Editor’s Note: If you’re traveling, please check local government restrictions and safety measures related to COVID-19, and consider your health and comfort levels before departure.
I’ll always be partial to the energy and diversity of big cities, but the pandemic (and the general uncertainty of this year) has me yearning for the a less hectic, unhurried pace. That’s when small towns enter the picture. Not only are many charming ones located an easy drive from New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, they offer neighborly, low-key vibes and just as important: a sense of safety with their sparser, spread out populations.
That’s definitely the case with Lexington, Virginia. A three-hour drive from the nation’s capital, this tiny town with a population just shy of 7,500 is hidden away – so much so, even today many Americans haven’t heard of it – among the Shenandoah Valley’s Blue Ridge Mountains. And given its scenic natural backdrop: there’s never a bad time of year to visit, and plenty of ways to take advantage of the fresh, country air.
Because the community is so friendly and close-knit, you’ll feel right at ease from the moment you park your car – which many locals don’t even bother to lock. Regarding COVID-19: Lexington developed PACT (Protecting All Citizens and Travelers), a series of protocols practiced by hospitality businesses, to ensure your peace of mind. (Just look for the PACT logo in storefronts.)