GETTING THERE: Orange, Va., is 83 miles southwest of Washington. Take I-66 west to U.S. Route 15/29 at Gainesville, head south on 15/29, taking the bypasses around Warrenton and Culpeper. Routes 15 and 29 diverge just south of Culpeper; take Route 15 the remaining 20 miles into Orange.

SKYDIVING OUTFITTERS: Skydive Orange (11339 Bloomsbury Rd., 877-348-3759, offers a full range of services and prices, including Skydive University and student and military discounts. First-dive prices range from $205 to $355. Jumps are held year-round but may be postponed because of weather. Gift certificates are available. Skydive Virginia! (Louisa County Airport, Route 208, Louisa, Va., 540-967-3997 weekends or 540-941-8085 Tuesday-Friday, also offers tandem jumps with discounts for groups. First dives begin at $226. Both outfitters are certified.

STAYING THERE: Holladay House (155 W. Main St., 800-358-4422, is a Federal-style 1830 bed-and-breakfast in downtown Orange with six rooms, each with a private bath. Some are suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Prices range from $120 to $190 per night, including full breakfast and, in the evening, Virginia wine and cheese.

For more country atmosphere, try the Mayhurst Inn (12460 Mayhurst Lane, 540-672-5597 or 888-672-5597,, an 1859 plantation mansion that sits on 37 acres. It has eight rooms ranging from $140 to $230, including the renovated plantation schoolhouse, a separate one-room building restored with bath, kitchen, fireplace and a queen-size bed. There is also Holiday Inn Express (750 Round Hill Dr., 540-672-6691, a mile north of downtown. Prices range from $85 to $119 for a double, $200 to $250 for a Jacuzzi suite.

EATING THERE: Willow Grove Inn (14079 Plantation Hwy., 540-672-5982 or 800-949-1778 ) serves fine cuisine at a prix fixe of $48 and more casual fare at its Clark's Tavern, with entrees from $17 to $26. In downtown Orange, the Firehouse Cafe and Market (137 W. Main St., 540-672-9001) serves gourmet foods and Virginia wines in a renovated fire station with entrees from $11 to $18. For more casual home cooking, breakfast, lunch or dinner, try Jean's Cafe (152 Caroline St., 540-672-5690), with entrees from $3.95 to $12.95.

INFO: Town of Orange, 540-672-5005,