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Photo Credit: Barboursville Vineyard

Unexpected Autumn Adventures

 

Photo Credit: James Madison’s Montpelier Facebook

2020 is a year of broadened horizons—albeit the skyline is closer to home. Whether you’ve been hitting the trails on a new bike or honing your ukulele skills, you’ve embraced the unexpected. In keeping with your journey, this installment of WanderLove highlights unexpected autumn adventures around Orange County.

If you’ve been digging deep as a home educator or impromptu hairdresser, keep the momentum going by attending an archaeology adventure at Montpelier. Held on the grounds of James Madison’s estate, the Excavate: Archaeology Expedition’s three-day or week-long experience promises autumn air and artifacts aplenty from October 4-9. All-access tours and lectures share fresh perspectives on colonial history. And the opportunity to stay onsite is a one-of-a-kind experience! Whether you’re escaping Zoom or educating your offspring (aged 12-plus), playing in the dirt makes the past incredibly present.

Photo Credit: Rachel-May-Photography sourced from Rounton Farm website

If you love treasures from the soil, but you’re short on time, Barboursville Vineyards’ Annual Truffle Feast is your gastronomic go-to. This four-course dinner, held at Palladio on November 14, pays homage to the fabulous fungi. Harvested in autumn, the truffle is notoriously difficult to cultivate. But with proper care, black Périgord truffles, native to Europe, thrive in Virginia’s soil. Swirl your favorite vintage and savor gourmet fare in style. Then stroll back to the 1804 Inn for a warming nightcap and your fuzzy slippers.

If farm-to-table cooking sparks an interest in sourcing your own food, Rounton Farm’s Hunting 101 paves the way. Held on a 300-acre farm, their hunting courses are half and full-day adventures like no other. From safety sessions to expertly-seared venison, Rounton turns a first-timer into a faithful hunter. If you’re skittish about fresh game, Skeet Shooting sessions are equally satisfying. At day’s end, the guest cottage, with its fireplace and cozy nooks, is a true seasonal treat.

Turn over yet another new leaf in Orange County this season. Adventures off that well-traveled path are the best reasons to roam.

Turn over yet another new leaf in Orange County this season. Adventures off that well-traveled path are the best reasons to roam.