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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
    Freedom of Religion
    Thursday, November 23, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    The Garth Newel Piano Quartet is joined by Richard Faria (Clarinet) in a Thanksgiving concert and feast. Performances include David Biedenbender (Red Vesper) for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Rebecca Clarke (Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale) for viola and clarinet Felix Mendelssohn (Trio No. 2 In C Minor, Op.66) for violin, cello and piano.  Concert followed by a traditional Thanksgiving Feast prepared by resident Chef Josh Elliot.

    Date:
    Thursday, November 23, 2017(3:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

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

  • Hot Springs
    Freedom of Speech
    Friday, November 24, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    The Garth Newel Piano Quartet is joined by guest artist Richard Faria (clarinet) in this post Thanksgiving concert featuring Robert Schumann (Marchenbilder Fairytale Pictures) Op. 113 for viola and piano and Paul Moravec (Tempest Fantasy) for clarinet, violin, cello and piano.

    Date:
    Friday, November 24, 2017(6:30 PM - 9:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

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

  • Clifton Forge
    'Twas the Night Before Christmas, presented by Barter Theatre ENCORE Players
    Saturday, November 25, 2017
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    It's Christmas Eve, and Clem has no money to give his family presents or even to pay his rent.  He puts his children to bed believing there is little hope for a "Merry Christmas". Then, "Out on the lawn there arose such a clatter" . . . and a truly magical night begins that Clem and his family will never forget!  There will be visits from the Sugar Plum Fairy, Reindeer, and Santa himself!  See Clement Clark Moore's classic holiday poem brought to life onstage as only the Barter Players can.  It's pure Christmas Magic!  

    Date:
    Saturday, November 25, 2017(3:00 PM

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

  • Hot Springs
    Pursuit of Happiness
    Saturday, November 25, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Guest Artist Richard Faria (Clarinet) joins the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for the final concert of the Thanksgiving weekend.  Featured artists will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat, Major, K.493) for violin, viola, cello and piano.  And, Paul Schoenfield (Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano).

    Date:
    Saturday, November 25, 2017(11:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Carols and Cocoa: A Grinchy Treat
    Friday, December 1, 2017
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Come for the homespun charm of the Town of Clifton Forge Christmas Parade, starting at 6:00 p.m., on Main Street.  After the parade join us in the auditorium for caroling, cocoa, and a screening of the classic film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Sing along to some of your holiday favorites, and re-visit the Whos down in Whoville on our big screen.

    Date:
    Friday, December 1, 2017(7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

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