Best Way to Enjoy a Winter Weekend in the Mountains

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The rising ranges bordering and within the Shenandoah Valley are stupendous winter playgrounds, and there are many fantastic ways to create a fun weekend in the mountains. Let’s go!

Slip Slidin’ Away

The ski resort destinations of Massanutten Resort and Bryce Resort are top picks for winter weekends. Both offer slope sports like skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. They both are active snowmakers when nature doesn’t fully cooperate.

Massanutten Resort Highlights

There are 23 runs and seven lifts at Massanutten, plus ice skating, great dining, a spa, and overnight accommodations. The indoor waterpark is quite the hit with the kids, too! Don’t miss Light Up the Park!, a walk-through light display for the holiday season. Get your season ski pass before the rates go up on December 10!

Plan now for HeArt & Soul Winter Fest January 4-8, 2024. It’s going to be a great family event with plenty of live music, parties, and outdoor fun.


Massanutten is a four season mountain resort where you can enjoy snow sports, golf, our new indoor/outdoor waterpark, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and numerous other recreational opportunities.
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Bryce Resort Highlights

Bryce Resort’s eight trails and four lifts cater to skiing, snowboarding, and tubing all season long. Bryce is a great place to learn new things, so if you’ve never been involved in any snow sports, give them a go. Get equipped at the Ski Shop and fill up on the necessary carbs and protein at Copper Kettle.

Watch the Bryce Resort Events page for updates regarding New Year’s Eve and Winterfest; favorite times on the mountain.

Bryce Resort

Bryce Resort

Romance in the Wild

Shenandoah National Park does not have winter accommodations, but Skyline Drive is open for those who wish to pass through and see what’s to see. Clear vantage points, roaming wildlife, and dark skies are just part of the draw of the season. Tap into the romantic places to stay after your day of play.

Shadow Mountain Escape | Luray

Bordering Shenandoah National Park, Shadow Mountain Escape is a couples only timber frame cabin destination. Hunker down and appreciate the gracious hospitality while being surrounded by Old World charm.

Shadow Mountain Escape

Shadow Mountain Escape

Shenandoah Yurt | Stanley

More that sufficient for two, Shenandoah Yurt has nearly every amenity you can think of, including an inviting sunken hot tub on the deck and EV charging.

Shenandoah Yurt

Shenandoah Yurt

Retreat to the Spas

Winter can be harsh on your skin, plus it’s just cold. Warm up and rejuvenate at a spa – that’s one excellent way to spend a weekend in the mountains.

Seasons Spa at Mimslyn Inn | Luray

Overnight, fine dining, a speakeasy, and relaxing spa services are all at hand at The Mimslyn Inn. Book a service for two!

Saumaj Health Spa at The George Washington Hotel | Winchester

Tucked into The George Washington Hotel, a 1920s gem in downtown Winchester, is Saumaj Health Spa. Reserve some time for facials, massages, or body treatments to pamper yourself this season.

The Hygeia Bath House & Spa | Capon Springs

Capon Springs and Farm is closed for lodging and dining for the season, but their fantastic Hygeia Bath House & Spa (pictured at the top) is very much open! This is a great chance to “take the waters,” as they used to say. Natural mineral water from the hot springs of Capon Springs makes any soaking session a healing experience. Add a special treatment of a massage, facial, or reflexology for a perfect day of restoration.

Spa at The Blackburn Inn | Staunton

Walkable from downtown Staunton’s historic district, The Blackburn Inn is a historic stay itself. Enjoy all the beauty of the property and grounds, and then indulge in a specialty massage, detox facial, mineral therapy, or other amazing service at The Spa at The Blackburn.

Now get out there and have a blast this winter. It’s all about what you make of it, yeah? Enjoy your winter weekends in the Shenandoah Valley!

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