What is it like to grow up in the northern Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley in towns like Leesburg, Winchester, and Harrisonburg or the small villages of Bluemont, Harpers Ferry, and Woodstock? Go Blue Ridge Travel, a regional website for the northern Blue Ridge Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley, is creating a ‘bucket list’ for kids for 2014. The goal is to find activities and events that every young person should experience before they turn eighteen!
Each week this fall on GoBRT’s FACEBOOK page, Go Blue Ridge Travel will feature different experiences kids can have in the valley. Vote on your favorite!
Join the fun and win tickets to the best attractions here in the Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley.
Most importantly, take a look back at your early years growing up in the Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley and write on GoBRT Facebook’s wall or our blog about an experience you think our children today should have to make their childhood years great.
2014 The Best of Kids Experiences!
“Being a Kid in the Shenandoah Valley”
As the hot summer wraps up and Indian Summer begins, Go Blue Ridge Travel’s website will focus on what it is like to grow up in the northern Blue Ridge Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. Go Blue Ridge Travel covers a little over a hundred mile oval of Interstate 81 including the states Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland and twelve counties. From the aura of wineries to horse farms to the beauty of the the Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive to the rich agricultural Shenandoah Valley and the Indian legends of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meeting in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, this region offers young people history, adventure, and the laid back country lifestyle.
Part of the attraction of this beautiful scenic countryside is the diversity of cultures, activities, and events that exist for kids of all ages. For many parents, making the decision to move to one of our regions away from the bustle, congestion, and crimes of the larger metropolitan areas is like going back to their childhood. Life is simpler and slower in the Shenandoah Valley and also safer for a child. It is also richer in a non- monetary perspective.
To kick off Go Blue Ridge Travel’s 2014 Kids Bucket List, GoBRT will salute the agricultural industry of the region. As it has become more difficult for the farm industry to survive a balance has been achieved thru agri-tourism and Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) programs. One of the best examples of this union is Great Country Farms(GCF) in Bluemont, Virginia. “Here kids can learn about farming in a fun environment. From fishing, to picking strawberries, to seeing farm animals, kids learn about the food chain while having fun. Every event we have has an agricultural theme.” saids Kate Zurchmeide, co-owner of Great Country Farms.
Two upcoming Fall GCF events are the Apple Gala and Cider Festival and the Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Kids can become a Maze Master by challenging each of GCF’s 4 mazes or climb up the Rubber Ridge tractor tire mountain the fastest or romp in a Corn Bin. Watching apples pressed into apple cider, let’s kids learn more about the food chain.
Combining Agri-Tourism with love of culinary arts, Nibblins, a kitchenware retail store in Winchester, Virginia has created a series of cooking classes called “MOMMY AND ME” OR “HEIR AND A PARENT” enabling parents to share their love of cooking with their children between ages 6 and 11. Armed with recipes and ingredients, parents and their children can work together as a team to create their own culinary masterpieces.
January 2014 with the help of Virginia Tourism, GoBRT started the Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail. Our mascot, ‘Bucket’ will take a look at the experiences you are telling us about, and include them on the trail for 2015. There are ten partners on our focus team to include Great Country Farms, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, The Family Drive In Theater, Bryce Resort, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, Shenandoah Caverns Family Attractions, and Massanutten Resorts, Visit Shenandoah County, and Visit Harrisonburg.