Things to Do in the Shenandoah Valley
Steeles Tavern Manor & Alpine Hideaway Cottages are conveniently located for your vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains, midway between Lexington and Staunton Virginia with a short journey to both Harrisonburg and Charlottesville. The Shenandoah Valley is a wondrous place rich in history and natural resources, the theatre, shopping, and outdoor activities.
Activities in our Neighborhood
- Cyrus McCormick’s Farm: Home of Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the grain reaper. Beautiful grounds, small museum, grist mill, nature trail and picnic area. One mile away.
- Rockbridge Vineyard: Award-winning wines receiving national and state recognition. Tour and taste year round. Complimentary tastings. Opened 7 days 10 am-6pm. Five minutes away.
- Historic Wade’s Mill: Wades’ Mill is a working water-powered grist mill on the Nation Register of Historic Places. Fresh stone ground flours and more can be purchased in their store. Fifteen minutes away. Open April through December.
- Orchardside Yarn Shop and Farm: This is a knitter’s dream. Latest fibers for knitting and crocheting in hundreds of colors and textures. In the summer, the farm is open for “pick your own” berries. Fifteen minutes away.
- Brownsburg Museum: Brownsburg is a historic small village with several quaint shops not far from our B&B. The community run Museum exhibits regional memorabilia from the 18th, 19th, and 20th century. Open weekends from April through December.
- Blue Ridge Parkway: From our property, follow Route 56 on a beautiful 6 mile drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance. The Route 56 entrance is at mile post 27 on the Parkway. While in the Blue Ridge visit Crabtree Falls and the Appalachian Trail which are less than 30 minutes from us.
- Gems of Rockbridge Geocaching Trail: High-tech treasure hunt using online clues and GPS coordinates to locate 10 hidden geocaches that were strategically placed to highlight the natural beauty of the gateway communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Shoppes of Fairfield: Fairfield, located 5 miles south on Route 11, has 3 quaint shops that are worth a visit. Miss-Ellaneous Country Accents has wonderful country home décor items. It’s the type of store to browse and find unique things and great gifts. 3 Seasons Antiques & Unique Treasures – It’s all in the name – open 3 seasons (closed in the winter months), stocked with antiques and unique treasures. The Quiltery is a perfect store to browse the hand made quilts and place to find all quilting materials and accessories. .
Activities Just a Short Drive Away
- Historic towns of Lexington and Staunton, Virginia: Lexington’s and Staunton’s historic past offers visitors a step back in time. The Smithsonian Magazine named both Lexington and Staunton one of the 20 best small towns to visit. We are lucky to be situated midway between these wonderful towns each twenty minutes away. Come and enjoy the many attractions they have to offer.
Lexington and Rockbridge County Area
- Downtown Lexington: Walk the streets of this historic town with quaint shops and wonderful local restaurants. Twenty minutes away.
- Natural Bridge: Once owned by Thomas Jefferson, this 20 story tall stone structure bridge is a National Historic Landmark. Thirty minutes away.
- Virginia Horse Center: Virginia’s world class horse shows facility. Weekly events year round with a 4,000 seat indoor coliseum. Twenty minutes away.
- VMI Marshall Museum: George C. Marshall Museum, located in the Virginia Military Institute is open year round located downtown Lexington.
- Stonewall Jackson House: Guided tours on the hour and half hour. Located downtown Lexington.
- Lee Chapel & Museum: Burial site of Robert E. Lee located on the campus of Washington and Lee.
- Lexington Carriage Company: Learn about the Lexington history and lore via horse-drawn carriage located in downtown Lexington.
- Jump Mountain Vineyard: New! A family owned farm winery producing European style wines. Located outskirts of Lexington with beautiful mountain views. Open weekends by appointment only.
- Blue Lab and Devil’s Backbone Micro-breweries: Tastings are available at Blue Lab’s downtown Lexington location and Devil’s Backbone Outpost location just north of Lexington on Route 11.
- Goshen Pass: Take a drive along Route 39 from Lexington to enjoy the scenery of Goshen Pass and the Maury River. It’s a great place for a picnic or walk along the river. You won’t stop saying “WOW”.
- Take in the mountain scenery? Whether on motorcycles or in a car you will enjoy the scenery and curves these roads have to offer. Check out the Rockbridge Rides website for printable maps on the SPORT TOUR LOOP and LITTLE NORTH MOUNTAIN RIDE detailing scenic rides that you don’t want to miss.
- Hull’s Drive-In Movie Theater: Remember the drive-in movies of our childhood? Or maybe you aren’t old enough to remember! Outdoor movies under the night sky. Hull’s is located 10 minutes south on Route 11. Open week-ends from March through October. Double feature, first run movies, fun date night with your sweetie.
Staunton and Augusta County Area
- Downtown Staunton: Shop, Dine, and Play in one of the best small towns in America!
- Blackfriars Shakespeare Theater: The Blackfriars is the home to Shenandoah Shakespeare, an internationally acclaimed theatre company that performs Shakespeare’s works under their original staging conditions-amidst audiences under the chandelier lights of the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s own indoor theatre. Twenty minutes away.
- Sunspots Studios & Glass Blowing: Featuring our own glassblowing studio in the heart of Staunton. Beautiful gallery and gift shop. Twenty minutes away.
- Walk the streets of Staunton’s Art and Cultural District.
- Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room: Located across the street from Sunspots Studio and a few blocks from Blackfriar’s Playhouse. The owners chose to bring their wine to the people in this 1904 winery building in the historic Wharf district of downtown Staunton.
- Barren Ridge Vineyards : The winery features hand crafted wines that are available daily for tastings along wit complementary tours. A large patio with a picnic area is provided with gorgeous views of the Shenandoah Valley for you to relax, have a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Complimentary tasting cards…just ask us!
- Yelping Dog Wine Bar: Wine bar with wine tastings located on Beverley Street in downtown Staunton. Cheeses, bottles of wine & craft beers, and gourmet sandwiches to purchase.
- Micro-Breweries in Staunton: Red Beard Brewing and Shenandoah Valley Brewing Co. have tasting rooms in downtown Staunton and Queen City Brewing is located just outside of the Historic District.
- Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library: Explore the life and legacy of President Woodrow Wilson through his Birthplace, Museum Galleries, and Research Library. Twenty minutes away.
- Frontier Culture Museum: In an outdoor setting, historic farmsteads illustrate lifestyles of cultures that settled Shenandoah Valley. Twenty minutes away.
- Charlottesville, Virginia & University of Virginia: Within one hour
- Monticello: Seventy minutes away. Thomas Jefferson’s celebrated mountaintop home, the only home in America on the United Nations World Heritage list. Guided tours of the house are conducted daily.
- Vineyards: Taste award-winning wines from Virginia wineries all located within a 5 to 90 minute drive from us. There are many Virginia wineries to explore in the Shenandoah Valley and Afton/Charlottesville area. We can provide you with a copy of the Virginia Wineries Map Guide and our own recommendations of wineries to visit.
- Crabtree Falls, the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi, is a favorite of our guests. Just 13 miles from Steeles Tavern, Crabtree Falls trail features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet.
- Other hikes nearby are: Spy Rock, St Mary’s Wilderness, and The Priest.
- The Appalachian Trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Post 53 and crosses Route 56 about 4 miles past Crabtree Falls. Many other hiking trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail are only twenty to thirty minutes away. Ask us for the local hiking trail maps.
- Scenic Drive:
- Nelson Scenic Loop is a 50 mile drive that will begin/end where Route 56 & the Blue Ridge Parkway meet (6 miles from Steeles Tavern). Travel along the loop enjoying spectacular mountain views, stopping at Crabtree Falls, and other hiking trails along the way. Turn onto Nelson County Route 151 to visit 5 wineries, 3 breweries, 1 cidery, and 1 distillery. Head back on the Blue Ridge Parkway for more scenic wonders! This is a great day trip.
- Historic Sites: We are located only minutes from the Historic towns of Staunton and Lexington and only 1 mile from Cyrus McCormick’s Farm. Staunton is home to Woodrow Wilson birthplace and his Presidential Library and Museum. Visit Lexington to see Virginia Military Institute, Stonewall Jackson’s House, Robert E. Lee Chapel, and George Marshall WWII Museum. Spend a day at the New Market Battlefield, Historic Appomattox, Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello, James Monroe’s home Ash Lawn-Highland or the National D-Day Memorial.
- Shopping: Antiquing is always available in the Shenandoah Valley within a 20 mile radius of our property. Or enjoy a day of boutique and local artists shopping in Fairfield, Lexington, and Staunton.
- Horseback Riding: Guided horse trail rides on registered Tennessee Walking horses or horse drawn buggy rides at Appalachian Horse Adventures. Only 9 miles from the Inn on Rt 56. Trails wind down country roads, through scenic forests, past trickling streams. Best way to see our beautiful mountains! New Meadows Farm, only 10 minutes from us, provides guided trail rides through our beautiful countryside.
- Golf: Lexington Country Club, Vista Links in Buena Vista, and The Club at Ironwood in Staunton are thirty minutes away.
- Fishing: Fly fishing is available and can be arranged if desired. (Fishing at our pond is limited to the Pond View Cabin guests only.)
- Bird Watching: A walk to the pond may offer an up-close look at the Blue Heron who visits and fishes from the pond. Steeles Tavern rests below the Blue Ridge Parkway with its vast environmental variety. We are on the flyway for most eastern migratory birds, from hawks to hummingbirds. So bring your binoculars & bird lists, and hunt the beautiful house finch or the exotic great egret. Another great place to take in nature is Boxwood Nature Center in Lexington.
- Canoeing/Kayaking: Wilderness Canoe Company in Natural Bridge and Twin River Outfitters in Buchanan offer canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and rafting on the historic James River. Trips available for everyone from novice to whitewater champ.
- Cycling: Scenic routes for cyclists or motorcyclists. Shenandoah Harley Davidson located in Staunton. (Motorcycle parking is available in our garage or barn.)
- Apple Picking: Seaman’s Orchard and Dickie Brothers Orchard – Pick Your Own, or buy fresh picked in the Apple Barn. You’ll find a dozen varieties including Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Macintosh, Honey Crisp, Winesap, and Fuji. Checkout their websites for the type of apples in season.
- Shenandoah Valley’s Farm Trail: The Fields of Gold Farm Trail where you will discover the Valley’s “Local” Fare. The trail introduces you to working farm tours, farmers markets, local orchards, our wineries and breweries, and farm-to-table restaurants.
- Relaxing: Relax by the mountain pond or the creek, from your lounge chair at the pool, in front of your fireplace, or enjoying the views from the inn. Location: Steeles Tavern Manor
STEELES TAVERN – Right around the corner
- Osceola Mill Restaurant – (540) 377 6455, 352 Tye River Turnpike (Rt 56). Historic mill now a premier fine dining restaurant serving steak, veal, and seafood. Open Saturday evening by reservation only.
- Gertie’s Country Store – (540) 377-9313, 563 Tye River Turnpike(Rt 56). Specialties include BBQ sandwich with Gertie’s secret sauce, wings, and the best burgers in town. Also ask for the special of the day (whatever fixins are in the frig!). Gertie’s lunch box is featured in our Adventure Package.
GREENVILLE – 8 Miles North of Steeles Tavern
- Edelweiss – (540) 337-1203, U.S. 11 & 340 North – Traditional German Cooking from the Black Forest Region. Gluten free options available. 11 am – 8 pm, closed Monday.
STUARTS DRAFT – 12 Miles North of Steeles Tavern
- Scotto’s Trattoria Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria – (540)-337-5000, 2691 Stuarts Draft Hwy. Dine in or take out. Open for lunch & dinner. Homemade Italian cuisine, Mangia!
- Ciro’s Pizza – (540) 337-4798, 28 Windmill Sq. Dine in or take out. Try Neapolitan Pizza (round and thin) or Sicilian Pizza (square and thick). Also calzones, strombolis, subs, and salads.
STAUNTON – 15 Miles North of Steeles Tavern
- Depot Grille: (540) 885-7332, 42 Middlebrook Ave. Great American food in a restored train station. Daily specials. 11 am – 10 pm, open every day.
- Mill Street Grill –(540) 886-0656, 1 Mill St. The best barbeque ribs! This all-American restaurant is located in a restored flour mill. 4 pm – 10 pm on weekdays, 10 pm on Saturday & Sunday.
- Byers Street Bistro – (540) 887-6100, 18 Byers Street. Byers Street Bistro is a locally owned and operated restaurant in historic Staunton Virginia.
- Aioli’s – (540) 885-1414, 29 N. Augusta Street. Mediterranean food concentrating on the southern European Mediterranean area with Spanish tapas. Tue-Sat 5pm-9pm.
- Cranberry’s Grocery – (540) 885-4755, 7 S. New Street. Natural and organic café/store using local & organic foods and ingredients. Great salads, sandwiches & wraps. Open 7 days 7:30am – 5:30pm.
- Emilio’s Italian Restaurant– (540) 885-0102, 23 E. Beverly St. Open for lunch and dinner, Emilio’s is sure to please everyone, with a traditional and innovative Italian menu.
- The Shack – (540) 490-1961, 105 S Coalter St. Open Wed-Sat at 5pm, dinner only. On Wednesday & Thursday they offer a casual, a la carte menu featuring the most delicious burgers ever tasted! Their limited menu has starters, burgers plus a few other items, and desserts. A prefixed 3 or 4 course menu is offered on Friday and Saturday. Using local ingredients prepared with creative touches, you are able to select one item from the Starters, Mains & Desserts lists.
- Zynodoa – (540) 885-7715, 115 E. Beverly St. Offers southern cuisine in a stylish metropolitan setting. Serves dishes using local and regional meats and produce. Accommodates special dietary needs. Open Daily for Dinner.
- AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar – (540) 886-2851, 103 W. Beverley Street. Wine bar and restaurant offering a seasonal menu. Vegetarian and Vegan entrees available on the menu. Open Wed-Sat 4pm-9pm.
LEXINGTON – 15 Miles South of Steeles Tavern
- The Palms – (540) 463-7911, 101 W. Nelson St. – Good fun food! Hearty soups, sandwiches, gourmet hamburgers, & dinner entrees. Very casual. 11:30 am – 1 am every day.
- Southern Inn – (540) 463-3612, 37 So. Main St., – Lexington’s oldest restaurant featuring home-cooked specials everyday. Will accommodate special dietary needs. 11:30 am – 10 pm every day.
- The Bistro on Main – 540-464-4888, 8 North Main Street. Located in the center of town offering wonderful food and a very interesting menu.
- Sheridan Livery Inn – (540) 464-1887, 35 N. Main St. – American favorites where fresh fish entrees are a specialty. Offering daily specials. 11 am – 8:30 pm every day.
- Red Hen -(540) 464-4401, 11 E. Washington Street. Farm to Table restaurant creating new menu items each day based on local produce and meats available. Tu-Sa 5pm – 9pm.
- Haywood’s – (540) 463-2500, 2 N. Main Street. Restaurant and piano bar featuring small plates using locally grown products. Live music each night. Wed-Sun 5-10pm.
- Rocca Ristorante – (540) 461-8484, 30 S. Main Street. Fine dining with great Italian cuisine. Located on the second floor of the Robert E. Lee Hotel overlooking Lexington’s Main Street with outdoor seating available (weather permitting). Full bar. Wed-Sun 5-9pm (Fri & Sat until 10pm).
- Sweet Treats Bakery – Great place to stop for lunch while visiting Lexington. Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches. And you won’t be able to pass up a sweet treat from the bakery! Open 7 days Mon-Sat 7am – 5pm, Sun 8am – 3pm.
- Muchacho Alegre – (540) 464-1732, 2813 N Lee Hwy – Great Mexican Restaurant and Bar. Outdoor patio seating in summer months. 11 am – 9:00 pm every day.