April is a tricky month. It can be warm one day and cold the next, featuring anything from thunderstorms to borderline sleet. So beat the indecisive weather, and strike a compromise between inside and outside.
by Matt Basheda
Luray Caverns is a National Landmark—its otherworldly chambers are unimaginably spectacular. Nature’s custom palace unfolds with each turn of the corner. See an underground lake so still you’ll think it’s the floor. Fix your eyes and ears on an enormous organ built out of the cave’s stalactites, which pulses out unique music. The park grounds above the storied caverns contain plenty to see, too, including a massive garden maze and an incredible bell tower.
101 Cave Hill Road, Luray; 540-743-6551; luraycaverns.com
Munch for Lunch
West Main Market is a true deli. They have plenty of sandwiches, soups, and even beer and wine. But they also offer traditional deli service—order nearly two-dozen types of meats and cheeses to take home.
123 W. Main St., Luray; 540-743-1125; www.westmainmarket.com
Taking a Load Off
Bank Street Books is a sunny used bookstore brimming with treasures both old and fairly new. Its owl-themed décor lends the store a mysterious air that fits perfectly with the secret adventures waiting inside its thousands of pages.
201 W. Main St., Luray; 540-843-0690; www.bankstreetbooksluray.com
Gathering Grounds Patisserie & Café serves the hippest eats in town. Pastries are made by hand and baked fresh, and the menu changes every day. The bright, couch-filled restaurant is the perfect place to hang out during a rainstorm, especially with its free Wi-Fi.
55 E. Main St., Luray; 540-743-1121; www.ggrounds.com
A beautiful historic warehouse is home to the extraordinary Warehouse Art Gallery. The ample internal space allows the gallery to keep some unusually large sculptures, but the art represents many genres, from blown glass to photography.
15 Campbell St., Luray; 540-843-0200; www.warehouseartcenter.net
If you feel like making your own bed, hundreds of cabins for rent dot Page County’s adventurous landscape. 1850s Massanutten Springs Retreat is one such retreat, with plenty of room inside and a private pond outside.
1912 Egypt Bend Road, Luray; 540-843-4232; www.massanuttensprings.com (prices start at $175/night during non-peak season)
Caverns Country Club is unique—a small cave opening sits in the middle of the course’s first fairway. The prized course also provides stunning mountain views, making it one of the most beautiful golf destinations throughout the entire Commonwealth.
910 TC Northcott Blvd., Luray; 540-743-7111