An Insanely Concise Guide to November in Luray-Page County
Autumn’s colors may be ebbing in the Shenandoah Valley, but the remnants still linger in the breezes beginning to usher in the sharp bite of autumn. November's average high temperature of 52° in Shenandoah National Park is a welcome respite for serious nature lovers, who can still hike to their hearts’ content on the 500 miles of trails in the park, or explore the 1 million acres in George Washington Nation Forest. As a bonus, Monday November 11th is Fee-Free Day at SNP. Enjoy free entry into the park, with the per car fee waived in honor of Veteran’s Day. Those looking to take in some trails on horseback can visit Fort Valley Ranch, Jordan Hollow Stables, or Skyland Stables. Visitors who prefer to bring their own horses can head over to River Hill Stables. All offer miles of scenic, well maintained trails, for wonderful horseback riding experiences. November also affords hunting enthusiasts a bounty of opportunity in Page County. Before heading out to a favorite hunting site, hunters will find all their sporting needs at Patton Gunsmith Works, Steve’s Archery and Guns, or Tactical Speed Shop.
As the days turn cooler, there are plenty of events to keep visitors and locals entertained. On November 1-3 and 8-10, Performing Arts Luray is featuring “The Sunshine Boys,” a show about a successful vaudeville comedy team. The event promises to brighten up the season with a lighthearted presentation that will have everyone laughing at the antics of this disgruntled duo. On Saturday, November 2nd, The Mimslyn Inn is hosting a Harvest Dinner, featuring Copper Fox Distillery, and offering a tasting, dinner and live music. The event will take place outdoors on the lovely grounds and will feature a locally sourced menu. On Saturday, November 9th, Shenandoah Caverns is hosting the 10th Annual Shenandoah Uncorked. The event will feature 14 Virginia wineries, along with local food and craft vendors. On Friday, November 15th- Sunday, November 17th, River’s Bend Ranch is hosting its First Annual Shenandoah Hemp Harvest Festival & Workshops. Historically hemp was one of the earliest grown crops in Virginia, even planted by George Washington. Spend the weekend celebrating the 2019 hemp harvest and get advice and insight on growing hemp in 2020. (Reservations are required.) On Saturday, November 16th, Page County Public Schools and Page Alliance for Community Action is hosting the annual Luray Turkey Trot 1K/5K at the Hawksbill Greenway/Mechanic Street parking lot. Also on November 16th, enjoy a 4 course, sunset dinner prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients by Main Street Bakery and tastefully paired with distinguished wines from Ducard Vineyards and hosted in historic Hotel Laurance’s beautiful parlor. The Mimslyn Inn is offering an all you can eat Oyster Party on Friday, November 22nd and an Oysterfest on Saturday, November 23, with live music out on the patio.
Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday, is Monday, November 11th. Make sure to put aside time in your busy schedule to honor the men and women who have served our country and have fought to protect the values and liberties on which our nation was built. On Saturday, November 9th, join the Town of Stanley at Ed Good Memorial Park as they celebrate our veterans and thank them for their dedicated service. On Friday, November 8th, Mount Carmel Regular Baptist Church is offering a Veteran’s Day breakfast, along
Thanksgiving, another federal holiday, is Thursday, November 28th. Thanksgiving originated as a harvest festival celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for blessings. Setting aside time to give thanks for one’s blessings, along with holding feasts to celebrate a harvest are both practices that predate the European settlement of North America. Practices such as expressing gratitude, sharing and giving away are integral to most cultures and communities. As early as 1607, Thanksgiving services were routine in what became the Commonwealth of Virginia, years before the most prominent Thanksgiving event in American culture, the 1621 celebration at Plymouth Plantation. Carrying on the Thanksgiving tradition Sunday, November 3rd, the Shenandoah Heritage Association will be serving a full Thanksgiving meal at Stevens Cottage in the Town of Shenandoah. There is a variety of dinner choices on Thanksgiving Day. Moonshadows Restaurant is featuring a special Thanksgiving Dinner. Reservations by telephone are required. Skyland is featuring a bountiful Thanksgiving Day Buffett, reservations are strongly encouraged. Circa 31 at The Mimslyn is offering a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Reservations are encouraged. Gather at Faithbrook Farm and Vineyard as they host a special Thanksgiving benefit dinner with sponsors Bijou’s Sweet Treats, Main Street Bakery and Catering, Hank’s Smokehouse and West Main Market . In the spirit of Thanksgiving 100% of proceeds will go to Page Free Clinic.
Perched between the long lines of Black Friday and the online deals of Cyber Monday is a relatively new holiday spotlighting the value of American small businesses. Small Business Saturday, the national holiday, first celebrated in 2010, calls to attention the importance of shopping at the small businesses that serve as the backbone of the American economy and local communities. The holiday aids small businesses by drawing attention to their importance in our economy. It also helps customers who want to access unique products and experiences in their community, and local economies that benefit from successful small businesses. Each year Small Business Saturday draws people to main streets across the country, with deals on unique products and services, and events that encourage shopping locally. Great things happen when consumers shop locally. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $68 will stay in the community. When that same $100 is spent at a national chain, only $43 stays in the community. Shopping locally helps create and increase the number of local jobs. Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging. A sense of community is nurtured. Local businesses know their shoppers and their shoppers know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. It’s their way of giving back and supporting the people who support their businesses. Spending locally instead of online ensures that sales taxes are reinvested back into the community. Locally owned businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual market. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community. The more interesting and unique your community, the more it will attract visitors. Small Business Saturday and shopping locally in general is a win-win, with both business owners and shoppers reaping the benefits.
As of this writing several Page County businesses have plans to participate in this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking place Saturday, November 30th.
Appalachian Outfitters- Special discounts on a wide variety of in-store items
Compass Tea Room- Buy 1 full price item, get 2nd item of equal of lesser value at ½ price
D & L Trophy Awards and Custom Gifts-Booth at Hawksbill Trading Post-25% off items on display
Domino’s- Large 3 topping pizza for carryout for $7.99
Massanutten Country Corner- Scavenger hunt with prizes, drop-in workshops (fee for materials), kids’ activities, door prizes
Moonshadows Restaurant- Free strawberry lemonade or blackberry limeade made onsite, with purchase
Page Valley Arts Council- Holiday Market at American Legion Hall, enter to win door prize
Patton Gunsmith Works- 10% discount on services performed on items dropped off or purchases made in shop
Shenandoah General Store- Chance to win Santa in Sleigh ($300 value) with retail purchase of $25 or more
Shenandoah Moon- Free drinks and snacks, 20% off all “Shenandoah Valley Made Jewelry” by Susan Rocke
Steve’s Archery & Guns- In-store bows and crossbows on sale
The Pottery Lady- free teabag/teaspoon holder with purchase
The Valley Cork- 15% off all retail (including bottles to go)
The month of November is overflowing with an abundance of activities. It’s your call; be as active or as chill as you choose in spectacular Luray-Page County.