Martinsville, VA in a Weekend

By Raven Petty on May 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm EST

A quick tour of Martinsville, VA offers a mix of small-town Southern charm, engaging history, outdoor adventure and plenty of attractions. Here's a sample itinerary to discover some of the best things to do and see in Martinsville, all within a weekend visit.

Day 1 Friday:

2 p.m.

Shopping in Martinsville

Visit a variety of stores in Uptown Martinsville, Patrick Henry Mall or an outlet shop for that perfect gift or bargain.

5 p.m.

Hugo's Food, Sports and Spirits

Family-friendly Hugo's is a great place for dinner. Before you order your entree, be sure to sample one of the famous Hugotizers. Menu items include steaks, seafood, pasta, wraps and more.

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Concerts and Performing Arts in Martinsville

Check Piedmont Arts Association's Upcoming Performances calendar for special events throughout the year. If you are visiting in April-September, Uptown Martinsville hosts the TGIF concert series at the Martinsville Farmers Market. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free.  

Day 2 Saturday:

8 a.m.

Binding Time Cafe

Head over to Binding Time for breakfast, coffee. Binding Time started in 2004 as a bookstore and has since grown to a restaurant/coffee house/ice cream shop that sells books. They offer a full espresso bar, full menu and lots of titles.

9 a.m.

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Learn about the natural side of Virginia by viewing more than 22 million items at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. View scientists' findings such as dinosaurs, millipedes and much more.

11 a.m.

Studio 107

Stop in at Studio 107, which is housed in the Piedmont Arts Association building. Here, you can see artists at work, take a class in one of the artist's studios, view the many exhibits or read about your favorite artist in the media room.

1 p.m.

Pigs-R-Us Barbecue

Pigs-R-Us Barbecue is a family-owned-and-operated restaurant that has been in the area for more than 10 years. The restaurant is famous for its barbecue and other good foods, and has been featured on the Food Network.

3 p.m.

Parks, Hiking and Kayaking in Martinsville

Get active and hike one of the many trails in the city. For example, you may try Doe Run Park, which has 1.5 miles of hiking trails.

If the weather allows, take a kayak trip with the Smith River Adventure Outfitters. Their staff will assist you with supplies, lessons or a professionally guided tour. Sections range from 4 to 7 miles and pricing and packaging vary, so be sure to check the calendar before heading out.

6 p.m.

Rania's Restaurant and Grill

Rania's offers lots of dinner options ranging from steaks to Italian food. The menu has a separate 'Italian corner' along with a full menu including meats, salads, health foods and more.

8 p.m.

Bowling in Martinsville

End the day having fun bowling at Sportslanes, which also includes at Ten Pin Cafe. The facility offers bowling, games and live entertainment on the weekends. 

Day 3 Sunday:

8 a.m.

Cafe at Arts and Deli

Enjoy breakfast at the Cafe at Arts and Deli, which is a blend of a coffee shop/cafe/gift shop and local hangout. Grab a bagel or baked good and browse the artwork, ornaments, candles and other accessories.

Extra Time?

Stop by the Preston Ridge Winery, which opened in March 2010. Attend a wine tasting, or sip a glass while sitting on the patio. The retail store includes chilled wines, wine-making and home-brewing supplies, and more.

Extra Seasonal Option:

Check out Martinsville Speedway NASCAR for a race. Be sure to try a famous Martinsville hot dog. Locals and racing team members love the distinct color and taste, making these dogs the most in-demand food of the city.

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