Springtime Splendor: Discovering the Charms of Lexington

As spring unfurls its vibrant colors and gentle breezes across Virginia, there’s no better time to explore the charming town of Lexington and all it has to offer. From historic sites to outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

On the Kendal at Lexington campus, springtime is especially magical. Tucked onto 84 acres, the campus provides the perfect setting for residents and visitors alike to revel in the beauty of the season. Whether it’s enjoying a peaceful afternoon reading under the shade of a blossoming tree in our secret garden or gathering with friends for a leisurely walk around the campus on one of our many trails, there’s no shortage of ways to savor the sights and sounds of spring at Kendal.

As enchanting as springtime is on the Kendal at Lexington campus, the allure of exploring beyond our grounds is equally enticing. Venture into downtown Lexington to browse quaint shops and sample local cuisine or immerse yourself in history. For outdoor enthusiasts, nearby hiking trails in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests offer endless opportunities for adventure amidst breathtaking scenery.

Spring Activities in Lexington

Wine Tasting

Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, Lexington, Virginia, boasts a thriving wine scene with several local wineries. Among these is Rockbridge Vineyard, where visitors can savor award-winning wines against the backdrop of stunning countryside vistas. Another gem is Jump Mountain Vineyard, renowned for its picturesque vineyard setting.

Cycling Adventures

Rent a bike and pedal your way through scenic routes such as the Chessie Nature Trail or the Blue Ridge Parkway, both offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Historic Carriage Tours

Experience the charm of Lexington’s historic district aboard a horse-drawn carriage. These tours offer a unique perspective on Lexington’s rich heritage, with knowledgeable guides regaling passengers with tales of the town’s founding, pivotal moments in its history, and the notable figures who once walked its cobblestone paths. From the iconic landmarks of Washington and Lee University to the historic homes and sites scattered throughout the area, each turn of the carriage unveils another chapter in Lexington’s story.

Caving Expeditions

Embark on a journey through the subterranean marvels of the region with a visit to Natural Bridge Caverns. As you step into the depths of these caverns, guided tours lead you through a mesmerizing labyrinth of limestone formations and expansive underground chambers. Each twist and turn unveils a new spectacle, showcasing the intricate beauty sculpted by nature over thousands of years. These caverns offer more than just a glimpse into Virginia’s geological history; they provide an immersive experience, allowing visitors to witness firsthand the forces that have shaped the landscape.

Art Galleries and Studios

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of artistic expression in downtown Lexington, Virginia, where a vibrant arts scene awaits exploration. Local galleries and studios offer a captivating array of artwork, showcasing everything from traditional paintings to avant-garde sculptures. In the heart of town, Nelson Gallery features one or more local, regional or national artists monthly, while a group of local artists display their works on an ongoing basis. Also, downtown, Cabell Gallery, represents fine art from local and regional contemporary artists, emerging and established. They carry a variety of paintings, all originals, in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel, along with art glass, jewelry, furniture and other art objects.

Civil War History

In Lexington, delving into Civil War history is a journey through time that reveals the deep-rooted heritage of the region. Visitors can immerse themselves in the stories of the past through a variety of Civil War history tours and experiences. The Stonewall Jackson House provides insight into the life of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, offering guided tours of his former residence and personal artifacts. The University Chapel at Washington and Lee University holds a profound historical legacy, its construction initiated in 1867 at the behest of Robert E. Lee, who served as president of what was then known as Washington College from 1865 to 1870. The Chapel served as a hub of activity; Lee himself attended weekday worship services here alongside students, while the lower level accommodated his office, the treasurer’s office, and the library.

Lexington Dining

Dining in Lexington offers a delightful array of culinary experiences. Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Harden’s stands as a cherished family-owned gastropub, renowned for its elevated yet approachable cuisine. Here, patrons can savor a fusion of flavors in dishes crafted with care and creativity. For those seeking a cozy neighborhood spot with a lively atmosphere, Zun Zun beckons with its welcoming vibe and eclectic menu. Whether dining with friends, a date, or solo, guests can indulge in an array of small and medium-sized dishes inspired by diverse culinary traditions, complemented by a selection of whiskey, wine, and craft cocktails. Craving authentic barbecue? Look no further than FootHills Mama’s BBQ, where mouthwatering smoked meats and savory sides take center stage. Meanwhile, The Palms, Niko’s Grill, and Sushi Matsumoto offer their own unique culinary delights, ranging from Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to fresh sushi creations. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, Lexington’s diverse dining scene promises to satisfy every palate with its blend of flavors and hospitality.

Visit Kendal at Lexington

If you’re intrigued by Kendal at Lexington, regardless of the season, we extend a warm invitation for you to come and explore our community. Whether it’s the vibrant colors of fall, the serene beauty of winter, the blossoming of spring, or the warmth of summer, Kendal at Lexington offers something special year-round. We invite you to experience firsthand the exceptional lifestyle and amenities we have to offer. Feel free to reach out to us at 540.463.1910 to schedule a visit and discover why Kendal at Lexington is the perfect place to call home.