June kicks off summer events and road trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. This region’s diverse culture allows you to give Dad a traditional experience or an ‘out of the box‘ great time. Here are some great ideas for Father’s Day and more….
Bluemont, VA –
Dad deserves some downtime so plan to celebrate all of his hard work with a day on the farm at Great Country Farms. The annual Father’s Day Putt Putt and Fish-a-Rama Competition provides just the right amount of fun and challenge. Competitors for Saturday’s Putt Putt Golf Championship are welcome to arrive early to warm up for the 11am Tee Time. Sunday features the catch and release fishing contests. The pond is stocked with catfish, bass, and blue gill and no licenses are required. Prizes are on the line for the largest fish hooked and the most fish caught during the power hour. Bring your own pole and gear to fish (no drag hooks). GCF has worms for purchase in the country store. The fun continues on the five acre farm style playground featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Triple Threat slide, corn bin, animal barnyard and more. Dogs are welcome to hang out with the family on their leash or run free in the Off Leash Dog Zone. The Roosteraunt is open for lunch featuring burgers and dogs while fresh produce is available in the farm market along with locally raised meats & dairy products. Moms are welcomed too!
Winchester, VA –
The Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre begins celebrating its 30th anniversary on June 12th with the summer 2013 opening musical, Les Miserables. Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre produces four Broadway musicals each summer in the beautiful 630-seat Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Thirteen performances are given of each musical over a two-week period drawing audiences from a 150-mile radius with groups traveling in from as far away as Ohio and North Carolina.
Winchester, VA –
For the dads who are Redskins fans, Sante at Kernstown Commons is hosting two tastings this Father’s Day weekend. Friday night, June 14th offer a FREE Beer and Soda tasting by Aibta Brewing Company from Louisiana. Special guest “Washington Hogette, A.K. A. “Nickette” member of the NFL Hall of Fans will be there to autograph his bobble head as well as you can take photos. Then on Saturday, June 15th, there will Free Honey Mead Tasting put on by Misty Mountain Mead here in Winchester. Both events start at 6 p.m.
Shepherdstown, WV –
Shepherdtown Street Fest is a music festival about all that is unique, artistic, and welcoming in Shepherdstown! Last year’s attendance was approximately 6,000 people! It is an event for EVERYONE! Come to Shepherdstown and spend the day with us. We are a friendly town, a fun bunch of people and we encourage you to browse, buy, eat, drink, and enjoy the music.
The festival is held on the 2 blocks of German Street on either side of the town’s main intersection at King Street.
Shenandoah Valley Blue Ridge Mountains VA – WV –
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy thinks Dad deserves more than a necktie. Share your love and support of the Appalachian Trail this Father’s Day with a gift membership. Taking Dad on a good hike offers time for conversation while experiencing the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. There are many easy trails for you to follow including Maryland Heights across from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and the infamous Bears Den in Clarke County off of Route 7. One could also enjoy a drive on the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.
Purcellville, VA – Winery and Culinary Happenings —–
It’s Bacon, Beer and Wine for Father’s Day – all of Dad’s favorites in the new pavilion at 868 Estate Vineyards. We have invited Lost Rhino Brewing Company to bring their superb artisan beers to 868 for a 5-beer tasting event. And, as if that weren’t enough, Grandale’s Chef Author has created a pig-inspired menu that will have you singing “You Are My Sunshine” in delight and happiness. Pork and bacon from a local heirloom Ossabaw pig will be highlighted in the food. These pigs are said to be descendants of the Iberico pigs dropped off on an island in Georgia by Spanish conquistadors when they were exploring the New World over 400 years ago. They have been described as “seriously tasty.” There are three timed seatings. Get your tickets now!
Enjoy the beautiful weather as you cruise the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley.