It’s been great watching fall progress via your Instagram photos. Thank you for sharing them with the #FallinVA hashtag, and enjoy these final seven that have been taken over the past three days in Virginia.
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Lake Merriweather from View Rock at Goshen Pass by @lynchburgexplorer
Wythe County by @lynzy30
The Appalachian Trail by @bestetson
Ravens Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway by @racin_camerabug
The James River near Jamestown by @jlochoa
Hiking the backcountry in Shenandoah National Park by @danielleemerson
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Last week we offered you Five Heartwarming Destinations for Your Holidays and this week we continue with five more for you to ponder. If you love the idea of taking a break to get some shopping done or to just break away and enjoy the moment, you might like these.
Christmas in Orange
Getting away to the country is quite relaxing, especially during the Christmas season. Sparkling storefronts and lamp poles induce memories of simpler times. Find such places when you spend a few days in Orange County.
Stay: The Inn at Willow Grove, Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, Inn at Westwood Farm
Dine: Elmwood at Sparks, Pomme, Stonefire Kitchen, Palladio Restaurant
Visit: James Madison’s Montpelier, The Market at Grelen, Four County Players, Barboursville Vineyards
Locally-owned shops reign supreme in Richmond, but if you’re seeking big-name stores, those are nearby, too! You’re going to love the cobblestones, the unique shops and vintage boutiques, and an amazing flare for food that only Richmond can offer.
Stay: The Jefferson Hotel, The One Bed and Breakfast, The Berkeley Hotel
Dine: Fresca on Addison, Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant, Tobacco Company, Pasture, Comfort, Can Can Brasserie
Visit: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Maymont, Segway of Richmond, Children’s Museum of Richmond, Ice Skating, Carytown
Bring on the glitz and add the cheer when you take in a little shopping and a little history in Fairfax County.
Stay: a wide choice of top hotel brands are available
Dine: Clyde’s, Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, Härth
Visit: Reston Town Center, Wolf Trap, Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, Workhouse Arts Center, Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Galleria, Fairfax Square
If you love the nostalgic feel of Currier & Ives, Little Washington is your destination. A thriving arts community and the world renowned Inn at Little Washington are the claim to fame in this little slice of heaven in Rappahannock County.
Stay: Gay Street Inn, Heritage House Bed & Breakfast, Middleton Inn Bed and Breakfast
Dine: The Inn at Little Washington, The Blue Rock Inn Restaurant
Visit: Geneva Welch Gallery, The Theatre at Washington, Virginia, the five Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock
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2. Navigate America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. All of America is rooted in the happenings of this area, from the 1607 landing at Jamestowne to the new nation ideas bred at Williamsburg and the conclusion of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown. That’s a lot of history in a pretty tight radius.
3. If seeing sites that include words like biggest, endless, deepest or tallest are on your bucket list, we can help you mark them off. Virginia has eight caverns, including the largest in the eastern United States, one that has no end, the deepest, and one that has the tallest stalagmite in the world.
5. There’s nothing neater than cobblestone streets and you can find them across Virginia. Check out our Main Streets and then look in places you wouldn’t suspect, like Richmond‘s Shockoe Slip, the Freemason District of Norfolk and Old Town Alexandria.
Have you ever loved a specific dish so much that you drove well out of your way just to enjoy it? My parents did that for a cup of coffee once, and my mother-in-law drove across the Commonwealth to get a hot, fresh Smithfield ham biscuit once, too. I’m convinced a renowned slice of pie will garner the same craving and willingness to go. Let’s try it out!
Old Chickahominy House
Our trusted source of “locals” have filled us in on their favorite places for pie, and we’d love to hear about yours, too. Let your mouth water and then leave a comment.
Updated July 17, 2014 to include more pies! Scroll down!
The Old Chickahominy House in Williamsburg has been serving southern breakfast and lunch specialties since 1955, but it’s the homemade chocolate pie that Terri raves about. She says it’s “the creamiest, chocolatiest filling in a flaky crust that’s the most delicious pie you’ll ever put into your mouth.”
Visit to try a slice. If you love it, place an order for Thanksgiving. Choose from coconut, buttermilk, chocolate, apple crumb, “no sugar added” apple, cherry crumb, pecan, and sweet potato.
If you find yourself in Abingdon (which I hope you do), put JJ’s Restaurant and Sports Bar on your list of “musts.” They call themselves “Abingdon’s classiest little dive,” but Tenille’s note really says it all. “They serve chocolate, coconut, butterscotch, and peanut butter. Their pies are homemade by a 70 year old lady, who makes them everyday fresh and ready to eat. These are the pies that your grandmother made but never gave you the recipe.”
Tenille didn’t stop there. She has another pie hot-spot in Abingdon, Chick-N-Little. She says this family-owned restaurant offers great food at a cheap price, plus “they have the BEST homemade pies.”
Mom’s Apple Pie
“This was the best sour cherry pie that I’ve ever had,” proclaims Jane in regard to Mom’s Apple Pie in Leesburg. Jane learned that the owner grows her own fruits for the purpose of crafting amazing pies. With Thanksgiving in mind, Jane assures, “You can buy about 15 flavors daily, either by the slice or whole. I recommend buying the whole pie … or even five!!!”
River City Grill in Radford offers breakfast all day, plus lunch and dinner. Deb promises they’ll serve you the “most amazing chocolate chess pie ever, rich and decadent.”
Meringue lovers, Betsy has found your heaven. Pat’s Kountry Diner in Lebanon is named for, well, Pat. She makes a mean coconut pie with “piled high meringue,” according to Betsy, that’s pure “melt in your mouth goodness!”
The Cabin Point Mercantile in Spring Grove specializes in the sweet stuff. They’re a bakery creating homemade brownies, cakes, fudge, cookies, and of course, pie! Kimberly is a fan of the cheesecake pies, writing, “cheesecake pies are amazing, pie crust with a layer of cheesecake topped with all types of flavors – pineapple, cherry, peach, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry! Amazing!”
With a name like Pie Gourmet, one would expect top-of-the-line pie. Fortunately, Pie Gourmet in Vienna delivers just that. In fact, Washington Post calls it “a gem among local bakeries.” Enjoy a range of fruit pies, cream pies, cheesecake, dessert pies, and even dinner pies, like lasagna.
Relatively new to Richmond’s food scene is Proper Pie Co., serving New Zealand-style savory pie as well as sweet pies. Think Mince & Cheese finished with a slice of Blueberry Apple.
Hill High Country Store in Round Hill has a lot to offer, including more than 30 fresh-baked pies daily. You’ll find local foods, produce, wine, and an all-day deli with chef specialties. Take the trip for lunch and top it off with a great slice of pie.
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Red Truck Bakery
Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton was highlighted in Esquire for their mincemeat pie. Additional mentions have come from the likes of The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Garden & Gun, and Southern Living, among others.
Virginia is known for peanuts and one of the best peanut dishes to try is the Peanut Pie at Virginia Diner in Wakefield. Guy Fieri visited for his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show on Food Network (Regional Favorites episode).
As Jane commented below, the Blue Door Cafe at Draper Mercantile in Draper has a very special day of the week you won’t want to miss. Fridays are Pie Day! They’re happy to take your request for a particular pie and reserve it for you. Fruit and cream pies are $12.95 ($2.95/slice) while pies with nuts or quiches are $13.95 ($3.25/slice).
Of Southern Kitchen in New Market, Linda wrote that her husband “absolutely loves their coconut cream pie.” Give it a try the next time you’re traversing the Valley!
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As the season of holidays creeps ever closer, find ways to make the most of your time together and make it memorable. Why not consider an overnight or two in a Virginia destination known for its merriment and cheer?
The Barter Theatre, Abingdon
Spend the holidays in Abingdon! This picturesque small town will fill your heart with holiday joy. World class art venues, cultural events and historical sites are all wrapped up in Christmas lights.
Stay: The Martha Hotel & Spa, Copper Lantern Inn, River Garden Bed and Breakfast
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