Friday, January 29, 2010;
1.ALVIN STOKES GENERAL STORE
Opened during World War II, this general store is the real deal, selling such mountain-man accessories as insulated overalls, gloves and bear traps.
533 E. Main St., Front Royal, Va., 540-635-4437.
2.TWO FAT BUTCHERS
The motto of this butcher shop and deli: "Cause U Can Never Trust a Skinny Butcher." Create a feeding frenzy with a two-pound sub.
239 South St., Front Royal, Va., 540-635-6900, http://www.twofatbutchers.com.
3.OLD DOMINION COFFEE COMPANY
Warm up with a Mexican spiced cocoa or chill out with chocolate hazelnut gelato. "We have a hard time keeping that in the case," says barista Katherine Ward.
2 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, Va., 540-433-0313.
4.MASSANUTTEN SKI RESORT AND WATERPARK
Hit the slopes at the snow-tubing hill or ditch winter and dive into the resort's indoor water park.
1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville, Va., 540-289-9441, http://www.massresort.com. Tubing: $18 weekdays, $22 weekends; tube included. Water park: full-day pass, $38; twilight, $28.
5.FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Take a guided tour of 19th-century homes built in the Shenandoah Valley and the Old World buildings that inspired them. The structures, including houses from England, Ireland and Germany, were moved to the museum grounds piece by piece.
1290 Richmond Ave., Staunton, Va., 540-332-7850, http://www.frontiermuseum.org. $10.
6. WINTERGREEN RESORT
Zip down the Plunge! snow-tubing park, the state's longest tubing run, then catch the conveyor belt back to the top. Repeat.
Route 664, Wintergreen, Va., 434-325-2200, http://www.wintergreenresort.com. $18 per two-hour session weekdays, $26 per two-hour session weekends and holidays.