WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience scenic vistas, local restaurants, and all of the winding roads in between when you road trip the Shenandoah Spirits Trail through the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
As you travel through six counties, several cities, and countless towns, you’ll find some of the finest outdoor recreation and craft drinks Virginia has to offer. Running along the Interstate 81 corridor through the Shenandoah Valley, the spirits trail is a great way to take in the mountain views with a drink in your hand.
Featuring 23 wineries, 22 breweries, three cideries, and two distilleries, you’re sure to find a drink that satisfies your post-adventure cravings. Discover the best photo opportunities and places to eat in this guide to the Shenandoah Spirits Trail.
A One of a Kind Trip
No matter where you stop along the Shenandoah Spirits Trail, you’ll find unique roadside attractions, locally made LOVEworks, delicious dining options, and craft beverages that add up to an experience you won’t soon forget.
A trip to Clarke County wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Dinosaur Land. Step back into prehistoric times to the Mesozoic era with over 50 towering dinosaurs scattered around the property. Head over to the Santorini Grill for authentic Greek cuisine to go, including gyros, moussaka, and falafel platters. Relax and unwind with a glass of wine on the porch at Twin Oaks Tavern Winery to celebrate a beautiful day in the valley.
You’ll find a little bit of everything when you stop at Heard’s Cedar Hill Farm Market. From local meats and produce to fishing gear, grab all the supplies you’ll need for a day at Shenandoah River State Park. Or make a stop at The Apple House for delicious apple butter cinnamon donuts, a gift shop stocked with Virginia products, and a photo with the stainless steel LOVEwork made locally in Warren County. When you’re done exploring the area, Front Royal Brewing Company is the perfect place to order takeout from, including specials like mac n beer cheese, canned beer, and specialty cocktails.
Don’t miss the American Celebration on Parade at Shenandoah Caverns, featuring floats from the Rose Parade, Thanksgiving Day Parade, and presidential inaugurations. This unique collection of parade props and stage settings from throughout American entertainment and political history will inspire visitors of all ages. Then swing by the LOVEworks celebrating all things Woodstock, including the “O” represented by a hot air balloon, for a photo before picking up a gourmet sandwich or seasonal entree to go from Woodstock Cafe. Nearby Woodstock Brewhouse offers a menu full of locally crafted beverages in a renovated industrial building for the beer lover.
Cooter’s Place in Page County is the go to spot for fans of The Dukes of Hazzard, featuring a museum, replica garage, and live music on Saturdays. Then visit Luray Caverns for an excursion underground and a photo with the LOVEworks constructed from wooden logs. Fill up on delicious tacos and nachos from Mr. Garcia’s Mexican Grill and Cantina before settling in for a drink from Castle Vineyards on a working cattle farm.
Immerse yourself in a world of vintage finds at The Barn at Creekside Farm in Rockingham County. As you stroll through the various vendor booths, uncover uncommon delights to decorate your home or give as gifts. Then grab lunch or dinner to go from Hank’s Grille and Catering, featuring a wide variety of mouth watering southern dishes from beef brisket and baked beans to fried catfish and coleslaw. Finish your day at Showalter’s Orchard for a refreshing glass of Old Hill Cider as you soak in the views of the Shenandoah Valley. Take a photo with the LOVEwork on site highlighting the rolling hills and Blue Ridge Mountains behind you.
With all of these stops and more, you’ll want to keep coming back year after year. Experience WanderLove for yourself when you visit the Shenandoah Spirits Trail.
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