Things to Do

Maury River at Goshen Pass

Our Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast offers the perfect base for just about everything – hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, antique shopping, wineries and great restaurants.   Spend your days relaxing at the Inn or exploring the mountains, valleys, and towns of Rockbridge County and beyond, complete with country drives and historic sites.  You might want to take a picnic down to Goshen Pass, a spectacular rocky gorge created by the Maury River.   A long weekend will give you a taste of all the area has to offer – but you’re welcome to come back again to see some of the things you missed!

Itineraries

We have put together a couple of visual/interactive itineraries that you might enjoy.  The first is an overview of attractions in the area.  The second is a turn by turn guide to Falling Spring.  More to come!!

Near the Inn

Hiking in our area ranges from casual one- or two-hour strolls to day-long treks leading  to spectacular vistas of rivers, lakes, and waterfalls.  Hummingbird Inn’s location on the edge of the Alleghany Mountains is great for hiking no matter the season!  Head into Goshen Pass (and the Goshen Wildlife Management Area), just four miles from the Inn, and start your hike at the swinging bridge over the Maury River, or Laurel Run.  A little further are the 42 miles of trails in Douthat State Park. Other trailheads, 15 to 30 minutes by car, are jumping-off places for climbs beside waterfalls or bird-watching ambles in a wetlands sanctuary.

Just a short–and lovely–drive away

Wade’s Mill,  Orchardside FarmRockbridge Vineyards and Lexington Valley Vineyard offer tours, classes, lectures, demonstrations, etc. McCormick Farm, where mechanized farming was born, has a trail to walk and buildings to tour.  The historic baths (Jefferson Pools) in Warm Springs are the only place to “take the waters.” Garth Newel Music Center offers chamber music, as well as special musical events. There are two horseback riding outfitters in the area: Lost Creek Farm appeals to riders both experienced and novice, with horse and mule rides through hills, forests, and meadows, and North Mountain Outfitter offers half-day, full-day, and overnight trips on mountain trails to rekindle the cowboy way of life.

Lexington, Virginia     Calendar of Lexington Events

Lexington Carriage RideStonewall Jackson House/Museum and Memorial Cemetery, Robert E. Lee Chapel,  George Marshall Museum and the VMI Museum, the Virginia Military Institute,  Washington & Lee University,  the Virginia Horse Center,  Summer Theater at Lime Kiln,  Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts, Lexington Antique Mall, Boxerwood Gardens, and Hulls Drive-In Movie.

Fifteen miles south, Natural Bridge, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Natural Bridge area also includes Natural Bridge Caverns, Monacan Indian Living History Village, and a wax and a toy museum. On the way there you’ll pass Natural Bridge Zoo and Virginia Safari Park.

Staunton Calendar of Staunton Events

Blackfriars Playhouse – American Shakespeare Center, Frontier Culture Museum,  Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, as well as a variety of shops and restaurants.  Wild Mountain Trout Fly Fishing,  lead by a Master Naturalist, will take you into the woods, or fishing in the middle of a stream, for a memorable wilderness experience.

Clifton Forge: Riders Up! Outfitters offers canoe and kayak rentals with guided or non-guided trips on the Jackson, James, and Cowpasture Rivers.  You can visit the antique stores, the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, and the C&O Train Shop (run by the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society).

Near Buena Vista: canoeing & kayaking with Twin River Outfitters, blue grass festivals at Glen Maury Park.

Waynesboro: Outlet Mall, P. Buckley Moss Museum.

Daytrips: New Market Battlefield & MuseumsCharlottesville; Monticello;  Ashlawn-HighlandAppomattox Court House and Roanoke. Hike the Appalachian Trail.  Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive.  Explore Organ Cave or the Luray Caverns.  Natural Chimneys.  Cass Scenic Railway.  The Dayton Farmer’s Market and antiquing in Verona at the largest antique mall in America. Enjoy the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail.