Sign up for the EAT. DRINK. LOVE. Pass—a mobile passport that connects you with local 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.
EAT in Nelson County
Locally owned eateries offer a range from grab-and-go picnic fare to full-service dining. You’ll also find restaurants at craft-beverage venues and the Wintergreen Resort. There is no place with outdoor dining that doesn’t also have stunning views of the mountains and valleys that surround the county. These hidden gems have often been featured in publications like Southern Living or The Washington Post.
DRINK in the Scenery and Award-Winning Craft Beverages
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 also boast some of the best views in Central Virginia.
LOVE Abounds in Nelson County
Eight LOVEworks dot the county, giving visitors opportunities for a little “Selfie Love” and social media attention.
Autumn LOVEs Nelson County, with spectacular fall foliage from the mountains to the river. From hiking the trails at the Wintergreen Resort, the Blue Ridge Tunnel, or the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail, Nelson County is an outdoor recreation LOVEr’s dream.
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 Farmer’s Market, and farm stands and convenience stores around the county.
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 in between showcase the county’s mountainous terrain that offers vistas of the mountains, along with the deep-green splendor of the George Washington National Forest.