Nestled at the very top of Virginia and acting as the gateway to the incomparable Shenandoah Valley, the Winchester area has come into its own recently as a top destination with a newly renovated and vibrant pedestrian downtown walking mall and countless local dining and shopping opportunities. Although just an hour away from the Washington DC area, Winchester has maintained its own unique community feel and charm.
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Your experience here will be framed by our rich national history dating from Patsy Cline
back through the Civil War
to the early days of George Washington
. Gorgeous country drives lead to discoveries of wineries, idyllic inns and B&B’s, and great hiking, biking and even ATV trails. Several horseback trail ride companies offer a slower, more intimate way to experience the countryside.
Acting as the hub of your visit to the Shenandoah Valley region, you’ll find Winchester offers short excursions to a region that boasts Shenandoah National Park, numerous limestone caverns, numerous Civil War battlefields and historic sites, and even skiing in the winter months.
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You’ll truly feel the heartbeat of our community in Old Town Winchester
, where you can stroll through unique shops and dine in outdoor cafes. This historic district features breathtaking architecture, cultural activities, and exciting events year-round.
The world-renowned Conservatory at nearby Shenandoah University provides the fuel for countless music experiences of every genre, from small coffee-shop performances downtown to jazz cafés to full orchestral performances on campus.
Learn about our apple heritage by picking fresh fruit at our farm markets & orchards in the fall. Celebrate the bloom in the spring at the world famous, week-long Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, now in its 89th year.
Known as the town that changed hands over 70 times during the Civil War, the Winchester area is home to battlefields, museums, and the annual Battle of Cedar Creek Reenactment. Free programs are offered regularly by National Park Service Rangers at Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park.
For the country music fan, a visit to Winchester isn’t complete without a stop at the restored historic home of country music legend, Patsy Cline, a Winchester native. The first female solo inductee to the Country Music Hall of fame, Patsy Cline started her career in the area, playing in local honky-tonk bars before her breakthrough performance on Arthur Godfrey’s talent show. Visitors from around the world come to walk in her footsteps and pay respects to the singer at her grave in Shenandoah Memorial Park.
Don’t wait too long to book your trip – the world is discovering Winchester and the good deals go quickly here. Find out more by visiting the official visitor services organization at www.visitwinchesterva.com
, and when you arrive make sure to stop by the Visitor Center for a gift shop stocked with locally made items, a Civil War orientation center, and more info on the area than you’ve got time to see in just one visit.