Blow Your Own Ornament – Sunspots Glassblowing

  Sunspots Studios in Staunton is a fascinating place to visit anytime.  Their one-of-a-kind products are truly works of art, and most days you can watch the artists at work as they blow melted glass into vessels, ornaments, and shapes of all kinds.   Now you can join the artists in their studio as they […]

Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Although the bulk of the leaves have already fallen or turned brown, this time of year is perfect for taking a hike.  Crunchy leaves and bare trees mean that wildlife are easier to spot, and that views through the woods are more open.  Whether your preference is waterfalls, lakes, scenic vistas, or simply a walk […]

Fall Foliage Report – Still Lots of Color

Even though many of the leaves are starting to turn brown, and others are turning loose, there is still plenty of fall foliage color to be seen in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  Many places, you’ll find trees that are a little later turning than others, whether because of species, elevation, or location.  Regardless […]

How To See the Best Colors of Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains – it just doesn’t get any better than that!  The autumn colors are in full swing, and the crisp cool nights make it really feel like fall.   We often have people ask “When is the peak?” as if it can be narrowed down to a specific day.  […]

Jefferson & Monticello – A Must-See Attraction

Born in 1743, he was a lawyer, member of the House of Burgesses, member of Continental Congress, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia, Commissioner and Minister to France, first United States Secretary of the State, President of the United States, owner of over 135 slaves, Father, Husband, and he […]

Mountain Beauty & Family Fun at Waynesboro’s Fall Foliage Festival

No matter where you live in the United States, autumn is a time when people trek into the countryside to bask in the burst of color as the trees prepare to lose their foliage for the coming winter. Those who live near mountainous regions are the most blessed. New England’s White Mountains, Green Mountains, and […]

Going Back In Time at the Plumb House

Today, with our country more culturally united, and as a nation more integrated as a people with common aspirations and goals, it’s difficult to visualize the clash of armies in our communities and around our homes. Imagine then, for a moment, that you and your spouse were Alfred and Mary Plumb, and that your home […]

Museum Honors Legacy of 28th President

Woodrow Wilson, a two-term president from 1913 to 1921, was born adjacent to the chateau-styled mansion that today highlights the extraordinary legacy of the 28th president of the United States. Born in 1856 in Staunton, at the age of one-year old, Wilson’s family moved to Augusta, Georgia where his father worked as a chaplain in […]

Pick Your Own Apples at the Carter Mountain Orchard

Eight to ten million bushels of apples are harvested each year in Virginia. Many of those apples come from Carter Mountain Orchard. This rolling picturesque orchard is located right next to the historic Michie Tavern and is only a short distance from the grand historic home Monticello. It is open from mid April until November, […]

Relax and Unwind at Beautiful Sherando Lake

Sherando Lake Recreation Area, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains off Route 664 approximately 11 miles south from I-64, is the perfect place for spending a relaxing day with family. Known by locals as “The Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains,” the area is comprised of two lakes: the lower lake, which […]