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Welcome to Virginia’s Western Highlands, where mountain views and old-fashioned charm can be found around every bend in the road.

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This four-county region is a land of contrasts. It’s home to unspoiled vistas that have barely changed in centuries as well as a world-class resort frequented by celebrities and presidents. Old-fashioned Americana lives on in charming small towns that offer a sophisticated artistic and cultural scene enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Take your time and wander the many back roads and scenic byways. Discover a favorite picnic spot or a secluded fishing hole. The more you explore, the more you’ll fall in love with Virginia’s Western Highlands.

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Upcoming Events
  • Hot Springs
    Bath County Art Show
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    98 Panther Drive
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to the Virginia's Western Highlands of Bath County and join us for the Bath County Art Show featuring artwork from over 250 Virginia artists (and beyond!)  Proceeds from the Bath County Art Show assist the Bath County Arts Association in awarding scholarships to local students, sponsoring visual and performing arts programs and supplementing art education in the Bath County Public School.  Enjoy stunning works of art in a variety of mediums--acrylic, charcoal, graphics, oil pastel, photography, sculpture, watercolor and more. Artwork will be received July 15 & 16 between 1:00-5:00pmEntry form will be available on the website in May.

    Date:
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017(1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-2139

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BathCountyArtShow

  • Hot Springs
    Sip & Paint at Hot Springs Gallery
    Thursday, July 27, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    2809 Main Street
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Paint in a fun group for 2 hours and take home a masterpiece! No experience is needed.  Apron, canvas, paint and brushes are provided.  BYOB. $45 per person. Perfect for private parties, weddings and ladies night! Reservations are required. Get your art buzz on!

    Date:
    Thursday, July 27, 2017(6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-520-4684

    Email:
    neversart@yahoo.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/SipPaintatHotSpringsGallery

  • Warm Springs
    Poor Farm Bluegrass Festival
    Friday, July 28, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    54 Poor Farm Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Join us at the Poor Farm Bluegrass Festival in Warm Springs, VA.  More information TBA.

    Date:
    Friday, July 28, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-679-0385

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/PoorFarmBluegrassFestival

  • Hot Springs
    WannaGOFAST 1/2 Mile Shootout
    Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    6240 Airport Road
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    This incredible 2-DAY event will be held on at the stunning Ingalls Field Airport (www.ingallsfield.com) in Hot Springs, VA, only 90 minutes north of Roanoke! Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains this airport provides one of the most incredible backdrops we've ever seen for High Speed Fun!! Come join us for 2 FULL DAYS of, side-by-side, HALF MILE racing at this rare and exclusive location. All of our participants will be given a chance to take their vehicle’s Top Speed down Ingalls Field’s private 5600ft runway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice!! See what it’s finally like to race without the restrictions of speed limits, on what is basically your own private raceway in the mountains!! This event is limited to only 135 cars per day and is sure to sell out quick!! So register today and we promise to make your automotive DREAMS come true!! Visit www.wannagofast.com/hotsprings for more.  

    Date:
    Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017(8:30 AM - 6:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    Ingalls Airport: 540-839-5326

    Email:
    ingallsfield@tds.net

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/WannaGOFAST12MileShootout

  • Warm Springs
    Poor Farm Bluegrass Festival
    Saturday, July 29, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    54 Poor Farm Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Join us at the Poor Farm Bluegrass Festival in Warm Springs, VA.  More information TBA.

    Date:
    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-679-0385

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/PoorFarmBluegrassFestival

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