Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains at the southern tip of the Shenandoah Valley and west of the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Virginia’s Mountain Region, Clifton Forge allows visitors to step away from the hustle and bustle of a hectic life, celebrate the arts, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Visit today for a #UniquelyAlleghany experience.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Douthat State Park
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Douthat State Park is situated amongst some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Visitors can enjoy miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake, a sandy swimming beach with snack bar, boat and bicycle rentals, cabins, and more. With more than 40 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails, an amphitheater, playgrounds, and nature and history programs, there is something for everyone. The park also features two completely furnished lodges and a restaurant on-site.
Take a Class at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Comprised of historic buildings and a specimen garden which border Smith Creek, the Clifton Forge School of the Arts offers classes for children and adults in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Classes and workshops are offered in drawing, painting, hand quilting, woodworking, stained glass, pottery, sculpture, music instruction, and much more. Students of all ages are welcome and customized art education and experiences are available.
Eat at Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery
This European-style brewpub features a variety of their own craft beers in addition to those from other breweries. Jack Mason’s Tavern is not just a restaurant, but also as a fun gathering place for friends and family of all ages. They have a game room featuring pool tables, video games, and a pinball machine. The large fireplace and warm atmosphere will welcome you as you come in to meet with friends or watch your favorite game.
Stay at Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast
Located on 2.82 acres, Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast features stunning Greek revival architecture. Relax on Hill Crest’s 64-foot wraparound porch and take in the breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding mountains. Hill Crest has 24 rooms and approximately 6,500 square feet of finished living space. Enjoy their 40,000-gallon in-ground pool, beautiful gardens, majestic trees, and more.
Visit the C&O Railway Heritage Center
This C&O Railway Heritage Center is an interpretive and educational railway heritage museum and visitor’s center that tells the story of the C&O Railway: the people, the places, and the technology. The story is the essential American tale of how our nation grew, how we lived and worked, and how we were all connected together by twin rails of steel. The purpose of this center is also to honor the memory and contribution of all the workers who built the railroads that allowed our nation to prosper, as well as those railroaders who continue to keep America moving by rail.
Check Out Local Artwork at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center
The Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center features rotating exhibits and sales of regional fine arts and handcrafts. Exhibits change every 4-6 weeks and feature work in a wide variety of media by Highlands and other artists. The shop sells juried handmade pottery, wood items, jewelry, stained glass, ornaments, needlework, baskets, and other fine crafts, as well as framed and unframed watercolors, oils, and various types of prints. Short-term workshops for the general public are offered throughout the year.
See a Show at the Historic Masonic Theatre/Amphitheatre
Originally an opera house and Masonic Lodge, the Historic Masonic Theatre is Virginia’s oldest continuously operating Theatre. In July 2016, the Historic Masonic Theatre opened its doors to the public once again after a $6.5 million renovation. Both a movie theatre and a performing arts venue, the four-story building has a state of the art auditorium, an underground cafe and lounge area, and a balcony with additional seating.
For more information on the Alleghany Highlands, visit www.visitalleghanyhighlands.com.