botetourt-horses

Calling All Horse Lovers!

Botetourt County Economic Development & the Fields of Gold Farm Trail are joining forces to bring you an adventure filled weekend!

Horseback riding for two – Day 1

Bring your own horse and spend a day or more horseback riding along the Glenwood Horse Trail near Buchanan, VA. Waterfalls, mountainous scenery, wild trout streams and unique sights, are just a few things that you will see on this 65 mile horse trail. Glen Wood Horse Trail intersects with the Blue Ridge Parkway, Spec Mine Trail, Natural Bridge Station and Camp Bethel and is well signed and easy to follow. Difficulty varies throughout the trail ranging from an easy paved section to a difficult single track through steep mountainous terrain. With multiple access points, adventurers can customize their experience. For map of trail – https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7000200

For lunch/dinner, enjoy the atmosphere of the Buchanan Grill, a 50’s-style diner, or other casual dining options in the town of Buchanan such as the Swinging Bridge Café or Brink of the James Bistro.

While in town, walk the only Swinging Bridge that crosses the James River in the town of Buchanan and stop by Town Hall and request a free historic tour of the town. You’ll learn about the impact of the American Civil War and the battle of Hunter’s Raid as well as about the importance of the James River and transportation history of the Kanawha Canal.

Travel only a short distance south of Buchanan on Route 11 to your first Fields of Gold Farm Trail location of the weekend, Fincastle Vineyard and Winery, where you can enjoy fine wine in a relaxing, scenic environment. Be sure to check their event calendar for upcoming events as well. http://www.fincastlewine.com/.  For additional wineries in Botetourt County, visit http://www.botetourtwinetrail.com or for “farm” wineries go to www.fieldsofgold.org, keyword search “Wine” or “Winery”. finvineyard-web

Lodge and board your horse at Shenandoah Gateway Farm Bed and Breakfast, Fields of Gold Farm Trail On-farm Lodging member. Shenandoah Gateway Farm is 57 acres of rolling hills, lush pastures and woods.  The 6 stall barn is available for your horses and they will love the 1 acre pastures to graze and relax. Relax as a couple in the spacious, private apartment.  You will enjoy the comfortable, private rooms and breakfast served at the time and place that is convenient for you.

Day 2 – Continue your ride along the Glenwood Horse Trail.

Enjoy lunch at North Star Restaurant just south of Buchanan on Route 11. Home style cooking makes this popular with the locals.

In the towns of Troutville and Buchanan, you’ll find gift shops, antiques stores and galleries such as the Apple Barn II, Cackleberry Ridge, Southern Past Times, KC Collections, and many more. From primitive décor to locally made products, you’re sure to take home a memorable souvenir from your visit.

Continue south on Route 11 to Valley Road where you’ll find Flying Mouse Brewery, a super fun brewery with delicious beers, also located on the Farm Trail. Enjoy a fresh craft brew in the Mousetrap tasting room. Check out their website for upcoming music and events at https://www.flyingmousebrewery.com.

Enjoy fine farm to table dining just minutes away in Troutville at the Pomegranate Restaurant and Gathering Place, another stop on the Fields of Gold Farm Trail.

Upon your short travel back towards Buchanan and Shenandoah Gateway Farm, take in a movie at the historic Buchanan Theatre. Current movies but with retro prices make this stop a real treat. For a full listing of Botetourt County Fields of Gold Farm Trail members visit: www.fieldsofgold.org.

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