FIND YOUR WAY BACK TO THAT FEELING…SAFELY
Find your way back to that feeling. Shenandoah County offers the perfect escape for those looking to enjoy a socially distanced vacation. Take advantage of the Shenandoah Valley’s wide open spaces and abundance outdoor recreational opportunities. Take a scenic drive along the many back country roads. And when your ready to settle in, take comfort knowing our restaurants, shops and lodging are taking extra precautions to ensure consumer safety and social distancing.
Shenandoah County is the perfect destination for those looking to get outside and get away from the crowds. Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll along the river or ascend rock scrambles to scenic vistas overlooking the Shenandoah Valley below, we’ve got you covered. Fish in the many stocked streams or kayak the Shenandoah River. Those looking to get their adrenaline pumping can set loose on the largest public network of ATV and OHV trails in the state or check out the area’s aerial sports by skydiving or paragliding.
There’s no better activity to socially distance yourself than a scenic drive along the many back roads throughout Shenandoah County. Enjoy a quiet ride past rolling pastures and farmland or traverse the mountain roads overlooking the Shenandoah Valley below. Travel through Meems Bottom Covered Bridge over the Shenandoah River or enjoy the views of Passage Creek as you venture through Fort Valley.
Shenandoah County’s attractions are taking precautions to ensure visitor safety. From underground caverns to historical museums, many offer limited attendance or smaller group tours making it a great opportunity to visit some of our most popular attractions while avoiding the crowds. Masks are required for all indoor venues.
With most offering expanded outdoor seating, Shenandoah County’s 8 wineries, 4 breweries, 1 cidery and distillery offer the perfect opportunity to take a break and unwind. Grab a table, bring a lawn chair or lay a blanket on the lawn at one of the vineyards as you take in some live music or toast a pint and enjoy a locally-sourced meal at one of the local breweries. No matter your beverage of choice, we’ve got you covered.
Taste the County’s rich agricultural heritage at one of the many local farm stands and markets offering the freshest produce, meats, dairy and more. Many even offer locally made goods such as soaps, baskets, jams and baked goods. These markets offer the perfect opportunity to avoid the crowds of the grocery stores while stocking the fridge at your vacation rental or hotel.
Many local restaurants have expanded their outdoor seating to allow for greater social distancing among patrons and several have heaters on hand for cooler evenings. Occupancy is limited indoors but many restaurants have tables well spaced to allow guests to dine while practicing social distancing. Call ahead for pick up and carry out as well.
Explore the many unique and locally-owned shops along Main Street in each of the County’s historic towns dotting Route 11 like a string of pearls. Masks are required indoors but many shops are also accepting online and telephone orders for curbside or in-store pick up to minimize your interaction with others. Locally made treasures, fine arts, antiques, home goods, jewelry, fine wines and local food products are just a few of the products you’ll discover at these local stores.
Shenandoah County is home to a wide variety of lodging options ranging from cozy mountain cabins nestled in the woods to stately historic homes and Bed & Breakfasts located just a few blocks from local shops and dining. Or enjoy a stay in one of the familiar national hotel chains, each following strict safety guidelines and cleaning standards to ensure the safety of their guests and limit social interactions. You’ll have piece of mind knowing there is an option to suit your needs no matter what your travel preference.
COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVISORY
Please note that individual states follow different guidelines and COVID-19 restrictions. We encourage you to educate yourself on the current practices being enforced and implemented within the Commonwealth before planning a trip from out of state. Click here for the latest Phase 3 Guidelines issued by the Commonwealth.
- Social distancing of 6 feet continues
- Gatherings (public and private) of up to 50 individuals are permitted.
- Restaurants are open with physical distancing required, bars are closed.
- Gyms and fitness centers can re-open indoor facilities, but are limited to 75% capacity or 1000 individuals (whichever is less)
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools open at 75% capacity; physical distancing required.
- Recreational sports can be held in both indoor and outdoor spaces, with a 10-foot distancing
- Overnight summer camps remain closed.
- Entertainment and Public Amusement cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 50 patrons.
- Retail businesses are open with physical distancing required
- Face-coverings required for indoor spaces
The following measures take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:
- Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
- Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
- Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
- On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.
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