With cooler nights, long evening shadows, and the smell of apple butter in many shops and farm stands Shenandoah County in the fall season is a feast for the senses. Foliage colors fill the Mountains to the East and West which feels like a warm hug from Mother Nature.
A fine scenic drive with the windows rolled down is one great way to enjoy the beautiful season but several stops along the way provide highlights of experience to round out a perfect leaf-peeping day.
FLOWER STOP AT CABIN HILL FARM
Cabin Hill Farm is a fresh flower farm set on a country road. As you’re cruising and looking at the surrounding farms and foliage, a sign and a curious box appears out of nowhere on the side of the road: “FLOWERS”. From June through October, Cabin Hill farm welcomes you to stop by their self-serve honor system flower stand at 13827 Senedo Road, Mount Jackson, VA. The stand is open 7 days a week, from 8AM until sold out (or 8pm). While you’re there, take a moment to enjoy the beautiful mountain views.
CORN MAIZE/COVERED BRIDGE/PUMPKIN PATCH
Just a few feet away from the Historic Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge on Wissler Road in Mount Jackson is a great place to bring the family for a fall adventure. The Maize Quest at Bridgemont** farm** is a terrific corn maze. Consider it like a long walk through the corn stalks with puzzles and clues along the way. Great for families who enjoy playing games together or an adventure for a first date there are even after dark hours where you can experience the maze with a flashlight. Across the valley Pike from there is the Mount Airy Pumpkin Patch, at 1038 Mount Airy Ln. in Mount Jackson, where you can grab a wheelbarrow and pick your pumpkins straight from the vine. No ordinary pumpkins are grown here, there are many heirloom varieties and gourds of all shapes and sizes. Both venues have plenty of extra activities for the entire family.
Your one-stop-shop to celebrate fall, Woodbine Farm is an open and airy farm stand that appears to come alive when the seasons change. Large pumpkins and gourds line the front walk on haystacks and a perfect array of garden chrysanthemums and other fall plantings. Inside are gifts and produce, birdhouses, and apple butter, cheeses, country ham and some of the best homemade cookies in the world. Seriously, it’s hard to walk away without one!
KINDRED POINTE CIDER
Not your typical fall cider experience, leave the kids at home because this is sparkly hard cider with flavors to get excited about Kindred Pointe was originally a Horse farm and stable but the barns and outbuildings have been transformed into a winery and tasting room, the grazing fields all lined with grapevines now. A few years after opening the owner couple began making cider as well, and the title “Life is Hard Cider” emerged with flavors such as “Hard Times” “Hard Core” and “Hard Up”. Seasonally there are special flavors like “Seasons Greetings” with hints of all the best holiday spices or “Cherry Bomb” a cherry flavored cider with a jalapeno kick at the end. It is available only for a limited time. Their tasting room is warm and cozy with plenty of room to relax and enjoy Life is Hard Cider.
FALL CULINARY & FARM-TO-TABLE DINING
After picking out pumpkins and a long trek through the Corn Maize, celebrate Shenandoah County’s agricultural roots by dining in one of many establishments that value locally-grown foods and sustainable farming. The owners of Cristina’s Café in Strasburg, Swover Creek Farm Brewery in Edinburg, and the Woodstock Garden Café all source their ingredients from their own family farms and are committed to serving the freshest foods at their tables.
RIVER BLUFF FARM B&B
After a visiting a few of Shenandoah County’s Wineries, Breweries, Cideries or Distilleries the River Bluff Farm Bed & Breakfast is a quiet and idyllic place to settle in for the evening, then sit outside and watch the Shenandoah River flowing slow and lazy with a warm beverage and good company from the comfort of an Adirondack chair. Accommodations are described as “rustic elegance” in this lovely log and timber lodging on 20 private acres. River Bluff Farm Bed and Breakfast is located at 183 Quicksburg Mill Lane, in Quicksburg near New Market, VA.!
The word Shenandoah evokes a sense of beauty. Shenandoah County is filled with beautiful scenery around every turn, and sweet small town charm in its daily life. There is plenty to do and see over a weekend visit in the Fall, an easy weekend excursion only 90 miles west of Washington DC. Immerse yourself in the landscape, enjoy the friendly atmosphere and have an adventure in Shenandoah County.
Other fun things to do in the fall season:
- Hike the Woodstock Tower to get 360 degree views of the Shenandoah Valley and the 7 Bends of the Shenandoah River.
- Visit Posey Thisisit Llama Farm for a chance to meet and interact with over 30 llamas.
- Visit Mowery Orchard or Paughs Orchard for fresh picked apples and other goodies.
- ATV along Peter’s Mill Gap or Tasker’s Gap OHV Trails.
- Taste fresh potato chips at Route 11 Potato Chips and watch them be made right before your eyes. Fall also means it’s time for their seasonal Yukon Gold flavor.
- Enjoy fresh produce 365 days a year at Adam’s Apples & Herbs open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm.
Written by Shenandoah County Tourism for Shenandoah County. Featured image provided by Kary Haun.
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