Gorgeous Nature and Small-Town Charm? Visit These 3 Places in Virginia

Melissa Frost

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Looking for a perfect getaway? These three towns in Virginia are just that. Packed with local charm, great food, and a varied landscape, there's something for everyone to explore.

Middleburg

Middleburg is a stunning town, and it's known as one of the nation’s horse and hunt go-to spots. Right by Blue Ridge Mountains, Middleburg offers the best of small-town America: local art, historic landmarks, fine cuisine and unique boutiques.

Middleburg was established in 1787 by American Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia statesman John Leven Powell, who purchased the property from Joseph Chinn, a cousin of George Washington. Powell changed the name from “Chinn’s Crossroads” to Middleburg because the town was the halfway point between Alexandria and Winchester along what is now route 50.

Lexington

Lexington is located in the center of Rockbridge County in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. It is known as a college town, housing Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University, which contribute a high-quality level of cultural activity in town.

Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Valley, this town is a must-see. There are plenty of historic sites, museums, small, independent shops and cafes.

Lexington was named in 1778. It was the first of what would be many American places named after Lexington, MA, known for being the place at which the first shot was fired in the American Revolution.

Staunton

Visit Staunton says it well:

"The town is a friendly combination of small town USA and a vibrant cultural scene."

You get to admire beautiful architecture while strolling red brick sidewalks. The food scene is impressive, offering everything from trendy top-notch breweries and wine tours at local vineyards to quaint cafes with locally sourced food and sweet treats.

If you enjoy a good hike, Shenandoah National Park is only a stone's throw away.

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