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.Read more...
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!
Wharf Lot. Runs every week through November. Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Producer-only market with fresh foods, baked goods, plants and more. Free parking available. For more information, visit www.safarmersmarket.com
901 Amherst St. Meet in the Museum lobby. Plein Air Painting. Tour exhibition, Painting the Valley: Works by Andrei Kushnir. Art techniques of plein air painting during outdoor painting session. Materials provided. Beginners welcome. Rain date, July 30. Register by July 15. Museum member admission: $45, all others $50. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.theMSV.org.
Taylor Pavilion. ld Town Farmers Market. May 14 through September on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Local food vendors and musicians. In-season fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, cookies, cheese, grass fed beef, gluten free bread, cured meats, jam, eggs, honey and more. All items grown or produced within a 60-mile radius of Winchester. Restrooms available.
Fridays and Saturdays: Guided tours of Fort Harrison, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-879-2616.
Summerhouse Pavilion, 15 Appledore Lane. Sarah Jane McDonald Band performs country music. Food and drink specials. Discounts on beer purchases. Admission: $5 for live music show only. Music and 48-hour Park Admission, $25. Music and Drama Creation show, including Natural Bridge lighting, $14. For more information, visit www.naturalbridgeva.com
Mechanic St. Every Saturday, May 14 - Sept. 24. For more information, visit luraypage.chambermaster.com/events/calendar
9357 N. Congress Street. The Little Mermaid. Adventure. July 22 - July 23 and July 29 - July 30 at 7 p.m. and July 24 and 31 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for for students and seniors. For more information, call 540-740-9119 or visit www.schultztheatre.com
Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St. July 22-25, 29 and 31 at 2 p.m.. Two-hour, guided car-caravan tour led by ranger vehicle: Chronological interpretation of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Stops at key landmarks. Presented by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit nps.gov/cebe.
1160 Jordan Springs Rd. Greater Tuna. Comedy. Greater Tuna Dinner Theater. Runs through July 28. Shows at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. on Sundays. Cash bar with beer, wine, and mixed drinks. No outside alcohol permitted. Tickets: $37.50. For more information, visit historicjordansprings.com
Butlers Farm Market, 1793 Dry Run Rd. Open through November 10, Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh produce and fruit, homemade goods, jams and local and state wines and spirits. For more information, visit www.gowhereitgrows.com
Weekend Ghost Tours around Downtown Staunton. Weekends through October. For more information, call 540-448-2743 or visit www.ghostsofstaunton.com
Bright Box Theater, 15 N Loudoun St. Delta Spur: Modern top 40 country. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com
155th Anniversary of First Manassas battle reenactment. July 22-24. For more information, visit nps.gov/cebe
336 Belle Grove Rd. Belle Grove Plantation front yard. Belle Grove in a Box. 30 minute interactive orientation for all ages about the history and settlement of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on the Valley. Various props from a box to visually interpret surrounding landscape features.July 18-23, and 25-30 at 11:30 a.m. July 24 and 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden. 963 Ross Road. Outdoor music concert series every second and fourth Friday, April through September. Picnicking starts at 5:30 p.m., live music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-463-2697.
10 S. Market St. King Lear performance at 2 p.m. Twelfth Night performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
901 Amherst St. Art of plein air painting, or painting outdoors, Learn techniques during this day-long workshop. Beginners welcome. Registration required by July 15. Admission: Museum members, $45. All others: $55. For more information, call 540-662-1473 or visit www.themsv.org
Parking Lot alongside Arch Ave., 215 W. Main St. Saturdays, May 7-Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.waynesborofarmersmarket.org
War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St. The Company We Keep - An exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs and turned wood By Susan Carney, Sarah Huntington, Dave Kiser, and Neil Super. Runs July 14 - 17. Open Thursday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 304-279-0506
121 S. Main St. Professional guidance for casting, reading the stream and fishing techniques. Session schedule continues on July 23 and 27. Aug. 6, 10, 20, 24 and 27. Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sessions held on the Shenandoah River. Fly rod and reel outfit provided for use, fly lure purchases required. Bring your own food or drink, and provide your own transportation. Fishing license required. Limited to up to four people, for ages 12 and up. Admission: $98 per person. For more information, visit www.murraysflyshop.com
95 Chalmers Ct. Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson perform Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-War Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: General Admission, $15 in advance until 3 p.m. on the day of event. $20 at the door. Ages 12 years and admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org
Bright Box Theater, 15 N Loudoun St. Bright Box Comedy. Shows on July 29-30. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com
15 N Loudoun St. Delta Spur performs modern top 40 Country. For more information, visit www.brightboxwinchester.com
315 W. Boscawen St. Seusical JR. July 16 - July 23 Showtimes: Tuesday through thursday at 7 p.m. , 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit www.wltonline.org
Orkney Springs Hotel, Shrinemont. The Beatles and Friends with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit www.musicfest.org.
Shrine Mont pavillion. Piedmont Symphony Orchestra Beatles and Friends. Outdoor seating is also available on the grounds. For more information, visit musicfest.org
Robert E. Lee Hotel lobby, 30 S. Main St. Lexington Food and Cultural Tour. Every Saturday, year round, at 11 a.m. Three-hour walking culinary tour of historic downtown area. For more information, call 540-309-1781 or visit www.roanokefoodtours.com
Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre. The Pirates of Penzance. Musical farce. Shows July 14 through July 24. For more information, call 540-665-4569 or visit www.SSMTVa.org.
Emily Smith House porch at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library at 24 North Coalter St. Saturdays from May to Oct. 10 a.m. Hosted by Historic Staunton Foundation. Includes four of six historic districts, with volunteer guide. Covers history and architecture. Approximately two hours. No reservations required. Casual dress, wear comfortable walking shoes. Rain or shine. For more information, call 540-885-7676 or visit www.historicstaunton.org
Skyland Resort mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive. 2016 Blackberry Delight. Family-friendly. Skyland chefs create special blackberry-infused dishes. Live music, dancing, Shenandoah storytelling, and youth activities. Bluegrass and accoustic music, clogger dancers. For more information, visit nps.gov/shen
101 Chalmers Ct, Suite C. Family Film Day. Saturdays during summer months at 1 p.m. July 23: The Goonies. Free admission. For more information, visit http://www.clarkecounty.gov/residents/library.html
Stuarts Draft Park. 13th annual Sweet Dreams Festival. July 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Live stage entertainment, bingo, contests, youth crafts and entertainment, laser tag, rock climbing wall, balloon twisting, inflatables, 5K race, cornhole tournaments and softball tournament. Local crafters and artisans, community agencies and businesses, food vendors and a pancake breakfast hosted by the Stuarts Draft Ruritans. Family friendly. Free admission. For more information, call 540-245-5727 or visit www.SweetDreamsDay.com
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The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now contains over 5,000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world.