Summer Top 10 Must Do’s
Here are our TOP 10 Must Do’s for Summer
- Enjoy a chilled white wine under the romantic trellis at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard or in the magnificent scenic tasting room and patio of Ducard Vineyards; find the warm country surrounding of Sharp Rock Vineyard
while enjoying a blush wine under Old Rag Mountain; enjoy the fine variety of high quality wines at the world class Rappahannock Cellars, Desert Rose Winery, Gadino, Chester Gap or Glen Manor. Be sure to follow the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop and visit the excellent wineries/distillery and other featured eateries along the loop.
- Take in one of the July – September Shenandoah Valley Music Festival performances in the beautiful and historic Orkney Springs for a night to remember
- Hike to a waterfall in the Shenandoah National Park (all of them are a treasure – White Oaks and Dark Hollow Falls are the most frequented) or to the Park’s Big Meadows and photograph the many wild flowers and butterflies nature has on display (for those with mobility challenges, drive the Skyline Drive to Big Meadows for a great easy access National Park experience)
- Eat ice cream – have a black berry ice cream cone at Shenandoah National Park Big Meadows or visit Fairview Country Store in Luray for quality hand dipped ice cream flavors… for soft serve ice cream lovers get anything you like at “Flotzies” next to Walmart in Luray
- Enjoy one of the many local musical artists or festival events performing routinely in area pubs, restaurants, and festivals (recommend seeing local favorites “Acoustic Thunder” or taking in a Blue Grass band for a traditional Shenandoah performing arts experience – weekly events at Performing Arts Luray are wonderful). Do not miss the Wednesday night live music and dinner usually offered at the Artisan’s Grill in the middle of Luray – or the ValleyVibe playing every Sunday evening at the Mimslyn Inn
- Swim in a pond, Lake Arrow head or the Shenandoah River and dip yourself into a small pool of running water in a mountain stream
- Canoe, cruise or tube the Shenandoah River (recommend Shenandoah River Outfitters or Down River Canoe Company)
- Tour the 55 degrees cool and majestic Luray and Shenandoah Caverns and take in their local museums
- Have an ice cold beer or Margarita with dinner at one of Luray’s eateries (recommend Rancho Viejo, Artisans Grill, the Mimslyn Inn’s Speakeasy Pub)
- Enjoy a barbecue outside your cabin and take advantage of locally grown fresh vegetables and meats (visit Saturday’s Luray farmer’s market or road side stands and other town markets – look for the Page County Grown logo).
Bonus Adventure: Check http://www.discovershenandoah.com/ for seasonal experiences on the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop.
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