Posts Tagged ‘Wytheville’

Beartown Wilderness Area

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Virginia is a remarkable state. In its northeast corner sits cities such as Arlington and Alexandria, which border the country’s capital. In the southeast are the Blue Ridge Mountains and some of the most rugged wilderness on the east coast. Beartown Wilderness Area is located here – a welcome respite from hectic schedules and busy lives. Marion and Wytheville VA Bed and Breakfasts are close enough to the Wilderness Area to enjoy its attractions, and provide comfortable lodging for folks not interested in sleeping in a tent.

Beartown Wilderness is comprised of more than 5,600-acres; it is populated with trees, mountains, valleys, and wildlife. At this time of year, snows tend to be deep and the quiet pervasive. It’s a wonderful time to explore the wilderness, provided you have warm clothing and energy.

Snowshoes are the best means of transportation in the winter. A stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the Beartown Wilderness Area, along with many other excellent trails. Elevations range from 2,300 feet where the Roaring Fork River merges with Laurel Creek, to about 4,400 feet. If you can make it to the top of a ridge, you’ll stand among northern spruce and fir trees as you admire views of the surrounding area.

After a day in the snow and wilderness, you’ll be relieved to return to the comfort of a Blue Ridge Highlands VA Bed and Breakfast. Wytheville and Marion VA Bed and Breakfasts are all a short distance from the Beartown Wilderness Area. A hearty breakfast in the morning will provide energy for exploring the wilderness, and a soak in a Jacuzzi or hot tub will ease sore muscles in the evening.

For more information about the Beartown Wilderness Area, please visit the Wythe Ranger Station or call (540) 228-5551.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage is peaking right now – mid through late October. Make sure the batteries in your camera are fresh or charged, hop in the car, and spend a few days at Virginia bed and breakfasts Blue Ridge Parkway.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Meander along the Blue Ridge Parkway this fall.

Get in the spirit of Halloween with a walking tour of historic Abingdon VA. Abingdon Spirit Tours depart at 7:30 p.m. and last about two hours. Plan to walk about a mile (often on cobblestone streets and sidewalks, which can be bumpy) and delve into centuries of history. Guide Donnamarie Emmert has researched the haunts of Abingdon rigorously, and the results are both fascinating and entertaining. She is an expert storyteller, and often spins yarns at festivals when not roaming about Abingdon on October evenings. Expect to be astonished, amused and amazed by what you hear. Additional information about Abingdon Spirit Tours may be found at the website.

Autumn means brilliant fall foliage, but it also means harvest time. For many, the most anticipated harvest of the season is the grape harvest, for it brings promise of Virginia wine. Enjoy a taste of autumn at Ch√Ęteau Morrisette, which serves lunch daily through October between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. After feasting and perhaps touring the winery, return to a Floyd VA bed and breakfast and enjoy Blue Ridge Fall Foliage from the comfort of a porch chair. For directions to the winery, visit Ch√Ęteau Morrisette.

Stop by Williams Orchard Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 for fall festival fun. Hayrides, corn maze, and fields of pumpkins are surrounded by glorious fall foliage. Freshly pressed apple cider, Indian Corn, fall decorations, and pumpkins await those who stop by this Wytheville VA farm.

There is much to do this fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the brilliant Blue Ridge Parkway foliage makes a glorious background.