What’s New for 2015
Don’t miss our newest destinations, attractions and festivals popping up throughout Shenandoah County. Here’s a few of the latest experiences you’ll want to check out….
Wine, Beer & Beverage-
Shenandoah County has always offered great wine for visitors to enjoy over the years including one of the oldest wineries in Virginia. As more viticulturists learn the benefits of growing grapes in the Shenandoah Valley, more and more vineyards are popping up including Muse Vineyards
which plans to open on weekends this summer just outside of Woodstock. Can’t wait till summer to try them out? All Things Virginia @ The Farmhouse
will begin carrying a selection of Muse wines including their Rousanne 2013, Chardonnay 2013, Calliope 2013, and Clio 200 as of February 28.
It’s not all about wine at the vineyards though. The Winery at Kindred Pointe
introduces their own brand, Life Is Hard, Hard Cider. Visitors to the tasting room which presides in a converted horse stable can now enjoy everything from Malbec and Chardonnay to three varieties of cider. Come in the spring and take a stroll through the many walking trails on premise or pack a picnic to enjoy with your wine.
Microbreweries have been sprouting up all over Virginia and Shenandoah County is no exception. The county welcomed its first brewery, Swover Creek Farm Brewery
back in November. This Virginia Century Farm has been serving local residents and visitors for years as a pick your own berry farm with a small store selling locally-sourced farm-crafted sausages, homemade jams , and baked goods but decided to start growing hops two years ago. They currently offer small batch brews, but plan to expand production this year. Eventually, they hope to roast their own farm-grown barley, rye and wheat for use in their beers.
Woodstock Brew House
also hopes to make its debut in 2015 in an old Casey Jones Denim plant just off main street in historic downtown Woodstock. The building has been renovated for customers to watch the beer making process in the basement through a cut out in the original wood floors of the bar and restaurant above. The Brew House is also home to 1752 BBQ
for the perfect pairing of beer and BBQ.
Music lovers have another reason to visit Shenandoah County with the launch of two new music festivals: Rockin’ the Valley and the Strasburg Blues Festival.
Rockin' the Valley
is the valley’s premier rock festival. Located less than 2 hours from Washington, D.C., the festival will take place on Saturday, April 18 at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds just off Interstate 81. Featuring 13 bands and 11 hours of music including Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel, Tantric, Ten Years and more!
Hard rock not your thing? The Strasburg Blues Festival
will also be making its debut at the Strasburg Moose on June 6th. Featuring acts such as Albert Castiglia, Concrete Blues, Hard Swimmin’ Fish, Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner and many more, this event offers fun for all ages and benefits a great cause. Proceeds benefit The Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department, Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Moose Charities.
In addition to music, Bryce Resort came up with a way for all you bike enthusiasts to beat the winter blues! Hit the slopes on March 7 for the first Winter Bike Jam. just $10 to register to race down Redeye ski slope. This should be a fun event for riders and spectators alike with music and plenty of laughs!
The Virginia Museum of the Civil War
completed their multi-phased upgrade project this year with the installation of new carpet throughout the museum. Visitors to the museum will learn about the role Virginia Military Institute (VMI) cadets served in the Battle of New Market as well as learn about life before, during and after the Civil War. Each year, on the 3rd weekend in May, the Virginia Museum of the Civil War also hosts the nation’s oldest annual reenactment, the Reenactment of the Battle of New Market.
Enjoy a variety of new locally owned restaurants and shops within our five charming historic downtown districts including Strasburg
, Woodstock, Edinburg
, Mount Jackson
and New Market
before picking up Shenandoah County’s brand new Outdoor Recreation Guide to explore the surrounding wilderness that makes this area so scenic. The guide features a variety of trails perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding as well as information on public river access, camping and more.