Essential trip planning: Abingdon, Virginia

A Sunday travel piece in the Knoxville News Sentinel this weekend presented readers with all they need to know for a weekend trip to Abingdon, Virginia’s historic district. The article included an itenerary of things to see on a self-guided tour (brochure available at the visitor’s center), including a run-down of retail, restaurant, and lodging busineesses in this Virginia Main Street (VMS) Community. 

The article offers a neighboring-state destination for its Tennessee readers just prior to the Labor Day holiday. This year the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that the holiday travel will increase 10% over last year, and that the travelers are staying closer to home.  Virginia Main Street communities are well positioned to take advantage of the short get-away trend because of proximity to the large urban population base of Mid-Atlantic cities.

The weekend after Labor Day, Abingdon will host a Red, White & Bluegrass Celebration on September 11 at 5:30 at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. And soon after–on September 22 and 23– the Virginia Main Street Essentials training will bring the VMS network to Abingdon for look at organizing and promoting downtown revitalization in Virginia’s traditional commercial districts.  For more information or to register, visit:, and start planning your trip today.