Between the hubs of Washington, Richmond and Charlottesville lie The Virginia Foothills—an undiscovered oasis of rural sophistication and gracious living. Our rolling mountains and open vistas inspired the revolutionary ideals of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, and today, they fuel the creativity of world-class chefs, hoteliers, winemakers and farm-to-table proprietors.
With open country roads that reveal long views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at every turn, you begin to relax before even reaching your destination. And when you do arrive, a warm welcome awaits. The Foothills are home to a remarkable collection of exceptional travel experiences—perfect for a long weekend away.
Savor world class wines in a comfortable setting, while overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains at Barboursville Vineyards. Find locally owned restaurants ranging from exquisite classic Italian cuisine to our own BBQ Exchange, serving world-class slow-roasted Virginia barbecue. The Foothills are home to luxury lodgings as well—including The Inn at Willow Grove, a 5-star boutique country hotel and spa where comfort and service blend effortlessly.
And then there’s adventure, however you define it. Step into the ever-evolving story of America at James Madison’s Montpelier, an exquisite 2,600 property dedicated to illuminating our nation’s past, present and future through the lens of the U.S. Constitution. Explore a European-style garden shop, a farm-to-table cafe, miles of hiking trails and pick-your-own orchards at The Market at Grelen. Or step into the many storefronts along the village streets of Gordonsville and Orange. Wherever you turn, beautiful scenery and friendly faces are waiting—inviting you to stay a while and relax into the best of the Virginia Foothills.
PLAN YOUR VACATION TO THE VIRGINIA FOOTHILLS TODAY
Start your visit at the Historic Train Station & Visitors Center in Orange, VA.
Lunch at Forked on Main
Afternoon shopping in downtown Orange or Golf at Meadows Farms Golf Course
Dinner at the award-winning Vintage Restaurant at the Inn at Willow Grove
Overnight at the Inn at Willow Grove, top 5 in the south since 2016 by Travel and Leisure
Explore The Market at Grelen, A European-style Garden Shop Set on a 600-acre tree nursery
Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at Grelen’s Casual Cafe
Hike to James Madison’s Montpelier and visit The Mere Distinction of Colour exhibition
Feast on world-famous Virginia BBQ at the Barbeque Exchange
Overnight at The Inn AT WILLOW GROVE
Relax at the Mill House Spa, or relax with a great book in the Inn’s gardens
Explore the Gilmore Cabin, built in 1873 by an emancipated African American who was enslaved on the Montpelier estate
Lunch at the Exchange Cafe at Montpelier, a delicious experimental extension by Chef Craig of Barbecue Exchange
Taste world class wines in the heart of the 900 acre historic estate of Barboursville Vineyards
Dinner at the sumptuous Palladio Restaurant
Overnight at the luxurious 1804 Inn at Barboursville Vineyard