Originally Posted November 2016 By Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Last November, Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge rounded up the top country stores in the region. There were some amazing ones on that list, but we are proud to say that three of Botetourt’s finest made the list!
Whether you go for the quilts, delicious homemade snacks and candies, or just to find some really one-of-a-kind gifts, we have the country store for you.
10 Country Stores to Visit In Virginia’s Blue Ridge
Often, we don’t need a real excuse to hit the road and simply enjoy a peaceful drive with someone special (or even alone). However, we have 10 really great country stores in Virginia’s Blue Ridge that are totally worth the drive and are actually destinations unto themselves.
Give them a try. You can thank us later.
6. Ikenberry Orchards & Country Store | Daleville
Apples, peaches, and produce have been available from Ikenberry Orchards for almost 100 years. People visit just about year ‘round as there seems to be a near-constant harvest occurring. Many enjoy a good rock on the porch while others find delightful local gifts to stash away for a holiday. Locally-made lotions and soaps are top sellers, but keep an eye out for handmade baskets, candles, bee products, flour sack towels, and a lot more.
7. Take A Brake | Buchanan
If you’re on the hunt for “Made in Virginia” products, take a break at Take A Brake. There you’ll find keepsakes and gifts handcrafted by local artisans as well as the peanuts, flours, and delightful preserves.
8. Heritage Family Market | Fincastle
Fresh, free range, and local. That’s what you’ll find at Heritage Family Market. Snacks, pies, breads, produce, canned goods, and true Southern treats like scrapple are readily at hand for your visit. Oh, and candy. Lots of candy.
10. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store | Troutville
We couldn’t very well talk about country stores and leave out America’s Interstate favorite, could we? Known for an expansive front porch with a multitude of rocking chairs, Cracker Barrel is a gift shop chock-full of gifts, scents, clothes, and toys, and a restaurant serving some of the best country breakfast…all. day. long. On a cold day, a seat near the fireplace is a must. Try the chicken ‘n dumplins. It’s my favorite.