Although we are located just ten minutes south of beautiful, historic Staunton, exploring the town is hardly the only thing to do in our area! We're centrally-located to scenic hiking trails, fine restaurants, interesting museums, exciting wineries and breweries, and more. This is a sampling of what's located nearby, but be sure to ask in the office about The Big Green Book of Things to Do and See for more.
Staunton is often called the "Queen City" of the Shenandoah Valley is Staunton and is crammed with fine dining and casual restaurants, breweries, antique stores, coffee shops, and more. It's a great town for walking, so find a place to park (or ask us in the office about the best lots) and get out and see things on foot!
This is the only theater that re-creates the original Blackfriars Theater where Shakespeare's plays were first performed. Find out what's playing or purchase tickets by calling the Blackfriars Playhouse box office at 1-877-MUCH-ADO or 540-851-1733.
Our area was settled by a large number of German, Irish, English, and African immigrants. Learn more about the local history (including why it's pronounced STAN-tun and not Stauhn-ton) at this huge living history museum. Be prepared to walk!
The P. Buckley Moss Gallery is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Waynesboro. The artist finds inspiration in the imagery of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, becoming captivated by the life and culture of the Amish and Mennonite people of the area. She embraced the local landscapes, lifestyles, and traditions and felt that the life and culture she was part of held an important message for modern society: live simply and enjoy every moment!
This is nothing like your average trip to the zoo! Take a tour through the park and get up-close and personal with ostriches, watusi, and even zebras who come right up to your car window. Want to get even closer to the animals? The park also features a walk-through area where you and the kids can say hi to kangaroos, goats, pigs, and more. Don't forget to buy a bucket of feed!
*Please note: this facility is in no way related to the Natural Bridge Zoo, which is currently under investigation.
Locally-owned and operated brewpub with a rotating selection of at least twenty beers, with something for everyone, including light beers, ales, stouts, IPAs, and even pressed malt beverages. On Saturdays, you can even brew your own!
Open Tuesdays through Sundays, this brewery offers small batches and a taproom that seats 40. They've also recently opened a beer garden in the back, and sometimes on the weekends, Magnolia Mountain Grill will come out and sell food. You can also bring your own food and snacks to enjoy.
Located just up the road in Grottoes, Grand Caverns is one of the most spectacular local show caves, as well as being the oldest in the country. Learn about the history of the cave, the science behind it, or just be dazzled! And be sure to dress warmly - it never gets above 55 degrees in the cave.
Continuing Virginia's proud heritage of hard cider, Albemarle Ciderworks offers several varieties of artisan cider (six for tasting), a beautiful view, and many types of events, including book-signings, live music, and more.
Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. They specialize in beef, pork, poultry, rabbit, and educating the public about sustainable farming practices.
*Please note: If you are visiting Polyface, be sure to get the directions from their website and do not depend on your GPS, because you will likely lose your satellite on the way there. They are in a fairly remote location.
Massanutten has a great indoor/outdoor water park packed with FUN for all ages. Inside you'll find a state of the art game room, shopping, and dining. Discounts for Military
Do you enjoy winter sports? Do you want your children to learn to ski or snowboard? Massanutten is the place for winter fun. Caters to families with or without young children. Lessons are available.
Ash Lawn-Highland is an historic house museum, 535-acre working farm, and performing arts site in Virginia. President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe owned Ash Lawn-Highland.
See the Natural Bridge or one of their many exhibits. The newest exhibit is Virginia's Largest Butterfly Garden. Located on Route 11 between exits 175 and 180 from Interstate 81 south of Staunton.