Missing that summer feeling? Yeah, we get it... Fall’s nice and all, but Ol' man winter's looming right around the corner. So why not jump in the car and head south for a few days?
Find a destination where you can (sort of) pretend it's still summer. Consider a place like Airlie, a historic farmhouse turned hotel, farm and conference center in northern Virginia. Spread out over 1,200 acres at the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains, it's worth the trip. Plus, you'll only spend about three hours getting there by car, so it's a do-able weekend getaway.
You can stay in one of their 150 elegantly-appointed rooms or, for more space and privacy, reserve a private cottage. It doesn't really matter since you'll’ll end up spending most of your time outdoors.
Airlie offers everything from bike and nature trails (bikes available to borrow), an outdoor pool, cooking and yoga classes, a shooting range, high and low ropes course, fishing on Lake Stanley (tackle available to borrow), tennis and volleyball courts, and even a corn maze (organic, of course). Don’t miss a tour of the farm's four-acre garden and greenhouse where you'll harvest insider tips for growing your own fruits, veggies and flowers at home.
Once you've worked up an appetite, enjoy a farm-to-table meal in the main dining room or the Garden Bistro. Airlie's acclaimed culinary team prepares menus that highlight ingredients grown at the property or sourced from over 30 local farms. For more casual fare and a locally-crafted beer selection, visit the hotel's Whistling Swan Pub.
If wine is more your style, you’re in luck! Check out the Summer Wine-Down dinner packages, or visit more than 20 wineries nearby.
So… Whether you're craving fresh air, a do-over summer getaway or an autumn wine tour, Airlie may be just the ticket!
Airlie Hotel and Conference Center
6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton, Virginia 20187
If you’re looking for more interesting things to do in the area, like horseback riding, golf outings and more, check out Airlie's Top 10 List after the jump!