Lots of the folks who visit our fine town visit for the same reasons: the world-class historical sites of which we are so proud. Guess what? As it turns out, there’s a lot to do in Orange that goes beyond living history.
photo courtesy of Skydive Orange
Specifically, living outdoors makes visiting Orange, Virginia, one heckuva standout when it comes to vacation ideas. The deal sweetens even more when you factor in our hop-skip-’n’-jump distance from Washington D.C., making Orange a fabulous idea for a weekend getaway from the frenetic pace inside the Beltway. So let’s dive into some adventurous ideas, shall we?
The Rapidan River Kayak Company
Ready to get wet? Click on that life vest and pile in for a guided kayak tour of the gorgeous Rapidan River. Perfect for individuals, couples, or groups of up to 10 persons (wedding parties, especially!). Not a water baby? No problem. You won’t need to have any kayaking experience whatsoever, and all equipment is included. Bonus: The route wends its way through the heart of Virginia’s wine country, so your aprés-kayak activities are already sorted.
Oakland Heights Farm
Love horses? So do we! Our part of Virginia has been horse country since time was time, and no place is better to experience those pretty-pony vibes than Oakland Heights Farm. The gorgeous grounds host plenty of jaw-dropping horse shows, and everyone can get in on the action with a trail ride through the surrounding countryside. If you fall bumper-over-teakettle for the sport, you can even take advantage of the world-class horseback riding school on-site.
Some folks are outdoorsy, and some folks are epic. If you’re in the latter category, you’ll probably want to take your love of Virginia right up to the skies. Come fly with Skydive Orange, the Washington D.C. region’s best and brightest skydiving destination, where great big, powerful planes and downright incredible skydiving adventurists join forces to help landlubbers fulfill their flying dreams. You can even earn your license here and become the bird you always knew yourself to be!
There’s nothing like a great hike for a city escape idea, and Grelen Trails just might be Virginia’s best. With more than ten miles of linking trails to choose from, you can arrive stocked up for a full-day excursion, or choose a leisurely post-winery ramble in the close by (and highly photogenic) Nursery. If a sweaty trail run is more your style — or if you have a keen Fido in tow — options abound. Notable: The Grelen walking trails are free, and cheerfully open to the public.
Angler’s Landing at Lake Orange
The one that got away is waiting for you under the bubbles at Lake Orange. This classic local Virginia fishing destination is also a great place to just spend a day relaxing on the water. Angler’s Landing, a family-owned and -operated business that’s been welcoming fisher persons seasonally since 2002, offers boat rentals, a stocked tackle shop, a variety of live bait and an open kitchen (complete with ice cream sandwiches, because what summer day on the lake is complete without one)?