UNIQUE FINDS & LOCAL FLAVORS
The best way to experience an area is to do as the locals do and what better way to discover the local flair of Shenandoah County than by experiencing many of our unique finds and local flavors!
Take to the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail to experience our locally owned shops, restaurants, and lodging as well as the bountiful talent of local artists and craftsmen. Galleries dot The Old Valley Pike like a String of Pearls along Route 11. 7 East Gallery, Apple Valley Déjà vu, The Little Shop and Chickadees all offer a variety of painters, potters, fiber arts, wood turners and more are located within historical buildings offering their own unique ambiance. Or get to know the artists one on one by creating your own studio tour along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail.
For an exceptional locally sourced meal, head to Cristina’s Café in Strasburg. This Virginia Green certified restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike and offers live music on weekends. Try their empanadas of the day or salad featuring fresh, tasty greens from Over the Grass Farm. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further than Tippy’s Bakery or Woodine Farms in Strasburg. Both offer a variety of baked goods. Tippy’s is known for their cakes & cupcakes while Woodbine Farms offers freshly made pies, cookies and other sweet treats.
The Shenandoah Valley is rich with history but few places boast the variety of items that one can see at the Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at the Edinburg Mill. Best of all, admission is just $2! Visitors can explore exhibits on the history of Shenandoah County, agriculture, fashion, and even photography within one of the few historic mills to escape “The Burning” during the Civil War. Another great place to experience the unique history of Shenandoah County during the Civil War is the Virginia Museum of the Civil War , which tells the story of the young Virginia Military Institute (VMI) cadets that were called to duty in 1864 at the Battle of New Market in what became known as the “Field of Lost Shoes”.
Shenandoah County is also known for its vast array of antique shops and flea markets with unusual finds. Browse the many antique shops in Strasburg including the Strasburg Emporium which offers the largest selection of antiques in the Shenandoah Valley. Three French Hens in Woodstock offers a variety of shabby chic and vintage finds as well as jewelry, hand-made cards, and adornments for your home. Just across the street, Phlopsey’s Boutique carries a variety of vintage clothing and jewelry or stroll down the block to the Woodstock Café & Shoppes for a variety of gifts and an outstanding craft beer selection. Be sure to pop in next door and try the gelato burger at The Other Place before venturing south down Route 11 to the Edinburg Flea Market or Shenandoah Valley Flea Market.
Finally, no trip to Shenandoah County is complete without a stop at Route 11 Potato Chips. Watch as chips are made right before your eyes and sample their wide variety of flavors including Dill Pickle, MamaZuma’s Revenge, Chesapeake Crab, Sweet Potato, and more. Be sure to stop just around the corner at Shenandoah Caverns and their Family of Attractions including the Yellow Barn and American Celebration on Parade. Caverns exist throughout the Shenandoah Valley but Shenandoah Caverns is the only one with elevator service making it handicap accessible. Admission to the caverns also includes a tour of American Celebration on Parade, a museum of retired parade floats from the Rose Parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Presidential Inaugurations. Before heading home, make a stop at Jackson’s Corner Café in New Market for locally roasted coffee by Cabin Creek Roasters. Located within the historic Lee-Jackson building in the center of town, visitors can watch as the beans are roasted on site. Their sandwiches and pastries are also fantastic for a light bite before hitting the road.
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