Front Royal, the Gateway to the Skyline Drive, is located near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 66, so it is easily accessible from most of the Mid-Atlantic area. Also known as “the Canoe Capital of Virginia,” we sit at the junction of the South and North forks of the famed Shenandoah River. Area attractions include hiking along Skyline Drive and other local parks, canoeing and kayaking on the Shenandoah River, browsing local antique shops, golfing at some of Northern Virginia’s finest (and most reasonably priced) courses, and tasting some of Virginia’s finest wines at our local wineries. Foodies won’t be disappointed with the unique and interesting restaurants downtown Front Royal has to offer. Historic downtown Front Royal epitomizes the friendly Southern small town with quaint shops and welcoming locals. Civil War enthusiasts will find history here at every turn where Custer’s men skirmished with Mosby’s Rangers. Check out the Visitors’ Center or one of our local museums to learn more about the history of this two-hundred-plus-year-old town.
Woodstock is the County Seat of Shenandoah County and perhaps more than any other, maintains the small town rural flavor of the Valley’s history. The town was laid out by George Washington, and the old courthouse was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Woodstock is surrounded by farmland and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Alleghenies to the west. Explore the downtown shops and enjoy the friendliness of local residents. Then venture off to nearby vineyards – North Mountain, Shenandoah and Cave Ridge; tour caverns – Shenandoah, Endless or Luray, and by all means, see New Market battlefield and Hall of Valor museum. Meems Bottom covered bridge is nearby on Rt. 11. Area museums include Strasburg, Edinburg Mill and Woodstock . A summer treat is the Orkney Springs Music Festival. For outdoor recreation, Bryce Resort has a fine golf course; Ft. Valley has riding stables, the Shenandoah River is ideal for canoeing, and Shenandoah Park has endless hiking opportunities. Woodstock and the surrounding area offer unique events throughout the year, from farmers’ markets, seasonal parades, stargazing in the park, Mayfest at Strasburg, Edinburg Mill Fall Festival, the Shenandoah County fair, and the 40 mile yard crawl in August. Come on down and do as little or as much as you wish.
The Town of Luray lies at the intersection of US RT 340 and US RT 211, between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountains, only 90 miles from Washington, DC. The town gained fame in the mid-1800s as the home of Luray Caverns and became a destination for vacations and chartered train tourists coming to see “one of the natural wonders of the world.” Today, Luray continues to serve visitors to the Caverns and those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, quiet pastoral countryside, and outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, water sports, fishing, and hunting. Only 9 miles from the Thornton Gap, Skyline Drive, and the Shenandoah River, Luray is centrally located for access to activities across the Valley. Major Attractions: Luray Caverns, Warehouse Art Gallery, BB&T Performing Arts Center, the Page (Movie) Theater, the Singing Tower, the Car Museum, Page Valley Museum, Luray Zoo, Garden Maze, Hawksbill Greenway Park, with 2 miles of walking trails, and Lake Arrowhead Park. Annual Festivals: Family Fun Fest Mother’s Day weekend, Oak Leaf Bluegrass and Mountain Festival, Agricultural and Industrial Fair and Luray International Triathlon, all in August, and Page County Heritage Festival on Columbus Day weekend.
Mt. Jackson, located in the “Heart of the Shenandoah Valley,” is a designated State and National Historic Town. Orkney Springs, circa 1771, is a historic resort west of Mt. Jackson. It is the home of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festivals May through September. The Union Church, circa 1825, has signatures on the walls of soldiers serving during the Civil War. Our Soldiers Cemetery and the Veterans Memorial Park are also on Route 11. Shenandoah Caverns, American Celebration on Parade, and the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory are on the path from the Meems Bottom Covered Bridge. Take a tour of the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory. In addition to our Apple/Blue Grass Festival, the second weekend of October every year, there are three wineries – Cave Ridge, Crooked Run, and Wolf Gap, also three golf courses – Bryce Resort, Shenvalee, and Parksaddle. Canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River – plus many hiking trails. The second weekend of August each year is the longest “Yard Crawl” (yard sale), stretching 40 miles from Stephens City to New Market on Route 11.
Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, our local culture of small, valley towns, historic places, and outdoor recreation offer many reasons to keep coming back to the Harrisonburg area. Whether you travel along Interstate-81 or in the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, Harrisonburg is minutes from many of Virginia’s most beautiful places. Begin by visiting the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitors Center. The travel staff is available everyday 9am-5pm. A must see is the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Center, landscaped with native plants, botanical gardens, and a walking trail. Watch for Old-Order Mennonites in horse-drawn buggies near the historic Silver Lake Mill and Dayton Farmer’s Market. Shop the Green Valley Bookfair-the mid-Atlantic’s largest bookstore. Planning to get outdoors? With great services and local guides, visitors can road bike or mountain bike, canoe or kayak, climb and cave. Ride horseback along our mountain trails or take your exploration underground at Grand Caverns. Ranked by Backpacker Magazine as a top spot for families to “beat nature deficit disorder,” Harrisonburg is the kind of place where outdoor recreation is a priority. Only two hours from the major metros – plan your visit now!
Roll down the windows and savor the breeze as you enjoy a leisurely pace along the Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy the magnificent vistas from over 100 overlooks or spend some time on the 682 miles of hiking trails. Enter the Plumb House and step back in time to the Civil War era as you wander through one of Waynesboro’s oldest dwellings. Satisfy your inner artist with a tour of the P. Buckley Moss Museum. Get caught up in the activity of one of the many yearly events or relax by the fireside or in a hot tub at a restful bed & breakfast. Centrally located in Virginia, easily accessible via Interstate 81, and providing access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. Close to the University of Virginia and James Madison University. Several of Virginia’s finest vineyards are just a short scenic drive away. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, outside Charlottesville, just minutes down I-64. If antiquing is your obsession, there are many shops and antique malls close by. Waynesboro is a charming destination as well as an ideal hub for day trips and excursions to surrounding areas.
In the Shenandoah Valley along Historic Rt.11, is a quiet village known as Steeles Tavern. Steeles Tavern is located between Staunton (15 miles north) and Lexington (16 miles south) and two miles east of I81 Exit 205. The greatest strength of Steeles Tavern is the proximity to activities that appeal to a broad cross section of travelers, from history buffs on the Civil War Trail to couples enjoying the views of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains. Our property is adjacent to Rt 56 which leads you 7 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Continuing another 6 miles, you will arrive at Crabtree Falls. A short ride to the west takes you to Cyrus McCormick’s Farm, Rockbridge Vineyards, Wade’s Mills, Orchardside Yarn Shop and Berry Farm and Brownsburg Museum. There is plenty of hiking, fishing, and horseback riding in the area. Antique shops are plentiful with one shop just across the street. Theater enthusiasts are situated between Lexington’s Lime Kiln Theater and Staunton’s Blackfriars Shakespeare Theater. Whether you travel the area to seek activities or just wish to relax in a country setting, Steeles Tavern Manor is the Bed & Breakfast spot for you.
Nestled in the Southern part of the Shenandoah Valley, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fairfield is a haven of tranquility, fresh air, meadows, rivers, waterfalls, country lanes, and awesome mountain views from just about every spot you stand. Outdoor adventures abound, including discovering special places along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and horseback riding. Here you’ll find some of the most spectacular country roads in Virginia to explore via motorcycle or bicycle. Nearby are both Rockbridge and Lexington Valley Vineyards for wine tasting and vineyard tours, Wade’s Mill where they grind grains with a water-powered mill stone and have a fabulous kitchen shop, Orchardside Yarn Shop and Berry Farm, lots of places to uncover that perfect antique to add to your collection, Brownsburg Museum, and Goshen Pass — a beautiful ride through a mountain pass surrounded with rocky cliffs and the cascading waters of the Maury River. It’s the perfect place to get your “nature fix” but still be close to towns when you’re ready for shopping, dining, theater, and other amusements. Just off Exit 200 on Interstate 81, Fairfield is easy to get to and convenient to both Lexington (13 miles south) and Staunton (20 miles north).
Historic Lexington, settled in 1777, is home to Washington and Lee University (est. 1749) and The Virginia Military Institute (est. 1839). Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson are buried in town. Civil War Buffs will enjoy Lee Chapel Museum, Stonewall Jackson House and Cemetery, and the VMI Museum on Post. General George Marshall attended VMI, and there is an on-Post museum honoring him. The Lexington Visitor Center offers horse carriage rides April – October, free guided walking tours every Friday, and Ghost Walks May – October. Natural Bridge and Caverns and the Blue Ridge Parkway, with its spectacular seasonal floral and foliage displays, are 15 minutes from town. Motorcyclists always find plenty of back road exploring. Safari Park, with 1000 exotic animals, is fun for kids and adults. Explore 1700′s Wades Mill after you stop for wine tasting at Rockbridge Vineyard. Take in a concert or play outdoors at Lime Kiln Theatre. Hull’s Drive-in Theatre offers a throw-back experience as you catch a current flick from your car. Hikers will enjoy the Chessie Nature Trail and the Appalachian Trail. The area has lots of fishing streams, and guided trout fishing is also offered. The Virginia Horse Center, 5 minutes from Lexington, has events almost every week of the year.
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