The Market at Grelen is a unique European style garden shop set on a 600-acre tree nursery featuring a casual farm-to-table cafe and 5-miles of hiking trails. Visitors can explore the trails during business hours, as well as pick their own fruit (blueberries, blackberries, peaches, and apples) in season. The Grelen walking trails are FREE & open to the public. The Market at Grelen (pronounced like Ellen with a Gr) is all about local! Many cafe ingredients come from the Grelen Garden or from other local farms and businesses. There’s indoor seating in the greenhouse and lots of outdoor seating on the flagstone patio. They even have a large sandbox to occupy the little ones.
Location: 15091 Yager Road, Somerset, VA 22972 (~ 1 hour from FXBG)
Shop Hours: Wed – Sun; 10 am – 4 pm | Closed January and February
Cafe Hours: Mar – Dec: Wed – Sun, 11 am – 3:30 pm | Closed January and February
Trail Hours: Mar – Dec: Wed – Sun, 9 am – 4 pm | Jan – Feb: Mon-Fri, 9 am – 4 pm
Webpage: The Market at Grelen
LOVEworks: Grelen’s “Living LOVE” sign was unveiled in March, 2017. A complete list of the LOVEwork locations can be found HERE.
Trail Information: The Grelen Trails connect to the James Madison’s Montpelier’s Trails, which are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. With Montpelier’s trails, there are over 10+ miles of beautiful trails to explore.
There are picnic tables at the top of Outlook Trail and Bloomfield Loop. No outside food or beverage is permitted, but you can order lunch from the cafe to take on your hike.
The trails are not stroller friendly. Most are on grass or hardpacked dirt. The trails are marked by colored posts. Make sure to pick up a trail map at the gift shop or download HERE. Walkers & hikers must be off the Grelen Trails System by 4 pm.
After our yummy lunch, we followed the red trail to an overlook with splendid views of the rolling tree farm, the hilltop market, and the waves of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The views were absolutely breathtaking. My pictures do not do the scenery justice. During our hike we enjoyed seeing all the different nursery trees. We ended up taking the Overlook Trail to the Orchard Pond Loop where we saw several geese and a few turtles. Then we headed back to the Market where we shared an ice cream sampler. Their ice cream is made on property using Grelen-grown fruit. It’s one of their best sellers. It was delicious!
We will definitely be back!
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