Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from our friends at Giles County, who are sharing great ideas for entertaining your bridal party or guests during their wedding celebration stay.
When having a destination wedding, one of the hardest tasks is keeping your bridal party and your guests entertained. Giles County is a perfect choice for a destination wedding, not only because of the beautiful locations available, but also because of the endless outdoor activities. There’s a reason it’s called Virginia’s Mountain Playground™.
There are activities well suited for groups such as the Mountain Lake Treetop Adventures rope course, taking a day trip on the New River Water Trail by means of tubing, kayaking, or canoeing; as well as hiking one of the many trails in Giles County. Mill Creek is a great two and half mile round-trip hike that is suitable for large groups of any age as well as families. The most popular trail hike leads up to the Mill Creek Falls which has history as being the town of Narrows’ water source. Fishing is also a popular activity in Giles County, which isn’t surprising due to access to the 37 miles of the New River as well as many creeks that run through Giles. The New River Water Trail offers a multitude of float trips via our eight public boat landings. Any one of the local outfitters and guides can outfit your entire group with all equipment and make the perfect recommendation for you. Information on the different classes of rapids can often be found at the launching site or on the website.
The Palisades is a hot spot for rehearsal dinners, brunch, or bridal lunches. A must see for your guests, history, good food, and more.
In addition to Giles County’s ample outdoor activities there is a mass of historical sites that are open to the public. Some of these historical sites include the Andrew Johnston House, Sinking Creek Bridge, and The Palisades Restaurant. The Palisades Restaurant is located in the old general store in the village of Eggleston. The Palisades is a great place to accommodate large parties for fine dining while taking in a Giles County historical site. Consider them for your rehearsal dinner or bridal lunch. Giles County houses a winery, Giles Mountain Vineyard and Winery, as well as a brewery, Right Turn Clyde Brewing Company. Either of these locations would be a great place for you and your guests to rewind and possibly even host a bachelor/bachelorette party.
Your guests can find more ways to make memories in Giles County, Virginia- here’s a top five list:
- Taking a float or fishing trip down the New River Water Trail
- Hiking one of our many beautiful trails through wilderness or to a scenic overlook
- Enjoying live music with dinner at The Palisades
- Mountain Lake Lodge activities both indoor and outdoor
- Sharing in more moments together with a glass of local wine or beer
Right Turn, Clyde in an old bank building features small batch craft beers, friendly atmosphere and regular live musical performances.
Giles County, Virginia is located in Southwest Virginia approximately 40 minutes south of Roanoke and just west of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. With easy access to the New River, world class dining and lodging properties, and historical attractions for the entire family, Giles offers adventure in Virginia’s Mountain Playground™. Come find your playground at our Visitors Center located at 203 N Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134 or find us online at gilescounty.org or by calling 540-921-2079.