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.

Ski season began early for Bryce Resort's 50th anniversary year

  Bryce Resort is one of three year-round resorts located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The resort's relatively small size may be just one of the things that give it a family-friendly appeal. Bryce's slopes can be a good place to start for young and beginning skiers and snowboarders. And only after just a few runs down Bryce Resort ski slopes, there's always a good chance the lift attendants start remembering you by name.Bryce Resort is tucked behind one of the foothill ridges of the great North Mountain, and literally at the base of the eastern leading edge of the Allegheny Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley's western border between Virginia and West Virginia. It's one of those places that, once you are there, you can feel like you are a lot farther away from it all than you really are.In reality, it's only about 11 miles west of Interstate 81, exit 273, the tiny little Shenandoah County town of Mt. Jackson, Va., where Civil War-era building architecture abounds and factory tours at Rt. 11 Potato Chips are enjoyed. More about Shenandoah County later.Bryce Resort turns 50 this year, and in its entire history there has only been one other time that skiing could be offered as early as Thanksgiving – and that was just last year. This year, the ski season really took off early, thanks to those eight inches of snow that fell the day before Thanksgiving.   ...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

Dec. 21, 2014: Holiday festival in Staunton, Va.

Toys and Books, 15 West Johnson St. Visit with Santa Pufferbellies. Admission by Appointment only. For more information, call 540-886-3516.

Dec. 21, 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.

Dec. 21, 2014: Santa arrival in Berryville, Va.

John H. Enders Fire Company and Rescue Squad.

Dec. 21, 2014: Sundays With Santa at Natural Bridge, Va.

Natural Bridge Hotel. Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Lunch Buffet with complimentary photo with Santa, cell-phone photo op for parents. Horse-drawn carriage rides for $15. For more information, call 540-291-2121.

Dec. 21, 2014: Afternoons at the MSV program at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. Jackson Caesar, tenor vocalist performs seasonal music favorites.  Limited concert seating. First-come, first-served. Tickets available at and after 10 a.m. Museum members admitted free, as are SU students and faculty, and ages 12 and under. General admission: $10, includes gallery admission. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240, or visit www.theMSV.org.

Dec. 21, 2014: Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.

Dec. 21, 2014: Barbershop music concert at Schultz TheatreNew Market, Va.

9357 N. Congress St. Harrisonburg Harmonizers. Pay at the door. Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. For more information, call 540-740-9119.

Dec. 21, 2014: Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. A Christmas Carol. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.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