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In the Neighborhood


  • Abingdon is an interesting place to live. ElderSpirit is situated within a 15-minute walk of the Town Center of Abingdon in Washington County, Virginia. The Town of Abingdon is an historically designated town, established in 1778, with all the charm that this implies. There are many amenities for residents and visitors to enjoy. Restaurants abound to satisfy various food preferences and pocketbooks.

  • Are you a local food Foodie? Every year Appalachian Sustainable Development, Inc. publishes a Local Food Guide, listing many local restaurants and farms. (The link here is to the 2014 printing, but the 2015 version should be posted shortly.) The Rooted in Appalachia program promotes the use of local food, beer and wine in restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other retail establishments. The goal of the initiative is to educate consumers in the Tri-Cities of where they can find and consume local food, beer and wine while supporting the establishments that make the effort to procure and serve this delicious, local fare.

  • There are art studios, museums and shops, along with first class live theater at the State theater of Virginia - the famous Barter Theatre, and numerous other cultural and recreational facilities. Heartwood, Southwest Virginia's brand-new crafts gateway, is a recent addition, with music, art, good food and spirited events.

  • The William King Museum of Art hosts a variety of exhibits of national importance as well as offering classes. We also have the Abingdon Arts Depot, a community-based center with regional impact. All this is within close proximity to the Town Center. Even though we live here, we check with the Visitors Bureau and sign up for emails to make sure we don't miss any special events!

  • The Harry L. Coomes Recreation Center in Abingdon offers opportunities for indoor swimming and exercise programs on all levels of fitness, that seniors may access at a very reasonable cost.


  • ElderSpirit Community at Trailview sits within the Blue Ridge Highlands region in southwest Virginia.

  • We are adjacent to the famous Virginia Creeper Trail which starts alongside Wye Park, immediately behind the south border of our community, and travels thirty-three miles through Damascus, Virginia ("Trail City") to the North Carolina State Line near Whitetop. In 2014 the Trail was inducted into the Rail-Trail Conservancy Hall of Fame, and described as "one of the region’s most prominent recreational draws, in addition to being a much loved place of relaxation, respite and activity."

  • Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy walking, hiking, mountain biking, jogging, and horseback riding on the Trail, and on Virginia's two highest mountains, which are nearby. We are close to scenic Holston Lake. Many sports are enjoyable in the area, among them golf, tennis, boating and fishing.

  • The country immediately to the north, east and west of Abingdon is largely agricultural, with picturesque small towns. In the past, tobacco was the predominant crop, but in recent years most farmers have diversified into vegetables or cattle, sheep, and horses. Year-round, Abingdon enjoys a thriving Farmers Market offering fresh, local produce and meats, and there are health food stores in the vicinity that offer fresh organic produce as well as local organic farmers who will take orders for food.

  • Southwest Virginia's soil and climate are friendly to grapes, apples and other fruits, and we have many artisinal wineries close-by which are often family-operated. They include Abingdon Vineyard and Winery, Davis Valley Winery and Mountain Rose Vineyard. We can also enjoy delicious products from two local craft brewerie.: Wolf Hills Brewing Company in Abingdon, and the Damascus Brewery "just up the road".

  • A little further afield in Virginia, find Brooks Mill Winery in Wirtz, Coltsfoot Winery, Rural Retreat Winery and Vineyards, Vincents Vineyard the West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery, and others on the Southern Virginia Wine Trail. Also look for Foggy Ridge Cider and Blacksnake Meadery.
  • The wider community in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee offers quality educational opprtunities, many of which are quite inexpensive and sometimes free to seniors. These include the Virginia Highlands Community College and Emory and Henry College. Northern Tennessee has King University in Bristol, and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City - just a 40-minute drive away.

  • Housed in the SW Virginia Community College in Abingdon is the College for Older Adults. The curriculum varies. It often includes aspects of history, yoga, photography, wildflowers and many other subjects. A number of ElderSpirit members have taught classes at COA on a volunteer basis.


  • The urban Tri-Cities area of Virginia and Tennessee features a number of musical genres and venues.

The Town of Abingdon is featured on the list of "14 Best Small Cities in Virginia", published by Cities Journal. Abingdon is featured at and our neighboring small town of Damascus is at .

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ElderSpirit Community is entirely smoke-free, including the grounds.