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Guidebook: Places & Experiences We Love

Missy

Guidebook: Places & Experiences We Love

Restaurants & Treats
Casual, Fine, Dive, Joint, Cafe, Classic, International, Dessert -- Something for every palate!
Best, most tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs ever! Sweet but tangy barbecue sauce, our favorite! We happened to order their taco salad recently -- and really enjoyed it!
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Log Cabin Barbecue
11672 Spotswood Trail
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Best, most tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs ever! Sweet but tangy barbecue sauce, our favorite! We happened to order their taco salad recently -- and really enjoyed it!
Excellent food, and family friendly. Part of a small family-owned chain of restaurants in the Valley. The pizza is delicious, salads always fresh, and the fettuccine Alfredo is...perfection.
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Ciro's Italian Eatery
101 Downey Knolls Drive
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Excellent food, and family friendly. Part of a small family-owned chain of restaurants in the Valley. The pizza is delicious, salads always fresh, and the fettuccine Alfredo is...perfection.
This is a seasonal (outdoor seating only) addition to a popular limited-chain of specialty hamburger joints. The burgers are not typical (e.g. you can't get a tomato or lettuce on any offering!) but the beef is fresh and delicious!
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Jack Brown's Single Wide
11702 Spotswood Trail
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This is a seasonal (outdoor seating only) addition to a popular limited-chain of specialty hamburger joints. The burgers are not typical (e.g. you can't get a tomato or lettuce on any offering!) but the beef is fresh and delicious!
Updated classic diner with counter, booths, or tables. Unique breakfast options all day. Good burgers (don't miss the "bacon jam!)."
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Thunderbird Cafe
42 Island Ford Rd
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Updated classic diner with counter, booths, or tables. Unique breakfast options all day. Good burgers (don't miss the "bacon jam!)."
Really good 'burger (but pricey). Fun people-watching at base of slopes and chairlift. In season, there's a great barbecue buffet offering.
Base Camp
Really good 'burger (but pricey). Fun people-watching at base of slopes and chairlift. In season, there's a great barbecue buffet offering.
Delicious, creamy selection of 40+ varieties of ice creams! These delicacies are made in Pennsylvania but we are so happy to have them in Virginia! Seasonal opening (unfortunately). There's a larger store in Dayton, VA.
Grammie's Ice Cream
Delicious, creamy selection of 40+ varieties of ice creams! These delicacies are made in Pennsylvania but we are so happy to have them in Virginia! Seasonal opening (unfortunately). There's a larger store in Dayton, VA.
Well, you know if you love or hate Chinese buffets. We love this one -- even though every item is not great every visit, there's enough choice to please even the pickiest of eaters, and you cannot beat the price (especially 2-4pm, Mon-Fri). A huge selection of Chinese and American fare.
Skyline Super Buffet
233 Burgess Road
Well, you know if you love or hate Chinese buffets. We love this one -- even though every item is not great every visit, there's enough choice to please even the pickiest of eaters, and you cannot beat the price (especially 2-4pm, Mon-Fri). A huge selection of Chinese and American fare.
Seriously. In the Valley since 2017. We are so happy.
Krispy Kreme
35 Burgess Road
Seriously. In the Valley since 2017. We are so happy.
This is the local go-to spot for special occasion ambiance and dining, in a Victorian mansion setting (for some reason the building photo that appears here is the local library, down the street). And, we love historic houses. The menu is elegant but limited, and they are literally only open for dinner. TIPS: Call for the day's offerings, and make a reservation!
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Joshua Wilton House
412 South Main Street
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This is the local go-to spot for special occasion ambiance and dining, in a Victorian mansion setting (for some reason the building photo that appears here is the local library, down the street). And, we love historic houses. The menu is elegant but limited, and they are literally only open for dinner. TIPS: Call for the day's offerings, and make a reservation!
There's no other way to say it: We love local dives, and this is one: Sticky tables, stained carpet, crusty-owner-chef, friendly waitress, and some pretty darn good, classic diner grub. The small place is jam-packed with bachelor farmers by 6a.m., so sleep-in if you want a seat. Open for breakfast and lunch only. We prefer C & S to the Elkton Grub & Gab Diner, and Terri's Cafe; all three spots are favorites of locals.
C & S Diner
440 West Spotswood Trail
There's no other way to say it: We love local dives, and this is one: Sticky tables, stained carpet, crusty-owner-chef, friendly waitress, and some pretty darn good, classic diner grub. The small place is jam-packed with bachelor farmers by 6a.m., so sleep-in if you want a seat. Open for breakfast and lunch only. We prefer C & S to the Elkton Grub & Gab Diner, and Terri's Cafe; all three spots are favorites of locals.
Part of the Ciro's local family-owned series of restaurants. Small, casual, family-friendly, pretty quick service, with subs, Italian favorites, and Mediterranean dishes.
Elkton Goodfellas
100 S Stuart Ave
Part of the Ciro's local family-owned series of restaurants. Small, casual, family-friendly, pretty quick service, with subs, Italian favorites, and Mediterranean dishes.
This is a small local "chain" of restaurants owned by a family who immigrated from Naples, Italy, not too many years ago, and have had great success due to their good food, pizza, and pastas. A favorite with locals. We love the real gelato made by real Italian chefs!
Vito's Pizza Pie
4741 Spotswood Trail
This is a small local "chain" of restaurants owned by a family who immigrated from Naples, Italy, not too many years ago, and have had great success due to their good food, pizza, and pastas. A favorite with locals. We love the real gelato made by real Italian chefs!
Great salads, entrees, and desserts! Cool vibe! And, it's right next to the local art house and stage, the Court Square Theatre, which shows classic, foreign. or independent films and produces plays -- so make a night of it!
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Capital Ale House
41 Court Square
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Great salads, entrees, and desserts! Cool vibe! And, it's right next to the local art house and stage, the Court Square Theatre, which shows classic, foreign. or independent films and produces plays -- so make a night of it!
It's the only close-by Mexican eatery so...maybe that's why we love it. Perfectly adequate if you have a craving for fajitas, burritos, tacos....
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El Paso Mexican Grille
245 S Stuart Ave
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It's the only close-by Mexican eatery so...maybe that's why we love it. Perfectly adequate if you have a craving for fajitas, burritos, tacos....
Very hip spot with a nice 'dining out' vibe that features fresh local meats and produce -- and housed in a very cool historic building. You'll love it.
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Local Chop & Grill House
56 West Gay Street
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Very hip spot with a nice 'dining out' vibe that features fresh local meats and produce -- and housed in a very cool historic building. You'll love it.
Affiliated with the local Mt. Crawford Creamery (where you can take a pre-arranged walking tour). Fresh and local!
Smiley's Ice Cream
797 Old Bridgewater Rd
Affiliated with the local Mt. Crawford Creamery (where you can take a pre-arranged walking tour). Fresh and local!
Had a lovely hot cocoa here. I went in hoping to find a fresh croissant, too, but they had just a couple of other fresh daily offerings, and really do focus on coffee. They also make their own ice cream, different every day so a limited offering (some days it's coffee-based). This quaint shop is a nice option to going into Harrisonburg for Starbuck's -- and much less expensive! Eat-ins can draw on their smooth chalkboard tables.
The Blue Elk Coffee Shop & Roastery
315 W Spotswood Trail
Had a lovely hot cocoa here. I went in hoping to find a fresh croissant, too, but they had just a couple of other fresh daily offerings, and really do focus on coffee. They also make their own ice cream, different every day so a limited offering (some days it's coffee-based). This quaint shop is a nice option to going into Harrisonburg for Starbuck's -- and much less expensive! Eat-ins can draw on their smooth chalkboard tables.
Very new, getting a fast reputation for a yummy variety of seasonal ice cream selections (they change monthly), year-round opening, and great pricing. I enjoyed my first foray there, and learned the ice cream is housemade on-site, as are their waffle cones. And...the shop has an interior door open right into Valley Jump -- so...a perfect activity + treat combo for families with kids! Behind this little strip of shops is Rockingham Park -- with a fun, new playground.
Tots Ice Cream
4549 Spotswood Trail
Very new, getting a fast reputation for a yummy variety of seasonal ice cream selections (they change monthly), year-round opening, and great pricing. I enjoyed my first foray there, and learned the ice cream is housemade on-site, as are their waffle cones. And...the shop has an interior door open right into Valley Jump -- so...a perfect activity + treat combo for families with kids! Behind this little strip of shops is Rockingham Park -- with a fun, new playground.
Really enjoyed lunch inside at this casual, fireside-style restaurant, but there are outside 'fires' at individual tables on the decks. There's a weekend breakfast buffet that looks good. Do try the 'Campfire Potatoes' side: creamy, cheesy, redskin -- delicious. Onion soup great. Salads fresh, cornbread moist, and s'mores dessert with dark chocolate was also wonderful. I am anxious to try dinner -- as they have prime rib on their evening menu, and there's a specific fire to make your own s'mores! A very nice surprise, as we weren't expecting very much.
Campfire Grill
4156 Delwebb Dr
Really enjoyed lunch inside at this casual, fireside-style restaurant, but there are outside 'fires' at individual tables on the decks. There's a weekend breakfast buffet that looks good. Do try the 'Campfire Potatoes' side: creamy, cheesy, redskin -- delicious. Onion soup great. Salads fresh, cornbread moist, and s'mores dessert with dark chocolate was also wonderful. I am anxious to try dinner -- as they have prime rib on their evening menu, and there's a specific fire to make your own s'mores! A very nice surprise, as we weren't expecting very much.
So...I don't drink coffee, and this new shop doesn't offer cocoa but the interior intrigues me, nonetheless. They feature a cold brew coffee brand called "Snowing in Space" -- and have a bunch of Star Wars memorabilia in their small space, along with diner counter seating, and a lot of other coffee options -- including cold coffees. It's a quirky spot, so if you want to try something beyond the Keurig selection...do it!
Nutt’s About Coffee LLC
11702 Spotswood Trail
So...I don't drink coffee, and this new shop doesn't offer cocoa but the interior intrigues me, nonetheless. They feature a cold brew coffee brand called "Snowing in Space" -- and have a bunch of Star Wars memorabilia in their small space, along with diner counter seating, and a lot of other coffee options -- including cold coffees. It's a quirky spot, so if you want to try something beyond the Keurig selection...do it!
We have been here, once, and didn't love it, but include it as many of our local friends do. From one: 'Hank's has amazing all you can eat beef brisket, and pork bbq, after 4pm for $15.99.' We will give it another chance soon.
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Hank's Grille & Catering
49 Bloomer Springs Road
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We have been here, once, and didn't love it, but include it as many of our local friends do. From one: 'Hank's has amazing all you can eat beef brisket, and pork bbq, after 4pm for $15.99.' We will give it another chance soon.
This tiny, cozy spot is in the historic building in downtown Harrisonburg that houses the Harrisonburg Visitors Center. While you're stopping by for up-to-date Valley brochures, maps, and ideas, enjoy breakfast all day, or home-made tasting sandwiches, salads, and soups -- for reasonable prices. And, wonderful daily baked offerings. Good food!'
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Heritage Bakery & Cafe
212 S Main St
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This tiny, cozy spot is in the historic building in downtown Harrisonburg that houses the Harrisonburg Visitors Center. While you're stopping by for up-to-date Valley brochures, maps, and ideas, enjoy breakfast all day, or home-made tasting sandwiches, salads, and soups -- for reasonable prices. And, wonderful daily baked offerings. Good food!'
On the west side if I-81, this "modern" farm market is full of great, old- and new-fashioned foods, beverages, confiments, candies, and treats for sale. Has ice cream, bakery, and fudge cases, and eat-in deli and tables. You will find lots of foodie gift options here. Plenty of parking.
Valley Pike Farm Market
3494 Lee Hwy
On the west side if I-81, this "modern" farm market is full of great, old- and new-fashioned foods, beverages, confiments, candies, and treats for sale. Has ice cream, bakery, and fudge cases, and eat-in deli and tables. You will find lots of foodie gift options here. Plenty of parking.
Wineries, Vineyards, Breweries, Farms & Dairies
Okay, we don't drink but we have enjoyed the setting and atmosphere of this so-close venue with friends. Throughout summer and into fall the site hosts lovely outdoor concerts and events on their stunning landscape.
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Brix & Columns Vineyards
1501 Dave Berry Rd
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Okay, we don't drink but we have enjoyed the setting and atmosphere of this so-close venue with friends. Throughout summer and into fall the site hosts lovely outdoor concerts and events on their stunning landscape.
Fun farm visit and lavender-themed gift shop (including lavender ice cream!). Year-round special events. Friends enjoyed their wine selections tasting.
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White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Vineyard
2644 Cross Keys Road
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Fun farm visit and lavender-themed gift shop (including lavender ice cream!). Year-round special events. Friends enjoyed their wine selections tasting.
Enjoyed a lovely chocolate tasting here while friends enjoyed the wines!
Marceline Vineyards
5887 Cross Keys Rd
Enjoyed a lovely chocolate tasting here while friends enjoyed the wines!
Lovely view, patio, and tastings. They have snack cheeses, salami, and treats for sale -- a plus if you like to linger and taste!
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Bluestone Vineyard
4828 Spring Creek Road
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Lovely view, patio, and tastings. They have snack cheeses, salami, and treats for sale -- a plus if you like to linger and taste!
It's the closest, and newest, local brewery.
Cave Hill Farms Brewery
1001 Jacob Burner Drive
It's the closest, and newest, local brewery.
Call to arrange their very interesting 75+/- minute walking tour! Affiliated with the local Smiley's Ice Cream brand.
Mt Crawford Creamery
795 Old Bridgewater Road
Call to arrange their very interesting 75+/- minute walking tour! Affiliated with the local Smiley's Ice Cream brand.
I spent an entertaining evening at this watering hole, not drinking ('cuz I dont) and playing a variety of board games with my gal-pals! They enjoyed sampling the beers, and playing the games (and were happy to have a designated driver). Fun, casual spot -- and I understand the beer selection is...excellent.
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Three Notch’d Valley Collab House
241 East Market Street
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I spent an entertaining evening at this watering hole, not drinking ('cuz I dont) and playing a variety of board games with my gal-pals! They enjoyed sampling the beers, and playing the games (and were happy to have a designated driver). Fun, casual spot -- and I understand the beer selection is...excellent.
Outdoors and Active
Just 15 minutes drive from our door, a lovely entree to the stunning Shenandoah National Park's mid-point, and access to hiking trails, Skyline Drive, waterfalls, views, wildlife....
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Swift Run Gap Entrance Station
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Just 15 minutes drive from our door, a lovely entree to the stunning Shenandoah National Park's mid-point, and access to hiking trails, Skyline Drive, waterfalls, views, wildlife....
So...Luray Caverns is much flashier and commercial, but these are also impressive, and it was an excellent tour by a local student of geology; an interesting little museum, too, is on-site, and the entry is a seasonal park that features a public outdoor pool and mini-golf course. Caverns are open year-round; some holiday closings. Located 20 minutes from our Airbnb private suite.
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Grand Caverns
5 Grand Caverns Blvd
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So...Luray Caverns is much flashier and commercial, but these are also impressive, and it was an excellent tour by a local student of geology; an interesting little museum, too, is on-site, and the entry is a seasonal park that features a public outdoor pool and mini-golf course. Caverns are open year-round; some holiday closings. Located 20 minutes from our Airbnb private suite.
We are old, but enjoyed stopping to watch children enjoy this huge indoor trampoline park with a wide variety of games and activities.
Valley Jump Park
4549 Spotswood Trail
We are old, but enjoyed stopping to watch children enjoy this huge indoor trampoline park with a wide variety of games and activities.
Fun outdoor playground for children of all ages. Great for special needs play-seekers.
A Dream Come True Playground
1050 Neff Avenue
Fun outdoor playground for children of all ages. Great for special needs play-seekers.
Zipline, climbing tower, panning chute, etc. Lots of fun activities to be found here for every family member!
Family Adventure Park
3827 Massanutten Dr
Zipline, climbing tower, panning chute, etc. Lots of fun activities to be found here for every family member!
Impressive water features like three adult chutes, an adults-only hot tub, a family hot tub, toddlers-only section, waverider "surfing," slides, waterfalls, and a lazy river. In season, lots of great outdoor features, too!
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Massanutten Indoor WaterPark
1822 Resort Dr
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Impressive water features like three adult chutes, an adults-only hot tub, a family hot tub, toddlers-only section, waverider "surfing," slides, waterfalls, and a lazy river. In season, lots of great outdoor features, too!
Nope, never done this as I'm old and it will make me nauseous -- but I *wish* I could! Looks like such fun!
Bungy Dome
Nope, never done this as I'm old and it will make me nauseous -- but I *wish* I could! Looks like such fun!
Our favorite hiking trail in Shenandoah National Park, easy for us older folks with some optional, challenging scrambles for younger folks. Lovely views.
Bearfence Mountain Trailhead
Our favorite hiking trail in Shenandoah National Park, easy for us older folks with some optional, challenging scrambles for younger folks. Lovely views.
For ski and snowboard rentals this is THE place. Just minutes to the entry to the Massanutten Resort. Their rental prices can't be beaten. Summer rentals of kayaks.
Powder Shack
42 Island Ford Rd
For ski and snowboard rentals this is THE place. Just minutes to the entry to the Massanutten Resort. Their rental prices can't be beaten. Summer rentals of kayaks.
A lovely year-round walking experience on the James Madison University campus. Amus lots of easy walking trails, there's tiny indoor visitor center. On a beautiful spring or fall day, parking can be a challenge in one of three lots, all off of University Drive.
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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Boulevard
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A lovely year-round walking experience on the James Madison University campus. Amus lots of easy walking trails, there's tiny indoor visitor center. On a beautiful spring or fall day, parking can be a challenge in one of three lots, all off of University Drive.
Really lovely, pretty but very rocky hike to a locals-favorite waterfall and swimming hole in the George Washington National Forest! No facilities.
Boone Run East Parking Area
Really lovely, pretty but very rocky hike to a locals-favorite waterfall and swimming hole in the George Washington National Forest! No facilities.
A 30-min drive along Massanutten's western slope, there's a parking area for the 6.2 mile Fridley Gap Trail (4.5 hrs r/t) in the George Washington National Forest. BUT, less than 1/2 mile from parking (take the right at the fork, then right at the "T" and you will find the Mountain View swimming hole -- cold water, but great on a hot summer day! Uou can take the entire loop by going either way at the "T." No facilities.
Fridley Gap
A 30-min drive along Massanutten's western slope, there's a parking area for the 6.2 mile Fridley Gap Trail (4.5 hrs r/t) in the George Washington National Forest. BUT, less than 1/2 mile from parking (take the right at the fork, then right at the "T" and you will find the Mountain View swimming hole -- cold water, but great on a hot summer day! Uou can take the entire loop by going either way at the "T." No facilities.
We wandered around the Park during winter, and had it all to ourselves. In season, there's an outdoor pool, picnic tables, an outdoor stage for concerts, and a jousting run. It's worth a quick visit to see the ancient "chimney" formations. Mt. Solon is a tiny historic town with some beautiful, historic buildings, most needing some TLC -- gorgeous country drives to and from....
Natural Chimneys Park
94 Natural Chimneys Ln
We wandered around the Park during winter, and had it all to ourselves. In season, there's an outdoor pool, picnic tables, an outdoor stage for concerts, and a jousting run. It's worth a quick visit to see the ancient "chimney" formations. Mt. Solon is a tiny historic town with some beautiful, historic buildings, most needing some TLC -- gorgeous country drives to and from....
History Sites and Museums
A must-see and -do for Civil War history buffs.
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New Market Battlefield State Historical Park
8895 George Collins Parkway
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A must-see and -do for Civil War history buffs.
Great living history village representing early Virginia immigrant histories and experiences.
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Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Ave
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Great living history village representing early Virginia immigrant histories and experiences.
A funky, so-interesting visit to a pricey jewelry store in an old factory that fronts an incredible collection of historic industrial machinery and hand tools used in jewelry production. Demonstrations offered.
Museum Of American Jewelry Design and Manufacturing
217 South Liberty Street
A funky, so-interesting visit to a pricey jewelry store in an old factory that fronts an incredible collection of historic industrial machinery and hand tools used in jewelry production. Demonstrations offered.
Stunning home of our third U.S. President, located on a spectacular hilltop setting.
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Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
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Stunning home of our third U.S. President, located on a spectacular hilltop setting.
Beautiful plantation home of our 4th U.S. president.
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James Madison's Montpelier
11350 Constitution Hwy
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Beautiful plantation home of our 4th U.S. president.
This little gem is a fascinating record of life and education at an academy of young cadets that started during the Civil War (and was in business into the 20th century). Viewing the gothic architecture of the grand old campus buildings (that are not open for touring and are rather neglected-looking) is worth a stop-by alone.
Augusta Military Academy Museum
1640 Lee Highway
This little gem is a fascinating record of life and education at an academy of young cadets that started during the Civil War (and was in business into the 20th century). Viewing the gothic architecture of the grand old campus buildings (that are not open for touring and are rather neglected-looking) is worth a stop-by alone.
Museum about, and Birthplace of, our 28th U.S. president. Staunton is a great historic town, worth a visit.
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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
20 North Coalter Street
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Museum about, and Birthplace of, our 28th U.S. president. Staunton is a great historic town, worth a visit.
Great museum, and genealogical library, for the central Shenandoah Valley. Quite a surprising collection, with permanent and changing exhibitions.
The Heritage Museum, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society
382 High St
Great museum, and genealogical library, for the central Shenandoah Valley. Quite a surprising collection, with permanent and changing exhibitions.
This museum and gallery features one of the most prolific artists of the Shenandoah Valley whose iconic depictions of Valley denizens are beloved by all.
P Buckley Moss Gallery Waynesboro
329 W Main St
This museum and gallery features one of the most prolific artists of the Shenandoah Valley whose iconic depictions of Valley denizens are beloved by all.
If you are interested in quilting history, this is a must-do visit.
Virginia Quilt Museum
301 S Main St
If you are interested in quilting history, this is a must-do visit.
Formerly known as Ashlawn, the lovely home of our 5th U.S. president is the historic and current neighbor of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
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James Monroe's Highland
2050 James Monroe Parkway
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Formerly known as Ashlawn, the lovely home of our 5th U.S. president is the historic and current neighbor of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
Formerly the Crossroads Heritage Museum, a great visit to begin to understand two longstanding religious and cultural traditions in the Valley.
Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center
1921 Heritage Center Way
Formerly the Crossroads Heritage Museum, a great visit to begin to understand two longstanding religious and cultural traditions in the Valley.
Shopping & Antiquing
Wonderful, longtime 'indoor mall' featuring traditional, classic, and Amish and Mennonite food, handicrafts, and antiques."
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Shenandoah Heritage Market
121 Carpenter Lane
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Wonderful, longtime 'indoor mall' featuring traditional, classic, and Amish and Mennonite food, handicrafts, and antiques."
Jam-packed with some true treasures!
Stumps Antique Mall
10279 McGaheysville Rd
Jam-packed with some true treasures!
Claims to be the largest antique mall in the country. I don't know if that's accurate...but it's a fun place to spend the DAY! Fun food and treats to be found here, too.
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Factory Antique Mall
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Claims to be the largest antique mall in the country. I don't know if that's accurate...but it's a fun place to spend the DAY! Fun food and treats to be found here, too.
Great indoor market of dozens of booths of traditional crafts (including Amish and Mennonite), foods, and antiques. Been around forever.
Shops at Dayton Farmers Market
3105 John Wayland Hwy
Great indoor market of dozens of booths of traditional crafts (including Amish and Mennonite), foods, and antiques. Been around forever.
A variety of lovely local crafts and art as well as charming gifts and decorative items elsewhere. Has limited hours and days.
Stoney Run Artisans Gallery
9945 McGaheysville Rd
A variety of lovely local crafts and art as well as charming gifts and decorative items elsewhere. Has limited hours and days.
If you enjoy cooking with olive oil, you will love the varieties of fragrant oils and infusions offered for tasting and sale! It's in a new location, right around the corner from the Thunderbird Cafe.
Valley Olive & Leaf Co.
110 West Spotswood Avenue
If you enjoy cooking with olive oil, you will love the varieties of fragrant oils and infusions offered for tasting and sale! It's in a new location, right around the corner from the Thunderbird Cafe.
While there is a retail shop in Harrisonburg, the actual tiny factory (Isle Candles is the shop name) where soy candles and lotions are made, is located in McGaheysville (in the same little shopping "village" as Log Cabin Barbecue). There's some really lovely high-quality gift ideas here and a sales shop with warming scents, incense, body scrubs, lotions, and candles.
The Isle Co
While there is a retail shop in Harrisonburg, the actual tiny factory (Isle Candles is the shop name) where soy candles and lotions are made, is located in McGaheysville (in the same little shopping "village" as Log Cabin Barbecue). There's some really lovely high-quality gift ideas here and a sales shop with warming scents, incense, body scrubs, lotions, and candles.
Theatres, Performing Arts, Music Venues
Excellent venue, part of the James Madison University (JMU) campus, showcasing a variety of theatre, concert, and dance performances.
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Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
147 Warsaw Avenue
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Excellent venue, part of the James Madison University (JMU) campus, showcasing a variety of theatre, concert, and dance performances.
Quaint venue for showings of classic films, live performances, and arts events (it's inside a tiny "mall," at the end of the long, wide corridor (with cool, old-fashioned shoeshine stand chairs). Right next to the Capital Ale House -- so make dinner and a movie plans!
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Court Square Theater
41 Court Square
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Quaint venue for showings of classic films, live performances, and arts events (it's inside a tiny "mall," at the end of the long, wide corridor (with cool, old-fashioned shoeshine stand chairs). Right next to the Capital Ale House -- so make dinner and a movie plans!
Personal Services
An excellent small salon where you can find a variety of services (massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, dermaplaning, make-up, etc.) provided by a small, personable staff of licensed aestheticians. Worth the 15-munute drive from the Resort (and much less expensive than the larger, more impersonal Massanutten Spa).
Smooth Day Spa
4749 Spotswood Trail
An excellent small salon where you can find a variety of services (massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, dermaplaning, make-up, etc.) provided by a small, personable staff of licensed aestheticians. Worth the 15-munute drive from the Resort (and much less expensive than the larger, more impersonal Massanutten Spa).
I enjoyed a very affordable 60-minute, $65 Swedish massage here with "Shari," who had a lovely healing touch and hands. The shop doesn't do much advertising about its massage services, I learned, so Shari is very available -- and at short notice, which was a nice outcome (I had a same-day appointment within 30 minutes!). I also had a great $25 spa pedicure by owner "Cheryl." The salon equipment and decor is looking a little worn, and with a beach theme, is a little out of place, so be flexible about the appearance -- and the services and ladies offering them are great.
A Perfect 10 Plus
9984 Spotswood Trail
I enjoyed a very affordable 60-minute, $65 Swedish massage here with "Shari," who had a lovely healing touch and hands. The shop doesn't do much advertising about its massage services, I learned, so Shari is very available -- and at short notice, which was a nice outcome (I had a same-day appointment within 30 minutes!). I also had a great $25 spa pedicure by owner "Cheryl." The salon equipment and decor is looking a little worn, and with a beach theme, is a little out of place, so be flexible about the appearance -- and the services and ladies offering them are great.