Local Attractions

Welcome to Warren County VA

     Shenandoah
                    National
                                   Park

is soothing and inspirational year round, and though facilities are geared down somewhat in the winter, it is always open as soon as they can get the road plowed after each storm.
Big Meadows may be the only gas station open in winter (62 miles from cabin).
Shenandoah National Park North Entrance signLive webcams from Skyline Drive:
Big Meadows      Pinnacles

Skyline Drive road condition:
540 999-3500 option 1.

Park weather report:
Fisher’s Gap or above 2,000 ft.

Fee-Free Days

Hiking Maps  (printable)

Ranger Programs

          “The mountains are calling…
                         and I must go.”

                                   ~ John Muir

In-Cabin Massage
Local Wineries
Sightseeing
   Parks
   Historic Sites
   Downtown Front Royal
   Caverns
   Wildlife Spotting
Adventuring / Activities
   Hiking
   Horseback Riding
   Canoeing / Kayaking / Tubing
   Ballooning
   Fly Over
   Swimming
   Fishing
   Skiing
   Golfing
   Fruit Picking
Entertainment
   Live Music
   Live Theatre
   Movie Theaters
Food
   Restaurants
     Dog-Friendly Restaurantsdog paw
   Bakeries
   Butchers
   Groceries
   Produce
   Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt
Shopping
   Antiquing
   Bookstores
Religious Services
Transportation
Miscellaneous Interests
For upcoming Local Events check out some of our favorites, some in Front Royal, & some around the Valley.

Tour Historic Front Royal:
Take a downtown walking tour.
Leaf through the interactive Front Royal brochure.
Examine the historic architecture.
Check out the Front Royal Visitor Center.
See what’s in Rainbow View’s VRBO “Insider’s Guide“.


Find more info via virginia.org


  • Antiquing
    Front Royal Flea Market runs weekends in decent weather on
    S Commerce Ave between Jackson Ln & Turners Ln.
    Shenandoah Valley Flea Market at Double Tollgate (just north of
    Front Royal at the Rte 340 / 522 split) is even bigger. (opens at 7:00) north on 522/344 at Highland Corners Rd (19 mi from cabin)

    There are several really good antique shops in downtown Front Royal.
    Beau Monde Boutique – 131 E Main St
    Valley Finds – 505 S Royal Ave

    (nearby Strasburg is the “Antique Capital of The Valley”)


  • Bookstores
    Royal Oak Bookstore – 207 South Royal Ave   (a local classic – a tourist attraction in its own right)

  • Food

  • Bakeries
    Apple House   (pies, donuts)
    Down Home Comfort Bakery   (all natural Amish tradition)
    Blue Wing Frog   (breads)
    Vine & Leaf   (wine & tea)   /   Shenandoah Confections   (fudges)
  • Butchers
    Two Fat Butchers
  • Groceries
    Martins
    Food Lion
    Better Thymes Natural Foods
    Timeless Wines | 8043 Main St Middletown | 800 417-7821
  • Produce
    The Giving Tree is on Facebook  (small farmers’ market right in Linden)
         video of sample selection 
  • Ice Cream / Soft Ice Cream / TasteeFreeze / Frozen Yogurt
    Ice Cream:
    C & C Frozen Treats | 409 E Main St, Front Royal | 540 450-7939
    home-made ice cream & gelato, unique flavors | across from the gazebo
    Soft Ice Cream:
    Spelunkers  116 South St | 540 631-0300
    The Apple House | 4675 John Marshall Hwy, Linden | 540 636-6329
    seasonal ice cream stand in the rear
    B&L Kustard | 416 South St, Front Royal | 540 631-0400
    Frozen Custard | 50 W 6th St, Front Royal
    Frozen Yogurt:
    Zinga Frozen Yogurt | 415 South St Ste A, Front Royal | 540 631-0848
    SweetFrog | 70 Riverton Commons #10, Front Royal | 540 631-0648

  • Entertainment

  • Live Music
    Unfortunately Patsy Cline no longer plays at the local bowling alley,
    but live music is still frequently to be found.
    Check these schedules:
       
       Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill
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  • Live Theatre
       Theatre Shenandoah (40 mi. from cabin)
       The Theatre at Washington, VA (22 mi. from cabin)
       Winchester Little Theatre (35 mi. from cabin)
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  • Movie Theaters
    Historic Royal Cinemas on Main Street in downtown Front Royal.
    The Family Drive-In in Stephens City.

  • Hiking

    • Blue Ridge Reserve is a 1200 acre conservation easement accessed directly off the deck, but it has no marked trails – only a network of overgrown logging roads. (privately owned)
       
    • Appalachian Trail
       

      • G.R. Thompson Wildlife Management Area (2 mi.)
        is the closest access to the AT. A $4/person Permit is available online or at local venues

        • Front Royal Outdoors LLC
          8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy
          Front Royal, VA 22630
          (540) 635-5440
        • Jim’s Country Store
          26 Shenandoah River Ln
          Front Royal, VA 22630
          (703) 725-7507

        grt-wmaThe trailhead parking lot (the closest of 8) is 1.8 mi from Rainbow View Cabin and 2.1 mi from Valley Vista Cabin, just past the winery on the right. A new hanging entrance sign marks the parking lot. (Google estimates the hiking distance from the cabins to the SNP boundary at about 15 mi./ 6 hrs.)AT Thompson sign About .8 mi down the fire road is the AT and the Manassas Gap Shelter (one of the old shelters built by the CCC back in the ’30s). The Thompson WMA is home to the largest trillium population in North America – if you happen to be hiking in April. Here’s a Nat Geo topo trail map or the WMA trail map

      • Shenandoah National Park. (9 mi.)
        The AT can of course be accessed for free at many places in Shenandoah National Park and at several places between the cabin and the Park. There are shuttling services that you can schedule for pick-up or drop-off at any point where the AT crosses Skyline Drive.
        (If you’ve never been to President Hoover’s Hideaway,
        Rapidan Camp, you might want to check it out.)
        (Or visit a waterfall: SNP Waterfall Hikes).
        (“PATC Shenandoah” is a great free smartphone app with an
        interactive map.
        )
    • Massanutten Mountain / Fort Valley / Elizabeth Furnace area.

    Adventuring

  • Zip Lines
    Virginia Canopy Tours in Shenandoah River State Park
  • Hot Air Ballooning
    Ride Air
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  • Canoeing / Kayaking / Tubing
    Front Royal Canoedog paw (10 mi.) | Front Royal, VA | 800 270-8808
    Downriver Canoedog paw (10 mi.) | Bentonville, VA | 800 338-1963
    Skyline Canoedog paw (10 mi.) | Front Royal, VA | 540 305-7695
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  • Fly-over (20 minute flight only $55 ea.)
    Cass Aviation    ◊   540 635-3570    ◊   cassair@yahoo.com

  • Sightseeing
    Civil War sites (all around)
    Cedar Creek Battlefield
    Cedar Creek National Historic Park
    Shenandoah At War
    Battle of Front Royal Reenactment video
    Belle Grove Plantation
    Belle Grove
    Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park
    Belle Boyd Cottage
    Warren Heritage Society

  • Wine Tasting
    wine pour Virginia Wine

         Visit a dozen wineries within 20 miles of the cabin.   (Our favorites in bold).

    Here’s a good mobile app.

    • Aspen Dale Winerydog paw   540 364-1722   |   Delaplane, VA   |   9.8 mi.
    • Barrel Oak Winerydog paw   540-364-6402   |   Delaplane, VA   |  14 mi.
    • Chateau O’Brien   540-364-6441   |   Markham, VA   |   8.4 mi.
      (Pretentious, crowded, caters to city millennials. Locals don’t go here.)
    • Chester Gap Cellars   540-636-8086   |   Front Royal, VA   |   14.3 mi.
    • Chrysalis Vineyards   540-687-8222   |   Middleburg, VA   |   31.9 mi.
    • Delaplane Cellarsdog paw   540-592-7210   |   Delaplane, VA   |   15.8 mi.
    • Dessert Rose Winery   540-635-3200   |   Hume, VA   |   9.7 mi.
    • Fox Meadow Vineyardsdog paw   540-636-6777  |  Linden, VA  |  2 mi.
      view from Fox Meadow Winery

      view from Fox Meadow Vineyards

       
       
       
       
       (“spittin’ distance”)
       
       

          Search local wineries.


  • Caverns
          Skyline Caverns (10 mi.) | Front Royal, VA | 540 635-4545
          Luray Caverns (30 mi.) | Luray, VA | 540 743-6551
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  • Horseback Riding
         Marriott Ranch  540 364-3741   (8 mi.)
         Double H Stable  540-636-4523   (13 mi.)
         Royal Horseshoe Farm  540 636-6375  (9 mi.)
         Secret Passage Ranch  540 933-6564  (25 mi.)
         Fort Valley Ranch  540 933-6633   (40 mi.)

  • Parks
          Shenandoah National Park / Skyline Drive (9 mi.)
             SNP Ranger Programs
             SNP Special Events
             (If you’ve never been to President Hoover’s Hideaway, Rapidan Camp,
             you might want to check it out.)
             Climb a peak for a view: SNP Hikes to Peaks & Vistas
             Or visit a waterfall: SNP Hikes to Waterfalls.
             (“PATC Shenandoah” is a great smartphone app with interactive map.)
             Some great hikes in the North District – (between Front Royal & Rte 211)
                Fox Hollow MM 4.6
                Compton Gap MM 10.4
                Overall Run MM 21.1
                Overall MM 21.1
                Keyser Run MM 19.4
          Shenandoah River State Park (24 mi.)
          Thompson Wildlife Management Area (“spittin’ distance” <2 mi.)
          G W National Forest/Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area (21 mi.)
          Sky Meadows State Park (22 mi.)
          Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park (23 mi.)

  • Pick-Your-Own Fruit
          Stribling Orchard (apples)  (9 mi.)
          Hartland Orchard (berries, veggies, pumpkins, yule trees, apples)  (8 mi.)
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  • Swimming (access to 3 community mountain lakes) (8.5 mi.)
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  • Fishing the Shenandoah River
          (Licenses may be available at WalMart.)
  •       online
          at local venues

    • Front Royal Outdoors LLC
      8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy
      Front Royal, VA 22630
      (540) 635-5440
    • Jim’s Country Store
      26 Shenandoah River Ln
      Front Royal, VA 22630
      (703) 725-7507

  • Ski Areas
          Bryce is about an hour & 10 min away.
          Massanutten is about an hour & ½ away.
          Wintergreen is just over 2 hours away.

  • Golfing
          Shenandoah Valley Golf Club | Front Royal, VA | 540 636-4653
          Bowling Green Golf Club | Front Royal, VA | 540 635-2095
          Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club | Front Royal, VA | 540 631-9661
          Jackson’s Chase at Pine Hills Golf Club | Middletown, VA | 540 635-7814
          Front Royal Golf Course | Front Royal, VA | 540 636-9061

  • Wildlife spotting
          from the deck

    Image of Fawns

    A couple of the neighbors visiting


  • Restaurants / Eateries / Pubs
                                                                        For dog-friendly eateries look for the dog paw
           Of course restaurants evolve – changing hours, menus & their very
           existence faster than we can update this info, so don’t rely solely on this list.

    • Front Royal (9 mi.)
      Ben’s Family Cuisines dog paw ◊◊◊◊   Pan-Asian  Chef Satya(Hope) Ben
      654 W 11th St   |   540 551-3147   |
      (Tue – Thur 11-9 | Fri & Sat – 11-10 | Sun – 12-9)
      (off the beaten path – not in main commercial area – a locals’ secret!)

      Element ◊◊◊◊◊   Variety   Chefs David & Stacy Gedney
      Front Royal’s preeminent gastronomic delight! 
      No matter how replete you may be, do NOT pass on the desert experience!
      317 E Main St   |   540 636-9293   |    Menu
      (lunch 11-3 & dinner 5-10)

      Wine & Duck ◊◊◊◊  Variety   your hosts Chef Paul & Tracy
      117 E Main St   |   540 636-1000   |   Sample Menu
      (5:30-12 Thu & Sun / 5:30-1:30 Fri & Sat / closed Mon,Tue,& Wed)
      Intimate – Reservations suggested

      Joe’s Steakhousedog paw ◊◊◊◊  (Joe’s restaurants’ various Chefs – all good)
      708 S Royal Ave   |   540 636-5637   |
      (4-9:30 Mon-Thur / 11-10:30 Fri, Sat / 10-8 Sun)

      Blue Wing Frogdog paw ◊◊◊◊   (our home-town Panera – with wine)smiley face
      (Call prior day & pick up your picnic lunch for your hike at 8 AM.)
      219 Chester St   |   540 622-6175   |
      (11-3 Sun-Thur / 11-4 Fri & Sat)

      Osteria 510dog paw ◊◊◊    Italian
      510 S Royal Ave   |   540 631-1101   |   Menu
      (11-9 Daily)

      Rancho Nuevo    Mexican Grill & Cantina
      915 N Royal Ave   |   540 551-3576   |   Menu
      (11-9 Mon / 11-10 Tue-Sat / 11:30-9 Sun)

      El Maguey ◊◊◊    Mexican
      433 South St   |   540 551-3608   |
      ?(5-1 Tue-Sat / 5-11 Sun)?

      PaveMint Taphouse & Grilldog paw ◊◊◊  (your hosts Christian & Rachel)
      9 S Commerce Ave   |   Ph: 540 252-4707   | (12-10 daily except / 12-11 Fri-Sat / 5-10 Tue)

      Jules Caribbean BBQ Restaurant ◊◊◊◊     Owner/Chef Jules Foeaman
      1202 N Royal Ave   |   240 551-6033   |   Menu
      (11:00 – 8:00 Tue – Fri)

      Mojo’sdog paw ◊◊◊    really good sports bar fare  Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu
      424A South St   |   540 636-6656   |

      Soul Mountaindog paw
      300 E Main St   |   540 305-6501 |
      ?(11:30-3:30 & 5:30-9)?

      Happy Creek Coffee & Tea
      18 High St   |   540 660-2133   |
      (7:30 AM – 8:00 PM Mon-Sat / Sun 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM)

      Main Street Mill
      500 E Main St   |   540 636-3123   |
      (10:30– 10:00 Fri-Sat / 10:30–9:00 Sun / 10:30 –9:00 Mon–Thu)

      Backroom Brewery at Sunflower Cottagedog paw
      150 Ridgemont Rd (Middletown) | 540 869-8482   |
      (Fri 4 – 8, Sat & Sun 12 – 7)

      Virginia Beer Museum   18 craft beers on tap
      16 Chester St   |   540 313-1441   |
      (4 – 8 Wed & Thu / 4 – 10 Fri / 12 – 10 Sat / 12 – 5 Sun)

      Spelunker’sdog paw    (locals rated “best burger in town”)
      116 South St | 540 631-0300 |
      (Daily 11-10)

      Thunwa Thai
      10 S Commerce Ave (in Quality Inn) | 540 631-0616 |
      (Mon-Fri 11-10 / Sat-Sun 12-10)

      Jalisco Mexican Restaurantdog paw
      1303 N Royal Ave   |   540 635-7348 |  Menu
      ?(11-10)?

      Yamafugi Japanese Restaurant
      241 Chester St | 540 631-3454 |

      Daily Grinddog paw
      215 E Main St | 540 635-3556 |
      (Mon-Fri 7-8, Sat 8-8, Sun 8-6)

      Naughty Girls Donut Shop
      70 Riverton Commons Dr | 540 636-3313 |
      (Mon-Fri 5 AM – 7 PM, Sat 6 AM – 7 PM, Sun 6 AM – 3 PM)

      Vine & Leaf / Shenandoah Confections  Wine Bar / Tea Room
      (grilled sandwiches / artisan confections / gifts / live harp music on Thursdays)
      124 E Main St | 540 635-1043 | Menu
      (10 – 8) ~ but varies daily

     

    • Flint Hill, VA (17 mi.)
      Griffin Taverndog paw
      659 Zachary Taylor Hwy | 540 675-3227   |
      Kitchen: Sun: 10:30 – 8, Mon-Thur: 12 – 8, Fri: 12 – 9, Sat: 11:30 -10
      Pub: open later usually with live music

      Flint Hill Public House & Country Inndog paw
      675 Zachary Taylor Hwy | 540 675-1700 |(they even have a pet menu!)
      Sun – Tue 11 – 8, Wed – Thu 11 – 9, Fri – Sat 11 – 10, (Sun Brunch 11-2)

     

     

    • Middletown, VA (21 mi.)
      Nana’s Irish Pub (formerly The Irish Isle)
      7843 Main St | 540 868-9877

     

     

     

    • Clear Brook, VA – north of Winchester (39 mi.)
      Wollen Mills Grill   (southern cooking)
      3416 Martinsburg Pike | Clear Brook, VA 22624 | 540 504-7887

     


  • Transportation
        Around Front Royal: Royal Trolley   (Fare: $.50)     540 341-3464
        Limo: Integrity Limo Service     540 229-7466
  • Miscellaneous Interests