3 Local Activities That You and Your House Guests Will Love

Hosting friends and family from out of town is exciting, but being both host and tour guide can be a challenge. Luckily, the Shenandoah Valley provides an abundance of options for foodies, nature lovers, adventure seekers, and admirers of small town charm. Let’s take a look at X new activities that both you and you’ll guests will love! 

For the Young and Young at Heart

Kids playing with toys

Blue Ridge Children’s Museum in Waynesboro is on a mission to spark the imagination of the young and young at heart. This fun-filled activity center offers unique programs and events that guests of all ages will enjoy. Upcoming events include:

Kids Yoga: October 2, 9, & 16
Kids Yoga provides a fun and creative space for children  to explore yoga and child friendly meditation and relaxation techniques. Explore postures through storytelling, music, and games while improving coordination, posture, and body awareness. No yoga experience is necessary.

Toddler Explore & Play: October 1, 8, 15, & 22
Young children and their grown ups will have the opportunity to experience multi sensory exploration and creation using a variety of materials and modalities during this open studio play time. A variety of centers with different activities will be available to participants to try out at their own pace. 

Caravanserai: Interactive Chamber Music Experience: November 2
Musicians from Caravanserai (Yi-Ping on oboe, Jessica on violin and viola, and Eleanor on cello) invites you to an interactive classical music concert where you get to learn about music by listening and by participating in musical activities. You might end up learning a lot about music or just enjoy grooving to music in this informal concert setting.

Take a Bite Out of Staunton

Baked goods display case

Visiting the Shenandoah Valley means being in the heart of a culinary wonderland. Take your guests on a food tour they won’t soon forget hosted by Biteseeing Staunton.  Part taste testing, part education, and part architectural extravaganza, the tour is an engaging way for guests to explore and learn about the Queen City. 

Currently, Biteseeing Staunton is hosting The Queen City Sweep tour that includes stops at:

Chicano Boy Taco
Inspired by Chef Justin Hershey’s heritage. Serving handmade tacos, Mission-style burritos and more.

Gloria’s Pupuseria
Gloria & John Gerber have been serving authentic and traditional Salvadorian-style food in Staunton and the surrounding area since 2013.

Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room
After selling grapes to area wineries for over a decade, the Kiers family built their own winery in 2010 and now bottle 100% estate wines from fruit grown on their farm.

Paris Cake Company
Erinn & Ken Paris have been offering a wide variety of desserts including custom cakes & wedding cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, & much more since 2015.

Réunion Bakery & Espresso
Pastry Chef Bryan Hollar was deeply inspired by the delicious and beautiful food that French bakeries offered. In 2018, he brought his inspiration to life for all of us to enjoy.

Staunton Olive Oil Company
Since 2015, owners Michelle & Gary Gallaugher have provided ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, infused & fused olive oils & balsamic vinegars in this tasting shop.

Wright’s Dairy Rite
Family owned and operated since 1952 this old-school, retro drive-in is turning out sandwiches & shakes curbside or dine-in.

Yelping Dog Wine
Since 2013 this fun, relaxing meeting place has been a great way to learn about wine & have a great sandwich or gourmet cheese plate while you’re at it!

Get Down with High Tech

Man playing a virtual realty game

Massanutten Resort is a hub of year-round activities and a great place to entertain guests with diverse interests. Recently, Massanutten added three completely immersive escape rooms and a Real Escapes virtual reality experience. Work as a team to find the lost jewel of Zanzibar, go  on a rescue mission on Voodoo Island, take on a mob boss in The Lucky Duck Escape Room, and be transported to another world full of adventure! 

Hosting out of town guests just got a little easier with three new local experiences that will help you create lasting memories. For more information about local events, visit https://www.stauntondowntown.org/, https://www.waynesboro.va.us/249/Events, and https://www.massresort.com/play/.