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Situated in south central Virginia along the North Carolina border, Southern Virginia offers quaint American Main Street communities (once the homes of bustling tobacco markets in the South), a distinctive local culinary scene and a plethora of outdoor activities. This charming area of the Commonwealth invites travelers to immerse themselves in the heart of the region’s rich culture. Scenic byways and classic country roads connect beautiful State Parks and attractions, while three major speedways and numerous raceways bring high-speed thrills to “Virginia’s Racing Region.”
WHAT TO DO
- Play a round of disc golf at North Bend Park’s new nine-hole course.
- The Grizzly Hatchet House is a new ax-throwing range and bar opening in Danville in 2020.
- Tree Time Adventures in Prince George opened in late 2019. The park has three different treetop obstacle courses ranging from intermediate to advanced, with just over 45 elements to climb through, hiking trails throughout the property and seven zip lines of varying lengths.
- Bluegrass in Boydton, a new summer bluegrass concert series held on the front porch of The Boyd Tavern, will occur on the fourth Saturdays of June, July & August in 2020.
- Richlands Creamery in Dinwiddie recently opened on Richlands Dairy Farm and will provide guided tours and special event series in 2020, including a Dinner on the Dairy series, a Fall Festival and Family Farm Days. The creamery sells an array of dairy products, such as fresh milk and ice creams made on-site, and hosts private events in its Creamery Party Room.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
- Lakewater Brewing Company will open in mid-2020 in downtown South Hill.
- 313 Restaurant will open in South Hill’s Lofts of Franklin in 2020.
- Bringleton’s Coffee House will open in early 2020 in South Hill.
- Lynn Street Market will open in the River District of Danville in 2020. The restaurant will offer dine-in or carry-out meals, a boutique market and cooking classes.
- Buggs Island Brewing is moving to a new lakeside location in downtown Clarksville in 2020.
- Backdoor Bistro in South Hill opened in late 2019, serving baked goods like cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies and muffins as well as a selection of homemade breakfast fare, sandwiches and salads.
WHERE TO STAY
- The Delicate Flower Bed & Breakfast will open in Clarksville in 2020.
- Lily Pad Campground & RV Park opens in the Spring of 2020, offering pads for recreational vehicles and tent camping as well as amenities to complement a camper’s stay. Built in phases, the site will eventually offer 191 spaces for RVs and 50 for tents. The RV pads will be a mix of both concrete pads and pull-throughs and will include water, sewer and electrical hook-ups. Additionally, the park will include a bathhouse, kayak/canoe rentals, walking trails and more. An on-site convenience store will offer camping supplies and basic equipment, as well as a short-order grill. Future plans also include a large meeting space. The majority of the park will be for guests only; a small portion, including the store, will be open to the general public. The site of Lily Pad is roughly 15-18 acres, with over 60 additional acres surrounding it. Campsites are nestled between the Smith River and a small creek, giving the park access to the water and creating a tranquil atmosphere that is sure to attract visitors.
IN OTHER NEWS
- The Dogwood, a new meeting and conference space, will open in South Hill’s Lofts of Franklin in 2020.
- Brunswick County launches the Brunswick Stew Tour in Feb. 2020, which will provide the history as well as fresh samples of the popular Virginia dish.