With the assets of many faces, from the majestic Shenandoah Valley to the stunning island of wild Assateague, Virginia resort offers a wealth of sensual pleasures. Enjoy a ride “cyclo-greedy” among the vineyards to taste the tables “stellate” or discover the rich fauna and flora in America! Rendezvous at the gates of the southern United States.
A holiday at Virginia is quieter and less flashy, away from the beach which has made it famous. Discover the national parks bordering the Atlantic Ocean as the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, bird sanctuary where 300 species have been recorded, its water sports in the Chesapeake Bay, the island lifestyle in the UK island of Chincoteague, and of course the idyllic Shenandoah Valley. Meet Richmond, its capital, via Monument Avenue where you can relive the history of Confederation.
Also, add to your itinerary the study of culture and knowledge of its very pretty towns, such as Charlottesville, the neo-colonial architecture, with its bustling streets with mansions lined with weeping willows. Decidedly, you will be spoiled for choices!
We have chosen five hostels for you with various charms, all having received the designation of ecological Virginia Green facility. Now you tell us if Virginia really is for lovers!
1. Cycling, Vineyards and Resourcing
Forest Harris House, Washington, in the Shenandoah Valley
After a walk outdoors or a day spent visiting the vineyards of the region, recharge your energy in this beautiful inn in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. Children aged 12 years and older are welcome.
For cycling enthusiasts who want to push the experience “foody” at its peak, enjoy the tour package of Epicurus. Have a picnic admiring the vineyards at the foot of a mountain with breathtaking view and crown your trip with a five-course tasty menu in the restaurant located in The Inn at Little Washington, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, where usually booking in a year in advance is required.
2. Culture, Gardens and Relaxation
Shenandoah Valley Inn, Staunton
Experience the majestic Shenandoah Valley: beautiful pastoral scenery, wondrous waterfalls, and mysterious caves. Stay at this B & B set in a typical neocolonial mansion located in the Gospel Hill District. During sunny summer days, relax on the porch listening to the birds, admiring the magnificent terraced gardens that overlook the property rich in history. You will be within walking distance of downtown Staunton, with its galleries, antique shops, restaurants, museums, theater, Shakespeare and a host of historic churches.
3. Water Sports, Open Spaces and Quiet
Fleeton Fields, Reedville
Located on the northern peninsula of Virginia, this small inn is nestled in a vast natural park, preserved for unparalleled peace of mind. Relax near the rose garden and admire the Chesapeake Bay. Be among the privileged few to see a bald eagle or count the shooting stars at night. Choose a kayak or canoe and revel in the fruits of mist in the region.
4. Beautiful View, Breeze and Wildlife
Bay View Waterfront, Belle Haven
At the heart of arable land on the east coast of Virginia, is this inn overlooking Occohannock Creek, which offers its visitors an unmatched tranquility. Near Assateague Island, with its beautiful unspoilt beaches and wild ponies, made famous by author Marguerite Henry’s book Misty of Chincoteague for children, this large inn with simple architecture is your home away from home. Enjoy a wide range of activities such as crab fishing, swimming at the foot of the pier, some volleyball or croquet session on the field.
5. History, Luxury and Elegance
The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville
Experience “Southern Hospitality” at its best in this 18-room mansion-style presidential member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux. At the foot of beautiful mountains, this hotel is not far from downtown Charlottesville and Monticello, the castle where Thomas Jefferson had made his home with his essential botanical garden and its famous plantations.
Relax in suites where luxury, comfort and attention to detail are the order of the day. Laze on the veranda for an hour of unforgettable cocktails enjoying the gentle sounds of the Rivanna River or perhaps an interesting game of croquet.
Useful to know
The first vineyard in Virginia dated back to 1608 (compared to California, where the phenomenon is only seen since the twentieth century). There are 262 vineyards and 130 wineries. Enjoy it in October because it is harvest month!
Thomas Jefferson, in addition to being the third president of the United States of America, inventor, architect and agronomist, was considered the “first great winemaker” of his country. He had the ambition to produce wines as good as those in Europe. He said that wine was “indispensable” for his health. Without doubt he had a reason to show his longevity (83 years)!