Front Royal: A town for all seasons

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10/10/2014 -

Are the mountains calling you? If they are the perfect place to enjoy a combination of small town charm and natural splendor is in Front Royal, Virginia. A mere 66 miles to the west of Washington D.C. you will find our town with its ability to make anyone feel local as soon as they arrive. With annual events, outdoor recreation, Civil War history, wineries, shopping, dining and interesting places to stay Front Royal offers the best of the Shenandoah Valley and a little something for everyone.


Pause for a moment and take in the surroundings — the sound of rustling leaves, chirping birds and trickling streams, the sight of a glowing sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains, the feeling of being immersed in nature and of time standing still. This is Shenandoah National Park — the home of Skyline Drive and endless natural beauty. Here you can leave it all behind for a day, a weekend or a perfect week of unplugging from the everyday and reconnecting with the outdoors.

The park is home to miles and miles of hiking trails along the famous Appalachian Trail. Wildlife also abounds with species that are native to the Shenandoah mountain range. Another outdoor recreation destination in Front Royal is the Andy B. Guest Shenandoah River State Park. The park lies beside the south fork of the Shenandoah River and offers rolling, mountainous land for exploring and renovated cabins to stay in. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic vistas overlooking Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east.

Another natural wonder in our area is the Skyline Caverns. As one of the only places on earth that house anthodites, a rare geologic formation, the guided tour is as informational as it is impressive. You will witness Mother Nature continuing her work, even today, on the formation of this exquisite creation. The dripping of water you will find throughout the cave is a reminder of the constant growth. The cave is open year round and it is at a constant temperature of 54 degrees in the underground attraction.

For a quaint downtown experience Front Royal offers up shops and dining that you are sure to enjoy. Downtown also features a historic walking tour that highlights architecture and the history that helped to shape our town. Main and Chester streets are the oldest and as you take the tour you may find some specialty shops with antiques or pottery that spark your interest. The gazebo in the town square is charming no matter what time of year it is. For more Civil War history you can take a driving tour or visit the Confederate Rifle Museum downtown.

While we can’t promise snow, we can certainly guarantee a good time at Christkindlmarkt in historic Front Royal. This is a two day German festival that features music, food, Hilby the juggler, a parade and horse drawn buggy rides. The festival will also have performances by the silent monks of the Shenandoah and competitions such as a mustache and beard contest as well as traditional corn hole. The event finishes with a wonderful holiday parade that is fun to watch for the whole family, especially with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.

For Lodging in the Front Royal area we are excited to offer some new options as well as the traditional venues. The camping world is all a buzz with the growing trend of the Yurt- a circular material covered tent. These round structures allow guests to reduce their footprint on the earth while trying something unique in mountain and riverside lodging. The Bed and Breakfasts in the area each offer a different story and history. The innkeepers have taken every detail into account to ensure that your stay is special. Or spend a week in a cozy cabin loaded with all the comforts of home but tucked away in a country setting., 800-338-2576

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