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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, […]

10 Ways to be Jolly in the Shenandoah Valley

‘Tis the holiday season to be jolly, and the Shenandoah Valley presents a multitude of ways to do just that. Here are 10 that are among our favorites, concentrating on performances, house tours, and shopping in no particular order. Holiday Performances: Some theaters slow down at this time of year but not the Wayne Theatre […]

Winchester Never Slows Down

Winchester, Virginia offers innumerable attractions in the spring, summer and fall —Marker Miller Orchards*, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, and the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre among them. But what about in December? Is there anything to do then? The fact is, Winchester never slows down. Of course, holiday spirit pervades Winchester at this time of year, […]

Charming Cabin Choices in the Shenandoah Valley

October 31, 2018

Romantic getaways. Weddings and receptions. Family reunions. Weekend recharging. Starting your novel. Whatever your reason to rent a cabin, the Shenandoah Valley has an option for you. Rustic, glamorous, remote, near-town, mountaintop, riverside, Quiet. Quieter. You will find it among these choices: All Star Lodging I-81 Exit 264 to US 211 East All Star Lodging […]

Experience Bedford

Like many towns in the Shenandoah Valley, Bedford is a diverse destination offering a multitude of reasons to visit — historic sites, natural beauty, progressive arts and entertainment, a thriving downtown scene and more. Smith Mountain Lake Example: Smith Mountain Lake, one of the most popular attractions near Bedford, draws the most visitors in summer […]

Step Out in Front Royal

If you wanted to build a town with great access to outdoor recreation, you could hardly do better than Front Royal. Felicia Hart, Director of Tourism and Community Development there told us, “Front Royal, (just an hour outside of DC), is recognized as the “welcome mat” to the Northern Gateway to Shenandoah National Park and […]

Valley Vineyards and Wineries

September 30, 2018

October is Virginia Wine Month, and the Shenandoah Valley is an ideal place to celebrate it. There are about 300 wineries in the state, with dozens scattered up and down the Valley in idyllic pockets of natural beauty. For agricultural splendor, there is nothing quite like a vineyard, and indeed, Virginia’s reputation for producing excellent […]

Shenandoah National Park’s Fall Wonder

Shenandoah National Park is beautiful almost any day of the week, any month of the year.  For an update on fall color from the National Park Service, click Fall Color Report. In October, the beauty of the park will take your breath away. Searing reds, oranges, and brilliant golds combine with evergreens to put on […]