Destination guide

Seasonal fun in Shenandoah Valley vacation home rentals

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun, outdoor adventure, intimate retreats, or scenic relaxation, the diversity of the Shenandoah Valley is second to none. With its scenic beauty, historic sites, natural caverns, and thriving cities with arts, culture, and excellent cuisine, there’s something for every inclination in the Shenandoah Valley. Vacation home rentals in the Shenandoah Valley give you easy access to all that this vibrant region has to offer.

History

Rich history in Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley has numerous historic sites and museums celebrating the heritage of the region, many right in the area of cabin rentals. The Virginia Quilt Museum displays historic handmade quilts from different eras in a historic home, and the Heritage Museum, which houses the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, showcases the local history of the community with artifacts inside a farmstead-style building. The James Madison University Mineral Museum is a unique destination with gemstone and crystal specimens from around the world, and the Valley Turnpike Museum exhibits the history of the Valley Turnpike and its local settlements.

Things to do

Must-see attractions near Shenandoah Valley vacation homes

From culture and history to outdoor adventure and leisure, the Shenandoah Valley has endless opportunities to make the most of your stay. Vacation rentals can be found near such landmarks as the Massanutten Resort, an adventure resort with skiing and snowboarding in winter, a waterpark with pools and slides for summer, golf, and a wide selection of restaurants. The White Oak Lavender Farm & Purple WOLF Vineyard offers beautiful scenery and fragrant blooms, along with world-class wines. The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a botanical garden with trails through a lush forest, is perfect for nature lovers, and the Explore More Discovery Museum has interactive science displays for children.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Shenandoah Valley

Do you want to find attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Shenandoah Valley a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Cross Keys Vineyards (12.9 mi / 20.7 km)
  • Wildlife Center of Virginia (12.9 mi / 20.7 km)
  • Bluestone Vineyard (12.9 mi / 20.8 km)
  • Rockingham Fairgrounds (14.2 mi / 22.8 km)
  • Veritas Vineyard and Winery (16.6 mi / 26.7 km)
  • Valley Road Vineyards (17 mi / 27.4 km)
Outdoor activities

Best excursions in Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley is a hub of outdoor recreation, with hundreds of acres of lush forest, miles of trails, and crystal-clear bodies of water. Vacation rentals give you opportunities to take advantage of this beautiful landscape with trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, or skiing, and canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or swimming in the river. You can also play a few rounds of golf, blaze the trails on an ATV, climb dramatic cliffs, or rappel off the side of the mountain for an adrenaline-fueled adventure in the wilderness.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Shenandoah Valley

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Shenandoah Valley. These are some of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Gypsy Hill Park (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Wilson Park (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Betsy Bell Park (4.6 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Montgomery Hall Park (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • Viette's Gardens (7 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Grand Caverns (11.8 mi / 19 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Shenandoah Valley

Fly into Weyers Cave, VA (SHD-Shenandoah Valley Regional), the closest airport, located 8.6 mi (13.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle), which is 32.4 mi (52.2 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Staunton Station, Charlottesville Station and Clifton Forge Station are the main stations in the area.

Restaurants and bars

Fresh and local cuisine in Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley’s farms, markets, and orchards take you on a trip through the culinary history of the region. Fresh produce, organic meats, homemade breads, local cider, harvest honey, and endless acres of orchards make their way into almost every dish in the local restaurants, giving you a taste of the region. No matter your taste, you’re sure to find a restaurant, eatery, bakery, deli, or café near your summer rental that serves exactly what you’re craving.

Family friendly

Fun for the whole family in Shenandoah Valley

Family fun and excitement is right outside the door of your summer rental in the Shenandoah Valley. The Luray Caverns are a natural wonder with an elaborate cave system deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering educational opportunities about nature and science. For animal lovers, the Virginia Safari Park, a 180-acre drive-through zoo gets you up close and personal with exotic wildlife from the safety of a vehicle, and Dinosaur Land has over 50 life-sized dinosaurs and artifacts to get a glimpse into the prehistoric past. The Shenandoah National Park, a vast wilderness area with an extensive network of trails through wetlands, waterfalls, and rocky peaks gets you out into nature and among the native wildlife in the area.

Where to stay around Shenandoah Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,754 vacation rentals near Shenandoah Valley. From 468 Cabins to 468 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Shenandoah Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Shenandoah Valley?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Shenandoah Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Deep Creek Lake: 1,131 vacation rentals
  • Pennsylvania: 6,161 vacation rentals
  • Smith Mountain Lake: 441 vacation rentals
  • West Virginia: 1,312 vacation rentals
  • Lake Anna: 220 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Shenandoah Valley! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Shenandoah Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Shenandoah Valley:

  • Charlottesville: 298 rentals
  • Luray: 343 rentals
  • Massanutten: 265 rentals
  • Richmond: 160 rentals
  • Harpers Ferry: 133 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Shenandoah Valley?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Shenandoah Valley are:

  • Front Royal, VA (FRR-Front Royal - Warren County): 189 vacation rentals
  • Culpeper, VA (QCL-Culpeper Regional): 66 vacation rentals
  • Winchester, VA (WGO-Winchester Regional): 67 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Shenandoah Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Shenandoah Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Massanutten Water Park: 193 rentals
  • Blackwater Falls State Park: 294 rentals
  • Deep Creek Lake State Park: 1,087 rentals
  • Luray Caverns: 551 rentals
  • Smoke Hole Caverns: 309 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Shenandoah Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Shenandoah Valley

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