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Sherando Lake: 24 Acres of Summer Fun

July 30, 2018

During August in the Shenandoah Valley, few outdoor pleasures can match the lure of a Blue Ridge mountain lake surrounded by towering pines and shady hardwoods. And Sherando Lake Recreation Area near Lyndhurst, Virginia, is one of the prettiest options travelers have. Open this year from April 3rd to October 30th, Sherando Lake Recreation Area […]

Cooter’s Place Recalls a Simpler Time

On one hand, “The Dukes of Hazzard” ended in 1985. On the other, it lives on at Cooter’s Place in Luray.  The General Lee doesn’t rip through the back roads of Georgia anymore, but you can see it, and many other Hazzard vehicles at Cooter’s Museum and Garage. (But don’t count on seeing the original […]

Orchards, Etc. — The Valley’s “Growth Industry”

The Shenandoah Valley’s rich agricultural heritage is thriving today. Indeed, agricultural is by far the largest sector of the economy in the state, and the Shenandoah Valley is home to four of the top five agricultural counties in Virginia, producing $1.2 billion annually in commodities sold. Agri-tourism in the Valley runs the gamut from orchards […]

Staunton’s Musical August

Summer concerts and county fairs highlight the Shenandoah Valley in August, and few towns offer as many options as Staunton.  Highly regarded for its cultural emphasis (plays, performances, concerts, art festivals, etc.) Staunton combines a wealth of musical offerings with a traditional county fair in the final month of summer. Here’s what coming up: Augusta […]

Creativity Takes Flight at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

June 30, 2018

What sort of artwork do you think could be created with 400,000 LEGO®  bricks? You can find out at Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks – a new outdoor exhibit at the Museum of Shenandoah Valley  (MSV) in Winchester. Open through September 3rd, this exhibit features works by New York-based artist Sean Kenney. It presents […]

The Underground Spectacle of the Shenandoah Valley

Ask anyone what they love most about the Shenandoah Valley and “The views!” will be a common answer. But some of the Valley’s best views are underground. The Valley’s caverns have been awe-inspiring people for generations and they are as powerful an experience today as they ever were. Here’s a thumbnail guide to where they […]

Out and About in Martinsburg

Like many Shenandoah Valley towns, Martinsburg–indeed all of Berkeley County, WV–is an alluring mix of outdoor fun, food, music, fairs, craft beers–and more outdoor fun. One highlight is the 23,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, where a wide variety of flora and fauna flourish—deer, turkeys, grouse, and black bears might be spotted from the hiking […]

Culinary Events in the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley is known for many different attractions — natural beauty, small town charm, historical sites, outdoor recreation, and a growing wine and craft beer presence. Among people serious about fine food, it is known as an exceptional place to dine. Nancy Craun of Taste of the Blue Ridge said, “Food in the Blue […]

Family Day Trips in the Shenandoah Valley

May 31, 2018

As much as kids are looking forward to the end of school, parents are frantically looking for ways to keep them engaged until September. Family day trips are one answer, and options in the Shenandoah Valley are abundant. Here are three ideas to enjoy time with your children this summer. Virginia Safari Park As diverse […]

12 Reasons to Visit Front Royal

Not many towns can claim to be the Canoe Capital of Virginia and provide quicker access to Skyline Drive than any other town in the Valley. Front Royal can. “Come play in our backyard,” invites Felicia Hart, Front Royal’s Director of Community Development and Tourism. “We offer hiking, biking, paddling on the river, golf– almost […]