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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 […]

Shenandoah National Park: Virginia’s Best Escape Plan

While the price to enter Shenandoah National Park will increase a bit this summer, park lovers can take some comfort in the fact that the increase is actually far less than what was originally considered. Effective June 1, 2018 the park entrance became $30 per vehicle, $25 per motorcycle and $15 per person. These fees […]

The Craft Beer Boom

Between 2012 and 2017, the number of Virginia craft breweries and cideries grew 468 percent and the Shenandoah Valley is contributing to that growth. Shenandoah Valley craft breweries are not just places to hoist a glass with friends. They are multi-dimensional businesses featuring everything from home-brew classes and yoga to 5Ks and Native American blessings—along […]

The Valley’s Festival Forecast

April 29, 2018

May is a visually splendid month to visit the Shenandoah Valley–but expect the serenity of the landscape to be interrupted by the gaiety of a festival almost anywhere you go. Moving from north to south, here’s a short roundup of locales offering food, drink, music, arts, crafts and more in the Valley’s festival-filled month of […]

Adventuring in Shenandoah River State Park

Virginia Route 340 between Front Royal and Luray is perhaps one of the more underrated scenic drives in the state. And as more and more outdoorspeople are discovering, one of the best places to get out of the car and adventure in that scenery is Shenandoah River State Park (also known as Andy Guest State […]

Surprising Bedford

Would it surprise you to learn that Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest  is the third “best” tourist attraction in Virginia? Ahead of Monticello? Ahead of Mount Vernon? You can see the complete list here  but Poplar Forest, a National Historic Landmark, was indeed chosen third by a panel of travel writers and readers who voted in […]

Showtime at the Wayne!

The Shenandoah Valley may be pretty far off-Broadway, but visitors will find a surprising number of professional theater performances even in the relatively small towns up and down the I-81 corridor. The Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro is one such example, offering a wide-ranging slate of plays, films, dance, and concerts, plus educational workshops, a changing […]

Aerial Lodging: Where to Stay in Shenandoah National Park

March 29, 2018

If a menu offering “Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche, Prince Edward Island Mussels, and Twin Cornbread & Andouille Stuffed Quail” sounds good—it is. If it sounds like an A-list, uptown restaurant—it isn’t. It’s Skyland, in the heart of Shenandoah National Park. That particular feast is offered May 17th, at one of several Shenandoah Seasonings Vintner Dinners […]

Winchester’s Spring Fling

The Shenandoah Valley is usually associated with natural scenic beauty, quiet mountain getaways and idyllic trips along a trail or down a river. But every year about this time, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester turns the Valley into something else entirely. The 91st Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will be held April 27 – […]