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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
  • Clifton Forge
    Kriskindlmart
    Saturday, November 17, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    518 Church Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24426

    We are participating in Kriskindlmart offering a sampling of the same Artisan Crafts that are available at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center!  Stop by and see us there on Friday the 17th from 2 pm - 7 pm, and Saturday the 18th from 10 am -5 pm.   Kriskindlmart looks and smells like a European Christmas village!

    Date:
    Saturday, November 17, 2018(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-4447

    Email:
    highlandsartsandcraft.org@gmail.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    KRISKINDLMARKT
    Saturday, November 17, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    518 Church Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Clifton Forge School of the Arts invites you to enjoy The Mill filled with laughter, lights, holiday scents & cheer, shopping & entertainment!! Last year we welcomed nearly 2,000 guests to this festive event which marks the start of the holiday season in the Alleghany Highlands. Wood-turned bowls, cutting boards, fresh greenery, handmade sweaters, felted alpaca hats, silk purses, blacksmith-forged items & jewelry, soaps & lotions, pottery, antique tiles, knit & crochet for infants, photography, art, handmade jewelry, German Christmas carvings, candies & chocolate, decorative gourds, quilted items, designer wreaths, brooms & brushes, maple syrup & products, European-style breads, pastries & so much more! The Mill Cafe will sell German beer & authentic Gluhwein (to guests 21+), mulled apple cider, & cold beverages. Fabulous German food choices for your dining-in or take-out pleasure.  Father Christmas may make a visit! Live music throughout the event. Raffle of artisan-made items from KRISKINDLMARKT vendors. Raffle tickets sold throughout the event with drawing at the close (winners do not need to be present). Many beautiful items and artwork featured in a Silent Auction. Entry fee $2 per person (cash please!); free for children 12 or younger. Proceeds benefit Clifton Forge School of the Arts, the community art school of the Alleghany Highlands. DRESS WARMLY!! Questions? Call 540-862-7275 • https://www.facebook.com/events/230437174314597/

    Date:
    Saturday, November 17, 2018(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-7275

    Email:
    cfsota@lumos.net

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

  • Hot Springs
    The Good Fight
    Thursday, November 22, 2018
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents The Good Fight, a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet with Mingzhe Wang, clarinet and Juliette Kang, violin. They will be performing the works of Igor Stravinsky, and Robert Schumann. 3:30 pm Cocktails; 4 pm Concert followed by an optional Thanksgiving Feast. For more information or to make reservations call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org

    Date:
    Thursday, November 22, 2018(4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

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

  • Hot Springs
    Thanksgiving Weekend: Friday
    Friday, November 23, 2018
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents Thanksgiving Weekend: Friday, a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet with Mingzhe Wang, clarinet and Juliette Kang, violin. They will be performing the works of Robert Muczynski and Johannes Brahms. 6:00 pm Cocktails; 6:30 pm Concert followed by an optional dinner. For more information or to make reservations call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org

    Date:
    Friday, November 23, 2018(6:30 PM - 10:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

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

  • Hot Springs
    Thanksgiving Weekend: Saturday- The Language of Love
    Saturday, November 24, 2018
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents Thanksgiving Weekend: Saturday- The Language of Love, a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet with Mingzhe Wang, clarinet and Juliette Kang, violin. They will be performing the works of César Franck and W.A. Mozart. 11 am Concert followed by an optional brunch. For more information or to make reservations call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org

    Date:
    Saturday, November 24, 2018(11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

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

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