Beth Hoyos and her family were able to take the coveted leap from part-timers to full-timers here at the lake a few years back thanks to a COVID-led opportunity to work remotely.
Before they moved, the Hoyoses called Reston, VA home. To escape the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia life, Beth said that she and her husband made a bit of a hobby out of road-tripping to visit the famous Virginia "LOVE" signs sprinkled throughout the state. One such trip took them to a lavender farm outside of Culpepper that was just closing up for the day. As serendipity would have it, the owners noticed them stopping to take a picture and invited them in. Two hours later, and Beth was firmly bitten by the lavender bug! They learned all about the process of growing, harvesting, and using the nostalgic herb in so many different applications from their hosts while the relaxing scent seeped into their clothing, and ultimately, their hearts.
When the opportunity arose to plant a farm of her own in Eastlake, Beth jumped at it! She says that the daily time she spends with the nearly 200 lavender bushes they have planted is like her therapy. By day she is still a Director of Quality Improvement and Clinical Oversight for a facility in NOVA, so having a beautiful place to unwind and relax is most welcome!
The farm, called Lake Life Lavender & Herb, plans to open next spring to the public for u-pick bouquets, photo ops, and some delicious lavender products! For now, you can follow along (as I do!) on Facebook and Instagram as Beth shares the progress of her fledgling fields and works toward the grand opening in 2024.