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Things to Do in Nelson County

Nelson 151

Nelson 151

Located at the base of the Blue Ridge, Route 151 is Main Street for the Rockfish Valley. This northern part of Nelson County is home to 7 wineries, 3 breweries, 1 cidery, 1 distillery, cozy Bed & Breakfasts, friendly farmers, spectacular views, and so much more.

Blue Mountain Brewery

Blue Mountain Brewery

Opened in 2007 as the first brewery in Nelson County, Blue Mountain Brewery is a unique destination in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. All our ales and lagers are brewed, bottled, canned and kegged onsite in Afton or down the road in Arrington at our new Blue Mountain Barrel House. We have made our home for both facilities in beautiful, friendly Nelson County and are proud to be the pioneers of the Virginia rural brewery.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Mid-size brewing company and mid-size brew team of the year at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Building a new cider company from the ground up with a vision for hard cider to regain its rightful place as the #1 alcoholic beverage in America—that’s bold.

The Brew Ridge Trail

The Brew Ridge Trail

The Brew Ridge Trail is self-guided, so you can visit any brewery you want, in any order, during their regular business hours.

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Experience what it is like to be there at the beginning. Witness an undiscovered gem as it emerges. New insight into Thomas Jefferson is coming to light as archaeologists uncover the unknown story of his personal retreat and his most personal architecture is unfolding through step-by-step restoration. This is a unique time to experience Thomas Jefferson’s retreat.

Nelson County

Nelson County

On the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge.

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. The first overlook is just a few hundred feet from the upper parking lot along a gentle, paved trail making it an excellent stopover for travelers of all ages and abilities.

Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery

Since 1993 we have specialized in wine made from fruit other than grapes. Our selection of handcrafted "True to the Fruit" wines and authentic honey meads offer a unique tasting experience, as well as the opportunity to taste fermented drinks originally enjoyed by ancient cultures from around the world.

Mountain Cove Vineyards

Mountain Cove Vineyards

I, Al Weed, my wife Emily (also known by her Chinese name, Suiling), our son Trés and infant daughter Julie, came to Nelson County in the summer of 1973 to plant a vineyard, build a winery and establish our family’s roots. That fall, global oil prices went through the roof (the first “oil shock”) and keeping warm in our un-renovated farmhouse, with its ancient and inefficient oil furnace, was a real challenge.

Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery

Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery

Cardinal Point is ideally situated within view of the Rockfish Gap, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Skyline Drive in Nelson County, Virginia. We take great pride in creating high quality, delicious, and food-friendly wines. But we take the most pleasure in creating wines that showcase our specific terroir, our winemaker's unique creativity, and put a smile on our customer's faces.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Protecting a diversity of plants and animals, the Parkway meanders for 469 miles, providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special.

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Wild Wolf Brewing Company, established November 11, 2011, is one of just a few mother/son operations in the country. Danny, a classically trained Brewmaster by the Siebel Institute in Chicago, and his mom, a business savvy entrepreneur, have turned a family passion for craft beer into one of the fastest growing breweries in Virginia.

Delfosse Vineyards and Winery

Delfosse Vineyards and Winery

DelFosse Vineyards & Winery is located near Charlottesville and Jefferson's Monticello. We invite you to come explore. Our rural setting offers the serenity - and the wine - that only Central Virginia can provide. Our location is unique, hugged by the hills but with the elevation to ensure both rich wines and spectacular views. Relax and have a quiet picnic by the lake or take a hike or a bike ride on the 5 1/2 miles of trails surrounding the winery.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Blue Ridge Ballooning's perfect safety record and attention to detail make us the premier provider of the ultimate hot air balloon experience over beautiful Virginia.

King Family Vineyards

King Family Vineyards

After moving from Houston, Texas, we purchased the original 327 acre farm in 1996. In late 1998, a young man, whose name is lost to history, knocked on our door and asked if he could lease ten acres for a vineyard. Sparked by the visitor’s curiosity and research, we did our homework, and soon hired a vineyard consultant. A nursery in California had a few extra vines, so six months of hard work later, our first eight acres of vines had been planted.

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Afton Mountain Vineyards has produced award-winning wines for decades. We hope that your enjoyment of our wines matches our passion for making them.

Lovingston Winery

Lovingston Winery

Lovingston Winery, located in the rolling countryside of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is dedicated to the production of the highest-quality wines. Primarily family-run along with head winemaker Riaan Rossouw, we take great pride in offering a pleasing experience in every bottle.

Monacan Ancestral Museum

Monacan Ancestral Museum

Bear Mountain in Amherst County has been the home of the Monacan people for more than 10,000 years. The earliest written histories of Virginia record that in 1607, the James River Monacan (along with their Mannahoac allies on the Rappahannock River) controlled the area between the Fall Line in Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Veritas Vineyard & Winery

Veritas Vineyard & Winery

Veritasregistration mark Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson, opened for business in June 2002; with the help of their three children Emily, George and Chloe, they have succeeded in consistently producing a range of complex and elegant wines. The idyllic setting is easy to find but hard to leave, located just off I-64 at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Walton's Mountain Museum

Walton's Mountain Museum

Walton's Mountain Museum is located in the Piedmont Region foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Schuyler (Sky-ler), Virginia. Opened on October 16, 1992, this building was Schuyler's ca.1924 high & elementary school until 1955, grade school until 1991, and it is now our community center. "The Waltons" creator and John-Boy's alterego, Earl Hamner, grew up in the home across the street. WMM attracted as many as 90,000 guests in a year from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries!

Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen Resort

Treat yourself to magnificent mountain views, sumptuous luxury, and thrilling recreation at Wintergreen Resort. Spanning 11,000 acres on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our spacious condominiums and vacation homes are surrounded by winding trails, cascading streams and lush forests. The ultimate four-season vacation or conference spot, Wintergreen Resort is peaceful and refreshing, with an endless variety of activities.

Things to Do in the Area

Albemarle Cider Works

Albemarle Cider Works

Vintage Virginia Apples was founded in 2000 by the Shelton family. In our orchard, we grow a variety of tree fruits that are becoming increasingly rare. Many of these are older varieties that have fallen into obscurity or just do not fit the needs of today’s commercial marketing and distribution systems. Cast aside in the search for perfectly saleable, shippable and storable fruit are hundreds of heirloom and local varieties, a vibrant universe of texture, flavor and scent.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

Autumn Hill Vineyards

Autumn Hill Vineyards

Autumn Hill Vineyards was started in 1979 by the Schwab family. The plantings grew to 13 acres of Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and a new Nebbiolo area. We have some of the oldest Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Virginia.

Barboursville Vineyards

Barboursville Vineyards

The 18th Century estate is a breathtaking climax to a beautiful and historic country drive from any direction.

Blackfriars Playhouse

Blackfriars Playhouse

In our hometown of Staunton, Virginia, the ASC has constructed a re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse, and also has plans to build an open-air replica of London's second Globe Theatre, which was built in 1614 after the original 1599 structure burned to the ground. By following the basic principles of Renaissance theatrical production, we give our audiences some of the pleasures that an Elizabethan playgoer would have enjoyed.

Blenheim Vineyards

Blenheim Vineyards

Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews, Blenheim Vineyards is located 20 minutes southeast of Charlottesville. With three vineyard sites growing seven varieties, the goal at Blenheim Vineyards is to make high quality wines that reflect the climate, soil, and beauty of the surrounding piedmont landscape.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Protecting a diversity of plants and animals, the Parkway meanders for 469 miles, providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special.

The Brew Ridge Trail

The Brew Ridge Trail

The Brew Ridge Trail is self-guided, so you can visit any brewery you want, in any order, during their regular business hours.

Charlottesville - Albemarle County

Charlottesville - Albemarle County

Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Albemarle County area offers an abundance of cultural, historical, and leisure opportunities for your enjoyment and is well known for natural beauty and a variety of accommodations, attractions, events, and activities that make it an ideal destination for families and visitors of all ages.

First Colony Winery

First Colony Winery

Our Winery is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge, the heart of Virginia Wine Country. First Colony boasts breathtaking sunsets, charming Old World gardens, meticulously manicured vineyards and newly renovated facilities. The warm hospitality and elegant atmosphere will make you feel like kicking back and staying awhile.

Frontier Culture Museum

Frontier Culture Museum

The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for themselves and their descendants.

Harrisonburg Children's Museum

Harrisonburg Children's Museum

Horton Vineyards

Horton Vineyards

Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home vineyard in Madison County, Virginia in 1983. It did not take him long to realize that, although the Virginia summers were warm enough to ripen almost any grape variety, the humid conditions favored growing grapes with thicker skins and loose clusters. There began the search for varieties that would flourish in Virginia’s climate and had the capacity to produce some of the finest wines of the world.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Blue Ridge Ballooning's perfect safety record and attention to detail make us the premier provider of the ultimate hot air balloon experience over beautiful Virginia.

James River Runners

James River Runners

We are the original outfitter located beside The James River and are entering our 36th year of professional outfitting. Our experienced staff and management will make every effort to provide you with a memorable trip. James River Runners, LLC takes pride in what we do. No corners are cut in offering you the finest equipment available combined with quality and reliability.

Jefferson Vineyards

Jefferson Vineyards

Welcome to Jefferson Vineyards, a family owned winery and vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, located where Thomas Jefferson and Philip Mazzei first began the American wine revolution. Thirty four years ago, we introduced quality modern viticulture to Virginia, helping realize Jefferson’s dream. Our winery offers select wines of superior quality and is considered to have “one of the region’s most consistent track records” (Wine Spectator).

John Paul Jones Arena

John Paul Jones Arena

Basketball, concerts, and more.

Keswick Vineyards

Keswick Vineyards

Keswick Vineyards is a family owned and operated Virginia winery and vineyard located in the heart of Virginia wine country on the Monticello wine trail, just outside of Charlottesville, VA. Originally from Michigan, Al & Cindy Schornberg chose the historic site that is Edgewood Estate for their dream vineyard after searching the country, recognizing its potential for producing world class wines.

King Family Vineyards

King Family Vineyards

After moving from Houston, Texas, we purchased the original 327 acre farm in 1996. In late 1998, a young man, whose name is lost to history, knocked on our door and asked if he could lease ten acres for a vineyard. Sparked by the visitor’s curiosity and research, we did our homework, and soon hired a vineyard consultant. A nursery in California had a few extra vines, so six months of hard work later, our first eight acres of vines had been planted.

Monacan Ancestral Museum

Monacan Ancestral Museum

Bear Mountain in Amherst County has been the home of the Monacan people for more than 10,000 years. The earliest written histories of Virginia record that in 1607, the James River Monacan (along with their Mannahoac allies on the Rappahannock River) controlled the area between the Fall Line in Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Monticello Wine Trail

Monticello Wine Trail

The wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail have all been inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of winemaking. Come indulge in all the Monticello Wine Trail has to offer with its deep historic significance and lush vineyard views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All 30 winery members take the greatest pleasure in welcoming visitors from around the world to sample their wines, relax in the bucolic countryside and share their pride in Virginia’s wine-making heritage.

Monticello

Monticello

Spend a day on the beautiful grounds of Monticello and get an intimate look at Thomas Jefferson.

Mountain Cove Vineyards

Mountain Cove Vineyards

I, Al Weed, my wife Emily (also known by her Chinese name, Suiling), our son Trés and infant daughter Julie, came to Nelson County in the summer of 1973 to plant a vineyard, build a winery and establish our family’s roots. That fall, global oil prices went through the roof (the first “oil shock”) and keeping warm in our un-renovated farmhouse, with its ancient and inefficient oil furnace, was a real challenge.

South Street Brewery

South Street Brewery

Welcome to the rebirth of Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pub! South Street Brewery was purchased in 2014 by Blue Mountain Brewery, whose owners have a deep connection with this storied brewing establishment. Two of Blue Mountain’s founders—Mandi and Taylor Smack—both worked for South Street over a decade ago, Taylor having been the brewer from late 2001 until early 2007.

Oakencroft Farm

Oakencroft Farm

Established in 1983, Oakencroft Vineyard and Winery was a pioneer in the Virginia wine industry. In 2008, Oakencroft passed into new hands, and now we make premium grape juice instead of wine. We are currently offering three juice varieties from the 2012 growing season.

Reeling & Rafting

Reeling & Rafting

Come float the historic James River with the area's Premier Outfitter. There's nothing better than sharing the experience of a day on the river with family and friends. Relax while our professional staff readies your equipment so you can enjoy spending a day on the wild and scenic James River.

Starr Hill

Starr Hill

Mark is proud of the awards his microbrews have earned, and the experts agree that he is among the best craft brewers in the country. But at the end of the day, what still matters most to Mark and his team of brewers at Starr Hill is giving people the gift of great beer.

Stone Mountain Vineyards

Stone Mountain Vineyards

Stone Mountain Vineyards is situated atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greene County, Virginia (elevation approx. 1700 ft.). Established in 1995 with the first pressing in 1998. You are invited to come relax on the mountain and partake of panoramic views while enjoying our fine wines.

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forrest

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forrest

Experience what it is like to be there at the beginning. Witness an undiscovered gem as it emerges. New insight into Thomas Jefferson is coming to light as archaeologists uncover the unknown story of his personal retreat and his most personal architecture is unfolding through step-by-step restoration. This is a unique time to experience Thomas Jefferson’s retreat.

Trump Winery

Trump Winery

From our award-winning wines to memorable events to our world-class accommodations, there are innumerous ways to experience the magic of Trump Winery. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, Trump Winery’s stunning 1,300-acre estate lies just a few miles from James Monroe’s Highland and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the birthplace of American viticulture. We pride ourselves on creating the finest terroir-driven sparkling, white, and red wines, which have won nu

Virginia Discovery Museum

Virginia Discovery Museum

The Virginia Discovery Museum brings young children and families together to engage minds, excite imaginations and explore the world around them.

Virginia Safari Park

Virginia Safari Park

In the Safari, you'll be able to see animals run and frolic with abandon on our 180-acre property. The animals are free to roam—no pacing back and forth in front of a barred exhibit! Drive your vehicle over 3 miles of maintained gravel road and feed the animals through your windows! But don't be in a hurry, the animals often block your path...or lay flat-out in the sun...the choice is theirs!

White Hall Vineyards

White Hall Vineyards

White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, Virginia. At an elevation of 800 feet, the winery has lovely grounds, a pleasantly shaded picnic area, and a spectacular view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Find us

56 Rodes Farm Drive Nellysford, VA 22958

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(434)361-1101

PARTNERED WITH :

Devils Backbone Brewing Company, WildWolf Brewing Company, Veritas Winery, Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cider,

Hilltop Berry Farm and Winery, Sweet Bliss Bakery, Bryant's Small Batch Cider, Blue Toad Hard Cider, Basic Necessities Cafe.

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