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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Heifetz Hootenanny 2018: The Fun Begins Now

Heifetz Hootenanny 2018It happens every March, the Heifetz Hootenanny for Spring. And, let’s face it. By the time the third month of the year gets here, we’re all ready for a major lift!

While we never know just what to expect from March weather, we do know that this year’s Hootenanny will not disappoint.

Just in case you’re not familiar with the Heifetz Institute’s event, it happens both in the spring and in the summer. Exceptional talent from around the world delights audiences with a lively sampler of multi-genre music.

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Highland County Maple Festival: 60 Years of Sweetness

The Highland County Maple Festival Celebrates 60 Years

The Highland Maple Festival

Every March, thousands of people make the twist and turn ride through the Alleghany Mountains for the Highland County Maple Festival. And this year will be no exception.

However, it will be a little sweeter as the festival marks its 60th anniversary.

So what makes Highland County so special? For starters, it’s one of the last unspoiled rural regions in Virginia.

As soon as you arrive, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. With mountain byways and back roads, “Virginia’s Sweet Spot” was designated a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress in 1999. Guests of the Inn at Old Virginia always rave about the quality and the fun they have at this treasured festival.

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2Wishes Music: The Spice of Life

 

2Wishes Music and Our Sweetheart Coffeehouse

2Wishes MusicThis year for Valentine’s Day, we wanted an event that was both a romantic getaway for couples, but also fun.

That’s when we came up with the idea of a sweetheart coffeehouse. Coffee, music, and love. What could be better!

And then we thought of 2Wishes Music, the local musical duo with just the right touch of easy going and saucy. They would be the perfect addition to our laidback event.

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Redbeard Brewing Company: A Small Brewery with Big Beer Taste

Jonathan Wright
Jonathan Wright, Brewmaster, Redbeard Brewing Company

“Where can we go for great beer?” That’s a question we hear frequently from guests of the Inn at Old Virginia.

They know they have lots of choices because of the Shenandoah Valley’s growing reputation for producing stellar craft beer.

One of our go-to places to send Inn guests for great beer isn’t even a micro brewery; it’s a nano ale brewery!

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