Fall is here and that brings with it a lot of fun activities in Virginia. It’s time for pumpkin harvesting, apple picking and many other activities that make Virginia so special. However, the outstanding circumstances caused by Covid-19 pose challenges to families looking to have a good time together.
One local farm has issued its safety guidelines to ensure that the visiting families can have fun without worrying too much about the virus. Lynn Hess, the owner of Back Home on the Farm, is committed to providing families a safe and secure environment.
“They’re wanting to come out here to the farm to enjoy the fresh air and the farm and to be safe, so we are asking that they wear masks when they cannot socially distance,” he said.
The measures include giving families the option of self-guided tours, socially distant rides to pumpkin patches and extended farm hours. These will allow families to avoid busy hours and enjoy over 30 attractions on the farm.
The fans of pumpkin harvest can also enjoy a farm festival on Silkland Farms. The six week Silkland festival is scheduled from September 26th to November 1st and is currently underway. The Farm has issued Covid-19 restrictions and will be open every Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 8pm. Tickets are priced $7 per person, $5 seniors, military & first responders, free for children 2 and under. Tickets for the festival can be prepaid to avoid standing in lines.
Fall Festival and Country Store at Jeter Farm can also be a great way to spend the fall. Another six week festival from September 26 to November 1 offers a lot in $10 per admission. The farm will be open Saturdays 9am to 6pm and Sundays 12pm to 6pm. A field trip reservation can also be availed on weekdays from 9am to 1pm.
There aren’t too many restrictions on picking apples either. You can visit Johnson’s Orchards in the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains. Johnson’s Orchards is offering a range of activities and is open from 10 to 5. If you are picky about picking apples, this is the place for you.
If you are not in the mood for farm festivals, maybe a beautiful drive through a natural landscape can help. The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the Park on a clear day. With a speed limit of 35 mph gives visitors ample time to roll down the windows, to enjoy the breeze and the scenic drive. While the Park is going through phased reopening, most amenities are open.
Visit the Blue Ridge Music centre and treat yourself to mountain music everyday from noon-4pm till 1st of November.
Even during the pandemic, there’s no dearth of fun activities to be a part of in Virginia. Just make sure you stick to social distancing restrictions and enjoy fall.
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