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!

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.

 

Drink in the Shenandoah Valley & Make it a Beerwerks Beercation!

Your Passport for the Beerwerks Trail

Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley, where beer flows from the mountains and into the beer kettle like magic. Well, maybe it takes a little more than siphoning off water from the mountain, but here in the valley, we have a few small breweries that are making their own magic. We call it BeerWerks! We

Beerwerks Trail

have a Beerwerks Trail and you need a Beerwerks Passport!

Not far from Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast Suites, are a few breweries that you can tour, visit, taste their brew, and enjoy the company of friends.  A little know attribute about the valley is the BeerWerks Trail. Maybe even less known is the Beerwerks Passport. Therefore, when you travel up and down I-81 in the valley, you can stop at these breweries and get your passport stamped for some fun SWAG.

The Devils Backbone

Devils Backbone BeerWerks Logo Devils Backbone Brewing Company from Roseland was such a success that it required an outpost facility to keep up with production. Literally, in our back yard, the Outpost is located on a beautiful hillside in Lexington and houses the custom-built brewery, bottling and canning lines, taproom and outdoor beer garden. Originally, the projected output for the Outpost was to produce 10,000 barrels of beer in its first ten years, but it produced almost 45,000 barrels in its first three, distributing their national and international award-winning beers up and down the mid-Atlantic. Tours will take you through the inner workings of this larger scale brewery.

 

Great Valley Farm Brewery

Great Valley Farm Brewery BeerWerks Logo Further south, In Natural Bridge is the Great Valley Farm Brewery. Great Valley is located in the southernmost area of Rockbridge County and is the newest addition to the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. With breathtaking views, this new farm brewery is a perfect stop after visiting the sites in Rockbridge County. Nearby attractions, include the Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge and Caverns. Great Valley Farm Brewery has its own on-site vineyard, hop plantings, fruit and herb gardens. The brewery specializes in small batches of high-quality beers using select ingredients (such as hops, fruits, and herbs) that are all grown on-site. Their core focus is on creating beers in the Belgian Farmhouse tradition.

Heading North from  Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast Suites, is the city of Staunton, where there are four more Beerwerks Trail breweries.

Redbeard Brewing Company

 Redbeard Brewing Co. Beerwerks LogoRedbeard Brewing Company A true microbrewery in downtown Staunton, Redbeard Brewing Company brews small batches of big beer, handcrafted by one brewer from beginning to end using traditional methods, From Belgian malts and American hops mere steps away from where you’ll drink it. The 40-seat taproom features 8-10 beers on tap, occasional live music, food trucks and restaurant pop-ups making Redbeard a great place to enjoy a beer with the locals in one of Virginia’s prettiest small towns. While you are there, meander down the street to Sunspots Studio and Glassblowers for some awesome glass art.

 

Shenandoah Valley Brewing Co.

A stone’s throw from Redbeard in Staunton is Shenandoah Valley Brewing Co.Shenandoah Valley Brewing Co. Beerwerks Logo
The Shenandoah Valley is a brewery and tap house dedicated to serving up the best in regional craft beer culture.  Located on Staunton’s main street, this brewery is easy to find and offers a relaxed tavern-style atmosphere for locals and tourists. Twelve beers are brewed on-site and available on tap. You can even pick up some home brewing supplies while you visit their taproom for a tasting.

 

 

Queen City Brewing

Queen City Brewing Co. Beerwerks LogoMoving out from the city limits of Staunton, is Queen City Brewing, the first post-Prohibition brewery in Staunton. QC is more than just a brewery it is an experience. Not only can you choose from nearly two dozen beers on tap, you can also brew your own private batch, selecting from over 80 different recipes. Saturdays they let visitors watch the brewing process and offer the opportunity to join in through the Brewer’s Apprentice program. Queen City’s friendly taproom frequently has live music an always has a great crowd.

 

 

Bedlam Brewing

Bedlam Brewing Beerwerks LogoA little further, north is Bedlam Brewing. It is a small-scale brewpub located a few miles from Staunton’s  downtown area. The newest small batch brewery to join the Beerwerks Trail, it focuses on creating traditional ales with a Belgian and French influence. Along with other traditional and seasonal varieties that embrace the rich farming heritage of the Shenandoah Valley, Bedlam will offer six to seven of its own craft beers on tap at any given time. Handcrafted artisan pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, and house-cooked roast beef, bratwurst, and pork anchor the menu at Bedlam.

Therefore, if you want to hit all six listed in the blog, I would start with the furthest south Great Valley and head north, or the northernmost Staunton, at Bedlam and work your way south. On the other hand, plan your own route going as far north as Harrisonburg.

So, now you know about the Beerwerks Trail in the Shenandoah Valley.  Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast Suites is so close you can taste the beer. Remember that Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner.     Book Now for St Paddy's Day

The StPatrick’s Day tradition began as a feast day held in honor of St. Patrick on the anniversary of the day he died. Christians put aside their Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol consumption on this day. This is why excessive drinking has become so permanently linked to the celebration. So visit Fox Hill and Drink in the Shenandoah Valley; Make it a Beercation! Truth be told, St. Patrick’s Day is not the only time to come to the valley, but it makes a good excuse.