Chiles Family Orchard: Juicy Good Eating!

Chiles Family Orchard has Mighty Good Peaches

Chiles Family Orchards PeachesChiles Family Orchard in Crozet is a favorite of Shenandoah Valley residents and Inn guests alike. As soon as you arrive, you’ll see why! With miles and miles of orchard fields, you can enjoy the beautiful Virginia countryside while picking your own fruit.

Right now, peaches are in-season. Apples and pumpkins will be up in the fall. (See the full calendar of fruit availability here.) But it’s not just the vine-ripened peaches that instantly put a smile on your face. Chiles serves up a whole community of fruit delights!

Throughout the season, you’ll find cherries, apples, pumpkins, and more.

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Queen City Mischief and Magic: A Call to All Magic Lovers

Staunton Transforms When Queen City Mischief and Magic Comes to Town

Queen City Mischief and Magic
Photo source: Kate Simon Lifestyle Photography

It started out as an idea two years ago. Sarah Lynch, owner of the Baja Bean Company, saw how much her son loved Harry Potter. That’s when she got the idea of having a “Potter Party.”

Turns out it was a great idea. In just two years, the Staunton VA festival grew enormously, welcoming 10,000 Potter lovers last year. But then Warner Brothers came in and said, “No can do.”

In fact, Potter festivals across the country were told they could not use the Harry Potter name in their advertising.

Well, so what if Warner Brothers doesn’t believe in magic? Lynch does. That’s why this year’s festival focuses on the word “magic.”

“Magic belongs to everybody,” Lynch said. “The people that come are into everything magical. They’re just magical people.”

That’s why this year’s Queen City Mischief and Magic, entitled “The Year of the Unicorn,”  will focus on a mix of fantasy worlds. Whether you’re a Hogwart, hobbit, or time traveling doctor, your magic is welcomed here!

As Lynch says,” We are established as a magical happening. Whatever your idea is of magic, bring it downtown.”

What to Expect from the Festival This Year

There will be plenty of wizardry and muggles, for sure, as downtown Staunton transforms itself into a magical village with hands-on activities for all ages.

And, you’ll never go hungry because there’s plenty of wizard fare and libations with local downtown restaurants!

Norberta the Dragon will greet you as you are encouraged to unlock the secrets of historic downtown using the Mischief Map.

(You can get your map the day before the festival in the Staunton Newsleader’s GO! section. Copies are also available at the Visitor’s Center on New Street, the information table at the intersection of Augusta and Beverley, and at Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room on Middlebrook Avenue.)

Mischief Map
Photo: Kate Simon Lifestyle Photography

Then try your hand at experimenting with potions, wild beast taming, or wizard dueling. It’s family fun for everyone!

You can also download the free app, Traipse, and explore all of downtown while solving brain tickling wizard puzzles and finding new treasures along the way!

The fun lasts for three whole days, September 28-30th. It’s a hugely popular festival, so we highly recommend that you make your lodging reservations ASAP! We’ll fix you a breakfast that will keep any wizard going right up until lunchtime.

When you get back to the Inn, your room will be waiting with a Select Comfort® adjustable mattress, flat screen TV, wireless internet access and a well-appointed private bathroom.

We think you’ll find sleep to be downright magical after such a big day!

 

Frontier Culture Museum Showcases American Roots Music Series

How the American Roots Music Summer Concert Series Got Started

american-roots-music-seriesThe Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia has always known that visitors greatly enjoy the occasional Roots fiddler, banjoist, or guitarist. After all, music is very much a part of early American cultural history.

But how to reach more people with this music? That’s when the American Roots Music Summer Concert Series came to life four years ago.

Now, every Sunday evening in August from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m., the Museum sets up their pavilion with tables and chairs for a casual dinner theater-like experience. And music lovers toe-tap, dance, and enjoy the music America was built upon.

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What Makes Jazz in the Park So Phenomenal

Jazz in the Park: A Tradition of Superb Music

Jazz in the Park Bandstand“If anyone would have told us we would be here 31 years later, we would have laughed out loud!”

That’s Lew Morrison, one of the founders of Jazz in the Park, reflecting on three decades of bringing outstanding jazz music to Staunton. And what a journey it’s been.

It all started when Phillip Nolley, a nationally known glassblower and musician, told Lew he wanted to start a weekly jazz event. Lew was all over the idea.

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Virginia Cider Festival 2018 Comes to Valley Pike Farm Market

Valley Pike Farm Market Welcomes the Virginia Cider Festival

 

It’s always wonderful when a business combines a good time with a good cause!

And Valley Pike Farm Market is doing just that by hosting the Virginia Cider Festival to benefit Mercy House.

A fixture in the Harrisonburg community for over 30 years, this non-profit works to reduce poverty and homelessness here in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Happy Birthday America 2018: Statler Cousins Remake A Favorite

Happy Birthday America Takes Off

Wilson Fairchild BandThey grew up watching their famous dads perform on stage. And one of the biggest performances that both Wil and Langdon Reid loved was Happy Birthday USA. When The Statler Brothers retired this beloved show in 1994, neither Wil nor Langdon could ever have guessed that 23 years later they would be asked to take the Staunton mic, picking up where their dads left off.

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Mike Lund Food: A Fine Dining Simple Sandwich Shop

Fine Dining Lovers Love Mike Lund’s Simple Sandwich Shop

 

Mike Lund Food, Fining DiningMike Lund has two beliefs. Eating out should be a fine dining experience, and the food should be simple and accessible.

If you’ve been a guest of the Inn at Old Virginia, you already know that he has achieved both with his restaurant and catering business.

But we’d like to add that his restaurant on Springhill Road also has a welcoming atmosphere as well as great food!

You can get “lundch” there Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. And on Thursday nights, treat yourself to a “to-go” dinner with such tasty fixings like Pork Tamale Pie.

Once a month, the restaurant has 1st Fridays, when dinner is served in-house. Make a reservation!

But what really makes what Mike calls “a simple sandwich shop” extraordinary is the blend of the foods you love with the training and fundamentals of fine dining. And that can be directly attributed to their fine dining background.

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Virginia Hot Glass Festival: The Fascinating World of Hot Glass

The Virginia Hot Glass Festival Wows!

Virginia Hot Glass FestivalOne of the joys of being a Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast is hearing our guests talk about the wonderful festivals that happen right here.

A favorite to the festival arena is the Virginia Hot Glass Festival.

And it’s no wonder. The world of glassmaking is mysterious and fascinating!

Who isn’t entranced watching professional glassblowers bend, twist, and shape hot ooey gooey into beautiful works of art?

An ancient craft, dating back to 50 B.C., glass blowing is physically demanding, requiring hand dexterity, a creative mind, as well as stamina. But the glass artists make it look so easy!

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Battle of New Market Reenactment 2018

Annual Reenactment of the Battle of New Market

Battle of New MarketWhat is now historic Bushong Farm and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War was once the stage for one of the last major Confederate victories in the Shenandoah Valley, which took place on May 15, 1864.

Now every year, the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park host the reenactment of the Battle of New Market. This year, the historical Civil War event will take place on May 19-20.

The oldest annual battle reenactment in the nation takes place on the original 1864 battlefield. Many guests at the Inn at Old Virginia enjoy have enjoyed experiencing the sights and sounds of one of the Civil War’s many conflicts.

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Staunton Spring Events 2018: April Blooms!

2 Big Spring Events on the Same Day!

Virginia Historic Garden TourStaunton celebrates the beauty of spring with two big events. And, you can enjoy them both at the same time!

As part of the eight-day statewide Virginia Historic Garden Week, the tour lands in Staunton on April 21st.

Hailed as “America’s Largest Open House,” each year, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most historic landmarks, as well as her beautiful gardens and homes.

Locally, there just isn’t a better way to celebrate spring.

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