Photo: Grelen Nursery

The Magic of Meandering: Autumn in Orange County 

Free-range wandering is something that most of us took for granted, until recently.

When life demanded a change in how—and where—we moved about, we longed for better days ahead. Today, Virginia is in Phase Three of opening, which allows for large-scale reopenings with specific guidelines. Comparing where we are to where we’ve been, regaining the freedom to roam makes the journey—and the cider doughnuts—much sweeter.

Our autumn blogs highlight the magic of meandering—the cornerstone of Virginia’s WanderLove campaign. WanderLove is revitalizing travel throughout the state, helping visitors discover the hidden gems that make Virginia special. With the humidity at your back and crispness ahead, take to the Blue Ridge foothills for a trip of seasonal surprises. Rolling hills and storybook hamlets along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area are prime backdrops for leaf-peeping, apple picking and instagrammable pumpkin patches. Route 15 is resplendent with color, with Orange and Gordonsville’s charming downtowns perfectly situated for antiquing and shopping before the holiday rush.

Plan your dates with the Blue Ridge Mountain Life fall foliage map, then head for the hills in Orange County.

While the attributes of Orange County’s wine country are well known, we highlight the seasonal offerings that make our small businesses and communities extraordinary.

To blend the great outdoors with grand gestures, look to A Weekend to Wander (click here) for inspiration. If you want to walk further down the road less traveled, Unexpected Autumn Adventures (click here) is the way forward.

Embrace the unexpected in Orange County; happy days lie ahead!