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Outdoor Activities & Events

From Virginia festivals to music concerts and wine tours, there is always something happening in Orange County and the surrounding area. If you are outgoing, enjoy the outdoors, and love a good celebration, then you are heading to the right place. Below is a list of some of our local events. Be sure to visit our Calendar of Events page for additional information and links to event Web sites.

For outdoor enthusiasts, this is your destination for Virginia adventure travel. Area activities include skydiving, horseback riding, fishing, golfing, boating, and more. For more information, check out the listings below.



(4 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Over 75 years ago, Marion DuPont Scott started the Montpelier Hunt Races on the front lawn of her home. She invited the public to come and view the races and it quickly became a well-loved Orange tradition. Today the tradition of hospitality continues as families hold homecomings and old friends get together at the races. Special events, family fun, tradition and history all combine with exciting steeplechase racing to create a special day and unique sporting experience.

(4 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialty food vendors; live music; "cooking with wine" classes; children's entertainment and rides; and tastings all day.

(28 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Located on the east end of the historic downtown mall, the Charlottesville Pavilion is the city's premier outdoor venue for live performances. Open since July of 2005, it features premium seating, a spacious lawn, and a professional stage house; all within easy walking distance of Downtown Charlottesville's many restaurants and other attractions. The Pavilion provides Charlottesville with a comfortable and convenient venue to enjoy local and national performing artists.


(19 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Join us in picturesque downtown Culpeper directly in front of the depot for the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series, sponsored by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., a downtown development organization.


(33 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Construction was completed during the summer 2006. The arena is home to University Men's and Women's Basketball teams and host to a myriad of attractions including concerts, family shows, and community events. The Arena's inaugural lineup included such diverse acts as WWE Monday Night RAW, James Taylor, Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews Band, The Wiggles Live and Eric Clapton.


(33 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

The Carl Smith Center, Home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the home of the Virginia Cavaliers football team. It sits on the University of Virginia's West Grounds, across from first-year dorms on Alderman Road. Constructed in 1931, it is the oldest Division I football stadium in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It occasionally hosts other events, such as concerts for bands that can fill an entire stadium, such as U2 (2009), The Rolling Stones (2005), and the Dave Matthews Band (2001). The Virginia High School League held its Group AAA Division 5 and 6 State Championship games at the stadium in December 2007 and will return for the 2009 season. The facility has also hosted the Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 1977 and 1982 and the ACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament in 2008.

(34 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Celebrate Virginia Live is an annual charity concert series that are held on Friday evenings during the summer in the new Celebrate Virginia development in Fredericksburg, Virginia.



Skydive Orange
(1 Mile from Chestnut Hill Inn)

They've performed hundreds of tandem freefalls, static line, and AFF freefall skydives every year at Skydive Orange. Tandem Skydiving parachute jumps are the most popular first jumps. Although most first time skydivers start with Tandem first jumps, their skydiving instructors will help you learn to skydive whether you start with tandem skydiving, AFF, or static line. The Skydive Orange parachute club is a U.S. Parachute Association affiliated parachute center open since the late 1970's. They make over 18,000 freefall parachute jumps annually at Skydive Orange. Serving Virginia Tech, Richmond, NOVA, Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. skydivers.



Lake Anna
(17 Miles from Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn)

This is the second largest lake located entirely in Virginia with over 200 miles of shoreline and stretching 17 miles long. Lake Anna's setting is rural and picturesque. Lake Anna is situated in three central Virginia counties, Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania. The landscape is primarily farms and rolling hills. Lake Anna invites some to serenity and quietness while others explore its recreational opportunities.

Lake Anna State Park

The land in Lake Anna State Park used to be known as "Gold Hill" and contained the Goodwin Gold Mine. Gold was first discovered in 1829 with mining reaching its peak in the 1880s. In 1971 Lake Anna was created to serve as a water coolant for Dominion Power's nuclear plant. In 1972 work began on the acquisition and development of a water-oriented state park. Lake Anna State Park opened in 1983. While boating and fishing on this beautiful lake are major attractions, these are only some of the park's offerings. Lakefront picnic areas and wooded hiking trails are also popular. On summer weekends, interpretive programs on the nature and history of the area complement exhibits and displays in the visitor center. Lake Anna State Park has rental cabins, camping, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnicking, a guarded swimming beach, a children's play area, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse and a children's and handicapped fishing pond.



Christopher Run Campground & Marina
(17 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Jet Ski and Pontoon Boat rentals at competitive prices are offered at this marina by Wake Makers Watercraft Rentals. http://www.wakemakersonline.com/contactinfo.htm Telephone: (540) 538-7547



Jim Hemby - Guided Striper Fishing Trip

Want to fish with a professional Striper guide who lives to fish and fishes to live, eats, sleeps, and drinks STRIPER fishing, who can't seem to place any importance on anything not directly related to Striper Fishing? Want to fish with the guide who catches more Stripers on Lake Anna than all other Lake Anna guides combined? Call Jim Hemby for full or half day fishing trips. Telephone: (540) 967-3313





(6 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Lake Orange offers a scenic setting surrounded by gently rolling farmland and hardwood forests. Lake Orange is a reservoir stocked with typical warm water fish community of largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, black crappie, channel catfish and walleye. Northern pike and chain pickerel have been stocked occasionally over the last decade and limited fisheries for these species exist. Walleye and channel catfish are stocked on a regular basis to provide anglers with good fishing action. Lake Orange is fertilized annually, as the added nutrients increase the lake's productivity and angler catch. Lake Orange became popular for producing the world record white bass of 6 pounds, 13 ounces in 1989. There is a concession at the lake that provides boat rentals, bait and tackle. Picnic facilities with a shelter, tables, and grills are available. The lake is open year round for shore fishing and for private boats. The concession and other facilities are only available from March through October.



Virginia Outdoor Center
(37 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Start your journey in the world of kayaking off on the correct and safest stroke. Begin in the safety of flat water and work your way through to the roarin' fun of Class I-II. There are several route trips available. Located at: 3219 Fall Hill Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Telephone: (540-) 371-5085




Chestnut Hill's location makes it a great time to take a balloon ride. From the balloon, you have beautiful panoramic views of Central Virginia in every direction.

Blue Ridge Balloon

Part of the excitement and appeal of ballooning is the adventure of it. We never know exactly where we'll land! Since we just drift with the wind, our exact course and destination are unknown. It's a great way to meet the locals!
Telephone: (434) 589-6213


Monticello Country Ballooning

Monticello Country Ballooning adheres to the highest standards of safety and quality for your flight. For added safety and passenger comfort, they offer special features such as padded floors and tanks in our baskets for soft, cushioned landings, turning vents on the balloon to better position passengers for landings and photographs, and enough seating and seatbelts for all passengers in the chase vehicle. They also employ some of the most experienced pilots and crew in the area. Located at: 4280 Pine Grove, Earlysville, Virginia.
Telephone: (434) 996-9008




Oakland Heights Farm
(7 minutes from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Trail riding is a great way to spend an hour or two. It is beautiful and peaceful just wandering along a path listening to the leaves rustle in the breeze. It is nice and cool in the woods on hot summer days and the colors are breathtaking during the autumn months. Oakland Heights Farm Horseback Riding offers trail rides on any number of trails around their farm just about every day. They have horses and trails for every skill level including children. Located on James Madison Highway (Route 15) just 4 miles north of Gordonsville, Virginia.
Telephone: (540) 832-3350



Shenandoah National Park

(45 Minutes from Chestnut Hill)

Shenandoah, a wilderness oasis in the busy east . . . Gazing across the horizon from the peaks of Shenandoah National Park it's hard to believe you are just 75 miles from the bustle of our nation's capital. The park offers numerous trails for hiking. Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. http://www.nps.gov/appa/ Many trails are accessed from Skyline Drive. Some short trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; longer and more difficult trails penetrate deep into the forest and bicycling is permitted along Skyline Drive and on paved areas in the park. Bicycling (road and mountain bikes) is not permitted on trails, unpaved roads or in grassy areas. Because Skyline Drive is a two-lane road with steep hills and numerous blind curves, bicyclers are urged to use extreme caution.

Old Rag Mountain

(30 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Old Rag Mountain (3291ft) is the most spectacular mountain in the northern Virginia Blue Ridge. Unlike most of the mountains in the Blue Ridge, it stands alone as an outlying mountain rather than as part of a continuous chain. Old Rag is a popular hike in all seasons; on weekends it can be crowded. Old Rag's attractions include a rugged scramble over and through boulders on the Ridge Trail and spectacular views in all direction. This circuit includes two shelters with fireplaces that can be used for cooking. Camping is not permitted above 2500 ft.




Spring Creek Golf Club
(21 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

The award-winning club everyone's been talking about. Nestled in the rolling lush landscape located in Gordonsville, Virginia. Golf Digest rated them # 1 in America in the "Best New Affordable Public Course" category for 2007. Can those rave reviews be for real? They invite you to play a round and find out for yourself. Telephone: (540) 832-0744


Meadows Farm Golf Course
(21 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Meadows Farms Golf Course offers both a unique and challenging golfing experience... at a very reasonable price. Every hole is completely different and includes many exciting features. They have the longest hole in the U.S., a par 6, 841-yard monster, and a waterfall hole, 60 feet wide and 45 feet tall, that you actually drive your cart underneath! Every golfer is treated like a "pro."


Tanyard Golf Course
(22 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

This 18-hole "Tanyard" course at the Tanyard Country Club facility in Louisa, Virginia features 6,502 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 72.0 and it has a slope rating of 123. Telephone: (540) 967-1889

Shenandoah Crossing Golf Course

(17 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

This 18-hole "Shenandoah Crossing" course at the Shenandoah Crossing facility in Gordonsville, Virginia features all the hallmarks of Virginia golf. Designed by Raymond F. Loving, Jr., ASGCA, the Shenandoah Crossing golf course opened in 1991. Michael Thompson manages the course as the Golf Professional. Telephone: (540) 832-9543


Meadow Creek Golf Course
(30 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

This 18-hole "Meadow Creek" course at the Meadowcreek Golf Course facility in Charlottesville, Virginia features 6,030 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 68.5 and it has a slope rating of 118. Designed by Raymond F. Loving, Jr., ASGCA, the Meadow Creek golf course opened in 1974. Rion Summers manages the course as the Golf Professional.
Telephone: (434) 977-0615


Lake of the Woods Golf Course
(24 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Lake of the Woods Golf Course offers a picturesque 18-hole PGA course that was carved into the woods of oaks and pines, and no two fairways adjoin. The par 71 course, with four sets of tees for each hole, is designed with a variety of slopes, sand, water, and can accommodate all levels of play. Men, women, and children alike enjoy testing their skills on the fairways and greens. Golf course maintenance is comprehensive and performed year-round to keep the course in top playing condition.
Telephone: (540) 972-2230


Birdwood Golf Course
(38 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Set on 500 acres, Birdwood is a golf course rich in history. Spectacular Blue Ridge views, invigorating vistas, and 18 holes of challenging golf... It is easy to see why Birdwood Golf Course at The Boar's Head is a highly acclaimed course, with recent accolades including the prestigious 4 ½-star ranking among the "Best Places to Play" in the 2008/09 edition of Golf Digest.
Telephone: (434) 293-4653



Massanutten Ski Resort

(47 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Today, Massanutten is one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier snow resorts with over 2 million skiers and snowboarders having experienced the joy of sliding on our snow. No longer just a "ski" area, Massanutten welcomes snowboarding and snow tubing. Massanutten in the winter means days spent on a 1,100-foot vertical drop with great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ski down the 3,300- foot Diamond Jim or the 4,100-foot Para-dice. The terrain park is for riders, skiboarders, and twin tip skiers. At night, all of the slopes are lit.
Telephone: (540) 289-9441




Summerleas Farm Hunting Preserve
(30 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Hunters enjoy sporty game hunts on a historical pre-Civil War Virginia farm. Located in the beautiful Piedmont area of Central Virginia. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rolling topography are breathtaking while hunting the fields at Summerleas. Located at: 19446 Summerleas Drive, Rapidan, Virginia. Telephone: (540) 672-0222



Lagniappe Farm Alpacas

We are a relatively new Alpaca farm located in picturesque Somerset, Virginia (Orange County) with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 2 miles from Montpelier, James Madison's historic home. Telephone: (540) 661-3537

Bull Riding Rodeo Events

(7 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Come experience the thrill and excitement of a professional bull riding rodeo and see why bull riding is one of America's fastest growing spectator sports.

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