Of all the lore and legends of the Appalachian region, the reputation we have for craft beverages is spot on. From corn liquor to hopped beer and everything in between, if you’re looking to try some of the top regional spirits during your Massanutten vacation, you won’t be disappointed.

With so many places to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the Shenandoah Valley. Check them out below and see how many you can visit during your next vacation.

Craft Breweries in the Shenandoah Valley

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Over the past 14 years, America has been experiencing a craft beer boom, with record numbers of microbreweries popping up left and right. In fact, according to the Brewers Association, the number of breweries climbed from roughly 1,800 in 2010 to 9,247 in 2021.

With stats like that, it’s made sampling unique and creative new beers easy no matter where you go and has turned brewery scouting into a popular vacation activity. If you’re traveling to Massanutten or the Shenandoah Valley and want to add some names to your Untapped journal, check out these recommended breweries.

BrewHaHa Brewing Company – One part comedy club, one part brewery, BrewHaHa is the perfect spot for a night out during your Shenandoah Valley vacation. Founded by Pete Ballou in 2017, it was the first craft brewery approved in Rockingham County.

Just in time for summer, be sure to try the Panama Pete Mojito Lime Kolsch for that just-right sunny day-sipper. With a full calendar of events and comfy outdoor seating available, whether you’re looking for laughs or just want to try something new, they’ve got you covered.

Cave Hill Farms Brewery – Though the brewery only opened in 2018, Cave Hill Farms has been operating in one capacity or another since King George II gifted the Hopkins family rights to 1,000 acres of land. Since then, it has evolved from a cattle and crop farm to a one-of-a-kind brewery.

With everything from seltzers to stouts, Cave Hill Farms Brewery appeals to a wide variety of palates. Pet-friendly and child-friendly, this is a great place to see some live music, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the difference home-grown ingredients can have on craft beer. We recommend the Guavaberry Grove Sour Ale for something you won’t find anywhere else.

Elkton Brewing Co—This nano brewery’s award-winning work has solidified it as one of the top breweries in the Shenandoah Valley. With food trucks, live entertainment, non-alcoholic options, and 14 rotating taps, Elkton Brewing Co. is a great spot just 11 minutes away from the Massanutten Resort.

Since opening their doors in 2020 (arguably one of the worst times to try to start a business), they’ve proven their power and have created more than 200 unique beers. Currently featuring a menu that contains winter remnants and summer staples, you can find everything from an IPA to a hard cider. And if you can’t decide, they offer two types of flights where you can sample four at a time while you find your new favorite.

Whether you’re a beer aficionado or just someone who appreciates dipping a toe into the local culture, these top breweries in the Shenandoah Valley offer a great example of what this region can deliver. We hope you check them out when you visit. And for even more great breweries, check out the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail!

Sip and Savor at Shenandoah Valley Wineries

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The rolling hills of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians serve as impeccable grounds for elite grape cultivation. If you’re a wine lover, visiting some of the region’s top wineries will be the highlight of your Shenandoah Valley vacation.

The two we’re highlighting in this blog are within half an hour of Massanutten, meaning if you’re staying in one of our Vacation Properties Made Simple rental properties, you’re in a prime location to check them out.

First on the list is Brix and Columns Vineyards. Known for their work with award-winning Michael Shaps of VA Wineworks, their offerings cater to everyone, whether you’re looking for dry, complex flavors or delicious dessert wines. Visit their tasting room for wine flights and glasses by the bottle, or grab a few to take home! With frequent events and a stunning setting, it’s the perfect spot for a beautiful picnic as you enjoy the sweeping beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.

Cross Keys Vineyards is another beloved winery near Massanutten. With their slate-stone courtyard, fountain, and archways, you’ll feel like you’re relaxing in a European chateau. Elevate your visit by booking the CrossKeys Experience, an in-depth tour that takes you behind the scenes as you learn about the wine-making process, tour the grounds, and get a private tasting in the Wine Library. With an assortment of estate-grown reds and whites, as well as a seasonal charcuterie spread, it’s the best way to get the full vineyard effect. Open daily, this is one you’ll definitely want to add to your must-visit list.

Distinguished Distilleries Near Massanutten

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Two excellent distilleries are just an hour or so away from your Massanutten vacation rental, and if you’re looking for distinguished spirits, they won’t disappoint. For all your whiskey and rye needs, Ragged Branch Distillery is the way to go. Focusing on traditional distilling methods, making their premium whiskey is a daily endeavor. Visit their tasting room or enjoy a cocktail in a rocking chair as you take in a mountain sunset. From their Bottled in Bond specialties to their Virginia Straight Bourbon, each batch is crafted to perfection.

At Copper Fox Distillery, beyond whiskey, rye, and bourbon, you can also sample their hand-crafted gin, bourbon mash, and amaro for a very spirited experience. They also offer distillery tours at both their Sperryville and Williamsburg locations and have a variety of cocktails and weekly specials on their rotating menu.

Need a non-alcoholic selection? Their zero-proof cocktails ensure everyone can enjoy something tasty. Be sure to ask about their two self-guided flights so you can enjoy a customized sampling of products tailored to your tastes.

Book Your Craft Getaway with VPMS Today

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With this list of the top breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the Shenandoah Valley, you’re ready to sip your way through the best craft creations the region has to offer. But before you can do that, you have to find your perfect vacation rental!

At Vacation Properties Made Simple, we have Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten cabins and rental homes that are perfect for any size group getaway. Whether you need a single-family home or a place big enough for a large group, you can find it here with us. Plus, when you book directly with VPMS, you get peace of mind knowing you’re getting the best rate on the market. Browse our available vacation rentals and book your stay with us today!