Winter Wonderland in the Shenandoah Valley
January 2, 2018
A winter Wonderland doesn’t have to be just a song…it’s a location here in the Shenandoah Valley. This winter, take the family on a trip that will make seasonal blues melt away. Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is home to beautiful resorts, getaways, and experiences that will make you wish it could be winter forever. Here are a few winter getaways to experience this season.
Whether you love outdoor winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, ice-skating, snow-tubing, or hiking, or whether you’re more of an indoor person and enjoy waterparks and spas, Masasanutten has something for every guest. Get a seasonal Pear and Fig Mani/Pedi at the spa, learn how to surf on their FlowRider® Endless Wave, and disco dance the night away at Encounters Lounge on weekend nights.
Head over to Crosskeys Vineyard to enjoy a lovely wine tasting. From 5:30 to 8:30 every Friday evening, Crosskeys hosts Fireside Fridays, boasting live music, award winning wines, and a cozy environment. You won’t want to miss it!
Take some stops along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and get stamps on your Beerwerks passport along the way for a free “Drink-In the Shenandoah Valley” t-shirt. These breweries are a perfect way to keep warm in the winter.
Though open all four seasons, Bryce Resort is magically transformed in the wintertime. The resort features award winning slopes, snow tubing, and a top-notch Snowsports school to transform you into an olympic-grade skier or snowboarder. Check out the resort on Saturday nights for live music, and make sure to stick around for fireworks on MLK weekend.
Stay in one of the charming lodgings near Bryce resort for a truly unique experience! Bryce Resort is not a hotel, but the surrounding hotels, cottages, and inns are perfect for providing guests with a customizable experience. Stay at Young Manor Bed & Breakfast, which is located just 5 minutes from Bryce Resort on 55 acres with beautiful mountain views and luxury accommodations. Enjoy a homemade breakfast and relaxing stay at Widow Kip’s Country Inn, or experience luxury at Cedar Ridge Lodge.
Experience the marvels of nature’s heating unit at Shenandoah Caverns. Just a ten-minute drive from Bryce resort, a trip to the caverns is a perfect way to end a winter weekend. Even in the winter, the caverns boast a 56 degree temperature, allowing you to appreciate the magic of nature for as long as you please.
For an experience-packed weekend, look no further than Staunton, Virginia! If cultural experiences sound better than a trip to the slopes, The Stonewall Jackson Hotel is the perfect place to call home base. The beautiful rooms and on-site restaurant are just some of the perks to this hotel, but most importantly it is within walking distance of amazing activities.
Walk on over to the American Shakespeare Center to enjoy a play by the world’s most famous playwright, snap pics with your smartphones at the Camera Heritage Museum, or enjoy local and national history at the Frontier Culture Museum. To explore Staunton like an expert, download the app, Traipse, which leads users on a walking tour of historic landmarks and local businesses. Challenge your mind at each stop on the Traipse tour by unlocking clues about your location and discovering things previously unknown.
Tuck yourself in at the Iris Inn for Winter Wine Weekends with Wine Living host, Marc Supsic. Whether you stay in a room, cottage, or cabin, each building was placed on the property with care to afford you the best view of the beautiful mountain terrain that surrounds the inn on all sides. It’s as if you have your own, personal overlook just outside your room. At the Iris Inn you’re just five minutes away from indoor or outdoor winter fun!
Head up Afton Mountain where you can hike a section of the Appalachian Trail by jumping on either Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway at Rockfish Gap. Or head down the mountain into Waynesboro for some fly fishing on the South River which runs through town. South River Fly Shop can serve as your guide. Once you’re ready to warm up, catch a show at the Wayne Theatre and enjoy some of the downtown art galleries.