Taking the lead from Outside Magazine, which named the Snowflex Centre at Liberty University as one of the items that should be on The Ultimate Winter Bucket List, here are more Virginia experiences that should be on your winter bucket list.
- Snowshoe or cross-country ski the Blue Ridge Parkway when the snow comes. The views are unbeatable and with a white winter wonderland below, you’ll want to be sure to snap a selfie.
- Hit the slopes at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. There are 10 trails to choose from with a mix of natural and man-made snow. To warm up, make a beeline for Allegheny Springs, the heated outdoor pool that is fed by the renown healing hot springs of the area. For a historic spin on a heated soak, dip into Jefferson Pools, a hot spring where Thomas Jefferson took the waters in 1818 to alleviate his rheumatism.
- Nevermind an Alaskan cruise, just go to Virginia Beach and hop on a wildlife watching excursion with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. While whale sightings aren’t guaranteed, the odds are pretty good that you will see a fin, humpback, right, or minke whale, along with plenty of playful bottlenose dolphins and harbor seals.
- Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan is an Orvis-endorsed lodge. Head out with a guide to flush out pheasants with your dog and gun or theirs. The season runs from September through April.
- Hike to the 69′ Cascade Falls in Giles County. This time of year, it’s probably frozen and absolutely beautiful.
- Hike. Hike anywhere with a high elevation and be rewarded with breathtaking views. Truly breathtaking. As in, it’s cold up there! Check out this Storify of beautiful winter hikes.
Image courtesy of Snowflex Centre.