September in Luray-Page County: End Your Summer the Right Way
Warm days are still hanging around, but as the days get shorter, we all know that the end of summer is right around the corner in Luray-Page County.
Now that the kids are back in school, fewer chances to get out of the office, and the first signs of autumn starting to pop up, your chances to enjoy one last summer getaway is slipping away.
Whether it’s spending your day on the Shenandoah River, shopping at locally-owned shops, hiking at trails in the Shenandoah National Park, or taking advantage of the free events throughout the area, there are still plenty of ways to have a blast during a September vacation in Luray-Page County.
Explore the Great Outdoors or Beat the Heat Inside
September in Luray-Page County can be a little toasty. While fall is right around the corner and you might stumble on some cooler weather, you’ll find there’s still plenty of time to explore the great outdoors. Soak up the sun on the Shenandoah River with a day of kayaking, tubing, fishing, or canoeing with Shenandoah River Outfitters, Shenandoah River Adventures, or Downriver Canoe Company. If the water isn’t your cup of tea, spend an afternoon trotting through the woods with Jordan Hollow Stables. A local horseback riding company that uses primarily rescue horses, they offer trail rides that are perfect for any age. Once you’re done with your ride, soar through the trees at Bear Mountain Zipline. Offering canopy tours through the woods, a rock climbing wall, and even a Baby Bear Zipline area, even your little ones can enjoy a day of high-flying fun.
Even though there’s still plenty of sun and summer fun, sometimes it’s nice to be inside with a nice AC. If the weather is a little too steamy while you’re visiting Luray-Page County, we have plenty of indoor attractions and activities to fill your time. Get your crew together and find out if you can solve the mysteries of Escape 211. Luray-Page County’s only Escape Room, you can choose from three rooms, all with different themes and unique puzzles that you’ll need to solve in a specific amount of time to win. If you’re more of an exhibit person, mosey on over to the Warehouse Art Gallery, where you’ll find works of all mediums from over 90 regional artists. If your little ones are with you, stop in at Studio 31.13 and enjoy a day of crafting. Page County’s only crafting studio, they offer a variety of fun DIY crafts that you can either do in the studio or purchase and take home to enjoy.
Perfect Flavors Anytime of Day
Whether you’re an early riser or you like to start your day around lunch time, Luray-Page County has restaurants and eateries that are sure to fuel your day. If you’re someone who’s day can’t start without a hot cup of coffee and food to get you going, Broad Porch Coffee is the place for you. With a variety of hot and cold coffee drinks, teas, and even some yummy pastries and sandwiches, you’re sure to start your day on the right foot in their laid back and unique atmosphere. If a Country Style breakfast is more your thing, Rudy’s Diner, in the Town of Shenandoah, can help with that. They offer scrumptious breakfast options in their diner-like restaurant. They are also great for lunch or dinner with everything from juicy burgers to some pretty amazing fried chicken.
When it’s time to sit down for lunch, take a load off at Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant. A locally owned Italian restaurant, they use traditional family recipes for all of their dishes. Their unique dishes and exceptionally friendly service will not only fill your belly, but put a smile on your face as well. If you just want a quick sandwich and outdoor dining, head over to West Main Market & Deli, in downtown Luray. Their menu is filled with sandwiches, soups, and salads that will keep you going until it’s time for dinner.
There’s no better way to end your day in Luray-Page County than with dinner. If you’re here on the weekends, grab something to take back to your Cabin, Hotel, or B&B from Triple Crown BBQ. Recently voted one of the best BBQ joints in the state of Virginia, their slow smoked meats, yummy sides, and tangy bbq sauce won’t disappoint. If you have more of a taste for Mexican food, grab a table at Mr. Garcia’s Mexican Grill & Cantina, in Shenandoah. This small Mexican restaurant boasts authentic recipes, margaritas, and offers a family friendly environment.
Fill Your Bags With Some Retail Therapy
From thrift stores to gift shops, Luray-Page County has the shops you need to enjoy some retail therapy. As you stroll through downtown Luray, through historic Shenandoah, or make your way through Stanley, the variety of shops is sure to make anyone happy. If thrift shopping is your thing, hit up the Page Valley Flea Market. Opened every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. When you walk through their doors, you’ll find local vendors selling a variety of collectibles, trinkets, and other fantastic treasures. For gift shops, don’t miss Virginia Gift Shop, where you’ll find stylish clothing, Virginia-Made products, and more. After you’re done there, head up the street and enjoy some time in Nest & Hive. It’s easy to get lost in their selection of home decor, classic candies, candles, and all the other great items they offer. Before you leave, make sure you do not pass up on the Shenandoah General Store. With their summer products being phased out, you can get a jumpstart on your fall decorations when you shop with them. If clothes shopping is more your style, visit Valley Bliss Boutique. A brand new boutique in downtown Luray, you’ll find stylish women’s clothing with sizes up to 3x.
Getting a Jumpstart on Fall Fun
One sign that Summer is coming to a close is the emergence of sunflowers. On September 4th, from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, join the Town of Luray and their partners for this year’s 2nd Annual Sunflower Festival. Held at Ralph Dean Recreation Park, you’ll find kid’s activities, entertainment, arts and crafts, sunflowers for picking, pumpkin painting, concessions, and more.
If you’re bringing your little ones, or if you want a cute weekend date, Fairview Fun Farm will have their opening day on September 11th. Starting at 10:00 AM, you can enjoy their beautiful pumpkin patch, fishing in their pond, and plenty of great fall activities that are fun for all ages. From September to October 31st, you’ll be able to enjoy all the fun fall activities they offer every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm.
However you want to spend the Dog Days of Summer, you’re sure to find it in Luray-Page County. Whether it’s browsing through shops, enjoying local flavors, or having fun in the great outdoors, there’s no better place to enjoy one last summer getaway this September.