Top 5 Strategies for Eating Well at Love Ridge

At Love Ridge you can be surrounded by nature and still eat amazing foods. With a little planning, you can sample the best of local foods that our region of Virginia is known for. The region around our Virginia cabin rentals is a food rainforest with many wonderful grocery stores, farm shops, farmers markets that are good options for sampling the region’s finest within a pleasant drive. Several food strategies can be employed to be eating well during your entire Blue Ridge mountain adventure. Here are our top 5 strategies for eating right at Love Ridge.

a man holding a shopping basket in the grocery store

Strategy 1: Stock up Charlottesville

If you are coming from the east on 64, it’s very convenient to stop at Wegmans in Charlottesville to pick up everything you might need for your stay in the mountains. Wegmans is right off the highway and has everything from grocery items, toiletries and prepared foods. You can grab your dinner there or check out some of the eateries in the same shopping complex. Kanak Indian Kitchen or Chimm are both delicious authentic options for grabbing dinner. If you forgot any outdoor gear you can stop in Public Lands. After dinner, the drive to your Virginia mountain escape is super easy and you can arrive well provisioned with a full belly. 

Strategy 2: Pop over to the Market at Wintergreen for what you forgot. 

So, you’ve spent a glorious night snuggling by the fire, and hiking the next day and you realize that you don’t have enough half and half to get you through morning coffee. No problem, there are several great options for picking up a few things that aren’t very far away. 

Our go to is the Market at Wintergreen since it is a quick hop in the car and in 12-15 minutes, you’re there.  There is a great selection of meals, baked goods, wine and beer and other staples. A pro tip is to pick up a Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwich.

Strategy 3: Head to Nellysford for the Farmer’s Market and lunch at Basic Necessities

Exploring the local food culture is as simple as visiting the Nelson County Farmer’s Market. Open Saturday mornings between May and October, you’ll have a chance to browse what’s local in Nelson. Our favorites are Little Hat Creek breads and pastries. It is also the only place to get Afton Mountain Elderberry syrup. After you’ve picked up some local goods, head over to Basic Necessities for a yummy lunch and browse the deep selection of local wines and pick one for dinner.

Family meal at Love Ridge
Breakfast at Love Ridge

Strategy 4: Eat in at our Virginia cabin rentals

At Love Ridge we have a selection of yummy locally made prepared foods in our online store. Our most popular items are the locally made lasagnas from Mona Lisa Pasta and the sweet and savory pies from the Pie Guy. You can view our staff’s recommendations for places to eat near Love Ridge

Strategy 5: Head to our local farms

The Rockfish Valley is known for its agricultural bounty. Seasonally, you can wind down into the valley from our Virginia cabin rentals and visit some local farms to get peaches and apples and other local fruits and vegetables. Our favorite stop is the Saunders Brothers Farm Market which also carries all sorts of local food products. Make sure you get some ice cream while you are there!