A day trip to the White Oak Lavender Farm is one of many fun things to do in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Owned and operated by Julie and Rick Haushalter, the farm offers tours, lectures, workshops and a relaxing environment from the hustle and bustle of day to day life.
In addition to celebrating the health benefits of lavender, the farm has a number of animals for petting and photo ops. Bunnies, horses, goats and alpaca stand ready for adoration next to the pick-your-own lavender fields that surround the gift shop and outdoor event space.
One of the most interesting things about the White Oak Lavender Farm is the number of reflective discovery spaces available to visitors. While the labyrinth may still be under construction, the duck pond area and discovery garden are perfect for strolling and spending a quiet few minutes alone. After you’ve cleared your mind, stroll on over to the “Rabbitat” for some serious bunny cuddling while the goats say hello from the other side of the fence.
After your workshop or celebration event, but sure to spend some time in the gift shop. Not only is standing inside its own form of aromatherapy, but the Haushalters have put together a pretty impressive array of lavender products. Two of note are the linen spray and lavender goat milk lotion. Julie’s mom, artist Jessie Walton also makes lavender-stuffed monkey dolls for children. Perfect for any child, but particularly appropriate for any kiddos you know who might be struggling with a long-term hospital stay. These dolls can be dressed for boys or girls, and combine aromatherapy with the healing power of a comfort item.
Surprisingly enough, lavender can also be used in a number of recipes. If the possibility of becoming a lavender gourmet intrigues you, there are resources at the farm to help you out with that. Final verdict? Worth the trip. I took a number of pictures of the White Oak Lavender Farm during my time there that I’ll soon be turning into an online photo gallery. (So stay tuned!) Those who enjoy activities celebrating a more rustic lifestyle might want to combine their trip to the farm with a stopover at the Virginia Quilt Museum. Other fun activities when making a day of it could include lunch at Union Station Restaurant and Bar or a visit to CrossKeys Vineyards. Also of note are nearby Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns, which make fantastic venues for summer family vacations as well.
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