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4 Things to Do in Front Royal, VA

Front Royal is a fascinating, historic town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. With its Civil War history, its downtown offerings, and its outdoors adventures, it’s definitely an excellent place to enjoy a getaway to the Commonwealth. Check out these four things to do in Front Royal to get started on your itinerary planning:

  1. Tour the museums and historic sites. Explore the Civil War relics and records at the Warren Rifles Confederate Museum or the Ivy Lodge Museum. Observe the Mosby Monument and the Soldiers’ Circle at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Discover the Belle Boyd Cottage, home of the famous Confederate spy.
  2. Discover the outdoors. When the weather is warm, Front Royal provides everything from canoeing and kayaking to golfing to horseback riding. Or if you’d prefer to view Front Royal from an aerial perspective, then consider enjoying a hot air balloon or a scenic airplane
  3. Indulge your palate. Treat yourself to local favorites like Happy Creek Coffee, B & L Custard, Melting Pot Pizza, and Spelunker’s Frozen Custard and Cavern Burgers. Enjoy a gourmet meal at Apartment 2G or Wine & Duck. You most certainly won’t go hungry in Front Royal (especially if you’re starting your stay with a B&B breakfast!)
  1. Stay at a B&B. We’re the BBHSV; of course this has to be a Front Royal activity! Luckily for you, the BBHSV offers a wonderful Front Royal B&B with fantastic innkeepers, delicious breakfasts, and comfy beds—Lackawanna Bed & Breakfast.
Photo by killahevlin Bed & Breakfast

Photo by killahevlin Bed & Breakfast

Stargazing in Shenandoah National Park

“The crisp, clear Blue Ridge Mountains air in Shenandoah National Park makes everything brighter in the night sky. Stars sparkle with more intensity, and constellations come into clearer view….National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Join amateur astronomers as they present a provocative presentation on controlling light pollution as you gaze at the heavenly stars through telescopes.”

Picture this setting: The air is clear and cool, cicadas hum somewhere in the darkness, and the dark blue night sky stretches out above you, peppered with stars and streaming with the cloudy lines of the Milky Way. If you’ve never experienced the sights and sounds of a night underneath Virginia’s sky, then you are definitely missing out! But luckily for you, there is an upcoming event that can remedy that—Shenandoah Stargazing.

On July 17, August 7, and September 18, visitors of Shenandoah National Park are invited to join others at the Big Meadows Area (inside the Rapidan Camp Gate at mile 51) for a free night sky presentation. Your visit will have you observing Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, galaxies, the Milky Way, and more all under the guidance and instruction of Greg Redfern, a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador and professor of astronomy.

A couple of tips before your visit: Be sure to bring a jacket, flashlight and blanket (you may not need them, but better safe than sorry). Also, the presentations are dependent on good weather, so on the day of the event, call 540-999-2222 to check the presentation status. Finally, don’t forget to reserve your lodging at a Shenandoah Valley bed & breakfast!


Visit Valley ArtsFest, Harrisonburg, Virginia

830395_10151742460693266_565712955_o“As the first designated Arts & Cultural District in Virginia, Harrisonburg is home to a thriving arts community. Our galleries glorify the dedicated work of local artists and artisans, our theaters proudly boast exciting lineups of performing arts entertainment, and our museums capture enriching history and culture. During the month of June, Valley ArtsFest celebrates the best of the arts in Harrisonburg.”

Whether you’re a fan of dancing, modern art exhibits, musical performances, children’s art activities, or all of the above, you’ll want to attend as many of the upcoming Valley ArtsFest events as possible! From railroads to Civil War history, this celebration of the arts covers it all. Here are some examples of what you can experience at the 2015 ArtsFest:

June 12, 26: Fridays On The Square Summer Music Fest, featuring The Woodshedders (Americana) and The Nighthawks (Blues) (Location: Location: Court Square Lawn, Court Square, Downtown Harrisonburg)

June 19: Open House and Celebration of National Milling Day (Location: Breneman-Turner Mill, 5001 Turners Mill Lane, Harrisonburg)

June 19-21: Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival (Location: Lehman Auditorium, Eastern Mennonite University – 1200 Park Road)

All of June: Rockingham Railroads: A 100 Year Review (Location: The Heritage Museum, 382 High Street, Dayton, VA, 22821)

Click here for more info. (Need lodging? Check out By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast and Stonewall Jackson Inn.)