Fall in Love with Luray & Page County
During the fall, the Shenandoah Valley takes on a whole new way of life. Whether you’re coming for the Blue Ridge Mountains, the shops throughout the area, or to just get away for a while, there are plenty of things to Fall in Love with in Luray & Page County. All throughout Page County, you will find ways to see the beauty and peace that only fall can offer. Every year, thousands of people flock to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a chance to see the peacefulness that the Shenandoah Valley offers. The Shenandoah National Park, home to the Skyline Drive, is the perfect setting for a chance to watch the seasons change. Whether it’s going for a hike, so that you can be right in the thick of things, or taking advantage of one of the 75 overlooks the Drive offers, there are more than enough ways to see how the Valley takes on a cozier setting.
If you are looking for fun fall activities to do with your kids, the Fairview Fun Farm will keep the little ones and adults alike entertained. While visiting, you and the little ones will be able to enjoy their pumpkin patch, hayrides, barrel train, games, slides, corn maze, playground, duck races and fishing. Their first year in operation, they will be open every weekend from the end of September through the first weekend in November. Another thing kids always love is a trip to the zoo. The Luray Rescue Zoo is the perfect way to end a day of fun. With 80 reptile exhibits and 20 outside exhibits, as well as a petting zoo at the end of the tour, there is no shortage of fun to be had. The best part is, that while you are having fun and learning about all the different species, you’ll also be helping to take care of these animals.
Another great way to spend a crisp fall day is by throwing a line in the water. All throughout Page County, there are many great fishing spots. A local favorite, Lake Arrowhead offers great fishing along with beautiful mountain views. To fish in the Lake, you will have to have a state and town fishing license. You can also spend your day smallmouth bass fishing on the Shenandoah River. Whether you have a boat or want to fish along the banks of the river, you’re sure to catch some decent sized fish, while you’re there. If you have children with you, you can try to catch a bite along the Hawksbill Greenway. This four-mile walking trail runs along the Hawksbill Creek and offers a relaxed fishing environment. For fishing on the Hawksbill Greenway, you will need County, State and Freshwater Fishing stamps on your fishing license. The final place that offers the best fishing is Big Gem Park. A hidden gem located in the Town of Shenandoah; this massive pond is perfect for a relaxed afternoon of fishing.
One of the best parts of fall are all the great local fruits and veggies that are still in season. When visiting, Page County offers a variety of indoor farmers markets, making it easy to find all the freshest foods you could want. The Hawksbill Trading Company offers fresh, locally sourced items, such as produce, meats, honey and more. They also feature a variety of items from local artisans that make the perfect gift for any occasion. Massanutten Country Corner has an offering of fresh fruits and local meats. In addition to their indoor farmers market, they offer items from around the Shenandoah Valley, and even have activities for the kids. Head towards Stanley and you’ll come across Willow Grove Market. This small market has fresh vegetables that the owners grow themselves, as well as meats from the cattle they raise. They also have seafood, dairy products and even seasonings for all the yummy produce you’ll buy.
While visiting Page County, don’t forget to enjoy our local restaurants. Most of our dining options offer outdoor seating, which is perfect for a warm fall afternoon or crisp evening. Moonshadows Restaurant and The Mimslyn Inn offers a high-end dining experience, that is sure to please anyone in your family. They have both indoor and outdoor dining, so you can enjoy which ever environment is right for you. While in Luray, make sure to head into downtown and visit West Main Market. The team at West Main provide yummy sandwiches and sides, that are the perfect fuel for enjoy the beauty that downtown offers in the fall. If you’re in the mood for more ethnic food, Mr. Garcia’s Mexican Grille & Cantina serves up authentic Mexican food and drinks, all while offering a friendly environment. If you’re starting your morning early, make sure to visit Rudy’s Diner for a delicious country breakfast. They offer all day breakfast, as well as other delicious country fare. While you’re in the town of Shenandoah, head down to Taste: The Southern Market. The newest restaurant in town, they offer specialty sauces, dips, jams and cooking supplies, as well as a deli with some delicious lunch options.
Before you leave, take a stroll through our downtown areas and visit our shops. If you are planning on hiking and need some new gear, or want to get a gift for the outdoorsy person in your life, stop in at the Appalachian Trail Outfitters. Offering hiking equipment, clothing and other neat things, they can help to set you up for hike to see the fall foliage. After that, head up the street to Mama’s Treasures. This little shop on East Main Street has a variety of antique glass and collectables, as well as clothing and jewelry. One of the town’s newest shops, they offer specialty dips, sauces, olive oils and other cooking products, as well as home décor and other food items. Make sure to try some of their delicious food, as well.
The change in seasons is always a good reason for a trip to the Shenandoah Valley. Whether you are looking for the changing of pace, time outside, or shops, Page County offers everything you might need for a fall vacation. We know that once you visit our shops, restaurants and see all the beauty that surrounds us, you will Fall in Love with Page County.