Easy to get to, hard to forget. There are so many ways to have fun in
the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains when you're based in the
middle of it all at Natural Bridge!
Walk beside Cascade Falls or shuttle down into the ravine to see the spectacular National Historic Landmark and natural wonder, the Natural Bridge. Spend the day visiting the Natural Bridge and its group of attractions all on one ticket: the Natural Bridge & Cedar Creek Trail, with its Lace Falls; Natural Bridge Caverns; and on-site museums. Stop for a snack or lunch at the Summerhouse Café. After you’ve done it all, have a relaxing dinner in the Red Fox Tavern. Do sample the Natural Bridge label wines from Virginia's own Barboursville Vineyard, and be sure to stop in the gift shop to pick up a bottle of your favorite to take home. Wander back down to the Bridge at sunset for the presentation of the “Drama of Creation”. Take advantage of a special rate when you stay at the Natural Bridge Hotel for the night. Another option is a cabin at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp Resort.
After breakfast, drive north on I-81 to Rockbridge Vineyard in Raphine. Taste the wines and tour the vineyard with a host. While you’re in the neighborhood, make a quick stop at Wade's Mill just up the road. Enjoy the scenic drive back down Route 11 and stop in historic Lexington to explore and eat lunch at Southern Inn. Then back in the car toward Lexington Valley Vineyard and more wine tasting. Return to Natural Bridge and kick back in the Red Fox Tavern or on the veranda, and sample more Virginia wines, perhaps a Chateau Morrisette Winery “dog”?
Before heading home, detour up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Whether going north or south you’ll find a spectacular scenic drive, hiking, and more vineyard visits. South toward Roanoke, you’ll see some of the area’s highest peaks (Thunder Ridge, mp 74.7; Apple Orchard Mountain, mp 76.5), and can stop at the Visitor Center and self-guided trail at mp 63.7, or at Peaks of Otter, mp 84-87. At 83.4, hike the Fallingwater Cascades National Scenic Trail. Make time for tasting award-winning fruit wines, and meeting the farm animals at Peaks of Otter Winery, mp 86. If you’re heading north toward I-64, choose from two vineyard visits off the Parkway for tastings and a picnic: Veritas Vineyard & Winery, and Afton Mountain Vineyard.
This fall getaway was submitted by Natural Bridge Hotel & Conference Center. See NaturalBridgeVA.com for more travel opportunities at Natural Bridge.
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