Take it easy for a few days and enjoy the area’s restaurants, wineries, and more. Research and find wineries in Virginia at Virginia Wine. The wine itinerary option they have on the website is a great resource for planning your trip. In addition to all the great wine in Virginia, there are also a number of local distilleries, breweries, and cideries.
Enjoy local flavors while staying above the fray. Love Ridge is conveniently located 8 miles from Nelson’s 151 including 15+ breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries. Pop over to the other side of the Blue Ridge to visit the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail breweries. An 8-mile cruise south on the Parkway will bring you to 12 Ridges Vineyard where you can sip your choice vintage with the most phenomenal panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Nelson County Farmers Market
All the best of Nelson County’s farms including produce, baked goods, local meat, and artisanal goods. Seasonal May-November
Dickie Brothers Orchard
An incredible setting at the base of the Priest Wilderness Area with picking your own apples and peaches, open seasonally June-October.
Saunders Brothers Market
From June to December the market sells delicious seasonal produce and local foods including meats, cheeses, and ice cream! A pleasant stop in the summer if it is too hot to pick your own and need ice cream. See their fruit schedule so you know what will be in season.
Basic Necessities, French/Cafe
www.basicnecessities.us, 434-361-1766 European style Bistro embracing local foods with a great selection of wine and cheese. Also contains a little shop with some gourmet items like chocolate, cheese, and wine.
Devil’s Backbone, American/Bar
dbbrewingcompany.com, 540-602-6018 A large campus with indoor and outdoor seating, games, and lots of space to run around.
Basic City Beer Co. pizza and beer
basiccitybeer.com, 540-943-1010 Local brewery in an old warehouse in nearby Waynesboro. Great spot for watching the game, lots of fun stuff for kids to do like cornhole, arcade games. Yummy pizza and other bar fare.
Tacos Alex/Tacos Los Amigos, tacos/Mexican
E. Main Street Waynesboro Two taco trucks in Waynesboro are equally yummy and authentic!
The Edge Restaurant, American/Bar
wintergreenresort.com/The-Edge, 434-325-8080 Convenient location at Wintergreen Resort. Chicken and french fries are always a pleaser for the kids. The Coppermine Restaurant is also located at Wintergreen and is more of a fine dining establishment.
Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only theater created as a model of Shakespeare’s indoor theater. Open year-round featuring Shakespearean and Renaissance era dramas; this theater company has been called “shamelessly entertaining” by The Washington Post. The theater is wheelchair accessible and features a gift shop and snack bar. Located at 10 South Market Street in Staunton Virginia, The Blackfriars Playhouse is a visitor must-see!
The newly renovated 1926 Wayne Theater/Ross Performing Arts Center in historic downtown Waynesboro, VA offers a wide variety of entertainment from music of all genres to kids’ programs, history lectures & science talks, theatrical performances, comedy, and much more! Check the schedule at www.waynetheatre.org or call the box office at (540) 943-9999.
Frontier Culture Museum
Located in nearby Staunton, Virginia, the Frontier Culture Museum recreates early pioneer life in the Shenandoah Valley through “living history” exhibits with costumed interpreters and reconstructed historic dwellings. The museum aims to show the different cultures and practices that shaped early American life in the valley.
Only 45 minutes from Love Ridge, Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and Monticello, which together share a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Charlottesville plays host to internationally-renowned bands, cutting-edge theater, art exhibits, independent film screenings, and the best restaurants the region has to offer.
Enjoy the culture of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall surrounded by fantastic restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries, and then retreat to your private mountain cabin.
Check out Charlottesville’s event calendar.
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