Awaken: A Retreat of Renewal at Primland @ Primland Resort Tickets
Mar 19 – Mar 22 all-day
Awaken: A Retreat of Renewal at Primland @ Primland Resort

Primland, the 12,000-acre retreat nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is proud to announce Awaken: A Retreat of Renewal, debuting in March 2020. Led by Primland’s Spa Director, Dani Clement, and visiting yoga instructor, Dimitri Delazanos, the four-day retreat will invite guests to participate in a journey of yogic and mindful practices to unearth, dislodge, and dismantle this new energy of potential.

The four-day, three-night retreat will include morning and evening yoga sessions daily with Delazanos as well as daily meditation practices, intention setting and breathing practices. To further connect with nature, guests will also enjoy an evening of stargazing at the hotel’s Observatory and participate in Forest Bathing. Focusing on overall well-being, the retreat will also include a Macramé Workshop to flex the creative muscles, an Ayurvedic Medicine Speak Easy and a wine tasting experience at a local vineyard.

The Awaken Retreat program is $560 per person, inclusive of a daily breakfast buffet and two course dinner, tax and gratuity. Participating guests will enjoy 20% off lodging in the Lodge’s guest rooms and suites, Pinnacle Cottages and Fairway Cottages or one of Primland’s mountain homes, as well as a 15% discount on all activities and spa services offered at Primland during the retreat. To book, please contact the Spa at Primland at 276.222.3965. For lodging, please contact reservations at 276.222.3800.

Mill Mountain Zoo Spring Fling @ Mill Mountain Zoo Tickets
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mill Mountain Zoo Spring Fling @ Mill Mountain Zoo

Spring is in the air! Come up to Mill Mountain Zoo to celebrate the beginning of spring with activities related to gardening, birding and other fun things to get you thinking about springtime! Enjoy spring themed crafts, get your face painted and of course see our great collection of animal residents. All of the activities are included with regular zoo admission!

Flying Flowers Spring Opening! @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Flying Flowers Spring Opening! @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Join us on Saturday, May 9 as Flying Flowers, Southwestern VA’s only walk-through butterfly house, opens for the season. We will release Monarchs into the Flying Flowers butterfly house. Located on the grounds of Beagle Ridge Environmental Education Center, this structure houses only native butterflies which are collected in the extensive display gardens. Come learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, their needs and the various plantings, as you tour the gardens. Visitors will release their own Monarch, so be sure to bring a camera as these jeweled creatures glide around you searching for nectar and feed them from your fingertips. Registration required for this popular event. $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

Butterfly Awareness Day @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Butterfly Awareness Day @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

On Saturday, June 6th, we will celebrate Butterfly Awareness Day at Beagle Ridge Herb Farm from  10:00- 2:00. The Association for Butterflies has designated the first Saturday of June as Butterfly Awareness Day. We hope you take a few moments to celebrate these important pollinators and environmental indicators with us. On Butterfly Awareness Day, we want to show just how important butterflies are to all of us. Without butterflies there would be a dramatic loss in pollination necessary for plant reproduction, just think of all the fruits and seeds that people and animals eat!  Unfortunately, habitat destruction is Public Enemy Number 1 for our native butterfly populations. Overuse of pesticides, herbicides and exotic monocultures of plants are contributing to the decline of many butterfly species. Please join us at Flying Flowers for a variety of activities including a walk through the butterfly house.We will have butterfly host and nectar plants for sale.By learning about the butterfly life cycle you can learn about which of these Flying Flowers are living in your gardens.

Raising Butterflies @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Raising Butterflies @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Have you ever wanted to attract butterflies and raise them in your yard? It is easy if you plant the right  vegetation and take a few simple steps to create a safe and healthy habitat.

Let us show you how we raise butterflies, from attracting the adults so they can lay their eggs to actually feeding and raising them from egg to larva to chrysalis to adult. Come into the inner workings of our butterfly nursery and learn what plants are needed for which species and how they all have different needs during their gestation.

We will cover Monarchs, several types of Swallowtails and Fritillaries, too. You will even take home a few caterpillars to raise in your garden!

Lavender Distilling at Beagle Ridge @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Jul 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lavender Distilling at Beagle Ridge @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Join us as we distill lavender from this year’s harvest. Using a United States Lavender Growers Association 20 liter copper alembic still, we will create small batch essential oils and hydrosol (aromatic water) using lavender from the farm. Learn how to choose which varieties to distill, how to pack the still and manage the process for oils or hydrosol. The event will take place under the tent in the gardens. Come early to cut some of your own lavender, one bunch to take home is included in the class registration.

Monarch Tagging & Butterfly Release @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monarch Tagging & Butterfly Release @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Come join us for Butterfly Release & Monarch Tagging at Flying Flowers, Southwestern VA’s only walk through Butterfly House, at 11:00 on Saturday, September 19th. Visitors will catch a Monarch and tag it as part of Monarch Watch, through the University of Kansas. This tag and the data collected allows it to be monitored on its migration to Mexico. Visitors will then release the Monarch from Flying Flowers as part of the activity. The structure is home to butterflies native to Virginia and all the necessary plants to sustain them. Monarchs, Swallowtails, Frittilaries and Dianas are a few of the inhabitants which will pose for your camera or land on your shoulder while strolling through the house. Tours and school groups are welcome by appointment- email Ellen at for details. Cost is $10.00 for adults; children accompanied by adults are free. Registration is required.

Stargazing at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Stargazing at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Among his many accomplishments, Thomas Jefferson is considered to be one of America’s first astronomers. Join Dr. Neal Sumerlin, former director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at Lynchburg University, on Jefferson’s south lawn for an illuminating look at the night sky. Reservations are required. Admission is $15 per person.

Spa Day – learn to pamper yourself @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Spa Day - learn to pamper yourself @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Want to learn how to pamper yourself for a change? Well, come to Beagle Ridge and learn how to make your own spa products. You will learn to make herbal bath salts using natural botanicals with your choice of scents. In addition, learn to make Bath Bombs to treat yourself or give as a gift. Enjoy a girls day out, learn to pamper yourself and soothe your soul at the same time. Class will begin at 1:00 pm. Registration is necessary; email Ellen at or call 276-621-4511.