Wytheville… There’s Only One! You can search the world over and not find another town with this name. Discover this charming town, tucked quietly in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and its countless homegrown attractions, local flavor restaurants, variety of lodging and genuine Southern hospitality.
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults
Wytheville… There’s Only One! It’s true no other town in the world has this name. When you arrive in this charming mountain town in Southwest Virginia, you’ll discover the name is only the beginning of the uniqueness. Begin your visit at the Thomas J. Boyd Museum to learn Wytheville’s rich history including early medicines, furniture making, lead mining, Civil War and “The Summer without Children” the impact of the 1950 Polio epidemic. Your chance to meet the only Appalachian-born First Lady follows at the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum. One of only eight sites dedicated to the interpretation of a First Lady; here you’ll learn of Edith’s childhood, her courtship and marriage to President Wilson and her influence on government following his debilitating stroke.
Your evening begins with a four-course meal served to your table at Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. This German-themed delight is Virginia’s only all-musical theatre. After dinner sit back and enjoy the latest Broadway-style production that’s sure to have you humming along and tapping your toes.
A day of adventure begins with a breathtaking view atop Big Walker Lookout; this roadside attraction sits at an elevation of 3,405 feet and is Virginia’s oldest privately owned attraction. The more adventurous can climb the 100-foot observation tower for a panoramic view of five states where “Only the birds see more”.
At Fort Chiswell Animal Park you’ll safari through the outback-coming face to snout with animals from six continents. Zebras, Water Buffalo, Camels and a friendly Giraffe named Cheeto eagerly await their sample of your zoo chow. Work up an appetite during a tour of the historic Mansion at Fort Chiswell. Elegant bedrooms and gracious stairways add to the story of this 1839 masterpiece positioned along the great Wilderness Road to the West.
Lunch is served at on-site Key Ingredients Restaurant, prepared by the chef and mansion owner. Afterward, sip your favorite vintage hand crafted on the fourth-generation family farm that is West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery. Peruse the expansive gift shop after your tasting then relax on the patio and drink in the scenic mountain surroundings. Your day concludes with a delicious meal at the Log House 1776 Restaurant. Built in 1776, this preserved structure offers a fine dining experience in an early American atmosphere. Be sure to visit the three gift shops, Christopher’s Lounge and walk among the rabbits in the outdoor gardens.
A stroll through the lavender gardens at Beagle Ridge Herb Farm is the perfect way to start the day. After learning lavender distilling techniques, browse the gift shop’s countless naturally made products, enjoy tea on the patio and meander through Flying Flowers, Southwest Virginia’s only walk-through butterfly house. The brick lined streets of Downtown Wytheville are bursting with unique shops provisioning collectible books, fine jewelry, home décor, handmade furniture, trendy clothing and a plethora of antique shops. Grab a group photo at Wytheville’s LOVE sculpture or Virginia’s largest pencil before a casual farewell lunch at 7 Dogs Brewpub, named in tribute to the furry friends rescued by the owner.