A Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® Itinerary for Couples
Friday, April 24
Arrive and check into your accommodations. 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 Inn at Vaucluse Spring, a relaxing country bed and breakfast that offers the perfect romantic getaway.
EVENING 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 Vaucluse Spring, consider the historic Wayside Inn or Nana’s Irish Pub located in Middletown. After dinner, take in a movie! You can skip the interstate and take Route 11, the Old Valley Pike, to the Family Drive-In Theatre. 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 25
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. Tickets may be reserved online in advance, or may be purchased at the door.
Sunday, April 26
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. (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.