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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
    Cider Tasting & Dinner
    Friday, November 16, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    4301 Longdale Furnace Road
    Clifton Forge , VA 24422

    Join us on November 16th, 2018 for a new event - A Cider Tasting! This year we will be replacing the wine pairing dinner with a cider tasting & dinner. The event will be held at The Farm at Glen Haven in Clifton Forge, VA.  Cider will be provided and paired perfectly with dinner by Big Fish Cider, Co. and the dinner will be provided by The Colorful Chameleon's Concessions & Catering. You will not want to miss this one!! Call the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 540-962-2178 for more information. 

    Date:
    Friday, November 16, 2018(6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Kriskindlmart
    Friday, November 16, 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:
    Friday, November 16, 2018(2:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-4447

    Email:
    highlandsartsandcraft.org@gmail.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    KRISKINDLMARKT
    Friday, November 16, 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:
    Friday, November 16, 2018(2:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-7275

    Email:
    cfsota@lumos.net

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Clifton Forge Town Tree Lighting
    Friday, November 16, 2018
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    Locality:
    Clifton Forge (city) County
    547 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

      November 16, 2018 at 6PM we will begin our community celebrations in Clifton Forge with an official lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. This ceremony will take place at Town Hall and feature childrens cloggers from the Alleghany Highlands.  Everyone will be invited to sing along to some popular Christmas carols as well. In addition to music, warm cider and cookies will be served during the ceremony. 

    Date:
    Friday, November 16, 2018(6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    CFMS Office: 540-862-2000

    Email:
    cfmainstreet@ntelos.net

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

  • 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

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