The stars shine brighter here in Halifax County, VA! Explore our “stars” during this weekend getaway celebrating the skies at Staunton River State Park, one of four Virginia state parks designated as an International Dark Sky Park. To kick off the weekend, you’ll be treated to a VIP experience at the state park’s annual Star Party. Then speed up at the raceway, slow down on the water, grab a picnic lunch, enjoy craft beverages and local meals, and relax in your own private cabin.
From watersports to dark skies, Staunton River State Park has something for all ages. The 2,400-acre park offers woodlands, meadows, and shoreline along the Dan and Staunton rivers. Rustic cabins built in the 1930s and a campground offer overnight lodging. The equestrian campground offers large campsites and horse stalls. Access to Virginia’s largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, offers freshwater fishing and boating, along with water skiing and many other aquatic activities. The park also has picnic shelters, three playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, several boat launches, and more than 17 miles of multi-use trails.
Scottsburg, VA | www.DCR.Virginia.gov/State-Parks/Staunton-River
Nestled in historic Halifax County — surrounded by scenic country views and bubbling springs — sits Springfield, a house dating back to 1842. With its home at the heart of the property, this family-owned distillery has been sourcing local ingredients for craft whiskeys, bourbons and other fine spirits since 2014. Whether you stop in for a creative cocktail and some live music or spend the night in one of the distillery’s rustic cabins, you’ll enjoy your visit to Springfield.
Halifax, VA | www.SpringfieldDistillery.com
While racing is the heart of Virginia International Raceway (VIR), this expansive, 1,300-acre property also offers so much more. The internationally acclaimed venue is a destination unto itself with multiple onsite lodging options. Within the property’s rolling hills and miles of lush forest, guests can enjoy unique amenities such as the VIR Club, karting, off-road racing, skeet shooting, pistol and rifle ranges, a skidpad, dining options and more.
Alton, VA | www.VIRnow.com
Sip on a handcrafted cocktail while you wait for your expertly prepared and locally sourced meal. This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving Southern-inspired cuisine for nearly 20 years. You can’t go wrong with the selection of extraordinary food, remarkable drinks and awesome vibes.
Halifax, VA | www.MolassesGrill.com
Enjoy a fresh and artistic lunch at Southern Plenty Café. With home-baked pastries and a handcrafted menu (for both breakfast and lunch), there’s a palate-pleasing option for everyone.
South Boston, VA | www.SouthernPlenty.com
Located in a historic 1920s tobacco prizery, Factory Street Brewing Co. has been renovated and decorated to highlight the unique history of this agricultural community. Celebrate the spirit of handcrafted beverages by sampling a flight.
South Boston, VA | www.FactoryStreetVA.com
This National Historic Landmark welcomed its first guests to the beautiful Virginia countryside in 1728. Today, the resort boasts onsite dining for all occasions, a European-style spa, indoor pool and sauna, hiking and biking trails, historic tours and more. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Darby’s Tavern and explore the grounds.
South Boston, VA | www.BerryHillResort.com