Before moving to New Jersey, I spent six years living on the east coast of Virginia and thought I had seen it all. Then a last-minute weeklong trip to Massanutten showed me a whole other side of Virginia that I was completely missing and one that I soon won’t forget.
Coming from the hustle and bustle of the New York City metro area, an escape to the serenity of western Virginia sounded refreshing. As I drove through the valley on the way to our resort, called The Summit at Massanutten, I couldn’t imagine what I’d been missing all these years. Well the truth is… plenty. The drive through Shenandoah National Park is surprisingly dramatic in its sheer height and beauty. Hiking trails abound and little foot traffic gives the feeling that the waterfalls are yours alone. Nearby wineries are rustic and unfussy, offering simple, yet refined vintages in the most peaceful of settings. And the soulful Southern cuisine was a pleasant reminder of everything I missed about Virginia.
My week in Shenandoah Valley was full of surprises – good surprises. I enjoyed every winding road, every mom and pop restaurant, every moment that brought me closer to that serenity I was seeking. Every time I think about that trip, a smile comes across my face because I’m already thinking about my next trip to Virginia and I know exactly where I’m going.
This week on the RCI blog we’ll be sharing photos and stories from RCI subscribing members. Be sure to check back! And if you can’t wait, take a look at this video of Massanutten Resorts, an RCI affiliated resort in the Shenandoah Valley.