There is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started...

  • BLUE RIDGE POTTERY www.blueridgepottery.com is where you can often find your hosts Alan and Norma Ward, hard at work "playing in the clay" as they create beautiful works of handmade stoneware.  Located only a few minutes from the Cottage


  • SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK  visit their website HERE  for all that this beautiful Park has to offer.  Some of our favorite hikes include Bear Fence Mountain, and the Rose River Loop.  Big Meadows is a great picnic spot (be sure and try the Blackberry Ice cream!)

  • HEALING HANDS MASSAGE - have their own office or will come to the cabin


THE LAFAYETTE located less than 10 minutes from the cabin.  A great famly owned restaurant with southern charm www.thelafayette.com


THE BAVARIAN CHEF a pretty scenic drive along Route 230 will bring you towards this amazing German restaurant www.thebavarianchef.com (Madison location)


BLUE RIDGE CAFE pub style food served by a local family www. blueridgecafe.com



Monticello - home of President Thomas Jefferson click here to visit their website


Montpelier - home of President James Madison click here to visit the website




There are so many amazing wineries to visit and enjoy a tasting.  CLICK HERE for a comprehensive list and website links.


Some of the closest wineries to Chestnut Hills Cottage include:

Early Mountain Vineyards, Barboursville Vineyards, Horton Winery, Stone Mountain Vineyards