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
(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
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

 


  • 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 (19 mi from cabin)
        (north of Front Royal where Rte 340/522 split) at Highland Corners Rd

    There are several really good antique shops in downtown Front Royal.
    Beau Monde Boutique
        206 E Main St | 202 246-1007
    Valley Finds
        505 S Royal Ave | 703 303-3502
    Brooklyn’s Marketplace
        206 E Main St | 571 353-4384

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


  • Galleries
        Art in the Valley
            205A E Main St | Front Royal, VA | 540 252-2260
        The Giving Tree  (Farmers’ Market & Art Gallery)
            13485 John Marshall Hwy | Linden, VA |
        Strokes of Creativity Boutique & Studio
            413 E Main St | Front Royal, VA | 540 751-8536

  • 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
        Shenandoah Confections   (fudges)   /  Vine & Leaf   (wine & tea)
            477 E&F South St  |  Front Royal, VA 22630  |  (540) 635-1043
  •  
  • Butchers
        Two Fat Butchers
            239 South St | Front Royal, VA 22630 | 540 635-6900
  • Groceries
    Martins
        409 South St | Front Royal, VA 22630
    Aldi
        134 Riverton Commons Dr | Front Royal, VA 22630
    Better Thymes Natural Foods
        417 South St | Front Royal, VA 22630 | 540 636-9209
    Timeless Wines
        8043 Main St | Middletown, VA | 800 417-7821
  • Farm-Fresh Produce
    The Giving Tree
        13485 John Marshall Hwy | Linden, VA | email
        (great farmers’ market right at the bottom of the mountain)
         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 | 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
       Joe’s Steak House in Front Royal
  • Live Theatre
       Theatre Shenandoah (40 mi. from cabin)
       The Theatre at Washington, VA (22 mi. from cabin)
       Winchester Little Theatre (35 mi. from cabin)
  •  

  • Movie Theaters
    Royal Cinemas historic marquee on Main St in downtown Front Royal
    Family Drive-In 2 screens in Stephens City

  • Outfitters

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


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

  • 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
      434 791-3808
      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)
  • Hot Air Ballooning
       Ride Air
  • Canoeing / Kayaking / Tubing
       For a full selection of canoeing, tubing, & kiyaking equipment check out:
       River & Peak Outfitters | 7 South St.   Front Royal   | 540 692-8941
            interactive map of parks & boat landings. (click icons for extra info.)

       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
       Shenandoah River Outfitters | Luray, VA | 540 743-4159
          (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.)

  • Sightseeing

    Just driving around the area anywhere is fruitful, with surprises around every bend. Some of our favorite haunts are cruising down through Fort Valley, over Chester Gap to Flint Hill (or our winery loop through Harrell’s Corner), down Browntown Rd and out Bentonville Rd or Buck Mountain Rd, and of course Skyline Drive. Then for a totally different perspective canoe/kayak/tube down the Shenandoah River.

    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.
         Here’s a good mobile app.

    A couple of our favorite local winery tour loops:
       From Valley Vista Cabin:
          Loop #1 directions featuring 5 of our favorites.
          Loop #2 directions featuring 6 of our favorites.
          (If that’s too many, skip Valley View & Arterra.)
          Loop #3 directions featuring 7 of our favorites.
          (Don’t skip Narmada or Gray Ghost.)
          Loop #4 only has 1 winery, (the only vineyard in Warren County)
          Glen Manor Vineyards, but besides excellent wines features a
          beautiful drive down Browntown Rd with spectacular scenery.

       From Rainbow View Cabin:
          (still under construction)

    Local Wineries      (alphabetically   –   our favorites in bold).

          Search local wineries.


  • 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 seasonably-rotated drafts featuring the best craft and micro-brewed beers

       Joe’s Steakhouse
          708 S Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA

       Soul Mountain
          300 E Main St, Front Royal, VA


  • Caverns

          Skyline Caverns (10 mi.) | Front Royal, VA | 540 635-4545
          Luray Caverns (30 mi.) | Luray, VA | 540 743-6551

  • 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 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.)

  • Swimming (access to 3 community mountain lakes) (8.5 mi.)
         (Maps and directions and passes are provided in the cabins.)
  •  


  • 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
          Sly Fox 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
         (New restaurant regulations in Virginia allow dogs at the proprietor’s
         discretion. Most that allow, do so only in outdoor seating areas.)
    • Linden, VA  (5 mi.)

      Talk of the Mountain Seafood
      (Crab cakes to-die-for. They are a roving vendor – setting up at various events around the Valley. If you’re lucky you’ll find them set up in the parking lot of The Giving Tree in “downtown” Linden when they’re not otherwise engaged, but they don’t keep any regular hours there.)

      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)

    • Front Royal, VA  (9 mi.)

      American / Variety Cuisine

      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)

      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)

      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)

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

      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)

      Food For Real
      650 W 11th St   |   540 622-6175   |
      (11-9 Mon-Tue, Thur-Sat / closed Wed & Sun)

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

    • Cafe Amore    Breakfast & Lunch, beer, wine, & spirits
      131 E Main St   |   540 749-2318   |
      (11-8 Tue-Thu, 11-9 Fri, 9-9 Sat, 11-6 Sun / closed Mon)

      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)

      Asian Cuisine

      Ben’s Family Cuisines dog paw ◊◊◊◊   Pan-Asian ǂ  Chef Satya(Hope) Ben
      ǂ 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 – not in main commercial area – a locals’ secret!)

      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 |

      Indian Cuisine

      Royal Deli    Indian
      507 N Royal Ave   |   540 635-2500   |    (Don’t let the location scare you – it’s in the Liberty gas station. This place is getting RAVE reviews!!!)
      (11-9 Mon-Sat, 11:30-8 Sun)

      UPDATE: Moving soon to 219 E Main St!

      Italian Cuisine

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

      Castiglia’s ◊◊◊◊    Italian
      328 Remount Rd (Gateway Plaza)   |   540 635-8815   | Menu *Delivers*

      (11-10 Mon-Thu / 11-11 Fri & Sat / closed Sun)

      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
      ?(11-10)?

      Barbecue

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

      Pizza

      Melting Pot Pizza
      138 W 14th St   |   540 636-6146   | Menu Order online *Delivers*
      (11 AM – 12 PM Mon-Thu / 11 AM – 1 AM Fri & Sat / 11 AM – 11 PM Sun)
      A treasured Front Royal tradition since 1972!

      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)

      Cafe Amore    Breakfast & Lunch, beer, wine, & spirits
      131 E Main St   |   540 749-2318   |
      (11-8 Tue-Thu, 11-9 Fri, 9-9 Sat, 11-6 Sun / closed Mon)

      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)

      Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt

     

    • 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

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

     

     

    • Middletown, VA  (21 mi.)

      Nana’s Irish Pub (formerly The Irish Isle)
      7843 Main St | 540 868-9877

     

     

     


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