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 and purchase a wide variety of cheese, and local products. Thistle Meadow Winery, in Laurel Springs, sells their wines here, but you might enjoy visiting this beautiful winery near the Parkway, for tastings and events. 


New River Brewing, Taproom and Eatery, Craft Bistro, Sweet and Savory Bakery, Copper Mine Grill, The Tavern, Pie on the Mountain, Home Slice, Park Vista, and other great restaurants. Visit Molly Chomper Cidery, Creeper Trail Park, Old Orchard Creek General Store, Amy Anne Apparel, all  in historic Lansing, only a 5 mile drive.


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.  


Hike Mount Jefferson, the great pinnacle overlooking all of east and west Jefferson, has picnic areas, ranger classes, and miles of hiking trails. Numerous other hiking trails such as EB Jeffress Park-The Cascades Trail, Elk Knob State Park, New River State Park, Price Lake Trail, etc. 

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.