Historic Mountaintop Retreats Open for Tours

The Blue Ridge long served as a destination for vacationers seeking to escape the heat and humidity of city life. Some of the gems of that era will be on display Saturday.

Five historic homes will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the second Blue Ridge Mountain Home Tour. The event benefits the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont.

The homes, located in the Bear’s Den Rural Historic District in Loudoun and Clarke counties, were built between 1776 and 1910 and provide dramatic, mountaintop views that overlook the Shenandoah River Valley to the west, and the Virginia Piedmont to the east. On the driving tour are Boulder Crest, Journey’s End, Hawkeye, Ball Alley and Foxes Rest.

Tickets are $25 for one home and $40 for all properties. There will be a ticket tent at the Bear’s Crossing property, 18623 Blueridge Mountain Road. Walking shoes are recommended. Spike heels, pets, smoking and cameras are prohibited inside the homes.

Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness provides free retreats for combat veterans and their families using a model of healing that integrates evidence-based therapies, a safe, peaceful space and unparalleled customer service to improve their physical, emotional, spiritual and economic well-being.

Learn more about the tour at here.

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