Five things to do in March while visiting our slice of the Shenandoah Valley

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It has been a cold February across the country. Baby, it may be cold outside but it is a nice time to enjoy those indoor things. Get out of hibernation and visit us here in Steeles Tavern. And we have some great news. On March 20, Spring will arrive! Yes, we will have Spring this year. It has not been cancelled. So later in March you will be ready to get outdoors for some fresh air.  Here are some indoor & outdoor “THINGS” to do………….

THING #1

Stay, Play, & Eat. Enjoy a Shakespearian play at the American Shakespeare Theater. Choose from one of the plays that are on the March schedule:  The Taming of the Shrew, The Rover, The White Devil, Every Man in His Humour, and Mother Bombie. There are great places in walking distance to eat before the show:  Zynodoa, Emilio’s, or Aioli’s.  Apre Show take a walk on Beverly Street to the Split Banana and enjoy a frozen dessert – Gelato or Sorbet. 

THING #2

Take a self-guided Brewery Tour in Staunton.  Three breweries have opened tasting rooms in Staunton in the last few years.  Red Beard Brewery and Shenandoah Valley Brewing are located in downtown historic Staunton and Queen City Brewing sits just outside the downtown limits. Each have comfortable places to grab a pint of their beer.  After the tour is over, stop in at the Yelping Dog to continue sampling microbrew beers and have one of their delicious gourmet grill cheese sandwiches.

THING #3

Sweet and Sticky.  Go to the annual Highland Maple Festival in Monterey VA.  It is Highland County’s 57th year in celebrating their maple syrup industry. This year’s event is held on 2 weekends – March 14-15 & March 21-22.   Monterey is refer to as Virginia’s “Little Switzerland” because of its high elevation in the Allegheny Mountains. Your travel time to Monterey from our location will be about an hour but you won’t be disappointed in the scenic drive through the Allegheny Mountains. It is worth the day trip.

THING #4

Learn about one of our Civil War leaders – General Stonewall Jackson. In downtown Lexington, you can visit the Stonewall House (home of General Stonewall Jackson) and the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, where General Stonewall was laid to rest.  The Stonewall Jackson House, 8 East Washington Street, opens for the season on March 1.  While in downtown Lexington, have lunch at one of our local restaurants:  The Palms, Sweet Treats Bakery, Blue Sky Café, or Pure Eats.

THING #5

Spring Drive in the Mountains.  View the gorgeous mountain views of the Blue Ridge or beautiful country side of the Valley right from the seat of your car.  Drive the Nelson Scenic Loop starting at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Route 56 which is 6 miles from Steeles Tavern.  The “Loop” takes you through the Blue Ridge Mountains passing Crab Tree Falls. Turn left onto Route 151 through scenic Nelson County passing breweries, wineries, and a cidery. Make your third left at Devils Backbone Brewery (great place to stop for lunch!), and final left onto the Blue Ridge Parkway taking in all the scenic overlooks. Spring will show some beautiful colors! Then when you reach Milepost 27, you are back at the intersection where you started!

When you are done doing with one of these THINGS, come back for Social Hour because we would love to hear about your adventure!

Spring forward and see you in March!

Melissa, Ray and Bacchus

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