Beautiful wineries, apple orchards, riverside vantage points … there are so many places to fall in love with Virginia’s fall foliage as you move east across the state. If you can’t travel as much as you’d like to this fall, you’ll certainly have plenty of items to mark off of next year’s list.
Centered around Charlottesville, this is 48 hours you’ll likely want to extend. On the docket around this esteemed university and law school town are the 30 wineries of the Monticello Wine Trail – Birthplace of American Wine. Here you will find some of the most renowned names in Virginia wine, including Gabriele Rausse, often called “The Father of the Modern Virginia Wine Industry.”
A must for any visit to Charlottesville is a stop at the only home to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
- Cedar Spring Inn & Spa – Ridgetop Luxury B&B
- Foxfield Inn – #1 Best Inn & B&B in America (Trip Advisor, 2008)
- The Dinsmore House Inn – Travel + Leisure calls it a “Great Value”
- l’etoile – French Inspired
- TEN – Japanese Fusion
- Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar
- Hamiltons’ at First & Main – Contemporary American
- Michie Tavern – Southern Fare
- Clifton Inn Restaurant – Farm-to-Table
- The Boar’s Head Old Mill Room – AAA 4-Diamond
Clarksville is a quiet lake town in Southern Virginia with beautiful foliage, sunrises and sunsets. Here, tranquility reigns supreme. Center yourself in an accommodation that feels most comfortable. Is it a luxurious bed and breakfast like Cooper’s Landing Inn, or perhaps a cozy cabin at Occoneechee State Park?
These 48 hours are easily spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors on nature trails around Kerr Lake or on a boat from Clarksville Marina. Or you can venture out for some history, scenic views and great food.
- Prestwould Plantation – 1790s National Historic Landmark
- MacCallum More Gardens – Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary
- Traveler’s Tavern at Cooper’s Landing Inn
- Bistro 1888 – AAA 3-Diamond
- Molasses Grill – Locally-sourced Southern Inspired
Spend 48 hours hitting some of the best stops the Eastern Shore of Virginia has to offer, starting at the southern tip and Kiptopeke State Park – a premier stop for migratory birds traveling the Atlantic Flyway.
Nearby, find the quaint, bay-side town of Cape Charles. Refuel at Cape Charles Coffee House and peruse the shops. Call it a night at Hotel Cape Charles, Bay Haven Inn or Cape Charles Bay View Bed & Breakfast, but not before a great dinner at Kelly’s Gingernut Pub, AQUA or Bay Creek Railway.
As you head north up the Shore, check out these points of interest:
- Bay Creek Resort & Club – One of the “Best Places You Can Play,” by Golfweek
- Chatham Vineyards – “Paddle Your Glass Off” with SouthEast Expeditions
- Assateague Lighthouse – Just renovated; October 5, 2013 Grand Re-Opening
- Assateague Explorer – See the wild ponies and other wildlife
There are more getaways where these came from!
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