Winchester is about 75 miles from Washington; the bindery is about 10 miles north of town. From the Beltway, take Virginia Route 267 west to Exit 1A and merge onto U.S. Route 15 south/Va. Route 7 west, following it to Interstate 81 north. Take Exit 317, turn left onto U.S. Route 11 south and follow signs for U.S. Route 522 north toward Frederick Pike. Turn right onto Route 654/Cedar Grove Road. The bindery is about four miles on the right.
The George Washington
103 E. Piccadilly St.
The only hotel in the historic downtown area. Rates start at $105 during the week, $149 on weekends.
Old Waterstreet Inn
217 W. Boscawen St.
Five-room 19th-century inn a couple of blocks from the pedestrian mall. Rates start at $140 a night, including breakfast.
334 W. Boscawen St.
Despite the giant smoker outside, this is more than a new barbecue joint. Inside the restored 1920s Esso station you’ll find catfish ($9.99), shrimp and grits ($11.99) and amazing biscuits, sides, desserts and pickled/canned veggies.
1 N. Loudoun St.
A new Mexican restaurant with a large patio and occasional live music. Classics include fajitas (from $13.99) and tacos ($8.25).
Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding
2160 Cedar Grove Rd.
Upcoming workshops: Basic Structural Repairs, July 18-19, $235; Advanced Cloth Binding Restoration, Sept. 12-13, $265; Clamshell Box Construction, Oct. 10-11, $265.
Handley Regional Library
100 W. Piccadilly St.
The archives of this 100-year-old library have an extensive collection of materials on the lower Shenandoah Valley starting in 1732.