Area Attractions and Events  

Area Attractions

Historic Downtown West Jefferson offers visitors a broad display of shoppes to browse, restaurants to dine, wine to taste, antiques to search, and coffee bistros to rest a while!


Gallery Crawl, a summer and fall event sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council, is held the second Friday of June, July, August, September, and October.  Many shops stay open late for Gallery Crawl. Ashe County Arts Council offers many beautiful and original paintings, pottery, fiber arts, baskets, photography, jewelry, and more.


Enjoy “Music in the Park” in West Jefferson on Friday evenings during warm weather.


Watch a movie in West Jefferson's quaint, historic movie house, The Parkway Theater, or watch a movie from a comfortable recliner at The Blue Ridge Movie Lounge, also in West Jefferson.


Visit the historic old Court House in Jefferson, which now houses a museum, and learn the history of Jefferson, West Jefferson, and all of history-rich Ashe County.  


Visit Ashe County Cheese, to see how cheese is made.


New River Brewing, Taproom and Eatery, opening in May on 108 S. Third Ave. in West Jefferson. Visit Molly Chomper Cidery in historic Lansing, only a 5 mile drive, Carolina Country Wine and Craft Beer in West Jefferson.


The Ashe County Farmer’s Market is the weekly place to be! It offers a large variety of homegrown vegetables, eggs, meats, flowers, crafts, bakery items, soaps, and a myriad of other items.  


Bring your kayak, canoe, and river tubes - also available to rent at several outfitter locations. The New River is a gentle, meandering waterway throughout Ashe County.  


Mount Jefferson, the great pinnacle overlooking all of east and west Jefferson, has picnic areas, ranger classes, and miles of hiking trails.

Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia has hiking trails, friendly wild ponies, and a beautiful landscape.

Special Occasions

The Nesting Place may be just what you’re looking for if you need a couple’s retreat, bridesmaids' get-away, or a place to get together with friends for a fun change of pace.