Attend Fall Festival Living History Day at Grand Caverns

If you caught a past blog of ours, then you may have learned a bit about the famous Grand Caverns of Grottoes, Virginia. But a tour of the caverns isn’t the only excitement you can experience at this historic location. Coming up on October 3, 2015, you’ll have the chance to experience Fall Festival Living History Day. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or just a casual observer of the past, you won’t want to miss this event!

Here are a few details about what you can expect to find and enjoy at this year’s festival:

  1. Artifact Identification: Bring you arrowheads, stone tools, and other historic artifacts, and let the Massanutten Chapter of the Virginia Archeological Society help you identify their past.
  2. Re-enactment Groups: “Re-enactment groups from different time periods will be demonstrating the daily life of a Civil War, WWII, and Vietnam Era Soldier throughout the day.”
  3. Vehicle Displays: Observe an array of military, classic, and antique vehicles.
  4. A Ballroom Dance: Held inside the Ballroom of Grand Caverns, you’ll have the opportunity to end the festival with an authentic ball from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (It’s not required, but if you feel so inclined, feel free to wear period attire!)

Don’t forget to book your room at a Shenandoah Valley B&B to complete your Living History experience. We look forward to seeing you!


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.