The best food artisans, farms, and local markets.
The Palisades Restaurant
This former general store mixes southern hospitality with sophisticated menus. The wine list boasts 43 labels so it’s easy to find the perfect wine to pair with your cornmeal crusted trout or lamb chop with golden raisin and caper compote. Still, the best part of any meal here is the made-from-scratch desserts like the blueberry mousse or the caramel torte served with orange ginger sponge candy and house-made peach ice cream.
Carol Lee Donuts
The doughnuts from this North Main Street shop have been perennial favorites for three generations under the same family’s ownership (none of whose names are Carol Lee, by the way). That’s because all 26 varieties, from lemon-filled or white coconut to blueberry cake or plain-old glazed, are baked fresh at 4 a.m. seven days a week, often more than 200 dozen a day.
Beliveau Estate Winery
Just 12 miles from downtown Blacksburg, this estate boasts 12 labels to sip as you tour the 165 immaculate acres from the lavender fields to the vineyards. Pack a lunch and dine al-fresco in any of their open or covered picnicking spots or order a cheese plate at the tasting bar.
Rising Silo Brewery
Out at Glade Road Growing, brewmaster Greg Zielske runs a solar-powered nano-brewery that makes small batches of blonde ales, rye pale ales, stouts, and other carbonated creations, many using hops and herbs grown on the farm. For now, the only way to get a pint is to come out to the taproom housed inside a big red barn and sip away on the 1,600-square-foot patio.