Bolling Wilson Hotel, located right in the heart of Downtown Wytheville. With a rich history, a great Southern restaurant, and a beautiful rooftop lounge area, there’s always something to do!
9. Historic Mansions
10. Fort Chiswell Animal Park
Take the little ones to the Fort Chiswell Animal Park to ride the Safari Bus through the park and interact with the animals. They have camels, zebra, ostrich, antelope, buffalo, and even a petting zoo, so it’s perfect for all ages!
11. Beagle Ridge Herb Farm
Learn about plants and flowers, take a stroll through the butterfly park, and have a cup of herbal tea at the Beagle Ridge Herb Farm. It’s the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
12. Historic Museums
If you still haven’t had your fill of history, Wytheville has tons of museums to visit. See the town’s first resident physician’s home at the Haller-Gibboney Rock House Museum, then go right next door to the Thomas J. Boyd Museum to see Civil War artifacts and Wytheville’s first fire truck.