Just minutes away from By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging, you’ll discover dozens of exciting activities from hiking and biking through the mountains to exploring the underground depths of caverns. Aside from the activities mentioned above, like apple picking and horseback riding, there are so many additional things to do. Read about a few of our other favorite activities while on a romantic getaway to the Shenandoah Valley
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No matter what season you take your romantic getaway to the Shenandoah Valley, the region is filled with beauty. Offering hiking, canoeing, cycling, rafting, freshwater fishing, horseback riding, skiing, golfing, and so much more, the Valley has something for everyone to enjoy. The Shenandoah River is a popular place to frequent during the warmer months, and many nearby companies offer guided trips and equipment rentals for whatever activity you’re looking to try.
Hikers should check out the fantastic trails located along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley National Park by the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you’re craving a little more speed, you can rent mountain bikes and ride through the lush green forest on the trails in the George Washington National Forest.
Belle Grove Plantation
Located in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Middletown, VA, Belle Grove Plantation is a gorgeous 1797 manor house built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife, Nelly Madison Hite. Originally, the plantation was built on 483 acres, but Major Hite later purchased more property, expanding it to 7,500 acres, which he used to grow wheat, raise cattle and Merion sheep, and operate a large distillery and mills. Take a guided tour of the stunning plantation and learn about the history of the area! The tour will guide visitors through the manor house, but make sure to save time to explore the spectacular landscaping after the indoor tour.
A National Natural Landmark, the Grand Caverns are America’s oldest continuously operating show caves. Delve into the depths of the earth to explore these fascinating natural formations. After you’ve experienced the guided tour, you can take advantage of the other activities in the park, including mini golf, a hiking trail, and river access for fishing.