Road Trip? Let’s Go!

Safely social distancing has been a challenge this winter, and I’ve been looking forward to some warmer weather road trips. Here are a few places on my wish list for this Spring. 
Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards is about an hour from Richmond, and now offers “igloos on the hill,” which are solar-heated bubbles with gorgeous views of the Blueridge Mountains. Each igloo holds six people, and the rental includes a wine tasting per person, cheese boards, guest-controlled heaters, and an Echo Dot speaker for playing your music and calling your server.
If you’re up for an overnight trip, Douthat State Park is ranked one of the top state parks in the country and it’s a convenient two-and-a-half-hour trip from RVA. The park is on 4,545 acres with a 50-acre lake. Daily cabin rental is available until Memorial Day, and for you non-campers, it’s like renting a mini house complete with a stocked kitchen, bathroom, heating, and fireplace. My favorites are cabins 1-11 near the lake, they were built in the 1930s and are actual chinked log cabins with stone porches and fireplaces. They are set a safe distance from each other and a two-bedroom cabin runs around $113 a night. 
If you like to be a little closer to nature, Big Meadows Campground in Shenandoah National Park is a great place to camp and hike. It’s two hours from Richmond, and an ideal spot for a family getaway, and tent sites are $20 per night. (nearby)

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