Afton is found in the foothills of the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, only about 20 miles from Charlottesville. The Rockfish Gap, a famous wind gap in the Blue Ridge, runs through Afton Mountain. Home of famous writer Rita Mae Brown and musician Mary Chapin Carpenter, Afton attracts people from around the world, be it to live there permanently or to visit. Also found in Afton is the well-known and well-traveled Nelson 151, a craft beverage trail that features 6 wineries, 4 breweries, 3 cideries, and a distillery. With year-round festivals and events, there’s something to do in Afton every season of the year!
Afton’s Route 151 is a one of Nelson’s 7 designated Virginia Scenic Byways. In the summer, this translates to views of gorgeous, manicured vineyards, leafy forests, and verdant fields. Every summer, visitors from all over travel this picturesque roadway for special events, live music performances, good food, and inventive, hand-crafted beverages. If you’re planning on spending a hot summer day in Afton, check out the Nelson Farmer’s Market Cooperative one Saturday. Local vendors gather there to sell fresh produce and hand-crafted goodies. Often, there’s live music!
Nelson’s wineries make for an excellent day trip as well. Wineries in the Afton area and along route 151 include Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Cardinal Point Winery, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Flying Fox Vineyard, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, and Valley Road Vineyards. If you’ve got a beer enthusiast in your party, check out Brewing Tree Beer Company. Ask the owners of Brewing Tree about their axe-throwing contests when you stop in!
Great food is included with great brews at Blue Mountain Barrel House and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. In nearby Nellysford, you can enjoy French-inspired cuisine at Basic Necessities Wine & Cheese Shop. If you want a little spice, travel to the Rockfish Valley Community Center to dine at Taj Mahal Kitchen (and do a little shopping). Nelson’s restaurant owners make a point to source local ingredients, so you know you’ll be getting something good.
After a long day at the wineries, you might need a place to lay your head. Stay at one of Nelson’s B&B’s, Cabins, Cottages, or Inns if you wish to extend your visit. Love camping? Head over to the Devils Backbone Camp in nearby Roseland!
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Last Updated: 09/11/2020