Local Attractions

Welcome to Warren County VA Welcome to Front Royal sign

     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
(then scroll down & click on the map to generate the forecast report.)

Current Alerts

Fee-Free Days

Hiking Maps  (printable)

Ranger Programs

          “The mountains are calling…

                         and I must go.”

~ John Muir
Local Wineries

Craft Beers & BrewPubs

Sightseeing
  Parks
  Historic Sites
  Downtown Front Royal
  Caverns
  Wildlife Spotting

Adventuring / Activities
  Outfitters
  Hiking
  Canoeing Kayaking Tubing
  Zip Lining
  Horseback Riding
  Ballooning
  Fly Over
  Swimming
  Fishing
  Skiing
  Golfing
  Fruit Picking

Entertainment
  Live Music
  Live Theatre
  Movie Theaters

Food
  Restaurants
    Dog-Friendly Eateriesdog paw
  Bakeries
  Butchers
  Groceries
  Produce
  Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt

Shopping
  Antiquing
  Galleries
  Bookstores

Religious Services
Transportation
Miscellaneous Interests

For history buffs, here’s a cool “then & now” photo comparison in SNP.

Here’s a great article on Things To Do in Front Royal.
For upcoming Local Events check out some of our favorites, some around Front Royal, & some up and down the Valley.

Tour Historic Front Royal:

Take a downtown walking tour, or Battle Of Front Royal driving tour.

Explore the historic architecture.

Check out the Front Royal Visitor Center.

Find more info via virginia.org:   Rainbow View Cabin       ValleyVistaCabin




  • Bookstores
    Royal Oak Bookstore  (a local treasure – a tourist attraction in its self)
    207 South Royal Ave | Linden, VA | 540 635-7070



Food

  • Bakeries
    Apple House   (pies, donuts)
    675 John Marshall Hwy  |  Linden, VA 22642  |  540 636-6329
    Down Home Comfort Bakery   (all natural Amish tradition)
    120-A East Main St  |  Front Royal, VA 22630  |  540 635-6013
    Blue Wing Frog   (breads)
    219 Chester St  |  Front Royal, VA 22630  |  540 622-6175
    (Our home-town version of Panera – but with wine & beer smiley face)
    Order a picnic lunch for your next day’s outing & pick it up at 8 am.
    (You’ll find a coupon in the cabin’s Welcome Binder for 10% off.)
    Shenandoah Confections   (fudges)   /  Vine & Leaf   (wine & tea)
    477 E&F South St  |  Front Royal, VA 22630  |  (540) 635-1043

  • 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 | Front Royal | 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
    (sometimes there’s another one positioned at 50 W 6th St by the Subway)
    Frozen Yogurt:
    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 still abounds. (often on weekends at wineries)
    Check these schedules:
    Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill
    Front Royal Brewing Co. in Front Royal

  • Outfitters
    Mountain Trail Outfitters
    120 E Main St | Front Royal | 540 749-2470
    For a full selection of hiking, climbing,
    trekking, & camping equipment. –
    (focus on land-based stuff)

    River & Peak Outfitters
    7 South St | Front Royal | 540 692-8941
    For a full selection of canoeing, tubing,
    & kiyaking equipment. –
    (focus on water-based stuff)

     
     
     


  • Hiking
    • Blue Ridge Reserve
      is a 1200 acre conservation easement wilderness accessed directly below the cabins, but it has no marked trails – only a network of overgrown logging roads. So if you’re not an experienced backwoods hiker willing to just trudge off into the forest, you might prefer to access the logging road network directly off of High Top Rd. From either cabin head downhill on High Top about 1/4 mile to its lowest dip (and just slightly uphill to the north of that) where on the downhill side of the road you’ll see an overgrown road (with a gate about 30 ft down it) and a Blue Ridge Reserve sign that says “No Trespassing” (You can ignore that – we have the owner’s OK – it’s only meant to keep out ATVers. It is private property though, so hike through respectfully.) At each fork in the road you may want to mark your turn so that you can find your way back.
    • Appalachian Trail   interactive map  
      The AT is about a 3 mile hike from either cabin. The closest trailhead parking is via the G.R. Thompson Wildlife Management Area (see directions below). The next closest is the Trumbo Hollow Hike Trailhead on Rte 55, John Marshall Hwy at the intersection of Rte 725, Tucker’s Ln 4.8 miles from Rainbow View Cabin / 5.5 miles from Valley Vista Cabin (only holds 3 or 4 vehicles). Another larger lot is just .1 mile north of there up Tucker’s Ln just past Walker Ridge Dr. And of course there are abundant access points along Skyline Drive.
    • 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

      Rural King Supply
      465 South St  |  Front Royal, VA  22630  |  (540) 631-1740
      Jim’s Country Store
      26 Shenandoah River Ln  |  Front Royal, VA  22630  \  703 725-7507
      Rivermont Grocery
      235 Rivermont Dr  Front Royal, VA  22630  \  540 419-2354
      Front Royal Outdoors LLC
      8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy  |  Front Royal, VA  22630  \  540 635-5440

      grt-wmaThe trailhead parking lot (the closest of 8) is 1.5 miles from Rainbow View Cabin / 2.2 miles from Valley Vista Cabin, just past the winery on the right. A 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. The Front Royal Trolley route stops at the AT where it crosses Rte 522, Remount Rd. There are other 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              
    (Soar through the treetops.  Whee-whee-wheeeeeeee! smiley face)

(This is 43 mi. – over an hour away – we only list it since
a friend used to work here – & it is a great outfit.)
  • Fly-over   
    Cass Aviation
    540 635-3570    |   cassair@yahoo.com       (20 minute flight only $55 ea.)



  • Local Craft Beers on tap & BrewPubs

      Bushel Pub (in the Apple House)
      4675 John Marshall Hwy, Linden, VA

      The Virginia Beer Museum
      16 Chester St, Front Royal, VA

      The Backroom Brewery at Sunflower Cottage (BrewPub)
      150 Ridgemont Rd, Middletown, VA

      Front Royal Brewing Company (BrewPub)
      122 E Main St, Front Royal, VA

      Pave Mint
      9 S Commerce Ave, Front Royal, VA
      35 seasonally-rotated drafts of the best craft & micro-brewed beers

      Joe’s Steakhouse  ~ closed – what’s to become of this great venue?
      708 S Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA

      Soul Mountain
      300 E Main St, Front Royal, VA





         Hartland Orchard (berries, veggies, pumps, yule trees, apples)  (8 mi.)
  • Swimming    (access to 3 community mountain lakes) (8.5 mi.)
    (Maps and directions and passes are provided in the cabins.)

  • Fishing the Shenandoah River
    Licensing:
    online
    at local venues

    • Rural King
      465 South St  Front Royal, VA  22630 | 540 631-1740
    • Front Royal Outdoors LLC
      8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy  Front Royal  22630 | 540 635-5440
    • Jim’s Country Store
      26 Shenandoah River Ln  Front Royal, VA  22630 | 703 725-7507
    • WalMart
      210 Riverton Commons Dr  Front Royal, VA 22630 | 540 635-4140

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


  • Wildlife spotting      from the deck
    Image of Fawns

    A couple of the neighbors visiting


  • Restaurants / Eateries / Pubs

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    JUMP TO LOCALE:
    JUMP TO CUISINE:
     

     
     

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    Many restaurants in the area are rather small, so reservations may be a good precaution.

    *Delivers* = restaurants that deliver up onto the mountain.

     = Dog-Friendly restaurants
    New regulations in VA allow dogs in restaurants at the proprietor’s discretion.
    Most that do allow do so only in outdoor seating areas.

    Flint Hill
    Front Royal
    Linden
    Little Washington
    Middletown
    The Plains
    Sperryville
    White Post
    American
    Asian
    Barbecue
    British
    Coffee
    Craft Beer
    French
    Ice Cream
    Indian
    Irish
    Italian
    Mexican
    Pizza
    Seafood
    • Linden, VA  (5 mi.)

      The Apple Housedog paw ◊◊◊◊  (old fashioned country cooking – famous for their barbecue and for their cinnamon doughnuts)
      4675 John Marshall Hwy   |   540 636-6329   |   (7-5 Mon / 7-7 Tue-Sun)

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    • Front Royal, VA  (9 mi.)

      American / Variety Cuisine

      Element  ◊◊◊◊◊ ǂ  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   |    Sample Menus
      (Tue – Sat   lunch 11-3 & dinner 5-9)

      Joe’s Steakhouse   ~ sadly has closed
      What’s to become of this great venue?

      708 S Royal Ave   |   540 ***-****   |

      Blue Wing Frogdog paw ◊◊◊◊   (think Panera – with wine & beer) 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)
      (You’ll find a coupon in the cabin for 10% off.)

      Pave Mint Taphouse & Grilldog paw ◊◊◊   Eclectic  (hosts Christian & Rachel)
      9 S Commerce Ave   |   540 252-4707   |
      (Sun 11-9, Mon 11-10, Tue 4-10, Wed & Thur 11-10, Fri & Sat 11-11)

      Soul Mountaindog paw
      300 E Main St   |   540 305-6501 |
      (Sun 12-8, Mon closed, Tue-Thur 12-8, Fri & Sat 12-9)

      Truss’D   (hosts Alan & Katie)
      117 E Main St   |   540 660-0988   |
      (11-4 Mon, Thur-Sun / closed Tue & Wed)

      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)

      Vine & Leaf / Shenandoah Confections  Wine Bar / Tea Room
      (grilled sandwiches / artisan confections / (Thur live harp music)
      477 E&F South St (in Royal Plaza) | 540 635-1043 | Menu
      (10 – 8) ~ but varies daily   on Facebook

      Vinova Tapas & Wine Bar
      124 E Main St | vinovafrontroyal@gmail.com
      (11 – 10 / happy hour 4 – 6) ~ closed Tue

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

      Front Royal Brewing Co.
      122 E Main St   |   540 631-0773   |
      (11-10 Sun, Mon, Wed & Thu, 11-midnight Fri & Sat / closed Tue)

      On Cue Sports Bar
      460 S Commerce Ave – A | Front Royal, VA | 540 636-8424

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      Asian Cuisine

      Ben’s Family Cuisines dog paw◊◊◊◊   Pan-Asian*  Chef Satya “Hope” Ben
      * (Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese)
      654 W 11th St   |   540 551-3147   |
      (Tue – Thur 11-9 | Fri & Sat – 11-10 | Sun – 12-9)
      (off the beaten path – a locals’ secret treasure!)

      Try Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bardog paw ◊◊◊| Menu
      205 E Main St   |   540 551-8171   | order online
      (11:00 – 9:30 Sun – Thu | 11:00 – 10:00 Fri & Sat)

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

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

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      Indian Cuisine

      Royal Spice ◊◊◊◊    Indian & Nepalese
      219 E Main St   |   540 635-2500   |
      (7-7 daily)
      This place consistently gets RAVE reviews!!!

      Khukuri Nepali Cuisine    Nepalese
      40 Riverton Commons   |   540 749-2440

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      Italian Cuisine

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

      Castiglia’s ◊◊◊◊    Italian   *Delivers*
      328 Remount Rd (Gateway Plaza)   |   540 635-8815   | Menu
      (11-10 Mon-Thu / 11-11 Fri & Sat / closed Sun)

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      Mexican Cuisine

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

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

      Jalisco Mexican Restaurantdog paw
      1303 N Royal Ave   |   540 635-7348 |  Menu
      (11-9:30)

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      Barbecue

      Po Green’s Southern Food & BBQ ◊◊◊    Hosts Ed & Anneise Green
      1202 N Royal Ave   |   540 999-1003 | email | Order online
      (11 – 8 Wed – Sat | 11:00 – 4 Sun | closed Tue)
        Parking is limited but it’s OK to park next door at Arby’s.
        (Don’t park in Budget Inn lot.)

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      Pizza

      Melting Pot Pizza
      138 W 14th St   |   540 636-6146   | Menu Order online   *Delivers*
      (M-Th 11AM – Midnight  /  F & Sa 11AM – 1AM  /  Su 11AM – 11PM)
        A treasured Front Royal tradition since 1972!

      Talk of the Mountain Seafood    crabcakes to-die-for!    owners Boo & Laurie
      507 N Royal Ave   |   540 394-8690   |
      (11-8 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun)
      Fresh half-lb crab cakes, whiting, catfish, po’ boys, shrimp, hush puppies, collards, potato salad
        (Don’t let the location scare you – it’s in the Liberty gas station.)
        This place consistently gets RAVE reviews!!!

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      Coffee Houses

      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)

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

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      Craft Beer Tap Houses & Breweries

      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)

      Front Royal Brewing Co.
      122 E Main St   |   540 631-0773   |
      (11-10 Sun, Mon, Wed & Thu, 11-midnight Fri & Sat / closed Tue)

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      Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt

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    • Flint Hill, VA  (17 mi.)

      Griffin Tavern ◊◊◊◊ ǂdog 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

      The Blue Door Kitchen & Inn  ◊◊◊ ǂ  Sample Menu
      675 Zachary Taylor Hwy | 540 675-1700
      Dinner  Thu – Sun | Lunch  Fri – Sun

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    • White Post, VA  (22 mi.)

      L’Auberge Provencale◊◊◊◊◊ ǂ   upscale French
      Prix Fixe Menu
      13630 Lord Fairfax Hwy  |  540 837-1375

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    • Middletown, VA  (21 mi.)

      Nana’s Irish Pubformerly The Irish Isle
      7843 Main St  |  540 868-9877

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    • The Plains, VA  (22 mi.)

      The Front Porch ◊◊◊ ǂ
      6483 Main St  |  540 253-2018  |  email: Girasole
      4244 Loudoun Ave  |  540 253-5501  |

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    • “Little” Washington, VA  (23 mi.)

      The Inn at Little Washington ◊◊◊◊◊ ǂ
      Middle & Main Sts  |  540 675-3800

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    • Sperryville, VA  (33 mi.)

      Three treats at the same address:
      Thornton River Grille
      3710 Sperryville Pike  |  540 987-8790

      Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen
      <3710 Sperryville Pike  |  540 987-9494

      Bar FRANCIS
      3710 Sperryville Pike  |  540-987-9533


  • Transportation

     
        For your winery tour:

    • MDUB Chauffer Services | Michael Sean Williams | 540 336-3127
      mdub0308@gmail.com | $50/hr ~ 4 hr min  (1st choice – local guy)
    • Uber | Stoney Jarvis | 406 899-9143    (request XL for more than 2 folks)   (2nd choice – local guy)
    • Integrity Limo Service     540 229-7466

     
        Around Front Royal:

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