Virginia - Nelson County - Blue Toad food and drinks

The Blue Toad cidery in Nelson County, Virginia, is the perfect place to sample the local food and drink.


Visit Nelson County like a local. Sign up for the EAT. DRINK. LOVE. Pass, a mobile passport that will take you to the local eateries and producers of craft spirits, wine, cider, and beer, as well as the most LOVEd places and spaces in Nelson County. The pass awards prizes for different numbers of check-ins.

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Virginia is for Lovers, and that includes Nelson County. 

Nelson County is a culinary treasure trove for those who love to EAT. From grab-and-go fare at locally owned convenience stores whose fried chicken was mentioned in Southern Living to places with outdoor biergarten seating and indoor and porch dining, there is something for every taste and palate and every special occasion or everyday dining.

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Nelson County is a prime destination for foodies, with an abundance of dining options.


Taste and tour as you DRINK in the scenery and award-winning craft beverages in Nelson County. Home to Virginia’s original beer trail and the iconic Nelson 151 and Nelson 29 craft beverage trails, Nelson County boasts 12 wineries, three distilleries, three cideries, and six breweries. These destination businesses have some of the most stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rivers, and streams.

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Cheers! With 12 wineries, three distilleries, three cideries, and six breweries, there’s plenty to taste in Nelson County.


With eight LOVEworks dotted around the county, the opportunity for a little “Selfie Love” abounds. Nelson County LOVEs events, and every week is packed with music, classes, and things to do for every age and ability level. Whether you’re hiking the Blue Ridge Tunnel or the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail, Nelson County is an outdoor recreation LOVEr’s dream vacation.  

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Adventures abound in Nelson County. The historic Blue Ridge Tunnel offers a unique opportunity for hiking and biking.


One of the most LOVEd places in Nelson County is Wintergreen Resort, an 11,000-acre playground in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is also an important LOVE for the land in Nelson, and the farms and orchards receive a lot of LOVE from locals and visitors from May through December as fresh fruit and produce arrive daily at the farms themselves, the farmers market, and farm stands and convenience stores around the county.

Virginia is for History LOVErs, and Nelson County has its share of historical sites, from Century Farms to the Natural History Center and Oakland Museum, home of the Nelson County Historical Society.

Finally, who doesn’t LOVE a scenic drive? The northern boundary of Nelson County is the first 30 miles of the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway. There are six designated scenic byways that cross the county. All points between showcase the county’s vistas of the mountains, along with the deep green splendor of the George Washington National Forest.

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