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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
    Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
    Friday, May 26, 2017 - Monday, May 29, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    7696 Sam Snead Highway
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

     Start your summer off right as we celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.  We will have a wonderful cookout on the Casino Lawn with entertainment and a fantastic fireworks display.  Activities will be abundant for the whole family to enjoy over the long weekend.  Please check The Omni Homestead website for additional activities.        

    Date:
    Friday, May 26, 2017 - Monday, May 29, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-839-1766

    Email:
    stay@thehomestead.com

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

  • Warm Springs
    Teen Group
    Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    96 Courthouse Hill Rd
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Teens in grades 5 – 12 are invited to the library each Tuesday after school. Games, books, and activities are a part of each week’s events. Volunteer opportunities are also available.  A snack is provided. For information about bus transportation to the library, contact the Bath branch.

    Date:
    Tuesday, May 30, 2017(4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-7286

    Email:
    slindsay@rrlib.net

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Heritage Festival
    Saturday, June 3, 2017
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    The Historic Masonic Theatre
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Join the fun at Alleghany Highlands sixth anniversary Heritage Day on June 3 from 10:00 to 5:00. Heritage Day is partnering with C&O Historical Society for the Heritage Festival that celebrates train history. The event will take place at the Masonic Amphitheatre, the Historic Masonic Theatre, C&O Heritage Center, Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, Clifton Forge Public Library and Clifton Forge School of the Arts and The Jungle. Over eighty artisans will be demonstrating arts & crafts of the heritage of the Alleghany Highlands in addition to a dozen food vendors, Celtic, English, Gospel and Bluegrass music, experiential activities for kids and adults, Scottish games, a quilt lecture & bed turning by Pepper Cory, & WW1 and WW2 presentations. Irish, Scottish, English, African American, Native American, German and Alleghany Mountain cultures will be celebrated. The train show will include story telling and vendors selling all things related to the railroad. Explore all the delights of the C&O Heritage Center, view a large exhibit of quilts and embroidery at the AH Arts & Crafts Center.

    Date:
    Saturday, June 3, 2017(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    masonictheatre@yahoo.com

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

  • Monterey
    Valley AeroSpace Team Rocket Launch
    Saturday, June 3, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    3003 Jackson River Road
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Valley AeroSpace Team (VAST) will be holding Rocket Launches at its Jack Mountain Village Launch Site off of Route 220, approximately 3 miles south of Monterey, Virginia.  Rockets of all sizes will be flown but is subject to participation and the weather (visit our website www.valleyaerospace.com for launch status).  Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.  Come to watch or bring your own rockets to fly with us!  Kids get to fly and take home their very own rocket.  Please contact vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com for more information.

    Date:
    Saturday, June 3, 2017(11:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Contact Cell Phone: 540-280-8908

    Email:
    vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com

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

  • Hot Springs
    Sip & Paint at Hot Springs Gallery
    Thursday, June 8, 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, June 8, 2017(6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-520-4684

    Email:
    neversart@yahoo.com

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

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