Where to Go, What to Do in Lexington, Va.
Writer John Thompson recently visited Lexington, Va. Here is his reporter's notebook.
About three hours from the Beltway
$10 in museum fees and donations
Lexington is in Virginia's upper Shenandoah Valley. From the Beltway, travel west on Interstate 66, then south on I-81.
WHERE TO STAY
The Historic Country Inns of Lexington (11 N. Main St., 877-283-9680, http:/
WHERE TO EAT
Downtown restaurants include the Southern Inn Restaurant (37 S. Main St., 540-463-3612, http:/
WHAT TO DO
Lee Chapel & Museum (Washington and Lee University, 540-458-8768, http:/
Stonewall Jackson House (8 E. Washington St., 540-463-2552, http:/
VMI Museum (Virginia Military Institute, 540-464-7334, http:/
Chessie Nature Trail (Route 631, east of U.S. 11) runs seven miles along the curving Maury River, beneath towering cliffs; Robert E. Lee, who instituted rowing at W&L, watched boat races here.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Lexington Visitor Center is at 106 E. Washington St. (540-463-3777), part of the Lexington and Rockbridge Area Tourism Development office (http:/