The New River Valley is richly endowed with rolling hillsides, lush forests, country roads and beautiful views. Being within a day’s drive of half of the country’s population makes our region a natural attraction for special events.
The Andrew Johnston House/Giles County Historical Society hosts small events in the manor house and larger gatherings in the Barn. Apple Ridge Farm in Copper Hill sits on 96 acres with hiking trails, Airbnb caboose stays, Virginia LOVE letters and more.
Ingles Castle , built in 1892 in Radford, is a riverfront estate that resembles a Scottish castle. It’s an elegant space for any event. The Great Road on Main in downtown Christiansburg was restored in 2017 for gatherings. The Celtic Hall boasts beautiful stained glass, and the loft and conference spaces have been comfortably updated.
Make the most of work with corporate events at Castle Rock Golf Course & 19th Hole Clubhouse. Another meeting space is found at the Pulaski Train Depot. Built in 1888 and crafted from Peak Creek granite by Italian stone masons, the restored station is enchanting.
Sharkey’s On Top, above Sharkey’s Wing and Rib Joint in Radford, offers 5,000 square feet with a full bar and DJ booth. Chantilly Farm in the beautiful mountains of Floyd offers a grand outdoor pavilion stage, a hilltop venue, the rustic Springside Stage and a new garden venue.
The historic Lyric Theatre in the heart of Blacksburg is a unique venue for an indoor wedding. Couples have married on the stage while guests relax in comfy theatre seating. Selah Springs is a hidden gem in Riner with striking views, a beautiful barn, pavilion and gazebo by a pond. Historic Smithfield offers lovely, tree-shaded grounds. A beautiful timber and stone pavilion with a fireplace is a wonderful covered, open air space next to the 250-year-old colonial home.
Kairos Resort in Rich Creek is home to multiple race and event weekends all year. Features include yurt lodging year-round and a reception hall for 250 including Dinner Under the Stars (coming Fall 2021).
Historic tradition with modern style makes The Village Chapel in Pulaski the perfect place for a charming ceremony. It’s near Draper Mercantile which hosts wonderful receptions. Also in Pulaski County is Rockwood Manor, a wedding destination for all things old world with southern charm. From an elegant lawn to a rustic, country barn, amenities include lodging, full breakfasts, and tables, chairs, and linens.
The Eighty Four in Floyd is a 1946 dairy barn on an 84-acre farm. Renovations here have been especially meaningful to the owners as the barn was built by their great-grandfather and operated as his dairy farm.
Long Way Brewing in Radford is housed inside a former church. Vaulted ceilings and original stained glass highlight the interior. There are indoor and outdoor spaces, and craft beer is available.
The New River Valley not only offers a nice variety of places to hold meetings, weddings, showers, reunions, corporate functions and anniversary milestones, but also has the stellar service mindset to work with you every step of the way to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Text by Deborah Cooney