Cozy Cabin Christmas

Cozy Cab­in Christ­mas  Writ­ten By: Dako­ta Stan­ley            Pic­ture it now. You wake up in a cozy, warm bed right next to a crack­ling fire­place. As you get up you look out the win­dow to see the sun ris­ing over the beau­ti­ful, snow-capped moun­tains of South­west Vir­ginia. The air i s cool, crisp, […]

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Small-Town Holiday Getaway

Get in the Christmas Spirit with a Small-Town Holiday Getaway

Heart of Appalachia Dis­cov­er Virginia’s West­ern Cor­ner Get in the Christ­mas Spir­it with a Small-Town Hol­i­day Get­away The Christ­mas sea­son is one of the busiest times of the year, that is why a small-town hol­i­day get­away is per­fect for step­ping back and embrac­ing the mag­ic of the sea­son! If you’re look­ing for a cozy, Christ­mas […]

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Music Trail Mix – Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves

Blue Ridge Outdoors - Dave Stallard Chats With A Young Old Friend

Con­tributed by Dave Stal­lard, Blue Ridge Out­doors Mag­a­zine It’s always fun to say you knew a musi­cian way back when. Well, I knew old time mul­ti-instru­­men­­tal­ist Tyler Hugh­es way back when. Like, real­ly way back when. Like, mid­dle school way back when. Hugh­es hails from the town of Big Stone Gap, Vir­ginia, which is also home […]

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Marina Matters

New Owners Do New Things At Flannagan!

Reprint­ed with Per­mis­sion from The Dick­en­son Star Arti­cle and Pho­tos by Jenay Tate, Edi­tor and Pub­lish­er June 21, 2017 CLINTWOOD — In oper­a­tion since 1964, the mari­na on Flan­na­gan Lake turns anoth­er page in his­to­ry as it wel­comes the sum­mer sea­son under new own­er­ship. On Fri­day, almost all of the 99 boat slips at Flan­na­gan […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 3

Grundy - A Real Southern "Gap Adventure"

Writ­ten by Shay Wil­son, Breaks Inter­state Park I’ve been to Grundy sev­er­al times since I’ve moved here, most­ly to mar­vel at their three-floored Wal­mart, but I hadn’t real­ized there were so many things to do and see! I ran out of day in Buchanan Coun­ty before I ran out of adven­ture. Here’s what I did […]

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March Music Madness

At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music!

Writ­ten by Shay Wil­son, Breaks Inter­state Park At the heart of south­west Vir­ginia lies the foun­da­tion of great music that ranges from nos­tal­gic old time gospel to con­tem­po­rary blue­grass. No mat­ter where you go, you’ll get an ear­ful of string instru­ments, unique voic­es, and the sound of peo­ple danc­ing. We’re list­ing five of many of […]

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A Day With Shay – Part 1

Cupcakes, Giraffes & Stone Mountains

Arti­cle Writ­ten by Shay Wil­son, Breaks Inter­state Park We’re start­ing off 2017 by adding a new string of blogs called ​“A Day with Shay!” If the title is any indi­ca­tion, my name is Shay and this series is my own per­son­al intro­duc­tion to the Heart of Appalachia. While the natives of south­west­ern Vir­ginia know all the […]

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Seriously Smokin’ BBQ

The top 5 BBQ restaurants in the Heart of Appalachia

When you vis­it the South you’re always in search of one thing to make your trip com­plete: the best BBQ restau­rant around. Well, accord­ing to our fans find­ing the best bar­beque spot in the Heart of Appalachia is mighty hard but def­i­nite­ly pos­si­ble. The votes don’t lie and the best BBQ in the Heart of […]

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Golfing in the Heart of Appalachia

Want your vacation to be par for the course? Grab your clubs and tee off in the beautiful mountains of the Heart of Appalachia this summer.

Vis­it the aston­ish­ing Cedar Hill Coun­try Club and enjoy their 18-hole Estes designed course and club­house. Cedar Hill also sup­plies its vis­i­tors with a ten­nis court and in-ground pool, offer­ing a day of fun for the whole fam­i­ly. If you want more prac­tice before hit­ting Cedar Hill, stop by the Monte Vista Golf Club in […]

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13 Summer Festivals That Will Warm Your Heart

Sweet Appalachian Music will be filling the air this summer, don't miss out!

Bless­ing of the Bikes Mark your cal­en­dar and make plans to attend the 6th Annu­al Bless­ing of the Bikes on May 20th through May 22nd at the Grundy Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter, Grundy, VA. Three days of activ­i­ties and enter­tain­ment for the whole fam­i­ly includ­ing free gospel con­certs, a vet­er­ans memo­r­i­al cer­e­mo­ny, a parade, a fam­i­ly friend­ly […]

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