Shenandoah Valley and Virginia Mountains
Fields of Gold is a regional agritourism program designed to invite visitors to experience Shenandoah Valley’s agritourism sites and activities. Visitors can create their own customized farm tour.
Showalters Orchard – Family owned and operated business located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. In business for over 50 years, our orchard is located on approximately 40 acres with breathtaking views of the Valley. We grow over 20 varieties of apples and we process our famous apple cider on the premises that is available for sale in our Country Market. Generally, apple season begins in early August and runs thru the end of November.
After a brief rest, Greenhouse Season gets underway in early April. We feature plants that are grown in our 38,000 sq. ft. facility. From vegetables, bedding plants, patio planters to perennials, we take pride in the care our plants receives. In the spring, we offer numerous seminars featuring our highly popular "Make It, Take It" container class.
The Old Hill Cider is the most recent addition to Showalter’s Orchard. Tasting Room is open Friday, Saturday, & Monday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Whenever you chose to visit, be sure to bring your camera so you will be able to capture the beautiful sights of the season!
Back Home on the Farm – Celebrate the fall harvest season at our corn maze and pumpkin patch. We also host old-fashioned Country Teas. Lots to do with 40+ attractions! Back Home on the Farm … at Harrisonburg, in Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley.
Skyline Drive – take a scenic drive along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park with 75 overlooks connecting travelers to all the major visitor centers, campgrounds, lodges, picnic areas and most trailheads.
The Heritage Museum (home to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society) in Dayton is a rich resource of Valley folk art and cultural displays, as well as a compelling Civil War Gallery.
Enjoy lunch at Swover Creek Farm – A Virginia Century Farm having been in owner Lynn St. Clair’s family for multiple generations and evolved from a traditional farm to a pick your own berry farm to a farm brewery. This is a more rural and rustic setting but draws a great crowd from Bryce Resort and other nearby vineyards and the pizzas are awesome. If weather permits and berries are in season, you can also pick your own black raspberries, blueberries, raspberries and gooseberries.
After lunch, relax and let Shenandoah Wine Tours drive, as you cruise the county touring some of the award-winning wineries in the valley:
For dinner, the Edinburg Mill Restaurant on the ground floor of the historic Edinburg Mill is set in the 1848 charm of its limestone walls and low beam ceilings. In a cozy and intimate atmosphere, the menu takes simple offerings and elevates them to extraordinary heights.
Fort Valley Ranch – Nestled in the Massanutten Mountains of the George Washington National Forest, arrive at the ranch and enjoy a continental breakfast around the campfire, then start your adventure with a guided horseback ride in George Washington National Forest. Hourly, half and full-day rides, as well as multi-day Ranch Packages, are available. Learn more and book your trail ride here.
Enjoy lunch at 1752 BBQ at Woodstock Brewhouse – Offers fantastic Virginia heritage BBQ and other creative twists. BBQ options include traditional pulled pork, ribs, brisket and smoked turkey as well as weekly specials and a variety of sides. 1752 BBQ also features locally sourced meats and vegetables in their menu. The setting is within a renovated former 1920s denim factory in the heart of historic downtown Woodstock. A great option if you want to walk around town afterwards and experience the charm of one of our main street communities.
After a delicious lunch, spend the afternoon kayaking or tubing down the scenic Shenandoah River with Shenandoah River Outfitters with their popular canoe and kayak steak dinner package. Leave the food cooler at home and bring your appetite as their experienced staff will cater a river-side dinner at the end of your river adventure.
PLACES TO STAY:Stay in a farmstay or in nearby town of Harrisonburg.
Hotel Madison - Located in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley, Hotel Madison blends a sophisticated style with relaxing comfort. A full-service hotel with concierge, bellman and valet service, featuring 230 rooms - many with mountain and downtown views.
Massanutten Resort – Massanutten Resort offers many unique amenities including the Indoor/Outdoor WaterPark, Ski and Adventure Park area, two fantastic golf courses, farm-to-table dining experiences, shopping and recreation options, along with a day spa for complete relaxation and rejuvenation.
Cave Hill Farm B&B – Cave Hill Farm has been a grain farm, producing some of the finest wheat for local use in nearby flour mills. It had a 15-acre wine growing operation in the late 1800’s. In recent years, it has been a dairy and poultry farm, producing products for local processors. The original house was log. In 1830, an Englishman was employed to build this manor house, which took three years. The house has ten rooms, come visit our and enjoy modern updates while cherishing the unique history and the fine antiques the house has to offer.
River Bluff Farm Bed & Breakfast – rustic and elegant, a beautifully restored log home that sits on 20 acres above the banks of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in New Market.