Fall Weekends 2009: Boar’s Head

The Mood
This grand dame exudes Southern class—along with state-of-the-art recreation—within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What’s Special
A world-class tennis center and sports club where fitness professionals and a nutritionist can customize a weekend of wellness.

Most Unusual Activities
Hot-air-balloon rides; cooking classes; rock-climbing lessons; some 55 fitness classes a week, including Pilates, yoga, interval training, and cycling.

For Kids
Little ones can watch geese in the stocked fishing lake; bigger kids can learn to belay and tie knots at the rock-climbing wall.

The Food
The jacket-and-tie Old Mill Room is known for wild game and a decadent Sunday brunch. Bistro 1834 has creative salads, fresh fish, and vegetarian options. A cafe offers quick, healthy bites.

What’s Nearby
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and other historic sites; lots of wineries to tour and taste.

Drive Time
2½ hours.

The Price
$189 to $365 a night. Bed-and-breakfast and dinner packages available.

Bottom Line
Great for golf, tennis, and fitness buffs who like to be near a lively city.