Five things to do in JUNE while visiting in the Central Shenandoah Valley

School’s out. Summer’s in. Days get longer. Weather gets warmer. People get outside more. Welcome June!

Here at Steeles Tavern, we are enjoying the warm weather and have been busy working outside too. Our pool is officially open. We added a 2 person hammock situated close to the pond. We did a lot of weeding and planted our vegetable and herb garden. And we are beginning preparations to construct a walking path that will connect the side porch to the pool area.

June poolJune hammock
So what can you do here in June besides relax at the Manor or Cottages? Well, here are 5 great THINGS………….

THING #1
Explore Northern Rockbridge County & discover its hidden treasures.

Guests tend to visit the quaint towns of Lexington and Staunton but we have our own hidden gems right here in Northern Rockbridge County. To learn more about each place, visit our website under Things To Do and click on their associated links.
1. Rockbridge Vineyard – The Tasting Room located in their red barn is a cozy place to stop by for a visit and try some award winning Rockbridge wines. Tasting is complimentary.
2. Wade’s Mill – A historic working grist mill that offers stone ground flours, and various grain mixes such as pancakes, waffles and grits. You can purchase Jim and Georgie’s products as well as great kitchenware items in their gift shop.
3. Orchardside Yarn Shop and Berry Farm – A neat place to shop for yarns. Carol will help with suggestions and even get you started on your project. When blackberries are in season, you can “pick your own” berries from their blackberry patch. We use the berries in our fruit dishes!
4. McCormick’s Farm – Home of Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the grain reaper. Beautiful grounds, small museum, grist mill, and nature trail.
5. Gertie’s Country Store – Gertie will fix you one of her specialty sandwiches. The pulled pork sandwich is our favorite! Have lunch inside to experience this local atmosphere or get your lunch to go and have a picnic when stopping at McCormick Farm or Rockbridge Vineyards.
6. Brownsburg Museum – Take a back road ride to Brownsburg and stop in to the Museum. There you will learn the history of Brownsburg and walk through their Civil War exhibit.

THING #2
Spend a day in nature at Boxerwood Gardens.

15 acres of nature and woodlands located just outside of Lexington. .Boxerwood is open every day of the week (8am-5pm). It is free admission to enter the gardens but donations are always welcome. Visit their website to check out what is in bloom. Concerts are held in the garden on the second and fourth Fridays starting at 6:30pm.
June’s Music in the Garden – Two local Rockbridge bands:  June 12 (Bluegrass duo ) & June 26 (Blues trio)

THING #3
Looking for some Night Life?  What can I do after dinner?
• First Fridays Live Music at Sweet Treats Bakery in Lexington
• Haywood’s Piano Bar in downtown Lexington (Wed-Sun evenings)
• “Shakin” – Music Thursday nights in Staunton’s Wharf Parking lot starts at 6:30pm
• Blackfriar Playhouse in Staunton. See a Shakespearian play in June: Hamlet, Dr Faustus, Wittenberg, & Much Ado About Nothing
• Hull’s Drive-In – Route 11 South, Lexington (about 10 minute ride from us) – Double feature movies under the stars

THING #4
Food Lovers……….Enjoy a Cooking Class at Wades Mill.
Who doesn’t love food and fun? Georgie, co-owner of Wade’s Mill with her husband Jim, just loves to cook and have fun doing it. She kicks off her 2015 Cooking Schedule with 3 classes in June. Rumor has it that it will be her last year doing the classes so sign up for a class now.
Friday June 12 – 10:00am – Lunch & Class: Simple Sublime French $30
Saturday June 13 – 6:00pm – Dinner: Mike Lund’s Holiday Feast $50
Saturday June 27 – 3:00pm – Dinner & Class: Mom’s Food $50
Visit Wades’ Mill website for more details on the June classes as well as other classes this year.

THING #5!
Go to the Wine & Jazz Festival at the Frontier Culture Center in Staunton.
If you love wine and jazz then you are in for a treat. 13 Shenandoah Valley wineries will participate in this year’s event. Local jazz artists will perform. The admission includes a tour of the Museum and a souvenir wine glass.
Saturday June 27 – 1:00 – 7:00pm, Admission $20.00 ($10.00 non-tasting adult)

When you are finished doing with one of these THINGS, come back and share your adventure with us!
See you soon!
Melissa, Ray and Bacchus

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