Shenandoah County “Faces of Tourism” Tours

Meet the many Faces of Tourism in our community by joining us on one of our guided Shenandoah County Tour!

Each tour includes a behind-the-scenes experience of a local hospitality business, town or attraction ending with lunch at a reasonable price. Tours are open to business owners, employees, residents, and visitors of Shenandoah County.

Participants will learn about different industry sectors including unique lodging, culinary arts, hotel and motel operations, area attractions, farm visits, outdoor recreation, arts & culture, our downtowns and the amenities at area resorts, camps, and event venues.

With so many new developments in our region, there is no better time to engage, educate and activate members of our community to become even more knowledgeable and influential ambassadors for the tourism industry and its impact on our overall economy. Tourism and economic prosperity depend on each and every one of us; from those who work in the tourism industry daily to those who live here and tell others about it.

Comfortable shoes and an umbrella are recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to each session and pre-register by emailing Brenda Black at bblack@shenandoahcountyva.us.

For questions call 540-325-0069.

Wednesday April 20th, 2022
10am-12noon $15 registration fee

Discover the Different Sides of Strasburg – hosted by Olivia Hilton

Arrive Strasburg Visitor and Information Center and Hupps Hill Museum
(33229 Old Valley Pike)
Enjoy a loop around the walking trail with multiple glimpses through small karst opening into underground caverns along the path. Find out about the new interpretive signage coming this summer!
Carpool or Drive to Strasburg Square (216 E. King)
Hear all about this venue and the events planned in 2022.
Explore downtown with a Sip and Snack Walking Tour including a tour of the King Street murals and local businesses:
Stop #1: Nancy’s Coffee Bar for mini specialty coffees
Stop #2: Pancake Underground for brunch snack
Stop #3: Box Office Brewery for flight and bite
Stop #4 Strasburg Emporium with a to-go treat from Bretzels.
Be sure to explore the shops before you depart Strasburg, Virginia

Meems Bottom Covered Bridge Photo in Shenandoah County

Wednesday May 4th, 2022- Postponed
10am-12noon $15 registration fee

A Well Preserved Gem Town of Mount Jackson– hosted by Barb Pifer and Robert Frye

Arrive at Town Hall and join us in the Historic Downtown of Mount Jackson where you will explore the hidden history of the Town, hear real life accounts of how the Town has changed over time, look behind the scenes and explore Burkett’s Store, visit the oldest building at the center of Town: the Union Church, discover the assortment of flowers and gifts at Vase and Vine, enjoy great views of the famous Apple Basket Water Tower, and round off your trip with a delicious meal at Curtain Call Café which is part of a 1926 art deco theater built by a State Senator and modeled after the Rosslyn Theater in New York City.

Wednesday June 22nd Rain Date Thursday June 23rd 2022
10am-12:30pm $15 registration fee

Seven Bends State Park– hosted by Chief Ranger Thomas Stevens and Megan Church

9:45am Arrive 1191 Lupton Rd. Woodstock, Park in overflow lot
Please wear comfortable shoes, and a hat if needed, an umbrella and sunscreen are recommended. This session includes a two-mile flat hike.
Learn about the establishment of the park, its history, behind the scenes work of the park rangers, business partnerships with local apiary and more, programs opportunities like nature therapy, community engagement, and volunteer opportunities.
Picnic Lunch at the Pavilion

July 13th
9AM-11:30AM $15 registration fee

Swover Creek Farms & Brewery Tour– hosted by Lynn and David St Clair

4176 Swover Creek Rd. Edinburg.

Learn about the history of the farm and how Dave and Lynn arrived in the area, built out the farm and their vision for the future.
Tour the new wildflower, native grass plantings, and enjoy berry picking. Step inside the brewery for a tasting, find out about mug club, disc golf, and special events on the farm; while enjoying a lunch buffet of sandwiches, house made sausages and salads.

Wednesday August 24th
10am-12:30pm $15 registration fee

Beautiful Old Fashion Edinburg Virginia- hosted by Linda Wooten and Mayor Dan Harshman

Arrive at 9:45am, across the street from Sal’s Italian Bistro at 125 S Main St.

Learn about the local businesses and iconic stops like Sal’s, Beans BBQ, and Murray’s Fly Shop and the years of service they provide to the area. Edinburg is a gateway to local butchers, vineyards, campgrounds, OHV Trails, and outdoor activities.

Hear about the county library system and its programs and Edinburg’s rich history and unique architecture.

10:45am walk or drive to the Edinburg Mill, meet Mayor Dan Harshman, learn about the mill’s history, gardens, civil war story and more. Tour the mill museum, gift shop, theater and wine shop.

Lunch this month is from Beans BBQ. Includes drink, side of slaw and BBQ chicken. Must register no later then August 17th by 10am to pre-order lunch. Registration is $15.00. E-mail BBlack@ShenandoahCountyVA.us

Thursday September 15th
10am-12 noon $15 registration fee

Foodie Tour * Town of Woodstock– hosted by Katie Mercer, Chef Jacoby, Nikki Grant and Chef Shawn

Nestled along the “seven bends” of the Shenandoah River’s north fork, Woodstock is one of the oldest towns in Virginia and serves as the County Seat of Shenandoah County. Main Street boosts historic homes, green spaces, and locally-owned shops and restaurants, close by natural treasures like the George Washington National Forest and Seven Bends State Park or within minutes of the downtown core.

Join us for a satisfying foodie experience that your taste buds won’t forget! We will tour three of our downtown eateries. Get an exclusive look at how Chef Jacoby makes his delicious pastries at Flour & Water, a private wine tasting with Nikki Grant from the Woodstock Café, followed up by a dining room demo by Chef Shawn at the Woodstock Brew House!

Wednesday October 12th
Time 9:45AM $15 registration fee

The Town of New Market-hosted by Amber Smoot

History in the Making
Arrive Virginia Museum of the Civil War, Tour of downtown and learn some fun facts about the building and businesses in this historic district. Stop in Jackson’s Corner Café, The Home Store, Jon Henry’s, the Buttercup and more… Enjoy tastings, hear about town events, the community park, Shenvalee Golf Resort its hotel, and restaurant the Miller Grille and the iconic Southern Kitchen.
Lunch at New Market Community Park (weather permitting)

 

 

2021

November 8th  2021
Shenandoah Caverns Family of Attractions 261 Caverns Road

October 18th   2021- Postponed until 2022
Shenandoah Vineyards 3659 S Ox Road Edinburg

September 13th 2021
Shrine Mont 217 Shrine Mont Circle Orkney Springs

August 9th 2021
Muse Vineyards 16 Serendipity Ln Woodstock

June 14th 2021
Woodbine Farm Market 5199 John Marshall Hwy Strasburg