Hello from the Beautiful Shenandoah Valley!

Yes, we’re traveling again! This time I’m working with Trekaroo and Go Blue Ridge Travel to experience the living history in Winchester, Virginia. We got off to a bit of a rocky start. We planned to leave town as soon as the kids got home from school on Friday afternoon, but my son got off the schoolbus complaining of dizziness and nausea and promptly fell into bed. I couldn’t believe it. This is the same kid who got the flu when we took the family to Arizona a few weeks ago.

We decided to wait and see how he felt on Saturday, and thankfully, whatever he had passed through him, and we were able to get on the road bright and early yesterday morning. We arrived in Old Town Winchester just in time to catch the tail end of a presentation at the George Washington’s historic Fort Loudoun, and we spent the rest of the day enjoying KidzFest and exploring some of the historic sites. Old Town Winchester is a charming little town.

old town winchester

I’ve driven past Winchester probably 100 times in my life. It is located right off of I-81, a route we take every time we drive to Roanoke, Virginia to visit my family. But I had no idea how much there was to do here and what a rich history they have. 

It was the training ground for George Washington during the French and Indian War, a location for prisoners during the Revolutionary War, and a strategic prize during the Civil War, so there are tons of historic sites to visit and lots of colorful stories to hear. I’ll tell you more about it when I get home and get my photos organized, but so far it’s been a really nice time.

Then last night, we took the kids to their first ever drive-in movie, so they can strike that off their bucket list.

drive in

Speaking of bucket lists, Go Blue Ridge Travel has created the Kids Trail — a collection of fun activities for kids in the Shenandoah Valley — and Bucket is their friendly little mascot and tour guide, helping you make your “bucket list” for visiting the region. They left a “flat Bucket” in our hotel room so we could incorporate him into our adventures. Becca immediately took ownership of Bucket, and she’s been bringing him with us wherever we go.

Bucket

We’ve also enjoyed some good eats while we’re here. You know that we’re serious about our food, so we were thrilled to find some nice eateries in the area.

JL and Caro

Today we’re planning to visit a few more sites before heading home. The kids are dying to get breakfast at a little place called Just Like Grandma’s, so I better get moving. Have a great Sunday!