Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains from our bed and breakfast, with Skyline Drive right in our back yard! Use our interactive map, our seasonally suggested itineraries, or contact us. We’ll help you maximize your getaway. A few of the most popular attractions in the area are:
- Nelson 151 Winery/Brewery Trail
- Monticello Wine Trail
- Brew Ridge Trail
- Ash Lawn-Highland
- Hike The Appalachian Trail
- Crabtree Falls
- Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive
- Sherando Lake
- Nelson Scenic Loop
- College Tours
- Blue Ridge Golfing
Itineraries for Exploring the Afton, Virginia Area:
Winter (Jan, Feb):
Day One: Check in, put your feet up with a glass of wine by the fireplace, then head out for tastings and truly delicious food at one of Route 151’s restaurants. Devils Backbone has a full bar, live music and a massive Swedish fire pit – so gorgeous! Or, Blue Mountain Brewery is just 4 minutes from our door and has great food, full bar, live music, and week-long corn-hole for laughs and fun. Ask for a brewery tour, all these breweries are proud to show you or talk to you about their craft!
Day Two: Breakfast, head out to Monticello. Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States, author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and founder of the University of Virginia. The 5,000-acre plantation has guided tours of the house which was designed by Jefferson himself, classes on just about everything, walking trails with educational markers, his historic gardens that fascinate even those of us who are not gardeners! Visit Jefferson Vineyards, one of the first places to introduce modern viticulture to Virginia and enjoy wine from soil dating back to the Jefferson era! Enjoy a colonial lunch at Michie Tavern. Visit nearby wineries Blenheim, owned by singer-song writer, Dave Matthews and Trump Winery, owned by the Trump family; both serve snack plates so you can nibble while saving your appetite for dinner at Charlottesville’s downtown mall, one of the finest downtown parks in America. Every type of cuisine is available on the mall, and the nightlife is perfect for all ages. Before your visit, look up what/who’s playing at the Sprint Wireless Pavilion or the Paramount Theatre. Nothing of interest? Catch a movie at the cafe/bar movie theatre, The Violet Crown, or, ice skate at the massive indoor ice rink right on the downtown mall.
Day Three: Breakfast, then layer your clothing for a day at Wintergreen Resort, stopping at Saddleback Distillery and Bold Rock Cidery for tours (watch apples become hard cider!) and tastings on your way. Wintergreen isn’t just for skiing, feel young again and enjoy snow tubing, ice skating, and the Terrain Park which provides obstacle courses for skiers/snowboarders of all skill levels, then enjoy a show (Rail Jam) with professional skiers wowing you with their ski and snowboarding skills. Not a skier? No problem, plenty to do at Wintergreen and along the way. Or, ask us about golf and antiquing. We have an itinerary for all weather and occasions.
Day Four (or alternate winter day 3): Breakfast, then walk off your meal on our 16 acres of trails (40 minutes maximum), then get ready for a day of relaxation on your Blue Ridge Mountain Wine and/or Brew Tour! Contact us to pick from our pre-set tours, or we can coordinate a tour just for you and your specific tastes.Not a wine or beer enthusiast? See our Experience page for other options!
Blue Ridge Golfing
Ad Astra is just miles from many golf clubs, centrally located from ALL of them. You could play links at a different club every day. Just minutes away, Old Trail Golf Club has the most gorgeous views and delicious food at their bar and restaurant. Minutes in the other direction, Devil’s Knob of Wintergreen will test your skills at the base of their mountain, and day three you could head toward Charlottesville to the gorgeous Birdwood golf course on 500 acres of the Jefferson estate, or to stunning Keswick Golf Course out in affluent horse country. Use our interactive map to click on all the golf courses nearby and create a golf outing vacation. We are perfectly located in the middle of them all. Bring your friends!
Our B&B is perfectly centrally located in Virginia. In a day trip you can tour UVA and Longwood College, the next day head to Bridgewater and JMW, and another day go to Lynchburg and Liberty, or head to Roanoke College – all without unpacking suitcases. After check-out, head up Route 81 to Virginia Tech! See our interactive map for college locations.
Reach for the Stars, Roam in Nature, Rest in Luxury