Want a vacation getaway where you fish all day, then return to the warmth of a log cabin? Someone else wants to park his RV in rural surroundings. Yet another person would like to sleep with a view of stars overhead, but feel surrounded by comforts. While it sounds like these people need to head to very different resort destinations, they don’t. All three—and so many others —can find an ideal vacation environment in a back-to-nature paradise on the Virginia Piedmont known as Shenandoah Crossing.
More than 1,000 wooded acres in Louisa County, lands that young Thomas Jefferson once roamed and his father first charted as an explorer and cartographer, provide the setting for an experience historians will find as appealing as outdoors lovers. The sprawling resort grounds include rolling horse pastures with the Blue Ridge Mountains on the horizon; a tranquil lake ideal for canoeing and fishing; a gorgeous mini-golf course, lighted for night play, carved into an only slightly cleared forest. Sure, there’s 21st-century resort amenities, but even then, the swimming pool deck sits between an old-fashioned country store and an old-fashioned smokehouse. Guests can arrange trail rides with the resort’s equestrian center, enjoy horticulture tours and farm-to-table demonstrations, or go on history hikes led by a local expert. Learn about the area’s connection not only with Jefferson but with a Civil War battle fought 4 miles away (and perhaps closer, if musket shells unearthed on resort land are indication).
Get Comfortable in Cabins and Townhomes
Two-bedroom cabins on heavily wooded paved roads create a sense of remoteness but are not lacking for amenities. Exposed-panel wooden interiors enhance the country charm. Striking log exteriors add to the woodsy authenticity. Cabins have one or two baths and a screened porch or open deck. Some have corner fireplaces in the living room. The townhomes, or chalets as some call them, come in one-, two- or three-bedroom varieties. A fireplace and soaring wooden ceiling create a welcoming atmosphere after a day of hiking, trail riding or exploring. The cabins were built from local wood cut at local and nearby sawmills—another example in many of the resort’s self-sustaining nature.
Experience Luxury Yurts and Go Camping in Style
Luxury yurts are an exciting alternative to traditional cabins at this resort. These unique, circular fabric-walled structures house not a single living area expected of a tent but separated rooms appointed with amenities and decorative touches usually associated with upscale cabins or villas. Along with the necessities—a fully equipped kitchen, heat, air conditioning, and private bath, there’s a flat-screen cable TV, a plush, king-size, pillow-top bed, and a fireplace—all under a coned ceiling with a skylight. In addition to the indoor kitchen, each yurt has a private deck with a summer outdoor kitchen. All the indoor comforts notwithstanding, at night the skylight feature a reminder that guests really are sleeping under the stars.
Spend Nights Under the Stars in an RV
Shenandoah Crossing also welcomes travelers who vacation in their own RVs. The resort’s RV neighborhood has a selection of deluxe back-in, Elite pull-through and Presidential RV sites. Each private, landscaped site features a concrete pad with water, sewer, electric and cable hookups, plus a fire ring and patio with grill, picnic table and furnishings. Some have a summer kitchen, and Presidential sites come complete with a wall for privacy and a charming wooden arbor to screen private hot tubs.
Close to historic Richmond and Charlottesville, not to mention Jefferson’s Monticello and James Madison’s Montpelier, Shenandoah Crossing is a vacation resort in a setting unmatched in both place and time. It’s one of those resorts that, no matter long you stay, leaves you wishing you could stay a little longer.