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Virginia Safari Park—Where the Deer and the Kangaroos Play

June 29, 2017

As diverse as Virginia’s wildlife population is, one doesn’t normally think of it as a haven for llamas, bison, ostriches, giraffes, peacocks, zebras and kangaroos. Yet you can see all these species and more roaming the 180-acre Virginia Safari Park. Located in Natural Bridge*, near Lexington, the park is about a three-hour drive from Washington, […]

Shenandoah County’s Enduring Music Scene

The musical traditions of the Shenandoah Valley are deep and varied. Early European immigrants, with few forms of entertainment available, brought the fiddle and the “scheithooz,” a German forerunner of the dulcimer with them along the Wilderness Road. In time, banjos and guitars could be obtained through mail order catalogs, or constructed by mountain artisans. […]

Fruits of Labor—The Agri-Tourism Experience

What was once called farming is now often called agri-business, and with agri-business has come agri-tourism. Agri-tourism is a broad term that can reflect a range of authentic agricultural experiences: Pick your own fruit. Harvest grapes at a vineyard. Tour a working farm. Sample a Virginia wine. Shop a farmer’s market, or dine at a […]

Summer Fun Guide to Harrisonburg

*Festivals *Fairs *Entertainment

Summer Road Trip! Virginia’s Most Scenic Mountain Drives

June 15, 2017

Located along the crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are regularly touted among the best mountain drives in the United States.  And with good reason.  These drives are epic, and create lasting memories. The action all begins in Front Royal, Virginia (about 75 minutes from Washington DC), and runs […]

Gear Up For Two-Wheeling Fun In the Shenandoah Valley

June 1, 2017

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley offers bucolic pastures, rolling green hills, and charming small towns all nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.  With both flat and rolling hill topography in the Valley, and significant vertical challenge in the mountains, the Shenandoah Valley offers challenges for every age and ability level. Harrisonburg was recently named “One of America’s Top Ten […]

National Trails Day

May 30, 2017

If the glimpse of a dirt path fading into the woods excites you, if scenic vistas of the Blue Ridge or the solitude of a silent wilderness lift your heart, then we hope you visit the Shenandoah Valley on June 3rd, 2017 –National Trails Day—to explore some of the Valley’s unforgettable hiking trails. And even […]

Bedford—Home of the National D-Day Memorial

*Farmer’s Market *Wineries *Historic Downtown

The Night Life in Shenandoah National Park

First-time visitors to Shenandoah National Park are usually somewhat prepared for its spectacular views: mountain vistas, cascading waterfalls, and endless miles of hardwood and evergreen forests. What they often don’t expect is the awe-inspiring view of the sky at night. Located miles from big city lights and urban haze that obscure a view of the […]

Alleghany County – The Highlands Experience

*Railroad Heritage * Outdoor Challenge  *Romantic Inns