Sometimes you just need a break from your everyday routine. We’ve all felt it. It’s the accumulated demands of emails, phone calls, meetings, and a never ending to-do list. This time of year, it can feel especially hard to focus on day-to-day tasks when the weather is warm and the beautiful outdoors are calling. Luckily, living in Virginia means you can take an easy and affordable vacation that won’t demand much travel time. Consider it a stay-cation. You’ll want to pack your bags and prepare to head towards the great Appalachia in Fancy Gap, Virginia ASAP. You’re in for a weekend of enchantment and relaxation.
Arrive in the charming town of Fancy Gap on Friday evening.
You'll want to make sure you have the whole weekend ahead of you.
Check into your cozy mountain cottage.
Lonesome Pine offers 12 cabins to choose from, each nestled right above the Blue Ridge Mountain tree line. The air will be cooler and the atmosphere will be a lot cozier. These are authentic log cabins, each including its own private porch, fireplace, and most of them also have a jacuzzi. Rental rates per night range between $95 - $135, depending on the time of year.
Sit out on the lawn and take it all in.
Stretch out on a nice blanket, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy the fact that you can leave all your worries behind here. There's nothing that a little fresh mountain air can't fix!
Enjoy a delicious early dinner at the Gap Deli.
Options such as build-your-own sandwiches and deliciously prepared soups will provide a taste of this small town's charm. And the peanut butter chocolate pie here is not to be missed. This fine establishment is only open until 7, which will put you right on schedule for a great night's sleep!
Watch the sunset behind the mountains and enjoy an evening of relaxation.
As the evening winds down, you can settle into your cozy abode and look forward to tomorrow.
Good morning! Sip a nice cup of coffee at Fancy Gap Coffee & Ice Cream.
(Or have a little ice cream for breakfast...we're not here to judge.)
Engage in some good ole fashion fruit picking at Levering Orchard.
The largest pick-your-own cherries (or other fruit, depending on the season) place is located just 15 minutes away. The farm has been in business since 1908, and visitors of all ages are welcome.
Get to know the locals at an adorable nearby alpaca farm.
Then go inside and try your hand at some soothing arts & crafts.
Three generations of the Willis family run this beloved farm and craft store. This is the place to learn about all facets of the farm, from raising the alpacas to spinning their wool into artistic creations.
It's been quite a day! Kick back and enjoy the local flavor at Rap's Bar & Grill.
This is also the spot for your Saturday night dose of live music and dancing.
Enjoy a soak in your room's jacuzzi followed by the best night's sleep.
Your day of fun-filled activities has come to an end, and now's the time for another relaxing evening.
Start your Sunday off right by marveling at the wildflowers at Devils Den Nature Preserve.
Then explore this 600-year old cave located in the same park.
This area makes for the perfect place to enjoy a picnic, too. In addition to the cave, there are plenty of hiking trails and other activities to engage with the natural landscapes.
Take the scenic route back home for the perfect ending to your 2-day getaway.
The trip may have ended, but the incredible feeling of the Blue Ridge Mountains won't leave you anytime soon.