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Jul 21 2023

Adventuresome Fun in Virginia’s Mountain Playground

Adventuresome Fun in Virginia’s Mountain Playground


All of the locations and attractions mentioned here are perfect escapes for couples and small groups to explore while visiting Giles County, VA.


Waking up to amazing sunrises over the New River, sipping wine, canoeing along with breathtaking scenery, and fine dining- the perfect multi-day trip for you and your special someone. Read on to discover the best trip ideas for your next get-away to Giles County, Virginia.


Pack up and head out after work to arrive at The Palisades Restaurant to start your adventure in Giles. Located in the Village of Eggleston, on the banks of the New River, this historic general store turned contemporary Appalachian restaurant will delight the senses and tickle your adventure meter… Menu items like stuffed pork chops or farm raised local trout are only matched by a dessert menu and flavorful coffee to wrap up the evening. The beer and wine selection is top notch and most weekends you are treated to live, local music!


Award-winning Lilly Valley Inn possibly has the best wake-up views of any bed and breakfast! All their ensuite rooms feature unobstructed views of the New River. Coffee on the porch and breakfast in the dining room, are the perfect way to start your day. You’ll be treated to luxurious beds, and special views. An EV charging station on site allows you to charge up before heading back out, if needed.



Lilly Valley Inn is located central in the county and proves to be a great basecamp to adventure out and explore. From there make your way to Pembroke and check in at Tangent Outfitters. Their team can set you up to float, fish, or paddle along one of the many sections of the New River Water Trail. If you’re looking to spend a good portion of your day on the water consider Ingles Landing at Eggleston to Pembroke, or make it a shorter trip Glen Lyn to Johnston Falls. Either way- at Tangent Outfitters and Cascade Café you can order boxed lunches, food, and drinks to take along with you. Just remember to capture all your trash and leave no trace while out and about exploring in Virginia’s Mountain Playground.

New River fishing raft with people

All of this fun earns you an adventure of the senses at JBR Vineyards & Winery, the only vineyard and winery in Giles. Sip and savor during regular hours or call ahead for a special tasting appointment (they’re happy to do it). Featuring wines grown and processed on-site at their mountaintop vineyard such as Riesling and Pinot Noir, which are typically not found in Virginia and are considered classic wine grapge. Guests are treated to complimentary access or tour of the vineyard. Enjoy the tasting and take back a bottle or more to enjoy while reliving your adventures of the trip.

people standing in green grape vineyard

Virginia’s Mountain Playground is easy to get to and enjoy and you’re able to craft the adventure most pleasing to you. Visit our website for other hikes, attractions, and things to discover in Giles.


At a glance:

  • Arrive & dine at The Palisades Restaurant
  • Stay at Lilly Valley Inn
  • Kayak, canoe, or fish with Tangent Outfitters
  • Sip the local wines at JBR Vineyards & Winery

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Check out this video for more on  The Palisades Restaurant.


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