In the book-lined study at Montpelier, President James Madison spent late nights reading up on ancient democracies, piecing together the principles that would shape the US constitution. The study—preserved to 19th-century splendor after a $25 million renovation—is one of many places at James Madison's Montpelier steeped in historical significance.
Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by nearly 3,000 acres of manicured gardens, James Madison's Montpelier sets an idyllic backdrop for peering into the past. Museum educators lead tours of the mansion and shed light on the community. Visitors can also take part in 19th-century cooking and craftsmanship demonstrations.
The museum’s preservation efforts extend beyond the mansion. The estate features an active archaeological dig and hands-on lab, and visitors can stroll through a rare hardwood old-growth forest consisting of towering poplars, oaks, sprawling beeches, and eagles in powdered wigs.
Unabashedly muddy, panting, and smiling, Rogue Runner's athletes cross the finish line with the satisfaction that they have been pushed to their limits. A member of the US national rowing team, college athletes, and Hollywood set designers came together to develop a 10K race packed with thrilling obstacles. Though locations vary, each course houses more than 20 obstacles such as mud slides, pipe crawls, and wall climbs. All of them require teamwork, balancing competition with cooperation. Upon completion, winners receive a lifetime supply of bragging rights as well as individual and team prizes.
Skydive Orange's first plane-to-sky plunge happened in 1977, and the business has been safely guiding students through the skies ever since. The coaches and instructors here are all USPA-rated, and offer tandem skydiving for beginners as well as Accelerated Freefall programs for advanced skydivers. Whatever their level of experience, students learn the fundamentals inside of air conditioned classrooms before boarding the plane, and leaping from heights up to 2.5 miles. Once the parachute deploys, divers gracefully coast to a designated zone to the sound of applause from watching family members and the boos of jealous penguins situated on nearby bleachers. Jumps are commemorated with a certificate and logbook, and Skydive Orange also has a videographer on staff who can film the experience for skydivers who want video documentation of their leap.
Home of The Longest Golf Hole in The USA (841 yard, par 6). 27 holes with very unique design features. Island Greens, Bounce Bunkers, Baseball Hole, Waterfall Hole and much more. Reasonable rates and friendly staff. Restaurant, Grass Driving Range, Putting Green all available.
Recently opened in 2009, the tasting and hospitality center at Sweely Estate Winery boasts scenic vineyard views from the attached open-air terrace. As guests take in the sights of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, Sweely’s winesperts pour a medley of fine French-style wines, including reds aged in French oak barrels and whites enhanced by premium grapes in gravity flow. Compare and contrast the fermented flavors with the accompanying cheeses, then apply the included $10 credit toward a bottle of memories such as the refreshing Sweely Estate pinot gris ($16), graced with palate-tickling notes of green apple and citrus, or the Sweely Estate merlot ($20.95), swirled with mixed berry and minty overtones.