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“Silos, Fiddles, and Music”

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway
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Owner description: Conveniently located off of Exit 14 on Interstate 81, Heartwood is a must-see destination for those who cherish traditional music, original crafts, and regional cuisine. The 30,000 square food facility features crafts, music, food, coffee, and wine from the 19 county, 4 city 'Round the Mountain region of Southwest Virginia, juried under the strictest quality standards to ensure the "best of the best" are represented.Our performance area features live music strummed and sung by famous and soon to be famous area musicians. You'll find a large collection of traditional American music and handmade instruments crafted by master artisans in our Crooked Road Store. Unique memorabilia is also available for fans of all ages. Heartwood's four galleries entice visitors with jewelry, pottery, quilts, and hand turned creations from regional artisans. The food at Heartwood represents the best of Southwest Virginia's artisan farms and traditional fresh from scratch recipes. Heartwood chefs use regionally grown food whenever possible and our dishes reflect time honored Suothwest Virginia recipes. Visit our wine and coffee bar for the best Southwest Virginia roasted coffees and award winning regional wines. In addition our expansive daily menu, Heartwood offers a Thursday night barbeque menu from 6 to 9 p.m. with live music (open jam, youth music performances, or regional venue showcases) during part of that time, a Friday Night Virginia Coast Fresh Seafood Buffet from 6 to 9 p.m., and a Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Heartwood is also available for weddings and other special events, during or after regular business hours. Located in picturesque Abingdon, Va., Heartwood is a convenient, unequaled stop for shopping and dining. Heartwood is open seven days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Silos, Fiddles, and Music”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The newly architected Heartwood—built in 2011—evokes grain silos at its entrance, and almost everything feels fresh and new (except for the heartwood at the threshold, a cross-cut of a local tree inlaid into the cement that's beginning to show a bit of a decay).

The packaged introduction to Southwest Virginia artisans, musicians, and instrument makers is relatively easy to get to, within about three minutes from Interstate 81 (I-81) at Exit 14 (Abindgdon). The day we went, between Christmas and New Year's Day, things were a bit slow with the coffee-and-wine-bar unmanned, but the vibe is good. We plan to return at some point to see whether Heartwood, at its core, truly represents the profit-making needs of artisans in the 19 counties of southwest Virginia.

Visited December 2012
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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Small Plates were HUGE!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Enjoyed the Thursday a la cart BBQ and the open mountain music jam. The menu listed small plates appetizers that came to the table as platters. 4 people ordered two plates each so there was plenty of leftovers. Deep fried offerings were a little on the greasy side. The music, galleries, wine tasting and atmosphere were great!

Visited October 2012
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Kingsport TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Have visited several times and have always enjoyed the visit. Have used the restaurant twice. The food has been good and the buffet on Sunday has a variety of items which are good. The wait staff is very accomodating and there is a very friendly atmosphere to the complete complex. I will return and enjoy another visit.

Visited October 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“A pleasant stop on a long journey”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

The striking architecture of the Heartwood Center stands out on the northern side of I-81 in Abingdon, Virginia, about halfway between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. A pleasant, low-profile light cafe, wine bar, and restaurant make the Center a pleasant break from Interstate driving. If the Center's vast range of brochures and handouts isn't enough, the staff is happy to provide information on local attractions and lodging, as well as abut local artisans represented in the shops.

Heartwood is also an excellent way to touch the rich culture of of the surrounding Southern Appalachians. Located just north of Bristol, at the start of Virginia's Crooked Road Music Trail, Heartwood offers an excellent selection of music from the region. Its craft store -- there seem to be two in the building -- had somewhat limited, though high quality, offerings while we were there. But there was much excellent work, priced below what similar work would cost in, say, Asheville. If you are interested in custom work, the friendly staff are happy to provide cards for individual artisans.

Abingdon itself is a lovely town, with several excellent inns, including the historic Martha Washington Inn, and the Barter Theater, an unexpectedly good evening's entertainment. You can also rent bicycles, shuttle up to Whitetop Mountain on the Eastern Divide, and cycle or hike back miles on the spectacular 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail, built on an old railroad right of way that's mostly downhill until Damascus. You can stop in Damascus -- a morning's ride -- or continue all the way back to Abingdon. The trail is open all year -- though keep in mind that though most of the trail is easy, relatively steep downhill grades, especially the one at the beginning, can be tricky in damp or snowy conditions.

Visited August 2012
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Lenoir, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A powerful display of American Crafts”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stopped in on our way out of town after a great visit. It was really a great way to end our first trip to Abingdon. We enjoued touching and feeling where appropriate and just staring in amazement otherwise. The lady doing ceramic vases was fun to talk to and the greeter gave us a good overview of the whole place.

We didn't eat there but the food loooked like we should have.

Visited August 2012
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