Visit Montpelier – Another Presidential Home in VA

Montpelier, the majestic home and grounds of President James Madison and First Lady Dolly Madison, rests in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This home is where Madison was raised and also where he returned to after his presidency. A tour of Montpelier encompasses more than just a tour of the home itself. There […]

Blackfriars Playhouse, a Personal Review

I recently attended a production at the Blackfriars Playhouse as a chaperone for my son’s 9th grade English class.  We saw the performance of “Romeo and Juliett,” and I must say I was completely amazed at the quality of this theater and show in the little town of Staunton!       The theater itself […]

Humpback Rocks – A True Blue Ridge Experience

Located near the upper end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, just south of Route I-64, the Humpback Rocks Recreation Area offers an excellent day’s adventure for casual visitors or for hikers of all proficiency levels. The attraction for which the area is named is the massive and spectacular greenstone outcrop, or hump, located on the […]

Food AND Entertainment at the Mockingbird in Staunton

The décor screams chi chi and trendy, terms usually synonymous with expensive and exclusive. However, you’ll find that The Mockingbird Artisan Fare & Roots Music is not only affordable but also unpretentious. Mockingbird’s proprietor Wade Luhn artfully infuses chic with down-to-earth. Its eclectic menu is a contradiction in terms. Looking at it, one might easily […]

Grand Caverns – Virginia’s Beautiful Underground

Discovered by a local teenager at the beginning of the 1800s, Grand Caverns, originally named Weyer’s Cave for its discoverer, is the oldest show cave in America. This limestone cave, located near the town of Grottoes, Virginia is a popular tourist destination that offers powerful testimony to God’s handiwork. While western Virginia boasts a number […]

Jeep’n it on the Stony Run Trail

Owning a jeep or other four-wheel drive vehicle designed for off-road travel, and not taking it out for a run on a 4WD trail is a lot like owning a small airplane and limiting your travel to taxiing back and forth on the runway. It’s simply a waste of potential. Having the power and ability […]

Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton – Living History at its Finest

The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia (FCMV), located in the city of Staunton, celebrates the rich and diverse cultures of the early settlers from England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa to the New World. Whether searching for a better life for their families, or forced into slavery, exhibits highlight stories of these immigrant farmers, craftsmen […]

Rainy Day Fun at the Virginia Discovery Museum

Looking for something to do with the kids on a rainy day? The Virginia Discovery Museum is the perfect adventure for kids and adults to learn and have fun all at once. There are both permanent exhibits and new exhibits that are at the museum for a limited time. Two of the exhibits slated for […]