Visiting The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

This past weekend Mama and I enjoyed visiting The Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford County, VA.

Visiting Peaks of Otter in Bedford County, VA

Visiting The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

Bedford County is one of the many beautiful counties in Virginia. The Peaks of Otter is a great place to visit in any season.

Peaks of Otter Lodge

When you visit The Peaks of Otter, you can stay at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.

The Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford, VA

The lodge has a wonderful dining room overlooking the lake and serves delicious food.

Dining in the lodge at The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

There is also a cozy bar to enjoy.

Enjoying the bar in the lodge at The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

There is a wonderful walking path around the lake.

The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

This is Sharp Top. Behind the lodge is Flat Top. Both are great places to hike.

Sharp Top at The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

Mama and I just missed seeing a wedding.

Fall wedding at The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

Along the trail is Polly Woods’ ordinary.

Polly Woods Ordinary at The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

There are quite a few hikes to enjoy at The Peaks of Otter. My favorite is hiking Sharp Top.

In the good old days, teachers could do fun things with kids and I once got to go with the 8th-grade boys to hike Sharp Top. It was so much fun and many of the boys had never been there.

This is the start of the trail. For people who can’t hike, there is a bus to ride to get nearly to the top of the mountain.

Sharp Top hiking trail base at The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

In 1943, a WWII B-25 Mitchell bomber crashed on Sharp Top mountain. Five Army airmen were killed in the training mission. There is a side trail to visit the site off of the main trail.

Don’t miss touring the visitor’s center at the base of Sharp Top. It is full of wildlife and is very interesting.

Visitor's Center at the base of Sharp Top at The Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA

Gross’ Orchard

After we visited The Peaks of Otter, we visited Gross’ Orchard.

Gross' Orchard in Bedford County, VA

We had so much fun looking at everything for sale.

Apples for sale at Gross' Orchard in Bedford County, VA

I bought Fuji apples that we will eat and I’ll bake apple bread and Red Hots baked apples. Recipe for the Red Hots baked apples coming soon!

I also will either make either Caramel Apple Pound Cake or Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Caramel Topping.

Shopping for apples and more at Gross' Orchard in Bedford County, VA

There are so many good things for sale including locally made apple butter, jams, jellies, pickles, and more.

Jam, jelly and honey for sale at Gross' Orchard in Bedford County, VA

This is a great place to put together a gift basket.

Jam, jelly, candy, and honey for sale at Gross' Orchard in Bedford County, VA

Peaks of Otter Winery

Our last stop was a visit to the Peaks of Otter Winery.

Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, VA

Here you can pick your own apples and taste delicious wine.

Peaks of Otter Winery apple trees and mountain views

There is a picnic pavilion to enjoy drinking wine with a picnic in warm weather.

Johnny Appleseed and picnic pavilion at Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, VA

I have been a fan of this winery for a long time.

Inside the Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, VA

Mama and I enjoyed looking around to see what was for sale. We meant to buy cider donuts but we forgot when it was time to go.

Inside the Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, VA

We ordered flights of wine to try and they were ready pretty quickly.

Preparing wine flights a the Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, VA

For the flight, you pick eight wines from this list.

Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, VA wine tasting list

This is my flight.

Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, VA wine tasting flight

We both enjoyed tasting the wines. My favorite was Blackberry Jammed and Mama’s was Pear.

Enjoying a Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, VA wine tasting flight

The Town of Bedford

The town of Bedford is famous because it lost 19 young men, all part of Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division, and the first wave of American soldiers to hit the beaches in Normandy. Later in the day three more young men were shot and killed.

This was one of the steepest death tolls of any US community. The Bedford Boys book and the movie chronicle it all.

The streets of Bedford are lined with flags honoring these soldiers.

When visiting Bedford, don’t miss the National D-Day Memorial.

If you are ever traveling through Virginia, don’t miss visiting beautiful Bedford County.

30 Comments

  1. I can’t go this year to “God’s country” ie Bedford. I go every few years – always beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos of the beauty. I marked my fall 2022 calendar to visit the Omaha Beach/Boys of Bedford park and Peaks of Otter.
    We Virginias are blessed with beauty from the Ocean to several mountain ranges

  2. What an incredible trip. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures! I have family in Virginia; I think I will insist we come here next time I visit. ❤️❤️❤️
    (PS, hope your mama is feeling well. She looks great!)

  3. This is such a beautiful place, a great place for visitors! We just hiked Sharp Top on Sunday for the second annual Hokie Hike. We were lucky that the foliage was still really beautiful!

  4. Peaks of Otter is one of my favorite local places to go. The path around the lake is easy to traverse and beautiful! I must try the winery, as I’ve never been.

  5. Hi Paula – I have always wanted to visit Bedford. This looks like a great overnighter for us. Thanks for sharing all the interesting things to do and information about Sharp Top and Bedford. It looks like you and mama had a great time. She looks good. Hope you are both doing well. 🙂

  6. I love all your traveling posts! The lake surrounded with fall trees was stunning and I loved all the old buildings!

  7. What an incredible get away. Stunning scenery in a sacred and historic area. Love seeing all your adventures on the East Coast. The list of places I want to visit one day keeps expanding. xo

  8. That looks like a beautiful spot to hike, explore, and shop. And that winery with all those options. Man! I want to take a weekend trip from PA!
    B

  9. What a great trip, Paula! I’ve never been to Bedford County, but I’m eager to go now. It has lots of my favorite features like rich history, apples, wine, and scenic views. I miss seeing fall foliage since we don’t get much down here in Texas. Thanks for sharing your highlights!

  10. I live just north of Bedford and go to the Parkway, POO and the Gross Orchard regularly.
    Gross Orchard also has a shop on 43 South, the Apple Country Market, whixh has one of the best pie-makers anywhere. They have great hand pies/turnovers as well as regular pies. They have a grill but it is just carry out.
    If you like model trains, check out the Bedford Museum on Main Street during the Christmas season!
    Bedford also has many antique and art shops that you should check out.

    1. The next time I go to Roanoke, I am stopping at the Apple Country Market for pie. Thank you so much for telling me about this. I also won’t miss the train exhibit at the Bedford Museum. I’m already looking forward to seeing the decorated Christmas trees in the visitor’s center.

    1. I am very lucky to live in a beautiful area of Virginia. You and your hubby should take a trip to Virginia in the future.

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