We traveled to Bath County, VA, in July for the Jazz and Blues Festival at Garth Newell Music Center. This has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, the county, that is, with its hills, mountains and rushing brooks. The music center itself is also a wonderful facility, a former horse training barn. We've seen Rene Marie in concert probably 15 or 16 times, but this was by far my favorite. The warm, wooden facility is intimae and friendly with great accoustics, and Rene was right there among us. The prices are quite reasonable for classical and jazz, including the "house band," the Garth Newell .
The site also offers a gourmet restaurant and allows picnicking on the grounds. Despite it remote location and largely undeveloped areas, the county has a host of superb restaurants. The Warm Springs Inn is one example of superb food in a warm, windowed dining room.
If you go at certain times, be sure to take in the sheepdog trials.