There is always
something going on in Lovingston. From unique shopping to local eateries,
wineries, historical attractions or outdoor activities, Lovingston and
Nelson County make for a great day-trip experience. Contact the Nelson
County Visitor Information Center at 800-282-8223 — open 7 days a week
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. — to help plan your visit. For more
information, visit www.nelsoncounty.com.
January 17 – Wine
and Cheese Pairing at Wintergreen Winery: Guided presentation of cheeses
of the world paired with Wintergreen’s wines. Fee includes generous
tastings and wine glass. 434-361-2519; www.wintergreenwinery.com.
February 14 –
Valentine’s Dinner & Dancing at Veritas Vineyards & Winery: An
evening of fine food, Veritas wine and dancing. 540-456-8000, ext. 108;
February 14, 15 –
Sweetheart’s Weekend at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery: Warm up your
sweetie with “True to the Fruit” wines and historical honey meads
paired with food. 434-361-1266; www.hilltopberrywine.com.
February 14, 15 –
Wine and Chocolate at Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery: Enjoy wines and
handcrafted chocolates to sample and purchase for Valentine’s Day.
February 14, 15 –
Valentine Celebration at Wintergreen Winery: Indulge in a Valentine treat:
our decadent pairing of raspberry dessert wine with organic chocolates,
French truffles or homemade fudge. 434-361-2519;
March 4 – Wine and
Cheese Pairing at Wintergreen Winery: Guided presentation of cheeses of
the world paired with Wintergreen’s wines. 434-361-2519;
March 14, 15 – St.
Patrick’s Day Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery: Food
paired with mead enjoyed by the Irish for centuries. 434-361-1266;
March 21, 22, 28, 29
– Spring Open House at Afton Mountain Vineyards: Come taste the new 2008
white wines. 540-456-8667; www.aftonmountainvineyards.com.
Harmony Hill Bed and
Breakfast: This log home offers a unique blend of luxury and casual
living. Spacious air-conditioned bedrooms feature queen and king beds and
private baths. Some offer fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Lavish country
breakfasts. Front porch overlooks acres of woods and fields. 929 Wilson
Hill Road, Arrington. 877-263-7750; www.harmony-hill.com.
Orchard House Bed
& Breakfast: This Victorian farmhouse built in 1895 has five rooms
with private baths, each furnished in a romantic country style. Amenities
include a front porch with wicker and rockers, tree swing, hammock, pond,
hot tub, game room and sunroom. 9749 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.
434-263-7747 or 866-205-6978/9378; www.orchardhousebb.com.
Simpsons Hollow Bed
and Breakfast: The octagonal house has three bedrooms, living room and
kitchen. Each wall has a window that allows you to feel close to the
natural setting. Outside the house, there is a brick patio next to the
waterfall and your own swimming hole. The house is located on 100 acres of
woods, with many hiking trails and scenic views. 580 Simpsons Lane,
Lovingston. 434-263-6380 or 434-826-9237; www.simpsonshollow.com.
Village Inn: On
Highway 29 in Lovingston, midway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. A
unique motel with a lovely country atmosphere. All rooms at ground level,
park outside your door. Large full baths. Single, double or king rooms
available. No pets allowed. 8010 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.
Lake Nelson Campground:
Located next to Lake Nelson, with a fishing lake. 65 sites on 15 acres for
RV or tent camping. Open April - November 15. 801 Lake Nelson Lane,
Arrington. 434-263-8966 or 434-263-8967; www.lakenelsoncampground.com.
Located in the basement of the Lovingston Opry, enjoy homestyle cooking in
the village of Lovingston.
This new restaurant is open 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday,
serving breakfast and lunch. Daily specials. Open evenings during
Lovingston Opry events. Eat in or take out. Limited delivery service. 632
Front Street, Lovingston. 434-263-8305.
Chicken Coop: Chicken,
barbecue and a variety of sandwiches. Located in the Nelson Food Mart
(Exxon Station), 40 Front Street, Lovingston. 434-263-7818.
Lovingston Café: A
pleasant surprise in the middle of Lovingston, offering an eclectic menu
with a full-service lounge. Steaks, seafood, vegetarian, pizza, desserts.
165 Front Street, Lovingston. 434-263-8000.
Restaurant: Specializing in pizza and Italian dishes. 8181 Thomas Nelson
Preserve: Jane Heyward, a self-described outdoor enthusiast, donated 755
acres to the Nature Conservancy. The preserve is nestled within an area of
comparatively unfragmented forest covering more than 29,000 acres,
providing excellent wildlife habitat. The west face of the preserve’s
upper slope is broken by a series of rocky glades, where the combination
of plant species is thought to be extremely rare. A parking area and
informational kiosk at the base of the cove will help orient visitors.
Directions: From Route 29, turn onto Route 718 in Lovingston and travel
approximately 1.5 miles; turn right onto Route 651 and travel
approximately 1.5 miles; take the left fork in the road to enter the
Boat launch, Lake
Nelson: On Route 812 south of Lovingston off Route 655. Picnic sites,
fishing. Good for canoes, kayaks, rowboats and electric-powered boats.
Rockfish River: This run is scenic with just enough twists and turns to
make it interesting. No rapids, but some good paddling skills required. It
should take about two to two-and-a-half hours. Check water levels first.
Put-in by the bridge on Route 6 and take-out at the Nelson County Wayside
on Highway 29.
Antiques at Southern
Star High-style country antiques and primitive furnishings from ceiling to
floor. 10761 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston. 434-361-9137.
Gifts and Crafts: 911 Front Street, Lovingston. 434-263-8227.
Blue Moon Antique Mall:
Unique antiques and collectibles. 8230 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.
Blue Moon Book Store:
Used, rare, discounted and new books. 8230 Thomas Nelson Highway,
and Gifts: Celebrating our 26th year of business and community service in
Central Virginia.121 Front Street, Lovingston. 434-263-5848.
Front Street Gallery:
In the heart of the Lovingston historic district. 773 Front Street,
Located in the packing shed at Rapunzel’s, 924 Front Street in
and Books: Espresso bar, gourmet coffee, tea, specialty drinks. Used
books, live music Saturday nights. 924 Front Street, Lovingston.
Garden sculpture and steel statues. Soapstone sinks and signs. Benches,
chairs and tables. 60 Davis Creek Road in Lovingston. 434-465-5555;
Stitches and Shavings: Quality 100% cotton fabrics, patterns, notions and
books for quilting and/or sewing. 605 Front Street, Lovingston.
Whit’s End Saddle
and Harness: 8230 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston. 434-263-8890.