Head Underground in the Virginia Heat This Summer!

Virginia’s summer heat can be relentless, but there are plenty of ways to beat the heat and still enjoy a spectacular summer retreat. Spend your days chasing (and splashing in) regional waterfalls, get out for a fun day of tubing or paddling on local rivers, or hang out poolside at our top-rated cabins in Virginia. There’s also an enchanting escape lying just beneath the surface: caverns in Virginia! In the subterranean world of Shenandoah Valley caverns, a refreshingly cool and fascinating experience is waiting for you. 

The caverns of the Shenandoah Valley are breathtaking – true geological marvels. They also offer a welcome respite from the soaring temperatures of a Virginia summer above. But trips to the Shenandoah Valley offer far more than cool places to head underground. It’s also a destination filled with outdoor adventures, from hiking and biking trails to scenic rivers and waterways scenic views. The valley’s rolling landscapes are dotted with vineyards, historical sites, and charming small towns, adding an element of steadfastness. Each day promises a new discovery, and that’s one of the best things about staying at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast or cabins.

Our top-rated cabins and Bed and Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley provide the perfect respite after an exciting day of adventure in the area. Our guest rooms and cabins offer the ideal blend of comfort for a stay capped off by our warm, welcoming hospitality. Whether unwinding on a deck with panoramic views or enjoying a relaxed evening around the fire pit, our Shenandoah Valley cabins and Inn guest rooms offer an inviting home away from home. Book your stay today! 

The Wishing Well inside the Luray Caverns - one of the best Shenandoah Valley Caverns in Virginia

The Best Shenandoah Valley Caverns in Virginia

There’s plenty of resplendent beauty above ground in the Shenandoah Valley. From the storied lands of Shenandoah National Park to the breathtaking drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll find one picturesque view after another as you traverse the Valley. Where you might expect to encounter dark, cramped spaces below ground, you’ll experience even more breathtaking beauty underground at various Shenandoah Valley caverns in Virginia. Beauty that is, at least at times, otherworldly. 

The underground marvels of these Shenandoah Valley caverns offer visitors dramatic rock formations, placing the marvels of Mother Nature’s raw power on full display. From vast chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites to mysterious subterranean lakes and rivers, the caverns in Shenandoah Valley will captivate your imagination – all while offering a welcome respite from the heat of summer. Below, we’ve listed our 5 top Shenandoah Valley caverns in Virginia to visit this summer. 

  1. By far, the most popular cavern in Virginia is Luray Caverns. This underground marvel is about 90 minutes from our cabins, but it’s more than worth the visit. The Luray Caverns are known for their impressive size and intricate underground formations, including towering columns and pools. Paved walkways lead visitors through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings up to 10 remarkable stories high. Perhaps one of the most unique features of this impressive cavern in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is the Great Stalacpipe Organ, known as the world’s largest musical instrument.
  2. Just over an hour from our Inn, near Shenandoah National Park, are the Shenandoah Caverns. With impressive rock formations and vibrant colors, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular caverns in Virginia. Guests have been visiting this underground spot since 1922, a spot famous for its famous “Breakfast Bacon” formations and so much more. 
  3. Nearby Shenandoah Caverns is Endless Caverns, which have been open to the public for tours since the late 19th century. The famed 6-mile-long cave sits at the base of the Massanutten Mountain range and, true to its name, features an array of seemingly “endless” tunnels and chambers.
  4. Grand Caverns is less than an hour from our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast and is the country’s oldest continually operating show cave. The cave is renowned for its massive flowstone formations and delicate “draperies” that hang from the ceilings.
  5. One of the furthest away caverns in Virginia is Skyline Caverns. It’s just under two hours away and is worth visiting, thanks to its rare anthodite formations. This is one of the few places in the world where you’ll find these “orchids of the mineral kingdom,” but other things to see here include the Cathedral Hall with its impressive scale and beauty.
Our onsite pool at our Shenandoah Valley Inn & Cabins is the best way to beat the summer heat!

Lounge by the Pool at our Shenandoah Inn & Cabins

Whether you keep cool in the underground caverns of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley or you choose to hike to the cooling peaks of The valley’s surrounding mountains, you’ll find a never-ending array of things to do in the Shenandoah Valley. Of course, with one epic adventure after another, you may want to leave yourself at least a day to relax and unplug at our Inn, where you’ll find a fantastic pool to enjoy. That’s one of the many great amenities waiting for you at our top-rated Virginia lodging, though. 

Our Virginia Inn and cabins are just 20 minutes from the historic college towns of Staunton and Lexington and within easy reach of top attractions like Shenandoah National Park, Natural Bridge State Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and, of course, these unique caverns in Virginia. Despite our convenient location near all these great attractions, we offer 50 peaceful acres, which means you’ll feel as though you’re in the middle of nowhere, enjoying the quiet respite you crave.

Our Shenandoah Valley Inn features just five guest rooms, each outfitted with all the creature comforts of home and the modern amenities you crave. Standard amenities include comfortable beds and luxury linens, central air to keep you comfortable, Smart TVs, Wifi, luxury robes and bath amenities, and more. Included with every stay at our Inn is a delicious Breakfast. We serve a multi-course breakfast each morning with a rotating and seasonally-inspired menu featuring various local products from neighboring farms and growers. We’re also happy to accommodate different dietary needs, provided we have advance notice.

Colocated on our property are also five of the best cabins in Virginia for those stays where you want to enjoy a little more privacy and tranquility. Our cabins are outfitted with full kitchens, comfortable king-sized beds, decks with great views and gas grills for your use, and private hot tubs for those relaxing summer nights. Whether staying with us in the Bed and Breakfast rooms or our cabins, all guests of Steeles Tavern Manor can enjoy our signature property amenities, which include our seasonal pool, a fire pit, and an onsite spa for the ultimate in relaxation.

We look forward to another exciting summer enjoying all the best the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Book your room today!

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Join us as we celebrate Independence Day!

Book 3 nights in the Manor (arriving July 2, 3 or 4th) and receive (at No Additional Charge!)
– A 2 hour early check in (2 pm)
-A local cheese ball, crackers, and bottle of wine waiting for you in your room
-Inclusion in our annual pool side picnic with grilled brats, sides and beverages

Mid-Summer Savings

Head for the Shenandoah Valley to escape the Summer heat! Reserve two or more nights in August in the Manor or a cabin and get a 10% discount on the room rate.  Book directly online to receive this special discount.

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