The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
 
Connecting with nature, calming the spirit

 

The Shenandoah Valley continues to grow as a national and international visitor destination. Although annual visitor numbers have long run into the millions, there’s still a lot of space here, such as in numerous national parks, in protected forests and around certain unpopulated bends of the Shenandoah River.

What makes the Valley so unique is the variety of options available for experiencing its natural and scenic beauty. It’s home to a number of four-season resorts with convenient, bundled lodging and hosted activities. Then there is the huge Shenandoah National Park, a protected wilderness that also offers plenty of lodging, camping and dining services that are open for all but the coldest times of year.

While the trails and access roads of George Washington National Forest are much more freely accessible than at Shenandoah National park, they provide relatively limited lodging opportunities and other visitor services.

Roughing it is not the only option. Pamper yourself at a luxurious bed and breakfast or stay at a developed camping area. Hang out at a hotel or plug into some real AC at an RV park. It’s all about whatever pops into your mind and matching it up to your own degree of comfort level.

It’s certainly still possible to get back in touch with nature in open areas on public lands. Although the national forest supports many other kinds of purposes that could possibly interrupt a meditative interlude, such as timber harvesting projects, ATV and horse trail activity, and during hunting season.

But as the region rightly promotes itself as a world-class tourist destination, it attracts more and more crowds of people …especially on pretty weekends. That's a good thing. Folks who arrive with bikes or kayaks – or fiddles – bring along their own special kind of energy and excitement. There’s plenty of room here for everybody, and there is always some new place to discover that, at least for the moment, is yours alone.

Even for some us who have lived in the Valley for decades, we often still find interesting places hiding there, right in front of our eyes. 

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Be cool!
Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia

The midsummer sun is bright, life’s a splash of fun. It’s nearly always cooler up on the ridges, where a summer thermal can carry a hang glider for miles. Paddle or tube from one shady patch to another on the Shenandoah River. Or head down for nature’s air conditioning at any one of our world-famous caverns. Above ground or below, July is the perfect time for chillin’ in the Shenandoah Valley!

  Happening today

Art exhibition at The Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.

382 High St. Within the Frame: A Portrait Exhibit. Portraits from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Historical Society collection capture men and women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries through a variety of media, including paint, charcoal, silhouette, and tintype. Runs through the summer months.


Historical program at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. Museum members admitted free. Objects and history associated with Winchester founder James Wood and his descendants. All others: $10, includes museum admission For more information, call 540-662-1473 or visit www.themsv.org


Weekly open jam session Thursdays in Berryville, Va.

Fire House Gallery, 23 East Main St. Lunchbox Jam Session at 12 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, call  540-955-4001 or visit www.firehousegalleryva.com


Summer reading program at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va.

336 Belle Grove Road. Valley Reads Program. Interactive summer reading program with special events, activities, and prizes. Reading schedule continues on June 30, July 13, July 28 and Aug. 10 at 10 a.m., various locations on the grounds. Includes a tour each session. Reading prizes will be awarded on Aug. 13 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in  Winchester.  For all ages. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cebe


Art workshop series at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

780 University Blvd. Frances Plecker Education Center. Collage on Canvas, Trees of the Arboretum. June 20-23 and June 27-30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre production at Shenandoah University

Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre. Sweeney Todd. Drama. Shows June 30 through July 10. For more information, call 540-665-4569 or visit www.SSMTVa.org.


Theater camps at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 West Main St. Spotlight Stage camp. Grades K-12. Experience live performing arts. Theatre Intensive Camp: June 27-30, for grades 6-12, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Snow White and the Prince Summer Workshop: Runs July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-30, for grades 2-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fairytale Summer Camp: Runs Aug. 1-4, for grades K-4, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Scholarships available. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org


Art exhibition at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

780 University Blvd. Frances Plecker Education Center. Art in the Arboretum. Watercolor paintings by Carol Kirkham Martin. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Runs May 20 through June 30. Free admission. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


June exhbition at OASIS Gallery in Harrisonburg, Va.

103 S. Main St. Ellen Fairchild-Flugel presents MetalsSculpture.Jewelry.Explorations, runs through June 30. For more information, call 517-219-7826 or visit www.oasisartgallery.org


Art workshop at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Frances Plecker Education Center. Collage on Canvas, Trees of the Arboretum. June 27-30, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Create a collage on stretched canvas with paint and decoupage medium. Admission: $140. For more information, visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Film screening at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.

41-F Court Square. National Theatre Live: Hamlet. Drama. June 29 at 6:30 p.m., June 30 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Theater members save 20 percent and get free popcorn. Tickets: Adults: $14, seniors and students: $12. Ages 12 and Under: $10. Groups of 20 or more: $12 each. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org


Weekly old-time music jam at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Ct. Every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Play old-time music, or just listen. Family friendly event. Barns bar open untill 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.


Youth program at Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg, Va.

Magician Wes Iseli. Part of summer reading program. Rain or shine. Free admission, open to the public.


Historical Exhibition at the Old Courthouse in Woodstock, Va.

Historic Courthouse Visitor Center, 103 N. Main St. Mount Jackson Museum artifacts on display through June. For more information, call 540-459-1795 or visit www.shenandoahcountyhistoricalsociety.org.


Womens History Exhibit at Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg, Va.

514 Stoney Creek Blvd. Library of Virginia traveling exhibit, celebrates the accomplishment of prominent Virginia women. June 27-June 30 at Shenandoah County Library. Hosted by Shenandoah County Library System Truban Archives. Free admission. For more information, visit countylib.org


Summer theater camp for youth at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 West Main St. Theatre Intensive Summer Camp. For students in grades 6-12. Runs June 27-30, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Theater basics, acting techniques, song and dance, improvisation and audition workshop. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.WayneTheatre.org


Outdoor Film screening in Winchester, Va.

Loudoun St. Mall. Old Courthouse Lawn. The Boxtrolls. Starts at dusk. Bring seating or blankets. Thursdays, through July 28. Rain schedule: following Tuesday, same location, same time. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit www.visitwinchesterva.com


Farmers Market in Falling Waters, W.Va.

Kitchens Orchard and Farm Market, 1025 Kitchen Orchard Rd. Spring hours: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fresh produce and fruit, homemade goods, jams and local and state wines and spirits. For more information, visit www.kitchensfarmmarket.com.


Holiday celebration in Luray, Va.

Yogi Bears Jellystone Park, 2250 US Hwy 211 East. Patriotic Week, June 27 - July 4. Patriotic hair beading, T-shirts tie-dyeing, American Pride parade on July 2. DJ dance party on Saturday night, live music. Fireworks show on July 3. For more information, call 540-743-400.


Summer Music Series concert in Waynesboro, Va.

Ridgeview Park Amphitheater, 700 S. Magnolia Ave. Rock N` Ridgeview. Show starts at 6 p.m. June 30: The Findells and Cravingz. July 14: Gabby Haze and Delicias Marina. July 21: Erin and the Wildfire, and Farm Fresh Fixin's. July 28: Brian Patrick Band and Cravingz. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, visit www.waynesboro.va.us


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Deb Booth owns and operates Different Light Studio in Lyndhurst, Virginia. Her initial work involved floral photography, and has since expanded to include fractals. Her collections include scenic photographs of the Shenandoah Valley.

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