Welcome to the April blog for Bimmer Rescue! We hope you are healthy and doing well this far into 2021! With spring in bloom, vaccines rolling out steadily, and stimulus checks out again, folks who may have missed out on a break for March may be looking for road trips they can take.
But given that COVID-19 is still an issue despite these factors, some people may prefer being close to the shelter of home when they need it. The Richmond-Times Dispatch had plenty of ideas for great getaways close to home. Looking over their many suggestions, we boiled these down to five of our favorites day-trip destinations in the Richmond area:
- Shenandoah Caverns - currently open for visitors, the caverns are beautiful, formed millions of years ago in ribbon formations that most visitors liken to bacon strips. The surrounding site is a thriving tourist community of shops and Americana. The site hosts weddings and events, but most of their special events have been canceled until COVID-19 is no longer a public concern. 261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns, 22847; http://www.shenandoahcaverns.com/
- Belmont Farm Distillery - just outside of Culpeper, Master Distiller Chuck Miller has been producing and selling the country’s first legal moonshine for 30 years at the Belmont Farm Distillery. It’s an incredible tour (for adults!) into the history of Virginia moonshine! 13490 Cedar Run Road, Culpeper, 22701; http://www.belmontfarmdistillery.com/
- Floyd - for a small town, Floyd generates a lot of nostalgia for Appalachian life. Stop in for delicious mountain food, history, and the local art scene. Don’t forget the elderberry moonshine and Floyd’s historic rock churches. 109 E. Main St., Floyd, 24091; http://www.visitfloydva.com/
- Staunton - described as a foodie paradise and set between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Staunton is the place for excellent mountain cuisine. Bring a big appetite, though; there’s a lot to get through. Be sure to check out The Shack, Zyndoa, and Mike Lund Food!
- Red Hill - the final home and burial site of revolutionary Patrick Henry, Red Hill is home to St. John’s Church, where Henry gave his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech. Check out the nation’s most extensive collection of Patrick Henry memorabilia. 1497 Red Hill Road, Brookneal, 24528; http://www.redhill.org/
We hope you get a great day trip out of some of these locations! Don’t forget to check in with Bimmer Rescue for your scheduled maintenance before heading out into the mountains-- we want you to be safe on the road! Remember that if you need auto repairs for your BMW, please schedule an appointment today!
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