Shenandoah Valley Journals

Round 3 in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley

A September 2005 trip to Shenandoah Valley by brmcga

Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club Photo, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia More Photos
Quote: With so much to see and a relatively short drive, I decided it was time to visit Shenandoah again. So, a little golf and a couple of trips to Washington, D.C. were in order.
Accomodations 1 Photo, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Best Things Nearby:Many different caverns for touring.Best Things About the Resort:Proximity to Bryce Resort (for the golf).Resort Experience:The resort was a two-bedroom (one an open loft) unit. It was old but fully equipped, with many things in need of repair, including a new paint job. It was off in the woods with no real view, and the road was in need of repair also. I won't be returning. #reviewExtras {display:block;} #reviewExtras ul {margin:0;padding:5px 0 15px 0;} #reviewExtras li {color:#000;font-size:12px;padding:1px 0;} #reviewExtras li strong {float:left;display:block;width:50%;font-weight:...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 13, 2005

Bryce Resort Golf


Bryce Resort Golf Photo, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
What to do the day after a 10-hour drive? Golf! So, not wanting to drive much, I decided to play the course at Bryce Resort, which is the only course in Bayse. During the initial drive by, I wasn’t overly impressed. The course was two holes wide, nestled in a valley. This impression was about to change. Fortunately, I was joined up with a local member and his family. This insight, no doubt, helped my score. My “caddie's” advice, coupled with reasonably generous fairways, allowed me to card a good score. Watch out for the creek; it winds its way onto 13 holes. There were a number of interesting doglegs, some elevation changes, and just enough bunkers to give a wide variety of play. An...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2005

Bryce Resort Golf
1982 Fairway Dr.
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 22810

Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club Photo, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
My second round of the trip was on the advice of a local ice-cream vendor. The course was well off the beaten path, but the directions were easy to follow. Beem was a co-designer of this future first-rate course. The clubhouse was excellent, all cart paths were paved, and there were some excellent scenic views of the area from the later holes. I was not prepared the grueling duel of man versus course, though. Every hole had elevation changes, as the course was on the side of a mountain. This coupled with undulating and thin fairways, errant tee shots, and slow greens made a problem for me. A big problem! I would, however, recommend the course for play--just be prepared.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2005

Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club
3067 Packsaddle Trail
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 22832

National Air and Space Museum: Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Attraction | "Udvar-Hazy Centre For Flight"

National Air and Space Museum: Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center Photo, Chantilly, Virginia
The museum is recently opened and only half stocked with aircraft; however, it was without a doubt one of the best museums I have viewed yet. Follow the history of flight from the very beginning to the fighter of the future. In between, you will find the X71, Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Enola Gay, Concorde, and many, many other fascinating air- and spacecraft. Expect to spend the entire day taking the guided tour (nearly 2 hours), view the IMAX and over 100 exhibits, which will double to 200 by 2007. An absolute must-see.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2005

National Air and Space Museum: Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
(202) 633-1000

The best overview would be their website, it's chock-full of pictures and stories. Go to to check it out! The park itself was a bit difficult to navigate - I found the map versus winding paths a bit confusing, and it was hard to go from certain areas to others. Comparing this zoo to the Toronto Zoo, I found the number of exhibits smaller, and the number of animals on display to be small, with many only having one or two specimens. However, as one of DC's many free Smithsonians, it is worth a day.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2005

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo)
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 673-4800