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Guidebook for Bluefield

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Guidebook for Bluefield

Food Scene
Only minutes from my house, this place is open Thurs, Fri, Sat, 11 am - 9 pm. This local spot kept the iconic "Cotton's Drive-In signage" on their building when they bought it and renamed it Savory Flavors. It has great BBQ with 3 regional sauces.
Savory Flavors
1204 Virginia Avenue
Only minutes from my house, this place is open Thurs, Fri, Sat, 11 am - 9 pm. This local spot kept the iconic "Cotton's Drive-In signage" on their building when they bought it and renamed it Savory Flavors. It has great BBQ with 3 regional sauces.
Five minutes down the road, this is a pharmacy with its original soda fountain. It's an iconic gem of "local color." They serve great burgers and fries, salads, malts and shakes, and an amazing breakfast. Food served 9-3pm. Fountain closed Sundays.
New Graham Pharmacy Inc
566 Virginia Avenue
Five minutes down the road, this is a pharmacy with its original soda fountain. It's an iconic gem of "local color." They serve great burgers and fries, salads, malts and shakes, and an amazing breakfast. Food served 9-3pm. Fountain closed Sundays.
A breakfast and lunch place about 10-15 min from my house in Bluefield WV. They have a great kale and quinoa salad and other healthy things on their menu. And just doors away there's a yarn store, selling local wool yarn.
The Blue Spoon Cafe
517 Commerce St
A breakfast and lunch place about 10-15 min from my house in Bluefield WV. They have a great kale and quinoa salad and other healthy things on their menu. And just doors away there's a yarn store, selling local wool yarn.
Great BBQ about 10 minutes from my house and they are open late if you arrive late and haven't eaten. Open 11 am - 10 pm Tues- Sat.
The Big Whiskey BBQ Co.
610 Raleigh St
Great BBQ about 10 minutes from my house and they are open late if you arrive late and haven't eaten. Open 11 am - 10 pm Tues- Sat.
I've never been disappointed in the food here. They use good greens in their salad. One of the few non-chain places open on Sunday and Monday too. Hours are 11 am - 9 pm. Located 12 min west of my house, and the drive there is gorgeous.
Seven
203 W Main St
I've never been disappointed in the food here. They use good greens in their salad. One of the few non-chain places open on Sunday and Monday too. Hours are 11 am - 9 pm. Located 12 min west of my house, and the drive there is gorgeous.
No one can cook fried chicken or fried fish like this place!! (10 min from my house)Service and prices are great. You can get Haitian cuisine here too. And comfort food like Mac 'n cheese. GREAT place in cold weather. M-Sa, 11 am - 8 pm. Updates on their FB page.
Carols | Restaurant & Catering
1170 Bland St
No one can cook fried chicken or fried fish like this place!! (10 min from my house)Service and prices are great. You can get Haitian cuisine here too. And comfort food like Mac 'n cheese. GREAT place in cold weather. M-Sa, 11 am - 8 pm. Updates on their FB page.
There's no place like Burkes Garden but few know about it. It's a geological wonder, and solely a farming community. The Appalachian trail runs along the edge. The General Store now serves Amish-style dinners. About a 30 min drive from my house.
Burkes Garden General Store
There's no place like Burkes Garden but few know about it. It's a geological wonder, and solely a farming community. The Appalachian trail runs along the edge. The General Store now serves Amish-style dinners. About a 30 min drive from my house.
Great little coffee shop about 15 min from my house if you're traveling west. Homemade pastries.
The Well Coffee Shop
Great little coffee shop about 15 min from my house if you're traveling west. Homemade pastries.
If you go to Bramwell WV (about 20 min from my house), don't miss this place to eat.
Corner Shop
171 Main St
If you go to Bramwell WV (about 20 min from my house), don't miss this place to eat.
About a 5 minute drive from my house, this little neighborhood convenience store is well-known for their burgers. they also sell fresh-cut meat, homemade pimento cheese, and homemade hotdog chili.
Double Gates Grocery
415 Mountain Ln
About a 5 minute drive from my house, this little neighborhood convenience store is well-known for their burgers. they also sell fresh-cut meat, homemade pimento cheese, and homemade hotdog chili.
Located on Rt 52 on your way to Bramwell, WV, this little drive in has the best cornbread and beans and custard icecream in waffle cones. AND, they come to your car and take your order and deliver...even in the rain!
Lynns Drive Inn
3705 Coal Heritage Rd
Located on Rt 52 on your way to Bramwell, WV, this little drive in has the best cornbread and beans and custard icecream in waffle cones. AND, they come to your car and take your order and deliver...even in the rain!
If you make a trip to McDowell County, you can get a good Greek Salad here. The original restaurant is in KIMBALL, WV, on Rt 52, across from the Kimball War Memorial. Google places this restaurant in Welch WV too. I go to the one in Kimball.
Ya'sou Restaurant
138 Main St
If you make a trip to McDowell County, you can get a good Greek Salad here. The original restaurant is in KIMBALL, WV, on Rt 52, across from the Kimball War Memorial. Google places this restaurant in Welch WV too. I go to the one in Kimball.
Parks & Nature
Great day trip would be to drive to Abingdon, Va (1.5 hours from my house), rent bikes and take the Virginia Creeper Trail (part of a Rails-to-Trails system). Nothing is more beautiful in the fall than a ride on this bike trail.
Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop
201 Pecan Street Southeast
Great day trip would be to drive to Abingdon, Va (1.5 hours from my house), rent bikes and take the Virginia Creeper Trail (part of a Rails-to-Trails system). Nothing is more beautiful in the fall than a ride on this bike trail.
Fantastic little park, 10 min from my house, and right by the baseball field. There's great trails for hiking and running and a train for the kids and adults.
Lotito City Park
1780 Stadium Dr
Fantastic little park, 10 min from my house, and right by the baseball field. There's great trails for hiking and running and a train for the kids and adults.
About 15 min from my house. Take the road up past the pool and you'll find a place that will make you think you're in the Shire of Lord of the Rings. It's close to Seven Restaurant in my food listings.
Lincolnshire Park
About 15 min from my house. Take the road up past the pool and you'll find a place that will make you think you're in the Shire of Lord of the Rings. It's close to Seven Restaurant in my food listings.
Beautiful place if you're looking for serenity. Sit on a bench, feed the herons and ducks and take in the beauty. Ten minute drive fr my house.
Falls Mills Dam
Beautiful place if you're looking for serenity. Sit on a bench, feed the herons and ducks and take in the beauty. Ten minute drive fr my house.
Within walking distance of my house. Hiking trails, kids play equipment, nice shelters.
Graham Recreation Park
Within walking distance of my house. Hiking trails, kids play equipment, nice shelters.
Princeton Youth Park
Everything Else
http://www.bartertheatre.com SHOWS here rival those on Broadway. The Barter is 1.25 hour drive from Bluefield. See also https://www.myswva.org/heartwood
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Barter Theatre
127 W Main St
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http://www.bartertheatre.com SHOWS here rival those on Broadway. The Barter is 1.25 hour drive from Bluefield. See also https://www.myswva.org/heartwood
https://www.myswva.org/tcr TAZEWELL is one of the venues on THE CROOKED TRAIL, a collection of events, venues and exhibits that highlight the area's authentic bluegrass, ballads and blues.
Tazewell
https://www.myswva.org/tcr TAZEWELL is one of the venues on THE CROOKED TRAIL, a collection of events, venues and exhibits that highlight the area's authentic bluegrass, ballads and blues.
http://www.tamarackwv.com FANTASTIC place to eat, view juried WV artisan work, shop for gifts, hear performances
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Tamarack: The Best Of West Virginia
1 Tamarack Place
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http://www.tamarackwv.com FANTASTIC place to eat, view juried WV artisan work, shop for gifts, hear performances
The Town of Millionaires, at least during the coal era. The houses are a must see if you're and architecture buff. Home tours in Dec. and May.
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Bramwell
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The Town of Millionaires, at least during the coal era. The houses are a must see if you're and architecture buff. Home tours in Dec. and May.
I think anyone coming to this area can gain great insight into the culture from the free on-line movie about our neighboring County: http://hollowdocumentary.com (The interface is a little tricky)
McDowell County
I think anyone coming to this area can gain great insight into the culture from the free on-line movie about our neighboring County: http://hollowdocumentary.com (The interface is a little tricky)
Sightseeing
https://www.virginia.org/listings/HistoricSites/BaileyLogCabin/ My family descended from Richard Bailey, one of the first settlers in the area. The Bailey Log House is worth a visit! https://www.virginia.org/listings/HistoricSites/BaileyLogCabin/
Great museum store here, then you take a 1/4mile walk thru woods to a restored village. The walk thru the woods is my favorite part. The BP gas station nearby sells local ARTISIAN water.
Wolf Creek Indian Village
6394 N Scenic Hwy
Great museum store here, then you take a 1/4mile walk thru woods to a restored village. The walk thru the woods is my favorite part. The BP gas station nearby sells local ARTISIAN water.
About a 10 min drive from my house, a beautiful place to watch a sunset from.
East River Mountain Scenic Overlook
About a 10 min drive from my house, a beautiful place to watch a sunset from.
20 min drive from my place. You can actually walk through this coal mine. The coal seam was 13 feet deep and put this area on the map. Plan a visit here then take the shortcut road to Bramwell, WV and look at the Millionaire houses and eat at the corner drugstore/fountain.
Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine & Museum
300 Centre St
20 min drive from my place. You can actually walk through this coal mine. The coal seam was 13 feet deep and put this area on the map. Plan a visit here then take the shortcut road to Bramwell, WV and look at the Millionaire houses and eat at the corner drugstore/fountain.
Pinnacle Rock State Park
6470 Coal Heritage Rd
Shopping
This shop offers quality yarn, and you can sit on a comfy couch and start crocheting; classes also offered.
Bluefield Yarn Company
313 Federal St
This shop offers quality yarn, and you can sit on a comfy couch and start crocheting; classes also offered.
Five minutes from my house, this is a great place to pick up an affordable handmade item. I didn't think I liked primitive style until I went in this shop. Their Christmas things are beautiful. Make time for a visit.
Country Living
528 Virginia Ave
Five minutes from my house, this is a great place to pick up an affordable handmade item. I didn't think I liked primitive style until I went in this shop. Their Christmas things are beautiful. Make time for a visit.
Really great store with quality items of all kinds. Check them out on FB>
Between Friends
293 W Main St
Really great store with quality items of all kinds. Check them out on FB>
New Graham Knives
560 Virginia Ave
If you're traveling on I-81 and come near Pulaski, Va. this is a great stop. Live music, good food, shopping...sort of your true country store. A little off the beaten path but worth it....check out their website. https://www.drapermerc.com/
The Draper Mercantile and Trading Company
3054 Greenbriar Rd
If you're traveling on I-81 and come near Pulaski, Va. this is a great stop. Live music, good food, shopping...sort of your true country store. A little off the beaten path but worth it....check out their website. https://www.drapermerc.com/
Arts & Culture
Houses the Eastern Regional Coal Archives, (mining industry). ALSO is across the street from THE BLUE SPOON CAFE, a Fantastic place to eat lunch or dinner.
Craft Memorial Library
600 Commerce St
Houses the Eastern Regional Coal Archives, (mining industry). ALSO is across the street from THE BLUE SPOON CAFE, a Fantastic place to eat lunch or dinner.
Music is such a huge part of our local culture and you'll realize some of the amazing local talent with a trip to the Sterling Drive-In, located deep in coal country, in Welch, WV. This is the place Anthony Bordaine visited for one of his last shows. The second Friday of each month is OpenMic at the Sterling and the place is usually full of people eating and listening to great tunes. Welch, WV (in McDowell County) is about a 45 min drive from my house, but I go every chance I get. Last time I thought I was hearing Joan Baez or Bob Dylan--the talent was that good. Locals sing coal mining ballads. Check out their FB page.
Sterling Drive-In
788 Stewart St
Music is such a huge part of our local culture and you'll realize some of the amazing local talent with a trip to the Sterling Drive-In, located deep in coal country, in Welch, WV. This is the place Anthony Bordaine visited for one of his last shows. The second Friday of each month is OpenMic at the Sterling and the place is usually full of people eating and listening to great tunes. Welch, WV (in McDowell County) is about a 45 min drive from my house, but I go every chance I get. Last time I thought I was hearing Joan Baez or Bob Dylan--the talent was that good. Locals sing coal mining ballads. Check out their FB page.
If you want to see authentic mountain culture as reflected in the arts, (craft, fine art, music, dance, storytelling & writing) plan a stop here. You could maybe even take in a basket making or quilting class. It's 35 min from my house.
SVCC Art Center
2157 Steelsburg Hwy
If you want to see authentic mountain culture as reflected in the arts, (craft, fine art, music, dance, storytelling & writing) plan a stop here. You could maybe even take in a basket making or quilting class. It's 35 min from my house.
Historic Crab Orchard Museum
3663 Crab Orchard Rd
Drinks & Nightlife
Live music many nights featuring good local bands. Check out the food menu and stage schedule on their FB page. Identification required at the door if you want to buy alcohol.
The RailYard
530 Raleigh St
Live music many nights featuring good local bands. Check out the food menu and stage schedule on their FB page. Identification required at the door if you want to buy alcohol.
They feature some good bands. Check them out on FB.
Painted Peak Brewing Company
386 Main Street
They feature some good bands. Check them out on FB.
Sophisticated Hound Brewing Company
833 Mercer St