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Mother Nature overrides the Federal Government in Luray and

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Mother Nature overrides the Federal Government in Luray and

I had to share this information with potential tourists to our area.

Mother Nature overrides the Federal Government in Luray and Page County, Virginia

From LurayPage Chamber of Commerce

The closure of Shenandoah National Park, forced by the government shutdown, came at the worst possible time of year for the counties surrounding the park that depend on tourist dollars spent by thousands of 'leaf peepers'. There is no telling how many residents of major tourist markets in northern Virginia and Washington, DC have cancelled plans to visit the park because of the closure.

But not even the federal government can stop the annual splendor of the fall foliage in the Shenandoah Valley's Luray and Page County! The first signs of red, gold and orange are already in evidence as Virginia's 'Cabin Capital' gears up for 'Leaf Season.'

Peak fall color is expected in mid- to late October. Even if Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest are closed due to shutdown, the leaves will be just as beautiful viewed from Page County's scenic farmland.

In addition to the usual display of autumn splendor, the local communities of Luray, Shenandoah and Stanley provide lodging and events as well as shopping and dining. Area attractions such as the legendary Luray Caverns are open, and camping, canoeing, fishing and hunting venues abound. Elect to hike the award-winning Hawksbill Greenway, enjoy the view on horseback or cycle the scenic byways of the Page Valley.

There's no deficit of activities in Page County. Valley Star Farm hosts its Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch weekends throughout the month of October. The inaugural

Page County Grown Century Ride is October 12, starting in downtown Luray. The 44th Annual Heritage Festival is back at the Page Valley Fairgrounds October 12 and 13. Nearby, Massanutten Resort has their Fall Festival October 12. Performing Arts Luray presents 'Red, White and Tuna,' as dinner or dessert comedy theater October 18-20 and 25-27.

October is also Virginia Wine Month, and the favored local candidate, Wisteria Farm and Vineyard, is open Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 pm and live music 'Under the Arbor' October 19. Oenophiles may negotiate the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop or sample Virginia vintners' finest at a number of locations.

For Halloween, Luray Downtown Initiative has a number of events planned, including a Cycling Scavenger Race and Costume Party October 25, while the town of Shenandoah boasts a 'Terror Trail' in Big Gem Park October 18, 19, 25 and 26.

The Mimslyn Inn offers live music every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Sunday, as well as an Oldies Weekend with 'Elvis' performing October 19. Sunday brunch and accommodation packages are also available. There's also live music every Friday at Artisans Grill, home of 'Virginia's Best Burger'.

Stay the night, the weekend or create your own 'facation' - a furlough getaway. Page County is home to numerous hotels, B&Bs and cabins galore! Start your journey by visiting the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center website at www.LurayPage.com or call them at 888-743-3915

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1. Re: Mother Nature overrides the Federal Government in Luray and

Thanks for the great extensive list of activities! Virginia is such a beautiful place in the fall and there are so many areas to experience that beauty and other activities besides Shenandoah in that area that hopefully people will still come and enjoy the area and the hospitality that VA has to offer!

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2. Re: Mother Nature overrides the Federal Government in Luray and

All the Virginia state parks are open for business and have lots of opportunities for leaf watching and so much more! Hoping people will take the chance to go to a park they have not explored before.

Www.dcr.Virginia.gov/state_parks

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