Whew! We had a quite a fun-filled trip to the mountains of Virginia. We have several family members who are in the Staunton area, so a long summer trip has been on my agenda for some time. The kids and I were able to go a few days before the Mr. We enjoyed staying with “Granny” and spending lots of time with Auntie Brookie plus other family favorites. ❤
Our first excursion took us to the Explore More Discovery Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I thought this was fun and very appealing especially to younger kids. Both kids had a ball, but I think some of the stuff was a tad babyish for Holden.
Our group had a delicious lunch at Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza. Everything was delicious, and the service was great! Holden and Helen also took their first pony ride that afternoon. Both kids loved it!
Our second day of exploring led us to Chiles Orchard. Peach picking was very easy there. Although I wish there had been a little more explanation about how to pick the best ones. My head picker selected a few duds. This was very fun though. The peaches were great in a fruit crisp.
I was so glad that Auntie Brookie decided to take off a few days from work and hang with us. We had play time and a picnic at Mint Spring after our picking was complete. This place was just in a beautiful setting. I do love an ocean view, but these mountains were so lovely too.
This is when Daddy joined us. We were very happy to see him at our meet-up location, Monticello!
I have to confess that we were a mess on this tour. Little Miss is in the process of *trying* to drop her AM nap meaning we will be down to just a PM nap. HOWEVER, she was particularly tired and very vocal about it during the house tour. Perhaps this is why this wasn’t my most favorite historical stop.
We had lunch at Michie Tavern afterwards. I have mixed feelings about it as it isn’t necessarily my favorite type of food, but I can’t say it wasn’t good food either. I don’t think Holden was too taken away by the historic setting or the period clothing of the servers. He would have been just as happy somewhere else! But…there was an Armory & Artifacts Shop very nearby that he loved. We’re talking old money, cannonballs, weapons, etc. This was definitely a favorite of his!
I have no pictures of the boys’ trip to the county fair for a night event, but you can imagine I guess. Demolition derby. Need I say more??? Holden loved this!
Although I believe everyone was feeling the car woes (particularly Helen! Girl hates the car 100%), we continued on with our last big excursion to Sherando Lake. I’m so glad we did! We did the short hike around the lake (lower one) and loved the views and easy terrain for little feet.
There was little island in the lake that the Mr. and I swam to. Gosh, I forget how even though you can be physically fit in one way you can be completely out-of-shape in another! We were huffing and puffing on that little five minute or so swim!
We all summoned up our last bit of energy to see the sights at the county fair. We saw tractors, all sorts of animals, and rides there! Holden rode the Ferris wheel for the first time.
He’s getting too big!
Our final day was spent in and around Staunton, Virginia. We went to the local farmers’ market, played at the park, visited with family, and enjoyed yummy “zoodles” for the first time! It was a very full and very fun week! So thankful to have this time to spend with our loved ones! We made lots of special memories and look forward to our next trip.