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Barter Theatre is nestled beautifully on Main Street in downtown Abingdon, VA. Abingdon is rich with history and high-quality local dining, shopping and more! If you are looking for information on travel, directions or parking, click here.

Visit Abingdon

Stop by the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau to find out more about local events and activities during your trip to Barter Theatre. The Visitors Center is open to visitors from 9am-5pm daily with plenty of information regarding attractions, events, lodging, restaurants, and much more. Our friendly staff will help make your visit to Abingdon is a memorable one.

335 Cummings Street, Abingdon, VA

Virginia Highlands Festival

Robert Porterfield, founder of both the Virginia Highlands Festival and Barter Theatre, held the first Festival in 1949 with the purpose of preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of this area. Since then the Festival has evolved into an expansive multi-arts, multi-location event, with 10 full days of arts, music, food, and fun. We celebrate and preserve our cultural heritage while importing talented artists and performers from around the world for creative inspiration, education, and the enjoyment of all. Join us on the Barter Square for our award-winning Arts & Crafts show. Take a walk down Main Street to experience the Colonial Trade Faire, live concerts, youth activities, and fine art and photography. Or hop in your car for a quick trip out to the Antiques Market, now located at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Create a collection, create a new playlist, create a story. In less than 10 days, you can create memories to last a lifetime at the Virginia Highlands Festival. For more information, visit or call (276) 623-5266.

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Where to Eat

Mamma Mia’s Italian Restaurant

Mamma Mia’s is a destination stop for locals and visitors alike. It has transformed from a mom and pop pizza joint into a full-service Italian restaurant.

134 Wall St SW
Abingdon, VA 24210

(276) 525-1144

Abingdon Vineyards

Enjoy a wine tasting and picnic on the river! With over 20 wines, you are sure to find one you love. Local, artisan foods available. Many special events throughout the year. Family and dog friendly!

20530 Alvarado Road, Abingdon, VA

Harvest Table Restaurant

At the Harvest Table our chefs create recipes designed to highlight quality and freshness with the best of each season’s produce and meats from local and regional sources. We pride ourselves on being the most dedicated farm to table restaurant in Southwestern Virginia. Stop in for lunch or dinner and we guarantee a unique and positive dining experience.
Present your Barter Theatre ticket stub for 10% off your entire purchase.

13180 Meadowview Square, Meadowview, VA276.944.5142

JJ’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

JJ’s provides customers with a wide variety of menu items everyone will enjoy, including pastas, burgers and sou

ps that will keep you wanting more!

115 Charwood Dr
Abingdon, VA 24210

Rain Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy incredible homemade food with a traditional southern flavor by dining at Rain Restaurant & Bar. At Rain, everything is made in-house right down to the sauces and salad dressings. Rain features menu options for any appetite with only the freshest ingredients possible.

283 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA

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Where to Stay

Creeper’s End Lodging

Creeper’s End cottage rentals are perfect for romantic couple getaways, family vacations, or group gatherings. There is plenty to do for all age groups and most activities are in walking distance. Creeper’s End Lodging consists of two brand new colonial-style cottages nestled at the base of the Creeper Trail in Historic Abingdon, Virginia. These charming cottages consist of two rentals in cottage A and three rentals in cottage B.

121 Railroad Street, Abingdon, VA

Fairfield Inn and Suites

Located off Interstate 81 at exit 74, Newly built hotel opened May 2015, free WI-FI, Indoor pool, and fitness facilities, free buffet breakfast is included, located across from The Pinnacle Shopping the newest established premier shopping, dining, and entertainment experience in East Tennessee.

3285 W State St, Bristol, TN

Hampton Inn

We strive to ensure every guest has a wonderful experience while visiting the Abingdon area. We offer a deluxe complimentary continental breakfast, as well as many in-room amenities and an outdoor pool. Free wireless, high-speed Internet.

340 Commerce Drive Abingdon, VA 24210

Country Inn & Suites

Boasting quaint brick sidewalks and a vibrant fine arts and crafts scene, Abingdon is a popular spot for travelers and hikers who are entering or exiting the Appalachian Trail. Located right off I-81 at exit 19, the hotel’s location is just one mile from the Virginia Creeper Trail and about 30 minutes from the exciting Bristol Motor Speedway.

I-81/Exit 19 • 940 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA

Park Street Guest House

Coffee in your bathrobe, business or creative conference, family reunion… a lazy afternoon alone or a cutthroat game of Monopoly. Full on social time or quiet bliss of listening to a countryevening. Biking in the morning, Barter Theater in the evening… this charming cottage is at the hub of Abingdon’s activities.


The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

Located directly across from Barter Theatre, “The Martha,” now offers the newly completed natatorium, with its brick facade matching the timeless décor of the building. French doors and a retractable roof let you enjoy the sun and beautiful pool no matter what the season. The Spa at The Martha features beautifully appointed treatment rooms, the latest in equipment technology plus an adjoining fitness area. Ask Barter Theatre about our Special Occasion Package with discount theatre tickets and a 3 course meal!

150 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA​

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Where to Shop

A Likely Yarn

Offering yarns, tools, patterns, accessories, classes, publications and gifts. The shop also offers classes for all skill levels. Hours are Monday noon to 5 pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 7 pm. Within walking distance from Barter Theatre!
213 Pecan Street, Abingdon, VA

Abingdon Olive Oil Company

Bringing the world’s finest olive oils to Abingdon, Virginia, Abingdon Olive Oil offers more than 50 varieties and endless combinations. Organic, extra virgin, fused and infused olive oils; balsamic vinegars; and specialty oils from around the globe are featured in the extensive tasting gallery, open daily.
152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

Arts Depot

Non-profit gallery with working artist studios in a 19th century freight station. Exhibitions feature regional artists. Artists work in watercolor, weaving, ceramics and acrylics, and are pleased to discuss their work. Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment. Free Admission.
314 Depot Square, Abingdon, VA 24210

Holston Mountain Artisans Shop

Finely made regional hand crafts, books, CDs, jams and jellies for sale at the retail shop of the 48 year old cooperative located inside the 1903 repurposed county jail building. Classes and events scheduled throughout the year. Open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 5:00 PM.
214 Park Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

Siegner’s Limited

Siegner’s Ltd is a locally-owned boutique on Main Street in Abingdon, VA offering women’s fashion
and featuring Eileen Fisher, unique jewelry, handbags, gifts and original art.
226 East Main St. Abingdon, VA

Virginia Highlands Festival

The Virginia Highlands Festival, an annual arts festival, will be July 27 -August 5, 2018. More information coming soon.
335 Cummings Street, Abingdon, VA

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