Details: Blackstone, Va.
Blackstone is about 150 miles from the Beltway. Take I-95 south to I-195 south in Richmond to Va. 76 west/Powhite Parkway (toll). Exit onto Va. 288 south and go to U.S. 360 west. Turn left onto Va. 153 south, then right onto U.S. 460 west. Go left onto U.S. 460 business west and into town.
Grey Swan Inn
615 S. Main St., 434-292-3199
A 1902 home with a splendid front porch. Rooms from $89.
Blackstone Herb Cottage 104 N. Main St., 434-292-7721
Casual, friendly atmosphere with small-town flavor. Sandwiches with chips and a cookie from $5.50.
Blackstone Coffee and Bistro
101 S. Main St., 434-298-3975
Sandwiches from $5.25.
Robert Thomas Carriage Museum and Schwartz Tavern
217 N. High St., 434-292-7795
Open Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m., weekdays by appointment. (Beginning in June, plans are to be open every day.) Free.
Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center
707 Fourth St., 434-292-5308
The former campus of the Blackstone College for Girls.
Blackstone Antiques & Crafts Mall
121 N. Main St., 434-292-0027
Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.