Fifteen years ago, I wrote a blog story about a scenic loop through Nelson County, Virginia, and Nelson Route 151 was the cornerstone of the story. Blue Mountain Brewery had not yet opened and the focus was on the mountain views, Rockfish River, a hike in Wintergreen Resort and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can still catch beautiful mountain views, but you can now also enjoy some of Virginia’s finest craft beverages, paired with chef-created dishes. Welcome to the Nelson 151 Craft Beverage Trail in 2019.
Visit for a day or a long weekend, and you will certainly find your favorite craft beverage. From beer to wine and cider or even distilled spirits, the Nelson 151 trail has it all. And a lot of local- made food to create an outstanding experience. Many of the establishments have outdoor seating and live entertainment on the weekends. Gather a group of friends and plan your visit to this four-season destination.
First, I want to remind you to have either a designated driver or consider making a reservation with one of the regional tour companies. I have listed some options at the end of this story.
Each spot on the Nelson 151 Craft Beverage Trail map has its own unique atmosphere and signature brand. Team DW&S has enjoyed them all. So, I reached out to Lindsay Dorrier, III, current President of the Nelson 151 Trail Association.
Kim: I have a group of friends that would like to enjoy the Nelson 151 Trail over a Summer weekend. Can you give us a few tips or tricks to use to enjoy the weekend?
Lindsay: Nelson 151 has so much to offer for craft beverage enthusiasts and it honestly would be tough to fully appreciate the area in one day. I would recommend booking a room for the weekend with one of our high-quality bed and breakfast or inn lodging partners and devoting a few days to allow for sufficient appreciation of the world-class winery, brewery, cidery and distillery options along N151. You can divide and conquer by focusing on wineries one day and breweries, cideries, and distilleries on the other. In addition to craft beverages, don’t forget to enjoy the outdoors with a hike up to Humpback Rock or Crabtree Falls. Nelson County is beautiful year-round but the Summer months allow for outdoor adventures in a way that is not always possible at other times during the year. Thus whether your idea of fun is an 8-mile hike or a relaxing afternoon on a beautiful patio, we’ve got you covered.
Kim: I am looking for some behind-the-scenes news about upcoming Summer and Fall events along the trail. What can you share?
Lindsay: The Summer is always jam-packed with fun events and 2019 is no different. The popular Starry Nights series returns to Veritas on June 8 with Saved By The 90’s and traverses through July and August with party infused music and amazing star-filled evenings. Blue Mountain Brewery offers music every Friday while Bold Rock is doing a unique monthly Cider Cinema series starting on May 18th with Jurassic Park. Cardinal Point offers music every Sunday afternoon and Devils Backbone has its Music In The Blue Ridge series starting on June 1 with some of Virginia’s finest bands. Essentially every member business is doing some sort of exciting event throughout the Summer so make sure you visit their individual websites when planning your visit to not miss out on an opportunity to elevate your N151 experience to the next level.
Kim: Tell us how we can follow updates from the trail. Is there a newsletter or social media page that provides updates to trail news and events? What about lodging along the trail?
Lindsay: Your best way to stay engaged with Nelson 151 news and events is by liking us on Facebook and Instagram and keeping an eye on our website events calendar. We regularly update and want to make sure those that love the area and visit with some frequency are kept in the know. In terms of lodging, please visit our lodging partners page on nelson151.com which will provide nearly 20 different options of all shapes and sizes to accommodate your lodging needs.
You now have the trail map, the resource for lodging, insider tips and below is a list of tour partners that visit the Nelson 151 Craft Beverage Trail each weekend. Visit Nelson County and the Nelson 151 Trail and share your photos #DWSsummer. We hope to see you on the trail!