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Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

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Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

Planning to take a little weekend 'escape' with my husband in late Feb, early Mar. Will likely be staying at the Hampton Inn or Sleep Inn & Suites near JMU. Will be staying 2 nts, Fri & Sat, & leaving Sun. So we will have about 2 1/2 days to work with. What kinds of interesting things would you recommend? We love just about anything- outdoor activities, culture, the arts, food, theater, history, festivals, etc- but aren't really familiar with the area & would love personal recommendations.

Also, we may just choose this weekend for ourselves as a couple, but we may decide to make it a family weekend instead with our 10 y/o son. So, input for both couples AND family activity options would be greatly appreciated!

Edited: 28 January 2011, 16:47
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1. Re: Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

I would look at the college websites -- jmu.edu, bridgewater.edu, mbc.edu, and emu.edu -- and check their calendars for theater and music. There might be other interesting things going on as well since a lot of community events need a big space.

If you like wine, you might enjoy Cross Keys Winery in Mt. Crawford. There are probably others nearby as well. virginiawine.org/regions/shenandoah-valley/

I hesitate to recommend using a religious sect like a tourist attraction, but it is fun on Sunday to go to Dayton and watch the old order Mennonites going to church in their buggies. It's really fun when they're running late and they race each other.

And speaking of Mennonites, you might enjoy the Dayton Farmers Market on Fri or Sat.

The obvious -- Skyline Drive.

We just enjoy hopping on a country road and going where it takes us.

This is my territory, so feel free to ask questions. I'll try to be more specific.

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2. Re: Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/

http://www.harrisonburgtourism.com/ (check the events calendar)

Harrisonburg has a few interesting little museums.

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3. Re: Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

Especially with your son or without, you may enjoy Luray Caverns-here is a link:

http://www.luraycaverns.com/

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4. Re: Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

And if you like history, the NewMarket Battlefield is close by -- they have a great story to tell. And there's a cute Christmas shop in town. If you're there around lunch time, the Johnny Appleseed restaurant has very good comfort food.

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5. Re: Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

If you decide to make it a family weekend your son may enjoy the Massanutten Waterpark. Skiing, tubing and snowboarding are also options at Massanutten.

http://www.massresort.com/v.php?pg=4

Two of our favorite restaurants are Hanks Smoke House and Taste of Thai.

The BBQ at Hanks is delicious and the "Deep South" selections are full of flavor.

http://www.hankssmokehouse.com/history.cfm

We've never been disappointed with the service or food at Taste of Thai; the Crispy Beef is my favorite, while my husband loves the Panag Curry and my 12 y/o son chooses a rice or noodle dish.

http://www.taste-of-thai.com/

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6. Re: Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

Little Grill has good comfort food. Dave's is a good all round tavern for fun times.

Little Grill @ 621 North Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 3594.

http://littlegrillcollective.com/

Dave's Downtown Taverna @ 121 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 564 - 1487.

http://www.davestaverna.com/

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7. Re: Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

Wonderful! This gives us a great place to start. Thanks so much for all the input!

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8. Re: Weekend trip in late winter, early spring. Things to do?

If you get to Staunton just down the road from Harrisonburg go to Staunton Grocery, The Depot or Wright's for good food.

Staunton Grocery @ 105 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 6880.

http://www.stauntongrocery.com/

The Depot Grill @ 42 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 885 - 7332.

http://www.depotgrille.com/

Wright's Dairy Rite @ 346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 0435.

http://www.dairy-rite.com/

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