Wednesday, June 3, 2009
From the Beltway, travel south on Interstate 95, then southwest on U.S. 15 to Orange, then Route 231 to Gordonsville. Take Route 231, Route 22, U.S. 250 and I-64 to Route 20 toward Scottsville. Turn right on Route 726, and follow signs to Hatton Ferry.
Where to Stay
High Meadows Vineyard Inn (55 High Meadows Lane, Scottsville, 434-286-2218, www.highmeadows.com) combines two houses, from 1832 and 1882, with seven tastefully decorated rooms at $150-$350.
Where to Eat
Pee Wee's Pit Barbecue (485 Valley St., Scottsville, 434-286-7744) serves generous platters of pork barbecue and fried chicken, with sides, for $6-$7. Closed Tuesday and Thursday. Donna's Place (370 Valley St., 434-286-7373) offers sandwiches and salads for about $6. Closed Tuesdays.
What to Do
James River Runners (Hatton Ferry Road, three miles upriver from Scottsville, 434-286-2338, http://www.jamesriver.com) offers kayak, canoe, raft and tube trips. A solo kayak rents for $38 for a nine-mile trip (includes shuttle service), $28 for a three-mile trip. James River Reeling & Rafting (265 Ferry St., Scottsville, 434-286-4386, http://www.reelingandrafting.com) runs the same stretch of river but adds a quiet section just above Scottsville. A solo kayak costs $38 for a 12 1/2 -mile trip, $28 for a seven-mile trip.