Where to Go, What to Know
Post travel writer Cindy Loose drove to the Shenandoah Valley last month to check out the historic, recently renovated Mimslyn Inn.
Luray, Va., is about 90 miles from Washington. Take Route 66 west toward Front Royal, and take Exit 13 to Route 79 (Apple Mountain Road). Turn right on Route 55 and continue 5 miles. Turn left on Route 340, and head south for 23 miles. The road becomes Broad Street when you hit downtown Luray. To reach the Mimslyn Inn, turn right on West Main.
WHERE TO STAY
* The Mimslyn Inn (401 W. Main St., 800-296-5105, http:/
* Other lodging options include a variety of hotels, B&Bs, cabins and houses. The Chamber of Commerce (see below) provides a full list. For romance, consider the Victorian Inn (138 E. Main St., 866-937-3466, http:/
* For seclusion: Magic River (703-380-8789, http:/
* The Luray Caverns, right, (540-743-6551, http:/
* More than 500 miles of hiking trails wind through Shenandoah National Park. The entrance fee is $15 per car through November.
* The last weekend in March, Shenandoah River Outfitters (6502 S. Page Valley Rd., 800-622-6632, http:/
Page County Chamber of Commerce,46 E. Main St., 888-743-3915, http:/