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Front Royal’s Late Summer Vibe

July 31, 2019

How many small towns can claim to be the Canoe Capital of their state, and the entrance to a national park that drew 1.26 million visitors last year? Front Royal, about 70 miles west of Washington, DC on I-66, is the only one we know of. Felicia Hart, Director of Front Royal Community Development and […]

So Many Breweries, So Little Time!

August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, and the Shenandoah Valley is a significant part of the state’s fluid growth in this industry. A recent survey found that Virginia now numbers 190 craft breweries—13th among all states. But Virginia is 5th in the country in growth rate —up 36 percent from 2015. The Valley is now […]

Bright Lights, No City

June 29, 2019

Stargazing from Skyline Drive is unaffected by urban light pollution

Staunton’s Summer Spectacular

If you had to pick one destination in Virginia “not to miss,” which one would it be? The June issue of Oprah Magazine chose the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton. It’s a hard choice to argue! The Summer season at Blackfriar’s Playhouse is in full swing, and productions include: Julius Caesar, June 25 – Nov. […]

Epic Trips for Shenandoah Valley Lovers

“Virginia is for Lovers” Turns 50

Luray Caverns Opens New Entry Way

Is there really any way to improve upon a natural wonder that has already thrilled visitors for 140 years?  If the natural wonder is Luray Caverns, the answer is yes. On May 20th, Luray Caverns realized a decades-long goal of eliminating the remaining steps on the 1.25-mile tour route in the world-renowned attraction. The only […]

Animal Planet in the Shenandoah Valley

May 30, 2019

It’s one thing to take your kids to the zoo. It’s quite another to visit the Virginia Safari Park. Here in this 180-acre compound you and kids can actually mingle with more than 1,000 free-roaming llamas, bison, ostriches, giraffes, peacocks, zebras and kangaroos—just to mention a few of the resident species. Located in Natural Bridge*, […]

Say, “I Do!” to Love in the Shenandoah Valley

The iconic slogan, “Virginia is for lovers” turns 50 this year, and – especially in the Shenandoah Valley– it may be more true than ever. Couples seeking romantic getaways or a beautiful site for a wedding are choosing the Valley in ever-increasing numbers. 1n 2017, in the Washington, DC metro area, the average cost of […]

Disconnect in the Shenandoah Valley

Vacationers who unplug devices can re-connect with family.

Harrisonburg: A Summer Preview

More exciting accolades for Harrisonburg! A survey conducted in March by recognized the city as one of the “Top 10 best places for millennials to move in the U.S.” Harrisonburg ranked 7th out of 325 metro areas. (Another town considered a “gateway” to the Valley also made the list—Lynchburg.) Harrisonburg is the biggest city […]