4 Reasons to Visit the Shenandoah Valley in the Fall

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  1. The Scenery. Of course the number 1 reason for visiting the Valley in the fall has to be the foliage. The rich green of summer slowly shifts into a brilliant display of red, orange, and yellow, and what better place is there to see it happen than from the top of a Virginia mountain? Whether you’re hiking a local trail, taking a scenic drive, or enjoying the view from one of our porch chairs, the emergence of autumn is a splendid sight to behold. (The Virginia Department of Forestry will continually update their Fall Foliage Report as the changes happen, so stay up-to-date with their website.)
  2. The Fall Foliage Festival Art Show. Fall is a work of art in and of itself, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate other artistic displays. For one whole weekend, “the streets of downtown Waynesboro are turned into an outdoor art gallery,” hosting the talents of a myriad of local artisans. You’ll find everything from traditional paintings to woodworking to jewelry, so if you’re looking for a souvenir of your Valley getaway, or you’re in need of a gift, this is a great opportunity to pick one up. This year’s festival will take place on October 11-12, 2014.
  3. The Apples. From apple pie to apple cider to apple butter, this fruit bursts onto the scene in autumn. Enjoy the apple-themed merriment at Chiles’ “Fall Into Fun” Festival, or pick your own ripe, juicy apples at Seamans’ Orchard.
  4. The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. “Taste a bounty of heirloom fruits and vegetables and learn about organic gardening and seed-saving during this fun, affordable, family-friendly festival — unlike any other — held on the breathtaking West Lawn of Jefferson’s Monticello.”

We look forward to seeing you in the fall! (You may want to book your room now, as we fill up fast in autumn.)

Photo by Glenn Martin

Photo by Glenn Martin

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