You Will Want to Eat and Stay Here This Summer
Picture this. You’re camping in the Blue Ridge in a pretty posh yurt, built by a company out of Floyd. You wake up the next morning to a farm-fresh breakfast of poached eggs on herbed polenta, topped with green and red salsa. On the side are slices of home-cured jalapeño bacon made from the Tamworth pigs raised just yards away.
People from as far away as Australia have come to this unique getaway in Stanardsville. “Almost everyone who has stayed on the farm has been interested in not only the lodgings and food but also the sustainable lifestyle we are trying to develop and promote,” says retired chef Whitt Ledford, who along with wife Martha operate this little slice of heaven as part of their Cair Paravel Farm. “We fell in love with yurts and knew that one would be a perfect fit for our place What was going to be simple ‘comfortable camping’ evolved into a special place with all of the amenities.”
He’s not kidding. There’s a full kitchen and bath, plus HDTV and high-speed internet. Guests can also partake in a “farm dinner,” which always entails elaborate three-course meals (remember, Whitt is a retired chef). Think farm-raised grilled pork chops marinated in crushed juniper berries, roasted Brussels sprouts, and apple pie.
The Ledfords have also refurbished a vintage Airstream (which they’ve dubbed “Dawn Treader”), and perched it on the mountain among the trees, with a U-shaped deck that’s perfect for watching sunsets. Sign us up!