Things to do...
Oct 26--Fall Farm Festival: History Weekend at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Va.
Oct 26--Music Under the Arbor at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard in Stanley, Va.
Oct 26--Symphony orchestra concert at James Madision University
Oct 26--Symphony Orchestra concert at James Madison University
Oct 26--Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
Oct 26--Youth Symphony concert at Eastern Mennonite University
Oct 26--Peace Corps Symposium at Bridgewater College
Oct 27--Art exhibition at Bridgewater College
Oct 27--Art exhibition at Washington and Lee University
Oct 27--Opus Art workshop series in Berryville, Va.
Oct 27--New Image Gallery Exhibition at James Madison University
Oct 27--Art exhibition at James Madison University
Oct 27--Stress reduction workshop series at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
Oct 27--Peace Corps Symposium at Bridgewater College
Northern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: Orchards, Civil War, and an Old Railroad Station
John Brown’s body, Civil War destruction, a view “worth a voyage across the Atlantic,” and a very early steamboat
Log, limestone, and brick--a microcosm of early Valley architecture
Clarke County, “The most English county in the Valley”
Over the river and through the woods...
Up and over Great North Mountain (not for the faint of heart)
Ancient roads, old mills, a musical village, and mountain vistas
Heart of the Shenandoah Valley
A hidden valley, scenic drives, a rolling river, a dramatic cavern
Historic homes, Shakespeare, a folk life museum, and an inventor’s farm
Maple syrup, sheep, mineral spring baths, and no stop lights
Jefferson’s stone bridge, an old canal, and two historic colleges
Southern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: A preserved 1800s village, an abandoned canal, and two C&O railroad towns
Outlook is bright for timely fall foliage display at Shenandoah National Park
While national weather forecasters have been predicting the possibility of a cold autumn in the eastern United States, mainly due to another possible polar vortex arriving in early fall, the somewhat different weather patterns of 2014 could actually encourage colorful foliage this year.
Shenandoah National Park spokesperson Karen Beck-Herzog says that the best thing that can happen is a moist growing season … and that's exactly what happened earlier this year.
Now, she says, “We're having nice, cold days. We're having crisper nights. And that's going to set us up potentially for some beautiful fall colors.”
Certainly in past years there have been strange and late timing in the natural color show. This year, look for a more typical arrival of fall and fall colors, says Beck-Herzog, most likely during the during the second to third week in October.
Just 75 miles from Washington D.C., Shenandoah National Park forms the eastern border of much of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, with about 200,000 acres of federally-designated wilderness sheltering both abundant wildlife and a diverse ecosystem. Over 500 miles of wilderness trails lie within the park borders, including a 100-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail.
The Skyline Drive is a 1930s-era scenic highway that follows the backbone of the Blue Ridge Mountain range for 105 miles. It offers the perfect venue for viewing one spectacular mountain-top vista after another. The two-lane road winds back and forth along the highest elevations with a 35 m.p.h. speed limit and roadside services that include overnight stays at Big Meadows Lodge and Skyland Resort, as well as a fine restaurant, convenience store and gas stations, cabin rental units and various well-maintained campground facilities and picnic areas. More...