Your 3-Day Itinerary for the Perfect Weekend in Patrick County
For romance in the mountains, travel to this lesser-known piece of paradise where country music has roots.
They say Virginias is for lovers, so why not plan a romantic weekend in this neighboring state?
Just past the North Carolina-Virginia state line, Patrick County lies in southern Virginia among the rolling hills and valleys of the Piedmont Region. Offering a new kind of escape for Charlotteans looking for a romantic Blue Ridge Mountain getaway that’s not Asheville, Patrick County is full of fresh adventures. Since most people in Charlotte haven’t heard much about Patrick County (despite it being only two-and-a-half hours from the city), we’re here to help you plan a three-day getaway in the lust-worthy locale.
Spice up your summer travel with this simple weekend trip—all you have to do is show up, consult this article, and enjoy yourself. Because we’ve got it all covered.
Day 1 in Patrick County
First thing’s first: You’ve got to check into your home for the weekend. Depending on your style, there are two hotel options we would recommend for your stay in Patrick County.
Where to Stay
If you enjoy bed-and-breakfasts, the Mountain Rose Inn is a stunning historic home that has since been restored from its 1901 build. Featuring five guest rooms that will make you feel like royalty, each one has an en-suite bathroom and fireplace. Plus, there is a three-course breakfast each morning. Snag one of the three rooms with balconies for a magnificent mountain view, and you might never want to leave the room!
For a different, more upscale experience, there is also the renowned Primland Resort and Spa. One of the most exciting features of this Blue Ridge resort is the plethora of options for accommodations. You can stay in everything from a tree house perched among the canopies to luxury rooms at The Lodge to various mountain homes around the property. Additionally, the on-site Elements restaurant is a delicious dining option for a luxurious night in.
Once you check into your hotel of choice, it’s time to explore Patrick County and beyond!
Exploring Hallowed Ground of Country Music
For your first jaunt around this charming mountain town, why not dance the day away to some local tunes? The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, is a gorgeous drive through 300 miles of scenic terrain in the birthplace of country music. As you cruise from the Blue Ridge Highlands to the Heart of Appalachia, expect to come across toe-tapping sounds of country music reverberating throughout the valleys. Countless music venues pepper this trail, and depending on the time of year you’re visiting, there’s bound to be a show or festival taking place.
If you’re visiting in the last weekend of July, FloydFest is a must—this mega world music festival takes place right in Patrick County, so you won’t have to trek too far for top-notch musical entertainment. Also right in Patrick County are the Willis Gap Community Center, Wayside Park, and the Patrick County Music Association—all stops along The Crooked Road that will provide plenty of fun for music lovers.
Day 2 in Patrick County
Once you’ve got the dancing bug out of your system, it’s time to see what else southwest Virginia has to offer.
Jack's Creek Covered Bridge
Activities and Adventure
This piece of paradise is a mecca of outdoor adventure, of course, so you would be remiss not to test your whitewater rafting skills during the Kibler Valley River Run or race a mountain bike on 16 miles of trails at nearby I.C. DeHart Memorial Park.
If you have a motorcycle enthusiast on your hands, the Jagged Edge motorcycle trail that winds through the county is a rare experience packed with adrenaline and stunning scenery. For the less daring visitor, a leisurely ride on the Mayo River Rail Trail is a fantastic choice.
Sweets, Eats, and Sips
After engaging in some heart-pumping activity, you should treat yourself to something sweet. Specifically? Some decadent fudge from Nancy’s Candy Co. Don’t start drooling just yet, though, because your second evening in Patrick County would be wonderfully spent touring the county’s unique wineries, including Stanburn and its 15-acre vineyard, along with Villa Appalaccia Winery and its Italian-inspired wines and architecture. When your appetite calls, choose from many local restaurants ranging from family-style to elegant dining and everything in between.
Jane’s Country Cafe will satisfy cravings for down-home Southern fare, and the 19th Pub in the Primland Resort will become your new favorite watering hole. If you’re feeling extra romantic on your getaway, consider pitching your own picnic in the quaint Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge, which is one of only four historic covered bridges in Virginia open to the public.
Day 3 in Patrick County
History buffs, rejoice! This slice of land bears enough rich historical context to keep you intrigued for days.
If you only have enough time to revisit the past in one day, be sure to stop by Reynolds Homestead in Critz, the birthplace of General J.E.B. Stuart, and the Patrick County Historical Society & Museum. Each destination has its own special draw, and history lovers will enjoy getting to take a step back into time at these historical sites.
For a different historical lens, head to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum, which displays the roots of the successful NASCAR team—an obvious must for race-loving Charlotteans.
As you’re likely realizing, there’s a ton to do in Patrick County, and you might get rightfully exhausted with your action-packed three-day weekend. To end your romantic trip on a high note, reserve your final evening for relaxation.
Settle in with Scenery
Both the Mountain Rose and Primland have enticing options for a calm night with your love—sip some complimentary sherry on a back porch at the Mountain Rose Inn, or have your own date night in your scenic Primland Resort digs. Both spots provide breathtaking scenery to serve as the perfect backdrop for an evening spent recounting all your favorite moments of the weekend.
And, trust us—there will be a lot of favorite memories to relive.
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