Road Trip to the Country
Winchester, VA (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
Goodbye to gray skies and cold days, the sun is out, the cherry trees are blooming and gardeners are donning their gloves and digging in the dirt to plant new things. The vineyards will see green sprouting on the vines soon beginning another growth season here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Shenandoah Valley. Runners are out hitting the roads getting ready for the next race.
The first signs of spring are the early morning bird chirps. With the coming of spring, historic home garden tours and flower shows launch the Spring season. A must attend garden show is the Leesburg Garden and Flower Show on April 20th and 21st. Be prepared because the streets of downtown Leesburg are packed with vendors and gardeners. It can be a shoulder-to-shoulder experience but it is worth the crowds for the ideas and purchase of this season's newest plants and garden gadgets.
On April 21st, Shenandoah County is welcoming spring with a one-day festival "Come to the Country." Learn how to make the garden grow this summer with planting tips from local nurseries including Fort Valley Nursery. Take a hayride through apple blossoms and meet potters, basket makers, and artists of all types. Enjoy music, vineyard tours, and spectacular mountain views. This festival is part of the Artisan Center of Virginia. Make it a weekend trip and tour Shenandoah Caverns and American Celebration on Parade, Route 11 Chips, and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War.
The Virginia and West Virginia Historic Garden Tours are often described as the largest Open House tour in the United States. The Winchester Garden Tour features four lovely homes belonging to local garden club members. Fellow Garden Club of Virginia volunteers will decorate the rooms’ open to the public with fabulous flower arrangements, a hallmark of all Historic Garden Tours. While the homes are located within the town, the gardens evoke a sense of tranquility allowing visitors to feel as if they have entered a hidden oasis. While in Winchester, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has opened the Glen Burnie Gardens for the 2013 Season and are a must see.
Spring is also the time for Virginia wineries to pop the corks and take the fun outside of the tasting rooms. 868 Estate Vineyard is unique in Loudoun County in that it also has a restaurant on property, Granddale Restaurant. For this reason, it can offer pairings of wine and food with both its own wines and wines from around the world. Each month there is a Women's Wine Club. For the month of April, the theme is Paris and of course French wine. There is also music each Saturday for the wine enthusiast.
One of the first wine festival of the 2013 season is the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Bloomin Wine Festival on April 26th and 27th. This year over 20 of Virginia’s finest wineries are participating including Horton Vineyards, Mattaponi Vineyards, and Notaviva Vineyards. There will be two stages with live musical entertainment from around the region. Having moved into a contained outside event space, visitors can stroll among the artisans and vendors while enjoying the wine. The Old Frederick County Courthouse Civil War Museum will be open for free tours. Food vendors will be plentiful with something to satisfy just about everyone’s palate. Check out and Stay and Play Packages for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival.
For Racing Fans, a truly unique event is the 951'5K Run/Walk through the vineyards and orchards of Bluemont Vineyard. The race takes the runner along scenic grass, gravel, and paved roads, and ends with a ½ mile 350’ uphill climb timed trial. At 951’ the finish line offers spectators and participants a great view of the Loudoun Valley. The event features prizes, music, and refreshments after the race. All race participants 21 and over will receive a free wine tasting. A totally different road race experience, visit Bluemont Vineyards for more details.
It is easy to extend a visit here in the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stay at the Holiday Express Stephens City and get special discounted tickets for The Family Drive In Theater. Go Blue Ridge Travel has over 75 activity categories and showcases events happening each weekend – a must-see website showcasing the Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley.