Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

Cedar Creek Battlefield in Virginia
The Shenandoah Valley was witness to a significant amount of action during the Civil War. Several of my ancestors fought in the area, so we took a little time to visit one of the battlefields and learn some family history. One of my ancestors fought at Cedar Creek in the 184th New York. So, we headed to Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park for a little exploration.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Kane County Fair, Wildlife and More}

Ferris Wheel

Need some family fun ideas for the weekend? Here are my picks:


Monday, July 17, 2017

Breathtaking Natural Creations in Shenandoah Caverns

Shenandoah Caverns

Shenandoah not only has natural wonders above ground but also has plenty of breathtaking natural creations underground as well! One afternoon, we explored Shenandoah Caverns which not only delighted us with magnificent formations but also allowed us to cool off on a hot summer day!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Incredible Hiking Trails and Views in Shenandoah National Park

View of Shenandhoah Valley

Shenandoah National Park includes some of the most incredible views in the U.S.A. I first visited as a child and have been mesmerized every since. The park is full of incredible landscapes, views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, valleys below and a plethora of wildlife. On my first visit as a child, we encountered deer that virtually walked up to us. We had a similar captivating experience on our visit this year!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Our Stay in Winchester, Virginia

Visit to Winchester, Virginia

For our recent road trip to the Shenandoah Valley, we stayed in Winchester, Virginia. The town is incredibly charming and historic. We stayed at The George Washington Hotel which is in the historic downtown and within walking distance of many eateries and attractions. The hotel was built in 1924 and maintains several interesting historic features. The hotel is gorgeous and afforded us the comfortable stay we needed each night after days of exploring!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Road Trip to the Shenandoah Valley and Hocking Hills

Blue Ridge Mountains of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
Our first road trip this summer was to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and the Hocking Hills in Ohio. We spent four days in the Shenandoah Valley and two in the Hocking Hills. The weather was amazing, so we spent plenty of time in nature enjoying the landscapes. Over the next week, I will be sharing our discoveries with you. Our base for the Shenandoah Valley was lovely Winchester, Virginia. The historic town is charming and we benefited from a hotel near the downtown area full of eateries and not far from museums.