Friday, April 27
Arrive and check into your accommodations. If you are interested in the camping experience, Candy Hill Campground caters to RV’ers so bring the motor home and relax by the campfire in the evenings. Or, for a more luxurious experience, book a stay at the Holiday Inn Winchester – Historic Gateway, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Conference Center, Fairfield Inn & Suites and The George Washington Grand Hotel. All of the hotels are located in Winchester, which makes the commute to Festival activities easy!
Have dinner at a local restaurant. Bonnie Blue Southern Market & Bakery is conveniently located near Candy Hill Campground, and is well-known for its BBQ, fried oysters, and shrimp and grits. If you are staying at the Inn at Holiday Inn Winchester, consider taking a short drive to Old Town Winchester to dine at one of 35 delicious restaurants varying in cuisines. After enjoying a great dinner, head out to the Family Drive-In Theatre on Route 11. Opened in 1956, this two-screen theatre offers car speakers, retro pre-show music, and concessions stand with popcorn and funnel cakes. Complete your day with an evening of movies under the stars just like the “good old days!”
Saturday, April 28
Relax in the morning 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.
Are you still looking to party? Hit the dance floor at the Oldies Rock N’ Roll Dance, where everyone will be boogieing to the sounds of the 50s and 60s. The party will be hopping from 7-11pm at the Clarion Hotel Ballroom.
Sunday, April 29
Spend your final day in the Winchester area experiencing spring in the Shenandoah Valley.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, open 10am-5pm, tells the stories of the region’s artists, craftspeople, and communities. It sits on the largest area of green space in the City of Winchester, and features 7 acres of formal gardens in spring bloom. Tour the museum and gardens before or after your Winchester Ciderworks Tasting and Orchard Tour.
Winchester Ciderworks will host half-hour walking tours of the apple orchards at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, and 2pm. Guides will dispense a wealth of practical information on the planting and growing of fruit trees. If you’re really lucky, the trees will be in bloom! Following the tour, participants will return to the Ciderworks for sampling and tasting of their hard cider.
Before departing for home, consider ending your visit with a local tradition at Apple Blossom time – a leisurely country drive among the apple orchards. View the rows and rows of pink and white blossoms set among the backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in the distance.