Farm Life Reverie
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Farm Life Reverie

Outdoor Adventure in Charlotte County

Ever wonder what it’s really like to live in an episode of Lassie? To wake up with sun streaming in, birds chirping outside, breakfast waiting and the easy grace of farm life welcoming you to another day? You just may find that feeling in Charlotte County, where back roads carry you to a time when simple pleasures are more than enough to spark your sense of adventure – and have you seeing wonder all around you.

Old MacDonald never had it this easy.

Arrive on your first day at the CornerStone Farm Bed & Breakfast, located on a ninety-two acre working farm, ready to relax and unwind.  Three meals are available daily so you don’t even have to get back in the car until it’s time to say good-bye!  Whether you choose to help with farm chores, go fishing, hike the trails, learn a farm craft, go horseback riding, find a comfortable spot outdoors to enjoy a good book, or just sit on the front porch and watch the world around you, there is plenty of adventure to be found right outside your back door.

Birds of a feather hike together.

On day two, after breakfast and a quick birding lesson from one of your hosts, put on some comfortable walking shoes and head out on the Staunton River Loop of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail which passes through the property.  Make sure you have your camera ready!  With a pond, creeks, bogs, an active beaver dam and an abundance of open land, the farm offers a diverse range of habitat and plenty of opportunity to take beautiful photographs and create lasting memories.

Take a closer look at the surrounding community as you spend the afternoon driving cross-county along the Loop Trail.  There are plenty of interesting stops along the way.  Visit Staunton River Battlefield State Park to learn some local history; walk across Clarkton Bridge, a 1902 camelback bridge that was has been converted to pedestrian use; or tour the beautiful home and grounds at Patrick Henry’s last home, Red Hill.  If getting back in the car doesn’t appeal to you, bicycles are available as well, so hop on and hit the back roads.  Just make sure you’re home in time for supper!

To wrap up the perfect day, spend the evening stargazing on the farm or head over to the Keysville Drive-In movie theater, which first opened in 1952.  Movies are usually current releases and the drive-in offers double and triple features throughout the season (March through November.)

Vintage farewell.

On day three, after breakfast, take a final tour of the farm and say good-bye to your newfound friends. Before leaving the area don’t miss the opportunity to stop by the local vineyard, Annefield Plantation, or visit one of the small towns to sample local fare. If you’re up for some antiquing, Keysville and Charlotte Court House both have shops full of old treasures. If crafts are your thing, don’t miss the co-op in Charlotte Court House featuring a variety of handmade items by local crafters.  As you head home, relaxed and refreshed, begin planning your next adventure in Charlotte County!

view from the CornerStone Farm B&BCornerStone Farm Bed & Breakfast

Nestled in the rolling hills of Red Oak, Va, this farm-stay B&B offers a peaceful country encounter and friendly hospitality. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, hiking, visiting with farm animals and porch-sitting.

Staunton River Battlefield State ParkStaunton River Battlefield State Park

Relive the Civil War Battle of the Old Men and Young Boys at this Civil War historic site. The park offers bicycle, nature and self-guided historical trails.

aerial view of Patrick Henry's home at Red HillPatrick Henry’s Red Hill

Henry’s last home is this Staunton River plantation. The reconstructed house and dependent buildings are surrounded by lush green lawn and gardens – you’ll see why Henry called this “one of the garden spots of the world.”

Suggested Itinerary

Day One:

P.M. Arrive at the CornerStone Farm Bed & Breakfast and visit with the animals before dinner. Enjoy a good night’s sleep in your cozy room.

Day Two:

A.M. Breakfast at the CornerStone, then it’s off to Staunton River Loop of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

P.M. Lunch back at the CornerStone then drive to Staunton River Battlefield State Park or Patrick Henry’s Red Hill for outdoor time in a historic setting. End the evening at the CornerStone or take in a movie under the stars at the Keysville Drive-In.

Day Three:

A.M. Enjoy another delicious CornerStone breakfast and a final tour of the farm before heading off to the local vineyard, Annefield Plantation followed by antiquing in Keysville or Charlotte Court House.