Massanutten Resort

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  1. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Does anyone have any information on the Massanutten Resort Area...my wife has decided that we should take a bike trip south this fall and is looking at a deal on a week at one of the lodges in this resort. we would spend 5-7 days there doing day trips on the bike.

    Any information on the resort or riding in the general area would be a big help. We are looking at mid September
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  2. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    I don't know anything about the lodges around there, but I do know that there's a lot of great riding to be had regardless of which bike from your sig line that you bring. However, in order to better serve you, which bike will you be bringing and what type of roads are you looking for. I presume that you're looking at setting up day ride routes, using Massanutten as a base camp. And two up riding? Or each each of you on your own bike?
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  4. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    I know a place you might be able to stay. Clue you in on some good food too.

    When in fall?
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  5. PWRCRZR

    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Got to fix my sig line..

    I will be 2-up on my new Tenere.

    My wife has decided that a bike trip would be a good way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary :clap:clap

    Looking at the 3rd week of Sept..

    She is finding deals at that resort for around $300 for the week through a time share program we have..
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  6. RideOn2

    RideOn2 Been here awhile

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    I recently moved from Richmond,VA to Concord,MA. I skied Massanuttan several times and did lots of day trips up in that area hardly any bad Rds. in Central and Western,VA

    That time in Sept. is really nice temps can range from 65F to the mid 80's or even warmer.

    I'm looking forward to exploring NH,VT,and ME this spring and summer.
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  7. CaptnSlo

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    Mind sharing the food recommendation? I will be staying at the resort in May.

    (I'm also hoping to squeeze in a ride on 33 to Seneca Rocks while out yonder - I hear that's a good jaunt)
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    Kawi-Mike Been here awhile

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    The ride over to Seneca Rocks is a really nice ride. Two years ago in one of the motorcycle mags it was in the top ten roads in America. It may have been in my AMA monthly mag I get. Anyway, I rode to Seneca Rocks on 33 and came back on 250 into Staunton then north on 81 just a few miles back up to 33 which takes you back to Massenutten.
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    RideOn2 Been here awhile

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    My 2 fav RTE were(are) The BBQ Exchange in GordensVille,VA and in Speerysville,VA The Thorton River Grill.
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  10. hscrugby

    hscrugby "That guy"

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    My folks have places there. Great resort.
    I'm up there at least 2 weeks a year. There is tons of hiking and riding all around there. Almost all the roads are nice unless it's four lanes. :lol3
    As for food, the "links" (I think that's the name?) restaurant at the resort, right on the golf course kind of sucks. Pricey and meh. The pub right on the ski slopes has just as good of food.
    Hanks is decent right off of 33 at the bottom of the mtn. Harrisonburg is ~15 minutes away and has all your standard fare for food. I haven't found anywhere "excellent" yet that I'd recommend. (Partly cause I'm usually snowboarding the whole time and just eat for cheap)
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    Falcon86 I just work here.

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    Have you considered venturing a bit futher, perhaps to Snowshoe Mtn. Resort in WV? Absolutely beautiful area.
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  12. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    I lived there for about 14 years. Great place to start a ride :D

    do the Sperryville loop, :D 644 to 602 to 340N to 211E over the mountain, S on 231 to 29 S to 230 west to 33 west back to the "Nut", it's a half a day trip. gives you time to stop and smell the roses, grab a bite to eat and check things out.

    and you can always run the Blue Ridge Parkway or Shenandoah National Park. SNP speed limit is 35mph.

    You have 33 West into WV then pick any road south down to 250 and back east into VA, 42 N to Harrisonburg. Great day trip rides into WV pick a route and go :lol2 :thumb Day tripping rides to Snowshoe, WV, Cass, WV, Seneca Rocks, WV, Green Bank, WV etc. Day Tripping south to Hot Springs, VA or Highland County, VA on the back roads is another good ride.

    Loop north to 55 W and find a road back south to 33 :D

    Good eats off the mountain!! On the golf course there is Fareways, a little pricey. :D Hank's BBQ on 33 is good eats :dg

    check the Good Eats linky for places to stop for a bite in WV and VA.

    mid september is a good time. good weather and no leaf peepers on the roads yet :lol2 you'll see the start of some tree colors up higher in the hills and in WV
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    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Thanks for all the great input guys, this should really help. Once we book something I will revisit route and restaurant ideas in the latter part of the summer.
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    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Shoot me a PM if you need any route ideas:deal
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    freaking RT will golf for food

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    if you are into wine, there are some good vineyards in VA. check out http://www.virginiawine.org/ for ideas for day tripping from the "Nut"
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    300 for the week sounds great! A couple great places to eat at the base on 33. Jack browns has great burgers.
    Skyline cafe for coffee and dinner. Hanks is solid for dinner..
    I would avoid Log Cabin BBQ. BBQ exchange (as stated by fellow inmate ) is very good.
    ElPaso in elkton has the best Burrito Carnita s I have ever tasted and our new bakery in town has grea great great food.
    Appalachian Baking Co. hours are funky. open wed through sat 10 to 5.
    Mellow Mushroom Pizza in C'ville is great.
    Spelunkers in Front Royal is another great burger and frozen custard spot..
    When you are on Skyline drive ,I suggest you stop at Big Meadows for Black berry ice cream. I think it is Blackwalnut base with local black berries.


    Blixa---Depending on the time in May, we can offer you a two and a half hour canoe float on the Shenendoah river and maybe some fishing.

    sr636 offers a 9 mile easy f. road ending with catherines' furnace (Pre civil war)
    Have a great time.
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    freaking RT will golf for food

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    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Thought I would bring this back to the top as we are getting into trip planning mode..

    Anyone have anything new to add?
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    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    Well the wife and I made it down here this week and the weather is looking awesome. We have done the top 2/3 of the skyline as well as a few local roads. Beautiful country down here. I think we are going west on 33 to Seneca today and then loop back on 250. Also plan to ride the Blue Ridge one day..well part of it.

    Stumbled on Jack. Brown's our first night here. .great burger and beer stand. Found a nice sanwich shop in Luray when we did the caverns..

    we have till Sat morning here so if anyone has anything new we are all ears:ear
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  20. SxyRdr

    SxyRdr Been here awhile

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    You've lucked out with the gorgeous weather!


    One thing about 211, they've dropped the speed limits over the years. Was out there a few weeks back and it's 35 mph on the west side, 45 on the east side.


    If the wife is into glass baubles (or hand crafted jewelry or blown glass creations), there's a wonderful shop in Staunton, not too far from Massanutten.
    http://sunspots.com/


    And over in Harrisonburg, there's a brewery that a friend of mine went to recently and said it was decent.
    http://threebrosbrew.com/

    My son lives in Harrisonburg and he said there's a Tilted Kilt there. You'll be gone I'm sure, but we're heading to Harrisonburg for the weekend.
    http://www.tiltedkilt.com/


    We rode down to the Wintergreen resort area and had a nice lunch at Devils Backbone (another brewery).
    http://www.dbbrewingcompany.com

    It's not real clear from their site, but if you hover over Info and then click on Map, you'll see the address of the brewpub.

    There's also a nice little coffee shop in downtown Culpeper.
    http://www.ravensbrew.com/NewFiles/detail/RavensNest2.html

    You can hit Prince Michel vineyard in Madison along the way.
    http://www.princemichel.com/

    Just some thoughts on some destinations if you're not wanting to just meander around. You're pretty safe just looking at a map and picking back roads. All the riding around the area is pretty decent. Even if some of the roads do turn to dirt, your Tenere should handle it just fine.
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