One of my favorite ways to explore a new place is by taking a road trip through the countryside. I’ve been to Virginia over a dozen times and am always amazed by its greenery. Rolling country roads zigzagging through lush green pastures and woodland seem to bring me back to an older, easier way of life. The deeper you get into rural Virginia, the more interesting the drive gets. Old farmhouses and Baptist churches from centuries ago dot the landscape. Pastures of horses and cows and a sprinkling of pig pens remind you that you are far from home. Vineyards and orchards grace the landscape tempting drivers to pull off the road and pick a bag of fresh peaches or taste some local wines. The country roads of Virginia seem to take you home to a different way of life. Simplier. Calmer. And carefree.
My sister and I decided to pack up the kids and take a road trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, about a two hour drive west from her home near Williamsburg. The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the massive Appalachian Mountain range that stretches all the way from Georgia to Pennsylvania, and earned their name from the trees that blanket the mountains making them appear a deep, velvety blue. From a distance, the Blue Ridge Mountains truly look blue and the contrast against the green foliage and pastures below make them absolutely spectacular.
As you drive from Williamsburg toward the Wintergreen Resort, a mountain play land located atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, you pass through Charlottesville and the drive gets gorgeous. Rolling hills paint the landscape green as you roll through one small town after another. If both my children weren’t terribly car sick, I would have pulled aside and taken pictures of the postcard perfect countryside. Instead, I admired the different views of the stunning blue mountains, the vineyards reaching to the sky and the little farmhouses painted white and lemon yellow within the valleys. And I prayed my children wouldn’t get sick.
We arrived around four o’clock and it was lovely. The air was fresh, the sun was shining and wildflowers lined the edge of the meandering mountain road. The next two days would be filled with fun, adventure, children fighting, and lack of sleep. I guess that is what you get with four kids aged 5-8. But it was worth the visit. Here are some photos from our short stay. I look forward to returning again someday and checking out the limitless amount of hiking trails and outdoor pursuits.