Shenandoah Valley: Your Base Camp for Outdoor Adventure

The Shenandoah Valley is a paradise for the Outdoor Lover. Secluded trails, scenic byways, and picturesque blueways offer a natural getaway from the hustle and bustle. With so many options for outdoor fun, you may wonder where to start!

Day 1

The Hummingbird Inn Bed & Breakfast in Goshen, VA offers the perfect home base for outdoor adventure. Nestled between the Alleghany Highlands and the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Hummingbird Inn is just a short drive (or cycle!) to four-season outdoor recreation.

After check-in, take a short, scenic drive to Lexington for an early dinner at Rocca Bar Ristorante.  Begin to unwind on their rooftop lounge that overlooks the city’s historic Main Street.  Restored, head to nearby Devil’s Backbone Outpost Brewery for a pint or flight in the bier garden.   Close out your evening sipping your favorite beverage on the Hummingbird Inn’s creek-side deck.

Day 2

After a scrumptious, two-course breakfast at the Hummingbird, hop on your bikes for a self-guided tour to three local vineyards: Lexington Valley VineyardJump Mountain Vineyard, and Rockbridge Vineyard.  With advance notice, the Hummingbird Inn can send you off with a tasty lunch so you can enjoy a vineyard picnic!  Call ahead to verify each vineyard’s tasting hours. 

Your route will bring you past historic Wade’s Mill.  Built around 1750, it’s one of the oldest working water-powered grist mills.  During opening hours, visitors are welcome to tour the mill and stop in their shop.  If you need a break on the ride “home” to the Inn, stop in Brownsburg to take a self-guided walking tour of this historic village or visit the exhibits at the Brownsburg Museum.

Day 3

For your adventure today, choose “paddle”, “rod”, or “saddle”. Wilderness Canoe Company provides everything you need for a self-guided day trip or overnight trip on the James River. Routes differ by length and class of rapids, and paddlers from novice to expert can pick a level that’s right for them.

Looking to experience the Shenandoah Valley’s renowned fly fishing?  Get the time-saving and rewarding benefit of guide services and instruction from the professionals at Escatawba Farms or Wild Mountain Trout Fly Fishing.

With North Mountain Outfitter Inc. you can hop in the saddle and get a taste of the Old West.  Half day and full day trail rides will give you a unique and unforgettable adventure into Virginia’s beautiful wilderness.

As the day draws to a close, take a stroll along one of the trails at Natural Bridge State Park then head to nearby Great Valley Farm Brewery.  Their outdoor patio is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a cold ale.  Check out the brewery’s event calendar to time your visit with live music and local food truck offerings.

Plan your escape to the captivating Shenandoah Valley today.  One taste and you’ll be hooked!


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