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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley – Redefining “Museum”

October 30, 2017

The definition of the word “museum” is changing, and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in Winchester is one good example of how. With four major galleries, changing exhibitions, a café and museum store, the MSV has all the classic attributes of a conventional museum. But they also have seven acres of water-feature gardens, […]

Luray–the Valley’s Outdoor Playground

*Iconic Caverns *Races Galore *Horseback Adventure

New Market: Where the Battlefields Whisper

Simply reaching New Market is a gratifying part of the visit to this wonderful Shenandoah Valley town. About a two-hour drive from Washington, DC, New Market is immediately accessible from I-81, offering splendid mountain views for many miles. And for those who like to stop and explore small towns, Route 11 goes right through several […]

Classic Cozy Getaways

If we ever come up with a “Coziness Capital” of Virginia it is bound to be somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley. Tucked-away cabins in the Valley range widely in amenities, but scenic views, fireplaces, quilts, and a glass of something are common to most. The following inns, B&Bs and cabins would probably make anyone’s list […]

The Valley’s Civil War History

September 29, 2017

Memories of the Civil War are rife throughout the Shenandoah Valley. There are even eight counties in the Valley that have been Congressionally designated as a National Heritage Area – the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District–an effort led by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (540-740-4545), which works with partners to preserve and advance interest […]

Don’t Overlook Edinburg

*Historic Mill *Spirits Trail *Small Town Beauty and Charm

The Cooter’s Experience

There aren’t many events that draw 20,000+ people to Luray, Virginia over a weekend. But Cooter’s Last Stand, held in July, indeed broke that ceiling and drew people from 43 states and 11 countries. Brought to the Shenandoah Valley by Ben Jones (Cooter) and his wife, Alma Viator, Cooters in the Valley  has struck a […]

Shenandoah–The Town

Where the River Meets the Mountains

Harrisonburg Among “Best Bike Towns”

August 31, 2017

The Shenandoah Valley’s growing reputation as an acclaimed cycling area just got another boost. Blue Ridge Outdoors named Harrisonburg one of its “10 Best Blue Ridge Bike Towns.” The city had  previously been honored by National Geographic as one of America’s “Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns.” In choosing Harrisonburg, Blue Ridge Outdoors cited its “proximity […]

Modern Harpers Ferry

*Outdoor Adventure *American History *Cool Small Town