Welcome to Artisanal Virginia!
Internationally recognized for its history, natural beauty, and artisan traditions, we invite you on a personal journey of discovery along Virginia’s Artisan Trails! Exit off any highway onto the byways and back roads, and you will find craft artisan studios, galleries, eclectic shops, agri-artisan farms, unique restaurants, lodging amenities, and points of interest. Navigating through Virginia’s picturesque landscapes, you will be welcomed by each community’s warm, creative spirit as they share their stories, sights, and sundries.
As you plan a day trip, weekend outing, or extended road-trip, you will find that the stops along “Old Dominion” roadways are limitless!
Take to the Artisan Trail
The culture of the Virginia Artisan inspires appreciative audiences for its unique products while expressing a distinctive way of life. It invokes a natural order, firmly woven into the daily fabric of an artisan’s life, embracing the familiar relationship between the acts of creating and living. Virginia’s artisan culture links the past, present, and future and reconciles “meaning” with “making.” As you embark on your journey along the trails, you will discover opportunities to embrace Virginia’s rich history and artisan culture through the people you encounter. Virginia artisans are skilled individuals imparting distinctive qualities into their creations. They approach their work with passion and are willing to share their stories with those they meet.
Create a Memory of Experience
The Artisan Trail Network is designed for you to create a self-guided trip of enriching moments that resonate with your personal interests. Enjoy outdoor recreational activities, old-time music, museums of all genres, world-class concerts, and theatrical performances. Discover a hidden creek while hiking through a hardwood forest, or perch yourself on a cliff outcropping overlooking a pristine valley at sunset. Stroll vast fields in the footsteps of soldiers long since gone but not forgotten, and wind your way along roads once traveled by horse and buggy. Enjoy the local flavor of your destinations by choosing unique dining and privately owned lodging as you make your way from studio to farm, enjoying the scenic landscapes and creative points of interest.
Navigating the Artisan Trail Network
Working in partnership with The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV), communities create regional trails which make up the Artisan Trail Network. Each trail showcases creative artisan studios, galleries, agri-artisan farms, markets, local restaurants, lodging, and area points of interest. For an updated list of trail sites visit each trail section on this website. It is highly recommended that you call ahead for confirmation or for any special considerations, and reservations are recommended for overnight lodging.
The Artisans Center of Virginia is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that has been providing exceptional service in Virginia communities by connecting individual artisan entrepreneurs, agri-tourism businesses, consumers, private industry, and community leaders. The Artisan Center of Virginia’s role as the state-designated organization for artisan craft offers a progressive foundation for creating sustainable community artisan trails, connecting craft with agriculture across the Commonwealth. For more information on the Artisans Center of Virginia visit: ArtisansCenterofVirginia.org