There’s no place like Virginia, and winter time is no exception. Whether you’re in the mood for an invigorating hike through the woods or a cozy fireplace in a historic tavern, there’s a little something for everyone this time of year. So if you’re looking for ways to make the most of your winter, here are 10 unforgettable places you should visit.
1. Massanutten Resort (McGaheysville)
This scenic resort is a place for all seasons. Come winter time, visitors are enchanting by the gorgeous natural surroundings. While skiing is a popular activity here, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself here. Address: 1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville, VA 22840.
2. Caledon State Park
The beautiful Caledon State Park is considered a National Natural Landmark. Visitors often come to this part of the state to spot bald eagles. During the winter, this place becomes simply breathtaking. Address: 11617 Caledon Rd, King George, VA 22485.
3. Mabry Mill (Meadows of Dan)
It comes as no surprise that Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fewer people venture out to this pristine site during the winter. If you do, however, your reward will be great. There's also a nearby lodge where you can warm up and grab a tasty bite to eat. Address: 266 Mabry Mill Rd SE, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120.
4. Mount Vernon
There's something about wintertime that makes George Washington's Mount Vernon all the more impressive. When it comes to a picturesque snowy lawn, this place takes first prize. Enjoy a grand tour of this beautiful state overlooking the Potomac River. Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121.
5. Meadowlark Gardens (Vienna)
The Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark is a sight to behold, especially during winter. It's this time of year that the ornate architecture truly stands out. Visitors will also enjoy strolling these beautiful grounds. Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182.
6. Shields Tavern (Williamsburg)
While outdoor sites certainly have their appeal, there's something to be said for cozying up indoors with a delicious meal. And there's no place cozier than the historic Shields Tavern in Williamsburg. This 18th century tavern features fiddle players, southern fare, and an inviting atmosphere.
7. Wilderness Road State Park (Ewing)
A trip to southwest Virginia will bring you some of the most beautiful, uninterrupted landscapes in the entire state. These 400 acres once were part of Daniel Boone’s great exploration, and the road connected the coast to the western part of the country. During winter, incredible views of Cumberland Mountain create a dramatic and striking vision. Address: 8051 Wilderness Rd Trail, Ewing, VA 24248.
8. Lewis Ginter Gardenfest of Lights (Henrico)
Just like Meadowlark Gardens, Lewis Ginter is another botanical garden that truly transforms this time of year. When evening falls, the garden blooms into all sorts of light and spectacles. Tickets are available to purchase online. Address: 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228.
9. Old Town Alexandria
Alexandria isn't exactly a small town, but there's something about a stroll through Old Town that is truly charming. From the beautiful buildings to the decorated storefronts, this historic area simply transforms in the winter.
10. Great Falls Park (McLean)
If you've never explored a national park during the winter, you'll want to give Great Falls Park a visit this season. Icicles and waterfalls alike adorn the landscape in a scene reminiscent of a fairytale. There are plenty of nearby trails for an invigorating stroll through the woods. Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102.
Which of these sites have you visited during winter? We’d love to hear about your experience, or any other sites you’d recommend this time of year. For more beautiful winter scenery, be sure to check out these
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