4 Shenandoah Breweries to Check Out During Your Stay

When you think of libations in Virginia, odds are good your first thought may be to go to Virginia wineries. While this state has been producing some pretty delicious wines for the better part of five decades, the craft brewery scene here has been growing in recent years as well- so much so that you can make a brewery crawl out of your visit if you wanted!

Naturally, that is exactly what I did.

So in this one, I wanted to share a few of the great craft breweries that you should have on your radar in and around Shenandoah County, Virginia! 

Note: I was hosted by Shenandoah County for part of my trip in Virginia. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Going Deep Into the Earth at Shenandoah Caverns

While it is easy to say that all caves have a long history (they're obviously formed over hundreds of thousands or millions of years even), for most their known history is quite short by perspective- most caves we've been to have only been discovered in the last hundred years or so. Shenandoah Caverns is no different.

This one was discovered by two boys in 1884 while they were playing in a quarry on their farm's property which was being used for the creation of a nearby train line. They discovered cool air coming out of a hole in the ground and, in true 1800's fashion, simply grabbed some rope and candles and lowered themselves into the cave below to explore. 

The boys and their friends would explore the cave more over the years, and in 1922 one of the investors of the train line purchased the land from the family, opened the cave to tourism, and the rest, they say, is history.

I visited this cave in 2021, just one year shy of their 100-year anniversary of opening to the public, and share a bit more of what you can expect when visiting this massive cavern beneath the Earth! 

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Standard Luggage Review – A Large Carry-on Backpack

Disclaimer: We were provided this backpack courtesy of Standard Luggage Co. for a review. All opinions are our own.

When it comes to luggage that we can travel with, we often find ourselves balancing form and function. We like our backpacks to look neat and elegant and also have the capacity to match.

For many years, our travel setup included rolling suitcases with separate backpacks for electronics and more sensitive items (generally in the structure of one large checked suitcase, one carry-on rolling suitcase, and two backpacks). But recently many companies have started to merge the two carry-on styles in the form of backpacks large enough to accommodate everything in a single piece of luggage.

Standard Luggage Co is one such company, and we were fortunate enough to put their Carry-on Travel Backpack to the test in this review!

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Things to Do in Fredericksburg, VA – Your Ticket to History Pass

Looking for things to do in Fredericksburg, VA, and don't know where to start? You're in luck!

The tourist office has something I wish all cities would offer, a museum pass called Your Ticket to History which offers admission into roughly 10 great museums in the region.

I received one of these passes courtesy of Fredericksburg tourism during my visit and wanted to share a bit more about what all it entails in this one as you really could miss out without it!

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