Go Just About Anywhere (without Going too Far from Home)
Bristol, Virginia is one of those American towns that is “just right.” It’s not too big, not too small, and lies within driving distance of West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. In fact, it’s a “twin city” located directly on the line between Virginia and Tennessee, so its chock-full of southern charm and beautiful historic buildings.
Small on Size, Large on Tech
Don’t confuse this small town of being behind the times. Despite its smaller size, Bristol has one of the best broadband networks in the country. The city looked to the future as early as the late 1990s, when it began planning to run fiber optic cable throughout the area.
Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU) has a non-profit branch called “Optinet” and is recognized as the first in the country to deploy an all-fiber network that offers video, voice and data services. That means no matter where you go online in Bristol, you’re getting there fast.
A Musical Heritage
If you have kids or loved ones who are musically inclined, then Bristol is the place to be. Named one of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education in 2008 and 2009, Bristol encourages expression through music.
In 1998, Bristol was also officially named the “Birthplace of Country Music” due to being the location of the first country music recordings made for national distribution. It now boasts the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance where fans from all over the world can come to learn about the region and its contribution to the genre.
Always Something to Do in Bristol
Travel just over the border to Tennessee where NASCAR fans enjoy the Bristol International Speedway. Take the family out to the ballgame and cheer on the Bristol White Sox. Stroll down State Street and take in the murals dedicated to country music and the history of Bristol.
Looking for something new to do? Take a short ride to North Carolina, Kentucky or West Virginia for all those states have to offer. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Bristol is the perfect place to start.
Our team in Bristol works hard and enjoys the quiet side of small town living while being in the heart of it all. Shearer’s is grateful to have a presence here in this historic city!