A Day Trip to Lexington VA

Yesterday, after our guests left for the day, so did we. Lexington is a charming little town just an hour and ten minutes north of us, straight up I-81. Bernie and I were starving so the first order of business after we parked the car was lunch. The Southern Inn Restaurant has excellent food and great art. The owner’s very eclectic collection of works by local artists line the walls. There was an etching by Marsha Heatwole of an ostrich with the zinc plate used to print it just behind me that we both loved. After lunch we decided to go gallery hopping.

There are lots of cute little shops and galleries downtown. Our first stop was The Victorian Parlour. The proprietor welcomed us with a warm cup of cider and we shopped, bought tea bag rests for the B&B and funky socks and coffee candy for Bernie. Next we went to a pottery shop, an art gallery and then we found Artists in Cahoots, a co-op gallery where Marsha Heatwole sells her work. She had some fun pieces, but none that caught our eye like the ostrich. I did however fall in  love with a floral block design by Genevieve Neice and bought it. Where I’ll put it I have no idea but I had to have it.

Take a carriage ride with Lexington Carriage Company, a narrated tour that takes you through the business district, the adjacent college campuses, and a portion of the historic residential area. It’s well worth it if it’s your first time visiting Lexington. If you are a history buff, visit the Lee Chapel and Museum, The Stonewall Jackson House and the VMI Museum.

There are a couple of breweries in the area too. We went to Devils Backbone, about 2 miles north of town on Route 11 and shared a 4 beer flight of beers. If we tried an 8 beer flight neither of us would have been able to drive home. Their Vienna Lager is still our favorite.

We had hoped to check out the town of Buena Vista and stop at the Great Valley Farm Brewery at Natural Bridge as long as we were in the area but ran out of time. Looks like we’ll just have to plan another day trip.

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