Martinsville, Virginia


A Tasty Holiday in MHC

Dreaming of turkey legs and pumpkin pie? The season will soon be upon us, and we invite you to kick your Thanksgiving meal and traditions up a notch with some Martinsville-Henry County foods, spirits and fun!

Holiday Dishes served the MHC way

Checkered Pig is known for their famous barbeque and ribs, but they also offer a delicious answer to those who would rather have their main course prepared by someone else- whole smoked turkeys and bone-in honey spiral hams to be exact. Or, you can even opt for the Granny B’s Turkey Dinner or the Spiral Ham Dinner that include your favorite fixins’. Orders are due the week prior to Thanksgiving and must be picked up by the Wednesday before. 

Bread can be a very important part of any meal, especially around the holidays. Looking to impress your family this year? Rising Sun Breads is an organic, nutritionally evidenced-based bakery specializing in artisan breads and bagels which are baked locally with no preservatives. They provide top quality, all natural ingredients, baked in an old world bread-baking technique. Round out your meal with some of their delicious dinner rolls, or pick up a coffee cake for an evening snack or sweet compliment to your morning cup of joe. Other treats are also available including seasonal pies, cupcakes, cakes and more. Rising Sun Breads will also offer Thanksgiving and Christmas meals that may be pre-ordered. 

Need the perfect holiday dessert? Dippers Ice Cream offers a delectable menu full of bakery options that are sure to be the highlight of any dinner! Pies, bread puddings, cupcakes and ice cream pies are available in flavors such as pecan, pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato, pumpkin spice, red velvet, German chocolate and more. Dippers offers pure, made from scratch goodness like no other.

Cocoa Trail Chocolates in Collinsville can also help with your sweets needs. Offering fudge, truffles, tortugas and more, their goodies can impress anyone! Popular fudge varieties include: s’mores, butter pecan, peanut butter, rocky road, espresso toffee and more. While you are browsing, don’t forget that they do offer gift cards in case you are looking for a little something special for the gift giving season.

If you want to skip the cooking all together, Hugo’s Restaurant in Uptown Martinsville will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Leave the stress of prep work and cleanup behind and gather with your family and friends for a holiday spread. 

Now that you have options to fill your plate, how about your glass? Hamlet Vineyards, located in Bassett, VA, offers a variety of wines to suite most palates including Pinot Gris, Viognier, Bottled Blonde, Rose, Old Virginia Red, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Sparkling Viognier. Pick up a bottle or two of your favorites during their weekly wine tastings on Sunday afternoons from 1-5 pm.

Preston Ridge Winery also offers a variety of wines to complete your holiday meal. Perhaps your friends and family would like to try a bottle of ͞The Taste of Martinsville. Visit Preston Ridge during regular weekend hours to pick your favorite and stock up for the season. 

If you want to treat your guests or yourself to a craft beer made in MHC, visit Mountain Valley Brewing and fill up your growler(s) with your favorite selection. Brewery favorites include the Vulture Roost Pale Ale and Fireflies in the Valley. Vulture Roost Pale Ale is often referred to as their gateway craft; super smooth and drinkable, not too hoppy, with a mild apricot finish. Fireflies in the Valley has more hop intensity made with Citra Hops at the finish. For the fall season, Mountain Valley Brewing will introduce ͞Fall Into Winter, a spiced nut brown. Plus, stay tuned for the winter release of ͞Gingerbread Stout.

More details on these featured businesses and their holiday ideas can be found on their respective Facebook pages. 

Holiday Happenings

If you are worried about the extra calories that you may consume, register to participate in the annual Turkey Day 5K presented by Miles in Martinsville to get your day started off right! The Turkey Day 5K and Family Fun Run is a partially wooded course that starts at the Martinsville YMCA and winds along the Silverbell Trail, the Dick & Willie Passage and then through Uptown Martinsville. Run time is 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Packet pick-up will be held Wednesday, November 22 from 12-6:00 p.m. and from 7-8:30 a.m. on race day at the Martinsville YMCA. Register today at and begin a new Thanksgiving tradition! 

Another holiday tradition in Martinsville-Henry County is the annual Day After Thanksgiving Concert at the Rives Theatre in Uptown Martinsville. If you are ready to get out of the house, or looking for a fun time to share with your visiting friends and family, plan to be at this concert featuring Erin & the Wildfire. Advance tickets are available as well as at the door. 

Be sure to try a taste of Martinsville-Henry County this season! To plan your visit or to check out what’s happening in MHC, be sure to click