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. 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!
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: Patrick Henry’s Red Hill Estate
Just a short distance away stands Patrick Henry’s treasured estate. Known for his famous quote, “Give me liberty or give me death!” this important revolutionary figure’s home and gravesite is available for tours. Learn the history of the first governor of Virginia and his passion for freedom.
Morning: Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park
Only a few miles from Lynchburg is the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park; the site of where the Civil War ended. One of America’s most trying times as a nation took place all around Virginia. Central Virginia played a key role throughout the war, including the Battle of Lynchburg, and would host the conclusion of the war. Today, you can tour the court house and grounds and learn about the backstory behind the historic surrender.
Afternoon: 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.
Food and Drink
For those who are epicurious, your palate will be pleased with the cuisine in Lynchburg. With a variety of diverse eateries, your taste buds will have the opportunity to taste 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 decor.
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 Riverfront Park, the site of many food and drink festivals throughout the fall.
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. 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, elevate 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.