Take the kids to Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park and choose from two tours. The Pioneer Living tour gives visitors a peek into what life in Virginia was like for pioneers, including bartering, butter making, spinning and wool carding, pioneer laundry, games, hearth cooking, and dancing the Virginia Reel. The Native American Life tour shows visitors customs and traditions of the Native Americans that inhabited the Pisgah site. Learn about how they made fire, arrowheads, wigwams, tools and clothing.
Get outdoors in Tazewell with a fun educational tour at Sandy Head Ostrich Farm. Guests will be introduced to sustainable farming of alternative livestock including ostrich, emu, unusual chickens, and geese.
Stop for dinner at Cuz’s Uptown Barbecue, a favorite restaurant housed in an old barn with the silo still standing. This eatery is known for more than just barbecue. The menu also features Mexican, Indonesian and American style dishes, and most of the ingredients used in the restaurants are farmed on-site by the chefs.
If you have four guests or less, check in to the Crab Orchard Cottage. This mountain retreat has a queen bed and two twin beds, as well as a kitchen, washer/dryer, porch swing, and a backyard picnic table. Rental included a free self-guided tour of the Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park during regular hours, Wi-Fi, and a continental breakfast.
Cuz’s Cabin’s is another option for an overnight stay. There are two log cabins, each with an indoor hot tub, fireplace, and king-sized beds. Your stay includes breakfast and access to an outdoor pool.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is available if these properties are booked. There is a continental breakfast each morning and you’ll have access to the business center, fitness center, indoor pool, and laundry facilities.
Located in the town of Pocahontas, the Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine serves to remind and educate guests about the birthplace of Pocahontas coal, explaining how it fueled both homes and the U.S. Navy. Take your kids on a tour of the museum and underground tunnels.
Thompson Valley Bee Farm is an organic Honey Bee farm and a sanctuary for the bees and Monarch Butterflies. The owners welcome tours and enjoy sharing their extensive knowledge about bees. They also sell honey and other bee related products, as well as seasonal fruit and veggies.
Known as “Vanderbilt’s First Choice,” “God’s Thumbprint,” and the “Garden Spot of the World,” beautiful Burke’s Garden is Virginia’s highest valley and largest rural historic district. Take in the most breathtaking scenery this side of New Zealand, with verdant farmland, abundant wildlife, rare bird watching, peaceful biking, and adventurous hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Stop at Fisher & Co. on the way back to your hotel for dinner. A Family owned and operated restaurant located in a 1907 general store building, the restaurant serves barbeque and good country cooking.
New Graham Pharmacy is not only an old-school drugstore, but also houses The Last Soda Fountain, a traditional restaurant where you can get short order breakfast and lunch classics. Try one of the milkshakes or root beer floats. Your sweet tooth will thank you.
Go for a hike and reach the scenic overlook at Cedar Bluff Overlook Park, where you can take in stunning views of the city and the surrounding area at the top of the summit. A moderate hike of 760 feet, the trails help you walk off the morning meal from New Graham Pharmacy and experience once of the most breathtaking views in Virginia all at the same time.