Blogs from Afton, Virginia, United States, North America


North America » United States » Virginia » Afton May 20th 2018

After a day of R &R, David, ( my host in Charlottesville) took me on his route to the bottom of the big climb up to Afton; the spot where the Blue Ridge Parkway begins. We parted as good friends and I sincerely hope we have an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company again. It was just a lovely day! My senses were filled with blue sky highlighted by white puffy clouds, the sound of birds rapturous over the smells and delights of a warm summer day and the lush green countryside passing slowly by. This is what it’s all about! There was more climbing today and the last five miles up to Afton very much reminded me of Mount Palomar. I don’t remember anything on the Pacific Route quite so challenging! Of course one seems ... read more
Colony Motel
Batesville Market
Last stop before the climb to Afton

North America » United States » Virginia » Afton March 16th 2013

Woke up rested on Saturday Morning. Even though it looked like rain and rain was predicted, we chanced it and decided to hike up Humpback Rocks. We sure were happy we did! Definitely a fun and tiring hike (especially because the path was still icy in many spots.) The view from the top was very impressive for a flatlander like myself. Feeling as if we earned it, we went to Paulie’s Pig Out ! The link will give you my full review of the experience(large portions, epic mac & cheese, good ribs). Everything I tried was excellent. Continued up the road to Devil’s Backbone brewery. Ranked above Blue Mountain Brewery, but slightly below Starr Hill Brewery. They had good IPAs, a quality ESB, and a good summertime brew called Garland. We also munched on a giant ... read more
Humpback Rocks

North America » United States » Virginia » Afton March 15th 2013

Trip is based off of this article in Draft Magazine. Drove from Maryland down to the Charlottesville area in VA. Luckily, there was almost no traffic, leaving at around 2pm. First stop: Starr Hill Brewery! They don’t have a restaurant, just a tasting room at the bottling facility. Inexpensive sampler. Of all the Breweries in this area, the most polished and best tasting top to bottom. Picked-up a cool Roostar Beer/Coffee Sampler (Coffee and Beer: The Dynamic Duo!) Checked into the url= Mountain Bed and Breakfast . Everything was great at the Inn. We had substitute innkeepers, but everything was delicious and we rested well the entire weekend. Went to Blue Mountain Brewery for d... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Afton October 13th 2012

A tour of Shenandoah Valley wineries to celebrate Atieno's fortieth birthday. People loaded into the big white van to tour the wineries and toast to 40 years ago when Atieno was born in Pittsburgh. read more
Cross Keys Vineyard
Cross Keys Vineyard
Sugar Maple

North America » United States » Virginia » Afton May 25th 2009

This is just a test to see if those folks who are subscribed will get a email letting them know I have updated my entry. If you do get this please leave a comment on the journal. Mary... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Afton March 24th 2008

Hi friends. I am just testing out the travel blog pages and methods here, since we will be headed out in late May, right after Max graduates from middle school, on the Great American Road Trip. We are lucky in that we have a wonderful family who will house sit and dog sit for us. We hope they will check in here from time to time and tell us how Muffin is doing, and that all of you will use the site to check in on our progress (especially those we'll be visiting), see our photos, hear our stories. We are starting the preparations: checking that camping equipment is in good repair, buying luggage on sale, car-top carrier for the mini-van, Coleman lanterns. I have made one batch of beef jerky (turned out good!) and am ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Afton » Humpback Rocks April 28th 2007

url='/Videos/2998.html' onclick='dialog("/Videos/2998.html?popped=1","tbvideo",600,600);return false;'The deer and me What an adventurous day. The simple plan of the day was to wake up, grab food, go to Humpback Rocks to do some hiking, come back, and enjoy the rest of the day. As you can probably guess, that's not what happened. We did get up, and we did get food. We did, also, make it to Humpback Rocks in Shenandoah National Park; however, before we got there, we got stopped and searched by a National Park Ranger/fake policeman. Rob was speeding, and just before we made it to the parking lot below Humpback Rocks, he saw the flashing lights behind him and had to pull over. I really didn't know that National Park patrolmen had the authority to pull people over and write tickets until now. The ranger came ... read more
The steep hike up to Humpback
First view of the overlook
Valley below

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