We have many fine locally owned restaurants. Below is a list of the restaurants in our area that we would recommend. Reservations might be needed.

Melting Pot Pizza
West 14th Street
Front Royal, Va
(540) 636-6146
Really Great Pizza.

Soul Mountain Cafe
117 East Main Street
Front Royal, Va 22630
(540) 636-0070
Caribbean Food.

Lucky Star Lounge
205 E. Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 635-5297

Wine and Duck Restaurant
117 E. Main Street
Front Royal, Va 22630
(540) 636-1000

Violino Ristorante Italiano
Winchester, VA
(540) 667-8006
Authentic Ligurian Italian cuisine, intimate setting, warm family greeting from Moma Marcella out front to Papa/Chef/Tenor Franco and Son/Chef Ricardo in the kitchen. Open daily.

One Block West
Winchester, VA
(540) 662-1455
Upscale casual fine dining featuring local and organic products of Shenandoah Valley. Over 80 wines by the glass; about 40 Virginia wines. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

La Nicoise Cafe
Winchester, VA
(540) 722-4557
Traditional Mediterranean/French cuisine in a cozy cafe atmosphere. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

Roma Restaurant
Stephens City, VA
(540) 869-5200
Where the locals go for hearty Italian-American and Greek food. Casual. Belly dancer on Greek night (Wednesdays). Open daily except some holidays.
    Irish Isle Restaurant and Pub
Middletown, VA
(540) 868-9877
Traditional Irish fare. Live music Tuesday through Saturday starting about 7:30. Closed Mondays.

Sona Indian Restaurant
2900 Valley Avenue
Winchester, VA
(540) 662-9299
Northern Indian cuisine. Helpful staff and owners will help you with the menu if you are not familiar with Indian food.

L'Auberge Provencale
White Post, VA
(800) 638-1702
South of France cuisine in an historic Virginia house. Prix-fixe menu. The place to go for a special celebratory meal. Gentlemen should plan on packing a jacket. Open Wednesday through Monday.

Hotel Strasburg
Strasburg, VA
(800) 348-8327
Traditional dining in a restored Victorian hotel. Open daily.

Apartment 2g Restaurant
Front Royal, VA
(540) 636-7306
"Thursday is Tapas night." On Friday and Saturday there is a 5-course prix fixe menu. Closed Sunday through Wednesday.

Elements and J's Gourmet
Front Royal, VA
(540) 636-9293
Casual dining. Soup and sandwich carryout or dine in at lunch. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Vino e Formaggio
124 E Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630

Outdoor Activities

We have many fine locally owned restaurants. Below is a list of the restaurants in our area that we would recommend. Reservations might be needed.


Shenandoah National Park
*North Entrance
Front Royal, VA
(540) 999-3500
This 105 mile long park lies astride the Blue Ridge Mountains with long vistas into the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Virginia's Piedmont to the east. The Appalachian Trail roughly parallels the scenic Skyline Drive along the ridge top and there are other ridge top trails with side trails to overlooks and waterfalls. Open year round, weather permitting. If in doubt, call number above for current road conditions in park.

Appalachian Trail
(703) 242-0693
The Appalachian Trail is accessible in a few spots in our area outside the National Park.

George Washington National Forest
Fort Valley Entrance: Waterlick, VA
(540) 984-4101
Signal Knob is the distinctive peak most clearly visible from Lackawanna. The highlight of this challenging 9 to 12 mile hike is the view from a famous Civil War signal station site. The National Forest has many other well-marked trails through thousands of acres of "mixed use" land (one of the "mixed uses" is hunting - we don't recommend hiking in late fall and winter in areas where hunting may be taking place).

Sky Meadows State Park
Paris, VA
(540) 592-3556
The heart of this 1800-acre park was a gift to the Commonwealth of Virginia from Paul Mellon. Several short hikes leave from a restored 1840's farmhouse and wind through a blend of pasture and woodlands.


Front Royal Canoe Company
Front Royal, VA
(800) 270-8808
Canoe, kayak, raft and tube rentals on the Shenandoah River on novice to intermediate class waters. April through October.

Shenandoah River Outfitters
Luray, VA
(800) 622-6632
Similar to Front Royal Canoe Company, but located further away from Lackawanna. Good if you want to start and end your trip from the Luray area.



Plan on bringing your own bikes (no rentals in area).


Shenandoah Valley Golf Club

Front Royal, VA
(540) 636-4653
Area's finest. 27-Hole course rated 4 stars and a "Great Value" by Golf Digest Magazine. Mountain views from every hole.

Rock Harbor Golf Course
Winchester, VA
(540) 722-7111
Distinctive rock boulders, water and orchards give this 18-hole course its character.

Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club
Front Royal, VA
(540) 631-9661
Area's newest. 18 Holes. Washington Post says it has "a challenging layout and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains."

Jackson's Chase
Front Royal, VA
(540) 635-7814
18 Holes. Gets its name from being the site of Civil War icon Stonewall Jackson's "chase" of General Banks in 1862.

Appleland Sports Center
Stephens City, VA
(540) 868-0961
Close and fun. Triple decker driving range, 9 hole golf course, 18 hole miniature golf course, practice sand trap and putting green.


Murray's Fly Shop

Edinburg, VA
(540) 984-4212
Founded by a nationally recognized authority on trout and small mouth bass fishing, this outfitter offers gear, classes (classroom or on water), guides, rod and reel rentals, raft rental and shuttle service, and all the fish-talk you can handle.


Royal Oak Bookshop
Front Royal, VA
(540) 635-7070
Two buildings, side by side, with thousands of used, out of print, rare, sale and new books. If you are headed into the Shenandoah National Park in the off-season when the Visitor's Center is not open, this is a great place to pick up hiking maps and guidebooks (right on the way). "Open 7 days a week."

Historic Homes, Museums & Battlefields

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and Glen Burnie Historic House and Gardens
Winchester, VA
(888) 556-5799
The museum is Winchester's newest and finest attraction -- the perfect introduction to the Valley, its history and people. Docent led tours of the Glen Burnie Historic House display it as it was furnished by the last descendent of Winchester's founder. The mature English style gardens and an Asian water garden are worth a visit in their own rights. The museum is open year round; the house and gardens are open March through November. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Belle Grove Plantation
Middletown, VA
(540) 869-2028
A National Trust Historic Site built in 1797 using design principles from Thomas Jefferson. Site of the battle of Cedar Creek in 1863. Guided tours daily, April through October. Check their website for special events throughout the year, including a Beer Tasting Festival in May and weekend Christmas Candlelight Tours in December.

Historic Long Branch
Millwood, VA
(888) 558-5567
This classic 1800's home was rescued from serious decline in 1986 by an elderly Baltimore textile executive who spent a sizable fortune to revitalize the house and furnish it with gorgeous antiques. Open on weekends for guided tours, April through October. Check their website for special event throughout the year, including a Hot Air Balloon festival in October and Christmas tours in December.

Performing Arts

Shenandoah University
Winchester, VA
Summer Music Theatre
Concerts & Performances
The Summer Music Theatre features fully staged popular musicals ranging from "Evita" to "Bye Bye Birdie". Student, faculty and guest concerts and performances are featured year round; most are free and open to the public.