“Let’s find some beautiful places and get lost together.”  –Unknown

We own an RV that we use to escape on weekends and so far, it’s been great fun.  While our long term goal is to RV for longer periods to some bucket list places, currently, we are weekend warriors exploring our home state of Virginia.  Recently, we ran away to the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Living along the East Coast of Virginia, we are lucky to have the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains not too far away.  The mountains are beautiful in every season and regardless of the time of year, a cool mountain breeze and an epic overlook always puts life into perspective.  

If you are passing through Central Virginia or are in need of a weekend adventure, here are some top ideas for you if you have a few days in the Blue Ridge.

Visit Monticello: Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson our Nation’s third President, Founding Father, principle author of the Declaration of Independence, diplomat, and architect.  Monticello is still, to this day, a reflection of Mr. Jefferson’s love of architecture and gardening.  Perched on a mountain above Charlottesville, there are sweeping views in every direction, lovely gardens to stroll through, and friendly docents and Jeffersonian experts always ready to teach you the history of the place and answer your questions when you visit.  Before you visit, check the website at www.monticello.org for ticketing and helpful hints for your visit.  If you’re a history buff, love architecture or gardening, Monticello is a great way to spend several hours.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Pick your own fruit:  There is nothing better than picking your own fruit right from the tree.  If you are looking to pick your own or grab a taste to grab and go, visit the farms below.  Be sure to check out their websites for the crops in season and the wonderful goodies you can enjoy like apple cider and apple cider donuts!

Find them at www.chilesfamilyorchards.com

Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, Virginia (apples).

Chiles Peach Orchard, 1351 Greenwood Drive, Crozet, Virginia (peaches).

Spring Valley Orchard, 3256 Spring Valley Road, Afton, Virginia (cherries).

Tom Swinnen/Uplash

Skyline Drive: Skyline Drive is a 105-mile road that runs the length of the National Park Service’s Shenandoah National Park.  It runs between Front Royal, Virginia and Charlottesville.  Skyline Drive is known for it’s hiking the Appalachian Trail, waterfalls, and epic views.  For details about the Drive and where to stop or stay, be sure to visit their website at www.visitskylinedrive.org.  

A mountain view

Wine, Beer & Spirits: If you like wine and beer tastings, the Blue Ridge of Virginia is the place for you!   I wouldn’t begin to make recommendations here since for medical reasons, I drink very little.  However, know that there is an abundance of wineries, distilleries, & breweries throughout the area.  Do your research and always ask a local for a recommendation–or try them all!  

Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis/Uplash

A visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains always makes me a believer of our State’s motto, “Virginia is for Lovers.”  Whether you’re looking for adventure or a rest, I hope your next trip to Virginia is just what you need.

Enjoy your adventure!