Fashion first. Top c/o Pink Blush. See below for more details.
I’ve lived in Virginia all my life but I don’t think Fall became my favorite season until I moved out to the Shenandoah Valley. The colors, the crisp mountain air, the tastes (apples, and fresh squash, and pumpkins oh my!), did I mention the colors? People travel from miles around to view the leaves as they turn from deep green to rich burgundy, golden auburn, and dusty brown. I don’t blame them. Sometimes, even after living here for almost 15 years, I still catch my breath as I see a glimpse of the Blue Ridge mountains at sunset. What I’ve learned though, is that Virginia has so much more to offer than just the foliage. Here are some out of the way places you need to visit this fall.
1. Skyline Drive. This is the number one way to enjoy the fall leaves and get a good hike in. I love pulling into the big visitor center lookout spot Dickey Ridge right at the entrance to Syline. You can get a beautiful view, sit and have a picnic, checkout the gift shop, and then mosey on down to another hiking spot for a good tromp through the woods.
Where to eat: local favorite fast food restaurant Spelunkers is a must stop by with the kids.
2. Woodbine Farm Market. This farm stand located in the midst of the Blue Ridge mountains is a favorite stop. Pick up local produce, pan for gems (buy a bag filled with crystals in the market and then head to the sluice to sort through the grit to find your treasures). They hold annual Fall Day. This year, on October 14. Stop by for live entertainment and pick up a pumpkin from their large selection.
Where to eat: Right there. Grab something from the local market from fresh baked cookies to carry out homemade meals (must call ahead to check availability), Woodbine Farm Market has everything you need in one place.
3. Cox Farm Festival. I have to drive East for this one and head back into Northern VA. But, you would never know this gem is nestled into the hustle and bustle of the D.C. Suburbs. That is, unless I told you. Slide, ride, and pet at this huge farm fall wonderland. With a large selection of slides, a corn maze, and goat petting area. There’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to take a hayride and stop by the market on the way out for fresh local apples and cider. Stay tuned for my review of Fall Fest 2017.
Where to eat: Sweet Water Tavern. This small chain of restaurants features delicious fare from their Aussie rolls to their flourless fudge cake. Always worth a stop.
4. Posey Thisisit Llama Farm Fall Celebration (or really anytime is good to visit the llamas- just give Joyce a call and don’t forget to leave a donation to keep her going for years to come!).
Where to eat: Stop by North Mountain Vineyard for a snack and some Virginia wine. Our favorite is their cherry chipotle brie. No meals here but even the kids enjoy the snacks here and the scenery. For a real meal, head into town and visit the Woodstock Cafe for casual dining and an eclectic atmosphere.
5. Marker Miller Apple Orchard. By far, my favorite fall activity is Apple picking. You can find me stopping by every couple of weeks from August through October. Bonus, they also have wonderful fudge and local made ice cream. As if that weren’t enough, visit on a weekend to hit up the cow train (a little tractor pulled train of cow cars) and don’t forget to grab an apple cider donut on your way out.
Where to eat: IJ Canns for some good American food. There’s an outdoor area perfect for families with squirmy kids or dine in for an intimate dinner. On the menu, a wide selection of salads and entrees to tempt even the pickiest pallet (I know- my husband has one of those).
While you’re taking in the Autumn, don’t forget these year round favorites:
Stop by and savor the history of an old town like the “other” Woodstock. Antique to your heart’s content at the Strasburg Emporium. Visit the walking mall in Winchester VA and try local favorite cuisine such as Crepe Worx (the whole menu is made of crepes and bonus for me they can all be made gluten free!).
There is so much to enjoy in Virginia, I hope I’ve helped you find some local gems.
Now let’s get down to the most important part of this post, the fashion. There is nothing more on point this season than flowy tops. I love this almond colored sweater from Pink Blush. It flowed just right over my skinny jeans. It’s soft and comfy and just the right touch of casual for fall. Loving that Pink Blush can be worn for maternity and beyond. Especially loving the fall colors and styles. It was the perfect touch for my family trip to the farm.
Mocha sweater: c/o Pink Blush
Black cardigan: c/o Pink Blush, similar