The Valley’s Festival Forecast

The Valley’s Festival Forecast

May is a visually splendid month to visit the Shenandoah Valley–but expect the serenity of the landscape to be interrupted by the gaiety of a festival almost anywhere you go. Moving from north to south, here’s a short roundup of locales offering food, drink,...
Surprising Bedford

Surprising Bedford

Would it surprise you to learn that Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest  is the third “best” tourist attraction in Virginia? Ahead of Monticello? Ahead of Mount Vernon? You can see the complete list here  but Poplar Forest, a National Historic Landmark, was indeed chosen...
Showtime at the Wayne!

Showtime at the Wayne!

The Shenandoah Valley may be pretty far off-Broadway, but visitors will find a surprising number of professional theater performances even in the relatively small towns up and down the I-81 corridor. The Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro is one such example, offering a...
Aerial Lodging: Where to Stay in Shenandoah National Park

Aerial Lodging: Where to Stay in Shenandoah National Park

If a menu offering “Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche, Prince Edward Island Mussels, and Twin Cornbread & Andouille Stuffed Quail” sounds good—it is. If it sounds like an A-list, uptown restaurant—it isn’t. It’s Skyland, in the heart of Shenandoah National Park. That...
Winchester’s Spring Fling

Winchester’s Spring Fling

The Shenandoah Valley is usually associated with natural scenic beauty, quiet mountain getaways and idyllic trips along a trail or down a river. But every year about this time, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester turns the Valley into something else...
The Bounty of Farmers’ Markets

The Bounty of Farmers’ Markets

Small farmers’ markets in the Shenandoah Valley have, over time, grown from simple roadside stands into multi-faceted operations complete with seminars, festivals, concerts, tours and other events. Of course their “bread and butter” remains fresh, succulent...
Crush Friday in Luray!

Crush Friday in Luray!

For a town that lays claim to a world-famous geologic wonder and lies minutes from a breathtaking national park, you’d think Luray had enough to brag about. But wait, there’s more. For generations, Luray has been known as the headquarters of Shenandoah National...
Tunnel Vision: The Splendor of Natural Bridge

Tunnel Vision: The Splendor of Natural Bridge

Once revered by the Monacan Indians, surveyed by George Washington, and owned by Thomas Jefferson the awe-inspiring Natural Bridge has been an important Virginia tourist attraction since the 18th Century. Located about 14 miles south of Lexington, Natural Bridge...
Capon Springs & Farms: a True Vacation

Capon Springs & Farms: a True Vacation

At Capon Springs & Farms, you can explore 4,700 acres of breathtaking scenery, feast on farm- fresh eggs and delicious baked goods prepared on-site daily; or rejuvenate with healing spring water throughout the resort – and truly have fun with the whole family!...
The Joy of Staunton

The Joy of Staunton

A number of cities in the Shenandoah Valley combine the lure of American history with scenic natural beauty and the vibrancy of modern art and culture. Staunton, especially in the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, does this supremely well. Many of the buildings...
Thumbnail Guide to Valley Museums

Thumbnail Guide to Valley Museums

Museums small and large can be found throughout the Shenandoah Valley, with permanent displays and upcoming exhibits that preserve the area’s rich and culturally varied history. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Opening at MSV February 17: “Hear My Voice—Native American...
Luray Caverns – Where Wonder Endures

Luray Caverns – Where Wonder Endures

Despite a wide array of indoor and outdoor pastimes in and around Luray, typical first-time visitors still view Luray Caverns as the single most compelling reason for them to visit. On a guided, 1.25-mile path through the cave they will see a true natural...
Harrisonburg’s Great Indoors

Harrisonburg’s Great Indoors

Outdoor recreation never really stops in the Shenandoah Valley, but in January, most visitors are searching for the Great Indoors– and Harrisonburg is one destination where they will find plenty of excitement. Here’ a look at some of the city’s popular indoor...
Explore Local History in the Shenandoah Valley

Explore Local History in the Shenandoah Valley

Even the most casual student of American history is aware of the extensive Civil War action that took place throughout the Shenandoah Valley. But it would be a mistake to think historical wonders from other periods are not present in the Valley. From native American...
Massanutten: The Valley’s Winter Sports Playground

Massanutten: The Valley’s Winter Sports Playground

The slopes are open in the Shenandoah Valley! The winter sports crowd — from acrobatic teenage snowboarders to daredevil skiers spraying powder in their wake— will find all the snow they need in the Shenandoah Valley. And there is no more popular place to...
Holiday Celebrations in the Shenandoah Valley

Holiday Celebrations in the Shenandoah Valley

It’s a great American tradition to go home for the holidays. But don’t underrate leaving home for the holidays. December in the Shenandoah Valley will give you all the holiday cheer you can handle. Christmas plays and stage performances, annual historic home tours,...
The Shenandoah Valley’s “Grand Ole Lady”

The Shenandoah Valley’s “Grand Ole Lady”

Thomas Jefferson, who once owned it, called Natural Bridge “the most sublime of nature’s works.” Even in Jefferson’s time, the bridge was visited by guests from many countries and over the years, various entrepreneurs launched resort lodging operations there. The...
Skyline Drive’s Winter Wonders

Skyline Drive’s Winter Wonders

A tour down Skyline Drive is one of the most popular trips in the Shenandoah Valley—for three seasons. But have you tried it in winter? A winter tour of Skyline Drive? Isn’t it full of snow and ice? Well, sometimes, yes. And Skyline Drive can be fully or partially...
Recall Colonial Christmas in Martinsburg

Recall Colonial Christmas in Martinsburg

Martinsburg, WV, the northern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, is a fine example of how creative small towns can be in putting on holiday celebrations. Lacking some of the bells and whistles of big-city holiday cheer, Martinsburg instead showcases its heritage with...
Thumbnail Guide to Valley Museums

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley – Redefining “Museum”

The definition of the word “museum” is changing, and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in Winchester is one good example of how. With four major galleries, changing exhibitions, a café and museum store, the MSV has all the classic attributes of a conventional...
Luray–the Valley’s Outdoor Playground

Luray–the Valley’s Outdoor Playground

If there is one world-famous landmark in the Shenandoah Valley, it’s very likely Luray Caverns. The guided, 1.25-mile tour is more than sufficient to overload the senses. Visitors will see pools of water so clear they reflect the rocks above, hear musical notes played...
New Market: Where the Battlefields Whisper

New Market: Where the Battlefields Whisper

Simply reaching New Market is a gratifying part of the visit to this wonderful Shenandoah Valley town. About a two-hour drive from Washington, DC, New Market is immediately accessible from I-81, offering splendid mountain views for many miles. And for those who like...
Classic Cozy Getaways

Classic Cozy Getaways

If we ever come up with a “Coziness Capital” of Virginia it is bound to be somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley. Tucked-away cabins in the Valley range widely in amenities, but scenic views, fireplaces, quilts, and a glass of something are common to most. The following...
The Valley’s Civil War History

The Valley’s Civil War History

Memories of the Civil War are rife throughout the Shenandoah Valley. There are even eight counties in the Valley that have been Congressionally designated as a National Heritage Area – the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District–an effort led...

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