Fall is just around the corner, and we are already daydreaming about this special season that is absolutely iconic in Virginia, from the crisp air and colorful leaves to the delicious fall flavors coming to restaurant menus. If you’re looking for a complete fall experience rather than just a standard vacation, skip the hotels and book one of these eight distinctive rental properties that showcase the very best of fall in Virginia.
SANDY RIVER RETREAT LOG CABINS & TIPIS—RICE
If you’re interested in a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, you need to book a stay at Sandy River Retreat just minutes outside of Downtown Farmville. In addition to the log cabins available for rent, the business just began renting out their luxury tipis. These are by no means basic accommodations; the tipis are massive, with queen and full-sized beds, pullout couches, kitchens, bathrooms, air conditioning, and even heated flooring for those cool mornings. The tipis sleep five to six people, while the pet-friendly cabins sleep up to eight people and have many of the same amenities. These rentals are located on the same property as the Adventure Park, which features eleven zip lines, obstacle courses, and a team-building section. Additionally, the property also houses a full farm with sheep, chickens, and two friendly miniature donkeys named Mario and Luigi that are always delighted to make new friends. And the activities for guests don’t end there; Sandy River offers bike rentals for the High Bridge Trail, canoe and kayak rentals for Sandy River Reservoir, and several family games available for guests to use, including corn hole, croquette, volleyball, and horse shoes.
CAIR PARAVEL FARM’S AIRSTREAM IN THE TREES—STANARDSVILLE
Stay in a vintage 1968 Airstream on a property that abuts Shenandoah National Park at Cair Paravel Farm. Immersed in nature, the camper has an expansive wood deck perched on the edge of the mountains, which will provide you with an unreal view of the autumn colors of the valley below. Nature trails wind through the 58-acre working farm, which contains sheep, picks, ducks, turkey, and more. Get eggs for your morning omelet, veggies to whip up a quick salad, or even meats for a barbecue on the airstream’s outdoor gas grill from the farm owners, who either source on-site or work with other local residents to provide you with a truly authentic farm-to-table experience.
BELLE ISLE HOUSE & GUEST HOUSE—LANCASTER
Belle Isle State Park rent out both the Bel Air Mansion and the Guest House, but unlike many park accommodations like campsites and cabin rentals, the lodging options in Belle Isle State Park are not exactly roughing it. The Colonial-style mansion is huge, with three twin beds, queen and full bedrooms, and a small daybed, as well as four bathrooms and a fully-equipped kitchen. Get a gorgeous waterfront view when you book the guest house, located …read more