Often, we don’t need a real excuse to hit the road and simply enjoy a peaceful drive with someone special (or even alone).

However, we have an assortment of really great country stores in Virginia’s Blue Ridge that are totally worth the drive and are actually destinations unto themselves.

These are perfect locations to pick up local souvenirs and unique Virginia products that make for great gifts.

Give them a try. You can thank us later.

Before You Go: We recommend checking business websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information regarding hours of operation and services.

The Dilly Dally | Salem

Dilly Dally - Salem, VA

The Dilly Dally is located in a historic building that's served as a community hub in Salem for over 100 years, so it's the perfect fit for a neighborhood general store.

You'll find local and Virginia made products that make for perfect souvenirs, snacks, and a cafe that includes hot dogs and delicious sweet treats, such as cupcakes, ice cream, and doughnuts.

Learn More: Dilly Dally Website > 

The Floyd Country Store | Floyd

Floyd Country Store Virginia

Old fashioned candy, ice cream, bottled soda…everything about Floyd Country Store is nostalgic. To add to the charm, it’s quite the hangout for impromptu jam sessions on the porch and the quintessential spot to experience the proud music heritage of the region.

It's also an official stop on The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.

Learn More: The Floyd Country Store Website >

Boone's Country Store | Boones Mill

Boone's Country Store - Hand Pie

This gem of a place has the local honey, fresh in-season vegetables and fruit, farm eggs, meats and cheese from Ohio’s Amish country, and the signature made-from-scratch bread & baked goods, including delicious hand pies.

Quilt lovers will want to check out the Boone's Country Store selection of handmade beauties. Crafts and other treasures await as well.

Learn More: Boone's Country Store Info >

Jamison's Orchards Farm Market | Roanoke County

Jamison's Orchard Farm Market

While Jamison's is most known by locals for its fresh apples and delicious apple cider, it's farm market also features a fantastic selection of produce, baked goods, plants, candy, meat & dairy products, and an assortment of unique home decor items.

You're sure to fill your shopping basket at this local gem!

Learn More: Jamison's Orchards Farm Market Info >

Mast General Store | Downtown Roanoke

Mast General Store - Roanoke, Virginia

The Mast General Store is a great addition to the shopping scene in Downtown Roanoke!

The original location opened in Valle Crucis, North Carolina in 1883, but the Mast General Store has expanded to multiple locations throughout the Southeast and carries a wide range of goods, including outdoor apparel and equipment, candy, books, music, jewelry, items for the home, and more.

Check out the store at the corner of Jefferson Street and Church Avenue during your next adventure downtown!

Learn More: Mast General Store Website > 

Paint Bank General Store | Paint Bank

Paint Bank General Store

Have you ever eaten bison? Paint Bank General Store is the place to find it in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Plenty of nifty wares are available in the old tin-ceiling store, but around the corner and up the stairs there’s plethora gifts, ornaments, jewelry, needful things, and a real, indoor swinging bridge.

In the far corner is a woodland display of mounted wildlife and a real stream of water (pictured above).

Back downstairs is a great meal and big comfortable couches in front of a fire at the popular Swinging Bridge Restaurant. This is a place you could enjoy for a while.

You could even turn your visit into an overnight stay with fantastic lodging & glamping options provided at The Lemon Hotel and The Depot Lodge.

Learn More: Paint Bank General Store Website >

Mama Ann's Gifts & Goodies (formerly The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake) | Moneta

Formerly The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake, Mama Ann's Gifts & Goodies may have a new name, but it's still full of fun local treasures, including gifts, old-time toys, and various local art and souvenirs.

You'll also find a nice selection of Made in Virginia products.

Learn More: Mama Ann's Gifts & Goodies Facebook Page > 

Homestead Creamery | Wirtz

Homestead Creamery - Franklin County, Virginia

The goods rolling out of this place get around! Milk, buttermilk, and that oh-so-awesome eggnog are sold in glass bottles and jars and distributed around Virginia and beyond. You’ve maybe never had any better.

And the ice cream? Girl…

“Farm fresh” is truly the way of Homestead Creamery. Take home old fashioned butter, apple butter, jams, jellies, breads, meats, cheeses, and produce. All of it is a treat!

If you’re hungry right in the moment, the deli will hook you up with a great sandwich and side.

Oh, there are plenty of gifts, too.

Learn More: Homestead Creamery Farm Market Info >

Ikenberry Orchards & Country Store | Daleville

Ikenberry Orchards Country Store - Daleville, VA

Apples, peaches, and produce have been available from Ikenberry Orchards for almost 100 years. People visit just about year ‘round as there seems to be a near-constant harvest occurring.

Many enjoy a good rock on the porch while others find delightful local gifts to stash away for a holiday.

Locally-made lotions and soaps are top sellers, but keep an eye out for handmade baskets, candles, bee products, flour sack towels, and a lot more.

Learn More: Products at Ikenberry Orchards & Country Store > 

Heritage Family Market | Fincastle

Heritage Family Market - Fincastle, VA

Fresh, free range, and local. That’s what you’ll find at Heritage Family Market. Snacks, pies, breads, produce, canned goods, and true Southern treats like scrapple are readily at hand for your visit.

Oh, and candy. Lots of candy.

Learn More: Heritage Family Market Facebook Page >

Country Corner | Roanoke County

Country Corner - Roanoke, VA

Locals love the flowers at Country Corner, but the pumpkins, gourds, and fresh produce keep them coming back.

Take home jams, jellies, pickled goods, old-fashioned sodas in glass bottles, bulk candy, garden flags, and more.

You’ll love this place, too!

Learn More: Country Corner Info >

Bonus: Farmers Markets

City of Salem Farmers Market

It's not the traditional country store, but you can find all kinds of unique local produce, fresh baked goods, and hand-made items at the various farmers markets throughout Virginia's Blue Ridge!

It's the perfect place to experience the local culture of the region while selecting from an assortment of treasures, both tasty and artsy.

Learn More: Farmers Markets in Virginia's Blue Ridge >