Enjoy Environmentally-Friendly Activities in Lynchburg in Honor of Earth Day!
By Brandy Centolanza
In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 2021, consider turning your next visit to Lynchburg into an environmentally friendly journey. Here are some suggestions for ways you can help the planet while making the most of your trip.
Go Vehicle Free
When you arrive at your destination, park your car and keep it there. Instead, check out the sites of the city by greener modes of transportation. You can rent bicycles at Bikes Unlimited and bike from point A to point B or enjoy a nice, scenic ride along the trails of Percival Island. Prefer to be on the water? Rent a canoe or kayak from James River Adventures and spend an afternoon on the river admiring the flora and fauna. Fishermen might also be interested in a fishing tour through Taletellers Fly Shop. Taletellers is a full-service fly shop located in downtown Lynchburg that also offers free classes and guided trips. Or, simply take a stroll through downtown while you check out the shops and eateries or walk along the Bluffwalk.
Pick Your Own Fruits and Veggies
Take advantage of the season’s warmer weather and sunshine and plan a visit to a local farm where you can pick your own berries for baking, snacking, or freezing for another time. Morris Orchard in Monroe is open for pick-your-own blackberries and blueberries in the summer and pumpkins in the fall while Yoders’ Farm in Rustburg has strawberries in the spring. You can also pick strawberries at CS Farms in Appomattox. Meanwhile, Gross’ Farms in Bedford specializes in pick-your-own peaches and apples while at Johnson’s Orchards and Peaks of Otter Winery, you can enjoy a glass of wine while you pick your own fruit. Johnson’s Orchard is also planning the “Blossom to Bottle” 5K Run and 3K Walk on April 17 in celebration of the blooming of its apple trees.
Visit the Lynchburg Community Market
Patronize the Lynchburg Community Market, where several local farmers sell organic produce, meats, and flowers, all while promoting sustainability. Grains of Sense Coffee Roastery & Tea Gallery, for example, sells coffee that is sustainably grown and Rain Forest Alliance certified from all over the world. Another market vendor, Oshun Organics, specializes in skincare and beauty products that are cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and dye-free. Oshun Organics is known for its soaps, shampoos, lotions, and essential oils.
Take A Tour of Lynchburg Grows
Lynchburg Grows is an urban farm that offers Lynchburg’s residents and businesses access to fresh local produce while providing jobs to those with disabilities. Paul Lam started Lynchburg Grows in 2003 on the old Schenkel Farm, a property that had been abandoned for decades. Lynchburg Grows uses greenhouses to raise organic fruits and vegetables and supplies fresh produce for its Community Supported Agriculture program and to local restaurants as well as organizations that feed the homeless. Field trips and tours of Lynchburg Grows are currently being held virtually and can be taken through the website www.lynchburggrows.org.
Stay in Green Lodging Accommodations
Green lodging refers to any hotel that commits to environmentally-friendly practices. This includes conserving natural resources like water and energy and reducing waste. Lynchburg currently has two hotels that are considered green lodging, the Craddock Terry Hotel downtown on Commerce Street and the Comfort Inn & Suites on Wards Road. In addition, Craddock Terry Hotel has a charging station for Tesla electric cars. The Courtyard by Marriot at Murry Place also has an electric car charging station for its guests.
Happy Earth Day!
Brandy Centolanza is a freelance writer who covers health, family travel, and the hospitality industry.
She writes from her Virginia home surrounded by her husband of 20 years and their two teens, three cats,
and a bearded dragon named Craig.
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