For Virginia's best mix of historic and natural attractions, Lexington is the place. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, this small town boasts plenty of outdoor recreation, historic destinations, and scenic views, not to mention picturesque Lexington vacation rentals that are perfect for the whole family.
Lexington tends to be a sunny destination, with nearly 225 days of sunshine each year and lower-than-average precipitation. Summers are typically warm, with July temperatures climbing to almost 90 degrees. In the winter, temperatures can dip into the 20s.
Arrive in style in the Lexington area by flying into Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, about 50 miles southwest of the area, or into Richmond International Airport, about 145 miles east of Lexington. Though most Lexington cottages are off the main road, the town itself is just off Interstates 64 and 81, which makes accessing area attractions easy.
Things to Do
Get to know Lexington's history with a visit to the Stonewall Jackson House. Intriguing period pieces and historical artifacts bring Civil War history to life in this Confederate general's former home. Tour the scenic grounds of Washington and Lee University and stop by the Lee Chapel and Museum. It highlights George Washington's and Robert E. Lee's contributions to education and holds lectures in its auditorium space. At the Virginia Military Institute, take a campus tour and see a dress parade by the cadets.
Head into the great outdoors with a day at Natural Bridge Park, which features hiking, rafting, and exploring. Here, you can hike and spot wildlife along the Cedar Creek Trail, explore the caverns at Natural Bridge, and take a tubing or canoeing trip down the James River. Nearby, spend an hour or a day at the Virginia Horse Center, which offers a wide range of horse shows and special events.
Other fun activities include taking a 90-minute tour with Haunting Tales Ghost Tour. The walking tour will guide you and your family through the city and to the Jackson Memorial Cemetery for some spooky fun. The Natural Bridge Zoo is worth the short, 9-mile drive from Lexington. Here, you’ll find elephant rides and a petting zoo, but keep in mind that it is closed from December to February.
From music to food to sports, there is a festival for everyone in the Lexington area. On the second Tuesday of each month, bring your favorite instrument or tap your toes to the Old Time Music Jam at the Virginia Horse Center. In early April, the Bull and Oyster Fest kicks off the spring season by celebrating oysters, barbecue, and brews. In late April, enjoy the spring weather with the Appalachian Spring Ride, a scenic, daylong bike ride that ends with barbecue and Virginia wine.
In late May, join the Lexington area's popular Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival, a three-day event that features fishing clinics, bluegrass concerts, and trout fishing contests. At the end of July, celebrate summer with the Bank of Botetourt Beach Music Festival and Classic Car Show, which includes an all-day auto show and live music in the evening. In September, don't miss the Rockbridge Beer and Wine Festival, an annual event that highlights the best local breweries, cideries, and wineries, along with local food vendors and live music.
Whether you love the great outdoors or brushing up on your Virginia history, Lexington makes for the ideal getaway. Find Lexington cottages for a quiet weekend retreat or a fun family vacation, and plan your perfect trip.