Area Attractions

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  • Meadows of Dan, VA (less than 1 mile) – includes Poor Farmers MarketNancy's Candy Company; Wee Cottage Crafts; Meadows Mercantile; Meadows of Dan Market and General Store; Janie's Country Cafe; Cockram Mill Complex incl Izzy's Treasures & Crooked Road Cafe (Mediterranean food) ; Connie & Jerry's House of Collectibles; BB&T Bank and Post Office, etc. -- plus local music, seasonal festivals...
    • Hillsville, VA [Carroll Co.] (22 miles) – Major flea markets on Memorial and Labor Day Weekends                      
    Wineries and Specialty Ciders
    • Chateau Morrisette (6 miles north via Parkway) [Wine Tasting, Tours, Restaurant, and Music Programs]
    • Villa Appalaccia (4 miles north via Parkway) [Italian Style Wine Specialties]
    • Foggy Ridge Cider (approx 10 miles west) [Open for Tastings -- Fri, Sat, Sun -- April-December]
    • Blacksnake Meadery (approx 12 miles west) [Open for Tastings -- Sat & Sun -- May-October]]
    Cultural Interest
    • Toy Time Museum -- fantastic interactive venue for entire family (nearby in Meadows of Dan)
    • “Crooked Road: Virginia's  Music Trail” winds throughout SW Virginia
    • Mabry Mill Exhibits and Demonstration Area (1 mile north on Parkway)
    • Friday Night Music Jamboree at Country Store and on the streets of Floyd, VA (about 18 miles north)
    • Blue Ridge Music Center has regularly scheduled bluegrass and old-time music performances (about 35 miles south along Parkway near Galax, VA)
    • Historic Rock Churches of Buffalo Mountain Area (surrounding area)
    • FloydFest -- 4-day Music extravaganza during last week of July  (4 miles north)
    • Granny Puckett Cabin (12 miles south along Parkway) 
    Local Artisans
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    Blue Ridge Parkway -- Features of Special Interest:

    • Rocky Knob Recreation Area -- Scenic Overlooks, Hiking Trails & Picnicking  (8 miles north)
    • Mabry Mill Exhibits and Demonstration Area (1 mile north)
    • Round Meadow Creek Overlook and Trail (1 mile south)
    • Groundhog Mountain Overlook (11 miles south)  
    • Local bicycle-friendly backroad loops accessible directly from Pondview Guesthouse  (We have a small fleet of bicycles for use)
    • New River Trail (32 miles west)

    Boating & Fishing
    • On the Water  -- Canoe, kayak, tube outfitters on the Little River in Floyd County (about 25 miles north)
    • Smith River Outfitters  -- Canoe, kayak, tube rentals as well as guiding fishing & float trips along 44 mile stretch of the Smith River (about 1 hr east)
    • Dan River [stocked trout stream] & Kibler Valley [seasonal kayak run]  (within 1/2 hr)
    • New River -- Canoe rentals and excursions  (about 1 hr west)
    Tree Climbing
    Horseback Riding
    Fruit & Berry Picking
    • Levering Orchard  (approx 16 miles south via Parkway)
    • Windy Hill Orchards & seasonal cider-making (approx 18 miles near Ararat, VA)
    • Other nearby orchards and farms [More information available on request]
    Other Scenic Spots and Picnicking

    ·        Lovers Leap Overlook/Fred Clifton Park (6 miles east along US 58)
    ·        Covered Bridges of Patrick County (scenic drive off US 58 toward Woolwine, VA)