Journeys Around the U.S.

Weekend in Shenandoah National Park

For Labor Day weekend, we wanted to do something nature-y, Covid-safe, and use Marie’s annual National Park pass. We landed in Shenandoah! Emma has a go-pro (I’m totally going to hop on the bandwagon soon) and videoed our trip. Here’s a 2-minute clip!

Emma’s Go Pro in Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive

Sunday morning we drove on Skyline Drive (bucket list item of mine). This is an access point for most of the trails besides the Old Rag Trail.

Trails in Shenandoah National Park

Old Rag Trail

We drove straight from Bmore to Old Rag where we did the 10-mile hike! The park ranger wasn’t kidding when she said to make sure we had lots of water, food/snacks, and to be ready to climb rocks. This trail has a 1-mile boulder playground for adults and took us about 6 hours for the entire hike.

Dark Hollow Falls Trail

We first hiked the Dark Hollow Falls trail. This is a must-see – it is a straight up/straight down there-and-back trail and is slippery (so be careful), but the falls are stunning. We parked at the Harry Byrd Visitor’s Center and walked here since it was so close.

Hawksbill Trail

The next hike we accomplished was the Hawksbill Trail. We enjoyed this looped-hike and portion of the Appalachian Trail. The directions are tricky so we recommend going counter-clockwise – you would rather go down this steep decline than up the steep incline. Pay attention to the markers for the Appalachian Trail, we got lost at one point haha! You should follow Ducky the Parrot on Insta, he left Emma with a kiss 😉

Bearfence Mountain Trail

During the trip, one of Emma’s friends messaged her that we HAD to do the Bearfence Mountain Trail. This would mean we would have to south along Skyline Drive for an hour before heading back north to Bmore. I cannot tell you how glad we were that we drove that extra hour or two; this was BY FAR the best hike I’ve ever done, and it was only a mile! There is a rock scramble (albeit shorter than Old Rag). Not only was it fun, but THE VIEWS… We had a 360-degree view at the top that took my breath away. Here’s my video and pictures of the trail. This is a must-do trail. Before we went hiking,

Bearfence Mountain Trail 360-degree view

Lodging

We stayed in Luray, Virginia. What a cute, quaint town! Our motel was The Cardinal Inn. It wasn’t the most luxurious of places, but it hit the mark for being clean and staying away from other humans during the pandemic.

Food & Drinks

Moonshadows Restaurant

We decided to choose one fancier restaurant for dinner, and we picked Moonshadows Restaurant. This place was REALLY nice and super cute. We missed that they had homemade mimosas, so we just got straight up Prosecco 😉 The food was top notch. We got the sweet potato soup of the day, creole red bean rosti, grilled jumbo shrimp, and adobo-brined chicken half.

Wisteria Winery

Wisteria Winery is about 15 minutes from Luray. Our favorite wines were the Adonis and the Sweet Daisy (the only sweet wines). It was such a cute winery. It even had a “secret garden” type of atmosphere in the back – the paths led to a creek! Would definitely recommend this place. They were good with their Covid restrictions.

Gathering Grounds Pâtisserie & Café

We got our last breakfast in Luray at Gathering Grounds Pâtisserie & Café. Such a cute place! Food was good and fresh.

Flotzie’s

We went to this soft serve ice cream shack in Luray called Flotzie’s. It was a cool place with great views of the mountains.

Rancho Viejo

We also ate at Rancho Viejo close to our motel which had pretty decent Mexican food.

I hope you get to do this vacation someday! Let me know if you need any advice!

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