There’s just something about fall in the South that’s magical. Maybe it’s the cool, crisp air that signals the final surrender of summer’s unrelenting heat, the way the sunlight hits everything a little softer, or, the excitement and anticipation that comes along with peak leaf season. (And, yes, of course, football season.) Whatever the reason, it’s one of the best times of the year to pack up the car and explore.
From the inviting mountain towns of Western North Carolina to historic cities in Central Virginia, here are eight weekend getaway ideas to help you start planning your next fall road trips:
Charlottesville, VA: 4h 30m
Situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, is a quintessential Virginia town that’s drenched in deep-rooted history and exudes Southern charm and hospitality. There, you can take in a history lesson at Thomas Jefferson’s stately Monticello, peruse the many shops of the Downtown Mall, or indulge in the city’s vibrant culinary scene.
Where to stay: For a luxury retreat book a room at the Boar’s Head Resort. Request a lake-view room for spectacular views of the property while it’s blanketed in rich, autumn colors.
What to do: Take a quick detour from downtown Charlottesville and visit Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards for some of the best wine, food, and hospitality in the commonwealth. The vineyard also boasts breathtaking views of Virginia’s rolling farmland that really shows off during peak leaf season.
As for must-visit restaurants, Tavola, should be at the top of your list. It’s a small, intimate restaurant that serves up incredible Italian dishes that will have you planning your next visit before you’ve even finished your meal.
To fully experience Charlottesville, purchase tickets to a University of Virginia football game. (Go Hoos)
Nelson County, VA: 3h 45m
Scenic Routes 29 and 151 wind through Nelson County, giving travelers a front-row seat to Virginia’s vibrant fall foliage. Also along the colorful routes you’ll find some of the state’s best wineries, breweries, and cideries, including Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Afton Mountain Vineyard, Blue Mountain Barrel House, Wood Ridge Farm Brewery, and Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Where to stay: Book a night, or two, at The Farmhouse at Veritas, an eight-room bed and breakfast that’s directly adjacent to Veritas Vineyards and Winery. Along with the property’s luxe amenities, guests will get to enjoy a farm-to-table, chef-prepared breakfast each morning as well as a evening wine hour.
What to do: When you aren’t busy tasting wine or enjoying a cold craft brew (responsibly), pop by one of the many pick-your-own apple orchards or pumpkin patches in the area. You’ll also find a bevy of harvest festivals to attend from the beginning of October through the end of November.
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