It's Contest Time, Foodies!

It's Contest Time, Foodies!

Happy Restaurant Week! 

We've kicked off Halifax County's inaugural Restaurant Week and could not be more excited for this culinary fest. We're so excited that we're offering you, the diner, a few chances to win great prizes.

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In the Kitchen with Southern Plenty's Mary Bagwell

In the Kitchen with Southern Plenty's Mary Bagwell

Southern Plenty, located in Downtown South Boston, is an eclectic cafe serving fresh and delicious pastries, sandwiches, dinner plates, quiches, soups, salads, and more! The cafe has lots of personalty and is warm and inviting as you enjoy the fine foodstuffs or pick up a few groceries, gourmet and deli items, wine, craft beer, craft pottery, art or handmade jewelry or cards. Looking for a great spot to meet for coffee, Southern Plenty has that too! 

Southern Plenty is owned by artist-turned-chef Mary Bagwell, who also serves as pastry chef, inventor of delicious dishes and menus. Mary dishes on Restaurant Week and a few of her favorite things.

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Who's Open When During Restaurant Week

Who's Open When During Restaurant Week
bistro 1888
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italian delight
molasses grill
oak tree tavern
packhouse
southern plenty
spare times

We're celebrating Halifax County's Restaurant Week beginning on Sunday, September 11 through Sunday, September 18. There are no special hours or openings for restaurants during this week. They will open during their normal operating hours, which we've listed for you (You're welcome). We encourage you to make reservations as Restaurant Week will be busy, but they are not necessary to participate and enjoy delicious meals at special prices. Here's all you need to know about when and where for the eight participating restaurants. 

                     Bistro 1888 | 221 Main Street | South Boston, VA   Darby's Tavern | 3105 River Road | South Boston, VA434.572.1888 | Facebook | Website  434.517.7000 | Facebook | WebsiteDINNER ONLY   LUNCH & DINNER

Sunday: ClosedMonday: ClosedTuesday: 4:30 – 9 p.m.Wednesday: 4:30 – 9 p.m.Thursday: 4:30 – 9 p.m.Friday: 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.Saturday: 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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THE GUIDE to Restaurant Week

THE GUIDE to Restaurant Week

We are only two days away from the kickoff of the inaugural Halifax County Restaurant Week. I can hardly wait! So how does one navigate Restaurant Week? We've put together a cheat sheet, including several ways to hit all eight restaurants (there's a contest for that!). So, sit back and enjoy the notes and tidbits of this handy dandy guide to Halifax County Restaurant Week. 

The Dates & Times

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Order Up: More menus added

Order Up: More menus added

Are you salivating yet? We're warning you, the menus will make you hungry as you read through them. The chefs have put together thoughtful selections showcasing old favorites and creative dishes to please the palate. The menus for Darby's Tavern, The Packhouse, and Spare Times Grill have been added to the HalifaxCountyRestaurantWeek.com site. You will also find menus for Molasses Grill, Oak Tree Tavern, and Southern Plenty. 

Have you made your reservations yet? What are you waiting on? 

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Revealed: Restaurant Week Menus are now online

Revealed: Restaurant Week Menus are now online

Today is the day! Halifax County Restaurant Week menus have been added to the website. A special shout out and 'thank you' to the Facebook fans (Wendy D. Toone, Hope Harris-Gayles, Sally Brewer, and Heath Vaughan) who commented why they were excited about restaurant week and received a VIP preview of the menus.

We are posting menus as they are submitted so keep checking the website and Facebook for updates and start making reservations!

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Restaurant Week is now serving breakfast

Restaurant Week is now serving breakfast

Awaken your taste buds and start your day with a delicious breakfast during Halifax County Restaurant Week. Packhouse and Southern Plenty will be serving a special breakfast menu during the week of September 11-18 for Restaurant Week. Each will offer a choice of three entrees with a beverage (see menu for beverage pairings) for $10. Southern Plenty will only offer breakfast as part of Halifax County Restaurnt Week, while Packhouse will also have a lunch $10 lunch menu that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Check out the menus and more at www.HalifaxCountyRestaurantWeek.com. 

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Discover. Dine. Delight.

Discover. Dine. Delight.
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The Halifax County Department of Tourism is proud to present the inaugural HALIFAX COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK. Locals and visitors alike will relish the week's culinary experience.

You will discover delicious food during Halifax County's Restaurant Week, September 11-18. Dine at one of the eight participating restaurants and allow your tastebuds to delight in the exceptional culinary offerings of Halifax County.  And did we mention the prices? Your dining experience will cost $10 for lunch or $20 for dinner from the special Restaurant Week menu.*

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Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: May 27-29

Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: May 27-29
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Our tours to Halifax County’s Amish Community public spaces will continue throughout spring and summer. We will have a tour every other Friday (next tour is Friday, June 3). The Amish tour includes visits to the Amish grocery store, wood furniture and craft workshop, greenhouse, and includes a boxed lunch. Tours depart from the Halifax County Visitor Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. The cost of the tour is $20. For more information on all of the Discover HalifaxVA Tours, call 434.572.2543 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                         

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Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: May 20-22

Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: May 20-22
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Our tours to Halifax County’s Amish Community public spaces will continue throughout spring and summer. We will have a tour every other Friday (next tour is Friday, June 3). The Amish tour includes visits to the Amish grocery store, wood furniture and craft workshop, greenhouse, and includes a boxed lunch. Tours depart from the Halifax County Visitor Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. The cost of the tour is $20. For more information on all of the Discover HalifaxVA Tours, call 434.572.2543 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                         

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Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: May 13-15

Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: May 13-15

Our inaugural tour to visit Halifax County’s Amish community was met with great reception. We will offer additional tours of the Amish grocery store, wood furniture and craft workshop, greenhouse, and a boxed lunch on Friday, May 20 and June 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tours depart from the Halifax County Visitor Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. The cost of the tour is $20. We will have a tour to Noland Day and Hunting Creek Vineyards on Saturday, May 14. For more information on all of the Discover HalifaxVA Tours, call 434.572.2543 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                            

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Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: May 6-8

Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: May 6-8
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Additional Discover Halifax VA Tours Announced

Our inaugural tour to visit Halifax County’s Amish community was met with great reception. We will offer additional tours of the Amish grocery store, wood furniture and craft workshop, greenhouse, and a boxed lunch on Friday, May 20 and June 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tours depart from the Halifax County Visitor Center promptly at 9:30 a.m. The cost of the tour is $20. We will have a tour to Noland Day and Hunting Creek Vineyards on Saturday, May 14. For more information on all of the Discover HalifaxVA Tours, call 434.572.2543 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: April 29 - May 1

Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: April 29 - May 1

Let’s Go Touring!

The latest addition to the Halifax County Department of Tourism’s inventory—TOURS. Our inaugural tour will take you down the winding country roads to an Amish village. Experience a sense of work and family ethics that continue to mark the Amish way of life. Tour includes a visit to an Amish grocery store, a wood furniture and craft workshop, a greenhouse, and a boxed lunch. Transportation provided in our air-conditioned 14-passenger mini-bus. This tour is scheduled for Friday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour will depart from the Visitor Center (1180 Bill Tuck Highway, South Boston, VA). The cost of the tour is $20. Call 434.572.2543 to reserve your seat.

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It's Here!

It’s here! The Halifax County Department of Tourism is excited to introduce its latest acquisition—a tour bus. The 12-seat handicap accessible bus will be used to transport visitors to the rural parts of the county to access agri-and eco-tourism entities. This is a proactive approach to increasing the economic impact of tourism in Halifax County. Tours will include farms, history, outdoor water recreation, vineyards, state parks, festivals, performances, and conferences. Pre-planned and designated tours will originate from the Visitor Center.

In 2014, Halifax County was selected as one of 23 communities in the state to participate in Virginia Tourism Corporation's DRIVE Tourism program. The purpose of the program was for each community to create three goals to enhance local tourism. The DRIVE Tourism group, comprised of 27 local tourism stakeholders, created its two-year goal to address the challenge of transporting visitors to rural locations. 

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Discover Halifax Weekend Guide: March 11 - 13

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First, let me say that the Discover Halifax County blog is back up and running after a brief hiatus. (You’re welcome!). We'll share upcoming events each week, tell you about the talented locals who make the items that we sell in our Visitor Center, and share itineraries for visitors and locals alike. We will also keep you informed on all things tourism in our great county. Look for the weekly events each Thursday morning. We’ll delight you with 1-2 other posts throughout the week.

Now that housekeeping is out of the way, I present,  Discover Halifax's Weekend Guide...

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Paddling Down the River

Paddling Down the River

River boating is a popular sport in Halifax County, part of the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. Children, fishermen and river rafters are just a few of the people who will enjoy paddling the easy-flowing rivers in this part of the state.

We’ve sent some of our visitors to River Traders, which rents kayaks and canoes at Staunton River State Park, less than a half-hour from South Boston. Experienced boaters can stop at the Route 360 bridge over the river, get their boats and have their car driven to the River Traders store in the park, where they can end their four-hour boat ride.

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Where You Can See Stars At Night

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One of the great things about Halifax County is that it is dark at night. Really dark!

In such a rural area, there are no city lights to diminish your view of the skies. The planets and constellations that you can’t see in Washington, Richmond or Raleigh are quite visible here.

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Local B&B Named One of 14 Greenest in the U.S.

Local B&B Named One of 14 Greenest in the U.S.

Oak Grove Plantation in South Boston has been named one of the 14 leading eco-friendly B&Bs in the country by bedandbreakfast.com. The article in its latest newsletter says:

“This stately antebellum home blends past and present, promoting both the B&B’s 200-year history and the modern potential of solar-generated energy. The property houses a solar photo-voltaic system that generates clean electricity. “Our guests will be able to sip lemonade on the front porch as my ancestors once did, then tour the 25×10-footlineup of solar panels in the back field,” says innkeeper Pickett Craddock, whose family has owned the former tobacco plantation since 1820. To make the property greener, the owners are installing “low-e” energy-efficient storm windows on the south side. Guests who arrive in hybrid vehicles get a third night free.

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A Recap of This Week's Events, and What's Coming Up This Week in Halifax County, Virginia








The past week has been pretty eventful here in Halifax County, Virginia. Here's a brief recap of some fun things I have had a chance to enjoy this week, followed by a list of a few upcoming events here in the next week.

1. Last Wednesday night, country due Joey+Rory played to a sold out crowd at The Prizery and made a big announcement while there. Rory Feek is directing a new movie entitled Josephine, and that movie is being filmed right here in Halifax County. (Photo Credit James Edmunds)

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Upcoming Events in Halifax County This Week May 1-7, 2015








There are quite a few special events here in the next week, from concerts to a warehouse sale, dinners, festivals, and more.  What are your plans? Let us know what you decide. Now, in order of event date, here are nine things to do in the area over the next 7 days.    

1.  The Garnier-Thiebaut Warehouse Sale is back in town this Thursday, April 30-May 2! The Garnier-Thiebaut Warehouse Sale is located at 1041 Commerce Lane, South Boston, Virginia, 24592. The sale will be held Thursday, April 30, 11am -8pm; Friday, May 1 9:30am-9pm; and Saturday, May 2, 9am-2pm. This company is known for their beautiful luxury french linens, but I see something new on this graphic below: Soaps and body care. I can't wait to have these for my home!

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