When booking a place to stay, it can be hard to narrow down your options. Insert the Indigo House’s 19 staff picks for things to do on the Nelson 151. We’ve tried and tested all the local spots so you can enjoy all the can’t-miss, one-of-a-kind things. Added bonus: most of these are pet-friendly.

With an interior design inspired by nature, relaxing hang-out spaces, and convenient access to Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and the area’s best vineyards and breweries, the Indigo House is a fun and fresh take on the traditional bed and breakfast. Our cozy rooms off Route 151 in Nelson County, Virginia, come stocked with all the essentials you need for a stress-free stay – as well as all the picturesque rural beauty we could find. To make it easy for you to get out and explore the Nelson 151, we’re sharing 19 staff picks by the Nelson 151 (and beyond). 

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Nelson 151: Things to see and do (but drink mostly)

Nelson 151 is the home of award-winning Virginia craft beverages and amazing natural beauty. Located in Virginia, Route 151 is a scenic byway on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge, home to many of the Nelson 151 small businesses (like the Indigo House).

With seven wineries (Afton Mountain Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery, Flying Fox Vineyard and Winery, Hazy Mountain, Hill Top Berry Meadery & Winery, Valley Road Vineyards, and Veritas Vineyard), six breweries (Blue Mountain Brewery, Bryant’s Brewing, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Hazy Mountain, Three Notch’d, and Wild Man Dan), three cideries (Blue Toad Hard Cider, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Bryant’s Dry Ciders), and two distilleries (Silverback Distillery and Devils Backbone Distilling Co.), there’s plenty to drink up.

Just minutes from the Indigo House, you can enjoy the fruits of the valley, like (quite literally) apple, peach, or berry picking. Pop over to the antique and consignment shops, wander the farmers’ market, or spend the day at the four-season Wintergreen Resort. Enjoy the outdoors from the Blue Ridge Tunnel, hiking or biking trails, or the Stoney Creek golf course.

 

19 Staff Picks by the Nelson 151

These are by no means in any type of order. In our explorations, we’ve found each business has something unique to offer and we want to share those special somethings with you. Exploring is really about trying new things. Sometimes you like it, sometimes you don’t, and that’s ok! We hope this list helps you try something new and return for a favorite.

 

  1. Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery – Try a sample of the hoppy chardonnay. Also, super pet-friendly since they allow dogs inside (but also have generous outdoor seating) and even stock doggy snacks and treats so your pup can have a little “tasting” while you’re there too.
  2. Basic Necessities – Near and dear to our hearts. Owned and operated by the kindest women! Go to happy hour on Friday nights or sign up for their weekly email to see what they’re cooking up during your next stay. 
  3. Black Bear Creamery – Open when the flags are flying! They have a great selection of basic flavors and yummy creations. Stephanie loves to combine flavors like salted caramel and coffee. Kyle likes the dairy-free sorbets.
  4. Nelson County Farmer’s Market – Stephanie’s favorite Saturday morning activity from May to October. Well stocked for a rural farmer’s market. We love sampling unique, seasonal items (like ground cherries, Chinese mulberries, and pawpaws). Stop by Little Hat Creek for fun baked goods like gluten-free cover crop bread and savory pastries. Snag some extra bread to take home and freeze!
  5. Flying Fox Vineyard and Winery – Don’t sleep on their generous flight pours and make sure you sample the vermouth
  6. Hazy Mountain – Go for the views, try the dry riesling, and definitely order the pretzel (with cheese sauce AND mustard). 
  7. Hill Top Berry Meadery & Winery – The heartbeat of the community. Family-owned and operated, they have a little something for everybody, including an extensive snack selection and Scottish Highland Cattle.
  8. Veritas Vineyard – Home of “one of the best turkey sandwiches I’ve ever had” according to Stephanie’s dad. If you’re a red wine drinker, order the Claret. White wine drinkers- compare each of their chardonnays to see how oak and steel can influence the wine. There’s a lot to love about this winery.
  9. Blue Mountain Brewery – We love the super friendly staff and casual vibes. Nothing hits the spot after a long hike like one of their pizzas and their extensive beer flight.
  10. Lovingston Winery – If you love drinking pinot noir, make your way to Lovingston for their Pinotage. Reportedly, the only 1 acre grown on the East Coast! They also make one of our favorite Cab Francs. Keep an eye out for their events, like the tea parties and corgi races.
  11. The Brewing Tree – Where we keep “office hours” in the summer, which is the perfect backdrop for the peach beer or a half seltzer/half lemonade. If you want to really love your life, split the BBQ nachos from the Scratch Kitchen food truck too.
  12. WildManDan – Owned by the most supportive and energizing couple, their grilled cheese and beer pairing is also so fun!
  13. Caihailian Vineyard – Open for tours from the owner when the flags are flying. It’s a really great experience!
  14. Bold Rock Hard Cider – You really can’t go wrong here. Stephanie loves the dry Vintage and Premium ciders but the events are always fun. Escape the crowds by sitting near the water with your pup.  
  15. Critzer Family Farm – When you’re tired of drinking, pop over to Critzer for u-pick seasonal favorites and fruity ice cream. 
  16. Paulie’s Pig Out – Our favorite BBQ. Order the ribs, even if you don’t like ribs. 
  17. Edible Landscaping – A must-stop for any home gardener. The staff are so knowledgeable and you can sample unusual and familiar fruit from the trees or plants. 
  18. Rockfish Valley Community Center – Wander through the art, thrift, and rock stores. It’s such a sweet community center- like a better version of the one in Schitt’s Creek because it also serves coffee. 
  19. Indian Oven – Don’t let its location scare you off. Order with wild abandon and enjoy everything. The unspoken superstar was definitely the fresh lime water.