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How Harrisonburg Keeps You Young

September 30, 2018

Locales in the Shenandoah Valley typically make a lot of “10 Best” lists. And one way to characterize the thriving city of Harrisonburg is to look at the long list of awards it has earned and lists it has made over the years. A small sample includes: –Travel and Leisure’s Number Six Favorite Town in […]

Keep Children Happy on the Virginia Kids Trail

Whether it’s a long weekend or a full-scale vacation, the age-old question, “What can we find for the kids to do?” no longer need plague concerned parents. It’s never been easier, particularly with the Virginia Kids Trail. We asked Nancy Craun, founder of Go Blue Ridge Travel and the Virginia Kid’s Trail,  to tell us […]

Luray’s Blue Ridge Mountain Mudurance

August 31, 2018

While Luray, Virginia is always going to be best-known for its world-renowned Luray Caverns, the small town in Page County is becoming more and more known for outdoor pursuits. Luray has the Greenway, Lake Arrowhead, Swim Fests, a major triathlon, softball tournaments, ziplines, canoeing, horseback riding, cycling events, and of course quick access to Shenandoah […]

Grand Caverns: The Land Down Under

Good things take time. When you enter Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia, you won’t be surprised that it took millions of years for it to form. Stalactites, for example (which hang from the ceiling) typically take about 125 years to grow one inch. With underground temperatures a near-constant mid-50s, the cave is a blessing for […]

Mount Up–The Valley by Horseback!

“Ain’t nothing like ridin’ a fine horse in new country.” This is what Augustus McCrae said right before he started chasing buffalo in the movie Lonesome Dove. While Gus’s grammar is hazy, his point is not. It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran rider or a first-timer, seeing the Shenandoah Valley from horseback is an […]

The Blue Ridge Parkway: Highway to Heaven

The Blue Ridge Parkway  (BRP) is not just the most-visited unit of the whole national park system. It’s a pathway to virtually every type of experience the Shenandoah Valley (and western North Carolina) has to offer. From this one, marvelously scenic road, you can access historic sites, vineyards and craft breweries, outdoor pleasures galore, arts […]

Sherando Lake: 24 Acres of Summer Fun

July 30, 2018

During August in the Shenandoah Valley, few outdoor pleasures can match the lure of a Blue Ridge mountain lake surrounded by towering pines and shady hardwoods. And Sherando Lake Recreation Area near Lyndhurst, Virginia, is one of the prettiest options travelers have. Open this year from April 3rd to October 30th, Sherando Lake Recreation Area […]

Cooter’s Place Recalls a Simpler Time

On one hand, “The Dukes of Hazzard” ended in 1985. On the other, it lives on at Cooter’s Place in Luray.  The General Lee doesn’t rip through the back roads of Georgia anymore, but you can see it, and many other Hazzard vehicles at Cooter’s Museum and Garage. (But don’t count on seeing the original […]

Orchards, Etc. — The Valley’s “Growth Industry”

The Shenandoah Valley’s rich agricultural heritage is thriving today. Indeed, agricultural is by far the largest sector of the economy in the state, and the Shenandoah Valley is home to four of the top five agricultural counties in Virginia, producing $1.2 billion annually in commodities sold. Agri-tourism in the Valley runs the gamut from orchards […]

Staunton’s Musical August

Summer concerts and county fairs highlight the Shenandoah Valley in August, and few towns offer as many options as Staunton.  Highly regarded for its cultural emphasis (plays, performances, concerts, art festivals, etc.) Staunton combines a wealth of musical offerings with a traditional county fair in the final month of summer. Here’s what coming up: Augusta […]