If you’re in the mood to really experience fall in Virginia, here are a few of our favorite finds, tips, helpful hints …
- Corn mazes are a great way to entertain kids of all ages. Teens will especially get a thrill out of the hide-and-seek aspect. Typically where there’s a corn maze, there will also be pumpkins. Oftentimes, you can pick your own!
- Apples are best when freshly plucked from the tree you’re standing next to. It’s a proven fact. Reach up, pick the apple and take a bite at one of Virginia’s apple orchards.
- No coastal breeze can compare to the cool mountain air of the Blue Ridge. If you’re looking for relaxation, a front porch in the mountains is the place to find it.
- Festivals are for kids and grown-ups alike. Festivals rarely occur without a face-painting booth, bounce house, or hands-on kid-friendly activity of some sort. You’re safe when you spend your Saturday festivalin’.
- The best season for the beach is fall. The crowds have slacked off, the rates have plummeted, and you can easily dine wherever you like. No lines, no congestion, just peace and a good salty breeze.
- “Harvest” means more than apples and pumpkins. October is lovingly dubbed “Virginia Wine Month” because it falls right smack in the middle of grape harvest season. Participate in a grape stomp, tip back a glass of the latest release, and get a new appreciation as to why Virginia wines are garnering world-wide acclaim.
- Another good fall harvest is the oyster. A trip to the Eastern Shore or Chesapeake Bay will yield all-you-can-eat!
- One can not stamp fall as “done” without a ride (even a short one) down the Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s nothing like the sweeping views of an orange and gold Shenandoah Valley from a scenic overlook on The Parkway.
- Perhaps the best bike ride you’ll ever take (even with little ones) is the Virginia Creeper Trail. Miles of mostly flat trail are an easy ride and the scenery isn’t too shabby either.
- Take your relationship to new heights when you plan a day hike in Shenandoah National Park. A couple of look-outs are particularly beautiful for popping the question.
So, your plans are already made for this weekend, right? If you need a few more suggestions, visit us at www.Virginia.org. Happy fall, y’all (officially on September 22nd)!