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Shenandoah Caverns, Luray, VA

You may have noticed that the weather is heating up, and it’s only going to keep getting warmer as we move into spring and then at last into summer. But there is one spot in the Shenandoah Valley that keeps its comfortably cool temperature of around 56 degrees all year long. We’re talking about Shenandoah Caverns in Luray, VA, a 90-year old spot with fascinating formations, concerts and festivals, and the only cavern in Virginia that offers elevator service.

According to the Shenandoah Caverns website, “an hour long guided tour takes you on a one mile trek on crushed gravel pathways through seventeen rooms, each one more spectacular than the next. See the famous ‘Breakfast Bacon,’ marvel at the soaring rooms like Grotto of the Gods, and be amazed by the sparkling calcite crystals of Diamond Cascade.”

If you’re interested in more than just rock formations, then visit during one of the Caverns’ shows or festivals. In fact, one activity, the Shenandoah Jamboree, is coming up on April 4, 2015 and is “the Valley’s premier country entertainment series of shows.” Later this year on November 14, 2015, the Caverns will be presenting Shenandoah Uncorked, a family-friend wine festival with crafts, children’s activities, food, and of course, wine tasting.

Think you’d like to check out Shenandoah Caverns? Complete your adventure with a BBHSV getaway at our Luray member, South Court Inn. Happy caving!


Local Chop & Grill House, Harrisonburg, VA

“Local Chop & Grill House strives to provide creative meals with locally sourced products from our neighbors. We are dedicated to supporting local artists, craftsmen, family farms and vendors—bringing you the best of what the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.” At the Local Chop & Grill House in Harrisonburg, Virginia, you’ll find high quality steaks and charcuterie, organically raised poultry, organic seasonal produce, and hot, fresh baked goods. Sounds pretty appetizing, right? There’s a reason this establishment won the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the OpenTable Diner’s Choice for 2014, and Virginia Living’s Best of 2014!

Feast on an appetizer of twin oaks tofu, chicken livers, Rappahannock river oysters Rockefeller, or arancini de riso. Savor a salmon filet, filet mignon, duck breast, or cauliflower “steak,” then for dessert, indulge in toffee pudding, dark chocolate cream pie, crème brulee, or house made ice cream. At the Local Chop & Grill House, you’ll only be treated to the highest quality ingredients. localchop2


Furthermore, Local Chop & Grill House offers a bar complete with wine, beer, cider, and signature cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a glass of Cabernet Franc, a bottle of hard cider, or a glass or Lakefront New Grist, the House bar will quench your thirst. Be sure to try out a signature cocktail too, as they’re pretty fantastic!

localchopCheck out our Harrisonburg B&Bs, so that you have a place to rest your head after an evening of indulge at Local Chop & Grill House—Stonewall Jackson B&B, By the Side of the Road B&B.