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Shenandoah County, VA

Do you remember the choose-your-own adventure books from your childhood? The ones where you got to select the event that happened next in the story and then turn to the corresponding page in the book? Well, here are three options for you to choose your own one-day adventure in Shenandoah County, Virginia. It’s your day, so choose the option on the Shenandoah Wine Trail that fits you best!

Option 1:

Start your day off with some freshly-baked pastries and a cup of coffee at The Woodstock Cafe before you head out to shop in and around the Town of Woodstock.  Start off your shopping experience at the Virginia Farmhouse where you can always find locally-sourced foods, pantry items, herbs and spices; and functional crafts from local artisans including pottery, soap, wooden kitchen implements and hand–knitted scarves and hats.  Within a block you will find a variety of shops and galleries along Main Street. Scenic back roads take you over the river and through the woods to pet-friendly and Governor’s Cup award winner Muse Vineyard and south to Shenandoah Vineyards, the oldest vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley.   Enjoy dinner at one of the many quaint restaurants located in Woodstock, Virginia.

Option 2:

Enjoy breakfast and locally-roasted coffee at Jackson’s Corner Cafe in New Market then start your day at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War or Shenandoah Caverns and their Family of Attractions including American Celebration on Parade and the garden and livestock outside the Yellow Barn.  Before heading out to #sipshenandoah, pick up lunch to go at Fort Valley Nursery’s Woodstock Garden Cafe and then head to Wolf Gap Vineyard for a picnic on a ridgeline affording spectacular mountain views. To round out your tour, visit Cave Ridge Vineyard, nestled in the foothills overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. At the nearby Winery at Kindred Pointe, you can enjoy the many walking trails and house-made hard cider before ending your wine experience at Third Hill Winery at DeMello Vineyards where on Sundays you can listen to local musicians from their umbrella-covered deck or vast meadow.  Enjoy dinner at the Edinburg Mill Restaurant in a rustic and relaxed setting to end your day.

American Celebration on Parade at Shenandoah Caverns

Option 3:

Start your day off with savory or sweet pancakes or chicken and waffles at the Pancake Underground before a stroll along King Street to view the Staufferstadt Murals created by world-renowned artists while exploring many of the local shops. Strasburg is a great destination for antique lovers as well with the state’s largest antique emporium, the Strasburg Emporium.  Just a short drive from Strasburg, visit North Mountain Vineyard and Winery with charming European architecture and Star in the Valley Estate Winery located at 1000′ feet with spectacular views and two new additions to the family farm: Southdown Babydoll sheep Yuri and Shep!


Strasburg, VA mural