The Great Outdoors
If your vacation brings you to the Shenandoah Valley during the warm summer months, there are more than enough outdoor activities to fill your time.
- One of the most popular caves in Eastern America is Luray Caverns, just 45 minutes from the resort and open year-round. Visitors can explore the natural wonder and follow along on a caverns tour, as well as spend time in the Luray Valley Museum. Other nearby caverns sites are the Grand Caverns in Bryce, Endless Caverns in New Market, and the Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg.
- Apple Orchards are also a luring attraction in the Shenandoah Valley, and peak months are mid-August through October. Visit Paugh’s Orchard, a short drive away in Quicksburg, or Showalter’s Orchard & Greenhouse in Timberville. And don’t forget to ask about the best time for peaches, strawberries and blackberries.
- A few other excellent ways to spend your time in Basye include hiking, fishing, boating, horseback riding and visiting historical sites. With several National Forests nearby, including the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, hiking trails are abundant. Bryce Resort also features six lift-accessed mountain biking trails for all riding levels.
- A good, nearby fishing hot spot is only five miles away at Lake Laura, a 45-acre property where you can fish, swim, hike, rent a boat, visit nearby caverns and vineyards and more. Bryce Resort offers convenient beach and boating access for the whole day.
- Just an hour away is Fort Valley Ranch, where guests can enjoy guided tours on horseback ranging from an hour to a full day of riding. Guides will direct riders through the mountains and provide spectacular views. Also check out Jordan Hollow Stables.
- For potato chip lovers, the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory is approximately 20 minutes away from Chalet High and is open to the public for fry viewing Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The factory is closed for major holidays.
Golfers, there is nothing quite as beautiful as teeing off in the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy Bryce Resort’s Championship Golf Course, the Shenvalee Golf Resort half an hour away in New Market, the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club and the Jacksons Chase Golf Club just an hour away in Front Royal.
For the history buffs visiting the Shenandoah Valley, there is plenty of rich local history near Basye to explore. Check out the Edinburg Mill of 1848, just 20 miles away, and learn how it escaped the burning of the Valley during the Civil War. Also, don’t miss the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Old Court House Civil War Museum and the New Market Battlefield.
During your stay at Chalet High, take advantage of the fully-equipped kitchens provided in your unit. With grocery stores only 30 minutes away or less, including Walmart, Food Lion and Dollar General, storing and preparing meals in your unit can be convenient and cost-efficient.
If you are out and in search of something to satisfy an empty stomach, there are several recommended stops near Basye.
In the morning, enjoy a familiar dining experience at Denny’s or Cracker Barrel, or try something new – Hot Plates Café, just walking distance from the resort.
If you’re in Woodstock for lunch, check out the Spring House Tavern, for all-American appetizers, tasty soups and salad selections, as well as sandwiches, burgers and seafood.
If you prefer a little spice to your meal, stop in at Las Trancas Mexican Restaurant. Also located in Woodstock, this restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional authentic dishes, in addition to a well-stocked bar.
Some other lunch recommendations include the Hotel Strasburg, the Woodstock Café, Candy’s Diner and the Restaurant at Bryce.
For dinner in Basye, visit the conveniently-located Brogie’s Tavern at Bryce. If you’re willing to drive a short distance, there is a more varied selection of cuisines to choose from.
In Woodstock, check out Joe’s Steakhouse, Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza, and Italian Touch Pizza.
Also, try Sal’s Italian Bistro in Edinburg, the Southern Kitchen in New Market, or China King in Mt. Jackson. Also, the locals recommend Turner Hams at Fulks Run Grocery store, which offers great sandwiches and local Virginia country hams.
And then, of course, there are always the fast food chains – KFC, McDonald’s and Taco Bell, a short distance away.
If you’re looking for an experience you won’t forget, make a point to stop at the Cave Ridge Vineyard in Mt. Jackson. This beautiful vineyard offers tastings of their award-winning wines for under $10 to visitors 21 and older. Also check out the Shenandoah Vineyards, Stone Mountain Vineyards, and Glass House Winery.
Popular This Time of Year: Float down the river in a kayak, take a hike to see the wildflowers in bloom, and/or learn how to fly fish
- Average High: 63°
- Average Low: 36°
Popular This Time of Year: Ride the rapids on a raft, cool off in the underground caverns, fly high on the zip line, and/or schedule your tee time on the golf course
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- Average High: 83°
- Average Low: 57°
Summer Events in Basye, Virginia
Popular This Time of Year: Hike to the waterfalls and enjoy the changing colors of the leaves, watch a war reenactment, attend a festival, and/or immerse yourself in the area's history
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- Average High: 66°
- Average Low: 40°
Fall Events in Basye, Virginia
Popular This Time of Year: Hit the slopes for skiing, tubing & snowboarding, cuddle up by the fire and relax, and/or visit an art gallery
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- Average High: 43°
- Average Low: 20°
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The Main Events
Each year, the residents of Basye and nearby towns pay special homage to the countless vineyards in the area, revolving annual festivals around the wineries, their products and other arts, crafts and trades.
Don’t miss the Virginia Wine & Craft Festival, which takes place during the spring in Front Royal, VA – only about an hour away from Chalet High. This day is filled with live music, kids’ activities, and wine tastings from 20 of the state’s wineries, in addition to the seven blocks of crafts, art and specialty items from up and down the coast.
Another springtime event near Basye is the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, in Waynesboro, about an hour and a half away. This event is dedicated to fly fishing on the banks of South River. There are also more than 50 onsite exhibitors, displaying the latest in fly fishing equipment and other services. There will also be lectures and tutorials for beginner fishermen. Virginia wine, microbreweries, local restaurants and live music are also featured at the event.
The Shenandoah Valley features a wide range of historical and modern shopping locations.
If you are in search of that perfect antique, check out the Strasburg Antique Emporium, the largest selection of antiques in the Shenandoah Valley. The Emporium is open 7 days a week, year-round in downtown Strasburg.
Other eclectic shops you won’t want to miss include the Edinburg Village Shop, the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns, the Wetlands Trading Company, and an international coffee shop – the Cabin Creek Roasters.
If you are looking for the latest trends, visit the malls in Harrisonburg or Winchester.