Culture, Shopping and Pampering in Apple Country
Friday, April 24
Arrive and check into your accommodations. The George Washington – a Wyndham Grand Hotel is located a block from the Old Town walking mall and has an in-house spa and Roman bath-style pool. Another option is the conveniently located Hilton Garden Inn, with its full-service restaurant and bar on premises. See a complete listing of local hotels here.
Wander into Old Town Winchester for some boutique shopping at the small shops and art galleries. You will also have your choice of over 20 local restaurants as well – if the weather is pleasant, you’ll appreciate the largest concentration of al fresco dining in the entire Shenandoah Valley here on the walking mall.
Saturday, April 25
Relax in the morning and get in a little more browsing before getting ready for the Bloomin’ Wine Fest, which begins at 11am in Old Town Winchester. Enjoy tasting wines from 20 Virginia wineries and craft breweries too. The day will be full of live musical entertainment, delicious festival food, and displays by local artisans.
Catch a Friday or Saturday evening showing of Mozart’s comedy opera, Così fan tutte, performed at Shenandoah University with live orchestra music by the world renowned Shenandoah University Conservatory. Get your tickets in advance – these shows sell out!
Enjoy a spa treatment at the Saumaj Health Spa located in the George Washington hotel – you don’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy their services!
Sunday, April 26
Spend your final day in the Winchester area experiencing spring in the Shenandoah Valley.
If you would like to have an incredible brunch – head down to Regions 117 on the shore of Lake Frederick for an outstanding farm to fork menu, or if you want to stay close, wander over to Violino Ristorante Italiano in Old Town for an authentic Italian lunch. For a very unique experience, try Sweet NOLA’s Southern Food Lounge.
The Patsy Cline Historic House is a must-see while in town; Patsy (or “Ginny” as her friends and family called her) lived a challenging early life but her relationship with her single mother kept her strong. Learn her inspiring story and walk in her footsteps.
Before departing for home, consider ending your visit with a local tradition at Apple Blossom time – a leisurely country drive among the apple orchards. (Your route could include: Cedar Creek Grade, Marlboro Road, Middle Road, and Barley Lane). View the rows and rows of pink and white blossoms set among the backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in the distance.