There’s no doubt about it. When you arrive to our slice of land in the Shenandoah Valley, there is a lot to explore – and that’s just on the 3,200 acres of Fort Lewis Lodge alone.
Fishing on the Cowpasture River. Hiking to the overlook. Taking a dip in the swimming hole. We have it all here, along with Caryl’s cooking.
But we are extremely proud to be a part of this great area and would love for you to see what’s on the other side of the mountain, down the lane and around the bend.
Here’s a list of our favorite places to visit while you’re in town. We’ll give you a map to get you there and if you make a day trip out of exploring the region, Buck’s Bar will probably just be opening when you pull back down our lane.
- Jefferson Pools. Legend tells us the springs were discovered by a Native American in the 600s and visited by Thomas Jefferson in the 1800s. They say the mineral waters here are healing. Try for yourself. You’ll pay to soak for an hour, but it’s definitely an interesting spot.
- Hot Springs. The quaint village of Hot Springs is worth a short afternoon walk, perhaps after your Jefferson Pools soak. Pop into the wine shop, the coffee shop or the small boutique stores in town.
- The Homestead. Sitting on 3,000 acres, The Homestead is one of the country’s highest rated resorts. We are honored you are staying with us, but if you make your way down to Hot Springs, it’s worth a trip inside the lobby, to the shops and a walk around the resort. There’s a great deal of history there – with 21 American presidents having visited since it was built in 1766.
- Garth Newell Music Center. That’s right. In our little corner of the Shenandoah Valley you can find world-class chamber music. The concert hall at the Garth Newell Music Center has acoustics like you wouldn’t believe. With more than 50 concerts each year, there’s bound to be one while you’re visiting.
- Lake Moomaw. Boating. Water skiing. Swimming. Fishing. You name the water sport or activity and you can find it here.
- Milk House Market and Old Dairy Barn. If you want, Caryl can whip you up a lunch basket while you’re here. But if you want to drive to something off site, check out the Old Dairy Barn, circa 1928.
- Coursey Springs State Fish Hatchery is one of nine hatcheries operated by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Once you see it, you’ll believe how they produce more than 500,000 trout big enough to fish for. You can tour the hatchery on your own for free any day of the year.