ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Historic Masonic Theatre and Amphitheatre
Opened as an opera house and Mason Hall in 1905, the Historic Masonic Theatre has served the Alleghany Highlands for 105 years as a performing arts theatre and for a short time, a movie theatre. Steeped in local history the Historic Masonic has hosted Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Hopalong Cassidy in addition to legends such as Burl Ives, the Drifters and the world famous Count Basie Orchestra. The Theatre has been renovated and restored to its former glory to serve the entertainment and community needs of the Clifton Forge and Alleghany Highlands community.
Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center
The Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center is a great place to take a class, explore ideas about the world around us, shop for something unique, or just relax for a bit. We have a small professional and a large number of dedicated volunteer so the Center is also a great place to learn more about other fun things going on in the Alleghany Highlands. We represent more than 260 working artist and crafts people who work with everything from oil and watercolor to baskets and wood;and a whole lot in between! It has all been made by hand and juried or selected for its originality , good design and fine craftsmanship. We also have regularly changing gallery exhibits. Whether you want to learn how to paint, draw, needle felt or just explore your own creativity, we have classes and workshops for a wide variety of ages throughout the year. We live in a beautiful part of Virginia and hope you will enjoy both our community and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center. Welcome!
The Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts is supported by its members, contributors, The Alleghany Foundation, the Town of Clifton Forge, City of Covington, County of Alleghany, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Our Mission: Offering opportunities for learning and training in the fine and applied arts to adults and to children. Located in the heart of historic downtown Clifton Forge, Virginia, the School provides a two-fold program that is recreational and vocational; promotes economic development; and encourages cultural enrichment and creativity.
Welcome to Livy’s Closet, an Upscale Consignment Boutique for everyone. While we define the boutique and its essence, Livy’s Closet offers women of all ages a collection of designer fashions for that night out on the town or something simply fun and trendy for lunch with friends. One can also shop the finer home décor displays for a fraction of retail prices. We also carry gift items in the form of accessories that add excitement and allure to any attire. And since we are a small shop, come by often new items come in daily.
Livy’s Closet is located in the heart of Clifton Forge, snuggled in between cafes and an array of shopping. Let Livy’s Closet and Clifton Forge become your destination place to come for fun, food, excitement and fashion. Livy’s Closet will ensure that our customers are well dressed and able to accent their homes in the same upscale fashion.
Alleghany Highlands Artisans Shop
By making purchases through this site, you are supporting entrepreneurs whose hand-made products reflect the talent and innovation native to the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia.
Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm
Saturday 9 am to 3pm
We are located in downtown Clifton Forge!
Bella Pizza, Pasta & Subs
We are across from Krogers. Live Music!
Café Michel is located in historic Clifton Forge, Virginia at 424 East Ridgeway Street.
The restaurant is open five days a week Tuesday thru Saturday for dinner only. Kitchen hours are Tuesday thru Thursday 5 PM until 9 PM and Friday and Saturday dinner hours are 5 PM until 10 PM.
Jack Mason’s Tavern
Jack Mason’s Tavern is located in the small, quaint town of Clifton Forge, Virginia. We are a European-style pub, featuring a wide variety of beer, wine and spirits, designed to compliment the classic tavern fare on our menu.
We have designed Jack Mason’s Tavern not just as a restaurant, but also as a fun gathering place for friends and family of all ages. We have a game room featuring pool tables, video games and pinball, as well as 6 large TV’s and a state of the art sound system.
The large fireplace and warm atmosphere will welcome you as you come in to meet with friends or watch your favorite game. We are located directly across from the train station and welcome all of those passing through Clifton Forge, whether by road or rail, to come in and join us for a meal and a toast to Jack.
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The Club Car Shop and Deli
Located in the heart of Clifton Forge, a historical railroad town in Alleghany County, Virginia, the Club Car is a deli-style full service café where patrons come not only to enjoy a delicious menu but also to shop and to meet friends. The Club Car occupies a historical building known for many years as Farrar’s Drugstore and offers a cozy environment where patrons can “walk down memory lane”, browse a charming gift shop and enjoy a delicious home style menu. And when you come to visit us, do not forget to stop by the CABOOSE, our extension gift shop adjacent to the Club Car. Here you will find unique hand painted materials, uncommon crafts, and the same warm hospitality which has made the Club Car a favorite stop in town.
Clifton Forge Antique Mall
Moody Carpenter Center
We have our shop in a beautiful old building in the historic district of Clifton Forge, Virginia. Set in the Allegheny Mountains in a small town of wonderful people, surrounded by the George Washington National Forest and near many parks and attractions including Douthat State Park, C&O Heritage Center, Clifton Forge School of the Arts and The Allegheny Highlands Arts and Crafts Center.
Bannon’s Irish Inn
Built by the Scott family in 1890, this building served as a restaurant on the first floor and a hotel on the second and third floors. In approximately 1910, an addition was added which housed a barber shop. This gave the building its unique triangle shape. Over the years, the building has served as a beauty salon, the Greyhound bus depot, and was home to the Virginia Taxi Company. It is alleged that numerous people performing at the Masonic Theater also stayed here. Namely, Chubby Checker, Hank Williams, and Jackie Gleason.
The most recent owner of memory was Judge Newberry. He was the owner of the taxi company and was also a well-liked teacher in the Clifton Forge area. Judge passed this building on to his two sons.
The building remained vacant until 2012, when Richard Bannon purchased it. He noticed the building while having lunch at Jack Mason’s Tavern across the street. He was drawn to its unique gingerbread carvings and stained glass windows. Upon closer inspection, he realized that the first floor had fallen into the basement. After extensive renovations, the first floor opened with the Tea Room restaurant and Celtic 2 Scotch-Irish gift shop in 2012. In March of 2014, the second floor bed and breakfast was opened, featuring two bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own parlor and private bathroom with the original claw-foot tubs. Also, one of the units has a rear porch, complete with seating and a barbecue grill. The rooms are well-appointed with Victorian furnishings and queen sized beds.
Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast
Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Clifton Forge, Virginia, Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast is a luxurious, full-service bed and breakfast.
The Red Lantern Inn
The Red Lantern Inn is a 100 year old building in downtown Clifton Forge that has been totally renovated into casual overnight accommodation. In addition to the 7 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, guests will share several common areas – living room with cable TV, fully stocked kitchen with coffee available, laundry facilities, glassed in year round porch and a media room with big screen cable TV and WiFi. Guests like the openness and “homey” atmosphere. New pictures of the shared spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms have been added to the web site. Contiental Breakfast is available in the kitchen or you can bring your own and cook in the kitchen. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are always available and can either be brewed or made by the cup. From the Inn you can walk to restaurants, shops, the Alleghany Arts and Crafts Center, the Clifton Forge School of the Arts and The Mill, the C&O Heritage Railroad Museum, the Historic Masonic Theater and Amphitheater.
The Inn can be reserved by individual rooms, suite of two rooms or the entire Inn. Special prices are offered for reservations of more than two rooms and for the entire building. Starting in 2014, The whole Inn can only be reserved one weekend each month from April through October. The Red Lantern Inn is a great place for family reunions, class reunions, wedding parties and guests.
The Smith Creek Inn
Make us your Alleghany Highlands home away from home….
You’ll need an Alleghany Highlands home away from home to rest up from all the area’s attractions, activities and events…Douthat State Park and our creeks and rivers offer fishing,hiking, swimming, kayaking. We have trails for bikers and hikers ranging from town to wilderness. Events and festivals include Gran Fondo, Iron Man, Fall Festival, Kriskindlemart and more! The Clifton Forge School of the Arts and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center feature exhibits and offer workshops and classes. The Masonic Ampitheatre hosts a full season of music and drama, plus a bloody murder Halloween scare fest in the theatre itself. Don’t miss the C&O Historical Socitey’s model train ride and depot museum. CF’s restaurants and shopping are delicious. Dabney Lancaster State College is our neighbor, hosting conferences and events as well as coursework.