Plan Your Fall Getaway

It’s time to start thinking about what experiences you are going to have this fall.  Rooms are booking up so you may need to think faster than you realized.

September is a great month to getaway as the October leaf peepers haven’t arrived yet.  Plus the weather is warm and the nights are starting to cool down.  What to do in September?  Besides visiting wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries (yup, this area has all the alcohol you need or want) there are some events you might want to explore –

  • Virginia Clay Festival – September 21 & 22 in Standardsville,  just a short drive through some pretty countryside from here.  This festival has many VIrginia potters, sculptors and jewelers showing their latest works in clay.  See pottery demonstrations, listen to Irish music and have a late lunch from local food trucks.  Hours: 10:00-5:00
  • American Shakespeare Center in Staunton presents 3 plays throughout the month of September and into 2 men against a grey background, one man with gold crown and the other with curly hairOctober.  Juilius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare and Caesar & Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw.  The Blackfriars Playhouse is about a 45 minute drive away but there are afternoon performances if you didn’t want to make the drive at night.  

For those of you who want to visit the area in October and/or November remember that the leaves are best from the middle of October through the first week of November.  Of course, one can never predict when will be the best time to see the colors in the 

area – it all depends on Mother Nature.  So other things you might want to explore instead of looking at leaves – 

  • Crozet Arts & Craft Festival in Crozet – Oct 6 & 7 from 10:00-5:00.  This one of the best arts and crafts festival in the state.  There are painters, jBlack rooster on top of weathervane with words "Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival" in black, white backgroundewelers, potters, weavers, photographers and many other handcrafters!  Also, food trucks, local musicians, beverages (think local wine) and some of the best 
    kettle popcorn.  It is a great day’s event wandering from tent to tent looking at all the wares.
  • Artisans Studio Tour – throughout the area, second weekend in November (Nov 7 & 8).  You can visit over 40 artisan studios where you can shop and/or see live demos right where the artisans work their craft.  There is everything from woodworkers, jewelers, weavers, fiber artisans, leatherworkers, glass artisans, metalsmiths and potters.

Just a few ideas to get you thinking and planning now rather than waiting till later when no rooms are available.

See you this fall!

Dan & Kathryn

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