Places to visit and things to do in and around Winchester, Virginia
The Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau
provides a comprehensive Calendar of events
- For the shoppers and explorers:
Shops on the downtown pedestrian mall, owned and operated by the artisans, offer high quality original and print art, pottery, fabrics, jewelry. See the Old Town Events Schedule. A variety of restaurants downtown and throughout the area offer unique dining experiences. Walking tours of downtown Winchester showcase the charm of the Oldest English settlement west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- For the museum goer:
Among the many museums is the brand new Museum of the Shenandoah Valley -- including Glen Burnie - the historic house and gardens.
- For anyone who loves a parade:
Don't miss Winchester in the Spring!!! Springtime brings the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival - a three day extravaganza celebrating the beginning of the year's apple crop, a very important industry for the area's economy.
- For the music lover:
Faculty and Student Recitals and Concerts are held during the school year at Shenandoah University's famous Conservatory of
Music. Many of the events are free. Shenandoah's summer theatre program offers outstanding productions.
- For the Bride & Groom to be!
Winchester is a popular place for weddings! Virginia does not require a blood test, and there is no waiting period after obtaining the marriage license. Many couples from the surrounding states come to Winchester to be married. Check with Shenandoah Wedding Professionals for all your wedding needs.
- For the Patsy Cline fan:
Be sure to be here in September!!! September brings a tribute to Winchester native Patsy Cline. Watch this site for the dates for this year's celebration. Other times during the year tour the area where she lived and worked, and visit the Patsy Cline Memorial.
Other famous people from Winchester, Frederick County include
Willa Cather and Admiral Richard E. Byrd.
- For the Theatre-goer:
The Winchester Little Theatre performs several times each year in its intimate theatre in the round in the historic railroad station.
The Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA performs a winter season as well as summer stock.
- For the History Buff:
Winchester was prominent in the settlement of our young country. Lord Fairfax sent a young George Washington to survey the area, and years later it was this area, Frederick County, which first elected George Washington to serve in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Reenactments and visits to the sites of the battles which were fought at Winchester are popular with Civil War history buffs. Special lectures and/or seminars are held throughout the year.
Historic Long Branch in Millwood, Virginia, offers tours and events throughout the year. Long Branch is operated as a house museum by the Harry Z. Isaacs Foundation.
- For the Genealogist:
Archives in the Handley Library.
Historic cemeteries and churches including Hopewell Friends Meeting House.
- For the Wine Taster:
Wineries are located throughout Virginia.
Rappahannock Cellars at Huntly, VA and other wineries in the area offer tasting invitations and discounts to Long Hill Bed & Breakfast guests.
Oasis Winery at Hume, VA offers wine tastings and facilities for parties.
Information on wine tours can be found at Virginia Wine Country Tours.
Another wine tour web site is Blue Ridge Wine Way.
Visit the VDACS list of wineries and related festivals.
- For the Cavern Explorer:: Shenandoah Caverns and other caverns -- Luray, Skyline -- are among the most famous caverns in the world. See a summary at the Virginia tourism website
- For the Snow Enthusiast::
Snow Tubing at The Cove, Gore, VA
- For the Balloonist:
Hot Air Balloons
- For the Water Enthusiast:
River Hawk Tours, LLC
- For the Flight Enthusiast:
WWII Fighter Command
Learn more about the Winchester - Frederick County Area
Visit the official tourism website: Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
If you are thinking of relocating to the Winchester or Frederick County area or if you need information relating to a business be sure to visit the Winchester-Frederick County Chamber of Commerce web site
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