Whether you’re visiting one of our universities, hiking or biking in the Shenandoah, sensing the struggle of battle on a Civil War battlefield, enjoying a romantic Virginia getaway, or are simply passing through and wondering how to make your stay memorable, we are here to help you get the most out of your visit.
SHENANDOAH VALLEY WINE TRAIL
With more than 200 vineyards and wineries scattered throughout the Valley, it may come as no surprise that Virginia ranks 5th in the nation for wine production. We’ve partnered with some nearby vineyards to get you VIP access to tastings – check our Wine Trail page to plan your route.
CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS
Of course, Virginia is steeped in Civil War history. Thanks to many preservation societies keeping historic sites alive and re-telling the stories of battles and locations past, we have tremendous resources available for understanding this part of our nation’s past. The map below will tell you all need to know (and more), and you can get started by clicking the image or visiting any of the nearby historic sites listed below.
- Woodbine Cemetery
- Court Square & Springhouse
- Hardesty-Higgins House
- Turner Ashby Monument
- Warren-Sipe House
Virginia.org has a great guide on the Civil War Trails if you’re looking for more information.
THE SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park is just nearby and boasts one of the top scenic drives in the nation. You can step foot on the Appalachian Trail, hike down to a refreshing waterfall, soak in some history, and maybe even come face-to-face with a deer, bear, turkey, or other woodland creature. Check out our guide to experiencing the park via Skyline Drive.
Caverns are the perfect adventure on a hot day. With temperatures hovering around 56 degrees regardless of the season, it’s an easy way to experience nature’s wonders even when inclement weather strikes. There are eight caverns scattered throughout the state – these listed are all located within an hour’s drive.
- Luray Caverns — the “Stalacpipe Organ” is a truly unique spectacle! Your ticket also gets you into the museums on the property, which are definitely worth visiting. Note: the tour takes you on a decent walk, and the stairs down into the caverns might limit those with mobility issues. (40 min N up Rte 81)
- Shenandoah Caverns — The only cavern with elevator service. (30 min N on Rte 81)
- Endless Caverns — Called “endless” because no end has been found to this vast network of cave systems, you’ll also discover a fossilized mammoth tooth. (25 min N on Rte 81)
- Grand Caverns — Here you’ll see a formation called “Stonewall Jackson’s Horse”! Hiking, mini golf, swimming, and more are also on-site. (25 min south off Rte 33)
The Shenandoah Valley has a rich history of agriculture, art, battle, and development. Get a glimpse inside the things that make this place special with a visit to one of our nearby museums — guaranteed to open your eyes to a fascinating new facet of this place’s culture, past and present.
- The Virginia Quilt Museum — Located just downtown, and an eye-opening experience to the world of quilts. You needn’t be a quilt lover to appreciate the art and craft of this fine part of Virginia heritage.
- The Frontier Culture Museum — Drive out in Staunton (28 min N on 81) and make a day of it! After visiting the museum, follow the signs to the Historic Downtown, find a shady parking place, and stroll around as you discover shops, restaurants, and antiquing. If you’re into Shakespeare, check out our Shakespeare & Staunton discovery package – we’ll arrange tickets to a show at Blackfriar’s Playhouse.
- The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley — Walk through a magnificent mansion that also boasts six acres of gardens and impressive museum galleries. Take tea in the cafe, and don’t miss the Miniatures Gallery — exactly furnished houses and rooms on a petite scale. (1 hr 10 min N on Rte 81)
Want live stage concerts, plays? You’ll find many stellar productions offered here — many right downtown. Be sure to keep an eye on our Events Calendar for upcoming events.
- Court Square Theater
- The Forbes Center at JMU
- Oak Grove Theater — A community theater group that performs in an outdoor theater amidst oak trees. (25 min N up Rte 81)
- The American Shakespeare Center — Also known as BlackFriar’s Playhouse, this in-the-round theater puts on near-nightly performances of some of Shakespeare’s bests. (30 min S down Rte 81)
- Hull’s Drive-in — Looking for a good, old-time romantic evening? Clean out your car, pack some snacks, and head down to Lexington for a double feature on the big BIG screen! (50 min S down Rte 81 to 64)
ARTS & CRAFTS
If local arts and crafts are more your thing, we’ve got you covered there, too, with seasonal and year-round exhibits and markets to be discovered all throughout the Valley, with some great finds just down the road.
- OASIS Fine Art & Craft
- You Made It! Pottery & Fused Glass Studio — Make your own pottery or fused glass creation!
- The Shops at Dayton Farmers Market — Locally crafted goods, gifts, food, and more. (12 min S down Rte 42)
- P. Buckley Moss Museum One of the Shenandoah Valley’s most popular artists! (30 min S down Rte 81 to 64)
- Downtown Harrisonburg
- Staunton (30 min S down Rte 81)
- Charlottesville (1 hr SE down Rte 81 to 64)
You don’t want to miss dinner around here (it’s part of our promised “Night’s Delight”)! Our Downtown Historic District has many fine, locally owned pubs and restaurants with live music entertainment that you can easily walk or drive to — free parking is easy to find.
- Clementine Cafe — American-style favorites, served up with a twist and great atmosphere. Don’t miss the lemonade or homemade potato chips.
- The Local Chop & Grill House — Unique, build-your-own menu prepared by one of America’s top-rated chefs.
- L’Italia — Quintessential Italian favorites.
- The Joshua Wilton House — The perfect choice for special occasions. An elegant, intimate atmosphere with delightfully prepared chef dinners.
- Capital Ale House — An upscale pub-style environment serving up favorites with a German twist. Oh, and there are 100 beers on tap.
- BEYOND Restaurant & Lounge — Your laid-back choice for sushi and Asian fusion. Featuring live jazz some nights.
- Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse — Entertaining grill-top chefs prepare a splendid meal before your eyes. Bring your appetite!
We’d be thrilled to reserve a table for you – each is well known for their gourmet yet value-priced food. If you’d rather make reservations on your own, don’t forget to mention you’re staying at the Stonewall Jackson Inn!
OTHER NEARBY QUICK TRIPS
Looking for a quick and easy stop during your stay or on your way in or out? Check out one of these nearby attractions and add it to your trip’s memories.
- Woodbine Cemetery
- White Oak Lavender Farm
- Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market
- Edith Carrier Arboretum @ James Madison University
Our hospitality team is here to assist you in getting the most out of your visit. Feel free to give them a call at any time as you plan your stay! Use the map below to search for more things to do — the “Categories” button toggles through interests.