April: When Cycling Heats Up in the Shenandoah Valley

April: When Cycling Heats Up in the Shenandoah Valley

Because of mild winters and very little snowfall, mountain biking (and cycling in general) in the Shenandoah Valley is not really “seasonal” anymore. But April signals the true beginning of the cycling season. In April, bike parks open, organized rides speed off, and...
Winchester: Virginia’s Valley Gateway

Winchester: Virginia’s Valley Gateway

Winchester, Virginia’s northern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, is a vibrant combination of contemporary city life and preservation of an historic past. “As the Winchester area develops into a significant leisure tourism hub in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, we are...
Inside the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Inside the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

A rich historical heritage is one of many reasons people visit the Shenandoah Valley, and that history and culture may be nowhere better represented than the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. With four major galleries, changing exhibitions, a café and...
Scenic Drives in the Shenandoah Valley

Scenic Drives in the Shenandoah Valley

Looking for a way to relish the coming of spring? These scenic routes give new meaning to the idea of “going for a drive.” The Blue Ridge Parkway Stretching 496 miles from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smokey Mountains, the Blue...
Martinsburg, WV: Where the Valley Begins

Martinsburg, WV: Where the Valley Begins

Sometimes people forget the Shenandoah Valley actually starts in West Virginia. Known as the Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, the city of Martinsburg is about 90 miles from Washington, DC.  And there is a lot to lure you there. “Martinsburg is a town steeped in...
Lexington: Showcase of Virginia History

Lexington: Showcase of Virginia History

If you could define the classic Shenandoah Valley city it would be a diverse mix of: natural beauty, American history, arts and culture, a lively downtown and progressive thinking. Lodging options would include romantic B&Bs, out-of-the-way cabins, and trusted...
Waynesboro: A River Runs Through It

Waynesboro: A River Runs Through It

Waynesboro’s identity is often tied to the fact that a river runs through it—literally. Outdoor recreation associated with the South River and beyond it add to the town’s slogan: “Where good nature comes naturally.” “Waynesboro’s location– under four miles from...
Staunton: Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley

Staunton: Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley

At various times, Staunton has been called “the best small town in Virginia,” one of “the 20 Best Small Towns in America,” and “one of the country’s best-kept foodie secrets.” These and other accolades contribute to the city’s informal title of “Queen City of the...
The February Escape Plan

The February Escape Plan

City dwellers, desk-bound office workers and exhausted commuters devote a lot of fantasy thinking to a weekend in a secluded mountain cabin. But in the Shenandoah Valley, it doesn’t have to be a fantasy—it’s easier than ever to book the perfect cozy cabin or B&B...
Harrisonburg: The Shenandoah Valley’s Big City Vibe

Harrisonburg: The Shenandoah Valley’s Big City Vibe

Harrisonburg has become a city of accolades. In recent years, it has been recognized as: One of America’s “Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns” by National Geographic The number 6 “Favorite Town in America by Travel and Leisure The number 3...
Go Play in the Snow

Go Play in the Snow

Winter sports enthusiasts range from children wobbling on ice skates to skiers flying down a black diamond slope as steep as a vertical jet climb. Both those groups and everyone in between will find all the snow they need in the Shenandoah Valley. And there is no more...
December in the Shenandoah Valley

December in the Shenandoah Valley

December in the Shenandoah Valley Winter brings a stark beauty to the Shenandoah Valley. The summer crowds are gone, and the peace and serenity so often wished for at this time of year can actually be found in a quiet cabin tucked away in a Blue Ridge hollow. Sound...
NPS Announces Fee Free Days for 2017

NPS Announces Fee Free Days for 2017

Did you know there are five sites of the National Park system within the Shenandoah Valley–Shenandoah National Park, Cedar Creek/Belle Grove, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.  Click here to find out when...
November in the Shenandoah Valley

November in the Shenandoah Valley

The fall color may be ebbing, but its remnants are still there, and you can just begin to feel the sharp bite of autumn. The average high temperature in Winchester is 55 F. While most canoe outfitters close at the end of October you can still hike, bike, backpack, or...
8 Battlefield Hikes in Virginia

8 Battlefield Hikes in Virginia

Cedar Creek / Belle Grove National Historic Park is one of many Civil War sites in the Shenandoah Valley. It and several other battlefield hikes throughout Virginia are outlined here.

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