Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley

Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley. Although definitions vary, the Shenandoah Valley today is generally considered to run from the West Virginia counties of Berkeley and Jefferson, where the Shenandoah River joins the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, to points south of Lexington, Virginia.

Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop is a wine-lover's paradise

Scenic Virginia destinations like the Shenandoah River, Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and Luray Caverns are known worldwide. The Shenandoah Valley region offers an incredible landscape blessed with a variety of getaway destinations. Yet, much of it is almost within sight of the highly-populated national Capitol area and less than one or two hours from major international airports.  Attractions vary in size and character. One may best experience what's there by experiencing it regionally, but always from some starting point of reference. Being “there” can mean a lot of things to different people.Incredible scenic natural beauty, wine, proximity and accessibility are all in the mix. So where does one actually start? It may take a sort of framework to help plan your own trip. Which brings us to the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop, a collectively-managed group of visitor-friendly attractions and tourism-supporting businesses that are spread out over a four-county area, mostly concentrated in Rappahannock and Page Counties. All are within or bordering the northern end of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.The well-known attractions and outdoor destinations of this Valley and Eastern Piedmont region are also interwoven with an ever-burgeoning Virginia wine industry. The Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop includes eight wineries, one distillery, four restaurants and eight lodging providers, all organized among two main access routes: A northern access point, which begins at the Front Royal, Va. Visitors Center, and a southern access point at the Luray, Va. Visitor Center.     ...more

Valley's historic inns, hotels take guests back in time

You don’t have to look far within the Shenandoah Valley to experience its rich history. Many of the valley's towns and cities boast historic streetscapes with centuries-old buildings and homes. Some of them have been refurbished and converted into hotels, inns and B&Bs. Their owners go through great effort to restore the original architectural features and choose decor that reflects the lifestyle of residents who lived in the Valley hundreds of years ago. The Jacob Swartz House in New Market, for instance, gives its overnight guests a taste of life in Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.   ...more

Second half of Civil War exhibition in Winchester shifts focus from civilian to military history

The second part of the An American Turning Point: The Civil War exhibition, Waging War, is now open at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va. The museum has partnered with the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities in bringing the traveling exhibition to the Shenandoah Valley. Waging War follows a Surviving War exhibition, which had been on display in the museum Changing Exhibitions Gallery for much of the first half of 2012. The current show closes on Dec. 2, 2012. Both parts of An American Turning Point: The Civil War bring the Civil War in Virginia to life through displays of authentic artifacts, interactive multimedia panels, coupled with a schedule of related museum programs.   ...more

Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads

To learn about touring Shenandoah Valley scenic backroads, get a copy of Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads (second edition), by Andrea Sutcliffe. You can check out the 13 tours featured in the book by clicking here. Order the book at 1-800-222-9796 or visit www.blairpub.com.

Upcoming Events in the Shenandoah Valley

Apr. 19, 2014: Staunton and Augusta Saturday Farmers Market in Staunton, Va.

Located downtown at the Wharf. Open every Saturday through Thanksgiving, 7 a.m. to  12 p.m. Local foods and plants, music and more in the Wharf parking lot. For more information, visit afarmersmarket.com.

Apr. 19, 2014: Junior Ranger Day at Shenandoah National Park

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive and Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center mile 51. Children connect with nature ith items on touch tables, indoor scavenger hunts, and trying on ranger uniforms. Ranger wildlife talk, live screech owl, park patrol vehicle and ambulance displayed. Work a fire hose with a wildland firefighter. PowerPoint presentation, A Ranger`s Life for Me. at Byrd Visitor Center. Opening weekend of National Park Week, entrance fees waived April 19 and 20. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shen.

Apr. 19, 2014: Harrisonburg Farmers Market in Harrisonburg, Va.

Downtown Harrisonburg, in the Turner Pavilion, 228. S. Liberty St. Tuesdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Runs through Nov 29. For more information, call 540-476-3377.

Apr. 19, 2014: Rockbridge Baths Farmers Market in Lexington, Va.

Rockbridge Baths Fire Department. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Locally-produced meats, produce, baked goods and more. For more information, call 540-348-5084.

Apr. 19, 2014: Arbor Day Trees and Native Plants Sale at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Francis Plecker Educational Center parking lot. Selection of wildflowers, contrasting foliage plants like native ferns, with unusual shrubs and trees. 15% off for city and county public school teachers school ID.

Apr. 19, 2014: Easter egg hunt in Staunton, Va.

Gypsy Hill Park Garden Center. Annual Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza Festival. Egg coloring, refreshments, arts and crafts activities, face painting, and surprise entertainers. Free admission.

Apr. 19, 2014: Civil War history Exhibition at Brownsburg Museum in Lexington, Va.

Valley of Virginia, A Community`s Civil War Story. Details life in the village of Brownsburg before, during, and after the Civil War. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. now through Dec. 21.  For more information, call 540-348-1600.

Apr. 19, 2014: Junk Food Frenzy at Veramar Vineyard in Berryville, Va.

905 Quarry Road. Wine, junk food and corn hole games. Reservations are required. Junk food and glass of wine: $15 per person. For more information, call 540-955-5510 or visit www.veramar.com.

Shenandoah Valley Tourism Information
Visit the Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center when traveling to the Shenandoah Valley. The Virginia Tourism-certified facility is centrally-located at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, just off Interstate 81 exit 264 in New Market, Va. Call for information at 866.515.1864