GETTING THERE: New Market, Va., is almost exactly 100 miles from the Beltway if you go by interstate (west on I-66, then south on I-81) and a bit shorter in miles but 25 minutes longer if you take the scenic route through the mountains via Skyline Drive or Route 340 from Front Royal down to Route 211.
BEING THERE: The Valley Baseball League has 10 teams between Middleburg and Covington, with the largest cluster in the New Market-Woodstock-Luray area. Links to all the teams, with directions and ticket information, are at www.valleyleaguebaseball.com. Tickets are $5. The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park (866-515-1864, www4.vmi.edu/museum/nm) features a path leading to spectacular scenic overlooks along the Shenandoah River. At the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum in Staunton (24 N. Coalter St., 540-885-0897, www.woodrowwilson.org), the $7 admission includes a guided tour of the Wilson house.
STAYING THERE: Cross Roads Inn Bed and Breakfast (9222 John Sevier Rd., New Market, 540-740-4157, www.crossroadsinnva.com; from $75) offers a bountiful and varied breakfast, spacious rooms and an expansive lawn and new porch perfect for hanging out. New Market also has the requisite chain motels, including a Quality Inn (162 W. Old Cross Rd. , 540-740-3141; from $75) with pool and the Johnny Appleseed restaurant, which has apple fritters.
EATING THERE: Jalisco (9403 Congress St.), a friendly and quite good Mexican place in downtown New Market, is part of a small chain that has a link in Vienna. Wright's Dairy-Rite (346 Greenville Ave., Staunton) is the real thing: a drive-in unspoiled by time, with an eat-in dining room decorated with old menus and a real Wurlitzer jukebox stocked with hits from 1955 to 1989; no coins necessary, it's free to play. Pack's Frozen Custard stands, located in several valley towns, including just beyond right field in New Market, remind city slickers that great ice cream need not cost $3 and that rural food service stops very early in the evening. Good luck finding ice cream after 10 p.m. The ballpark food in the Valley League is nothing to write home about, but the fried onions at New Market's field make up somewhat for the pedestrian dogs and burgers.
INFO: Town of New Market, 540-740-3432, www.newmarketvirginia.com.