As some of y’all know, back in February I headed to the mountains for a cabin getaway with a few girlfriends for a bachelorette weekend! It was just what the doctor ordered for this working mom of two so you could imagine my utter disbelief when we arrived at our destination. With the kids, getting situated at the new job, the blog and all of my other duties, I’d completely forgotten to check out the link that was shared with the group for where we were going to stay for the long weekend. When we pulled up to the compound’s private gate, I knew I was in for a hell of a surprise.
If the private gate isn’t already giving too much away Crimora Mine Retreat was probably one of the most scenic places I’d ever seen in real like. Situated on 150 acres of woodland in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Crimora had the most amazing panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley. From the massive wrap around balcony, the outdoor fire pit, the three fireplaces and the lakeside pavilion just a few feet away from the compound I thought I had stepped onto the set of Cribs!?
My favorite part might have to be how spacious the cabin was, easily fitting all seven of us girl and according to the owners accommodates 12 easily. The full basement housed game room with a pool table, bar, wood fireplace and plenty of seating. Right off of the stairs was a room with one double bed and two twins, and a full bathroom. On the main level you had your gourmet kitchen, complete with a Wolf oven, dining area that seats 13, another beautiful fireplace, double doors leading out to the balcony with the most amazing views, two bedrooms with queen size beds and second full bathroom. The top level of the cabin lodged the master bedroom with a king size bed, a gas fireplace, a massive private bathroom with a hot tub, and another balcony. It also had an open loft right off the stairs that stored a sleeper sofa to sleep more people. The place was insane!
Something to note, a car is necessary. Crimora Mine Retreat is roughly a 30-minute drive into civilization so if you’re looking to leave the compound for a bit you can head into town and partake in some of the local activities. But if you’re looking to stay within the gates you can do a lot on the seven acre lake like fishing, canoeing, and kayaking or go hiking on the many trails on the grounds. Here are just a few additional recommendations of places to visit and things to do when in the area!
WHERE TO EAT & WHAT TO DO –
- Zynoda: If you’re into the farm-to-table dining movement you’ll want to hit up Zynoda! This is a great place for a romantic dinner with your boo or HH with the ladies at the bar – the upscale restaurant has such a great vibe. Offering Southern cousin sourced from the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions, the food is to die for! I highly suggest starting off with the pork belly and Brussel spout plates. For the main course? Hit that Southern note hard with a bowl of their shrimp and grits. You’ll think me later!
- Monticello Wine Trail: Winery-hopping, it’s a thing and the Monticello Wine Trail offers a historical way to try some of the best in the region! With lush vineyard views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the trail educates winos on Virginia’s winemaking heritage and consists of 33 wineries within easy access of Charlottesville, VA, i.e. the Wine Country of the East.
- Frontier Culture Museum: Telling the story of the first immigrants that came to America, the Frontier Culture Museum houses exhibits and living history demos of what the traditional rural buildings of those initial pioneers looked like. This would be great for kids or for those that enjoy educational vacations!