We are thankful to be located in an area so close to a number of amazing activities. From wineries and breweries to lush hiking trails and scenic drives, there’s always something to do nearby. One activity that we suggest is browsing local art galleries, and if you need a good place to start, then we suggest the Blackburn Gallery in Nellysford, Virginia just off of the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blackburn Gallery is a “veteran owned family and friend run gallery with a passion for art and giving back.” Boasting beautiful displays from both regional and visiting artists, it’s the perfect place for “new and experience collectors alike.” You’ll find amazing collections of paintings and photographs, glass and pottery, jewelry, sculptures, woodwork, and more. (We especially love the Gallery’s vision, which is to enrich the lives of all we encounter through the vision of artist.”) Besides the displays for viewing and the artwork for purchasing, the Blackburn Gallery also provides workshops, tours, and classes for interested individuals of all ages, as well as photography mentorships and custom art commissions (which would make amazing gifts!). If you can’t make it to the Gallery, or you decide after visiting that you wish you would have purchased a piece of artwork or two, then check out their original fine art and their fine art prints for sale online. We look forward to seeing you here at the Iris Inn for your artsy adventure!