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Getaway in the Shenandoah Valley

The Green Room

130 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401, USA

Made: By The People, For The People

15 E Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA

The Foundry

17 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401, USA

Nanny June Vintage

29 East Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401, USA

Yelping Dog Wine

9 E Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA

Shenandoah Pizza

19 E Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA

The Iris Inn

191 Chinquapin Drive, Waynesboro, VA 22980, USA

Meadowlark Ridge

156 Dividing Ridge Rd, Mt Solon, VA 22843, USA

Sugar and Bean Cafe

318 N Main St, Bridgewater, Virginia, USA

Bryce Resort

600 North Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664, USA

Looking for a relaxing retreat? The Shenandoah Valley is the perfect destination to check off your favorite fall (and winter) traditions. Take in the fresh air, stunning mountain views, and quaint cities and towns of the central and northern Valley and discover a weekend getaway unlike anywhere else! Here are a few recommendations for a memorable 2-night trip during peak foliage season.

Day 1: Staunton, Rockingham County

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Photos courtesy of The Green Room

 

Staunton,VA is the perfect pit stop for travelers seeking savory lunch options traveling from central or eastern VA via 1-64 West in route to the first featured property in Rockingham County.

 

Once you arrive in Staunton, consider The Green Room. This local favorite offers a large selection of natural wine, craft beer, funky cider, and gourmet sandwiches and snacks. Choose from indoor or outdoor seating in the heart of downtown and try one of their baguette sandwiches or famous loaded tater tots – choose from pimento cheese, duck tots, or cheesy tots. 

 

Photos Courtesy of Staunton, VA, The Foundry Pop-Ups

 

If you love shopping, check out some of the many (over 100!) independent shops, antique stores, and art galleries while you’re in town. 

 

Unique stores like Made; By the People, for the People offer a modern-day twist with a focus on American-made products. You can find unique gifts, books, vintage clothing, and hand-made pieces. The Foundry Pop-Ups nearby also offers products created by local artisans like candles, wax melts, soaps and home fragrances and ceramics. Start your holiday shopping early!

 

Tip: Love vintage? Check out Nanny June Vintage for one-of-a-kind vintage clothing and accessories. 

 

Photo courtesy of Yelping Dog Wine

 

Following an afternoon of shopping, wind down with drinks and apps at Yelping Dog Wine. This wine bar & store with a relaxing atmosphere has a wide variety of different blends and a great selection of cheese plates, grilled cheese sandwiches, crostini plates, and charcuterie boards. Join them on Wednesday’s for one of their “Wine Wednesday” tastings! 

 

Before heading to your cabin for the night, grab some pizza from Shenandoah Pizza and Taphouse. Shenandoah Pizza has over 20 gourmet pizzas. Take your pizza to-go and head north approximately 30 minutes to your “Cabin by the Creek” in Rockingham County, nestled outside of Bridgewater. 

 



 

This secluded “Cabin by the Creek” has a covered porch with an outdoor bar and has been recently restored and renovated. Close to hiking and mountain bike trails, this location is perfect for anyone looking for proximity to amenities and genuine tranquility. 

 

Tip: Looking for more space for the whole family? Check out one of these options in close proximity to Staunton:

Day 2: Rockingham County, Shenandoah County

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After a night of rest, enjoy making breakfast in your fully equipped “Cabin by the Creek” kitchen, or head to downtown Bridgewater for breakfast at Sugar & Bean Cafe

 

 

Pick up a pastry or, choose from one of their hot and delicious breakfast sandwiches. Grab a coffee and head to their outdoor patio for a great view as you get ready for the day. 

 

Hone Quarry Loop – Photo courtesy of virginiatrailguide.com

 

After breakfast, put your hiking shoes on and head to Hone Quarry Loop. Hone Quarry Loop is a dog-friendly 5.4 mile trail. Go for the beautiful view of the waterfall and mountains, and adventurous water crossings. If you’re a true lover of the outdoors – this hike is for you! 

 

Tip: If you’re looking for an easier, more accessible trail for the whole family, check out Paul State Forest Trail – a 4.2-mile out-and-back trail good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

 

After your hike, you can plan to head back for a cozy evening at “Cabin by the Creek”. But, if you’re looking to explore more of the Valley, switch it up and enjoy your second night at the modern and spacious Shenandoah Getaway Retreat near Bryce Resort, about an hour north from the Hone Quarry Loop in Shenandoah County. 

 

Photos courtesy of vrbo.com

 

This 4 bedroom (10 bed) dog-friendly retreat has enough space for everyone and is just minutes from Lake Laura. Relax on the balcony or opt to take in nearby natural novelties like the Shenandoah Caverns. If you’re planning a winter getaway, of course, you’re in the prime location to ski and snowboard Bryce Resort

 

 

Photos courtesy of airbnb.com and Shenandoah County

 

If you’re looking for a smaller spot with a stellar view, book a night at the Bear Den. This cabin is a hiker’s dream, bordering the George Washington National Forest and with access to the Massanutten Circuit Trail and Shenandoah River. The recently renovated cabin features a wood fireplace, wrap-around deck, screened-in porch, outdoor fire pit, and hot tub.

 

Photos courtesy of Steeles Tavern Manor

 

If you’re looking for more cabins and creative lodging to explore and your route has you headed southwest, check out the secluded property of Steeles Tavern Manor located in Rockbridge County. Steeles Tavern Manor is a historic 5-room bed & breakfast situated on Route 11 with 5 cabins to choose from. 

 

Want more options? Check out unique places to stay in the Valley or find the right stay that matches your adventure on our blog.

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