Small Town, Big Culture: Lexington

Visit Lexington, where history buffs and foodies live in perfect harmony.

Ever enjoy a freshly baked doughnut while connecting with the legacies of two of Virginia’s (and America’s) most famous generals? Ever sip craft beer and eat local farm-to-table cuisine after spending a day at a stunning natural landmark? We bet you have if you’ve ever visited Lexington.

Home to the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University, as well as the resting places of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, Lexington is indeed historic, but it is also a hub for great food. Get a sugar rush at Pure Eats (we like the maple bacon doughnut), wet your beak with one of Blue Lab Brewing Co.’s craft microbrews on tap and savor seasonal fare at the Red Hen, Lexington’s first farm-to-table restaurant.

After you’ve had your fill, dig into the natural beauty of the surrounding area by visiting Natural Bridge Park to see its famous rock formation and participate in the Monacan Indian Living History Experience.

It’s a lot to cover in one weekend, but it’s worth the effort.

Eat & Drink

Blue Lab Brewing Co., 540-458-0146,

Pure Eats, 540-462-6000,

Rockbridge Vineyard, 540-377-6204,

The Red Hen, 540-464-4401,

See & Do

Lexington Historic Sites Information (Lee Chapel and Museum, reenactments, etc.)


Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel, 800-533-1410,

Stonewall Jackson House, 540-464-7704,

VMI Museum, 540-464-7334,

June 11, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum
July 9, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum
August 13, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum