Summer has two more months to go, but this one has been hot and dry. The grass which usually turns brown as it goes dormant during the dog days of August has been brown for the past 30 days. As June came to a close the wind storm knocked out our power for four days as temperatures soared past 100 degrees. The vegetables in the garden keep begging for water and the fish in the pond think they are being poached.
With so much heat and drought we decided it was time to embrace winter. Try to visualize swooshing down the ski slopes (I know the Summer Olympics are in full swing). Feel the cool and refreshing breeze as you pick up speed. OK maybe your imagination can’t take you there but you can still go skiing. No I’m not talking about getting on a plane and heading to South America where it is winter. Just hop in your car and head to Lynchburg where you can enjoy the ONLY year-round skiing in the Western Hemisphere. That’s right; in Lynchburg Virginia you can hit the slopes and ski or go snow boarding or tubing, even during the dog days of summer.
Snow-flex is on the campus of Liberty University and is open to the general public. They offer equipment rentals and lessons or you can bring your own. Tickets are affordable and the views of the city are spectacular. We have had avid skiers stay with us who have hit the slopes and they report the experience is almost like skiing on snow, except you don’t have to dress up like the Michelin Tire Man in layers of clothing to try to stay warm. You will need to wear long pants and long sleeve shirts.
Check out these youtube videos for more information on Snowflex.
Cure the dog days of summer. Come stay with us at our award winning bed and breakfast and check out the skiing in Lynchburg. Bring your camera and you can post your adventures on Youtube.
For more information visit the Snowflex website.
Crabtree Falls is about 1 hour from Lynchburg and is arguably the most beautiful waterfall in Virginia. It is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi and is a must see. The falls were named after William Crabtree who settled in the area in 1777. The hike to the top of the falls will take about 3-4 hours and the return trip down will take about half that time. There is parking at the bottom of the falls for about 20 cars and the last time we hiked it there was a parking fee of $7.00 (take cash or check and a pen to deposit the fee in box and mark which space you are parked in-honor system). There are restrooms at the bottom of the falls. During the hike you will be climbing almost 1400 feet in elevation. Most of the trail is along the falls although there are a number of switch backs. Wear a good pair of hiking boots and socks and take lots of water with you as there are no concessions stands to buy water. Take your camera, the scenery is beautiful! Since we have lived in Lynchburg several people have died when climbing on the rocks in the falls so we advise our guests to stay on the trails. The hike is moderate difficulty. This is a good way to burn lots of calories. According to a calorie calculator you will burn 1500 calories so don’t worry about eating too much at breakfast!
To reach the falls from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast (directions from Mapquest):
- Take the D Street Bridge Go .2 miles
- Turn Left onto Rivermont Ave Go .3 miles
- Turn Left onto 5th Street (changes to VA 163) Go 1.1 miles
- Turn Right onto VA 210 (at light) Go 3.1 miles
- Turn Left onto US-29 (don’t take US 29 business) G0 16.2 miles
- Turn Left onto VA-151 (Patrick Henry Highway) Go 10.6 miles
- Turn Left onto Crabtree Falls Highway (VA-56) Go 14.5 miles
- Follow signs to parking area
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