Five Peaks at Wintergreen

News & Views From Five Peaks

180 Five Star Reviews!

Five Peaks logoThe reviews keep coming in from our guests.  We have achieved 119 reviews on airBNB, and all of them are FIVE STAR!  We also welcome guests who choose to book through Homeaway (as of summer 2015) and nearly 61 guests have posted stellar reviews (also FIVE STAR!) on our Homeaway listing.  We are so grateful to all our guests, and especially happy that they’ve shared their experience by posting a review of their stay at Five Peaks.  We work hard to make each guest’s visit a special experience.  Every night, We go to bed with a warm and satisfied glow, knowing that honeymooners, anniversary-celebraters, birthday-partiers, or just short term escapees from their busy lives, arrive at Five Peaks to find the arrangements ideally personalized to enhance their stay, and often find unique special treats chosen just for them.  But having those same guests acknowledge our efforts with a lovely review?  Well folks, that is definitely icing on the cake.

It’s been three years since we decided to share Five Peaks with guests from around the world, and we could not be happier with the response!  So thank you guests.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for choosing Five Peaks as your vacation destination!  And thank you for sharing your experience, to help future guests decide to include the Five Peaks experience in their vacation memories.

 

 

Welcome to 2017!

Relaxing by the Fire on a cool evening. Guest Richard S (December 2016) shared this photo.

We decided to share Five Peaks beginning in early December of 2013.  We had a very simple goal; to provide an exceptional guest experience.  In the three years since, over 220 groups have experienced the luxury, peace, and tranquility that defines Five Peaks.  That’s approaching 1,000 guests.  One.  Thousand. Guests!  And 100 or more happy doggies!  We are simply overwhelmed by the response, and incredibly grateful to our guests.   While there have been some challenges, the experience for us has been overwhelmingly positive.  And feedback from our guests has been uniformly positive, with most thanking us for making their stay at Five Peaks possible.

We’ve had a number of repeat guests as well.  Quoting from a review from a four-time guest,

The six of us started and ended 2016 in this house. … There may be plenty of reasons to look back at 2016 with a critical eye, but as we sit here watching the sunrise and thinking back on the memories we’ve shared in this house, I think we’d have to admit, it wasn’t all bad.

Thanks for that!

So as we begin our fourth year as your hosts of Five Peaks, we say thank you!  We will continue to do our best to provide a memorable experience for our guests.  We wish all of you a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Debra & Michael

Fruit Pickin’ – Fall Update

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Nelson County was kind enough to share this information about local orchards, farmstands, and fruit picking opportunities.  So get out there and get some fresh, local fruit! [Nelson County updated this information as of September 13, 2016 – the latest info is given below]

Orchard Update 9/13/2016

Critzer Family Farm

Open Monday – Sat. 8AM – 6PM.  Closed on Sunday. Pick-your-own Blackberries & Raspberries, apples, pumpkins, winter squash, fall decorations, & summer produce including tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, corn, cantaloupe, watermelon and cucumbers. 9388 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton, VA 22920.   www.critzerfamilyfarm.com  540-456-4772.

Blue Ridge Fruit Company

Weekend fruit stand open in Afton, on Route 151. Open on Saturday afternoons 12Noon to 4PM beginning September 24th with Gala and Golden Delicious apples for sale.  8063 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920. 540-456-6778 www.blueridgefruitco.com/

Dickie Brothers Orchards

Open 7 Days a week Mon-Sat. 10AM to 5PM. and Sun. 12Noon to 4PM. Pick Your Own Empire & Golden Delicious apples.  Pre-Picked: Golden Delicious, Gala, Jonagold and McIntosh. Come join the fun with “Pick-Your-Own Apples”… the weather is perfect and the apples are ripe, juicy and of course, delicious! Must arrive one hour before closing to pick-your-own apples. We are sold out of HoneyCrisp apples.  2685 Dickie Rd., Roseland, VA, 22967. Off Route 56 West (2 miles west of Rt. 151) Turn Left on Dickie Rd. (just before Massies Mill) and follow signs to the Orchard.  434-277-5516. www.dickiebrothers.com

Drumheller’s Orchard

Gala, Golden Delicious, Early Fuji, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious apples currently available. Additional varieties coming soon! Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9PM to 5PM. Sunday 12PM to 5PM.  1130 Drumheller Orchard Ln., Lovingston, VA, 22949.   434-263-5036 www.drumhellersorchard.com

Fitzgerald’s Orchard

Gala and Golden Delicious apples currently available. Bushel sales only. Open Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Closed for lunch 12Noon to 1PM. 728 Harper’s Creek Lane, Tyro, VA, 22976.  Route 682, off Route 56.   434-277-8248.

Fitzgerald Farms 

Summer sweet corn and sunflowers. Stand open on as available basis.  (Pumpkins coming this fall). 4850 Tye Brook Highway (Rt. 29 & Rt. 56) Arrington, VA 22922

434-277-8047 www.fitzgeraldfarms.com

Saunders Brothers Farm Market 

Victoria yellow peaches, September Snow white peaches, Gala, HoneyCrisp, Empire & Jonagold Apples and Shinko Asian Pears.  We also have: cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini. And farm-raised beef and pork, and home-baked goods. We also have a nice selection of plants to choose from!  Open Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5PM.  Closed on Sundays. 2717 Tye Brook Hwy, Piney River, Route 56 (off Highway 29) 22964.   434-277-5455. http://www.saundersbrothersfarmmarket.com/

Silver Creek and Seamans’ Orchards, Inc.  Pick-Your-Own Apples Sept. 17 9AM – 4PM and Sept. 18th 11AM – 4PM.  (Empire, Jonathan, Red & Golden Delicious) Pre-picked varieties: Gala, Honey Crisp, Early Fuji, Golden Delicious and Jonagold apples currently available.  Hours: Monday through Saturday 10AM to 4:30PM  and Sunday 1PM – 5PM.  5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro,VA, 22976. 434-277-5824   www.silvercreekseamansorchards.com

The Apple Shed– Open Daily 9AM-5PM. Local Gala Apples & Yellow Peaches, tomatoes and summer vegetables, plus apple butter, grass-fed beef (including Irish Dexter) and more.  14815 Thomas Nelson Hwy., Lovingston, VA, 22949 on Hwy 29, one mile south of Route 6 West  434-263-8843.

Carter’s Fruit Stand 

On Rt. 250 in Afton, VA ¼ mile east of the Blue Ridge Pkwy entrance. All local grown items: Apples, summer squash, green beans, red and green tomatoes, honey, jams, country ham and apple cider. Open weekends including Monday from 9AM until 6PM.

Things to Do in September – an Update from Nelson County

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Nelson County Economic Development and Tourism sent us this schedule of events, so we thought we’d pass it along. [edit – we’ll delete the older schedule and add the new information when the county sends us the updated schedules]

 

 

Events in Nelson County September 16 through September 22

September 16

Full Nelson Friday Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery. 6PM to 8PM every Friday at the Afton Brewpub! September 16 The JOB.  540-456-8020. www.bluemountainbrewery.com   9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920.

September 16

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House. Live music outside every Friday 6PM to 8PM. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy panoramic mountain views. Food truck open 5PM to 9PM.  , September 16 Tara Mills. Open 7 days a week 11AM for tastings, tours, pints and beer to go. www.bluemountainbarrel.com 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA, 22922. 434-263-4002.

September 16

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 10PM. September 16 The Blenders. 434-361-0088. www.wildwolfbeer.com 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA, 22958.

September 16

Moonbeams Square Dance Sponsored by the Grand Squares of Nelson at Rockfish River Elementary School 7:30PM to 10PM. Donation. Live square dance caller and refreshments. Alternating Plus and Mainstream with Lines during breaks. 434-361-2470. https://sites.google.com/site/grandsqsofnelson/ grandsqauresofnelson@gmail.com  200 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton, VA, 22920.

 September 17

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 7PM to 10PM. September 17 Rattlebag. 434-361-0088. www.wildwolfbeer.com 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA, 22958.

September 17

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative 8AM to 12PM. Under the big white tent, a producer-only market featuring fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, local honey, jams, fine crafts, plants, cut flowers and more.  Live music September 17 The Accidentals. Open every Saturday April 9, 2016 through October 29, 2016. 434-760-6655. www.nelsonfarmersmarket.com  contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com  3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, 22958.

September 17

Nelson’s Craft Adventure Tour. 10AM to 5PM. Each Saturday, May 21st through October 29th. Hop on board the bus for an all-inclusive public tour and tasting of the best beverages crafted in Nelson County. Guided by an expert local, you’ll be introduced to other craft beverage enthusiasts as we visit a distillery, winery, brewery and cidery. Fee. Must be 21 years of age. Up to 14 riders per tour.  No minimum amount of participants per group. Tour details and booking: https://fareharbor.com/cvillehopontours/items/14857/  434-218-3565. Jon@CvilleTours.com

September 17

We Have it All! Make Your Dinner Here at Saunders Brothers Farm Market. Open 9AM to 5PM. For that matter make all your meals here.  Sausage and eggs, hamburgers and fresh cut veggies for lunch, pot roast with carrots and green beans for dinner.

Live music. 434-277-5455.   2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, VA, 22964. http://www.saundersbrothersfarmmarket.com/

September 17

Motorcycle Poker Run and Fundraiser for West Virginia Flood Victims at Blue Toad Hard Cider at High View Farm. 12PM to 8PM. Riders register at Ski Barn (45 Beech Grove Road, Roseland,VA, 22967) 8AM to 11AM. First rider out 9AM. Last rider out 11AM. All bikes welcome! 1st, 2nd, 3rd best hand and worst hand prizes! 50/50 raffle! Rider only prize drawings 12PM to 4PM at party! Not riding, no problem! Bring donation for West Virginia flood victims! Silent Auction with items donated by local supportive businesses ending at 7:30PM. Cornhole! Live music! Food provided by Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. Email: nucuwvflood@gmail.com

Blue Toad Hard Cider at High View Farm. 462 Winery Lane, Roseland, VA 22967. 434-760-9200. www.bluetoadhardcider.com

September 17

Tins for Tunes Concert Series and Food Drive at Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery with live music by Chicken Head Blues Band. 5PM to 9PM. Live music event to collect non-perishable items for our local food pantry. Fee. Admission fee discounted if you bring a non-perishable donation for the food pantry. Food truck: Delicias Marina. In case of inclement weather, please call the winery. 540-456-8400. 9423 Batesville Road, Afton, VA, 22920.

http://www.cardinalpointwinery.com/events.php

www.cardinalpointwinery.com

September 17

Edible Landscaping’s Fall Fruit Festival 9AM to 5PM. Join us for orchard tours, lectures and tastings of ripe fruits. We can answer your questions about your edible landscape. Door prizes and discounts on plants. 361 Spirit Ridge Lane, Afton, VA 22920 www.ediblelandscaping.com 434-361-9134 info@edibleLandscaping.com

September 17

Annual Jazz and Blues Fest at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. 5PM to 9PM. Join us for a celebration of Jazz and Blues music as we raise funds for the next phase of the Blue Mountain Pavilion Project!  Live music featuring Jon Spear Band, Randy Johnston, The Carol McAvoy Project, and Willie DE. Food and brews by Blue Mountain Brewery. 434-361-0100. rockfishcc@gmail.com www.rockfishcc.org  190 Rockfish Lane, Afton, VA, 22920.

September 17 and 18

Swannanoa Palace Open House 11:15AM to 5:30PM. Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate in Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. They used the highest quality materials available. Visitors today can still see the depth of James and Sally May’s relationship in places like the 4,000 piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. The name Swannanoa comes from Mrs. Dooley’s fondness for swans, which she liked because they choose their mates for a lifetime. 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton, VA, 22920. Fee. Cash or check only. No credit cards.  540-942-5201.

September 17 and 18

Pick Your Own Apples at Seaman’s Orchard. Saturday 9AM to 4PM. Sunday 11AM to 4PM. Varieties available are Red Delicious, Gold Delicious, Jonagold and Empire. 434-277-5824. info@scso.co www.seamansorchard.com  415 Dark Hollow Road, Roseland,VA, 22967.

 September 18

Oktoberfest at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 12Noon to 6PM.  Celebrate the release of our O’Fest! Teams of two will compete in fun games like the keg roll, a Bear Pong tournament, and a bratwurst eating competition. Registration includes two DB pint glasses, a key chain, and a sticker. The winning team will receive a DB prize pack! Call 434-361-1001 to sign up. https://devils-backbone-brewing-company.ticketleap.com/ofest/  200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA, 22967. www.dbbrewingcompany.com

 September 18

Dodd Cabin Open. 2PM to 5PM. Stop by to visit the restored cabin located in the Beech Grove Community in Nelson County. The original land grant was issued by King George III to Rachel Morrison in 1772. The land was purchased by John Dodd and the cabin was built circa 1781-1800. William A. Dodd, a civil war veteran lived there from 1840-1931. The cabin was last occupied in 1955 by Emma Dodd. Route 664 just east of the entrance to Wintergreen Resort.  Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA, 22967.

September 18

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery. 2:30PM to 5PM. September 18 Craig Hanson. 540-456-8020. www.bluemountainbrewery.com   9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920.

September 18

Live Music at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. 2PM to 5PM.  September 18 Mike Cvetanovich. 434-361-0088. www.wildwolfbeer.com 2461 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA, 22958

September 18

Acoustic Brunch Sundays at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 11AM to 3PM. Live music by Gary Broyles. Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664.   434-361-1001.   www.dbbrewingcompany.com   200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA, 22967.

September 18

Live Music in the Plaza at Delfosse Vineyards and Winery. 1PM to 4PM. Live music in the plaza from 1PM to 4PM every Sunday through the end of November 2016. September 18 Jimmy O. 434-263-6100.   www.delfossewine.com  500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA, 22938.

September 18

French Crepes at DelFosse Vineyards and Winery. 1PM to 5PM. Select from a menu of five savory and sweet crepes available for purchase. Wine by the glass or bottle available for purchase. Reservations are not required but we would appreciate knowing if you are planning to join us. 434-263-6100.   www.delfossewine.com  500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA, 22938.

September 18

Nelson’s Jazz Rascals live at Bold Rock Cider. 1PM to 4PM. We hope to see you there! 434-361-1030. 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA, 22958. http://www.boldrock.com/

September 18

The Coteries live at Wood Ridge Farm Brewery. 4PM to 6PM. We are a family farm brewery utilizing all local ingredients. Our “from dirt to the glass” motto supports sustainable farming. 434-422-6225. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston, VA, 22949.
https://www.facebook.com/Wood-Ridge-Farm-Brewery-868583166536817/

September 18

Celebrate South Rockfish Valley Historic District and 10th Anniversary of Rockfish Valley Foundation at Three Chimneys. 2PM to 5PM. This is a free community event. Guided house tours, live music and refreshments. info@rockfishvalley.org Three Chimneys is located opposite the Nelson County Farmers Market at 3042 Rockfish

September 21

Live Music at Blue Mountain Brewery. 6PM to 8:30PM. Held in our event hall (the original brewpub space. September 21 The Old-Time Snake Milkers. 540-456-8020. www.bluemountainbrewery.com   9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920.

River Touring on the Rivanna

Debra and I just took a great hike along the Rivanna River in Charlottesville. along the Rivanna Trail and the Old Mill Trail.  On the way back, we stopped by the Rivanna River Company to say hello.  Gabe – one of the owners – is super nice and would love to host you and your group for a casual float down the Rivanna River.  It’s about a 35 or 40 minute drive from Five Peaks to their office and parking spot.  A great way round out a day trip to Charlottesville! You can tube, kayak, canoe, or SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard).  Reservations are recommended.  434-218-2052

Find them at The Rivanna River Company (web http://rivannarivercompany.com/)

Rivanna River Company office. About 40 minutes from Five Peaks.

Rivanna River Company office. About 40 minutes from Five Peaks.

Tubes ready for floating down the river.

Tubes ready for floating down the river.

 

Tour Local Breweries and Wineries – And Let Someone Else Drive!

Winery picWe had a number of requests from guests for recommendations for nearby winery tours.  Several guests have booked tours through “Tours for Tunes” and said they had great time!  It’s best to book in advance, and note that they have a cancellation policy.

[Edit May 2016 – We’ve had a few guests book tours through Virginia Blue Ridge Wine Tours, (434-361-1735).  The reviews were universally excellent, with pick up and drop off at Five Peaks. ]

Swimming Holes!

The Blue Hole – A favorite nearby swimming hole.

It’s summer again at Five Peaks!  Guests have asked us where to find local swimming holes.  We’ve seen local folks cooling off in the Rockfish River (there are a few spots along Route 6 between Route 151 and Route 29) but we would be letting our guest down if we didn’t fill them in on a couple of favorite local spots.  Most notable is the Blue Hole up in Sugar Hollow, west of Charlottesville.  Use this address in your GPS to navigate there [6796 Sugar Hollow Rd, Crozet, VA 22932].  It’s about a 50 minute drive from Five Peaks, then a 1.5 mile hike – but it is definitely worth it if you’re a swimming hole connoisseur.

Check out “Healthy in Cville”‘s post about the Blue Hole here.

You can also check out Snake Hole up in Sugar Hollow.

Paul’s Creek Waterslide is a popular spot, and very close to Five Peaks, less than ten minutes by car.  Just head down the mountain back to Monacan Drive, take a left and follow Monacan Drive to the end, where it meets Rodes Valley Drive.  Take a left on Rodes Valley until you get to Crawfords Climb. Take a left on Crawfords Climb until you reach Pauls Creek on your right – park in the cul-de-sac and hike down to the creek.  It’s a short hike (about 1 mile), but pretty steep, so be prepared.

You can also check out these links for nearby swimming holes:

Virginia.org site

Swimming Holes.org site

And for guests who are looking for a great local hike, Nelson County Parks and Recreation has a great list of local hiking adventures.

It’s Easier Than Ever to Book Five Peaks!

While many wonderful guests have found Five Peaks through airBNB, we’ve also had many requests to allow guests to reserve Five Peaks using the Homeaway or VRBO reservation services.

We listen to our guests!  You can now book Five Peaks using the HomeAway service, or the VRBO service.  We are listing number 3947284 at HomeAway, or number 3947284ha at VRBO.

Our sincere thanks to our guests for letting us know what works for them!

About Those Bugs …

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A Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

A few years back, Debra and Michael rendezvoused with relatives in Florida.  We were swarmed with flying insects  – not biting bugs, but still totally annoying.  Our hosts said ‘Not to worry!  Those are Love Bugs!”.

If Florida can do it, why not Virginia?  From now on, we declare that brown marmorated stink bugs shall be called “Cuddle Bugs” – cuz of the way they love to cuddle up with people!

Cuddle Bugs, accidentally introduced to the U.S. in the mid-1990’s from Asia, really hate the cold winters, and find their way inside the house during the warmer months to overwinter inside.  When the house is cool, you’ll hardly know the bugs are around.  But when the heat is on or the sun warms up the house, these annoying pests get more active.  It’s pretty unnerving to reach for your glass of water, or TV remote, or magazine, or whatever, and find one of these little cuddle bugs sitting there, twitching its annoying little antenna.

We keep the population of cuddle bugs as small as possible at Five Peaks.  The fewer that get in the house, the fewer we and our guests have to deal with throughout the year.  We spray a non-toxic repellant around all the doors and windows to discourage them.  Guests can do their part by keeping the doors closed whenever possible.

Here are a few interesting factoids about these uninvited guests:

  • The stinkbug (aka “cuddle bug”) seems to have hitched a ride to the U.S. in the mid-1990s in a shipment of Asian goods. The earliest sightings occurred in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but in just two decades the hardy pests have spread to at least 41 states.
  • Cuddle Bugs can fly up to 40 miles in a single day.
  • Cuddle Bugs owe their odor to a combination of compounds called trans 2 octenal and trans 2 decenal.  The latter of these compounds is also found in cilantro.  If you scare one or squish one, you will definitely smell what we’re talking about.
  • At Five Peaks, cuddle bugs are most active in March and April, when they’re trying to get outside, and especially active (and bothersome) in late August and September, when they’re trying to get inside to overwinter.
  • The majority of the population of cuddle bugs lives in the tree canopy.  Which is why houses surrounded by trees see so many of these little fellahs.

So, dear guests of Five Peaks, please don’t feel singled out, or think for a minute that your encounter with a cuddle bug or two happened because we don’t love you and work to make your stay absolutely perfect.  Young and old, rich and poor – if your home is in Virginia, and there are trees nearby, cuddle bugs are a reality we are all dealing with for now.