Escape to Love Ridge: A Relaxing Getaway for Your Favorite Mom

All Moms deserve a little time away, and what better occasion to gift them a moment of relaxation and pampering than for Mother’s Day? As tireless nurturers in our lives, Moms, grandmothers, and caregivers often put their needs aside for the sake of others, so plan an escape that honors the incredible women in your life. Return their love at Love Ridge, crafting an unforgettable experience, tailored to your Mom’s well-being so she can enjoy  a much-deserved few days away from the stress and bustle of daily life. Our Blue Ridge Parkway mountain cabins are perfect for your weekend getaway, starting with a massage and wine-tasting in the foothills, followed by boutique browsing for Mothers Day gifts, Shakespeare theater-going, delicious dinners, wildflower hikes, and quiet evenings under the stars and clear mountain skies.

Massage, Wine-Tasting With a View, Followed by Dinner on Your Deck and Stargazing

Get her trip off to a relaxing and rejuvenating start with a massage at Healing Therapy Massage, the perfect addition to your Mothers Day gifts itinerary, just a 20-minute drive from Love Ridge in downtown Waynesboro. Owner Nancy and her team bring decades of massage experience, proven by their long list of glowing reviews online. They will adapt the session to your preferred styles, from classic Swedish techniques to more intense deep tissue, acupressure, or calming hot stone treatments. A 60-minutemassage is a great start, but 90-minute and 120-minute options are also available. Massage is not something we often gift ourselves, so treat her to a special session, and she’ll leave refreshed and ready to dive into your memorable getaway together.

Feeling blissful after her massage, take her just east of the Blue Ridge Parkway for some afternoon wine tasting with an expansive view of the Rockfish Valley at Afton Mountain Vineyards. They offer self-guided or guided tastings of their award-winning wine selection, including 11 varietals ranging from a dry cabernet/merlot blend or citrus-scented Chardonnay to an elegant Petit Verdot aged in oak barrels. Owners Elizabeth and Tony Smith have local roots just down the road in Charlottesville, expanding the vineyard footprint to over 26 acres in the 15 years they’ve run it, utilizing the rich slopeside soil and ideal microclimate to produce exceptional wines. In addition to the outstanding wine itself, their property is breathtaking, with expansive views of the vineyard from their tasting patio. It’s a lovely place to sip, chat, and take in springtime  in the Blue Ridge Mountain.

After tasting and discovering her favorite new vintage, buy a bottle to bring it back to your Love Ridge cabin. Whether you’re staying in one of our cozier cabins like the Three Ridges or High Meadows or a larger one like Bee Mountain or Spy Rock, you’ll have a grill and either an indoor jetted tub or a private outdoor hot tub. Grill a meal and then enjoy a soak in your tub, followed by our stargazing experience, perfect with the evenings warming up along the ridge in May. Finish the evening chatting on your cabin deck and sipping on your Afton wine, raising your glasses to your lovely weekend unfolding.

Family enjoying Love Ridge with children and their dog,

Morning at the Market, Boutique Shopping, Shakespeare Delight, and Dinner Downtown in Staunton

Start Saturday off with a trip to Staunton for the farmers market, where you can browse amongst the local vendors for a unique Mothers Day gifts like hand-carved wooden kitchenware from Wood Art Studios or something sweet such as maple walnut syrup made by Tonoloway Farm. Then head to Beverly St, the charming main avenue in Staunton, for a pastry and latte from By and By Coffee, and stroll among the local boutiques downtown for more leisurely shopping. Whatever style Mom is into, she’ll find something she loves, from bohemian chic jewelry at Bonfire Begonia to hip home decor and plantware at Burrow and Vine. Art enthusiasts should visit the Co-art Gallery, a cooperative featuring over 40 local Virginia artists representing all styles and mediums, varying from nature photography and oil landscape paintings of Shenandoah Valley’s autumn colors to abstract mixed media.

Surprise your favorite Mom with a matinee theater outing in Staunton at the American Shakespeare Center, where their world-class ensemble performs the Bard classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 2 pm on Sat, May 11th. Featuring actors who have performed in hundreds of roles on the most acclaimed stages, it’s a thrill to see them bring the hilarious tale of mistaken identities, fairy and sprite mischief, and star-crossed love to life. They also perform in the Blackfriars Theater, built to replicate exactly Shakespeare’s original theater space, an intimate and incredible experience for theatergoers. If you’re celebrating a Mom’s getaway later in the year, check the Shakespeare Center’s summer and fall stage schedule for upcoming productions, which continue throughout the summer and fall.

Continue the merriment by strolling a couple blocks over to Aioli for a date-night dinner. Start with some tapas, their specialty, like mixed olives and a charcuterie plate, and follow it with mouthwatering entrees such as seafood paella, pan-roasted pork tenderloin, or blackened yellowfin tuna. The exposed brick interior sets the perfect ambiance, made even classier by their excellent wine list, including over a dozen reds and whites. It’s a special occasion, so splurge and split their dark chocolate mousse, a decadent treat.

Hiking at Wintergreen by Day, Lasagna Dinner and Relaxation at Your Cabin by Night for your Mothers Day Gifts

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After a quiet morning at your cabin and enjoying a walk around our wooded property, drive just 15 minutes down the ridge to Wintergreen Resort. Take advantage of the afternoon sunshine and head out for a hike on the sprawling trail network – the 1-mile Chestnut Springs loop has a fantastic mix of landscapes, from dense oak trees and bumbling streams to fields of wildflowers blooming brightly by mid-May. Wind down at Wintergreen with a mimosa on the deck at the Edge, where they have Sunday Funday $4 orange, peach, and strawberry mimosas every Sunday afternoon. Whether you’re visiting over Mother’s Day or surprising the Mom in your life on another weekend, Wintergreen’s well-maintained trails and monthly guided hikes make it an easy and excellent spot to spend an afternoon enjoying the pristine beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For a relaxing evening, kick back and let us arrange your dinner with our cheese or meat lasagna package. After your fun-filled day out in nature or enjoying Staunton, we’ll have the lasagna waiting in your fridge when you return, ready to pop in the oven as you relax by the fireplace or have another soak in the tub. With the sun setting while you enjoy your meal on the deck, it’s a lovely last chapter to your Mom’s escape at Love Ridge.

Stay with us and surprise her with a Blue Ridge Mountain getaway – one of the best Mothers Day gifts you can give!

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