Check Out These Shenandoah Valley Holiday Happenings

Seasons Greetings! Looking for Shenandoah Valley holiday happenings? We’ve updated last year's list for 2021 and even added some links to inspire your gift giving.  Shenandoah Valley Holiday Happenings The next two weekends are stuffed like a stocking with Christmas parades throughout the Shenandoah Valley.  And the Santa gang is out in force.  Here are a few Shenandoah Valley holiday happenings to make things merry and bright. Enjoy a walking holiday light tour now through January 2 with Frederick County Parks and Recreation. Get your tic...

Blue Ridge Sprouts Celebrates

Blue Ridge Sprouts celebrates community as festival goers enjoyed delicious fare and fun filled contests while learning new culinary and gardening skills. Tenth generation West Oaks Farm Market recently played host to hundreds of locals and Valley visitors. And a teenage chef, with a little help from a seasoned pro, took the title of “Sprout to Finish Cheftarian.” Blue Ridge Sprouts Celebrates Community Family Style Family fun is a top priority for the Johnstons, also known as FamilyAdventuresVA on social media. They were special guests ...

Get Ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts!

Sometimes it's hard to find events for those ‘tweens and teens. If you have kids ages 8-15, then get ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts, a festival for “foodies” and the whole family! Get Ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts Blue Ridge Sprouts  celebrates locally sourced food, agricultural heritage, and environmental sustainability. The fun takes place Saturday, November 6, 11:30am - 5pm, at West Oaks Farm Market in Winchester, VA.   Sprouts brings together top culinary talent, including a former White House Chef and a Food TV Winner, farmers, food arti...

There are No Grocery Stores in Space

Ever wonder what - and how - astronauts eat? After all, there are no grocery stores in space. From applesauce in a tube to baking cookies, here's what astronauts put on their on their plates, courtesy of Guest Blogger and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Curator Jennifer Lavasseur, PhD. There are no Grocery Stores in Space When was the last time you visited a grocery store? I would guess it was within the last few days. You probably picked up some milk, maybe eggs and bread, fresh produce, and perhaps some meat or fish. The plastic a...

2021 Apple Harvest Festival Continues Community Giving

Local charities took a donation hit last year because of COVID. But despite the pandemic, Rotary Club of Winchester raised almost $70,000 at their Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival in 2020. The festival is back again, slated for September 18 and 19 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds near Clear Brook. Read about the Rotary Club's fundraising good works and what to expect a this year's festival. 46 Years Supporting Local Charities Since 1975, the Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival has been a key fundraiser for the Rotary Club of W...

Family Fun at Virginia State Parks

Virginia is known for its mountains, beaches and history, and Virginia State Parks offer all that and more. Whether you choose to spend the day on the trails, boating, fishing, learning about nature, or just enjoying a picnic, make Virginia State Parks part of your family’s healthy lifestyle. Come along with Kara Asboth of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and learn about Shenandoah Valley family fun at Virginia State Parks. Family Fun at Virginia State Parks There are now 41 Virginia State Parks, and four are part of the...

Best Pet Friendly Places in the Blue Ridge

Shenandoah Valley fun isn’t just for families. Include your furbaby on your next Kids Trail adventure. Here’s a rundown of the best pet friendly places in the Blue Ridge, along with important travel and safety tips. And learn how traveling with your animal companion benefits both your pet and you! The Best Pet Friendly Places in the Blue Ridge With its wealth of hiking trails, you’ll find plenty of pet friendly places in the Blue Ridge. And while it’s great to follow the Adventures of Chase the Kampground Cat on Facebook, dogs rule the Blue R...

13 Fun Free Family Things to Do

Whether it's a day trip or a weekend adventure, try some of these 13 fun free family things to do in the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy scenic beauty and outdoor activity. Experience agricultural heritage and delicious locally sourced food. 13 Fun Free Family Things to Do According to Virginia Tourism Corporation, “top motivators for travel this year are disconnecting and taking a break from everyday life.” Let these 13 fun free family things inspire a break with the Valley’s outdoor lifestyle. #1 - The Shenandoah Valley’s scenery and abundance ...

Cooking with Your Kids 9 Great Reasons

Cooking with your kids not only makes memories, it’s a great way to learn and grow. Check out these 9 important reasons to get into the kitchen as a family. Learn about age appropriate skills and try some easy, delicious recipes. Cooking with Your Kids - 9 Important Reasons From toddlers to teens, cooking does more than just provide a meal. Here are 9 great reasons why your kids should develop some culinary skills: #1 Good Nutrition Habits: Kids are more inclined to eat healthy when they have a hand in preparing a meal. Inspire that habit ...

Explore the Family Fun Activities around Winchester, VA

The Heart of the Virginia Kids TrailThe Winchester area is the heart of the Kids Trail. In town, you’ll find walking tours and nature trails along with a terrific children’s museum. Once you’ve covered Winchester, take the family to nearby Clarke County. Or head down the interstate to Stephens City, Middletown, Front Royal, and Shenandoah County. I-81 makes area attractions minutes away.Stops to Make in WinchesterDowntown Winchester offers several historical walking tours. For instance, did you know George Washington had a surveyor’s office...
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