Waving Goodbye to Summer in Luray-Page County
Earlier sunsets, cooler nights, and school starting back is a sign of only one thing – the end of summer. Visiting Luray-Page County in September is the perfect way to wave goodbye to summer and welcome in the upcoming fall season.
Escape the Hustle and Bustle
One of the best ways to spend the last days of summer is surrounded by amazing views. Luray-Page County is known as the Cabin Capital of Virginia. A cozy fire, cool mountain air, and a toasty cabin in the stunning Shenandoah Valley.
Throughout the area, you’ll find over 400+ cabins to choose from. Whether you want to wake up to the soft sounds of the Shenandoah River, be surrounded by the trees in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or be close to attractions, restaurants, and shops, there’s a cabin for you. In addition to all the cabins you can choose from, Luray-Page County is also full of hotels, motels, and inns, campgrounds, and bed & breakfasts.
End of Summer Style
Make sure that you get your end of summer fashion before the fall styles hit the shelves. Luray-Page County has a variety of shops that offer not only summer and fall fashion but fall décor as well.
For anyone that loves clothes and fashion, make sure to check out the shops throughout the area for some new threads. Shops like Henhouse Shoppe, Curated, Madison Grace Market at the Hawksbill Trading Company, Curated, and even Appalachian Trail Outfitters all offer season fashions that are sure to add a pop of summer fun to your wardrobe.
If you’re someone that wants to break out the fall decorations early, you’ll be able to find tons of cute and trendy things throughout Luray-Page County. Locally owned shops like Shenandoah General Store, Nest & Hive, Virginia Gift Shop, Massanutten Country Corner, and more, offer tons of fall décor. You’re sure to find something that will match your interior design style and that will make your house warm and cozy throughout the fall.
Soak Up the Sun
As the days get shorter and shorter, it can get harder to soak up the sun. In Luray-Page County there are tons of outdoor activities to get you outside while it’s still sunny and warm.
For the avid hiker, hitting the any of the 500 miles of trails in the Shenandoah National Park is a must. You can also find great hiking at Lake Arrowhead, Shenandoah River State Park, and in the George Washington National Forest. Or you take a leisurely stroll on the Luray Hawksbill Greenway, at Ed Good Memorial Park, Ralph Dean Park, or Big Gem Park.
Even though it’s not nearly as hot as it was just a month ago, it’s still the perfect time to enjoy some time on the Shenandoah River. The water is still warm and running at a great level, so taking a kayaking, canoeing, or tubing trip with Shenandoah River Outfitters, Shenandoah River Adventures, or Downriver Canoe Company is an excellent way to say “see ya later” to summer.
Another fantastic way to enjoy the final days of summer, and even part of the fall season, is with trail rides on top of friendly horses. Jordan Hollow Stables, River’s Bend Ranch, and Fort Valley Ranch all offer horseback rides with their knowledgeable guides and friendly horses through the forests of Luray-Page County.
Nothing is a better send off for summer than enjoy summer flavors. The restaurants in Luray-Page County all serve up dishes that are perfect for summer.
Who says you can enjoy your dessert first? At Flotzie’s Soft Serve and Karen’s Frozen Favorites you’ll find the classic ice cream choices, as well as new and sweet creations. For chocolate lovers, stop in at the Luray Fudge Company, where you’ll find homemade fudge, cookies, and more.
If BBQ is more your thing you’re in luck. Triple Crown BBQ serves up classic BBQ favorites. They also have homemade sauces and delicious sides to compliment their main menu offerings. Hank’s Grille & Catering puts a new twist on BBQ. Their menu is full delicious BBQ options, chicken, burgers, and more. for anyone that prefers the perfect burger and fries with a cold beer, places like Ollie Cat Café, the Speakeasy at the Mimslyn Inn, Jess’ Main Street Bar & Grill, and Rudy’s Diner are just a few places you should check out.
Speaking of cold beer, there’s nothing better to do with your friends than to check out Luray-Page County’s local brewery, vineyards, and distilleries. The Hawksbill Brewing Company, Castle Vineyard, Wisteria Farm & Vineyard, River Hill Distillery, and Copper Fox Distillery all have a great space, delicious drinks, and more for you and your friends to enjoy. Or, if you want more of a fancy date night with dinner and wine, make a reservation at The Valley Cork, where you’ll get to try their delicious menu, and beer and wine from around the world.
It's always sad to see summer go. But when you visit Luray-Page County in September, you’ll be able to wave goodbye to another great summer, as well as say hello to the colors, crisp air, and flavors of fall.