Ridgeside Bed and Breakfast is located only a short drive from the North Entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and from the South Entrance to Shenandoah National Park, both offering scenic drives, hikes, bike rides, and more. We are also surrounded by beautiful and award-winning winneries and breweries. We've offered a list below to help you plan your oudoor adventures and retreat and hope that you reach out with questions or ask us for recommendations!

Fog on the Blue Ridge Mountains

We've created a detailed hiking binder, complete with maps and trail guides for local hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Shenandoah National Park, and other areas. Please enjoy this resource during your visit - the binder is available in the Great Room. Also, ask us for hiking recommendations!

Crabtree Falls
Veritas Vineyards and Winery Starry Nights


Fresh Strawberries at Critzer Family Farm

Hike, BBQ, Winery

  1. Go for a morning drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike to Humpback Rocks. Beautiful panoramic views of the valley. Bring comfortable shoes, reusable water bottle, and a snack.

  2. Pickup mouth-watering barbecue from Paulie’s Pig Out for lunch and bring it to the nearby winery of your choice for a picnic. Enjoy a wine tasting and drink in the views.

  3. Stop by Ridgeside for an afternoon nap in a hammock or grab a cookie and sit on the deck.

  4. Drive into Crozet for dinner at either Crozet Pizza or Fardowners for a delicious burger. Live music some nights!

History, Shopping, Brewery

  1. After breakfast, drive to Charlottesville and visit Monticello – take a house tour and stroll the historic grounds.

  2. Sit down and enjoy lunch along with Downtown Mall. Then window shop in the afternoon.

  3. On your way back to Ridgeside, stop at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery in Crozet for a beer flight. If you’re there around dinner time, order some tasty food from their food truck, Over the Counter.

  4. Return to the bed and breakfast for an evening on the porch – maybe catch the sunset and watch the stars before a good night’s sleep.

Museums, Dining, Theater

  1. In the morning, visit the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, a living history museum that tells the story of the people who migrated from the Old World to America and the life they created in the Shenandoah Valley.

  2. Catch an exciting afternoon or evening production of a Shakespeare play or other classic at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, a re-creation of a Jacobean theater based on what is known of the original Blackfriars.

  3. Enjoy dinner before or after the show at Mill Street Grill or Byers Street Bistro.