On New Years Day Noah and I visited Blandy Farm, the State Arboretum of Virginia with my husband and dog. We might be meeting a photographer friend here in the near future so I wanted to check it out with our dog beforehand because he's a little... overzealous when in new areas.
There are acres upon acres of beautiful land and it's clear that it would be a great place to visit throughout the seasons. There are pathways and open fields with beautiful stone walls and historic buildings. Blandy was a great experience and I'd suggest it as a mini-day trip. Take a picnic, a camera, and a willingness to walk and you can have a great morning enjoying nature.