Top Ten “Must Do’s”
Here are our recommended Summer Top “Must Do”s to meet your likes and lifestyle!
- Drive along the Skyline Drive or take a hike on forested trails in the Shenandoah National Park and observe the spring blooms and new growth (recommend Jeremy’s Run Trail in the spring time for fit day hikers)
- Canoe the Shenandoah River and relish the many sights and sounds of water fowl and new blooms (Shenandoah River Outfitters or Down River Canoe Company)
- Hunt for morel mushrooms in Poplar Forests (focus efforts on the lower slopes of the mountains between mid – April and mid-May)
- Get a wild flower identification book and take walks to search the many different spring blooms (pick your favorites and bring a small bouquet back to your cabin to admire)
- Enjoy many spring festivals of the valley’s old towns (Luray Festival of Springl on Mother’s Day Weekend)
- Visit Wisteria Farm and Vineyard, Ducard Vineyard, Sharp Rock, Rappahannock Cellars, Chester Gap located on the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop. Wineries and have a picnic on their decks while enjoying a lovely glass of Virginia wine in the scenic surroundings of the vineyards
- Tour the magnificent Luray Caverns and Luray Valley Museum in Luray; or, the Shenandoah Caverns and the New Market Civil War Battlefield.
- Enjoy an evening of comfortable dining at the Artisan’s Grill, Mimslyn Inn or recommended eateries on the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop or Traveler’s Trail to Delightful Dining (recommend checking for scheduled live music nights)
- Visit the numerous diners in the valley and enjoy classic generous county breakfasts and lunches (recommend Hawksbill Diner in Stanley, Brookside in Luray, and Southern Kitchen Diner in New Market – incredible fried chicken)
- For history lovers – visit the valley’s many antique shops and museums (recommend Luray Caverns’ Luray Valley Museum, the New Market Battlefield and Museum, the Copper Fox in Sperryville, and the numerous small antique and collectables shops in Luray, New Market, Harrisonburg and the small old towns along Route 11.