Five Things to do in August while visiting the Central Shenandoah Valley


It’s the dog days of Summer. And Bacchus agrees! The pool is getting great use this year to cool down from the heat.
But if you would rather get out and explore, then here are 5 Great Things to do in our area.

Shenandoah Valley Blues & Brews Festival.

Enjoy the day at the Blues and Brews Festival.
Location: Downtown Staunton, Sunspots Pavilion.
Saturday August 8 1pm-9pm.

Visit Staunton VA.
What can I do in Staunton? Well, here are some neat things going on in August….

  • Restaurant Week: August 4 – 11. A week-long celebration of food from Local Restaurants and Retail Shops including meal specials and retail sales! Here is a list of participating restaurants with great food offerings.
  • Staunton Music Festival: August 14 – 23. Music lovers dream! Multiple concerts occurring each day.
  • Shakin at the Station: Thursdays 6-8pm. Thursday night outdoor music concerts. Location: Johnson Street Parking Lot.
  • Historic Staunton Foundation Walking Tour: Saturdays 10am-noon. 90 minute tour of Staunton’s art & culture.
  • Trolley Ride Tour: Daily 10am-10pm. Don’t want to walk? Jump on the green tolley and take a narrated tour through downtown Staunton. Location: Staunton Visitor Center. It only costs $.25

Virginia Craft Beer Month – enjoy a Festival or visit a Local Brewery.

Did you know…….
Locally sourced beer in Virginia is a tradition that began in 1587 when Virginia colonists brewed their first ale using corn?

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest – Devils Backbone Brewery. August 22 2-7pm
Over 60 Breweries throughout the state of Virginia will be on hand for you to sample their brew. Enjoy live music and good eats too! Basically a day of fun! Last year’s festival sold out so buy your tickets early online.

Devils Backbone Outpost – Lexington.
Enjoy freshly brewed beer in Devils Backbone Outpost’s Tap Room or outside in the Bier Garden over-looking the Blue Ridge Mountains. You are welcome to bring your own food! Live local music on Fridays. And on weekends, take a tour of the brewing facility. Check out the current list of available brews.

Brew Ridge Trail – Route 151, Afton.
Brew Ridge Trail. Take a scenic ride from our property over the Blue Ridge Mountains to Route Nelson 151. Enjoy tasty brews and lunch at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Wild Wolf Brewing Company or Blue Mountain Brewery. Do some shopping and see other attractions such as Rockfish Valley Nature Trail, Tuckahoe Antiques, Valley Green Gallery, all of the seven wineries along Route 151, Bold Rock Cidery and Silverback Distillery.


“Wine down” at the winieries.
Rockbridge Vineyards – Sundays Uncorked and Unplugged. August 16 & August 30 2pm-5pm.R Live music with local favorite Scruffy Murphy (8/16) and John Tracy (8/30). Admission is free. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase food from the Food Truck.

Barren Ridge Vineyards – Music for MaDee. August 16 12:30-7pm, admission $10. Full day of live music, delicious food from Mama’s Caboose Food Truck, and great wine, of course! The event supports the MaDee Project, a foundation for families affected by pediatric cancer. Plus live music every Friday & Saturday 6:30-sundown.

August is a great month to enjoy a Movie at Hull’s Drive-In.
Watch first run double feature movies in your car under the summer sky. They upgraded a few years ago to digital so they can offer 1st run movies. Eat a late lunch or grab an early dinner and head out to Hull’s. Gates open at 7pm & 1st show starts at dusk. Don’t worry about not having your popcorn. They have a great concession stand!
• August 8 – Hull’s is celebrating its 65th birthday. Party starts at 6pm.
• WEEKENDS (Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights) – 1st run double feature movies

When you are finished doing with one of these THINGS, come back to a dip in our pool and then share your adventure with us at Social Hour!
See you soon!
Melissa, Ray and Bacchus

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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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