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Be Inspired! You'll be inspired to visit Lexington, Buena Vista & Rockbridge County, VA after reading the 2020 Inspiration Guide. This guide features gorgeous photos and engaging articles about […]
Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking
36 hilltop acres porches, whirlpool, fireplaces, garden hot tub, pool, hiking and llama trekking. Located only 5.7 miles from the Virginia Safari Park and 7 miles from the Lexington Golf and Country […]
Tumbling rivers. Majestic rocks. Mountain breezes. And crackling campfires. Adventure is elemental in Rockbridge County, a rugged playground in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains beloved by […]
It's the perfect time of year in Lexington and Rockbridge County. Blossoms are showing off while the birds sing and a gentle breeze pairs perfectly with the sun's warmth. You don't want to miss this […]
Culture & Community
Join the festivals and fun in Rockbridge County. The region is bustling with farmers markets, family-fun events, live music, and art tours.
Fall is a beautiful time to take a stroll and explore Lexington’s museums. From W&L, a short walk links Lee Chapel to the VMI and Marshall Museums at VMI. Beyond town, McCormick Farm, Jordan’s Point, […]
Choose your own river adventure on the Maury or the James – kayaking through whitewater, canoeing past wildlife, or snoozing in your inner tube. At swimming holes and lakes? Cannonball!
Skiing, Tubing, Ice Skating
Visit one of the ski and snow tubing resorts or ice skating arenas, all located within an hour drive of Lexington.
Fishing & Hunting
Home to creeks, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, plus a variety of cold and warm water fish, Rockbridge County wins Best All Around for fishing in Virginia.
Hiking & Camping
Scramble across Devil’s Marbleyard. Stagger up House Mountain. Or mingle with thru-hikers on the white-blazed Appalachian Trail as it unfurls along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Exploring by bicycle, motorcycle and horseback is an immersive adventure in Rockbridge County.
Trails & Walks
Several inviting trails are a short stroll, or easy drive, from downtown Lexington and Buena Vista. Follow the river, wander the woods, or hunt for geo-cached treasures.
Country roads curve through the Shenandoah Valley, linking historic villages and picturesque wineries to the nation’s most popular drive – The Blue Ridge Parkway.
Farms & Gardens
For a hands-on culinary adventure, visit a local farm. Bite into a juicy pear. Pick your own blackberries. Wander through an old mill. Or simply wave at the cows.
Golf & Recreation
Unfurling across rolling hilltops a few miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains, Vista Links is an inspiring place for a round of golf.
Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Gardens
Boxerwood is a Nature Center and Woodland Garden located just outside Lexington, Virginia dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to become successful stewards of the Earth. Each […]
Ben Salem Wayside
Canal boats on the North River Navigation used this lock in the late 1800s. Now the lock ruins serve as a park with picnic tables, swimming and fishing. A Virginia Wayside.
Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area
National Forest recreational area featuring a small lake with sand beach, swimming, hiking, birding and wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking. 41 tent sites. $15. Camping reservations: (877) 444-6777 […]
As the saying goes, Southerners don’t hide their oddball relatives in the basement, they trot ‘em onto the front porch for all to see. To put it politely, Rockbridge County has a mighty big porch.
And how do locals eat? With gusto! They also eat like royalty, with field-fresh produce, homegrown beef, and artisanal breads and jams. Innovative chefs serve it up with flair.
Wine, Beer & Cider
Is this best day of my life, you ask? It could be. But a brew with a view, a glass of Virginia wine, or a well-crafted cocktail might make it even better.
From downtown Lexington boutiques to the antique destinations of Rockbridge County, shopping local is a favorite thing to do with locals and visitors alike.
Stop for the history, stay for the hospitality. And the live music. The art galleries. The indie coffee shops. The farm-to-table fare. And a few quirky but loveable grumps.
Historic Tours & Sites
Winter is prime time for exploring Lexington’s museums. From W&L, a short walk links Lee Chapel to the VMI and Marshall Museums. Beyond town, McCormick Farm, Jordan’s Point, and Goshen Pass are scenic […]
The past and present collide at Washington & Lee, Virginia Military Institute and Southern Virginia University, where history and tradition mingle with laptops and lattes.
The Legacy of Great Leaders
George Washington. R. E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson. George Marshall. These generals were remarkable leaders, but their legacies aren't limited to dusty textbooks and old statues (well, maybe a few).
America: From the Beginning
From Native Americans to hardy Scots-Irish settlers to single-minded innovators who rocked the status quo and ushered in the modern age, the story of Rockbridge County is the story of America.
What makes Rockbridge County an ideal setting for a wedding? Yes, the backdrops are stunning – rolling green pastures, leafy college campuses, the sun-dappled Blue Ridge Mountains – but it’s the […]
Buena Vista Visitor Center
Located conveniently to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail and the City of Buena Vista. Knowledgeable staff are happy to provide maps and brochures of the area with a particular focus on […]
Lexington Visitor Center
Located in downtown Lexington with free visitor parking all day for cars, RVs and buses. Knowledgeable staff are happy to provide maps and brochures of the area including a self-guided walking tour […]
Visitor Information Desk at the Natural Bridge State Park
Located conveniently to the southern end of Rockbridge County with free visitor parking for cars, RVs and buses. Knowledgeable staff are happy to provide maps and brochures of the area. Restrooms, […]
Adventure Ready Activities
Get your adrenaline pumping with these hard and fast activities in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County.
Rockbridge County has just about every type of self-propelled boating experiences one could want, from floats on the James River to Virginia's most popular whitewater run.
During the warmer months, be sure to plan a trip to one of the swimming holes, lakes or public pools that Rockbridge County has to offer.
Hunting & Fishing
There are several nice lakes, streams and rivers with lovely scenery to fish in the area.
For an authentic outdoor experience, venture into the woods to stay at one of the campgrounds in Rockbridge County.
Lexington is home to beautiful, scenic hiking trails. Explore the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway Trails, Boston Knob, Otter Creek and more.
There are many opportunities and good circuit trips available to make for a great day or week in exploring our scenic country sides, mountains, and valleys.
Parks and Green Spaces
Bordered by sun-dappled mountains, lively rivers, and shimmering lakes, outdoor parks in Rockbridge County are, simply put, stunning.
Lexington Named to Smithsonian Magazine's List of "The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013"
Lexington, Va., located at the intersection of historic U.S. Route 11 and U.S. Route 60 as well as Interstates 64 and 81, has been named to Smithsonian magazine's list of "The 20 Best Small Towns to […]
10 Beautiful Towns in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley
Lexington is one of the most beautiful historic small towns in the Shenandoah Valley.
Travel + Leisure Names Lexington one of the "Best College Towns" for 2013
Lexington, Va. - home to Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University made the list in good company with four other Virginia college towns - Charlottesville, Fredericksburg […]
Gov. McAuliffe Accepts Deed to Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge is closer to becoming a state park. Governor Terry McAuliffe accepted the deed to the property Monday afternoon. This very unique bridge has been owned by the Indians, Thomas Jefferson […]
The Lexington and Rockbridge Area Tourism Development office would be glad to help you develop your story. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Located in downtown Lexington, one of Virginia’s most beautiful and historical cities. Understated elegance in easy walking distance to downtown Lexington, W&L and VMI. Abigail Inn is a wonderful […]
Country roads curve through the Shenandoah Valley, linking historic villages and picturesque wineries to the nation’s most popular drive – The Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Stonebridge Center
Located in Natural Bridge Station, Virginia, the Stonebridge Center sits on 16 acres with a stunning backdrop of the majestic Blue Ridge mountains. Options abound here, including multiple meeting […]
The Vista Links Covered Pavilion
Our Professional Team at Vista Links Golf Club is committed to the success of your event. From the planning, implementation and final wrap-up, we are here to serve you. We offer a variety of complete […]
Working out of Stoneridge Inn, Lexington, Va, C.H.E.F.S. (Creative Hospitality Events From Stoneridge) Catering Company is available for any of your on or off-premise catering needs. From rehearsal […]
Full Circle Catering
For 14 years Full Circle Catering has offered a menu of eclectic, sustainable, Southern cuisine. Full Circle Catering prides itself on sourcing local, organic and home grown goods and turning them […]
Hogback Mountain BBQ Catering & Concessions
We have spent years learning barbecue techniques like the art of combining the best spice rubs, injections, temperatures, smoke, meat and sauces that when combined properly make up great barbecue. It […]
8 Stunning Natural Bridges Around the World
Natural Bridge is one of the most awe-inspiring natural bridges in the world.
Best Towns to Raise a Family in Virginia
Lexington is one of the best towns to raise a family in Virginia.
Mountain Mama Catering
Mountain Mama Catering is a family owned and operated business committed to providing our patrons with delicious, customized menus designed to fit each budget. We use local, fresh, seasonal and […]
Austin Audio DJ Services
AUSTIN AUDIO provides professional DJ services with experience in weddings, banquets, large and small parties, reunions, and anything else that needs music and live entertainment. Our music list […]
12 of America's Most Classic Drive-In Movie Theaters
Hull's Drive-In Theater is one of America's most classic.
Mark Daughtrey DJ Service
The Mark Daughtrey DJ Service has been serving the Shenandoah Valley since 1989 with fast, dependable service, a great sound system, and all of your favorite party tunes! Mark is a 15-year radio […]
In the Valley, Hikers Ride the Rail Trails
The Chessie Trail is a user-friendly rails to trails experience.
Our lives are inundated with images. Thanks to social networking, camera phones, and instant results, we're able to capture our family, friends, and even what we had for breakfast if we want to. But […]
Fran Fevrier Photography
Fran Fevrier Photography’ creates images out of the ordinary in Lexington, Staunton, Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. “Although my work has been shown in many group and solo […]
32 Reasons to Love Lexington
Lexington, where new finesse meshes with longstanding traditions of hospitality.
History-rich Lexington, VA, Adds New Hotel, Dining Options
Read why Melanie Kaplan keeps coming back to Lexington, time and time again.
Kevin Remington Photography
Along with working as a university photographer for both Washington and Lee University and The Virginia Military Institute I like to consider myself a professional people watcher. My greatest joy […]
Home Tours Let Communities Come Together to Highlight Their Best, While Raising Money for Charity
Lexington's 82nd Annual House Tour, hosted by the local Blue Ridge Garden Club in conjunction with a statewide "Historic Garden Week" was a success.
PixelProShop - Shires Photography - Wedding and portrait photographer and videographer based in Lexington, Va.
Central Virginia Rental
Central Virginia Rental (CVR) was established in 1972 by Norman Kiser. We operate Equipment Rental and Party Rental stores in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Lexington […]
Photographer Pens Vivid Self-Portrait
Lexington resident Sally Mann is widely known, admired and collected for her ethereal studies of Southern settings and subjects.
Roanoke Airport Transportation
As a premier transportation service since 1958, we have a tradition of providing excellent customer service at a “fair and reasonable” rate. We have the largest fleet of vehicles in southwest […]
Lexington Limousine & Transportation
Lexington Limousine & Transportation LLC is a locally owned and operated service that can be customized to meet your needs. On that special occasion, we are not just a fancy car and chauffeur. Our […]
County Line Collision
We provide customers with the very best service and attention to detail so that your experience is as pleasant and pain-free as possible. Our staff of highly trained technicians are committed to you.
Fly Fishing Package
A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge guests love the short walk down tree-lined Main Street to the shops, museums, colleges, and restaurants. Specializing in fly fishing trips for beginners to pros.
Lexington's carefully preserved downtown is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Shops offer fine art, Virginia-made gifts, jewelry and more! From I-81: Take exit #188B. […]
Southern Virginia University
An independent liberal arts college educating students in a Latter-Day Saints environment. Founded as Bowling Green Female Seminary in 1867. From I-81Take exit #188A. Follow Rt. 60 east for […]
Quail Ridge Sporting Club & Kennels
Sporting Clays, Super Sporting Clays and 3D Archery by appointment. Climate controlled kennels with indoor/outdoor runs and large fenced play yard.
Today, over 43 million Americans can trace their heritage to the families that migrated along the Wilderness Road. We invite you to blaze your own trail of discovery along todays U.S. Route 11 and […]
Downtown Buena Vista
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beautiful Victorian houses and storefronts line the scenic streets. Locally-owned shops offer formal wear, art, antiques and more! Many outside […]
Sam Houston Wayside
A monument of Texas pink granite honors the birthplace in Rockbridge County of Sam Houston, former governor of Tennessee and Texas. Free! Open daily dawn-dusk. From I-81Take exit #195. Follow Rt. […]
Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway
Follow Route 39 to Goshen Pass where you can enjoy stunning views from your car or get out to hike, swim or kayak. U.S. Route 39 begins just north of Lexington, Virginia. Follow signs to the […]
Natural Bridge Zoo
African elephant rides, white tigers, mountain lions, monkeys, giraffe, zebra, camels, exotic birds, baby animals, petting zoo. Baby tiger photos. Visit website for seasonal hours.
Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism
FREE itinerary-building assistance, dining and lodging suggestions, and promotional materials. Pick up a walking tour map of downtown Lexington, universities and residential areas. Guide service […]
Virginia Gold Orchard
Producer of gourmet Asian pears, jujubes and chestnuts. Free tastings in season. Local raw honey, homemade Asian Pear marmalade and topping, Blue Hubbard and Butternut Squash, and pumpkins are […]
The Vista Links
18-hole, par 72 links-style championship course designed by Rick Jacobsen. Bentgrass greens, fairways and tees. Panoramic views of Blue Ridge. From I-81:Take exit #188-A. Follow Rt. 60 east. The […]
Blue Ridge Parkway
America's Favorite Scenic Drive offers overlooks, trails, picnic and camping areas for those traveling by car, motorcycle or bicycle. Begins near Waynesboro, Virginia and Ends near Cherokee, North […]
A community run museum in the heart of the picturesque Village of Brownsburg. 2018 exhibit "With Their Hands – Crafted in Rockbridge and Augusta Counties, 1750-1900." Free! Opens April. Sat 10am-4pm. […]
Lenfest Center for the Arts
The Lenfest Center for the Arts is a facility designed to accommodate and present performing arts including theater, dance and music. Visit the website for a complete list of performances. […]
Clark's Ole Time Music Center
Old-time mountain music bluegrass music and dancing (two-step, flatfoot, waltz). Family atmosphere. Wheelchair Accessible, Groups Welcome From I-81 and I-64Take exit 200. Turn left on Sterrett Road. […]
Wilderness Canoe Company
Outfitting individuals, families and groups for canoe, kayak, rafting, and tubing on the upper James River. Five miles east of the Natural Bridge of Virginia on Rt. 130. Right on Rt. 759, left on Rt. […]
Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen
The Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen is located on a beautiful hillside in Lexington and houses the custom-built brewery, bottling and canning lines, taproom with fast-casual dining, and […]
Tish Vest Horseback Riding
Offering trail rides and riding lessons. No experience necessary. Open by reservation. Call for prices and availability.