Ranked 12th in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Family Hotels and Cruises, The Homestead has been pampering guests—including 22 U.S. presidents—with an assortment of leisurely activities since its pre-Revolutionary War construction in 1766. This Groupon includes one night of well-appointed slumber for up to two guests in one of the historic resort's luxurious classic rooms, featuring down pillows, featherbeds, and midnight golf tips from the ghosts of former boarders. The sun porches and authentic fireplaces in some rooms reflect influences of quieter times, whereas WiFi and flat-screen TVs keep guests technologically apprised of happenings in the outside world. Honk your golf cart's horn in triumph after launching a dimply ball off the nation's oldest first tee in continuous use at the Old Course (an extra round of golf may be purchased for $35). The hilly, par 72 course was originally completed in 1892 but has received fairway contouring and silicone calf implants to keep golfers on their toes. Patrons allergic to grass or 9 irons can partake in a slew of indoor excursions, such as complimentary afternoon tea in the Great Hall, free film showings in the historic theater, and spirited rounds of sphere hurling at the on-site bowling center.
As the promoter of antique shows across the East Coast, Dordy Fontinel's career is almost as storied as the pieces of vintage Americana she vends. A collector since her teenage years, Dordy first started in the antiques business in 1978, eventually moving into promotion in 1992. She was joined in her new venture by her husband, Stillie Mason, an auctioneer with 18 years of experience. Together, the pair helps dealers display their wares to new crowds of collectors, filling their events with vintage home decor, jewelry, and accessories?many of which date from the 1760s to the 1960s.
With a vast collection of artifacts and archives, The Heritage Museum seeks to preserve and share the history of the Shenandoah Valley. Here, you can peruse displays that trace this history back prehistory, Native American settlement, and early American history. Local residents and visiting researchers can even chart their genealogy with help from a researcher at the museum's library.
The Building: The 14,000-square-foot building's exterior was built to look like a 19th-century farmstead.
Eye Catcher: The electric map that traces Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign in 1862 was first created by local department store employees for the Centennial Commission in 1962, making it an artifact itself. It was shown in downtown Harrisburg for decades.
Permanent Mainstay: In Invincible Spirit: History in the Heart of the Shenandoah, guests go back in time as they examine Native American artifacts, explore a replica of a 19th-century potter's kiln, and read stories about the Civil War's impact on local residents.
Past Exhibit: Civil War Letters displayed a trove of letters and Confederate cash found during the restoration of an historic home. The letters, written in 1863 and 1864, tell tales of struggle, battle, and romance. They are now part of the museum's archives.
While You?re in the Neighborhood: Next door to the museum is the historic Cromer-Trumbo House, built in the early 1800s. It holds period pieces such as household items, toys, and decor. The Silver Lake Mill and Fort Harrison are also located within walking distance.
Nestled in the green hills of the Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Skydiving Adventures gives skydivers their first taste of thrilling free fall. Composed of experienced instructors that take the time to get to know the people they'll shepherd through the clouds, the team makes sure to thoroughly educate each new jumper in the mechanics of the jump taking the student up to experience the adrenaline rush of a free fall. Each jumper will have an opportunity to embark on a accelerated-freefall training regimen that teaches the necessary skills for a successful solo free-fall skydive.
The Shenandoah River is a churning, ever-moving playground. Its waters take kayaks, canoes, and tubes passed tree-lined banks, allowing passengers to relax or maybe pause for some fishing. Shenandoah River Adventures continuously launches watercraft for these types of adventures. Back on shore, the company's grounds also encompass a 2-acre campsite filled with trees and vegetation. Aquablazing combines the best of land and water activities by letting people hike and kayak through portions of the Appalachian Trail.
Golf balls prone to motion sickness need not apply at Putter-A-Round Mini Golf. At the indoor course, golf balls are putted through a roller-coaster ride that includes tight turns, loop-de-loops, and hypnotic black-light effects. But aside from this chaos, the kid-friendly course maintains a welcoming vibe?charming obstacles such as a lighthouse, a stoplight, and a white picket fence challenge putters, and the walls are adorned with colorful murals.