Out of the Box Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley Road Trips with Mom and Dad
Winchester, Virginia (PRWEB) May 10, 2013
May and June kick off the vacation season at Go Blue Ridge Travel. Rent a cabin in the mountains or stay at a country inn while exploring the history and aura of the Virginia and West Virginia mountains, the quaintness of the small towns, and festival excitement.
"Forget the tie for Dad and the same old flowers to Mom, plan an extended family Stay and Play Road Trip with Go Blue Ridge Travel," suggest Nancy Craun, owner of Go Blue Ridge Travel.
Located just hours from the beltway, the Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley offers the perfect excuse to get away from the traffic and hustle of the city and indulge by joining the regions greatest road trips.
Route 11 is one of the oldest highways in the United States, cutting straight down thru the valley. Connecting the larger towns of Winchester and Harrisonburg before Interstate 81 was built, one can enjoy small towns like Woodstock, Virginia stopping for lunch at Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes..
For Dad who might enjoy a hike, pick up the Mountain Courier newspaper to read about a close hiking trail in the valley. Or if Mom is a garden fan, swing by some of the local nurseries including Fort Valley Nursery in Woodstock. The garden decor selection is as good as the hundreds of perennials and annuals now filling the nursery.
Just west of Route 11 off of Interstate 81, you can hit a smaller road - Route 42. A two lane road experience, this road is the connection to some of the many wineries that now populate the countryside of the Shenandoah Valley. Visit Shenandoah Vineyards, one of the oldest wineries in the state of Virginia. Bryce Resort is offering a free Golf, Cart, and Range experience on her special day. Plus if Mom is up to it, she can take a chair lift to the top of the mountain and Zip Line back down. A simpler pleasure on Mother’s Day weekend is to enjoy the simple pleasure of a small town event. Attend the Wine & Trotters event in Shenandoah County on Mother’s Day weekend.
Route 340 is what locals call the Mountain Road. Running parallel to the Blue Ridge mountain ridges, it is not a sophisticated road but one with curves and hill adventures. While driving along the road, look down on the Shenandoah River running at times adjacent to the roadway.
Plan a visit on May 18th to attend the Virginia Wine and Craft Festival in Front Royal. Taking Interstate 66 which quickly connects to Route 340 where a choice is made to go north or south. Going south will take the travelor to Massanutten Resort thru the historic town of Luray, Virginia.
Choosing to go north will bring the traveler to the Shenandoah River where it meets the Potomac in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. For Mom, a real treat would be the Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea on May 18th and 19th in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Plan an overnight at the Hillbrook Inn or enjoy their brunch on Mother’s or Father’s Day.
“There are festivals and events every weekend as well as theater and music happenings,” says Craun. “Just pick a date and and an activity you like, put gas in the car, roll the windows down or if you're lucky and have a convertible, put the top down and pick a destination in the Shenandoah Valley for a relaxing weekend away from the stress of the week.”
Treating mom or dad out to a short trip takes a little more time than just a simple brunch event, but the time spent together talking while taking in the scenery will be well worth it as a good keepsake memory.
Founded in 2011, GoBlueRidgeTravel.com (GoBRT), a division of Encore Event Partners is the only regional website showcasing the activities, events, and accommodations in the Blue Ridge Mountains and northern Shenandoah Valley. With a ten year relationship of marketing the region to brides for their wedding destinations, GoBRT is now reaching out to families branding the trademark 'GoBRT's Kids Bucket List' showcasing the experiences tots to teens should have prior to turning eighteen in the valley. Covering Virginia and West Virginia, Go Blue Ridge Travel’s goal is to brand this 100 mile radius as a travel and wedding destination both nationally and internationally.
Contact: Nancy Craun Founder and President GoBlueRidgeTravel.com Phone: 540.533.1853 Email: info(at)GoBlueRidgeTravel(dot)com