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Presidential Presence in the Shenandoah Valley

January 30, 2019

Eight U.S. Presidents were born in Virginia – Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler, Taylor and Wilson. Of those, four had significant ties to the Shenandoah Valley, and February 18th—Presidents Day— is the perfect time to take a look at presidential historic sites–some well-known, some off the beaten track. George Washington’s Military Office George Washington […]

The “Dukes of Hazzard” Is Celebrating 40 Years

On January 26th, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” premiered on CBS, and 40 years later the cast and fans of the show gathered in Nashville, TN to pay it homage. The story goes that when “Dukes” premiered, a television critic for the Los Angeles Times said, “This show won’t last past the first commercial break.” […]

Winchester Keeps Getting Better

Winchester, in the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley, is getting a lot of attention. In January, 24/7 Wall Street named Winchester the best place to retire in Virginia. Forbes named it Number 11 in the country for Best Small Places for Business and Career. Vacationideas.com listed it as one of the “25 Best Places […]

Perfect Romantic Weekend Getaways

The perfect romantic weekend really requires just two things: the right person and the right place. While we can’t help you find the right person, the Shenandoah Valley has an abundance of right places for romance. And right now a number of enticing romance packages are available. Below we suggest a few of the less […]

Page County will “Pay for Your Stay”

December 31, 2018

As if Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park weren’t enough, there is now an additional incentive to visit Page County, in the central Shenandoah Valley—free lodging. A new program called “Pay for your Stay,” launched by the Page County Economic Development and Tourism Office, focuses on increasing tourism in the winter months. Through the program, […]

Massanutten Opens Winter Season

The waiting is over. Massanutten Resort’s ski slopes are now open. Located in McGaheysville, barely a quick schuss from Harrisonburg, winter sports enthusiasts can now ski, snowboard, tube and skate at this popular, multi-faceted resort. Just prior to the “soft” opening December 7th, (for Season Pass holders) Kenny Hess, director of sports and recreation at […]

Winter Wine Destinations

The mid-winter escape to a mountain cabin is a longstanding Shenandoah Valley getaway, one that’s hard to improve upon. But savvy travelers who do a bit of research are finding new package deals—centering around a fine Virginia wine—that are upgrading the whole experience. Here are a few wine packages and vineyard tours to consider this […]

Epic Races of the Shenandoah Valley

In the Shenandoah Valley, more and more people are looking for new ways to test their fitness, or maybe their sanity. Considering events that combine running, cycling and paddling, or more “conventional” ultra-marathons, or maybe just a winter mud run, there is no shortage of ways to push your limits this year. Here we share […]

Family Fun at Douthat State Park

November 30, 2018

Virginia has 38 state parks and every one is worth a visit. As you tour the Shenandoah Valley, Douthat State Park (Say “doubt-that”) ought to be very high on your list of priorities. Located about 35 hilly miles northwest of Lexington, near Millboro, the park is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it […]

Exploring Martinsburg

Martinsburg, WV lies at the far northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, rich in outdoor pursuits, mountainous scenery and American history. The French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War all saw casualties here. History Byte A major part of Martinsburg’s Civil War history is the story of Belle Boyd. In 1861, […]