Shenandoah County, Virginia has lots of options for families, couples, and friends who are looking for a quick weekend getaway or a week-long escape. Here are my suggestions for where to stay, play, eat and explore when you plan your next vacation to Shenandoah County, Va.
Where is the Shenandoah Valley located?
The Shenandoah Valley is part of the Great Appalachian Valley, but I will be referring to the potion of the Valley located in Virginia. I like to say that the Shenandoah Valley starts around the vicinity of Harpers Ferry, WV, and extends down between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west. The Shenandoah Valley is made up of nine counties—Berkeley and Jefferson in West Virginia and Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Warren, Rockingham, Page, and Augusta in Virginia. The valley, approximately 150 miles (240 km) long and about 25 miles (40 km) wide. We stayed in Shenandoah county for our girlfriend getaway.
I was a guest of Shenandoah County, VA and accommodations and meals were complimentary. All opinions are my own.
What to do in Shenandoah County.
Shenandoah county is full of restaurants, wineries, activities and unique attractions to make for a memorable girls getaway, wine weekend with friends or even a staycation if you are local to the Shenandoah Valley. Slow down and take in the beauty of the mountains, the unique arts, history and culture that only Shenandoah County, Va has to offer.
Here is what I did for girls weekend away with my friends Jen of Journeys With Jen and Janice of An Open Suitcase one weekend in early August. We paired friends, fun and a bit of business as we sipped, savored, and saw our way around Shenandoah County, Va.
Where to stay in Shenandoah
There are hotel options in Shenandoah county but considering this is 2020, not everyone is wanting to be in spaces with lots of people. I was very comfortable when we stayed at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista in Orlando in early July but my comfort level and peace of mind may be different than yours. You may want a single, self-contained location such as an Air BNB.
AirBbnb’s come in a variety of locations, room types, amenities and services. More and more people are looking to Airbnb for their accommodations in 2020. We stayed at the Stickley Hall Airbnb and I would recommend it to anyone who is traveling through the Shenandoah Valley and staying in Shenandoah County, Va.
All About The Stickley Hall Airbnb
Stickley Hall features 3738 sq feet of Italianate architecture, 3 massive double-suites with private full baths and 12-foot ceilings throughout. Built in 1868 by Col Ezra Stickley who, after losing his arm in the Civil War, became a renowned attorney and accomplished piano player (exhibit at Antietam National Battlefield). Each room has its own living room/sitting area in addition to the sleeping quarters, as well as a formal living room and dining room on the first floor for all to gather.
You have access to the ENTIRE HOUSE to include front, side and back porches, fully restored and renovated kitchen with refurbished kitchen fireplace. (not sure it it is functioning… it was August). The refrigerator was stocked with milk, juice, sodas, breakfast quiche, cheese and fresh fruit. On the counters were a Kureg coffee maker as well as additional snacks. There was a dishwasher and water filter. I could see this kitchen being perfect if a family wanted to gather for a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Easter and wanted to either cook in house or have food brought in. Either would work seamlessly.
Stickley Hall was lovingly and meticulously restored and renovated to meet modern comforts and amenities. There was wi-fi, 3 beautifully a-pointed full bathrooms, one with a full-size soaking tub, a laundry room with front loading washer and dryer and central air conditioning. I didn’t see a speck of dust or any indication that the house was not meticulously cleaned. I wish my house was this clean.
Visit A Shenandoah County Winery.
Not only is Shenandoah county on the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail but the county also offers tours and tastings of vineyards, craft breweries, distilleries and cideries. If you don’t have a designated driver, I would look into the Shenandoah Wine Tours to be your wheels as you sip and savor all over the county.
When visiting the wineries, distilleries, cideries or distilleries take time to sit back, relax, take in the beautiful scenery and listed to the history of what you are drinking. Much like the Shenandoah Valley, these hand crafted beverages have a story to tell.
Third Hill Winery at DeMellow Vineyards –
2110 Quicksburg Rd., Quicksburg, VA 22847
The tasting room interior was hand crafted by the owner Ed, with reclaimed wood and slate tiles, an intricate walnut slab bar, and barn doors. There is plenty of shaded outdoor space under the trees to include a select few seating spaces but feel free to bring a blanket and/or chair. Say hello to the friendly wine dog and enjoy what San Francisco transplants Ed & Wendy have created for you.
Ed and Wendy are a team of 2 and do everything on the winery. When you are shopping local at Third Hill Winery you are shopping LOCAL. Ed and Wendy plant, prune, crush, ferment, bottle, and experiment to get the wine that they produce. I asked Ed what percentage of grapes the import to make their wines, as I know some wineries supplement their harvest, and he said 0. They produce 100% of the grapes that make up thier wine ON SITE.
July 2020, Third Hill isserving 3 whites, Riesling, (the only semi sweet wine), Chardonel, and a Vidal Blanc. 3 reds, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, and rotate in and out the Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Petit Verdot.
16 Serendipity Road, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-7033
Muse’s is run by the husband and wife team, Robert Muse and Sally Cowal. Robert is an international lawyer who (as an Arizonan) trained as a barrister in England. Sally is a former United States ambassador who is now Senior Vice President of Global Cancer Control at the American Cancer Society. The couple has a viticultural philosophy and practice is that of minimalist agriculture utilizing low-impact materials and even pruning to harvest is done by hand.
This dog friendly winery offers reservation free lawn seating but they do suggest calling ahead if you have a large group for the tasting. Bring your own food if you are enjoying the outside lawn but if you are enjoying the inside air conditioning or taking in the outdoor patio they request that you order snacks from thier tasting menu.
CAVE RIDGE VINEYARDS
1476 Conicville Rd, Mt. Jackson | 540-477-2585
Cave Ridge Vineyards has the approach to produce wines that emphasize the fruit character of the grape using a minimalist approach to our wine making. Open Wednesday-Sunday
CEDAR CREEK WINERY
7384 Zepp Rd. Star Tannery | 540-436-8394
Cedar Creek Winery is a boutique farm winery specializing in handcrafted Estate bottled Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.
NORTH MOUNTAIN VINEYARD & WINERY
4374 Swartz Road, Maurertown, VA 22644 | 540-436-9463
The vineyard site has been farmed since the 1700’s, the first grapes were planted in 1982. The charming European architecture of the winery building is the perfect setting for our continental special events and celebrations. Lovely picnic areas, lawns, and gardens. Pet friendly.
3659 South Ox Road, Edinburg, VA 22824 | 540-984-8699
The tasting room and winery are housed in a Civil War-era barn on a bucolic farm setting with sweeping views of the Massanutten mountains. The tasting room is currently open Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.
Restaurants in Shenandoah County
As a culinary blogger, I am always seeking out the local flavors when I travel. I am always updating posts such as what to eat and drink in York, Pa (my hometown!), or eating my way around the world at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and I still can’t believe that Splitsville, Orlando has sushi and bowling at the same time!
When visiting Shenandoah county there is wonderful local flavors well worth writing home about. From brewpubs to diner food to Souther Barbecue to pizza and burgers and everything in between you won’t have to drive far to find fabulous food that your and your party will love. Also ice cream. Have I mentioned how many creameries we saw on this trip!? I dare you to try them all.
I am going to break down the restaurants you may want to visit by the town. This is how Visit Shenandoah County has it separated and I thought it was the simplest way of organizing the restaurants. So take note of what town you are currently in when in Shenandoah County and choose your dining spot accordingly.
Where to eat in Bayse, Shenandoah County, Virginia
- Copper Kettle Restaurant – 1982 Fairway Dr., Basye, VA 22810 but use their detailed driving instructions as GPS may be off a bit.
- Offering the same menu as the Restaurant at Bryce Resort in a more relaxed setting. Catch live music on the weekend in the evenings.
- Basye Brew Hollow – 1618 Orkney Grade Basye, Virginia 22810 | 540-856-3310
- You can’t skip the housemade ships or the jumbo pretzel with the house-made cheese sauce! You won’t be disappointed with ANY of the burgers.
- RHouse Wine & Cafe – 1518 Orkney Grade, Basye, VA, 22810 | (540) 692 9073
- I want to eat ALL of the 3 different charcuterie and cheese boards, but I could also LIVE on meat, cheese, and wine.
- Kismet Country Diner – 1345 Orkney Grade Basye, Virginia 22810 | 540-856-4019
- From Apps and Wings to Salads, Pizzas, Subs, Sandwiches and Entrees Kismet Country Diner will find something to suit your cravings!
Where to eat in Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia
- BOX OFFICE BREWERY – 177 E King St, Strasburg, VA 22657 | (540) 465-2609
- Brick oven pizza but be sure to order a side of house-made string beans!
- CASTIGLIA’S – 33820 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-8777
- Pizza is made from scratch, dough is made fresh daily, using only premium whole milk mozzarella. Every pizza is tossed by hand, not rolled on a machine.
- CIRO’S PIZZA – 788 Shopping Center Road, Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-5125
- New York-style Pizza, Pasta & Hoagies
- OLD DOMINION DOGGERY & BURGER SHOPPE – 133 E King St, Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-1700
- Voted ‘best restaurant in Strasburg‘ they pride themselves on using only grass feed beef for their burgers.
- FOX’S PIZZA & CHICKEN – 289 North Massanutten Street, Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-3332
- QUEEN STREET DINER – 728 East Queen St., Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-8858
- Daily specials and breakfast served all day at this authentic diner
- MAIN STREET SWEETS & CAFE – 136 E King St. Strasburg, VA | 540-333-5028
- Lunch, desserts and custom cakes
- JALISCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT – 348 East King Street, Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-5300
- A locally owned restaurant featuring authentic Mexican cuisine.
- HOTEL STRASBURG – 213 South Holliday Street, Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-9191
- Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Can accommodate large groups. Dine by candlelight and indulge in the culinary skills of their master chef in the stylish Victorian dining room at the Hotel Strasburg.
- CRABBY MAGGIE’S – 260 East Washington Street, Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-2222
- Strausburg’s hidden gem of a casual seafood restaurant.
- HANGOUTS GRILL – 19 Signal Knob Dr., Strasburg, VA 22657 | 540-465-1300
- Locally owned American fare featuring burgers, seafood, and steaks. Great for families. Can accommodate large groups.
Where to eat in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia
- ASIAN SPICE – 914 S. Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-8815
- Buffet, full menu and take out available.
- SEXY MEXI – Located inside the Woodstock Brewhouse at 123 East Court Street, Woodstock, VA 22664
- Serving up a variety of light fare including burgers, fish tacos and salads using locally sourced ingredients.
- BEN’S DINER – Woodstock Shopping Center. 476 North Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-4322
- American fare in a casual setting.
- CANDY’S DINER – 21874 Old Valley Pike, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-4292
- Home cookin’ in a casual atmosphere serving breakfast and lunch.
- CARAMELIZED – 1296 S. Main St., Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-8181
- Veteran owned restaurant offering personal service, impeccable quality, and reasonably priced. Southern Home Cookin’ at it’s finest!
- GARDEN CAFE AT FORT VALLEY NURSERY – 1175 S. Hisey Avenue, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-8226
- inside the Fort Valley Nursery the Garden Café . locally sourced food with a “go green” philosophy. Open for breakfast and lunch daily and happy hour Friday nights until 7pm. Also serving critically acclaimed wine, micro-brews and gourmet coffee.
- ITALIAN TOUCH – 345 West Reservoir Road, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-8785
- heir pizza dough is hand-made fresh daily with high quality ingredients. Fresh marinara sauce is made in house and used in many of our homemade pasta dishes or as a side to our fatboys and strombolis! Easy access to I-81. WOODSTOCK CAFÉ – 117 South Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-8888
- I wish I lived closer to Shenandoah county JUST to come back to this restaurant. I got the Jumbo Lump Crab and watermelon salad with pickled green tomato and buttermilk. I have never had jumbo lump grab THIS SWEET without being in the bay.I LOVE roasted brussles sprouts and these did NOT disappoint. Jen got the Sweet Corn Agnolotti with Black Truffle and Basil and I stole a few bites and wish I had gotten a full plate for myself. Please order an order, or two, of the Housemade Parker House Rolls featuring Housemade Cultured Butter, Local Honey. The menu is locally sourced, seasonal and you can tell that the Chef takes great care to craft a plate that is exquisitely presented, perfectly balanced in flavors and the freshest the season has to offer. I did do a bit of shopping in the store checking out what local merchants had for sale and probably took home more than I should have.
- PAISANO’S – 483 West Reservoir Road, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-8756
- Paisano’s is owned and operated by two brothers Giuseppe (Giu) and Sal who grew up in Monte Di Procida, a small town near Naples in Italy. They came to the US and have been serving up pizza, pasta & subs in a booth-lined, brick-walled dining room since 1998.
- PIZZA BELLA – 1013 S. Main St., Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-5363
- Delicious seafood, meat, vegetables, pastas, salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts and a wine list and imported and domestic beers to complement the food. WOODSTOCK BREWHOUSE – 123 East Court St., Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540-459-BREW
- This craft brewery and tasting room is located in a restored, former denim plant. Featuring Sexi Mexi cuisine.Perfect for large gatherings and events.
- Not being a beer drinker I wasn’t sure if there was going to be an adult beverage I could enjoy at Woodstock Brewhouse but I was delighted to learn they have hard cider! Off The Press Hard Cider was light, crisp and refreshing and the perfect pairing with the hand made black bean burger I had for lunch. I chose the fried plantains because…fried plantains and was eyeing the fish and chips basket that Janice was eating.
- THE SPRING HOUSE – 325 South Main Street, Woodstock, VA, 22664 | 540-459-4755
- Traditional American cuisine and barbeque with street and parking lot parking.Serves lunch, dinner and drinks.Walk-Ins welcome, good for groups, good for kids, and take-out is available.
- I am picky when it comes to my crab dip. It has to be cheesy, but not too much cream cheese, real crab, hot and full of flavor. The Spring House crab dip is a MUST GET. Voted as best Restaurant, Bartender, Steak, and Burger in Woodstock The Spring House is a local favorite and family-owned for over 19 years. When there is fish tacos on the menu, I will typically get them but I saw SHRIMP tacos on the menu I knew I had to try them. Beer battered and served with all my favorite accompaniments, I was glad I ordered the shrimp tacos. Jen got the baby back ribs and I did not hear one complaint from her and she didn’t offer to share! Janice said her burger was cooked to perfection, another solid food choice.
- MARY’S BOTANITAS – 772 S Main St suite C, Woodstock, VA 22664 | 540- 335-7916
- Authentic Mexican food. Mary’s Botanitas is also an Event Planner and has been servicing all of Woodstock and the surrounding areas for many years. Maria specializes in Tostilocos, Mangonadas, Mexican Candy, Mexican Shaved Ice, and Wedding Pasties.
Take A Mural Walk
The Staufferstadt Mural Project is an ongoing public-art initiative installing murals in the downtown area of Strasburg VA. With the goal of creating a collection of contemporary public art of the highest quality, Staufferstadt Arts aims to create an atmosphere welcoming to visitors in the valley. The installations are currently in the King Street area but are sure to branch out all over the city in time.
Grab your camera, take a 3 block walk and appreciate the beautiful art installations that Strasburg, Va has to offer.
Strasburg Mural Walk Map:
- Untitled by Lula Goce – (181 W King St.) – 2019: Lula is well-known for her ultra-realistic public art pieces depicting intimate scenes of individuals within beautifully woven elements of nature. Her serene imagery inspires deep introspection and challenges the viewer to consider oneself within the context of a greater natural world, and human history.
- Fathers and Sons by NDA – (154 E. King St) – 2018: Fathers and Sons celebrate two Strasburg citizens, transporting us through time and across generations by combining an old image of the father as a young man (bottom) with a current-day image of his son as an old man (top). Though neither man’s name will be found in a history book, both served as strong threads in the fabric of the town.
- Flourish by Gilf! – (181 W. King St.) 2015 – Flourish is one in a series of Gilf’s hidden word mazes. Her choice of the word “flourish” functions in both a physical and intellectual sense. To flourish is to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment. The library and it’s garden represent both physical and intellectual growth.
- The Fawn by David and Desiree Guinn – (192 W. King St.) – 2015 – The Fawn is the first collaboration between husband and wife. Bold arcs reference the many bends of the Shenandoah River while gradients of vivid color allude to the beauty and positive energy the artists experienced in the area. A delicate fawn is depicted drinking from the moving water, symbolizing new life and the bounty of nature.
- Shenandoah by Over Under – (238 E. King St.) – 2017 – Shenandoah is a dual mural utilizing different styles and techniques. The right side, soft and warm in color, was created with spray paint, depicting an elderly couple holding their great-grandchild. On the left, created with house paint, a river is shown dispersing out into tributaries, in a bold aerial view. Both touching on the idea of family and it’s spread into the future. Inspiration was drawn from the indigenous tale, Legend of Shenandoah
- Sunset Flip by Signature Unknown – ( 227 East King St.) – 2019 – Sunset Flip takes inspiration from local nature photography; featuring a color palette drawn from sunsets over the Shenandoah Valley. This monumental geometric quilt pattern creates a sense of peace and serenity through its docile tones and historic sensibilities, accentuated by the early 1900s architecture of residential house on which it resides. This piece serves as a meeting of the past and present; the new and old; reviving time-honored country artisan techniques for the here and now.
- Sonner’s Sonnet by Resoborg – (131 N Massanutten St.) – 2018- Resoborg’s mural, named ‘Sonner’s Sonnet’, is a depiction of one of the potters that used to live in the town in the 1800’s which at one stage was known as “Pot Town” because of the large cottage ceramics industry. Antique stores are plentiful in this town where pots from this era can easily be found.
- Poetry in Motion by Alice Mizrachi – (160 N. Massanutten St.) – 2016 – Poetry in Motion is a snapshot of Mizrachi’s time in Strasburg, where she found a warm and supportive community. The painting is a celebration of family, love and diversity. In it she makes the statement that family is the foundation of community. Elements of her experience here dot the work; the father and son who watched from their window as Mizrachi painted, an owl that she saw perched on a tree one night, and the mother’s blue hair flowing around the family just as the Shenandoah river winds through the valley.
- Origins by Phillip Adams – (318 E. King St.) – 2018- Origins harkens to the beginnings of the Appalachian Mountains, which at roughly 480 million years old, stands as the oldest mountain range in the country and at one time rivaled the heights of the Rockies. By placing human elements against this monumental backdrop, Adams challenges us to consider our place within the grand span of time; recognizing the past and pondering humanities role in the future.
- Rooftop Boogaloo by Jessie and Katey – (183 E. King St.) – 2018 – Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn are a Baltimore based artist team striving to transform public spaces into playful and vibrant experiences. Since 2011, Jessie and Katey have been consistently creating large-scale, public murals.This untitled piece draws from the colors and shapes of the surrounding landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley, transforming them into a bold composition, reflecting the vibrancy of the community and encouraging a sense of fun and play.
More fun in Shenandoah County:
130 W Court St. Woodstock, VA 22664 |540-692-4208
A DIY art studio offering paint-your-own pottery, hand-built clay, wood signs, canvas and more!
It has been YEARS since I had done a paint your own pottery class and I had the best time at Suzanne’s Studio in Woodstock, Va. My girlfriends and I kept marveling at not only the variety of pieces she had to paint but at the prices! They were so incredibly reasonable. After helping us select our pieces Suzanne walked us through the painting process and what to expect to happen when our masterpieces were fired in the kiln. She had some glazes I had never seen before and she helped give me inspiration for crafting my piece. Shipping is available if you are passing through or if you pain at the end of your trip. Suzanne is super friendly and make everyone feel like an artist.
The Edinburg Mill
214 S. Main Street, Edinburg, Va 2824
History buff are going to want to spend hours at The Edinburg Mill. 3 stories of Civil war history, local school history, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, The American Red Cross and how life in the Shenandoah Valley has changed over the past 200 years. Beautifully curated textiles, farm equipment, housewares, war memorabilia, broom making and glassware. There is a $3 donation request to visit the upper floors but if you love reading and experiencing history it is worth it. The building is full of memorabilia and while there is ramps and lifts, not all areas are fully accessible to wheelchairs.