Steeles Tavern Manor is conveniently located for your vacation in the Shenandoah Valley, midway between Lexington and Staunton Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley is a collection of small communities rich in history and natural resources and abounds with a variety of attractions and things to do and see, including breweries, vineyards, theatre, and outdoor activities. While the “farm to table” movement has been catching on in big cities around the country lately, it’s been the norm in the Shenandoah Valley for generations.

Stroll down West Beverly Street and you’ll immediately know why Staunton has been named as one of the top 10 Small Towns for Culture by USA today and one of the Best Small Town Main Streets . Just a short drive north of Steeles Tavern Manor, this beautiful mountain town has a vibrant, thriving downtown with small boutiques, cafes, restaurants, art studios, breweries and wine tasting rooms. A favorite of the locals, the Saturday farmers’ market is always worth a visit.  Also noteworthy is Gypsy Hill Park with its famous bandstand and free Bluegrass music shows on Wednesday evenings.  Sunspots Studios is another “must see” attraction.  It has daily glass blowing demonstrations and a large retail space featuring the work of local artisans.  The best ribs around are served daily at Mill Street Grill, a popular restaurant located in the basement of what used to be a flour mill.

Voted as one of the best Best Southern Small Towns, Lexington is a short 20 minute drive south of Steeles Tavern Manor.  Known for its history and beautiful Main Street, this small college town is home to both the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University, established in 1839 and 1749 respectively.  You’ll find numerous museums, historical sites, shops, and restaurants in this quaint southern town.  Be sure to check out open mic night on Wednesdays at the roof top Rocca Bar Ristorante, or, for the best fried chicken in The Valley, you’ll want to eat at the Southern Inn.

If you’re touring the Blue Ridge Parkway or planning a hike at Crabtree Falls consider staying with us as we’re located a short 6 miles from the parkway.  With Fall just around the corner check out this Select Registry travel blog about the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Fall in The Valley

The Shenandoah Valley is great year round but things really get fun in the Fall.  Beautiful fall foliage, fun festivals, great food and terrific people are everywhere.  Here are just a few of the numerous upcoming events happening this season:

Did you know the Shenandoah Valley is known for great beer?  There are 15 craft breweries who call The SheVal home…and we’re right in the middle of them!  Steeles Tavern Manor is perfectly situated for your brewery tour.  Our Beerology package is a great way to get your tour started.  Check out the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail for more info.

Now in it’s 24th year the Apple Butter Festival at Wade’s Mill is on Oct 19th.  Enjoy freshly baked bread with delicious apple butter made on site.  You’re sure to have a blast at this full day of craft demonstrations while enjoying delicious cider, food, and beer from local vendors.