The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is conveniently located in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley countryside and is accessible to outdoor activities, historic sites, wineries and more.
Shenandoah National Park
North Entrance: Front Royal, VA | (540) 999-3500
This 105 mile long park lies astride the Blue Ridge Mountains with long vistas into the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Virginia’s Piedmont to the east. The Appalachian Trail roughly parallels the scenic Skyline Drive along the ridge top and there are other ridge top trails with side trails to overlooks and waterfalls. Open year round, weather permitting. If in doubt, call number above for current road conditions in park. For even more detailed information, go to Guide to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive.
The Appalachian Trail is accessible in a few spots in our area outside the National Park.
George Washington National Forest
Fort Valley Entrance: Waterlick, VA | (540) 984-4101
Signal Knob is the distinctive peak most clearly visible from Vaucluse. The highlight of this challenging 9 to 12 mile hike is the view from a famous Civil War signal station site. The National Forest has many other well-marked trails through thousands of acres of “mixed use” land (one of the “mixed uses” is hunting – we don’t recommend hiking in late fall and winter in areas where hunting may be taking place).
Sky Meadows State Park
Paris, VA | (540) 592-3556
The heart of this 1800-acre park was a gift to the Commonwealth of Virginia from Paul Mellon. Several short hikes leave from a restored 1840’s farmhouse and wind through a blend of pasture and woodlands.
Front Royal Canoe Company
Front Royal, VA | (800) 270-8808
Canoe, kayak, raft and tube rentals on the Shenandoah River on novice to intermediate class waters. April through October.
Shenandoah River Outfitters
Luray, VA | (800) 622-6632
Similar to Front Royal Canoe Company, but located further away from Vaucluse. Good if you want to start and end your trip from the Luray area.
Hume, VA | (877) 278-4574
Guided trail rides on a 4200 acre working cattle ranch at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains south of Front Royal. Open daily year round except Mondays. Reservations required. Private rides (walk, trot, and canter) are available Tuesday through Friday.
The Wagon Wheel Ranch
Winchester, VA | (540)868-9427 - (540) 303-2687
Working Angus cattle ranch. Rides led by a rodeo champion, the ranch Herdsman or one of their cowboys. Horses are all working mounts.
Double H Stable
Reliance, VA | (540) 636-4523
Trail rides on 450 acres of private trails. Trotting and cantering are welcome. Open year round. Reservations required.
Plan on bringing your own bikes (no rentals in area). We have maps available at the inn for several round trips through apple orchard country here in Frederick County and through horse country in neighboring Clarke County.
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
Front Royal, VA | (540) 636-4653
Area’s finest. 27-Hole course rated 4 stars and a “Great Value” by Golf Digest Magazine. Mountain views from every hole.
Rock Harbor Golf Course
Winchester, VA | (540) 722-7111
Distinctive rock boulders, water and orchards give this 18-hole course its character.
Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club
Front Royal, VA | (540) 631-9661
Area's newest. 18 Holes. Washington Post says it has "a challenging layout and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
Front Royal | (540) 635-7814
18 Holes. Gets its name from being the site of Civil War icon Stonewall Jackson’s “chase” of General Banks in 1862.
Appleland Sports Center
Stephens City, VA | (540) 868-0961
Close and fun. Triple decker driving range, 9 hole golf course, 18 hole miniature golf course, practice sand trap and putting green.
Linden, VA | (540) 364-1997
You won’t walk in on a wedding at this place -- it’s all about the wine. The location is a high mountain ridge with dramatic views. The name of one of their wines, “Hardscrabble” gives a clue as to the terroir. Open Wednesday through Sunday, April through November; weekends only through the winter. Closed some holidays
Glen Manor Vineyards
Front Royal, VA | (540) 635-6324
Only five miles from the entrance to Skyline Drive, this fourth generation mountain-side farm produced the 2012 Virginia Governor's Cup winner with their 2009 Hodder Hill Bordeaux-styled red blend. Open Wednesday through Sunday, April through November. December through March, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.
Naked Mountain Vineyard
Markham, VA | (540) 364-1609
Home of our favorite Chardonnay and those wonderful winter weekend Lasagna Lunches. Great views from the tasting room and deck. Open daily year round. Closed some holidays.
Huntly, VA | (540) 635-9398
Conveniently located on the way back from a day of hiking/driving in the Shenandoah National Park, this friendly spot boasts innovative state of the art winemaking, transplanted to Virginia from California. Open daily, year round.
Fox Meadow Vineyards
Linden, VA | (540) 636-6777
On a clear day, enjoy a 50 mile view of the seven mountain ranges from the deck of this new winery. Tastings feature pairing with cheeses, including some from Virginia. Open daily.
Chester Gap Cellars
Front Royal, VA | 540 636-8086
At 1,000 feet elevation, this vineyard sits at the "gap" leading into scenic Rappahannock County from Front Royal. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Memorial Day and Labor Day, and by appointment.
Valerie Hill Vineyard and Winery
Stephens City, VA | (540) 869-9567
Area’s newest winery is practically around the corner from us (maybe 5 minutes) in a restored 1807 Federal Manor House. Open daily.
For a listing of more Virginia wineries to visit on your way here or on your way home, log onto http://www.virginiawine.org/
Historic Homes, Museums & Battlefields
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and Glen Burnie Historic
House and Gardens
Winchester, VA | (888) 556-5799
This beautifully designed museum is the perfect introduction to the Valley, its history and its people.Visit the Museum Store and have lunch at the Tea Room. The historic Glen Burnie house with its mature English-style gardens and Asian water gardens are open April through October and are not to be missed. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Belle Grove Plantation
Middletown, VA | (540) 869-2028
A National Trust Historic Site built in 1797 using design principles from Thomas Jefferson. Site of the battle of Cedar Creek in 1864. Guided tours daily, April through October. Check their website for special events throughout the year, including a Beer Tasting Festival in May and weekend Christmas Candlelight Tours in December.
Long Branch Plantation
Millwood, VA | (888) 558-5567
This classic 1800’s home was rescued from serious decline in 1986 by an elderly Baltimore textile executive who spent a sizable fortune to revitalize the house and furnish it with gorgeous antiques.Currently the house is in transition to a more authentic version of its former self. Open for self-guided tours on weekends from Memorial Day through the last weekend of October.
Our area seems to have a plethora of small, idiosyncratic, if not downright quirky, museums to explore. We have information here at the inn we are happy to share about them.
Civil War Battlefields
Cedar Creek Battlefield Visitors Center
Middletown, VA | (540) 869-2064
Interpretive exhibit, film, bookstore. Open daily April through October. Guided battlefield tours and off-season tours of visitors center are available by appointment.
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park
New Market, VA | (540) 740-3101
This 300-acre National Historic Landmark tells the poignant story of the battle that swept up 257 young cadets from the Virginia Military Institute in its fury. Open daily year round (closed some holidays).
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Harpers Ferry, WV | (304) 535-6298
Not just for history buffs, this is a place of stunning natural beauty and historic charm. Visitor center open daily. Ranger led tours are given daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and less frequently throughout the year.
Battle of Antietam
Sharpsburg, MD | (301) 432-5124
Site of the single bloodiest day of the Civil War. Today Sharpsburg (population 650) is in the middle of the best-preserved Civil War battlefield in the country. Open daily year round (closed some holidays).
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historic Park
The interim Visitor Contact Station in now open in Middletown. See more information at Shenandoah at War National Historic District.
Antiques and Reproductions
Blue Peacock Antiques
Winchester, VA | (540) 323-7641
Over 45 dealers in a 10,000 square foot 1940's automobile dealership building - a little bit of everything at affordable prices. Open 7 days a week.
The Scottish Connection
Red Schoolhouse Antiques Millwood, VA | (540) 837-3033
Containers come directly from Scotland. With no middleman, prices are probably better than what you would otherwise find. Nice stuff. Plus, six other dealers in the schoolhouse. Open Thursday through Sunday and by appointment.
The Miller House
next door to Valley Furniture Stephens City, VA | (540) 869-2148
High quality reproduction furniture and accessories (no antiques). Open Wednesday through Sunday.
Local apples, peaches, asparagus, strawberries, and related products.
Check with us to see what is in season and ask for our back roads map to take you to all our favorite orchards.
Winchester, VA | (540) 662-1980
Open June through November. Open on Sundays as well in September and October.
Stephens City, VA | (540) 869-1499
Asparagus in the spring, pick your own apples, apple cider and apple butter in the fall.
Richard's Fruit Market
Stephens City, VA | (540) 869-1455
Located on the Richard's fifth generation family farm, it's the closest market to the inn. Open July to mid-November.
Woodbine Farm Market
Lebanon Church, VA | (540) 465-2729
Another fifth generation family farm, the market is on the back way to West Virginia from the inn. A nice selection of local fruit including heritage varieties of tomatoes and apples. Open April through November.
Shopping and Strolling
Old Town Winchester
The four-block long Loudoun Street pedestrian mall contains restaurants, shops, galleries, and, of course, the old courthouse. Its listing in the National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary means that it has been recognized for successfully combining history, century old buildings and museums to create a charming and sophisticated downtown atmosphere.
Don't miss two of our favorite shops in Old Town Winchester that are not on the Loudoun Street pedestrian mall:
Kimberly 's and kids at Kimberly's
Winchester | (800) 967-8676
Gifts, European linens, china, invitations and a separate building devoted to children's gifts and clothing.
Winchester | (540) 722-2669
Jewelry, gifts, accessories. All, "simply charming".
Upscale shops and dining just 15 minutes away.
"Apple Peeler" by Kathy Chumley
Eugene B. Smith Gallery
Old Town Winchester, VA | (888) 814-9517
Watercolors of nearby mountains and historic villages also make great mementos of a visit to the Shenandoah Valley. Open daily.
Once Upon a Find
Old Town Winchester, VA | (540) 662-1254
Chumley prints and original works by Kathy Chumley Noffke are available at this shop on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall.
Art at the Mill
Burwell-Morgan Mill - Millwood, VA | (540) 837-1799
Two two-week juried shows (and sale) each year in May and October. An impressive array of art in a beautiful setting.
Royal Oak Bookshop
Front Royal, VA | (540) 635-7070
Two buildings, side by side, with thousands of used, out of print, rare, sale and new books. If you are headed into the Shenandoah National Park in the off-season when the Visitor’s Center is not open, this is a great place to pick up hiking maps and guidebooks (right on the way). Open 7 days a week.
Winchester Book Gallery
Winchester, VA | (540) 667-3444
Forty-year-old independent, locally owned book shop on Winchester's Old Town Pedestrian Mall. Open daily.
Blue Plate Books
Winchester, VA | (540) 662-6657
Over 10,000 used, first edition, signed, collectible and antiquarian books. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
Creekside Station, Winchester | (540) 662-9463
Offers over 1,000 different wines and 40 beers. Wine and beer tastings every Thursday and Friday evenings. Open Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday).
Murphy Beverage Company
Old Town Winchester Pedestrian Mall | (540) 723-9719
"All the wine, the lowest prices and none of the attitude." Sommelier on staff, large selection of home brewing supplies and Virginia wines. Open daily.
Tuesday through Saturday nights we hope you will join us for dinner here at the inn . We plan the weekend menus as a whole, balancing casual and formal, simple and more elaborate. (Advance reservations are required.)
But, if you want to venture out or are here on days when we are not serving dinner, we've listed some of our favorite local dining experiences for your consideration.
OLD TOWN WINCHESTER (20 MINUTES AWAY)
Violino Ristorante Italiano
Winchester, VA | (540) 667-8006
Authentic Ligurian Italian cuisine, intimate setting, warm family greeting from Moma Marcella out front to Papa/Chef/Tenor Franco and Son/Chef Ricardo in the kitchen. Closed Sundays.
Village Square Restaurant
Winchester, VA | (540)-667-8961
“Fresh simple American cuisine with European inspirations.” Same food is also available next door at their V-2 Lounge and Piano Bar. Open daily.
One Block West
Winchester, VA | (540) 662-1455
Upscale casual fine dining featuring local and organic products of Shenandoah Valley. Over 80 wines by the glass; about 40 Virginia wines. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
La Nicoise Cafe
Winchester, VA | (540) 722-4557
Traditional Mediterranean/French cuisine in a cozy cafe atmosphere. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
The Union Jack Pub & Restaurant
Winchester, VA | (540) 722-2055
Very large selection of European and domestic beers, authentic British pub fare. Beautifully restored Victorian cast iron building. Open daily.
EVEN CLOSER (5 TO 15 MINUTES AWAY)
Stephens City, VA | (540) 869-5200
Where the locals go for hearty Italian-American and Greek food. Casual. Open daily except some holidays.
Irish Isle Restaurant and Pub
Middletown, VA | (540) 868-9877
Traditional Irish fare. Live music Tuesday through Saturday starting
about 7:30. Closed Mondays.
Winchester, VA | (540) 667-9995
American cuisine in a relaxed setting. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
Winchester, VA | (540) 662-9299
Northern Indian cuisine. Helpful staff and owners will assist you with the menu if you are not familiar with Indian food. Open Wednesday through Monday.
ALSO (20 MINUTES AWAY)
White Post, VA | (800) 638-1702
South of France cuisine in an historic Virginia house. Prix-fixe menu. The place to go for a special celebratory meal. Closed Tuesdays.
A BIT FURTHER AFIELD (25 – 35 MINUTES)
Front Royal, VA | (540) 636-9293
The casual alternative. Cafe menu for lunch Monday through Saturday, bistro menu for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Ashby Inn Restaurant
Paris, VA | (866) 336-0099
Emphasis on local sourcing. Open Wednesday through Sunday.
Luray, VA | (540) 743-6551
Bills itself as East’s largest and most popular, with 10-story high ceilings, pools, and a “stalacpipe” organ. It really is worth a visit. Admission includes a visit to the Car and Carriage Museum. Entrance to the one-acre half-mile arborvitae maze is an additional charge. Open daily year round.
Front Royal, VA | (800) 296-4545
Located right at the Front Royal entrance to Skyline Drive, this show cave features three underground streams, a 37-foot waterfall, and rare formations called anthodites, the “orchids of the mineral kingdom”. Open daily, year round.
North Entrance: Front Royal, VA
This 105 mile long scenic highway follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the Shenandoah National Park. Built during the Great Depression, it features beautiful stonework in its 75 overlooks and the Mary’s Rock Tunnel. This is leisurely driving -- the 35 mph speed limit is about all you would want to do anyway -- and you don’t want to skip the overlooks. Open year round, weather permitting. If in doubt, call number above for current road conditions in park.
George Washington National Forest - North Entrance: Waterlick, VA
This is the proverbial “hidden valley” with lovely farms cradled by mountains on either side, unspoiled by development. The highlight is a drive up from the valley to the Woodstock Tower, a 1935 observation tower offering views of the Shenandoah Valley and the seven bends of the Shenandoah River. Check with us for a map.
Winchester, VA | (877) 580-8025
Summer Music Theatre
Concerts & Performances
The Summer Music Theatre features fully staged popular musicals ranging from Les Misérables to Chicago. Student, faculty and guest concerts and performances are featured year round; most are free and open to the public.
At the Movies
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
(540) 313 4060
First run movies. Wide selection of beers (wine also available), appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads.
Two screens, built in 1957, show first run movies. April through September. Open nightly between Memorial Day and Labor Day; weekends-only during shoulder seasons.
Recently rated "one of the ten best drive-in theatres" in the country.
Restored 1785 mill is the oldest operable merchant mill in the Shenandoah Valley. Open May through October, Thursday through Sunday. Operates (grinds) on Saturdays and most major holidays.
State Arboretum of Virginia
700-Acre research facility and state arboretum displays over 8,000 trees and shrubs. Our favorite is the open meadow loop of the Virginia Native Plant Trail.
For lots of helpful information in planning your trip to Virginia, visit http://www.virginia.org.