“Big Stone Gap Movie” Girlfriend Getaway
Day 1: Friday
Become a member of the Cast of Characters as you visit Big Stone Gap through the eyes of the women that Adriana Trigiani created in her books and movie aptly titled “Big Stone Gap.”
Arrive at Big Stone Gap and check in at the Poplar Hill Cottage, the perfect Big Stone Gap getaway. The quaint, garden-themed cottage is furnished with reproduction pieces and has three bedrooms, two full baths, a fully-stocked kitchen and an ample living area. There is a fire pit and gas grill on the patio, and a screened in porch next door for relaxation. The cottage sleeps up to six of your best girlfriends and ranges from $ 110 to $164 per night depending on the season. Make reservations for the cottage at 276-523-1322. Be sure to mention that you are booking the Girlfriend Getaway. Other overnight options include the Comfort Inn, Country Inn or small groups can stay at the Carousel House Bed and Breakfast. The B&B offers 3 charming rooms and is close to downtown and offers full breakfast and refreshments daily. Rates start at $125.00 per night. (276) 298-8160 http://carouselhousebnb.com/
From the end of June to mid-August you can enjoy a performance of the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama. Ave Marie Mullins was the “Director” of the drama in the first of Adriana Trigiani’s trilogy of novels, “Big Stone Gap.” The drama is based on the book written by John Fox, Jr. that was made into a blockbuster movie starring Fred McMurray, Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney. This wonderful love story includes feuding mountain families, the story of the coal mining business that flooded the economy with cash, and a romantic love story that will fill your heart. The drama is full of mountain music that penetrates right to your soul. The Drama plays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from mid-June to mid-August. Adult tickets are $18, $15 for seniors. http://www.trailofthelonesomepine.com/
OR – If the drama is not in season:
Mountain Rose Vineyard: 6:30 – 8:30: At 6:00 leave Big Stone Gap and travel, to Wise, Virginia for a “Sip and Paint” Experience and a tour of Mountain Rose Vineyard. This unforgettable experience includes wine, light refreshments, your own canvas, paints, brushes, and personal instruction while you create a masterpiece to take home as a memento of your time here. Fee is $35 per person. http://www.mountainrosevineyard.com/
Central Drive In Theater: Did you ever go to the movies with a car full of girlfriends? Visit the Central Drive In Theater — a throwback to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s when Drive In Theaters were still king. Central opened in 1952, and is one of the few existing Drive Ins in the nation. The Staff takes pride in providing awesome movies with new digital equipment and yummy food at the Snack Bar. Take a trip back in time to your “kid years” or when you were on dates as a teen at the old fashion Drive In Theater. This is your chance to recapture all the times of giggles and laughter at the Drive In. Admission is $8.00. Open April – October. 5111 Kent Junction Rd. (business US 23 west), Norton, VA (276) 679-3761 http://www.driveins.org/va-norton-central.htm
Day 2: Saturday
After Breakfast in your cottage or go to the Big Stone Gap Farmer’s Market, open 8-12 every Saturday, May through October. Then you’ll spend the morning strolling and touring all the key sites from the book and the movie filming. The book will come to life as you see where Ave Marie Mullins lived, worked, and loved in the quaint community of humorous characters and remarkable stories.
Meet at Carmines Visitor Center in Downtown Big Stone Gap to join your guide for a walking tour of the film sites for the movie “Big Stone Gap”. Visit the Farmer’s Market filming base camp area. Experience a Hollywood behind the scenes tour as you walk in the footsteps of Director and Author Adriana Trigiani. All the girls from the story will come to life as you visit the Book Mobile, the Mutual Pharmacy, the Drama Stage and the streets of Big Stone Gap. Your day includes a tour of the Southwest Virginia Museum State Park where Ave Marie fainted into the “Deep Sleep”. You will walk in the footsteps of Ashely Judd, Jane Krakowskie, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, Judith Ivy and Jasmine Guy as you visit the exact film spots. You will visit the Drama where Theodore and Ave Marie danced, and you will experience the high mountain peaks and extraordinary valley of Big Stone Gap.
Option 1: Travel to Norton for an easy hike to the Flag Rock overlook and the High Knob Tower. This major attraction is mentioned in the Big Stone Gap Book. High Knob is the Highest Peak in the area and you can see five states and rows of beautiful mountain peaks. This is a great photo opportunity for the girls to take group pictures and Facebook your selfie’s to everyone you know. Enjoy shopping in Norton at the Home Hardware Store where the legends of the local Big Foot are told to visitors. Across the street is a wonderful gift shop. The famous painted gourds are found in downtown at the paint store. After dinner travel to the Country Cabin II for clogging dance lessons and a demonstration of the toe tapping mountain music that everyone loves. A live band will provide your evening entertainment. Your special clogging class and music overview is $5.00 per person. Make arrangements for the class by calling 276-679-3541 Saturday night admission price is $5.00 for adults http://www.appalachiantraditionsinc.com/events.htm
Option 2: That evening put on your dancing shoes for a trip to the Carter Family Fold. The Fold is a national treasure for Bluegrass and Old Time Music and played a key role in the Big Stone Gap Books. Your dinner at the Fold consists of their famous Egg Salad Sandwich and Hot Dogs. Iva Lou and Lyle were partial to the Hot Dogs! The Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30pm.
Admission is $10. The Fold is one hour from Big Stone Gap. Other dinner options is the Family Bakery in Gate City, or Hob Knob Drive In. http://www.carterfamilyfold.org/index.html
Day 3: Sunday Morning
Continental Breakfast at the Cottage: Apple butter and biscuits from Nan McChesney’s Secret Recipe, and Sanka Coffee from Iva Lou’s Book Mobile will start your morning off right.
Grab a bucket of Fried Chicken to relive the “Holy Bird” Sunday Chicken Dinner. Just don’t choke on a CHICKEN BONE like Elizabeth Taylor !
Kentucky Fried Chicken is located at:
606 WOOD Avenue
Big Stone Gap, VA
SUN-SAT: 10:30AM – 10:00PM
The afternoon will include a picnic at Natural Tunnel State Park with a fun chairlift ride into the deep gorge of the park. Known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the tunnel is more than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building. Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. Hiking Trails and scenic overlooks provide amazing photo opportunities of these wonderful mountains. Parking is $4.00 per vehicle and the Chairlift is $3.00 per person. The park opens at 10:00 am http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.shtml
SHOPPING DOWN TOWN VINTAGE, THRIFT STORE & GIFTS TRIP IDEA
Make a day shopping Down Town Big Stone Gap’s Thrifty Stores, Antiques, Vintage, & Collectibles, Gifts and more. For the Thrift Store Lover, Lovers of Deals and for the Vintage Collector and Gift Shopper. Generally, Thrift Stores offer a Variety of items, offering discounts, deals and sales for Antique, Second Hand, Gently Used Clothing, Used Furniture, Used Jewelry, Household items and more.
|Thrift Store Shop Around the Corner and The Furniture & Odds & Ends Store
The Thrift Store Shop offers a wide variety of clothing, home decor and household items, furniture, collectibles, etc. Donations are put out daily.
Located at 401 Wood Avenue and the Thrift Store Shop Around the Corner, 5th 4th Street in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Open Mon: 10:00 am – 2pm; Tue – Thu 10:00 am – 5:00 pm… Fri: 10:00 am – 2pm
Rhonda’s Hallmark is a gift shop carrying items for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and everyday gift needs.
325 Wood Ave E., Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
|Vintage on Main- located across the street from Mutual Drug
Antiques & Vintage Antique and gently used furniture, clothing, unique gifts, household items, and much, much more.
Located at 309 Wood Ave E. Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
|LJ Horton Florist and Gift Shop
This Florist shop is beautifully decorated with a variety of Unique Gifts, including plush stuffed animals, balloons, fruit baskets, gourmet baskets, scented candles, silk arrangements, home décor items, baby gifts, candy & chocolates and more!
Located at 321 Wood Avenue, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
|Tales of the Lonesome Pine Book Store · Home of the Second Story Café
This little book store and café is an ideal setting for lovers of vintage, antiques and collectible books. While in Big Stone Gap, enjoy home cooking with attitude and comfort food in a relaxed environment above Tales of the Lonesome Pine (the little bookstore in downtown Big Stone Gap). Shoppers will enjoy the friendliness of the used book store with local crafts and hand caned chairs. This is a trail site on the Lonesome Pine Artisan Trail in Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia. They are a member of the Round the Mountain Artisan Network.
Located at 404 Clinton Ave E., Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Wed-Sat. 10:00 am – 6 pm. Sun. 1pm-5pm
|Four Seasons Country Deli
After a few hours of shopping and visiting local merchants relax at the Country Deli and Bakery of the Four Seasons in the country craft store or take out.
Located at 231 East 5th St, South, Big Stone Gap, Virginia
|Country Porch Antique Store
The country Porch offers a wide variety of antiques, home décor and hand-crafted items from local artisans. Offering Traditional, Country, Primitives, and Lodge style furnishings and decor.
Located at 54619 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Tue – Fri 10:00 am – 5:00 pm — Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
|Sisterly Chic Boutique
Offering the latest high fashion clothing, accessories, and jewelry.
Located 301 Wood Ave, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Open Tuesday-Friday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm, Sat 10:00am-2:00pm
FOR THE TRAIN ENTHUSIAST AND THE APPALACHIAN COAL HERITAGE
Harry W. Meador, JR Coal Museum
The Harry W. Meador Coal Museum features displays of mining equipment, tools, coal company items and a collection of photographs.
East Third and Shawnee Ave
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
|Lonesome Pine Model Railroad Club’s Model Train Exhibition
Just a few minutes from Big Stone Gap, Train enthusiasts young and old will enjoy visiting the Lonesome Pine Model Railroad Club’s Model Train exhibition housed in the basement of the Appalachia Cultural Arts Council. Admission to view the Model Train Exhibit: $2 a head
The Appalachia Cultural Arts Center fosters commitment to the future, for the cultural pride of the Town of Appalachia, the surrounding communities, and their residents.
|Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama
See the “Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama,” every summer from June-August. The drama depicts the story of the great boom in Southwest Virginia when the discovery of coal and iron ore forced the lusty, proud mountain people into making many drastic changes in the way of life. It is a love story between a beautiful mountain woman and a mining engineer from the big city.
518 Clinton Avenue East
Big Stone Gap
|The John Fox Jr. Museum was the home of the famous author of Trail of the Lonesome Pine, the nation’s first million-selling novel based on the beginning of the coal mining industry in the Appalachian region.
Big Stone Gap
|The Virginia Coal Heritage Trail
The Virginia Coal Heritage Trail is located in the Heart of Appalachia’s coalfield region. More than 300 miles of scenic byways stretch through seven counties and the city of Norton, providing the traveler with glimpses of unique coal mining towns that were formed more than a century ago. Experience this true cultural heritage experience. Some coal mines are still in operation today and can be seen at various places along the route.
|Natural Tunnel State Park
Known by many as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” the Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. Both a train and a river share the same natural limestone cave, measuring 850 feet (255 meters) long. The railroad has used this tunnel since 1890. Other scenic features include a wide chasm between steep stone walls surrounded by several pinnacles, or chimneys. Facilities include a campground, picnic areas, amphitheater, visitor center and gift shop, historical blockhouse, swimming pool and chair lift to the tunnel floor. Admission Free.
1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway
Duffield, VA 24244