“America’s Coolest Hometown”. That’s a bold statement. But that’s Marion, Virginia!
The great outdoors. Live music. Bluegrass, Americana. Nightlife. Locally owned shops. Unique eateries. An art school. And a live nationwide television show. That’s Marion, Virginia!
Nestled in the heart of southwest Virginia, Marion is the quintessential small town, but not one frozen in time. Historic buildings host a vibrant local “foodie” and growing night life scene. Unique shops line this Certified Virginia Main Street Community.
Most folks know Marion as the home of “Song of the Mountains”, the Official Television Series of Virginia. The nationally-syndicated bluegrass and Americana music program is taped before a live audience every month at the historic Lincoln Theatre. Just steps away, the companion General Francis Marion Hotel, in all of its’ restored Art Deco glory, is the premiere boutique lodging in the region.
Marion’s Main Street offers an easy stroll to a variety of restaurants, diners, bistros and eateries, something for most every taste. All local, all authentic – all delicious! Catch a rising star or a regional tunesmith picking on one of the many stages inside while you dine. Then shop ’til your heart’s content.
Learn to paint, to letterpress, to build a guitar or to play a banjo at the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts. Hike to the top of Molly’s Knob, or kayak on a glimmering 108-acre lake surrounded by mountaintops reaching for the sky. Ride the “Back of the Dragon”. Tap your toes to your favorite bluegrass band, or pull a tap for a craft beer. Camp in a cabin, room at a B&B, or slumber back in time at our downtown hotel. And don’t miss the parades, the special events, the huge festivals all summer long!
Fill your shopping bags. Bring your appetite. Feed your soul. In America’s Coolest Hometown – Marion, Virginia!