Hello, my name is Mandy Loranger and I have been working as an intern at Go Blue Ridge Travel for the last three months developing my marketing and public relations skills while exploring all that the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer. I’ve lived in Winchester, Virginia (the heart of the valley) my entire life and I thought I knew everything about what there is to do here. However, once I started my internship at Go Blue Ridge Travel, I began to learn that I knew absolutely nothing about the Valley! Crazy, right? A Winchesterian doesn’t even know about her home. Now that my internship has come to an end as well as my school year I am ready to explore some of which the Valley has to offer, and I’m going to try and do it in one weekend!
Friday is the best day to explore the Valley because there’s so much to do! I’ll start my day off at One Block West enjoying their immaculate lunch, I can always expect the unexpected at One Block West. From the warm staff to the beautiful plating and the local flavors, they’ll always leave me wanting more even after I’m stuffed to the brim. After lunch I’ll continue down the walking mall and head over to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum where each floor has a different learning curve. Floor 1 is the encounter zone, floor 2 is the action zone, floor 3 is the explore zone, and floor 4 is my favorite the sky level where you can see all of Winchester.
Once my brain has taken in all the knowledge it can I’ll walk down the walking mall to the opposite side and have dinner at George’s Food and Spirits which is under the George Washington Hotel. As an appetizer I’ll get the Calamari, for dinner I’ll get George’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and to drink I’ll get my usual whiskey sour. After I’m nice and stuffed for my last stop of the evening I’ll head over to the Bright Box Theater who always has a show at 7 or 8 pm. This Saturday they’ll be having a drag show at 7 & 10 pm! After my night is completed I’ll head back over to the George Washington Hotel and stay in one of their cozy room, their beds are like sleeping in a cloud. Goodnight Winchester.
After a well rested night I wake up ready to seize the day. I’ll start off the day eating lunch at Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville, VA. My favorite meal there is their Wood Oven Pizzas, so absolutely delicious. After my lunch is complete I’ll head on over to the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center where I think I’ll start out doing zip lining. After my ziplining course is completed I’ll go horseback riding. I use to go horseback riding at Massanutten Park with my family all of the time as a child, this reminded me of that time. After horseback riding I think I’ll go tubing down the river! After all of the splashing and wet fun I’m absolutely exhausted. What a fun filled day I had at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center.
I think I’ll head in for the night and travel about 25 minutes over to Hillbrook Inn and Spa. I rent a room for the night but before I hit the hay I want a nice dinner to fill my belly. Their four course dinner begins promptly at 6:00pm and each course is paired perfectly with a lovely wine. After I’m nice and full it’s time for sleep. Goodnight Charles Town, West Virginia.
Before I leave Hillbrook I have to make sure I get a nice body massage. After I’m nice and relaxed it’s time to hit the road and travel down 81 until I reach Harrisonburg, Virginia. This is where I’ll spend the rest of my day, at Massanutten Resort. I’ll start off at their restaurant Fareway’s Restaurant and Lounge. I’ll get the Fareways Steak Sandwich which is served on a baguette, yum!
After I’m nice and full I’ll head over to the waterpark where there is so many different water activities to enjoy. They have an inside park and an outside park. The inside park includes many different slides, an action course, and the pipeline which is the biggest Flowrider in Virginia. As far as the outside goes there’s even more tubes to slide down, a wave pool, and a fun activity pool. Once I get a little tired, one of my favorite things to do to wind down is to hang out on the lazy river indoors for a couple spins to get my heartrate down after all the fun. I’ll grab a slice of pizza and some dip’n dots from the concession area before heading out.
For my last slice of entertainment for the evening I’ll head to the golf course for an 18-hole mountain course, getting a golf cart of course because I’m still tired from yesterday’s activities. At the end of the night, I’ll check into Massanutten’s hotel and have the best sleep of my life after a long day of fun. Goodnight Shenandoah Valley, I couldn’t of asked for a better weekend. Can’t wait till next weekend, there’s so much more to explore.