Even as the leaves continue to fall and the first snow flurries sprinkle the sky, that’s no reason to head for hibernation here in the Shenandoah Valley. There’s a reason that so many urbanites flock to our area in the fall: it’s the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of our region. So pull out your hat and gloves and get ready. There are so many adventures — indoors and outdoors — for your family to enjoy during the colder months of the year.

Explore Harper’s Ferry

An ideal November day trip, Harper’s Ferry provides a little bit of everything for your family. It offers history, natural exploration and the perfect family photo op for your holiday cards. Plus, by going late in the fall season, you’ll escape the crowds of leaf-peepers.

Visit John Brown’s Fort, hike to Jefferson Rock, or explore the historical town’s antiques, great eats and fun boutiques.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

We’re bound to experience a cold and rainy afternoon this fall, and when we do, it’s a great opportunity to load the kids in the car and head to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in downtown Winchester. It offers hands-on fun for families, and especially kids, to learn, problem-solve and play.

Black Friday Shopping

After you fill up on a Thanksgiving feast, Snowden Bridge offers convenient access to various shopping destinations to save big on Black Friday. Head to Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester for a wide selection of world-renowned retailers including department stores and boutiques.

You’ll also find a variety of super-store savings in Winchester from Walmart to DICK’s Sporting Goods.

Christmas Celebrations in Winchester

The holiday spirit is alive and well in Old Town Winchester. You won’t want to miss out on the Holly Jolly Celebration on December 14th. This day-long celebration features caroling, opportunities to meet Santa, free horse-drawn carriage rides, a Christmas market, classic holiday movies and much more.

Weekend Ski and Snowboard Adventures

Once winter is in full swing, it’s time for a true adventure. Whether you’re experienced on the slopes or venturing out for the first time, Snowden Bridge is convenient to several of our region’s best ski hills. For exceptional family fun, hotel and cabin rentals and plenty of amenities, head south to Massanutten Resort. On the other hand, if you want to maximize your elevation and variety of terrain, travel north to Whitetail Resort located just past Hagerstown, MD. Both of these resorts as less than two hours from your front door!

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