Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA
Overlooking The Ashby Inn, Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke and Fauquier counties, offers a peaceful getaway on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Activities include hiking, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, primitive camping, and nature and history programs. Tour the historic Mount Bleak House, which serves visitors as the center of the park. Located 5 minutes south of Paris; open daily, dawn until dusk. Contact via phone at (540) 592.3556, or online at http://dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky.shtml.
Blandy Experimental Farm—State Arboretum of Virginia, Boyce, VA
The 172-acre Orland E. White Arboretum was designated the State Arboretum of Virginia in 1986. With over 5,000 living trees, the diverse collection is highlighted by over 200 kinds of conifers, 162 types of boxwood, a 300-tree ginkgo grove, a cedar of Lebanon allele, an herb garden, and the Virginia Native Plant Trail. Located 10 minutes west of Paris; open daily, dawn until dusk.
Contact via phone at (540) 837.1758, or online at www.blandy.virginia.edu.
Endless Caverns, New Market, VA
Since 1920, Endless Caverns has thrilled visitors with a spectacular display of formations presented in their natural coloring. Guided tours highlight the geology and history of the cave. Located 45 minutes southwest of Paris. Contact via phone at (540) 896.9494, or online at www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/EndlessCaverns.
Skyline Caverns, Front Royal, VA
Skyline Caverns is one of the only places on Earth where rare Anthodites are displayed. The staff offers impressive and educational guided tours. Located 35 minutes southwest of Paris. Contact via phone at (800) 296.4545, or online at www.skylinecaverns.com.
Luray Caverns, Luray, VA
Since discovery in 1878 by a tinsmith and a local photographer, Luray Caverns has become the most popular cave in eastern American, and is an internationally acclaimed destination. Located 45 minutes southwest of Paris. Contact via phone at (540) 743.6551, or online at www.luraycaverns.com.
Rocking S Ranch, Winchester, VA
Situated in the foothills and ridges of the beautiful northern Shenandoah Valley, the Rocking S Ranch offers horseback riding lessons and guided trail rides. Located 20 minutes west of Paris. Contact via phone at (540) 678.8501, or online at www.therockingsranch.com.
Estate & Museum Tours
Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA
Learn about the lives of Virginia’s earliest pioneers. Located 30 minutes west of Paris off of Route 11. Contact via phone at (540) 869-2028, or online at www.bellegrove.org.
Glen Burnie Estate & the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA
Tour the beautiful and historic home and gardens of the Glen Burnie Estate, as well as the adjoining Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Located 25 minutes west of Paris in Winchester, Virginia. Contact at (540) 662-1473 at ext. 235, or (888)556-5799 (toll free). Visit their website at www.shenandoahmuseum.org.
Long Branch Historic Home, Millwood, VA
Long Branch is one of the most historic and elegant antebellum mansions in the lower Shenandoah Valley. This lovely historic house and farm offers year round events, including the Virginia Wine Festival (late summer) and the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival (autumn). Located 10 minutes west of Paris in Millwood. Contact via phone at (540) 837.1856 or (540) 837.1848, or online at www.historiclongbranch.com
Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, VA
A stately mansion, beautiful rolling farmland, exquisite gardens, a repository of more than 200 years of American history and culture – all of these can be found at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Oatlands closes each year from Dec. 31 to late March of the following year to allow for cleaning, maintenance and preservation projects. Located 45 minutes northeast of Paris near Leesburg, Virginia. Contact via phone at (703) 777.3174, or online at www.oatlands.org.
Old Courthouse Civil War Museum, Winchester, VA
The Old Court House Civil War Museum is a historic building with graffiti from both Northern and Southern soldiers which also houses a nationally recognized collection of over 3,000 Civil War artifacts. Situated on the Loudoun Street Walking Mall in Old Town Winchester, Virginia, about 25 miles west of Paris. Contact via phone at (540) 542.1145, or online at www.civilwarmuseum.org
Antiques & Shopping
Red School House Antiques, Millwood, VA
Hours: Thursday & Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm, and also by appointment. Contact via phone at (540) 837.3033.
Middleburg is quaint, upscale town located in the heart of Virginia’s horse country. Locally owned and renowned shopping and dining make for a wonderful day-trip. Located 15 minutes east of Paris, along Route 50.
Orchards & Markets
Hollin Farm “Pick your Own”, Delaplane, VA
Hollin Farms is a four-generation family farm next to Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier County. The farm specializes in grass-fed natural Angus beef, heritage "Gloucestershire Old Spot" pork, fescue-free hay for horses, and a variety of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables throughout the seasons. The gardens and orchards are closed during winter months, and are open May through late autumn. Located 10 minutes from Paris, in neighboring Delaplane. Contact via phone at (540) 592.3701, or online at www.hollinfarms.com.
Stribling Orchard, Markham, VA
Stribling Orchard is a six-generation farm and orchard that offers beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is an ideal place for picnicking in the countryside. The orchard offers peaches from mid-July through mid-August and apples from mid-August through early November. Also, during the autumn months, fresh cider and all sizes and shapes of pumpkins are available. Located 15 minutes west of Paris. Contact via phone at (540) 364.3040, or online at http://www.striblingorchard.com/
Hartland Orchard, Markham, VA
Hartland is an old family farm and orchard that offers pick-your-own fruit during harvest months. The orchard specializes in several varieties of cherries, apples, peaches, and pumpkins, as well as homemade cider and Hartland honey. Located 15 minutes west of Paris. Contact via phone at (540) 364.2316, or online at www.hartlandorchard.com.
Marker Miller Farm Market and Bakery, Winchester, VA
Marker Miller Farm offers pick-your-own fruits during harvest months and an indoor farm market with a bakery known for its famous apple cider doughnuts, homemade fudge, hand-dipped ice cream, and cider slushies. Located 25 minutes west of Paris. Contact at (540) 662.1980, or online at www.markermillerorchards.com.
Locke Modern Country Store, Millwood, VA
Locke “Modern Country” Store offers exceptional local and regional products, including fresh-made deli and bakery items. It is great place to stop to pick up lunch for a picnic. Located 10 minutes west of Paris, open Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm, and weekends 9am-5pm. Contact via phone at (540) 837.1275, or online at www.lockestore.com.