Monday, January 12, 2015

Living Legacy Project to Honor Civil War Dead

The Living Legacy Foundation has undertaken an ambitious memorial to the more than 600,000 dead from our country's Civil War. The Project plans on planting 620,000 trees in the next 50 years to honor those killed in battle and well as those who died from war related diseases.  The project is part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership that aims to highlight the rich history along a 180 mile long, 75 mile wide route from Pennsylvania to Virginia.  Each of the fallen soldiers will be honored by name through each individual tree, though many were unidentified.  Contributors of $100 can select a soldier to honor. For more information on the Living Legacy Project, visit    

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year to All Past and Future Guests

Linda and Wayne hope all of the wonderful people we have met since we opened the Belle Hearth in 2004 have a safe and prosperous 2015.  Likewise to all new and future guests, we hope your year is also safe and brings to you and yours all of your dreams and wishes.

Innkeepers, Linda & Wayne

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Visiting New Distillery and Ciderworks

One day Linda and Wayne took a day trip down Rt 151 to visit two new businesses that our guest would enjoy.  Silverback Distillery has a very nice tasting room where one can sample their vodkas and gins.  Friendly staff and very good spirits.  One can sample three combinations of their spirits for a nominal cost.   Bold Rock Ciderworks a bit further down 151 has a large tasting room where you can watch their apple ciders being bottled.  A generous food menus along with spacious grounds where you can enjoy a sample or purchase a draft of one of their fine ciders.  We highly recommend both for a pleasurable day.

Wayne at Silverback Distillery

Linda at Bold Rock Ciderworks

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Apple Picking is around the bend

You have not tasted a delicious fresher apple until you pick yours right from an apple tree.  The apple picking season is upon us here in the Valley.  On September 13 & 14, September 20 & 21, and October 11 & 12, two orchards in Tyro, Virginia have "pick your own apples" from 9am-4pm on Saturdays and 11am - 4pm on Sundays. For more info go to They also have pick your own pumpkins and gourds in October.  Tyro is about a 45 minute drive through beautiful country and mountains from Waynesboro

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Finally after three years.....Grapes!

Planted a small grape bush three years ago and until this summer not much to show.  Finally we were shocked to find hundreds of blueberry sized grapes growing like crazy along our fenceline. We have picked several basket fulls and used them in our fruit starters for breakfast and used them as a garnish on our frenc toast and waffles.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blue Jay delivers three baby jays

A very dedicated mommy Blue Jay gave birth to three fledglings on our front porch several weeks ago.  Needless to say daddy Jay was a vigilant protector swooping down to scare off our two very curious outdoor cats.  Turns out Blue Jays are monogamous and stay together their whole life, so maybe next year they will return to start another family.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Who says nothing is free?

Shenandoah National Park is opening its gates to Skyline Drive for several free visits this year:

  • April 19-20 - National Park Week
  •  August 25 - Park Service's 98th birthday
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veteran's Day 
Normally you would pay $15 per vehicle entrance fee to Skyline Drive that is good for seven days.