Fusion #1: Small-Town Pace + Foodie Haven

Do you want a small-town pace with big-city plates? The slower pace of small-town America is the perfect respite from today’s high paced society. However, vacationers often believe they must forego other amenities in lieu of the slower pace – namely varied food options.

But in Lexington, VA and surrounding areas, foodies need not worry. With a storied list of sweet and savory bites, any pallet will be fully satisfied. Chefs take inspiration from what’s local and fresh, filling your plate with produce plucked that morning by local farmers, steak raised down the road at Buffalo Creek Farm and in-house creations you’ll find nowhere else.

Craft beer, specialty cocktails, local wine, made-from-scratch desserts and regional Southern fare brim from table to table in any flavor you could imagine.

Cozy basement wine sippings around the fireplace at TAPS make for the perfect start or end to your evening. Steaks, seafood and live jazz are the specialties at Haywood’s. Dinner and drinks on the breezy terrace at Rocca Bar + Ristorante overlooking Main Street and Halcyon Days Cider Co. and apple orchard labyrinth with incomparable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are only a few of the come-as-you-are food experiences that should top your list.

Fusion #2: Outdoor Adventure + Excellent Lodging Choices

Do you like outdoor adventure and luxury lodging? Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the variety of adventures awaiting them here in Rockbridge County, VA. Bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike lush green mountain ridges of the Appalachian Trail. Paddle along the tranquil Upper James River Water Trail or fish the plentiful streams and rivers throughout the valley. Explore the karst landscape in Natural Bridge State Park and the Caverns of Natural Bridge and Devil’s Marbleyard.

And before you think finding outdoor adventure means you’ll have to sleep in a tent hidden away in the woods, you may want to take a look at the plentiful lodging options available in the area. From historic hotels, inns and B&Bs, cabin and vacation home rentals to robust campground sites and RV parks, you’ll find the perfect place to rest your head.

Go ahead…find the outdoor adventure you’ve been seeking. And then perhaps you may want to top it off with a stay at the historic and luxurious The Georges hotel in downtown Lexington or Forest Oaks in Natural Bridge.

Fusion #3: History + Innovation

Looking for deep history and an energizing community? Few places are more alive than a college campus and the surrounding community. But when that young collegiate energy radiates alongside deep roots of history, the result is practically magical.

The fortress-like presence of Virginia Military Institute serves as the sentry of Lexington, amicably giving way just beyond to the red brick sidewalks and quaint shops that speak of days gone by.

Relive history as you meander the grounds of Wade’s Mill, a 1750s working grist mill, and Cyrus McCormick Farm, then take a state-of-the-art brewery and packaging plant tour at Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen, a self-guided tour at Lexington Coffee Roasters (one of the nation’s top 12 coffee roasters) or visit the Sheridan Livery to try the wine-on-tap bar, the first of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley.

Whether enjoying the natural outdoor beauty, the deep history or the unique pulse of culture in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, the enjoyment of one experience is heightened, in part, because of the existence of the others.

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