Fall in Virginia is all about LOVE – of the outdoors, the traditional Autumn harvest, and unique family-friendly experiences. So it’s no surprise that this year Virginia’s larger-than-life LOVE comes to Natural Bridge, with a massive corn maze nearly as wide as a football field that opens this Saturday, September 29th.
If you’ve never been corn “mazing” in the Fall in Virginia, you’ve missed out on an exciting experience. The Natural Bridge Corn Maze adds even more intrigue, with a unique interactive scarecrow game and the chance to win valuable vacation and admission prizes. Tickets also include hay-rides, a corn-kernel sand box, a hay-bale slide and beanbag toss.
Once you’ve navigated your way out of the maze, you and your family can marvel at The Natural Bridge, one of the country’s most iconic and historic natural attractions, just a short distance away.
And if distance makes it hard to get all the way to the Lexington area and Natural Bridge, you can easily find a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch or Orchard near your home. Put your town or zip code into our interactive activity map and instantly find a Fall activity near you. Or if you’re really excited to try a maze or pick a pumpkin, visit our Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch page for a complete rundown of where to go.
Virginia’s musical heritage is legendary. Just ask Mumford & Sons. They chose Bristol, Virginia as one of a handful of small towns to play in as part of their Gentlemen of the Road tour. When they arrived in Bristol for their August show, they had a very special welcome. Gerald Anderson, one of Virginia’s master luthiers, handmade a guitar for Marcus Mumford. It was a gift courtesy of Leah Ross, Executive Director of Bristol Rhythm & Roots. Marcus and the band were incredibly touched and the guitar solidified Southwest Virginiain their hearts forever.
The LOVE sand sculpture is complete and on display. Go check it out this weekend at Virginia Beach’s Neptune Festival. Wonder how it was built? Check out this video – 24 hours of sandcastle building compressed into two minutes!
Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple. For those who have traveled Virginia seeking LOVE artworks for photo opportunities, here’s a new artwork and perhaps our most unique yet.
Sandsculpture at a previous Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend.
On Monday, September 24, master sand sculptors will bring LOVE to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in the form of a giant wave crashing and leaving the word LOVE behind. See the LOVE sand sculpture in progress from the Virginia Beach Boardwalk between 7th and 8th Streets and in its completed form for the duration of the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend (September 28-30) through October 7.
Beginning September 28, visitors can get close to the 5′ x 14′ sculpture with a $3 admission ticket to Neptune’s Kingdom of Sand (children 12 and under are free). Pose for a photo and then share it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LOVEVA, or post it on the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page.
The highlight of the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend is the signature, world-renowned North American Sandsculpting Championship, where more than 275 artisans showcase their talents along 35 blocks of the Boardwalk. It’s the largest event of its kind. Additionally, visitors will enjoy a variety of live music, a Grand Parade, Saturday night fireworks display over the Atlantic, volleyball tournament, surfing classic, Atlantic Sailing Regatta, and 8K and 5K runs. The entire weekend is a memorable family fun experience, one that truly puts LOVE at the heart of a Virginia vacation.
The Neptune Festival LOVE artwork is part of a statewide effort which began with the Virginia is for Lovers oversized LOVE artwork. The artwork has made stops at Virginia Welcome Centers, attractions and localities throughout Virginia. It has become a favorite photo opportunity for visitors as well as local residents wherever it has gone. Photos taken by visitors from across the country can be seen at Virginia.org/LOVE.
Fall is a brilliant time to visit Virginia as 15 million acres of foliage burst into color. Fall color creeps west to east across Virginia, so if you’re itching for fall now, southwest Virginia is the direction you want to go. Let these photos show you why and then go to Virginia.org/Fall to plan your great escape.
As the weather cools and the colors begin to hint across Virginia’s 15 million acres of foliage, the temptation for a weekend getaway increases. Travel affordably this fall with a package that includes accommodations and fun.
Blue Ridge Mountains
Hiking, Biking and the Great Outdoors
Celebrate 75 years of the Appalachian Trail with a weekend stay The Mountain Lake Conservancy and Hotel in Pembroke. $221.50 per night for two people includes all meals and a guided hike. Available September 21-23 and October 12-14 only.
The Virginia Creeper Trail is Virginia’s most famous rails-to-trails project, and offers amazing views along its 34.3 miles. Rent a bike and stay two nights with the Summerfield Inn Bed & Breakfast in Abingdon where a gourmet breakfast for two is included. $340-$400 per couple.
The leaves are what fall is all about and you can see them from a unique vantage point when you stay at the Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg and soar on a plane. The plane ride for two, the one-night stay and a $50 dining certificate is all wrapped into a neat price point of $369 per couple plus tax.
Drive your own ride but let Sheraton Roanoke Hotel give you the scoop on the best routes when you book their Fall Foliage package. Stay the night, enjoy their breakfast buffet and take their recommended scenic routes map with you for a beautiful day in the Roanoke Valley. Available October 15-November 30 from $139 per night per couple.
Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Climb aboard the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains as she paddles Smith Mountain Lake for a sunset dinner cruise or luncheon sightseeing cruise. Enjoy your stay at Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast where you’ll choose your room and be greeted with fresh flowers and sparkling cider. Available select dates through October 27. $295 per couple.
A three-hour pontoon ride is in your future when you book a two-night stay with Cooper’s Landing Inn in Clarksville. Kerr Lake is your vantage point for stunning foliage and relaxation and the gourmet picnic basket will be just one of the highlights of your excursion. The following day will include a one hour trail ride! From $525 for two nights per couple.
A fall canoe outing on the James River is quite serene. Give it a go when you stay at the Natural Bridge Hotel anytime between now and October 31. The package includes all of the Natural Bridge attractions plus canoeing for $147 per night for two or $227 per night for a family of four. Available Fridays and Saturdays only.
Fun Fall Festivals
The Fall Festival of Folklife is coming up October 5-7 in Newport News and offers crafts, foods and diverse entertainment. Three hotels have special room rates for festival goers that includes tickets and t-shirts:
The 25th Annual AT&T Town Point Virginia Wine Festival occurs waterside in Norfolk October 20-21 and showcases Virginia’s finest wines, great food and live musical performances. Stay at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott just next to the festival. No driving required! Package includes one night, two one-day festival tickets (must be 21 or older), breakfast buffet, wine bottle opener and wine tote, complimentary internet and valet parking.