Above: Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Virginia

The Blue Ridge Mountains are more extensive than one might think. This segment of the Appalachian Mountains traverses seven states and contains two national parks, eight national forests and a scenic parkway that extends for 469 miles. Earlier this year, we visited a section of the range outside Asheville, North Carolina. But we weren’t content to stop there. Virginia was on our minds in part because Keswick Hall, a century-old Tuscan-style retreat in Charlottesville, has been undergoing a massive renovation. Alas, we were not able to stay. The website promised a summer 2021 opening, but reservations weren’t being accepted until this month (October).

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Above: Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Virginia

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