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Virginia is for (Nature) Lovers

The tranquil rolling pastures and endless valleys of Virginia serve as the ultimate backdrop for theHandpicked Homes Collection at The Homestead Preserve.

These Southern Living Getaway approved homes are not only gorgeous, they are perfect for a relaxing long weekend away or a family retreat filled with outdoor activities for every age!

As I’ve shared with you all before, Natural Retreats’ destinations center around getting visitors outside (see my post about Tybee Island, GA here), and there are plenty of family-friendly things to do around the Homestead Preserve that I know you’ll love.

With summer approaching, it’s the perfect time to take a guided hike, paddle the river in a kayak, or cast for trout in the river! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent mountain bikes for the day and take an excursion to Douthat State Park, or horseback ride over 200 miles of land against theAllegheny Mountains.

For the avid golfer in your family, Homestead has two incredible courses that have hosted the PGA tour. While dad and grandpa hit the course, mom and the girls can hop over the Warm Springs Dairy Community Center which has a full fitness center, hot tubs, a sauna, and on-site massages by appointment. The large heated indoor pool and fully-equipped game room are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

If you’re bringing little ones with you, there’s no need to worry about packing the high chair and safety gates. The on-site staff will set up everything for you ahead ahead of time, so you can unpack and head outside to enjoy the great outdoors.

After all, who has time to worry about setting up high chairs when there’s over a million acres of National Forests to explore and the nearby Jefferson Pools to see?!

If you have a big family, the River Farm and Overlook Manor are great options as the homes sleep 10-12 people, making it a perfect multi-generational family getaway.

To book your very own Handpicked Home this spring or summer, visit or call 877-670-0604 and one of their Xplore team members will help you plan your trip!

Originally published on 2 Wired 2 Tired on April 8, 2015.