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The Debate: Farmville is full of offerings

While visitors have arrived in Farmville, they may not be aware of everything the town has to offer. There are many places and things to do around town that should be considered.

Adventure/exercise

The town of Farmville and surrounding area is slam-packed with exercise opportunities providing fun and thrills for all ages. One of the most popular exercise sites is the High Bridge Trail.

The trail is 31 miles long and many adventure-seekers visit for biking, hiking, running and walking their dogs. Horseback riding is permitted on the trail, which extends over the actual High Bridge, “which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River,” according to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Hannah Davis | Herald Visitors and residents alike can use use High Bridge State Park’s 31-mile-long trail for walking dogs, biking, running or riding horses.

HANNAH DAVIS | HERALD
Visitors and residents alike can use use High Bridge State Park’s 31-mile-long trail for walking dogs, biking, running or riding horses.

Want to go biking, but don’t have one? That is no problem either, as the High Bridge Bikes shop, at the trail entrance on Main Street, offers them for rent.

Also in Farmville is Wilck’s Lake, where avid fishermen can go relax and throw a line out while enjoying the colorful scenery around the water. Wilck’s Lake Park also features a skateboard park.

Just a few short miles east of Farmville is Rice, which hosts the ultimate experience of ziplining at The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat.

The park also offers canoe trips and rentals and cabin rentals for out-of-town guests.

Food/drinks/shopping

One of the most special parts of visiting or living in Farmville is its unique restaurants and shops.

Farmville is a quaint town with many one-of-a-kind restaurants like Macado’s and Merk’s Place. Macado’s has the largest offering of unique sandwiches. From the Annie Oakley to the Yankee Doodle, Macado’s has something for any type of taste buds.

Merk’s Place is a family-owned restaurant offering all types of food — even breakfast pizza.

Looking for a good place to relax and enjoy a cocktail hour or tasting? The town has you covered on that front, too.

HANNAH DAVIS | HERALD At right, the Virginia Tasting Cellar offers its visitors a taste of numerous wines.

HANNAH DAVIS | HERALD
At right, the Virginia Tasting Cellar offers its visitors a taste of numerous wines.

The Virginia Tasting Cellar just opened and has a rustic look inside with an outdoor seating area overlooking the Appomattox River. Visitors enter the cellar and get to taste numerous made-in-Virginia wines all in one place. Above the Virginia Tasting Cellar, one can find Charleys Waterfront Café, which offers happy-hour specials.

Farmville also has various boutiques and shops to browse through while in town. Places like The Sleeping Bee, Vellie’s Boutique and Green Front Furniture all are businesses that many visitors come from miles to visit.

They each offer a little something different, from women’s clothing to luxury furniture from all around the world to YETI coolers and wine knick-knacks.

So, while in town, make the most out of your visit and see what all Farmville has to offer.

Entertainment

Farmville may be a small town to some, but it holds its own in the entertainment category.

If you are looking for a rocking time, Charleys Waterfront Café, Uptown Coffee Café and The Fishin Pig all offer live music at their restaurants.

Uptown Coffee offers Open Mic night every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and live music every Saturday from 6:30-9 p.m. Charleys offers live bands on Friday and Saturday nights in its bar area, while the Fishin Pig offers live music Tuesday and Thursday nights and a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.

Regardless of what type of music one enjoys listening to, each of these establishments offers a variety of music and entertainment.