Shenandoah Valley

A few weeks ago we visited the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia for the first time. We had heard wonderful things about the area and when we started researching things to do we had a long list including breweries, wineries, hiking, cycling, tubing, and a music festival. We eagerly made the four plus hour drive through the valley to our first true destination, a brewery. Are you surprised?

Blue Mountain Barrel House

Our valley visit started at Blue Mountain Barrel House. After a bit of taste testing, we made our beer selections and headed outside to the beautiful scenery. The hop vines off in the distance with the mountains in view made the setting quite tranquil.

Red Wing Roots Music Festival

While there we spotted our first Red Wing Roots Music Festival poster, the main attraction of our Shenandoah Valley tour.

Rawley Springs, VA

After stopping at Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company for lunch we checked out our one bedroom cabin at Rawley Springs. The cabin was musty but the scenery and quiet was quite enjoyable. The surrounding area offered hiking along a stream and to the top of the mountain range above the cabin. Luckily I married a coastie/boy scout who is quite handy with a fire so we manged to fight off the mosquitoes long enough to make s’mores one evening while watching the sunset.

Shenandoah National Park

bear oh my

We explored the Shenandoah National Park and historic Skyline Drive twice while in the valley. The scenic overlooks were absolutely gorgeous. And I hiked on the Appalachian Trail for the first time ever. We were on the lookout for black bears but never came across any while hiking. However, we did see four bears total while driving along Skyline Drive. Only one stopped and posed for us. I’m glad it was a brief visit with lots of distance between us!

Skyline Drive Shenandoah National Park Appalachian Trail

Luray Covered BridgeMeets Bottom Farm Land

After exiting Skyline Drive we discovered the Meets Bottom covered bridge in Luray. It has the longest span out of any in the area and was recently restored. The surrounding farm land was beautiful and it’s well worth a stop if you have a few spare minutes.

The Needle Lady

While in the valley I had to visit at least one local yarn shop or fiber farm. I called around to the area farms but they were either on vacation or moving so I ended up visiting The Needle Lady in Charlottesville. The shop clerk was very friendly and talkative. And they had a comfy chair for my husband to hold down while I searched the shop for something unique to take home. I found some purple mohair wool roving from a local fiber artist.

Rawley Springs Spinning

I managed to squeeze in a little spinning for the Tour de Fleece while Jon ran one morning. The screened in porch made me wish we had one. One day soon, I hope.

Red Wing Roots_Blue Mountain Brewery

We packed our things and happily left the musty cabin one week after we arrived to attend the last day of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival. More to come very soon on that great experience. If you ever get a chance to visit Shenandoah Valley, we highly recommend it! The views are spectacular and the people are very friendly.


One Reply to “Shenandoah Valley”

  1. Michelle, Loved the pictures. My cousin, David, hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine about 4
    years ago. What was amazing about it was that he was in his 60’s and fresh off the couch. A famous couch potato. He has since hiked trails like the Pacific Coast (twice…had to quit one year because of forest fires), one in Mo. and Arizona and biked from Washington state to Maine with his wife.

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