ResortsThe resort industry flourished in Virginia's New RIver Valley following the completion of the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad in the 1850s. The rail-connection brought thousand of tourists and vacationers, to the "healing" mineral springs resorts of the area, where they were entertained in grand "southern style" during the summer months at grandiose resort complexes nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Highlands.
Mountain Lake Hotel
A 2,600 acre resort in Giles County, just off US 460. Accommodations include rooms in Mountain Lake's multi-story hotel, the Sand Hotel, originally built in 1936 of native sandstone; one-room, multi-unit cottages and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages located along Mountain Lake; and the Chestnut Lodge, which features American Chestnut wood trim in rooms.