Deborah’s guidebook

Deborah
Deborah’s guidebook

Sightseeing

This hike is fun and challenging-just enough. It’s located off route 56 near Massie’s Mill. These falls are the highest cascading falls east of the Mississippi River. There are upper falls as well as lower falls. The view at the top is stunning and you have an area just off the trail where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy the cold mountain stream. There is a $3.00 parking charge through the National Forest, but it’s well worth it!! Allow at least 3 hours for a round trip hike to the top and back.
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Crabtree Falls
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This hike is fun and challenging-just enough. It’s located off route 56 near Massie’s Mill. These falls are the highest cascading falls east of the Mississippi River. There are upper falls as well as lower falls. The view at the top is stunning and you have an area just off the trail where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy the cold mountain stream. There is a $3.00 parking charge through the National Forest, but it’s well worth it!! Allow at least 3 hours for a round trip hike to the top and back.
Oh my goodness!! What an indescribable view on a clear day. Make plans to watch the sunset from this vantage point. Be sure when it's open, to arrive early. It’s a memorable experience and there’s nothing like it. We did this on a hazy day and still felt moved by the beautiful surroundings/experience.
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Ravens Roost Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Oh my goodness!! What an indescribable view on a clear day. Make plans to watch the sunset from this vantage point. Be sure when it's open, to arrive early. It’s a memorable experience and there’s nothing like it. We did this on a hazy day and still felt moved by the beautiful surroundings/experience.
Whew! This one is a doozy! I’d classify this hike as strenuous-varying degrees of elevation over paved trails that turn into rocks you have to climb over as well as fallen tree trunks. Your reward comes in making it to the top where you can relax on the large rock outcroppings with views as far as the eye can see.
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Humpback Rocks
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Whew! This one is a doozy! I’d classify this hike as strenuous-varying degrees of elevation over paved trails that turn into rocks you have to climb over as well as fallen tree trunks. Your reward comes in making it to the top where you can relax on the large rock outcroppings with views as far as the eye can see.
Thomas Jefferson's home. It's house, grounds, and museum were SO interesting. Educational and fun!
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蒙蒂塞洛
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
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Thomas Jefferson's home. It's house, grounds, and museum were SO interesting. Educational and fun!
Just before Bold Rock, there is a trail head parking lot. This trail is nice and flat leading along a pretty river. It’s ​about a mile to get to the end. It goes two ways; we followed the one going toward the left-hand side along the river. Beautiful scenery!
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Rockfish Valley Trail Parking Lot
662-698 Rockfish Valley Hwy
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Just before Bold Rock, there is a trail head parking lot. This trail is nice and flat leading along a pretty river. It’s ​about a mile to get to the end. It goes two ways; we followed the one going toward the left-hand side along the river. Beautiful scenery!
Once in Nellysford, turn in to Stoney Creek (Wintergreen Resort). The lake is open to the public on certain days-be sure to call Wintergreen for details. There is a nominal fee. You’d need to bring your own chairs, towels, and likely snack/food. They have charcoal grills and picnic tables. There are also paved walking trails leading in the woods-very scenic and peaceful. Covid restricts them from renting paddle boards, kayaks, etc. but they allow guests to bring their own.
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Lake Monocan
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Once in Nellysford, turn in to Stoney Creek (Wintergreen Resort). The lake is open to the public on certain days-be sure to call Wintergreen for details. There is a nominal fee. You’d need to bring your own chairs, towels, and likely snack/food. They have charcoal grills and picnic tables. There are also paved walking trails leading in the woods-very scenic and peaceful. Covid restricts them from renting paddle boards, kayaks, etc. but they allow guests to bring their own.
This is a beautiful lake that’s also a campground. It’s currently closed but located in the George Washington National Forest. There are trails along the lake and you can also picnic here once it opens. Check for opening dates.
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Sherando Lake Recreation Area
96 Sherando Lake Road
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This is a beautiful lake that’s also a campground. It’s currently closed but located in the George Washington National Forest. There are trails along the lake and you can also picnic here once it opens. Check for opening dates.
Amazing!! Excellent, level trail for hiking that recently opened to the public. Historical old railroad line about 3 miles long (round trip) and has two access points. Trail leads through an old railroad tunnel. It's awesome-just remember to dress warmly and bring a FLASHLIGHT! It's pitch black inside the tunnel-but lots of fun!!
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Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail, East Trailhead
215 Afton Depot Lane
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Amazing!! Excellent, level trail for hiking that recently opened to the public. Historical old railroad line about 3 miles long (round trip) and has two access points. Trail leads through an old railroad tunnel. It's awesome-just remember to dress warmly and bring a FLASHLIGHT! It's pitch black inside the tunnel-but lots of fun!!
Phenomenal top of the mountain orchard with views of Charlottesville all around! Seasonal "pick you own fruits" make being outside an enjoyable family experience. They also have wine tasting, Bold Rock Cidery, a Gift shop, food for sale, and the best Apple Cider donuts you'd ever want to eat-especially when they're hot! Close to Monticello too.
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Carter Mountain Orchard
1435 Carters Mountain Trail
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Phenomenal top of the mountain orchard with views of Charlottesville all around! Seasonal "pick you own fruits" make being outside an enjoyable family experience. They also have wine tasting, Bold Rock Cidery, a Gift shop, food for sale, and the best Apple Cider donuts you'd ever want to eat-especially when they're hot! Close to Monticello too.

Food scene

Multiple varieties of hard apple cider- my favorite is the pineapple. You can grab a quick bite to eat here OR we’ve observed folks bringing in their own food to enjoy the surrounding views. You can sample a “flight” of 4 ciders or ... if you just want a sample of one or two just ask at the bar.
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Bold Rock Hard Cider
1020 Rockfish Valley Highway
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Multiple varieties of hard apple cider- my favorite is the pineapple. You can grab a quick bite to eat here OR we’ve observed folks bringing in their own food to enjoy the surrounding views. You can sample a “flight” of 4 ciders or ... if you just want a sample of one or two just ask at the bar.
Definitely OUR FAVORITE! Outdoor seating at different levels offers mountain views. Pizza is their specialty- we’ve had the pork & peach, as well as the sausage (using locally sourced products). You can also enjoy the variety of beers they make on site.
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Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzers Shop Road
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Definitely OUR FAVORITE! Outdoor seating at different levels offers mountain views. Pizza is their specialty- we’ve had the pork & peach, as well as the sausage (using locally sourced products). You can also enjoy the variety of beers they make on site.
Good food-good beer-no complaints! Their café does a phenomenal breakfast!
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Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub
200 Mosbys Run
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Good food-good beer-no complaints! Their café does a phenomenal breakfast!
Staunton's “drive-in” diner with excellent hamburgers, hot dogs and the best milk shakes ever!
Wright's Dairy-Rite
Staunton's “drive-in” diner with excellent hamburgers, hot dogs and the best milk shakes ever!
Great diner style place with outdoor picnic tables/eat in restaurant. Has basic fare, but it’s good-especially their ice cream/shakes, burgers & pizza. Clean and neat! Nice stop off if you’re doing the bike trail nearby.
The Amherst Corner Restaurant
1441 North Amherst Highway
Great diner style place with outdoor picnic tables/eat in restaurant. Has basic fare, but it’s good-especially their ice cream/shakes, burgers & pizza. Clean and neat! Nice stop off if you’re doing the bike trail nearby.
Family owned orchard with pick your own seasonal fruits or purchase already picked. Small gift shop with various food items for sale. Peach ice cream is yummy in the summer!
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Chiles Peach Orchard
1351 Greenwood Road
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Family owned orchard with pick your own seasonal fruits or purchase already picked. Small gift shop with various food items for sale. Peach ice cream is yummy in the summer!
Great outdoor location to enjoy some delicious cider. Picnic tables and seating beside a creek provide a nice place to kick back and enjoy the weather.
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Blue Toad Hard Cider - Cidery & Farm
462 Winery Ln
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Great outdoor location to enjoy some delicious cider. Picnic tables and seating beside a creek provide a nice place to kick back and enjoy the weather.
Absolutely one of our FAVORITE places ever! Quaint "tea room" styled cafe for breakfast and lunch. It's always amazingly delicious and we look forward to going each time we're in the area. Excellent food & friendly service! Check times as they close in order to switch from breakfast to lunch.
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Stella Bella & Lucy's
327 W Main St
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Absolutely one of our FAVORITE places ever! Quaint "tea room" styled cafe for breakfast and lunch. It's always amazingly delicious and we look forward to going each time we're in the area. Excellent food & friendly service! Check times as they close in order to switch from breakfast to lunch.
Amazing Mexican restaurant!!! This place just opened-it's in Waynesboro which is 25-30 minutes from the condo, but well worth the drive! Lunch specials offer lower prices and food tastes authentically amazing.
Los Panchos Mexican Restaraunt
156 Lucy Lane
Amazing Mexican restaurant!!! This place just opened-it's in Waynesboro which is 25-30 minutes from the condo, but well worth the drive! Lunch specials offer lower prices and food tastes authentically amazing.

Day Trip Ideas

Beautiful, massive underground caverns with many interesting geological formations. Bring a jacket as the cave temperatures are quite chilly.
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Luray Caverns
101 Cave Hill Road
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Beautiful, massive underground caverns with many interesting geological formations. Bring a jacket as the cave temperatures are quite chilly.
Definitely worth the drive!!! It’s an amazing bridge carved through time by wind and water. There’s a super museum/gift shop and a flat, paved walking trail (about 2 miles) going to some pretty waterfalls at the end. There’s also an outdoor Indian village exhibit to visit and explore. This was incredibly impressive and educational- a wonderful experience/day trip.
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Natural Bridge
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Definitely worth the drive!!! It’s an amazing bridge carved through time by wind and water. There’s a super museum/gift shop and a flat, paved walking trail (about 2 miles) going to some pretty waterfalls at the end. There’s also an outdoor Indian village exhibit to visit and explore. This was incredibly impressive and educational- a wonderful experience/day trip.
Verona, Va.: This is the largest antique mall in America-at least that’s what they say about themselves! You’ll need a few hours to cover this place but it’s fun and very educational. Prices are reasonable and a good indoor activity.
Verona Antiques
307 Lee Highway
Verona, Va.: This is the largest antique mall in America-at least that’s what they say about themselves! You’ll need a few hours to cover this place but it’s fun and very educational. Prices are reasonable and a good indoor activity.
Amazing outdoor museum with early settler exhibits. It has villages set up from all the European countries that colonized America. Self-paced with Docents to explain country customs.
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Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Ave
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Amazing outdoor museum with early settler exhibits. It has villages set up from all the European countries that colonized America. Self-paced with Docents to explain country customs.

City/town information

Home of Liberty University and a larger city with attractions too numerous to list. Just google to see what you’d enjoy doing there. We like to visit consignment/thrift shops-and there are plenty! A really good one is called-On Second Thought Consignment.
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Lynchburg
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Home of Liberty University and a larger city with attractions too numerous to list. Just google to see what you’d enjoy doing there. We like to visit consignment/thrift shops-and there are plenty! A really good one is called-On Second Thought Consignment.
Home of both Washington and Lee and VMI-quaint little town with eclectic shops on Main Street. Local cemetery holds Stonewall Jackson’s grave and family plot.
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Lexington
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Home of both Washington and Lee and VMI-quaint little town with eclectic shops on Main Street. Local cemetery holds Stonewall Jackson’s grave and family plot.
Shopping Center: Kohls, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Michael’s, Ross, Bath and Body, Discount Tires, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Walmart Home Depot/ Lowes, Big Lots, etc. All the restaurants that we have at home and a Goodwill just to mention a few of the highlights...
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Waynesboro
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Shopping Center: Kohls, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Michael’s, Ross, Bath and Body, Discount Tires, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Walmart Home Depot/ Lowes, Big Lots, etc. All the restaurants that we have at home and a Goodwill just to mention a few of the highlights...

Shopping Opportunities

Healthy mix of restaurants, boutique shops and box retailers (Michaels, B & N, Old Navy, Rebecca’s health food store, an excellent bakery, Talbots, Loft, Madewell, Athleta, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Francesca’s, Game Stop, Harris Teeter, J Jill, Kroger, plus a ton more....and lots of restaurants.
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Barracks Road Shopping Center
1117 Emmet Street North
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Healthy mix of restaurants, boutique shops and box retailers (Michaels, B & N, Old Navy, Rebecca’s health food store, an excellent bakery, Talbots, Loft, Madewell, Athleta, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Francesca’s, Game Stop, Harris Teeter, J Jill, Kroger, plus a ton more....and lots of restaurants.
Newer shopping center just up from Barrack’s Road-upper scale outdoor center with several sections to cover- they ​have a Duck Donuts shop there as well as a variety of restaurants. Check their website for specific shops which most are now open. They have places like Orvis, Costco, Kendra Scott, Lululemon, Pottery Barn, L.L. Bean, Trader Joe’s, Untuckit, Williams Sonoma, etc.
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The Shops at Stonefield
2100 Hydraulic Road
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Newer shopping center just up from Barrack’s Road-upper scale outdoor center with several sections to cover- they ​have a Duck Donuts shop there as well as a variety of restaurants. Check their website for specific shops which most are now open. They have places like Orvis, Costco, Kendra Scott, Lululemon, Pottery Barn, L.L. Bean, Trader Joe’s, Untuckit, Williams Sonoma, etc.
Large indoor market in Harrisonburg with multiple shops under one roof. They have a food store with multiple bagged items for sale, a quilt/fabric shop, an antique mall, a kitchen supply store, a large toy shop, a Civil War shop with souvenir items/books, a café (grilled cheese was very good) and a candy store.
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Shenandoah Heritage Market
121 Carpenter Lane
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Large indoor market in Harrisonburg with multiple shops under one roof. They have a food store with multiple bagged items for sale, a quilt/fabric shop, an antique mall, a kitchen supply store, a large toy shop, a Civil War shop with souvenir items/books, a café (grilled cheese was very good) and a candy store.
Definitely something for everyone! This will take a while to get through if you go down each aisle (consignment style).
Stuarts Draft Antique Mall
3304 Stuarts Draft Hwy
Definitely something for everyone! This will take a while to get through if you go down each aisle (consignment style).
Large 1800s original barn turned into a gift store (household items, furniture, gifts)
Country Connections
267 Cold Springs Road
Large 1800s original barn turned into a gift store (household items, furniture, gifts)
Excellent consignment style shop near Chiles Peach Orchard. A great variety of gifts, unique arts & crafts, home furnishings-love this place!
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Greenwood Antiques
7572 Greenwood Station Rd
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Excellent consignment style shop near Chiles Peach Orchard. A great variety of gifts, unique arts & crafts, home furnishings-love this place!
Everything under the sun! I can’t even begin to list everything they have here. Definitely worth stopping in for a look.
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Rockfish Gap Country Store Inc
8860 Rockfish Gap Turnpike
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Everything under the sun! I can’t even begin to list everything they have here. Definitely worth stopping in for a look.
Fun place to stop if you're into anything antique! If this place doesn't have it, then it doesn't exist. Multi-levels offer a trip back in time. Above the store is an open "attic" floor with hundreds of different furniture pieces.
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Tuckahoe Antiques
4202 Rockfish Valley Highway
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Fun place to stop if you're into anything antique! If this place doesn't have it, then it doesn't exist. Multi-levels offer a trip back in time. Above the store is an open "attic" floor with hundreds of different furniture pieces.

Grocery/Supplies

One of the closest grocery stores to Wintergreen-selection is good and prices are reasonable. You’ll be able to find most food items here, along with a broad selection of beer/cider.
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Blue Ridge Grocery IGA
2797 Rockfish Valley Hwy
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One of the closest grocery stores to Wintergreen-selection is good and prices are reasonable. You’ll be able to find most food items here, along with a broad selection of beer/cider.
An additional option in Nellysford- Check here for items you might need This store is new and well stocked. There's also a Redbox out front.
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Dollar General
2985 Rockfish Valley Hwy
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An additional option in Nellysford- Check here for items you might need This store is new and well stocked. There's also a Redbox out front.
Top of the mountain “grocery” that carries limited grocery items but provides convenience to guests. They also have pizza and sandwiches and gas pumps.
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The Market at Wintergreen Resort
503-807 Blackrock Dr
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Top of the mountain “grocery” that carries limited grocery items but provides convenience to guests. They also have pizza and sandwiches and gas pumps.
Country store with cheese, meat & deli counter and thousands of bagged foods, spices, candies for sale. On Tuesday-Sat. their sandwich shop is open, and they make yummy Boar's Head sandwiches. You won't want to miss this local favorite!
The Cheese Shop
2366 Tinkling Spring Road
Country store with cheese, meat & deli counter and thousands of bagged foods, spices, candies for sale. On Tuesday-Sat. their sandwich shop is open, and they make yummy Boar's Head sandwiches. You won't want to miss this local favorite!
Mennonite run bake shop with “to die for” caramel pecan rolls and many other baked goods. They are only open Thurs.-Sat. You don’t want to miss this stop! Trust me.......
Miller's Bake Shoppe
23 Wayne Avenue
Mennonite run bake shop with “to die for” caramel pecan rolls and many other baked goods. They are only open Thurs.-Sat. You don’t want to miss this stop! Trust me.......
Good place to get your groceries as an alternative to IGA. It’s just a little closer than IGA, but you navigate through mts. to get there.
Food Lion
20 Windmill Square
Good place to get your groceries as an alternative to IGA. It’s just a little closer than IGA, but you navigate through mts. to get there.

Local Wineries

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Afton Mountain Vineyards
234 Vineyard Lane
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Veritas Vineyards and Winery
151 Veritas Lane
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Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
2800 Berry Hill Road
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