Nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, our history and hospitality are as ever- present as the beautiful mountains. Harrisonburg is a vibrant community with a diverse population, an amazing food scene and rich in arts & culture. The mountains to the east and west and the rolling hills of the great valley are a playground for outdoor recreation lovers. Harrisonburg is the perfect gateway for heart pumping adventure and boasts multi-use paths and trails as well as outfitters and guides to get you where you want to be.
Harrisonburg’s walkable and bikeable downtown district is alive with music, art and history. There is much to explore from nearly 40 restaurants to locally-owned shops, home to the Virginia Quilt Museum and many more one-of-a-kind attractions. Downtown has been designated Virginia’s first Culinary District and an Arts & Cultural District. Take in a show after a satisfying meal on the stunning rooftop deck at the Capital Ale House. The vibrancy and diversity are evident in the local businesses, restaurants and many special events and festivals.
Wherever you choose to stay in Harrisonburg, you’ll find friendly folks to check you in and make sure your stay is pleasant. Many of the major national brands such Country Inn and Suites and Clarion Pointe you know and trust can be found in Harrisonburg. Some are located near the interstate while others are near a campus or downtown. If you prefer the coziness of an inn or cottage, there are several award-winning inns such as By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging, or the newly opened Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center have you covered!
The Valley is wine country so take in the breathtaking views at White Oak Lavender Farm and Purple WOLF Vineyard or CrossKeys Vineyards and sample some of Virginia’s finest wines. If you like all things local visit Shenandoah Heritage Market, Pale Fire Brewing Company and Showalter’s Orchard and Greenhouse Home of Old Hill Cider.
Check out the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail to taste some of the best craft beer in the country. Relax and enjoy the companionship of good friends amidst some of the nation’s most beautiful farms and mountains, breathe in the scent of ancient forests on a hike, explore a fascinating new community, taste the fresh flavors of a farm-to-table meal, or listen to music under the stars as you discover a new favorite band.
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are major bike friendly destinations offering great rides on and off road. Plan to bike the Valley, or you can float the Shenandoah River with Massanutten Adventures located at Massanutten Resort. Enjoy a day at Massanutten Waterpark or maybe a little rock climbing or caving with WILD GUYde Adventures. Join anglers from across the Mid-Atlantic, hunt and fish in the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest, or enjoy camping and horseback riding in Shenandoah National Park, both less than 30 miles drive of the city. The famous Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is 105 miles of pure driving pleasure.
There’s so much to see and do in the friendly City of Harrisonburg and the small towns and countryside that make up Rockingham County! Visit Harper’s Statuary & Water Gardens, The Rocktown History in Dayton or Plains District Memorial Museum in Timberville for unique one of a kind treasures and rich Valley history.
Finally, if you’re looking for some sample itineraries, consider:
Brats, Beers and Baubles
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
A Revolutionary Road to Freedom
Wise Men Invented Fish and Beer