Communities are the Soul of the Shenandoah Valley
There is a reason Virginia is “for lovers.”
Lovers of the arts, viticulture, hops, outdoor recreations, history and modern amenities
Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Alleghany Mountains to the west Rockbridge County is the home of the Virginia Horse Center, the epicenter of the $1.2 billion Virginia Equine Industry, home to Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute and was named for the 215 foot tall Natural Bridge once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
Lexington, Va the county seat of Rockbridge and home to Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute and the Virginia Horse Center is a community where America’s history and Mother Nature’s beauty give way to a bustling small town. Art galleries, coffee shops, farm-to-table restaurants, national breweries, college athletics and academics provide the foundation for this quaint community. The historic Lime Kiln Theater, located in an abandoned turn of the century lime quarry hosts nationally recognized musical acts such as The Turnpike Troubadours, Steep Canyon Ramblers and Robin & Linda Williams, is a great way to spend a summer night. Hull’s Drive-In, one of only seven remaining operating drive-in theaters in the United States, and the first non-profit community owned drive in theater, is a place where friends and families come together to enjoy the magic of the movies.
Raphine, VA located on the northern end of Rockbridge County, a mere 24 minutes from Staunton VA, and 21 minutes from Lexington, VA is a quiet hamlet where viticultural activities are predominant and rolling farm land affords vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east. Rockbridge Vineyards, regarded as one of the finest small vineyards in Virginia, produces wines that have been twice awarded the coveted Virginia Governor’s Cup. Embracing the regions rich agricultural heritage, Virginia Tech has a test farm outpost at the historic Cyrus McCormick farm and Wade’s Mill, listed on National Register of Historic Places, still produces a variety of stone-ground flours available for purchase.
Augusta County is the heart and soul of the Shenandoah Valley, a place where community, culture and commerce blend seamlessly. Where farm fields meet majestic mountains. You can dine with chefs nationally recognized for achievements, access National Parks for miles of hiking trails, enjoy wines from the Nation’s oldest wine region, and gaze at the Milky Way. In Augusta County you truly can have it all.
As the second largest county, by land mass, in Virginia, Augusta County is divide up into seven managerial districts. National and International corporations such as Target, Best Buy, Hershey, McKee Food, just to name a few, have offices in Augusta County.
Staunton, VA named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of “The Top 20 Small Towns in America” and honored by Huffington Post for having one of “The Six Cutest Main Streets in America” is home to Mary Baldwin University, the American Shakespeare Company, award winning farm-to-table restaurants ( The Shack run by James Beard award semi-finalist Ian Boden, Zynodoa with awards and accolades from USA Today, Money Magazine, Richmond Times Dispatch, Southern Living Magazine, Fodors, Virginia Living), wineries, breweries and the best shopping district in the Shenandoah Valley according to Virginia Living Magazine. Honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as “One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the United States” downtown Staunton’s architecture is best explored by foot.
There is a reason this charming town is a regular feature in publications such as Southern Living Magazine.
Waynesboro, VA is located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As a designated Appalachian Trail community, Waynesboro is only minutes from some of the best hiking on the East Coast. The Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Appalachian Trail are national treasures, providing world class recreational opportunities right in your backyard. Spend the day in the mountains and return home in the evening to enjoy local cuisine at one of the many restaurants or breweries, or maybe catch the Waynesboro Generals, a collegiate summer baseball team, at Kate Collins Field for a home game. The recently opened Blue Oregano by chef Caitie Maharg, winner of the Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, is fast becoming a local favorite. The recently restored historic Wayne Theater is the arts and entertainment center of Waynesboro where you can catch a movie, a nationally recognized music act, musical or enjoy summer arts camp.
Fishersville, VA is located halfway between Waynesboro and Staunton in Augusta County, VA and is home to Augusta Health Center. Augusta Health Center is the recipient of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 50 Best Hospitals award for the third year in a row. The community of Fishersville blends the advancement of commerce while maintaining charm through amenities such as Perk Place Coffee, Barren Ridge Vineyards, 250 Takeout, CrossFit 3XF, and the Gateway Café just to name a few. Minutes from I-64 you can be in Charlottesville in 30 minutes and Staunton or I-81 in less than 10 minutes.
Rockingham County has been recognized as one of the healthiest communities to live in in Virginia. With mountains to the east and west, access to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River for fly fishing and water sports, skiing at Massanutten Resort, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, it is easy to understand why Rockingham County is an outdoor recreation lovers dream.
Known by the locals as “Rocktown,” Harrisonburg, VA is the epicenter of Rockingham County. Home to James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and Rosetta Stone (just to name drop a few) the culture of Harrisonburg is a fusion of academics, medicine, the arts and outdoor recreational activities. National Geographic named Harrisonburg one of America’s Ten Best Mountain Biking Towns. Harrisonburg has the honor of being named the first designated Arts & Cultural District and the first Culinary District in Virginia.