Are you stationed in Virginia or just visiting? 

Winter in Virginia doesn’t have to be a downer. There are plenty of opportunities to see all the beauty with day trips.

This is our second time being stationed in Virginia and to be honest, I did not cherish all the beauty this state has to offer the first time (thank you to my early twenties, single and kid-less). So with a couple of days to burn in the winter, we thought we should start taking advantage of day trips here. We did these in December, but you can visit these places throughout any season of the year. Each season holds its own beauty. 

Take a look at these three ideas for day trips in Virginia in the winter!


Sadly, we didn’t get to take a hike in the mountains. But we did get to take a tour in Shenandoah Caverns. I 100% recommend this tour. Pictures truly do not do it justice. The caverns were originally discovered in 1884 and have since evolved to include an American Celebration Parade, venue for weddings, and Main Street of Yesteryear

Shenandoah Caverns

Veritas Vineyard

As much of a wine connoisseur as I claim to be, I am just now visiting my first vineyard. Wine country in Virginia can span all over the state, so you can find plenty of vineyards try. We decided on Veritas since they are pet and family friendly. Keep in mind when wanting to visit a vineyard (or any attraction) to do some research prior. A lot of the vineyards were closed for winter!

Veritas vineyardGreat Wolf Lodge

These lodges are so entertaining! This was the first time I visited one, and there was something for everyone to do. We booked on Cyber Monday when the rate was insanely low; otherwise, we probably would not have visited during this time. The kids had a blast in the indoor water park, mini golf, rock climbing, and adventure course. 

Great Wolf Lodge indoor water parkThere are TONS of places we would love to visit with our time here in Virginia. Have you visited one of the places I mentioned above? Do you have any recommendations for Virginia day trips?

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Amanda is a Miami native, Navy veteran turned military spouse. While being stationed in the United Kingdom, Amanda obtained her MBA from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Amanda met her husband while they were stationed onboard the same ship in 2007. Since becoming a Military Spouse, Amanda has discovered the loneliness that can hover at times. While being stationed in San Diego and becoming a first-time mom to twins, Amanda started her blog, Life with Mojita in an effort to build a community outside of the day-to-day life. Being raised in Miami, Amanda has found a passion for the ocean and has always longed to be a Marine Biologist. In her free time, Amanda loves to spend time with family, friends, travel, and when the opportunity permits, dip her toes in the ocean. Amanda blogs on her free time about motherhood, health & wellness, and military life.