Looking for a Stress-Free Holiday?

Stress Relief for the Holiday Season

Reset with a Countryside Escape

Take some time for yourself during these hectic fall months and book a stay at Fox Hill. Our suggestions for a Hiking in the woods at Natural Bridgestress free visit include: tour the quaint towns of Lexington or Staunton; hike along the picturesque trails just a few miles from the inn; relax with an in-room massage; or lounge outdoors and enjoy the serenity of the evening stars and the warmth of our fire pit.

A two-night trip can result in a recharging of the batteries.  Such a break allows you to return refreshed with more productivity and a readiness to resume your regular life.  The experiences you get during your quick getaway will make you a more interesting person in the eyes of the folks you work and socialize with.  They’ll want to know how your trip was and are very interested to hear your recommendations of the activities you enjoyed.

Unwind with a Luxury Massage

Whether you indulge in pampering for two with a couple’s massage or 60 minutes of solo relaxation, you won’t masseuse giving an in room solo massage have to go far to find your serenity. Conveniently located in the privacy of your suite, our massage therapists offer the perfect services to recharge for a busy holiday season.

There are surprising benefits of massage therapy besides helping you to relax.  For starters, it counteracts all the sitting you do at your desk job – think of all the tension in your shoulders, neck, and low back.  It eases sore muscle pain by increasing and improving circulation.  Who wouldn’t want their stress level reduced and to feel much more relaxed and happy after a massage.  Not only can a massage encourage a restful sleep-it also helps those who cannot otherwise comfortably rest.    Lastly, a massage boosts immunity and relieves headaches.

If you prefer a day-spa experience, we suggest scheduling an appointment at either Breezy Hill Day Spa in Staunton or Encore Salon 215 Spa in Lexington.  Both offer massages, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, waxing, and other specialty services.

Spark Some Creativity with Glass BlowingGlass blower cutting the tip off of a vase

Experience live and up-close glass blowing demonstrations at Sunspots Studios in Staunton, VA.
Feel the heat of the furnaces as you sit close enough to ask questions and chat with the artists.  To make your art happen, glassblowers will assist you in making your very own glass blown piece of art.

Carve out time for yourself. Our spacious suites and inn amenities make it easy to unwind. Book today to start planning your stress-free getaway!

RESET, UNWIND & SPARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Season Celebrations

Celebrating Apple Season

 

Here at Fox Hill B&B, we look forward to apple
season and of course, we end up picking more apples than we could ever eat.   One of the ways we can use apples in the kitchen is by incorporating them in either sweet or savory dishes.  Since we focus on breakfast here, we will be trying out a few new apples recipes.



Apple Cake

One will be Fresh Apple Cake and we are sharing the recipe! The
recipes ingredients include 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 2
eggs, 2.5 cups of flour, and 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, baking
powder, salt and ground cinnamon.  The star of the show – 3
cups of finely chopped apples.  Simply cream butter and sugar
and beat in the eggs.  Add all dry ingredients, beating well
after each addition.  The batter will be thick so stir in
apples with a spoon or spatula.  Press batter into greased
9-by-13-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

HARD CIDER

Some folks prefer a cool glass of apple juice (the hard stuff) over baking!  If that is you, we recommend visiting a Halcyon Days Cider Company for some fine apple sipping.
Halcyon Days Cider Company is a hands-on, family owned and operated small farm and cindery only  twenty-one miles from Fox Hill.  The family has planted more than 50 varieties in their labyrinth, which consists of about 2,000 dwarf apple trees. Through an 11-circuit path, you are able to wind your way through the modern American, heirloom American, classic European, and Central Asian ancestral apple trees to a pavilion with epic 360-degree views of the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges.  The apples are combined in several ways to create sweet and sharp flavors – one of the blends has a taste similar to that of sipping a glass of bourbon.  Others flavors are sweet and easy to drink.


Hot Cider & Cinnamon


Halcyon Hard Cider

Halcyon Days Cider Company

will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through
Monday.  After Labor Day weekend, they will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. https://halcyondayscider.com/

 

Right along Route 11, slightly across from the cidery is another family-run farm – Virginia Gold Orchard!  They are dedicated to growing the very best tasting Asian pears.  Also known as, “Apple Pears”, the Asian pear looks like a cross between an apple and a pear, but the resemblance is only skin-deep.  They harvest up to 16 different varieties of Asian pears, each one ripening at a different time.  Well worth a visit for these juicy delights! From August through October they are open 10 am to 6pm, Wednesday-Sunday.  From November through February, they are open 10am-5pm Wednesday – Sunday. http://www.virginiagoldorchard.com/

To round out your tasting adventure you can pick up some country-cured ham, Amish jams and pickles, or a hunk of hoop cheese at Layne’s Country Store.  For a nostalgic treat, stop by The Pink Cadillac Diner
and enjoy one of their daily lunch or dinner specials. They also
have an ice cream parlor for a variety of sundaes, floats, malts and
shakes. Did you know that November 9-18, 2018 is Virginia Cider
Week?  Tasting, tours, and festivals await you.  R&R is a
spacious comfortable suite, a delicious made-from scratch breakfast,
and beautiful fall colors await you at Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast.
Plan a stay and enjoy apples, cider, and adventure!


Asian Pears

 

County Fair, fun for Everyone

A County Fair is a time-honored event that celebrates food, competition, animals and skills!

The county fair’s importance dates back to a history when people loved to get together and celebrate. They celebrated successful learning and showed their best harvest and crafts. They taste tested entries to determine the best pie. The county fair was a celebration everyone looked forward to. It is one of the oldest forms of community celebrations.

Who doesn’t enjoy going to a county fair?  There is something for everyone from show barns, exhibit halls, and amusement rides.  Of course, there is always plenty of food to sample.  Are you a usual dinner and movie couple?  Try something different. Visit a county fair.

Our county fair, Rockbridge Regional Fair and Expo, will take place on September 6-8, 2018 at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, VA 24450.

There are plenty of Fair Schedule activities such as:

Coon Hunting Dog Show & Trials           quilt image at the county fair                             coon hunting dog at the County Fair

Farm Girl Competition

American Devon Milking Open Show

Oxen Workshop

Rare Breeds Horse Show

Quilt Show

Local Artists Show

The musical entertainment at the County Fair will include PRIME in concert on the fairway Friday night (Sept 7) and Saturday night (Sept 8) will be Tim Elliott, Carolina’s Male Country Artist of Year!

The Fairway will have fun activities for the whole family including inflatables, mechanical bull, rock wall, obstacle courses, carnival games and various other attractions.

Entry into the fair will be free and there will be no fee to park.

FAIR Hours are:

9/6 – THURSDAY | 4:00PM-10:00PM

9/7 – FRIDAY | 2:00PM-10:00PM

9/8 – SATURDAY | 2:00PM-10:00PM

Baking Competition Recipe

A county fair would not be complete without a baking competition.  Bakers of all ages and types come together to share their baking talents and hopefully win a blue ribbon.

Here is a recipe for Blue Ribbon Jumbo Blueberry Muffins that you can make at home!

You will need – 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, ½-cup oil, 3 cups flour, 1-cup sugar, 5 tsp. baking powder, 1-cup fresh, and washed/drained blueberries.

Follow these steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. With wire whisk, combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.  Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry. Stir until combined.
  4. Fold in blueberries
  5. Divide batter evenly into the greased jumbo muffin tin. Finish them off by sprinkling with lots of sugar on top.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

Each county fair has its own unique specialty that sets it apart.

No two county fairs are the same even across county lines.  Come and enjoy the delights of Rockbridge County Fair & Expo!   After all the fun, rest up Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast Suites and share with us your favorite part of the Fair!  In case you are wondering, it is a quick 18-minute car ride from the Virginia Horse Center to us.

For additional information visit the Rockbridge County Fair & Expo

See you at the Fair!

Meet some of our local farmers 

 

 

Fall Foliage & Leaf Peeping

No time like the present to make your reservation to see the mountains afire with the fall foliage

Fall Foliage & Leaf Peeping Science, first, let us have a quick lesson on how and why leaves change color.

Once the leaves fully develop on the trees, they start making and storing the carbohydrates that are required for the new tree growth in the following year. Therefore, weather conditions in 2017 were the major factor to predict when Fall Foliage Leaf-peepingthe leaves will peak in their color in 2018.  As the season progresses, in late summer or early fall, the trees enter a growth process that produces the colorful fall leaves, according to U.S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM.

Chlorophyll gives the leaves their green color. Once the nights get longer in the early fall, the cells reach a point near the juncture of the leaf and stem divide rapidly but do not expand. This action of the cells form a layer called the abscission layer.

The abscission layer blocks the transportation of materials from the leaf to the branch and from the roots to the Fall Foliage Leaf-peepingleaves. Once the chlorophyll is blocked from the leaves, it disappears completely from the leaves and the color changes begin. Lacking chlorophyll allows the yellow and orange pigments to be visible. The red and purple pigments are manufactured from the sugars that are trapped in the leaf. These pigments in leaves are responsible for the vivid color changes in the fall.

Temperature, sunlight and soil moisture all play a role in how the leaves will look in the fall.

Leaf  Changing Facts

  • Abundant sunlight and low temperatures after the abscission layer forms because the chlorophyll is destroyed more rapidly.
  • Cool air (especially at night) with a lot of daytime sunshine promotes the formation of more red and purple pigments.
  • Freezing conditions destroy the leaf’s ability to manufacture the red and purple pigments. Early frost will end the colorful foliage.
  • Drought during the growing season can cause the abscission layer to form early and cause the leaves to drop before they change color.
  • The best weather for brilliant fall foliage is a growing season with ample moisture followed by a dry, cool and sunny autumn with warm days and cool but frostless nights.
  • Heavy wind or rain can cause the leaves to fall before they fully develop color.

From Lexington to Staunton

Located between Lexington and Staunton Virginia Fox Hill B&B is a perfect home base for a variety of terrific fun Fall Foliage Leaf-peepingactivities for visitors. As fall comes, one attraction tends to take the cake – Fall Foliage & Leaf Peeping  in Shenandoah Valley. Miss the peak by even one or two weeks, and you will be disappointed. Now is the time to make your reservation, before there are no rooms at the inn.

September 15th typically begins the start of cooler evenings, which triggers the trees to once again to put on their show of brightly colored leaves. Many weather factors determine how intense the colors will be and how long the vivid leaves will be hanging around before they fall.

While enjoying your stay at Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast, whether a weekend or a week, there are numerous places to explore. Bring your camera to capture some of the most memorable fall foliage & leaf peeping moments of your visit.

Hiking Biking or Driving

A hike along any of the trails in the area will provide breathtaking views and lasting memories, and you will be able to see many vistas not accessible by car. We are close to Crabtree Falls and Natural Bridge state park.  Download our free activity guide for a list of hiking and biking trails.

There are a few driving routes that will take you up close and personal with the many fantastic colors, too.

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from Massies Mill, at mile marker 27.2 off VA Route. 56 just about 20 minutes from Fall Foliage Leaf-peepingFox Hill. We suggest that you travel south to the next exit outside of Lexington to mile-marker 45.6. Along the route, you will encounter many “scenic overlooks”. The return driving route is Route 11 North passing through Lexington.  Our free activity guide identifies many places for a bite to eat.

A few other routes travel through Bath County or south toward Botetourt County. No matter where you travel in the Valley, the Fall season provides breathtaking, colorful displays put on by the trees.

If you simply want to slow down, enjoy a glass of wine, and take in the colors of mountains, you can do that right on our enclosed front porch.  There is no need to worry about drinking and driving, as you will be comfortably at your destination! To top it off, if you did not bring along or purchase a bottle of wine from a local vineyard, we have Virginia wines from the Peaks of Otter vineyards for your enjoyment.

Plan your visit now.  Come see, as one guest described the fall colors – the  mountains are on fire!

Fall Foliage Leaf-peeping


View while sitting on the porch


Natural Bridge State Park

Equine Crown Jewel, the Virginia Horse Center

Equine Crown Jewel Virginia Horse Center

The Equine Crown Jewel is the Virginia Horse Center. The Virginia Horse Center sits on 600 acres of beautiful countryside.
Equine Crown Jewel Virginia Horse Center

Just a short 20 minute drive from Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast. Both destinations offer breath taking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beautiful grounds. In between heading to the horse center for an event, you can enjoy your quiet and restful stay. Like getting lost in our cornfield walking the paths that run throughout our 30 acres.

The center boasts a 4,000-seat coliseum, 8 barns to accommodate 1,200 horses, 18 show rings, 2 large indoor Equine Crown Jewel Virginia Horse Centerarenas, internationally rated cross-country jumping and combined carriage driving courses. The internationally renowned Center serves as a venue for more than 80 events a year and is right in our backyard.

Equine Crown Jewel Virginia Horse CenterOf course, there are horse shows, but they also run clinics, have rodeos, dog shows, BMX racing and the Rockbridge Regional Fair. The onsite restaurant “Winner’s Ring” is a favorite among the show participants. Most of the time the events are free to the public, but it is best to check the schedule so there are no surprises.

When planning your visit to the Shenandoah Valley, stay at Fox Hill, visit the Virginia Horse Center and have fun!

The quiet tranquil setting of Fox Hill will give you the rest and relaxation you want. A quick get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, the slower pace here will help you enjoy your time. If you want other things to do, download a copy of our Activity Guide. The Activity Guide is chocked full of things to see and do while visiting the area.

Lexington averages a three-hour drive from the Washington beltway area. Time to get-away and relax, you know you’ve earned it, you know what you have to do; book today!

Horse & Hound Wine Festival

Head to the Horse & Hound Wine Festival

featuring some of Virginia’s Finest Wineries, in Bedford VA

Spend a Saturday afternoon on the grounds of Johnson’s Orchards located in scenic Bedford, VA for the 14th Annual Horse & Hound Wine Festival on July 14, 2018.  This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.  11am-6pm. Horse & Hound Wine Festival

Peaks of Otter Winery & Johnson’s Orchard 

Home Place a fourth generation vineyard; Lake Anna Winery; and Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchard a sixth generation family farm.  Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery one of the oldest and largest wineries in the Commonwealth; Ramulose Ridge Vineyards; Rebec Vineyards who boast as many as eighteen selections at times; and Tomahawk Mill Winery a former grist mill now a vineyard, round out the winemakers.

Now for the Horse & Hound activity – there will be a beautiful parade of horses, agility dogs and lure coursing.  Want more fun?  Enjoy the muskrat and stick horse races, too.

Big Boss Man Band

Entertainment at the Horse and Hound Wine FestivalBring your dancing shoes.  Live music will be from The Big Boss Man Band.  Who are they and what do they play?  Big Boss Man is “funk, soul, and rock & roll”.  They specialize in classic rock sounds, with lots of danceable party music to get people up on their feet and having fun with a huge variety of music.

In addition to wine tastings, horse and hound events, there will be numerous arts and crafts venders.

 

Food at the Horse and Hound Wine Festival

With all this fun, you are sure to work up a big appetite!  There will be plenty of good eats to choose from – Fresh N.C. Style Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches, Crab Cakes, Crab Wrap, Grilled Shrimp, Chesapeake Fries, Hamburgers, Food at the Horse and Hound Wine Festivalchili dogs. Then there’s  the chicken strip basket, Italian Sausage, Cheese Steak Subs, Chili cheese fries, corn dogs, French fries, homemade potato chips, Sourdough pizza; tacos, burritos, and taco salads. Don’t dare forget about funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, strawberry lemonade, sodas, water, sweet tea and then there’s Homestead Creamery – some of the best ice cream on the west side of VA.

Ticket fees at the gate are $20 for Tasters, $15 for General Admission and $5.00 Dogs

Proceeds Benefit –

Part of the proceeds will go to the following non-profits:

Commonwealth Search & Rescue – a non-profit volunteer search and rescue group dedicated to providing assistance to lost or injured persons in the out-of-doors.

All-American Mutt Rescue – a home-based animal rescue organization who rescues animals in need of new homes and loving families. Each rescue is spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all routine vaccinations.

Brook Hill Farm Horse Rehab – a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization provides rehabilitative focused services and safe haven for unwanted horses, as well as a therapeutic riding program for personal growth and equine education for area youth and adults.

Complimentary Tickets

Does The Horse & Hound Wine Festival sound like a lot of fun?  Why not make it a weekend trip and stay with us?  We have a few complimentary tickets. Request yours when making your reservation. Traveling to Johnson’s Orchards from Fox Hill B&B is only a 50-mile ride, some of which is through the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Bring back a bottle of wine, enjoy it under the stars on our patio deck, and reminisce about the day’s events.

 

Making Home-made Sausage

Making Home-made Sausage at Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast Suites

So many of our guests rave about our home-made Bacon and home-made Sausage. Today, we will speak about how we make our sausages.

Every home-made sausage starts out the same way. We learned to make sausage in the fresh, basic form first.

Then it was just a matter of learning some simple steps to that technique and you can produce any sausage you want. Every time we make sausages, it is different. One reason is that we make 15 pounds at a time, and the time between each preparation is long enough to forget what was done in the past.

Last week, we finished 15 pounds and still have it a good memory of what we did; we can pointedly define some tips based on experience; however, we are by no means an expert.

We source our pork locally when possible; sometimes we need to go to the big city to get the meat. We butcher the shoulder to fit in our grinder, which are strips about one inch by one inch however long it happens to be.

We grind the pork, divide it, and then season with one of five different seasoning mixes we purchase onhome-made sausage -line. I make a standard breakfast sausage, a maple flavored sausage, a southern style seasoning, one with some heat to it, or a charred grilled seasoning.

home-made sausageWe source our natural casings online as well. We have found that Amazon has one of the best natural casings available.

The videos show the grinding process and the stuffing process. Many experts will stuff a casing making a 2-foot long sausage and then twist the casing to the size they want. The expert you watch on videos never breaks a casing. We have changed our technique because we are not experts and cannot imitate the experts. Imitating the experts’ leads to many broken casings and high levels of frustration.

Why we make different kinds of Sausage:

Making and serving all the same sausages seems too much as if we are eating the same thing all the time.
So, visit Fox Hill for more than one night and we guarantee that you will get to taste one of our home-made sausages.

Therefore, what are our tips?

  • Use fresh pork
  • Add the amount of ice water specified
  • Rinse the natural casings for one hour and then let sit in refrigerator overnight
  • Let the mix rest overnight
  • Twist each link as it comes off the stuffing horn
  • Freeze on a cookie tray
  • Cut apart and place in zip lock bags
  • Boil the frozen sausage for 10 minutes
  • Brown in a cast iron skillet
  • Enjoy your creation!

 

Poke around antique shops in the Shenandoah Valley and find your special treasure.

Recently a few guests commented how lovely some of our Antique Depression Glass serving dishes are. I agreed and mentioned I’d love to have a few more pieces to add to our collection.  This led to a great conversation about the various types of antique collections we all have.  I was asked if there are antique stores in the area.

Why yes there are, I replied – you can spend a whole weekend searching for your favorites at quite a few places.  I started to name a few and thought oh, what a good subject for our blog.  So if you enjoy poking around antique shops looking at vintage collectibles or searching to add to your collections, then we are the place to call your base!

Your first stop from Fox Hill B&B should be 3 Seasons Antiques and Treasures right here in Fairfield on Route 11.  They have quite a collection of antique and vintage gifts. Wait till you meet the shops official greeter.  Travel further south on Route 11 and you’ll find Dukes Lexington Antique Center and The Antique Mall– both are multi dealer shops with a footprint of a few thousand square feet.  Antique Serving Dishes

Haven’t found what you’re looking for yet?  Continue traveling south on Route 11 or hop on Route I-81 and travel to Purgatory Emporium in Buchanan.  Here you’ll find glassware, lamps, jewelry, kitchenware, baskets, art, vintage  toys, and more.

Chasing after the Pickers

Travel even farther down Route I-81 into Roanoke and you can visit Black Dog Salvage.  They have more than 40,000 square feet of interesting finds on hand (and changing daily), the real shop for TV’s Salvage Dawgs. Reimagined and reinvented pieces share space with “Marketplace” vendors to give you a wide range of shopping to experience.

Another stop in Roanoke is the Roanoke Antique Mall.  There are more than 120 dealers spread across 24,000 square feet stocking their best antique finds, including colored glass, vintage t-shirts, desks, clocks, milk bottles, clothing, books, and much more. You can easily spend a few hours perusing these booths.

If you’d rather head north of Fairfield, you’ll find quite a few antique shops, too!  First stop would be The Stuarts Draft Antique Mall on Route 340.   They have 50 dealers selling a variety of merchandise and have been voted the Shenandoah Valley’s Favorite Antique Mall for the past several years.

If you’re really adventurous, head directly to the largest antique mall – Factory Antique Mall in Verona – conveniently located just off Route I-81.  They have 130,000 square feet of antiques all on one floor.  You’re sure to find more than one favorite to add to your collections!

And lastly, did you know that Virginia has an Antique Trail?

Visit the web site and you’ll find plenty of antique shop information across the State.  Of course, once you return to Fox Hill B&B, you must show us that one special item (or two) that you happened to find.

 

Fox Hill B&B does Farm-to-Table

Chef Mike has always enjoyed gardening and since taking the reins of the kitchen, he has expanded his love of gardening to the next level to achieve a Farm-to-Table menu.

At Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast, we grow many of the fruits and vegetables served in our breakfast dishes.  Chef Mikes Vegetable Egg bake consists of multicolored sweet peppers, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, corn, and any other fresh
Peppers - Farm to Table vegetables Romas - Farm to Tablethat are ripe and ready to eat.  Fresh made salsa/stewed tomatoes are the star of Chef Mike’s version of the Middle-Eastern dish Shakshuka.

Innkeeper Cathy uses the abundant zucchini, strawberries, and blackberries grown on site for her scrumptious baked goods.

Hive to Table

 

Having bee hives located on the property also helps provide us with an abundance of produce. Although we do not own them, the local beekeeper manages the hives and provides us with pollinators and fresh honey.  You can see the hives as you turn into the inn’s Beekeeper - Hive to Table driveway.  The honey served in your breakfast is a by-product of the workers living in the hives at the end of our driveway.  Even the bees must pay to stay!

Throughout the growing season, we travel to the local U-Pick farms and gather as much as we can haul. Typically, we pick 50 pounds of various fruits, providing fresh flavors in new and tried-and-true recipes, plus we freeze plenty to enjoy throughout the winter months.

Last season, we picked over 50 pounds of delicious Blueberries from a well-cared for Blueberry Farm in West Virginia.  We traveled over the Blue Ridge Mountains to Crozet and gathered up over 45 pounds of sweet Peaches. We spent a Fall afternoon at a Lovingston apple orchard picking and dreaming of apple pie!  While we did not pick them directly from the trees, we did sample and bring home a few of the many 16 varieties of Asian pears from The Virginia Gold Orchard, right here in Rockbridge County.

The Farm-to-table concept is a social movement to promote serving local food at restaurants, schools & INNS preferably through direct acquisition from the producer. At Fox Hill B&B, since we grow our own, we know exactly where, what and how our “good eats” are grown.

Tomatoes - Farm to Table Cornfield -- Farm to Table

Farm-to-table incorporates food traceability (celebrated as “knowing where your food comes from”) where the origin of the food can be identified to our guests. When visiting during the growing season, guests can actually see the ingredients growing.

Farm-to-Table also applies to our Bacon and Sausages as we procure our pork locally.  Fresh pork shoulder for the sausages and fresh Pork Belly for our well-reviewed and requested Maple-Bourbon-bacon smoking

Cracked Pepper, Applewood smoked bacon.  It’s a three-week “labor of love” process for Chef Mike to make the bacon and he only smokes 10 pounds at a time.  As for the sausages, they are handmade; no two are the same size but every bit delicious.

Even our four-legged guest’s get the Farm-to-Table experience! We provide treats from Whistle Creek Treats, a local premium  Farm-to-Table Pet Food provider.  They produce high quality treats and pet food utilizing locally sourced, 100% human grade ingredients.  Each treat is free from corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, chemicals, or colors.

Therefore, for the Farm-to-Table experience not found at every bed and breakfast, a visit to Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast Suites will surely satisfy that need.

Spring into an Outdoor Adventure, Hiking, Nature Trails, & Geocaching all within reach

Spring is in the air! Let us put some Spring in your step! It’s time for an Outdoor Adventure along the many hiking trails near Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast. Maybe even go Geocaching nearby!

It is time to get out and stretch those legs. You and your four-legged friend need to smell the fresh mountain air in the Shenandoah Valley. Close to Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast Suites are many outdoor adventures. Scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a few roadside stops along the way are great for picnicking. How about hiking to the highest waterfall at Crabtree Falls, along the Maury River or the Natural Bridge State Park.

So where can you hike or find that Treasure?

GeocachingExplore the most popular trails near Lexington with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you, or follow the The Gems of Rockbridge Geocaching Trail.

 

House Mountain Trail is one of the Hardest Trails to Hike

House Mountain TrailOne of the hardest trails in the area is House Mountain Trail. It is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lexington, Virginia with beautiful wild flowers and awesome views of the valley below. House Mountain is an iconic landmark in Rockbridge County comprised of two peaks known as Big House and Little House Mountains.

Both trails include a steep forty-five degree incline for about three-quarters of a mile with a less strenuous hike along the ridge at the top. These trails, used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September. Please leash your dog.

 

Two moderate trails just a short drive from Fox Hill are Spy Rock & Crabtree Falls

Spy Rock TrailSpy Rock Trail is a hike of about 6 miles, Moderately trafficked out and back trail is located near Montebello, Virginia. The features of this trail are beautiful wild flowers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but should be leashed.

Crabtree Falls Trail is almost a 3-mile trail located near Tyro, Virginia right off of Route 56 just five miles north of Fox Hill, but back into the wilderness of the Washington & Jefferson Forest.

Crabtree Falls Just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Crabtree Falls is not only the highest waterfall this side of the Mississippi River but is also Virginia’s most popular waterfall hike.

The entire way, you have the sound of the rushing waterfalls and the amazing, beautiful views!  Signs along the way, caution hikers about the danger along the trail and we suggest that you head these warnings.

The hike is short but offers rewarding views of the falls and some of Virginia’s finest scenery.
Please leash all four legged hikers & we know for sure that there is NO CELL service in the forest.

 

One of the easiest trails in the area is the Chessie Nature Trail

Chessie Trail HikeAt a length of  7 – 11 miles depending on the researcher is Chessie Trail. A walking trail located between Lexington and Buena Vista, along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad right of way.  Also, following  along the Maury River make this trail most suitable for walking and running but has several fixed gates make the trail unsuitable for bicycles. The trail goes through private lands, including and active cattle farms (watch out for the cow patties). Dogs must be kept on leash.