Spring Break Virginia Getaway: Family Fun at Love Ridge Mountain Lodging

Whether it’s magical spring skiing sessions at Wintergreen, cruising the world-class bike trails on the Western Slope, spending a day museum-going and bowling in Staunton, or relaxing in your family cabin’s hot tub while checking out the gorgeous night sky above, our Love Ridge mountain lodging is the perfect place for your spring break Virginia and Blue Ridge Mountains getaway.

Spring Break Virginia: Hitting the Slopes – Spring Ski Days, Live Music, and Tubing at Wintergreen

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There’s nothing quite like spring skiing when clear bluebird skies and warmer days make the season’s last 4-6 weeks some of the most enjoyable, with several months of snow accumulation forming ideal conditions for local alpine skiing and snowboarding. At Wintergreen Resort – less than 30 minutes away, and our adventure-friendly neighbors on the ridge – the first week of March is historically their snowiest week of the year, setting up perfectly for your spring break trip. They also have the most comprehensive snowmaking system on the entire East Coast, allowing them to stay open weeks later than other resorts, often through the end of March. In an anticipated annual tradition, “Wintergreen Will,” their groundhog version of Punxsutawney Phil, recently predicted six more weeks of winter, boding well for late-season alpine outings.

Among the 19 runs currently open in late February and heading into March of 2024, easy green slopes near the Blue Ridge Express lift and intermediate blues like Upper and Lower Tyro accessible from the Big Acorn lift have terrain suitable for the whole family. Between runs, get nachos, wings, and kid-friendly items like personal cheese pizzas and grilled cheese at the base area’s cozy Edge restaurant, which hosts free live music every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 3-6 pm. If skiing isn’t your thing, take the kids tubing instead at Wintergreen’s legendary Plunge, which drops an exhilarating 900 yards and is doable for ages six and up. Even if your spring break Virginia happens to be later on the calendar after the Wintergreen lifts have stopped running, you’re in luck, as the Plunge converts from snow to its spring and summer Nevoplast surface, allowing for year-round tubing excursions.

Spring Break Virginia: Riding the Western Slope Trails and Exploring the Subterranean Wonders of the Blue Ridge Tunnel.

As the average temps begin climbing into the low 60s in early spring, the extensive mountain-biking trails nearby start drying out, ushering in smooth-riding days. Take the family for an afternoon at the Western Slope trail system, where the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) maintains the 32 miles of interlocking and expertly built trails on the west side of Massanutten Resort. Pick up a day pass (only $10 and reservable online) and explore for hours on two wheels together, starting with easy-grade trails like Creekside, Virginia ‘54, and Chimney. If everyone’s up for more of a challenge, keep climbing on the more advanced black diamond trails (they use a rating system similar to ski resorts). If your spring break happens to be in early April, join the SVBC’s annual Harris Roubaix ride, which starts in downtown Harrisonburg (a 50-minute scenic drive north of Love Ridge) and goes for 7 miles on gravel roads to a family farm. From there, groups break off to do routes through the countryside ranging from 8-18 miles at varying paces so all abilities can keep up. It’s a family-friendly celebration of the biking community, free to attend, and includes a potluck-style meal at the farm.

For a different type of adventure but no less thrilling, spend an afternoon exploring the Blue Ridge Tunnel, a historical landmark dating back to the early railroad days in the mid-19th century. Head 20 miles north to the southern tip of Shenandoah National Park, where the east trailhead in Afton leads to the tunnel entrance. Layer up and put headlamps on before entering the tunnel, extending over 4,000 feet underground and staying between 55-65 degrees year-round (welcomed when it may be chilly or snowy outside). After over a decade of restoration, the tunnel is an enduring piece of history and a fascinating experience for the whole family, passing through the heart of a mountain.

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A Memorable Family Day in Staunton and Unwinding in Your Cabin’s Hot Tub Under Starry Skies

Plan to spend a day and evening in Staunton, one of the neighboring and charming towns along the Shenandoah Valley. Begin at the Frontier Culture Museum, one of the country’s largest outdoor “living history museums,” where costumed interpreters bring different cultures and historical periods to life engagingly. An outdoor path leads to 11 permanent Old World exhibits, where you’ll step foot into authentic English, Irish, and German farmhouses from the 1600s and 1700s, as well as an African American church from the 1860s and Native American dwellings dating back centuries. Interpreters take a break during the slower winter months but return to the museum in mid-March – your kids will love seeing them in costume and actively doing the trades of the day, like weaving fabrics, woodworking, and blacksmithing. If your spring break is in late March, head to the museum over Easter weekend (March 30-31st, 2024), when they will host family games and special events showcasing the historical roots of Easter traditions such as natural egg-dying (which dates back to the 1200s).

After an afternoon at the museum, get pizza in Staunton at family-owned and family-friendly Maria’s Pizza. Start with garlic knots and Maria’s Big House Salad for the table, followed by classic pies like Margherita or four cheese, or opt for the decadent carbonara or Luca mac and cheese. After dinner, head next door on Greenville Ave to Staunton Lanes for some rounds of bowling, a fun throwback activity for all ages. On Wed nights, bowling games and shoes are only $3, while Friday and Saturday nights feature “Disco Bowl,” with disco lights, hip music, and an extra lively atmosphere.

On other nights, when you may feel more low-key, kick back with the family in the private hot tub of your Love Ridge family cabin. Even better, combine the hot tub relaxation with our Winter S’mores and Stars Getaway, which runs through March 31st when you book two nights or more in our Ravens Roost, Torrey Ridge, or Sherando cabin. We’ll provide hot cocoa, a stargazing map and binoculars, and all the makings you’ll need to craft s’mores around your cabin’s fire pit.

Stay with us, where every day of your spring break Virginia will be fun-filled, relaxing, and adventurous for the whole family!

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