When and where to see the Valley’s classic fall color.
Outdoor options, exciting dining and more await you in this scenic county.
“Spectacular” is a common word used in describing the Shenandoah Valley. But within this naturally scenic region, what areas really stand out for being uncommon, unique—for being truly spectacular? Of course the question invites spirited debate—but we consider the following sites to at least be candidates for the list. If you haven’t seen them, we […]
Shenandoah County, just 90 miles west of Washington, DC combines many of the Shenandoah Valley’s most attractive elements: natural beauty, historic battlefields, awe-inspiring caverns, classic small towns, endless outdoor recreation options—and we are approaching the very best time to see them. “The Fall is a spectacular time to visit Shenandoah County. Visitors can enjoy a […]
Regardless of what criteria you use to create your own “bucket list” of hikes, there are trails in the Shenandoah Valley that will meet your requirements. Virginia’s state parks, national parks and national forests comprise thousands of miles of dirt paths–as easy or as challenging as you want. For example, about 554 miles of the […]
“Yoga in the Gardens.” “Trail Site Tour.” ‘Youth Workshops.” “Women in the Arts Panel.” You might expect such activities to take place at four different venues. They don’t. They are all functions that have been held this summer at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in Winchester. Perhaps more than most museums, the MSV […]
Waynesboro (“Where Good Nature Comes Naturally”) occupies somewhat of a nexus location in the Shenandoah Valley—it’s just three miles from the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the southern end of Skyline Drive. The Appalachian Trail is a couple of miles from town (where the Waynesboro YMCA offers free showers to backpackers). Hiking, […]
The image has almost become a symbol of the Shenandoah Valley—acres of lush grape fields sweeping toward the rippling Blue Ridge Mountains far in the distance. Immediately you imagine yourself with a companion, enjoying a fine wine on the patio and taking in that view. This scene is easily duplicated at one of the Valley’s […]
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 […]
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 […]