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Big Meadows Lodge Turns 80!

March 31, 2019

Not that there is any extra incentive needed to stay overnight in Shenandoah National Park, but there is something special this year travelers ought to know: August 24, 2019 is the 80th anniversary of Big Meadows Lodge, and a full slate of special events—running all season– will celebrate that historic opening. In addition to the […]

Meet The Valley’s Magnificent Main Street Communities

The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program. Virginia has 29 historically important – and thriving – Main Street communities. Many of the most towns most celebrated for their revitalization success and walkability are located right here in the Shenandoah Valley. Here’s a brief look at where they are and […]

Affordable Discoveries in the Shenandoah Valley

It’s not a stretch to say the whole Shenandoah Valley is “affordable,” at least comparatively. There are restaurants in the Valley where a good dinner for two is cheaper than a day of parking in Washington, DC. Below we list seven ideas that will guarantee you an enjoyable visit to the Valley at prices just […]

“Come Home to Capon”

February 28, 2019

Capon Springs and Farms, in the West Virginia region of the Shenandoah Valley, is an all-inclusive mountain resort where you can completely relax. It’s less than two hours from Washington, DC and just 20 minutes west of the I-81 corridor near Strasburg, VA. For over 86 years, the Austin family has maintained a casual, comfortable […]

Bedford’s Many Faces

Even the quickest glance at their FB page will show you Bedford offers some of the most diverse events and attractions in the Shenandoah Valley. Postings announce musical events, new restaurants, cyclocross racing, arts and culture news, wineries and orchards and oh yes — the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration. Here’s a look at some […]

2019 Music Festival Preview

Not to argue with Julie Andrews, but it’s not just the hills that are “alive with the sound of music.” The Shenandoah Valley is, too. Whether your taste runs to classical, bluegrass, soul, jazz or enduring rock n’ roll, there is an ever-growing music festival scene in the Shenandoah Valley. Keep an eye on our […]

Top Historic Sites in the Shenandoah Valley

The visual evidence of Virginia’s history is abundant in the Shenandoah Valley—silent Civil War battlefields, crumbling stone fences, relic cabins, and small museums housing flintlock rifles and hand -made cradles. Early on, Virginia was the American frontier, and in the 1770s its boundaries encompassed all or parts of the current states of West Virginia, Kentucky, […]

Presidential Presence in the Shenandoah Valley

January 30, 2019

Eight U.S. Presidents were born in Virginia – Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler, Taylor and Wilson. Of those, four had significant ties to the Shenandoah Valley, and February 18th—Presidents Day— is the perfect time to take a look at presidential historic sites–some well-known, some off the beaten track. George Washington’s Military Office George Washington […]

The “Dukes of Hazzard” Is Celebrating 40 Years

On January 26th, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” premiered on CBS, and 40 years later the cast and fans of the show gathered in Nashville, TN to pay it homage. The story goes that when “Dukes” premiered, a television critic for the Los Angeles Times said, “This show won’t last past the first commercial break.” […]

Winchester Keeps Getting Better

Winchester, in the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley, is getting a lot of attention. In January, 24/7 Wall Street named Winchester the best place to retire in Virginia. Forbes named it Number 11 in the country for Best Small Places for Business and Career. Vacationideas.com listed it as one of the “25 Best Places […]