5 Things to do in May while visiting the Central Shenandoah Valley

Springtime in the Valley is so beautiful. After the wintery weather, it is amazing to see the new green growth on the trees, lawn, and bushes.  The Red Bud trees (my favorite tree!) bloomed in late April with its purple flowers that line the branches. The trees are everywhere especially along Route 11 between Staunton and Lexington.  The birds are chirping in the morning. Spring is bringing the warmth to the Valley. So what can you do here in May besides relax at the Manor or Cottages? Well, here are 5 great THINGS………….


Watch movies under the stars at Hull’s Drive-in

Hull’s Drive-In – Route 11 South, Lexington (about 10 minute ride from us)

Drive-ins were once a dying breed but now are making a comeback. Hull’s was built in the 50’s but has recently replaced its giant screen and has installed digital equipment which allows them to play first run movies that have just been released in theaters. Hull’s shows double features on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights starting around 8:30pm. The price is $7.00 per person.  Hull’s was just listed on Country Living’s list of “12 of America’s Most Classic Drive-In Movie Theaters”!  Hull’s is dog friendly if any are staying at the Pond View Cottage.


Sightseeing in the Mountains by Horseback.

Appalachian Horse Adventures – Route 56 East, Montebello (about 15 minute ride from us), 540-377-2650.

STAR B Stables – Barterbrook Road, Staunton (about 20 minute ride from us), 540-885-8855.

Led by an experienced guides through scenic forests and past mountain streams is the best way to see nature.  By appointment only, the 1 hour trail ride is $40.00 at both locations.

Not a horse back rider but want to see the sites? No problem. Enjoy a 50 minute Carriage Tour of Historic Lexington.  Learn the history of Lexington while traveling through its quaint streets. You will see sites such as Stonewall Jackson House, Lee Chapel, Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University.  Daily 11:00am-5pm  $16 per person.


Looking for an outdoor hiking activity? Hike Crabtree Falls.

Crabtree Falls – Route 56 East, Nelson County (about 12 miles (25 minute ride) from us)

Crabtree Falls is the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. It is about 2 mile hike up the falls (which means total of 4 miles up and back down). You will see 5 major cascades and some other minor ones as you climb.  Once you reach the top you have a view of the Tye River Valley.  As you drive into Crabtree, park on the upper lot area. This is where the trail head starts.  The entrance fee is $3.00 per car.  Don’t miss a trip to Crabtree Falls!


Wine Lovers……….Enjoy Music (and Wine) at the Vineyards.  Our 2 favorite vineyards have kicked off their music weekends.

Barren Ridge Vineyards – Friday & Saturday evenings 6:30pm till sundown

Their outdoor patio faces the west to view the best sunsets around the valley!  One exception is the 3rd Friday of each month. They host a special event open to the public called Firelight Fridays from 7pm – 10pm.  Enjoy an evening of great music and purchase dinner for $15.00.  The admission is $10.00.

Rockbridge Vineyards – Sundays on the Deck 2-5pm.

Rockbridge kicked off their season May 3 and will continue having music every other Sunday until September.  Bring your chair since the picnic tables and Adirondack chairs go fast. Also you can bring your own food or purchase local fare from a food truck. And of course sip on the delicious vino!!!


Beer Lovers……Visit Devil’s Backbone Outpost in Lexington during American Craft Beer Week

The Brewers Association have declared the week of May 11 – 16 as American Craft Beer Week. Small and Independent craft brewers in all 50 states are celebrating the art of brewing. Devil’s Backbone has week long activites planned. Here are 2 that are happening over the weekend.

Friday May 15 – Live Music by Sara Jane & Sweet Fire (country) 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday May 16 – Cask Tapping Demonstration  2:30 p.m. Cask master Cory will present a special cask tapping demonstration and explains how he selects a beer and cask ingredients.

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

See you soon!

Melissa, Ray and Bacchus




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