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4 Ways to Spend Great Outdoors Month in the Shenandoah Valley

bbhsvgreatoutdoorsmonthDid you know that June is Great Outdoors Month? “This June, celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America by getting outside during Great Outdoors Month. Once you come outside, you’ll never want to go back inside.” The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a particularly breathtaking portrait of the great outdoors, and the natural world holds endless adventures to enjoy during your visit. Check out 5 of our favorite outdoor activities:

1. Fly Fishing: Enjoy casting classes, fish guiding, or just some casual angling in Virginia’s waters. To start your fly fishing activities, visit Murray’s Fly Shop in Edinburg or Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg. (Also, if you’re a fan of fly fishing, you may want to mark your 2016 calendar for the annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival in Waynesboro, VA!)

2. Grand Caverns: While the weather outside is heating up, cool off underground. Discovered in 1804, these historic caverns boast the title of “America’s oldest show cave.” Now you can tour the various rooms and formations and examine the Civil War signatures that decorate the cavern walls.

3. Hiking: It’s the classic outdoor activity for a reason! The Shenandoah Valley is home to winding trails, rolling mountains, and stunning views. Trek through the forests of Shenandoah National Park, relish the waterfalls of Crabtree Falls, and explore portions of the Massanutten Recreational Trail.

4. Geocaching: Grab your GPS, create a free account on, and start your treasure hunt! If you’ve never been geocaching before, this activity uses GPS coordinates to lead you to a hidden cache, which may hold everything from a book of signatures (to which you can add your own) to small trinkets that you can claim. Just remember that if you take an item from a cache, be sure to leave something behind!

Don’t forget to reserve lodging at a Shenandoah Valley Bed & Breakfast! We look forward to seeing you for Great Outdoors Month.

Visit the 29th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival in Front Royal, Virginia

ymnv_qRq_400x400Every year, spring is accompanied by a huge variety of outdoor festivals with everything from live music to historic gardens to wine tasting. Speaking of wine tasting, there’s one upcoming festival in Front Royal, Virginia that will be offering its patrons a change to taste some Virginia vintages and peruse the wares of talented craft vendors. Now in its 29th year, the Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival is set for Saturday May 16, 2015, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.: “Covering more than 7 seven blocks and featuring over 100 vendors, artists and crafters from all over the east coast, there won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need… Fine handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, hand crafted musical instruments, pottery and ceramics, clothing, original paintings and artwork, antiques, the list goes on.”

But if you think that wine and crafts are the only festival offerings, then you’ll be delighted to hear about all of the food! Feast on funnel cakes, crabcake sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, shish kabobs and more. Between the food and the wine tasting, you’ll certainly be full and satisfied at the Virginia Wine and Craft Festival.

Quick Facts:

Where: E Main St, Front Royal, Warren, Virginia 22630

When: May 16, 2015, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tickets: Free general admission. $25 in advance and $30 at the gate for wine tasters.

Lodging: A Shenandoah Valley B&B!