Visit Shenandoah County! Bryce Mountain Escapes loves the opportunity to introduce its visitors to Bryce Resort and the surrounding areas. While our website has tons of links to activities, restaurants and things to do, we know it can be nice to have a print guide in hand.
We’ve created a downloadable guide to your stay with Bryce Mountain Escapes that we hope will help you plan your visit to Shenandoah County. Inside you will find information about Bryce Mountain Escapes, our amenities, information for pet owners and more. Our guide includes information on things to do, places to see and eat as well as guides to our neighboring towns. A visit to Bryce is not complete without exploring our the charming towns around us including Basye, Woodstock, Mount Jackson & Edinburg.
We hope you enjoy our guide!
With all of the activities at Bryce, it can be nice to find a peaceful spot for a quiet coffee or snack. Bryce Mountain Escapes is thrilled to introduce our neighbors, Eric and Jennifer, to our guests. They have recently opened Wetlands Trading Company, located on Route 263 as you enter the the Bryce Resort area. Wetlands Trading offers a Gourmet Market, Garden Center and Gift Shoppe with great food and gifts. Its also a relaxing place for visitors to have a fresh cup of coffee and some fresh baked goods while enjoying our ponds. Little ones will enjoy the waterfalls, fish and frogs.
Visitors can enjoy fresh made scones, biscotti, breads, and other light snacks in their beautiful seating areas. Wetlands features their own fresh baked goods as well as breads from local favorite, Woodstock’s Flour & Water. We are thrilled to introduce Wetlands to our guests, especially those who may be in search of quieter activities on the mountain! Its a great breakfast alternative too!
We encourage you to visit!
Bryce Resort is the perfect launching pad for so many things to do. Visitors can hike, explore historical sites and enjoy the local wineries, breweries and farms. Below you will find and updated list of things to do when visiting Bryce. Enjoy! (Thanks to the Basye-Orkney Springs Community Library for compiling this list.) (updated April 2023)
Where/Directions from Basye
Website for more info
|Hiking/Walking (for more info, go to www.fs.usda.gov/gwj & www.hikingupward.com)|
|Lake Laura, Basye (easy)||—||Rt 263 to Arnold Rd; walk across dam to start counter- clockwise (best views) circuit walk, about 1.25 hours||www.bryceresort.com|
|Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs||2||South past Basye on Rt 263 to end; visit the main building for hiking map or download PDF map from website||www.shrinemont.com; www.hikingupward.com/OVH/|
|Tomahawk Pond||5||S on Rt 263 to Orkney Springs, left on Orkney Springs Rd,
3.2 miles on left
|Wolf Gap Recreation Area/Big Schloss||15||From Rt 263 in Basye, at carwash, right on Rt 717 to left on Rt 703, Liberty Furnace Rd,1.5 miles to left on Cold Spring
Rd, to left on Rt 695, Wolf Gap Rd
|North Mountain Trail||15||Same as to Wolf Gap above, but from Cold Spring Rd turn left on Judge Rye Rd, Rt 691, trail on left @ 5 miles||www.hardycounty.com/files/documents/Gre|
|Massanutten Storybook Trail (easy)||26||Rt 263 to Mt. Jackson, right on US 11 to New Market, left on Rt 211 to top of mountain, left on Crisman Hollow Rd), 1 mile||www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recreation/hi|
|Lion’s Tale Trail (handicap accessible)||34||Rt 263 to Mt. Jackson, right on US 11 to New Market, left on Rt 211 to top of mountain, left on Crisman Hollow Road), 8 mi||www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recreation/hi|
|Various trails/sites on Massanutten Mountain||First CCC Camp, Camp Roosevelt and Elizabeth Furnace, more||https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recare|
|Exploring Area History|
|Virginia House (1850s hotel), Shrine Mont||2||Rt. 263 south of Basye to the village of Orkney Springs and Shrine Mont, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. 540-856-2141||www.shrinemont.com|
|Mt. Jackson (covered bridge, Union Church, Mt. Jackson Museum||13||Rt 263 to its end at US 11, left into town; to see Meems Bottom covered bridge, Rt 263 to right on US 11, right on mile on Wissler Rd. Mt. Jackson Museum, 5901 Main St.||www.mountjackson.com|
|Shen Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at
|20||Rt 263 to left on US 11, past Mt. Jackson @ 7miles
214 S. Main, 540-984-8400, Mon-Sat. 9:30-5:30, Sun. noon-
|New Market (battlefield, Civil War )||18||Rt 263, right on US 11, 6 miles to right on US 211 W, right on Rt 305, to Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 9-5 daily||www.vmi.edu/vmcw/ www.newmarketvirginia.com|
|Woodstock (old courthouse; museum; Woodstock Tower; Seven Bends State Park )||20||Rt 263 to left on Rt 42, left on US 11. To Woodstock Tower, continue N on Rt 11, right on Rt 665, Mill Rd.,go 1.5 miles,left on Cemetery Rd, to Woodstock Tower Rd, then 2 miles. For Seven Bends State Park, see website at right. Check museum website for open times.||www.woodstockmuseumva.org www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/seven-|
|Strasburg (visitor center, museums, Civil War battlefields)||32||Rt 263 to left on US 11, thru Mt. Jackson to I-81, to exit 296; town museum–440 E King St.,to schedule visit call 540-465- 3175 or write to email@example.com||strasburgmuseum.org www.strasburgva.com|
|Cedar Creek Battlefield/Belle Grove Natl. Historic Park||40||Rt 263 to left on US 11, thru Mt. Jackson to I-81 north, to Middletown exit, 302, left on US 11. Visitor center
Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am – 4:30 pm, April 30 – Nov. 4, 2023. Belle Grove tours, hours vary, 540-869-3051
|Winchester (Civil War sites, Museum of Shen Valley)||54||Rt 263 to left on US 11, thru Mt. Jackson to I-81, north to Winchester exit, 313, follow signs. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St (US 50), 888-556-5799 (hours vary, call or check website)||www.themsv.org www.visitwinchesterva.com|
|Staunton (Civil War, folk life museum, much more)||60||Rt 263 to right on US 11 to I-81, then exit 222 toward Staunton, follow signs to historic district. Frontier Culture Museum, 540-332-7850,year-round,7 days,seasonal hours||visitstaunton.com www.frontiermuseum.org|
|Wineries (call or visit website for directions, hours; see also shenandoahvalleywinetrail.com)|
|Cave Ridge||9||1476 Conciville Rd, Mt. Jackson, 540-477-2585||caveridge.com|
|Wolf Gap||11||123 Stout Rd, Edinburg, 540-984-3306||www.wolfgapvineyard.com|
|Kindred Pointe||12||3575 Conicville Rd Mt. Jackson, 540-477-3570||www.kindredpointe.com|
|Third Hill/De Mello||14||2110 Quicksburg Rd, Quicksburg, 540-740-8464||www.demellovineyardsthirdhillwinery.com|
|Shenandoah||18||3659 S. Ox Rd, Edinburg, 540-984-8699||www.shenandoahvineyardsva.com|
|Muse Vineyards||20||16 Serendipity Ln, Woodstock, 540-459-7033||www.musevineyards.com|
|North Mountain||23||4374 Swartz Rd, Maurertown, 540-436-9463||www.northmountainvineyard.com|
|Star in the Valley||28||33 Amos Ln, Strasburg,540-514-1687||www.starinthevalley.com|
|Wisteria||34||1126 Marksville Rd, Stanley, 540-742-5215||wisteriavineyard.com|
|Bluestone||38||4828 Spring Creek Rd, Bridgewater, 540-828-0099||www.bluestonevineyard.com|
|Valerie Hill||41||1687 Marlboro Road, Stephens City, 540-869-9567||www.valeriehillwinery.com|
|Purple Wolf||43||2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-421-6345||www.whiteoaklavender.com|
|Brix and Columns||47||1501 Dave Berry Rd, McGaheysville, 540-810-0566||www.brixandcolumns.com|
|Cross Keys||46||6011 E. Timber Ridge Rd, Mount Crawford, 540-234-0505||www.crosskeysvineyards.com|
|Marceline Vineyards||46||5887 Cross Keys Rd, Mount Crawford,540-212-9798||www.marcelinevineyards.com|
|James Charles||48||4063 Middle Rd, Winchester, 540-931-4386||jamescharleswine.com|
|Barren Ridge||63||984 Barrenridge Rd, Fishersville, 540-248-3300||www.barrenridgevineyards.com|
|Briede Family||63||450 Green Spring Rd, Winchester, 540-664-2048||www.briedevineyards.com|
|Ox-Eye||64||44 Middlebrook Ave, Staunton, 540-849-7926 (tasting room)||www.oxeyevineyards.com|
|Breweries/Cideries/Distilleries (see www.shenandoahspiritstrail.com for more information)|
|Swover Creek||9||4176 Swover Creek Rd, Edinburg, 540-984-8973||www.swovercreekfarms.com|
|Old Hill Cider||14||17668 Honeyville Rd, Timberville, 540-896-7582||showaltersorchard.com/oldhillhardcider|
|WoodstockBrewhouse||20||123 E, Court St, Woodstock, 540-459-BREW (2739)||www.woodstockbrewhouse.com|
|Filibuster Distillery||24||50 Maurertown Mill Rd, Mauertown, 202-289-1414||www.filibusterbourbon.com|
|River Hill Distillery||31||356 Ruffner’s Ferry Rd, Luray, 540-843-0890||riverhilldistillery.com|
|Box Office Brewery||32||177 E. King St., Strasburg, 540-465-2609||www.boxofficebrewery.com|
|Pale Fire Brewing||33||217 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, 540-217-5452||www.palefirebrewing.com|
|Sage Bird Cider Works||33||325 N Liberty St.,Harrisonburg, 540-607-8084||www.sagebirdciderworks.com|
|Brothers Craft Brewing||35||800 N Main St., Harrisonburg, 540- 421-6599||www.brotherscraftbrewing.com|
|Restless Moons||33||120 W Wolfe Street, Harrisonburg,540- 217 – 2726||www.restlessmoons.com|
|Three Notch’d Brewing||33||CollabHouse, 241 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, 540-801-2800||threenotchdbrewing.com|
|Backroom Brewery||40||150 Ridgemont Rd., Middletown, 540-869-8482||www.backroombreweryva.com|
|Elkton Brewing Co.||41||100 N. Fifth Street, Elkton||www.elktonbrewing.com|
|BrewHaHa Brewing||45||11704 Spotswood Trail Elkton, 540-289-1760||brewhahabrewery.com|
|Honey&Hops Brewwks||49||212 E Main St, Front Royal, 540-692-6032||www.honeyandhopsbrewworks.com|
|Winchester Brew Wks||52||320 N. Cameron St., Winchester, 540-692-9242||winchesterbrewworks.com|
|Alesatian Brewing Co.||52||21 & 23 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, 540-667-2743||alesatianbrewing.com|
|Escutcheon Brewing||57||142 W. Commercial St.,Winchester||www.escutcheonbrewing.com|
|Red Beard Brewing||60||120 S. Lewis St., Wharf District, Staunton, 540-430-3532||redbeardbrews.com|
|Misty Mountain Mead||62||661 Warm Springs Rd, Winchester, 540-336-2273||mistymountainmead.com|
|Queen City Brewing||63||834 Spring Hill Rd., Staunton, 540-213-8014||qcbrewing.wixsite.com/qcbrewing|
|Winchester Cider Wks||64||2504 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester, 540-686-7632||winchesterciderworks.com|
|Farm & Food Shops (see also www.fieldsofgold.org)|
|Deauville Farm (pick your own)||3||7648 Crooked Run Rd, Basye, Rt 263 S to right on Rt 717, right on Crooked Run, 540-856-2130 (Fri-Mon.)||www.localharvest.org/deauville-farm-|
|Swover Creek Farms||9||4176 Swover Creek Farm Rd, Edinburg. Rt 42 N toward Woodstock, rt on Swover Creek Rd, 540-984-8973||www.swovercreekfarms.com|
|Paugh’s Orchard||8||5591 Senedo Rd, Quicksburg, Rt 263 toward Mt. Jackson, right on US 42 S, 5 miles, 540-740-8028 (closed Saturdays)||www.virginia.org/Listings/Shopping/Paughs|
|Showalter’s Orchard||14||17768 Honeyville Rd, Timberville, 540-896-7582, pick your
own apples, fresh cider, events, see website for hours.
|Paugh’s Farm||845 Turkey Knob Road, Quicksburg, 540-740-9076||paughsfarm.com|
|Route 11 Potato Chips factory||16||Rt 263 to Mt. Jackson, right on US 11 to right toward I-81, stay on Caverns Rd, right on Industrial Park Rd to 11 Edwards Way, Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. Fry times: 540-477-9664||www.rt11.com|
|Hott Apiary||16||3053 River Rd, New Market, 540-383-3323, honey and honeybee products, call ahead||www.hottapiaries.com|
|Mowery Orchard||20||Rt 263 to left on Rt 42, 24247 Senedo Rd, Woodstock, days/hours vary, 540-459-8645, fresh produce||www.moweryorchard.com|
|Jon Henry General Store||18||9383 N. Congress, New Market, 540-704-4304, local food products, seeds, gifts, open daily 9am-6pm||jonhenrygeneralstore.com|
|Turner Ham House, Fulks Run Grocery||18||11441 Brocks Gap Rd, Fulks Run. S on Rt 263 to Orkney Springs, left on Rt 612, Orkney Springs Rd,10.5 miles to right on Rt 259, go 2.6 miles. 540-896-7487,Mon-Sat 10-5||fulksrungrocery.com|
|Golden Angels Apiary||23||11046 Wills Creek Rd, Linville, 540-701-8808||https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100079029258271|
|Shenandoah Heritage Market||37||I-81 S to exit 243 (S of Harrisonburg), left at light on US 11, market on left; @ large windmill, 540-433-3929, closed Sun.||www.shenandoahmarket.net|
|37||3105 John Wayland Hwy ( Rt 42), Dayton 540-879-3801,
|Woodbine Farm Mkt||39||5199 John Marshall Hwy, Strasburg, 7 days, 540-465-2729||www.woodbinefarmmarket.com|
|White Oak Lavender Farm||43||I-81 S to exit 247A, US33E, go 4 miles, right on Rt 276 S,
2644 Cross Keys Rd, right on Newcomer Lane, Harrisonburg, 10am-6pm 7 days, 540-421-6345
|Farmers Markets (seasonal; see also http://buylocalshenvalley.org)|
|Basye||—||Bryce Resort parking lot, May-Oct., Wed., 9am-1pm||—|
|South Street Barn Market, Woodstock||20||South Street at Muhlenburg St., Woodstock, year-round Saturdays 9am-1pm||www.southstreetbarnmarket.com|
|Broadway||20||116 Broadway Ave., Broadway, 540-896-5152, Saturdays, seasonal||broadwayva.gov/community-market/|
|Woodbine Farm Market, near Strasburg||34||5199 John Marshall Hwy (I-81, exit Rt 55 west), 540-465- 2729, April-Dec., daily 9am-6pm||www.woodbinefarmmarket.com|
|Richard’s Fruit Market||43||6410 Middle Rd, Middletown, VA, 540-869-1455, Tues, Wed.,Thurs & Saturday, 10am-4pm||www.richardsfruitmarket.com|
|Harrisonburg||33||228 S. Liberty St, downtown, year-round, Saturday 9am-1pm||www.harrisonburgfarmersmarket.com|
|Willow Grove Farm||37||571 Virginia Ave, Luray, 540-742-3081||willowgrovebeef.com|
|Winchester Spring Valley Market||58||2454 Northwestern Turnpike (Rt 522 west of Rt 37),
Winchester, 540-773-4820, 10-5 weekdays, 9-5 Sat & Sun
|Virginia Farm Market||65||1881 N. Frederick Pike (Rt. 522) 1 mile north of Winchester, 540- 665-8000 (opens April 15)||www.virginiafarmmarket.com|
|Staunton||60||Wharf parking lot, downtown; Saturdays from April to Sept, 7am-noon; fall hours 8am-noon; some December hours||stauntonfarmersmarket.org|
|Things to Do with Kids (see also https://visitshenandoah.org/poi/family-fun)|
|Lake Laura, Bryce||—||Rt 263 to Arnold Rd; beach, paddleboats, swimming||www.bryceresort.com|
|College League Baseball (summer)||18
|New Market Rebels Woodstock River Bandits||www.newmarketrebels.com www.woodstockriverbandits.org|
|Shenandoah Caverns||14||Rt 263 to Mt. Jackson, right on US 11 to right toward I-81, stay straight; 261 Caverns Rd, Quicksburg, 540-477-3115||www.shenandoahcaverns.com|
|Endless Caverns||21||New Market; Rt 263 to Mt. Jackson, right on US 11 thru New Market 3 miles, left on Endless Caverns Rd., 540-896-2283||www.endlesscaverns.com|
|Luray Caverns||31||Luray; Rt 263 to Mt. Jackson, right on US 11 to New Market, left on Rt 211 to Luray, follow signs, 540-743-6551||luraycaverns.com|
|Fort Valley Ranch||25||299 S. Fort Valley Rd, Fort Valley, trail rides,540-933-6633||www.fortvalleystable.com|
|Birdsong Gardens||27||3-acre private garden near Luray; see website for info||www.birdsongpleasuregarden.info|
|Melrose Caverns||29||6639 N Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3500||www.melrosecaverns.com|
|Back Home on the Farm||30||2915 Willow Run Rd, Harrisonburg. Rt 263 to Rt 42 South to Rt 767, Linville, right on Rte 767, 540-442-6493||backhome-onthefarm.com|
|Shenandoah River Adventures||36||415 Long Ave, Shenandoah, VA 22849. Rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, appointment only, 888-309-7222||shenandoahriveradventures.com|
|Shenandoah River Outfitters||38||Rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, 6502 S. Page Valley Rd, Luray, 540-743-4159. Call or reserve online||www.shenandoah-river.com|
|Jordan Hollow Stables||34||Trail, pony rides,657 Pine Grove Rd, Stanley, 540-778-2623||jordanhollowstables.com|
|Explore More Discovery Museum||33||150 S. Main St, Harrisonburg (downtown), call for reservation, 540-442-8900||www.iexploremore.com|
|Massanutten Resort Water Park||48||1200 Adventure Dr, Massanutten Resort (I-81 exit 247a, US 33 E. 12 miles. 540-437-4340, book ahead online||www.massresort.com|
|Dinosaur Land||50||3848 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, White Post, VA, open daily Memorial Day-Labor Day, 9:30 am-4:30-pm. 540-869-2222||dinosaurland.com|
|Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum||55||19 W. Cork St, Winchester (downtown), 540-722-2020; Wed.– Sat., 9:30am – 3.30pm||discoverymuseum.net|
|State Arboretum of VA/Blandy Farm||55||I-81 north exit 313 east (Winchester), 10 miles to entrance on right @ 1.5 mi past Rt 340 intersection, 540-837-1758||blandy.virginia.edu|
|Shenandoah Valley Music Festival||2||Orkney Springs, summer; Rt 263 S past Basye 2 miles; (summer), 540-459-3396||musicfest.org|
|Schultz Theater||18||J. Frank Hillyard Auditorium,226 Hawks Hill Dr, Broadway, 540-246-2962||offbroadwayplayersva.org|
|Theatre Shenandoah||20||107 Center St, Edinburg, 540-984-3972||www.theatreshenandoah.org|
|Woodstock Community Theatre||21||136 N. Main St, Woodstock, 540-459-2221 (first-run movies, year-round)||communitywoodstock.com|
|Forbes Center for the Performing Arts||33||James Madison University, Harrisonburg, 540-568-7000 (year-round)||www.jmu.edu/forbescenter|
|Family Drive-in Theater||40||Stephens City: from Mt. Jackson, I-81 north, exit 307, left on US 11, 1 mile 540- 773-2646||www.thefamilydi.com|
|Blackfriars Playhouse||64||10 S Market St, Staunton, 877-MUCH.ADO (year-round)||www.americanshakespearecenter.com|
|Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre||55||Shenandoah University, 1460 University Dr., Winchester, 540-665-4569||www.ssmtva.org|
Bryce Resort offers a unique outdoor mountain top dinner series throughout the summer! From the champagne on the lift ride, to the five-course meal with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s an experience not to be missed. Because each dinner has a specially prepared menu and theme, the prices will vary. A cash bar will be available throughout dinner.
The dinners will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from June – October. Reservations are required.
June 8 – 6:00 PM
July 13 – 6:00 PM
August 10 – 6:00 PM
September 14 – 6:00 PM
October – TBD
For more information visit Bryce Resort’s website. Call 540-856-2121 for reservations for dinner on the mountain. In the event of inclement weather, dinner will be moved inside to the Shenandoah Center or the Copper Kettle, depending on space.
Brycefest returns to Bryce Resort, July 1 Noon – 10:00 p.m! This year, Brycefest will include a DJ, live music and a vendor village with crafts and specialty foods. There will be plenty of food and beverages available, including a buffet in the dining room Saturday evening. Reservations for the buffet are a must and the Copper Kettle will close at 4 to allow for buffet set up. The Copper Kettle will offer a limited menu until closing.
Brycefest features live music throughout the day.
The day will cap off with a fireworks display at the top of the mountain which is not to be missed. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the show.
You may have noticed that the Copper Kettle is closed on Monday & Tuesday and that on weekdays, it does not open until 4. This leaves many visitors wondering “where do I eat at Bryce”? As Basye is a small town with only a few immediate options, we want to make sure that our guests are not surprised! Since all our units have full kitchens, one option is to plan ahead and bring supplies for your meals. But if that’s not your style, keep reading!
- The Shenandoah Center also offers many breakfast and lunch options. We recommend the breakfast burritos! It is typically open when the lift is turning.
- The Community Store offers coffee, bagels, pizza, made to order sandwiches and subs and more. (We also recommend their local bacon but that’s a separate blog post all to itself. Yum!). Located just outside the Bryce Resort at 1502 Orkney Grade, its new owner, Harvey, has done a great job renovating to meet the needs of visitors to the resort and locals alike.
- Freed’s Biscuits Co. has recently opened right here in Basye. Not only is it an amazing place to get a breakfast biscuit and really, really good coffee, they also have a full bar and lounge area downstairs. Don’t let the name fool you, Freed’s is for more than “just” biscuits. And keep an eye on their facebook posts for pop up hours.
- Bartolo’s in Mount Jackson offers excellent Mexican food and will even deliver (really!!!) for a $5 delivery fee. Dine in is also available. Mount Jackson is only 11 miles away. Closed Monday.
- Plan a visit to one of our nearby towns! Woodstock has several options you can combine with a hiking trip to Seven Bends State Park:
- Flour & Water is open Wednesday to Saturday (check their website for specific hours). They offer breakfast, lunch and specialty pizza nights!
- The Woodstock Garden Café is open Monday to Saturday from 8-3 and offers breakfast, lunch, coffee drinks and beer and wine.
- Las Trancas in Woodstock opens daily at 11 and offers excellent Mexican with both dine in and bar service!
- Likewise Mount Jackson, just 11 miles away, offers dining opportunities which can be combined with a visit to explore Shenandoah Caverns.
- The Curtain Call Café offers coffee, breakfast baked goods and lunch specials. (See for more information.)
- Bartolo’s, mentioned above, is also conveniently located in Mt. Jackson. Bartolo’s is open Tuesday through Sunday at 11 am.