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6 Things to Do in Blacksburg

Located in Montgomery County in the Blue Ridge Highlands region of Virginia, Blacksburg is a university town rooted in rich history but also home to the quirky, the inventive, the creative and the sustainable. The home of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg has a certain vibe that’s equally attractive to young professionals, retirees, and weekenders. When planning your next visit to the area, be sure to add the following activities to your list!

 

Wine Down at Beliveau Estate Winery

Photo Credit: Montgomery County VA Regional Tourism Office 

Known for their lavender, wine, food and beautiful vistas, Beliveau Estate Winery sits on 165 scenic acres just 12 miles from downtown Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. Try their many different varietals of award-winning red and white wines in a tasting, by the glass, or by the bottle. Bring a picnic or order from their chef’s daily menu. Take advantage of the property’s spectacular mountain views, on-site hiking trails, fragrant lavender garden, covered veranda, stocked ponds, hilltop pavilion, outdoor patio and tiki bar, on-site French Country-style Bed & Breakfast, and so much more!

 

Visit Virginia Tech’s Hahn Horticulture Garden or Moss Arts Center

World class performances, top of the line technology, and two changing gallery exhibits are only a few of the many things you at the Moss Arts Center. The Center for the Arts brings opera, ballet, noteworthy authors, and more. The Hahn Horticulture Garden encompasses nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens on the campus of Virginia Tech. The garden features perennial borders, water gardens, shade gardens, a meadow garden, and the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion.

 

Tube the New River Junction

A small, family-oriented campground with water, electricity, wi-fi, in-ground fire pits and picnic tables at every site, the New River Junction has been in operation since 1982. One of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River spans almost 300 yards across at its intersection with the Junction, meandering across its limestone bed before dropping off through McCoy falls. Go tubing, grill out and chill out at Big Falls Park!

 

Bike the Huckleberry Trail

The Huckleberry Trail is the New River Valley’s scenic paved bike and pedestrian trail, which began as a train path in 1902 to transport coal followed by passengers in 1904. The nickname “Huckleberry Crossing” came from the train’s tendency to stall, leading to passengers disembarking and passing the time by picking huckleberries from the overgrown bushes along the tracks. In the summer of 1966, the Blacksburg depot was closed and work began to transform the train path into a nature trail. The 8+ mile paved trail connects both the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg. If you’re visiting Blacksburg and didn’t bring your own bike, find a rental through Roam NRV, a bike-sharing app that lets you rent bikes from hubs all over town.

 

Have a Beer or Kombucha at Rising Silo Brewery

Located inside Glade Road Growing Farm, Rising Silo Brewery brews craft beer and kombucha using ingredients grown on-site, pairing the beverages with wood-fired pizza as well as other tasty dishes. New craft beers are constantly rotating on tap, and specialty events fill their calendars, from Masa Monday to Pizza Friday. Farm fresh is only the beginning for this brewery. Enjoy a beer and then grab some fresh produce to take home with you!

 

Buy, Eat, and Live Local in Downtown Blacksburg

From the bustling Farmers Market, open Wednesdays and Saturdays year-round, to the historic Lyric Theatre, Downtown Blacksburg is a place where locals, students, and visitors mingle, shop, and dine. With a variety of restaurants and plenty of outdoor café-style seating, there’s something to satisfy every taste bud. Grab that perfect gift, sweet treat, or must-have item one of the many locally owned bookstores, artisans, jewelry stores, and more.

 

Where to Stay in Blacksburg

  • Main Street Inn
  • Clay Corner Inn
  • Beliveau Estate Bed and Breakfast

 

Where to Dine in Blacksburg

  • Cabo Fish Taco
  • Blacksburg Taphouse
  • Avellinos Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
  • Lefty’s

 

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Biking Virginia: 24 Challenging Cycling Events in 2017

 

Cycling enthusiasts will have a hard time finding anywhere more beautiful to ride than Virginia. From the scenic overlooks of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the bucolic countryside seen from the Cap2Cap Trail, the gorgeous landscapes keep the ride both interesting and often challenging. Add these 24 cycling events to your calendar and discover the charm of the Commonwealth at your own speed.

 

High Bridge Trail Family Day Ride—Farmville

March 29, 2017

If you’re looking for a biking event that is less of a competition and more of a family outing, sign up for the High Bridge Trail Family Day Ride. The “out-and-back” trip along the historic rail trail is mostly flat, giving even the most inexperienced cyclers an easy ride. Your payoff for this bicycling event are the vast scenic views from the trail’s namesake High Bridge, spanning 2,400 feet across the Appomattox River, and after you finish your bike ride, explore the quaint town of Farmville for even more fun.

 

Harris-Roubaix—Harrisonburg

April 9, 2017

The Harris-Roubaix race in Harrisonburg takes place annually on the same day as the Paris race for which the Virginia event is named. Participate in the group ride and travel the 15-mile loop from Harrisonburg to a family farm north of the city. Riders have the option of a single loop or traveling the track twice. An informal three lap race will end with the crowning of the “Champion of the Harris-Roubaix”. The smooth gravel roads of this event allow for a diverse group of cyclers, including mountain bikers, road bike cyclers, and even tandem riders.

 

Spring Metric Century—Harrisonburg

April 22, 2017

Cycle 62 miles through the Shenandoah Valley, recognized as one of the most beautiful regions in America, during the Spring Metric Century. This spring cycling event prepares avid riders for the more difficult 100 miler organized by Bike Shenandoah in the fall, and the proceeds benefit six service agencies that cater to the local community as well as around the world.

 

12th Annual VCU Health Cap2Cap—Charles City

May 13, 2017

The VCU Health Cap2Cap is an annual ride that spans from Richmond to historic Williamsburg and supports the Virginia Capital Trail. Cyclers can choose from 15-, 25-, 50-, and 100-mile routes to suit their experience level. Unlike bike race events, this event is all about ride, encouraging cyclers to enjoy the scenery rather than compete to finish first. Your entry cost includes a lunch and access to the post-ride party.

 

Storming of Thunder Ridge—Lynchburg

May 21, 2017

Lynchburg’s only local road cycling event, Storming of Thunder Ridge brings together cyclers to ride with the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop. There is a ride for everyone in this event, with 27-, 45-, 75, and 100-mile distances. The event starts and ends at the Jamerson Family YMCA, and riders are invited to camp out the night before either in the gymnasium or outside on the soccer field to get an early start. Post ride activities include food, music, swimming, and a relaxing soak in the facilities’ hot tubs.

 

Tour de Floyd—Floyd

May 20, 2017

Cyclers in the Tour de Floyd ride a challenging 62 miles through Floyd County with a total climbing altitude of 6,700 feet. Almost half the route is on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, providing scenic views for your ride, and you’ll also see several notable sites along the journey, like the historic Mabry Mill.

 

Mountains of Misery—Giles

May 29, 2017

The Mountains of Misery is a bike event only for the most dedicated and skilled cyclists. This tough bike route goes through the heart of Southwest Virginia, and the easier of the two distance options is the Century ride, a 100+ mile journey with 10,000 feet of altitude climb. The most seasoned cyclists may want to test their endurance with the Double Metric Century, a route of 124+ miles with over 13,000 feet altitude climb. Both distances finish in a tough, four-mile climb to the finish. Stay at the Mountain Lake Lodge at the finish line to rest up after this grueling event in luxurious lodgings.

 

Annual World Hunger Bike Ride—Rocky Mount

June 3, 2017

Ride for a great cause during the 28th Annual World Hunger Bike Ride, the longest continuously running cycling event in Franklin County. Riders can choose from 5-, 10-, 2-5, or 50-mile distances, with all proceeds from the event benefitting the World Hunger Fund. The routes wind through the mountains of Franklin and Floyd counties, with the 50-mile course climbing the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

Bike Virginia Tour—Staunton

June 23-28, 2017

The Bike Virginia Tour is a three day ride through the rural back roads of the Shenandoah Valley. Now in its 30th year, the event has a variety of options and packages for riders interested in participating, including one, three, and six day rides. The tour begins in Buena Vista along the Maury River, with the second half of the event hosted in Staunton, one of Virginia’s most popular travel destinations.

 

Tour de Scholar Charity Bike Ride—Axton

August 5, 2017

A charity bike ride that benefits local teachers, students, and schools, the Tour de Scholar Charity Bike Ride starts at the Smith River Sports Complex. This charity event is truly for everyone, with 25-, 35-, and 60-mile distance options, allowing riders to choose their skill level. Even those that are complete beginners can participate, with a five-mile bike course set up within the sports complex. Riders are eligible for a variety of door prizes and provided a free meal by the organization after the race.

 

Culpeper Gran Fondo—Culpeper

August 5, 2017

The Culpeper Gran Fondo invites cyclers of every kind to participate in a non-timed fun ride through low-traffic roads that wind through Virginia’s horse country, farmland, and vineyards, all with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. The event kicks off the Culpeper Endurance Festival with 32-, 62-, and 100-mile options. After finishing the event, cyclists are invited to join a post-ride party.

 

 

 

Can’t get enough of these adventurous biking competitions? Here are a few more notable cycling events happening in 2017 around Virginia.