The beauty in the blossoming of springtime brings a sense of ease and a slower pace. This year, we’re traveling with intention, savoring simple getaways a whole lot more. A renewed interest in “slow travel”—enjoyed on two or four wheels or on foot—makes Orange County, Virginia, the perfect springtime destination. Nestled near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, famed for its rich history and world-renowned wines, Orange County is just two hours from the hustle and bustle of the Washington, DC metro area, but a mindset away.
On The Road
Once the playlist is loaded and the roadside fare is packed, take the stress out of planning by following the scenic route. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Scenic Drive, stretches 180 miles from Gettysburg to Monticello. The Orange County Virginia portion of the drive weaves through rolling hills and horse pastures along Route 15. Then you’ll roll into Orange’s historic commercial district in time to enjoy lunch and a drink at Iron Pipe Alewerks. Notorious POG, the newest flavor in their sour series, channels springtime vibes by the pint.
Five miles beyond Orange, Montpelier’s majesty is best enjoyed on foot. It’s a nature lover’s dream with eight miles of trails, meadows, and open spaces. If you’re traveling with little ones, check out James Madison’s Montpelier coloring page (download here). And you might also enjoy Purr’s short story (download here) from “The Nine Lives of an Orange Tabby” featured in the Step Into History series.
Be sure to spot the historic LOVEworks piece here!
Orange County Virginia’s waterways bring perfect fun for the whole family. For instance, enjoy fishing with the young ones at Lake Orange, which is known for largemouth bass. Kayak and boat rentals on Angler’s Landing are affordable and available for half or full-day fun. If you have your own canoe or kayak in tow, Germanna Foundation membership gives you launch access down the Rapidan for a small annual fee.
Two-wheeled tourism has experienced a surge, as biking is becoming a popular leisurely activity. Check out the Orange Ramble Trail– an easy choice, complete with riverside views and rural beauty. However, Lake Anna State Park’s eight trails offer a thrilling ride.
Make the most of every moment this season. Day trips in Orange County Virginia promise leisure, and time with loved ones, at an unhurried pace.