Get Fit in the New Year?

new year's resolution listGet Fit in the New Year?

Are you still working on putting together your New Year’s resolutions list?  Is getting fit in the New Year on that list? How about travel, enjoying life, or have you ditched the list already and plan to pick and choose your resolutions as you go along!  If “get fit” was on your list, you will find an abundance of ways to push your fitness limits (inside and outside of the gym) whether you are a seasoned athlete or a fitness beginner.  Training for and running in a 5k, half, or full marathon will certainly test you.  On the other hand, you can get even crazier with a mud run!  There is no better motivation than signing up for a race.

5K Races, Marathons and ½ marathons

Here at Fox Hill, we love 5k races for many reasons.  First, a 5k race (around 3.1 miles) is a realistic goal for everyone.  You can begin training about seven weeks before a race and devote about 3 days per week for training. Running a 5K Some of the training health benefits include raising your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure and relieving stress all while toning your glutes and abs!   Of course, you want to ease into getting in shape.  Start slowly,  alternate between walking and running for equal intervals of distance.  During the training weeks, gradually decrease your walking time each week and eventually you will be able to run up to 30 minutes consecutively.

Deciding which training schedule to set for yourself will keep you motivated and focused instead of making excuses not to visit the gym. To keep you going – post your training schedule at work, on your refrigerator, or on your phone calendar.   We recommend the Active online site for training schedules and steps for 5k beginners to marathon running get their Couch to 5K training Guide

Because a 5K is a relatively shorter race, runners find that they can really tap into their adrenaline. Even if you train at a very slow pace (and hey, there is nothing wrong with that) chances are that the thrill and excitement of race day will pump you up and keep you going.

Lastly, by helping yourself you can help others, too.  Since 5k’s are such a realistic goal, many charities and non-profit organizations have adopted them as fundraisers and community events.  A few of the races we are looking forward to are listed below:

Mad Anthony Mud Run

logo-mad-anthony mud run February  23 – 9am-12pm –  Waynesboro
A battle awaits you at Coyner Springs Park as homage is paid to the City’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, with the 8th Annual Mad Anthony Mud Run! All finishers will be awarded a custom-made Mud Run Medal as a reward for battlefield victory.

 

 

Run of the Mill (5K)

April 13 – 9 am – Brownsburg

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2017 Winner Meghan Beard

A point-to-point race in slightly hilly terrain through farmland, crossing Hays Creek on various occasions and arriving at Wade’s Mill.  Awards and activities will take place at the Finish.  Shuttle buses will return runners to the start of the race.  The top three male and female finishers will receive prizes.  The top three in all age groups will receive medals.  Proceeds benefit the community projects and events the Brownsburg Community Association supports.

 

 

Rockbridge Area Hospice Hustle 5K Run

September 21 – Buena Vista
(5k Night time “Glow Run and Walk” and half-marathon) All proceeds support end-of-life patient and family care so that everyone who needs hospice services has access to care, regardless of the ability to pay.

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Chessie Trail 5K

(Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K)

Saturday, October 19, 2019, McKethan Park Lexington, VA   The seven-mile Chessie Trail parallels the scenic Maury River and connects Lexington, Virginia, with Buena Vista.  You’ll run through an ever-changing landscape along the wild Maury River, through farmland and leafy canopies at their peak of fall color, past ruins of massive stone locks and dams.

Running Gear

To get your feet really moving, you are going to need a great pair of running shoes!  We recommend a visit to the Lex Running Shop, located in the heart of downtown Lexington.   They offer quality running shoes, apparel, lrs-round-logo_origaccessories, and nutrition for fitness enthusiasts of all abilities.   Their trained staff will take the time to lead you through the proper shoe fitting process.  Alternatively, if you are in the Staunton area, make a visit to the Sole Fsole focus runningocus Running Store.  They are a “run, walk, be active shop”.  They too offer personalized shoe fitting services.

One of our favorite acronyms is DNF > DNS. Simply put, it means that it is better to attempt and fail than to not try at all.  A DNF (Did Not Finish) Is Greater Than a DNS (Did Not Start).  We have on occasion come out of the starting gate full of race day adrenaline, only to lose our steam towards the finish line.  We never quit, we just walked rather than ran over the finish line!  DNF > DNS!

If you are a YMCA member, you will be able to get in pre or post workout at the Rockbridge Area YMCA.   You can make use of their full circuit room, free weight equipment, plus treadmills and elliptical machines.

Have we motivated you?  We would love to see many of you enjoying our local races!  Pick a race, book a suite, and of course, we would love to see you show off your race medal at breakfast the next day!!!!

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Travel tip – plan to stay at a Bed and Breakfast

It’s time to plan a trip to a Bed & Breakfast

According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel is the clear-cut way to achieve the benefits of time off. A recent poll of travelers revealed some interesting facts:
• The vast majority of Americans (88%) are in search of a warm climate for their vacations.

Waffles & Bacon

• Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Americans say they prefer to indulge than be healthy on vacation.
• The traditional weeklong trip is still the gold standard for most Americans, with 72 percent saying they prefer that length to a long-weekend vacation.
• Americans are split on whether they prefer to save or splurge on vacations—just over half (52%) say save and just under half (47%) say splurge.

Airbnb or an Established B&B

A “real” B&B is an establishment making a living in the hospitality business. They typically charge more than an Airbnb property. Both are someone’s home but that’s where the similarity ends.

Why, you ask? An innkeeper is a professional that is much more than a person who rents a room in their house for extra money. Established B&B’s meet all the requirements of any other hospitality property. Proper inspections, insurance, and compliance with  state and local business requirements.  Innkeepers typically are trained in the hospitality industry and culinary arts, just like any other professional, that all cost money.  When visiting a B&B you usually have a higher quality of sleeping accommodations right down to the quality of the sheets. Innkeepers want you to enjoy their home and food offerings more than just an extra bedroom that someone sees as an opportunity to make some cash.

Plan your trip

Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners: they use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier! Therefore, it is time to get planning!

1. Decide where you want to go and what time of year you want to get away

2. Consider the activities and atmosphere of the places in the region, and then pick the town or city that best fits your desires.

3. Plan enough time to enjoy your destination and do the activities you want

4. You’ll have a better chance of getting the reservations you want if you plan ahead

5. Making arrangements for pets while your away or bring them along on your trip

6. Put together a general activity list of what you would like to experience. On the other hand, plan to do nothing but relax, and leave your schedule wide open for endless possibilities.

7. Unplug! If you need some down time, consider using your phone or computer only when completely necessary. It will do wonders for you.

8. Maybe you have always wanted to stay in a bed and breakfast inn. Go ahead and try something new!

A Bed and Breakfast makes for a great vacation getaway.

While the price of a B&B might seem higher than a hotel at times, the actual value is much greater. The private accommodations are usually superior to that of a hotel…better linens, bedding, and furniture. The amenities are also often more plentiful from better shampoo, lotions and grooming items, to snacks, games and libraries of books/DVD’s, plus free Wi-Fi and parking.

In addition, B&B owners delight in serving made from scratch, scrumptious breakfasts with locally sourced ingredients, which rises above what you will find at a hotel.

We Innkeepers are also excited to share with you all the wonderful places to visit, explore and experience while visiting with us. Please ask us about our great restaurants, breweries, wineries and tourist attractions.

While staying at a Bed and Breakfast, you are sure to receive not only value, but comfort, variety, special amenities and local expertise that hotels cannot beat.

Are you ready to plan a B&B vacation? Put the Shenandoah Valley and Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast on your “to-visit” list. Regardless of your itinerary, we assure that your stay at Fox Hill will be memorable. Our welcoming philosophy is simply to keep it casual and comfortable. Our activity guide will give you a jump-start to planning your visit.

No two Bed and Breakfasts are alike. At some, the bar is set very high and deserving of a five star rating, while others’ efforts may reflect lower ratings.  A good place to check is Trip Advisor, for what other travelers say about the accommodations, atmosphere and especially the food. After all, it is a BED and BREAKFAST.

Traveling with Fido?

nellie with stubby ballWhy not travel with your beloved dog?  Fox Hill B&B is dog friendly. Four of our six suites are pet friendly, but you would never know there were dogs in the room before you. Our spacious suites are large enough for large breeds without crowding. All are almost 600 square feet; that’s almost 1/3 the size of the average house. There’s plenty of things to do with your pet while staying at Fox Hill. Explore 38 acres of fields with walking paths, a babbling stream; and in the summer months paths run through our cornfields with a large play area in the center.

City folks, your pet will thank you for the rest, relaxation and great place to run without too many distractions.

With all of these travel-planning tips, it’s now time to plan and look forward to a Bed and Breakfast getaway. Explore outdoor adventures, enjoy local art and culture, and indulge in delicious food and wine!

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

 

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

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.

 

Hot Air Balloons in Rockbridge County VA

Up, Up, and Away!  Balloons over Rockbridge County, VA

Balloons over the ValleyColorful hot air balloons are such a treat to see floating effortlessly in the blue sky.  Sometimes they’re overhead close enough you can hear the whoosh of hot air filling the balloon as it travels by.  Have you thought to yourself, boy-I’d sure like to do that one day.  It looks both scary and fun!  Sure but there are other questions that soon follow … how fast do they go, how far do they travel, how do they come down, how safe are they, what do I do when I’m inside the basket?   Well you’ll get your chance to get some of those answers and even take a ride at the

Balloons Over Rockbridge Hot Air Balloon Event held on July 6-7, 2018 across from the Virginia Horse Center at Oak Hill Field, Maury River Road, Lexington, VA.

Here are two hints about a balloon flight:  #1 riding in a hot air balloon is smooth sailing as the basket hardly sways.  #2 ballooning is addictive-once you land, all you can think about is going up again!

Hold onto these facts for trivia night:  Hot air balloons were developed in the late 18th century and are still used today.  Who were the first hot air balloon passengers?  In 1783, an odd assortment of animals was chosen to test the effects of flight – a rooster, a duck, and a sheep.  During the Civil War, balloons were used to spy on enemy movement from as far as 15 miles away.

At Balloons Over Rockbridge there will be 12 beautiful balloons (they all have names – how cool is that?) and you’ll get to meet their respective pilots.   Balloon flights will occur on Friday evening and Saturday morning.  Tethered balloon rides will begin on Saturday afternoon.   In addition to the balloon rides, there will be plenty of live music,

5k REGISTRATION

food, drinks and vendors.  For early morning folks, there will be an 8am  5K walk/run through the rolling hills  of the Blue Ridge Mountains & Virginia Horse Center with hot air balloons flying above. This event supports the local chapter of the veterans support group TeamRWB.org. The course will be grass and some gravel.

 

If you prefer a more private flight for your first balloon ride, we suggest Monticello Country Ballooning.
They offer sunrise or sunset flights.

The view, described by all riders, is 360 degrees of spectacular.

For more information about the Hot Air Balloon Event, click this balloon
Balloons over Rockbridge    Up, up and away!

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.

 

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.

Visit the Pet Friendly Shenandoah Valley

Starting a search for “Pet Friendly Shenandoah Valley” and you will find Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast is the fastest way to make your next travel adventure to the Shenandoah Valley four-legged friendly

That’s right, a bed and breakfast that accommodates dogs of all breeds and sizes.   All of our pet friendly suites have Our children, Nelli and Rugerbreak, plus being spacious enough for dog crates and beds, food bowls, toys, etc. Settling in, you will find that there is plenty to explore on our 38-acre countryside estate. Enjoy a game of fetch or Frisbee on the mowed field in the front of our property; a run or stroll through the meadows; a dip in the stream;  a nose-to-nose greeting with our resident donkey, or just simply gazing out at the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Of course, our family loves visitors, too, and enjoy a good game of chase.

We know your dogs are important family members and we like to treat them as such.

We provide a welcome basket in your Suite filled with paw wipes, towels, and delicious dog treats.  Your pooch will go bonkers for these all-natural, tasty (yes, we ate a few) Peanut Butter & Banana or Pumpkin treats!  Handcrafted in Lexington VA, Whistle Creek Dog & Cat Treats are individual small batch of treats. 

Whistle Creek is uniquely qualified as a farm to table Treat Company.  100% natural ingredients  are used to craft their product and it starts with fresh milled gluten free flour that is milled for each batch. Continuing with  fresh farm eggs from their personal chicken flock; homemade, one ingredient peanut butter from unsalted redskin Virginia peanuts;  local raw honey, locally  raised grass fed beef, and much more. Eric personally creates each treat with love, the most important ingredient while omitting wheat, corn, soy, fillers, by products, or anything artificial. His mission is to provide quality, limited ingredient, and wholesome treats for your beloved Dog & Cat to enjoy.

Our canine visitors will find a Visit to the Pet Friendly Shenandoah Valley area activities will keep their tails wagging.

Hiking at Crabtree Falls  (one of the tallest sets of waterfalls in the United States east of the Mississippi River. It is located in the George Washington National Forest in Nelson County, Virginia, off of Virginia State Route 56. Wikipedia), or a stroll along Cedar Creek at Natural Bridge State Park (Natural Bridge is a geological formation in Rockbridge County, Virginia, comprising a 215-foot-high natural arch with a span of 90 feet. Wikipedia) are highly recommended.  Lexington and Staunton, VA are pet-friendly cities and you’ll find outdoor seating available at a number of quality restaurants.  If you forget or run out of a pet supply while on vacation, you can pick up what you need locally at Tractor Supply, Lexington Pet Palace or Pet Smart – of course your pooch can help you sniff out what you need.

We have many pet parents traveling with their dogs visit us here at Fox Hill.  We always encourage them to explore our property, and we enjoy watching as their dogs bound off with glee, delighting in all the new smells and experiences.  Our most recent visitor,  Nala, enjoyed herself immensely!  We were delighted to learn she was adopted via the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue program.  Lucky Dog and Southwest Airlines teaNalamed up and transported numerous homeless pets that became stranded in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, to the D.C. area.

Are you ready for your pet-friendly travel adventure to the Shenandoah Valley?

Search for “Pet Friendly Shenandoah Valley” and see how we compare. There is pet friendly and there is pet tolerant. Knowing the difference is where we excel!

You will be sure to find a Suite at Fox Hill that is just right for everyone!