One thing I love about Virginia is that it is chock full of amazing little towns. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway there are lots of things to do in Rocky Mount, VA! It’s also an adorable choice for a destination wedding. With shops, restaurants, and unique wedding venues, put this quaint area on your list.
This post is in partnership with Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Opinions are my own.
FAQ About Rocky Mount
Where is Rocky Mount Virginia located?
If you’re wondering, “Where is Rocky Mount VA?” it’s a common question! The town is located in the southwestern part of the state of Virginia. Roanoke is to the north, and Martinsville is to the south. Many folks also often pass through the town when they’re on their way to the western parts of North Carolina.
How far is Rocky Mount VA from me?
Of course, the answer to this question depends on where you live, so this link can help. However, here are a few distances from the town to other cities and areas.
- From Rocky Mount VA to Lynchburg VA – approximately 1.5 hours/70 miles
- Going from Rocky Mount VA to Washington DC – approximately 4 hours/265 miles
- Headed from Rocky Mount VA to Asheville NC – approximately 4 hours/225 miles
- From Rocky Mount VA to Arlington VA – approximately 4 hours/235 miles
- Going from Rocky Mount VA to Roanoke VA – approximately 35 minutes/25 miles
How is the Rocky Mount VA weather?
Summertime in Rocky Mount gets up to the mid-80°s with lows in the low-60°s. Winter sees lows in the mid-20°s to highs in the upper-40°s. It sees typical Virginia weather with a good amount of rainfall and some snow in colder months.
What county is Rocky Mount VA in?
The town is in Franklin County.
Is Rocky Mount VA a good place to live?
In my estimation, yes! The business owners are friendly and support each other. Plus, the town is conveniently located so you can have the best of both worlds. It’s a quaint town while also being close to more populated areas. The highway is also close, which is a plus.
Where is Rocky Mount VA on maps?
To give you a visual as to where Rocky Mount VA is located, take a peek at the map below.
Rocky Mount VA Bed and Breakfast
If you’re looking for a place to stay, a bed and breakfast is the way to go. We stayed at The Claiborne House, which is convenient to the downtown area. You could even walk if you want.
Our room was bright and beautifully appointed. It also had a spacious bathroom and a comfy bed. In addition, there’s a resident kitty cat, which made me so happy!
The owners are friendly and helpful, and our breakfast in the morning was absolutely delicious. As a vegetarian (I photographed my husband’s plate below), The Claiborne House was especially accommodating. We truly enjoyed our stay there.
Enjoy the tour below, which includes photos of the home and property. I also took the time to peek into other rooms and photographed those—they’re all unique and cozy.
7 Fun Things to Do in Rocky Mount VA
Whether you’re hosting a wedding or want to visit a new town, you may be wondering what to do in Rocky Mount VA. It’s definitely a lovely, adorable town filled with interesting sites and eateries. So, what is in Rocky Mount VA? Get ready to explore!
1. Grab coffee at The Whole Bean Coffeehouse to start your day.
After having a fabulous breakfast at The Claiborne House, head to The Whole Bean Coffeehouse. Get a coffee as you head out to explore, and you can even get a treat for later.
The coffeehouse also offers locally roasted coffee if you’d like to purchase a bag to take home with you. It’s the perfect spot for starting your day, and it’s within walking distance of our next stop.
2. Head to the Rocky Mount VA Farmers Market.
If you’re in town on a Saturday, be sure to stop by the Rocky Mount VA Farmers Market. There’s such a great variety of items there!
From lush flowers and handicrafts to spices and homemade bread, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to stop and take a photo of the LOVE sign while you’re there.
3. Eat lunch at Rocky Mount Burger Company.
For a fabulous lunch in a vibrant atmosphere, head to the Rocky Mount Burger Company. Centrally located with both indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant has a fabulous menu and a full bar.
We actually visited twice while we were there—for lunch and then again for drinks at night. Their upstairs space is reminiscent of an old-time speakeasy, and there was live music while we were there.
Rocky Mount Burger Company is also perfect if you’re looking for a place to have a rehearsal dinner or bachelor party. It has a cool vibe and several locations for hosting.
4. Stop by Old’s Cool for nostalgic Rocky Mount VA antiques.
If you grew up in the ’70s, ’80s, or ’90s, heading to Old’s Cool is a must. It’s filled with fabulous, nostalgic items. Toys, records, games, and more are thoughtfully displayed. Even just looking around at all of the different items is a great way to pass time.
Stop in and pick up a record, lunchbox, or simply say “hi” to the owner while you’re there. Old’s Cool is such a gem within the downtown area of the town. Just take a peek!
5. Do a tasting at Twin Creeks Distillery.
Have you ever had moonshine? If not (or even if you have!), head to Twin Creeks Distillery for a tasting. I particularly enjoyed their cocktail tasting. Each one was more delicious than the next!
It’s a great, little, family-run establishment with a cute tasting area. Relax and spend a bit of time chatting and tasting. Just be sure to take your time sipping and don’t drive afterward.
Sidenote: TBH we said we’d head back to Rocky Mount simply to do another tasting. So, yes, make this a stop if you love cocktails and distilled drinks.
6. Walk at Waid Recreation Park.
Craving a bit of time outdoors? Head to Waid Recreation Park where you can bike, walk, run, or even go tubing and fishing at various times of the year.
It’s a drive from downtown, but the park is well worth the visit for those who want to get outside. A highlight is walking along the waterway where you may see fishermen and the pretty falls below.
7. Finish your day with dinner at El Rio Mexican Grill.
Ending your evening at El Rio Mexican Grill is perfect. Plus, it’s within walking distance from The Claiborne House. El Rio serves typical Mexican fare, and you can choose between indoor or outdoor seating.
Not only will you leave full, but you have an easy trip back to your bed and breakfast.
Rocky Mount Wedding Venues
Beyond Rocky Mount VA restaurants and shopping, the town has a variety of wedding venues. Whether you want an indoor ballroom, outdoor estate, or urban music venue—this town has you covered!
Early Inn at the Grove
Part bed and breakfast, part wedding venue, the Early Inn at the Grove is the perfect combination. Not only can you stay in the honeymoon suite, but guests can also stay on site.
The property features a few outdoor spaces for your wedding and reception. However, there is also a covered pavilion that makes a fabulous reception area or ceremony rain plan. The home itself is gorgeous and stately, which makes for a lovely ceremony backdrop.
The Grand at 290
Another historic venue, The Grand at 290 offers a beautiful indoor chapel coupled with a posh ballroom space. The venue also has perfect areas for the couple and their attendants to get ready on their big day.
The building itself retains many of the original features, such as the tile ceilings and hardwood floors. All of the elements added together equal a gorgeous place to hold a wedding!
Harvester Performance Center
For a truly unique venue, consider the Harvester. Rocky Mount VA brings in mainstream live music acts, and this venue is where they perform. You can get married in the same space!
Harvester Performance Center has quite a few options for hosting your wedding, including saying, “I do,” on the stage.
Save our things to do!
Whether you want to visit for the weekend or center the town around the best day of your life—consider Rocky Mount. Fabulous restaurants, outdoor spaces, spectacular venues, and welcoming business owners await!