We all need a break from the normal weekend routine—Why not try a new adventure? With fall quickly approaching, there are plenty of opportunities to do something different. So, whether you’re a fall nature lover, a history buff or a culinary aficionado, here are a few 48-hour itineraries to get the most out of a LYH fall getaway.
If you are a fall foliage lover, then Lynchburg is the perfect destination for you this season. Lynchburg’s backdrop includes both the James River and the Blue Ridge Mountains—the two of those combined leave you with some of the most stunning views! Here’s what to do to have a beautiful fall adventure.
Morning: Parks and Recreation
Start your day off with some fresh air! Walk or rent a bike and take to the trails. Lynchburg features 40 miles of trails throughout the city; including popular ones like Blackwater Creek trail and Percival’s Island trail. Or, you can take a nice stroll along any of Lynchburg’s Parks.
Afternoon: Apple Picking
There’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than through apple picking! Enjoy this fall tradition while enjoying the natural sights of Central Virginia. Just down the road from Lynchburg, is Gross Orchard. The perfect place to collect some crisp Virginia apples to take back home, or save a few to snack on as you continue along your journey.
Morning: Blue Ridge Parkway
Hit the road and travel to the Blue Ridge Parkway. This national park stretches for 470 miles across Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. While on the parkway there are a plethora of hiking trails along the way if you want to take a short detour and explore!
Afternoon: Peaks of Otter
Along the parkway you will find the Peaks of Otter, a natural hidden gem in Central Virginia. If you’re an experienced, avid hiker, head up to Sharp Top Trail; a 1.5 mile stretch that takes you to the top of the summit. Though it is a steep climb, the views are well worth it especially during fall.
Lynchburg is anything but short on history. This city by the James River has experienced some incredible historical moments, especially when it comes to the founding fathers of the United States and the Civil War. Here are the sites you need to see this fall.
Morning: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Did you know Thomas Jefferson had a beloved retreat right next to Lynchburg? When Monticello was becoming more of a popular tourist attraction than a home, Jefferson built himself a secluded haven where he could spend time alone or with his grandchildren. Today, the historic home is open to all visitors looking to learn about who Jefferson was as a person, rather than just a president. Plus, you can always explore the property and grounds during their Wine Festival in November.
Afternoon: Lynchburg Museum
Located Downtown, you can take your history lesson to the place that’s at the helm of LYH history. The Lynchburg Museum shares special exhibits that relate to our City. Not only can you see a timeline of LYH history, but you can also see rotating exhibits with themes such as artists and artisans, and the suffrage movement. Helpful staff are on hand to answer any questions or give suggestions about things to do in LYH. And, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop located inside for lots of LYH merchandise.
Morning: Point of Honor
This iconic home is a LYH must-see! Owned originally by George Cabell, a physician to Patrick Henry and friends with Thomas Jefferson, this home has changed hands with seven famous Virginia families. Today it is available for tours through the Lynchburg Museum System.
Afternoon: Old City Cemetery
The sometimes haunting, but so beautiful, Old City Cemetery is a historic cemetery and garden. It is the oldest municipal cemetery still in use today in the state of Virginia, and one of the oldest such burial grounds in the United States. There are multiple buildings turned museums onsite that represent Cemetery and Lynchburg history. They can be visited at your own pace anytime the cemetery grounds are open. In September and October, Old City Cemetery hosts candlelight tours around the grounds. It’s the perfect fall evening activity.
Food and Drink
For those who think of themselves as real foodies, you will be pleased with the variety of cuisine in Lynchburg. With a number of diverse eateries, your taste buds will have the opportunity to experience local flavors from produce, desserts and handcrafted brews. Here’s how you can have the ultimate fall food trip.
Morning: Lynchburg Community Market
Virginia was built on agriculture, and today that tradition is alive and well at Lynchburg’s Community Market, the third oldest operating community market in the country. Start your day by exploring the many booths and vendors located at the corner of Main and 12th Streets. Here, you will find fresh fall produce, warm baked goods and a variety of home décor. And, of course some amazing food awaits from Barb’s Dream Hut, Philippine Delight, or 7 Hills Slices.
The Bluffwalk offers a dining experience like no other. Overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains and the historic James River, visitors can dine at select restaurants along the walkway and take in the scenic fall views. Plus, you’re a short walk away from Jefferson Street and Riverfront Park, the site of many food and drink festivals throughout the fall. Make plans for tacos at El Jefe, pasta at Fratelli, or burgers at Bootleggers. If you’re feeling seafood, just a short walk from the Bluffwalk down to Jefferson Street is home to The Water Dog.
Morning: Bakery tour
Lynchburg has plenty of delicious baked goods to go around—why not sample a few! Around Downtown you will find numerous bakeries, all with their own unique flair and flavors. Just a short drive from downtown is Bedford Ave., home to The Flour District, a European inspired bakery with all kinds of sweet and savory options. Fall is the perfect time to go and taste some local, seasonal baked goods from apple cider donuts to warm cookies or apple turnovers!
Afternoon: Beer, Cider, Wine or Distillery Tours
Finish off your culinary trip with a tall pint of a local brew. Central Virginia is home to a variety of breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries. No matter what your preferred drink is, Lynchburg, or any of the nearby sites, have plenty of rounds to go around. Also don’t miss out on any Beer and Wine festivals happening here locally during the fall.
Make it a True Adventure: Book a Room!
Whether you’re traveling here or are a local, complete your getaway by staying the night at one of our many lodging options. We have plenty of rooms to go around for each travel style; including hotels, bed & breakfasts and lodges.