Some great hikes and walks in the surrounding areas are outlined on the map Hiking Trails through Bela Krajina, available from the TIC. A number of them connect the smaller villages to Črnomelj's south. Walk No 1 is a 13km path from Dragatuš to Vinica dedicated to a local poet. No 2 is a 6km circular path beginning from Obrh (south of Dragatuš) that takes in forest scenery plus vineyards, castle ruins and village churches.
There's not a lot of choice for rooms, and the hostel is pretty grim – best to stock up on local maps and groceries and head out of town, where there's some great guesthouse and glamping options.
The centre has a couple of cheap and cheerful pizza joints and bakeries but eating options are thin on the ground here.
Drinking & Nightlife
There's a handful of cafe-bars scattered through the centre but nothing to write home about.