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Summer in a College Town: Blacksburg is Not Just for Hokies

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If Virginia is for lovers, then the Blue Ridge Highlands is for lovers of beauty. 

Blacksburg, Virginia is strategically nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and if you’re in love with beauty and life, it’s a terrific location to enjoy a summer getaway. 

Blacksburg has all the vibrancy and opportunities for enjoyment afforded in most college towns. Home to loyal students and Hokies. However, you don’t have to be a Hokie to enjoy Summer 2022 in Blacksburg! 

What To Do in Blacksburg

Summer visitors and vacationers flock to Montgomery County, VA. But students and locals appreciate the warmth and sunshine that add to their already-wonderful quality of life in Blacksburg, VA! 

Take advantage of these summer activities for tourists, tourist-wannabes, and seasoned residents of Blacksburg, Virginia.

What’s your pleasure?

Virginia Tech visitors never miss the Moss Arts Center. This season’s theme is “sights and sounds from around the world.” 

The Historic Smithfield is an inspirational and historical view of the sometimes-painful realities of Colonial America.

Dining in Montgomery County is an epicurean experience at every level. Fish tacos? Grilled-to-perfection lamb chops? Or enjoy sampling at a local winery or nearby farm’s brewery.

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You can order a typical farmer’s chicken, ham, or cobbler meal in a downtown tavern. The food is delicious and plentiful, and the ambiance is singularly old-time in Blacksburg. History comes to life as you visualize the horses secured at a fencepost on the dirt road where this restaurant sat in 1892.

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The Blacksburg Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning downtown. You’ll enjoy superior products from bakery artisans and local produce in addition to experiencing the energy of a small-town gathering. What do alpacas do at the farmers’ market in Blacksburg? These alpacas enjoy friendly pats and encourage you to examine their wool products and “some of the best soap you’ll ever buy.”

Fun and philanthropy in one activity: Ride-a-Rescue features an enjoyable horseback ride for every age and level of experience. It’s a good time for all, but it also assists in rehabilitating rescue horses.

You haven’t truly experienced the Blue Ridge Mountains until you’ve walked the walk. Hiking trails abound and you can choose a waterfall route or a rocky, scenic walk. The more adventurous enjoy ziplining, tree climbing, and mountain biking. Movie buffs head to the 1987 film site “Kellerman’s Resort” to see Baby’s and Johnny Castle’s stomping grounds in the movie Dirty Dancing.

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Bluegrass music has its roots in music from Ireland and Scotland. Hear the music as it is now performed and hear the Celtic sounds from which it originated at this summer’s Friday night concerts on Henderson Lawn. The concert series is in conjunction with the July 8-29, 2022 Summer Arts Festival in Blacksburg, VA.

Work and Play in Blacksburg, VA

If you’re a student choosing to work during the summer, most internships and summer jobs start at $15/hour. You can earn money while continuing to enjoy the good life in Blacksburg.

Perhaps our original settlers and native Colonists suspected Blacksburg, Virginia would be a good place to live and work. The students and businesses of this community provide a glimpse into a technologically advanced, diverse, and sustainable quality of life for future generations. 

And this summer, you have the opportunity to see, hear, taste…feel the history that made our country great.

Where to Stay in Blacksburg, VA

Of course, you’ll need a home base for your Blacksburg visit. The Inn at Virginia Tech is conveniently located on the Virginia Tech Campus. Our 147 impeccably appointed rooms offer fabulous scenic views of the golf course or breathtaking views of the Allegheny Mountains. Take a look at our current hotel deals. We look forward to hosting you this summer!

No matter if you’re a Hokie or not, now you know what to do in Blacksburg this summer!

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