WINCHESTER TRAVEL ADVISORY & UPDATES

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

This is a heartbreakingly difficult time for our many passionate, community-founded businesses and event planners. We encourage you to please support these businesses as much as you safely can, whether it be through to-go meals from our local restaurants that you enjoy in one of our numerous local battlefields or parks, gift certificates that you buy to plan your escape away from home once things return to normal, or even just a positive message on the Facebook pages of the businesses and restaurants that you love and are missing.

Special Offerings and Still Open:

Before we get into the list of things that are closed, here is a short of list of some of the cool things that are still available and adjustments that our great local businesses and attractions have come up with:

• Many local restaurants participate in UberEats and/or GrubHub, both of which have announced they are waiving delivery fees for all orders from independently owned restaurants on their respective apps. They’ll deliver to homes AND hotels. Here’s a good starting list of our 200+ restaurants in the area through WincFood. Many of our local restaurants offer delivery on their own, please check out their individual Facebook pages and websites.

 

 

• The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber has created a Take Out and Delivery Options Facebook group with local restaurant offerings.

• Old Town Winchester has created a webpage directory with details on restaurants and shops in Old Town.


Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has now allowed delivery of alcohol for any business with an on-premise license. Please inquire with these establishments regarding delivery options.

Winchester Brew Works is offering curbside growler pickup and even local beer delivery through their website! Escutcheon Brewing Co, Broken Window Brewing Co and Alesatian Brewing Co all have to-go growlers available, although none are currently refilling personal growlers. Winchester Ciderworks is offering online ordering and pickup.

James Charles Winery’s tasting room will be closed as of March 20, but they have curbside pick-up and are exploring delivery options (see their Facebook page for more info). Briede Family Vineyards is still scheduled to open for their season on April 24.

Murphy Beverage, located in Old Town Winchester, is offering delivery for beer and wine from their store. They have waived their delivery fee and reduced their order sizes to get through this.

Wilkins Shoe Center is offering curbside pickup for shoe orders.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum has started a daily post with activities ideas for parents who have found themselves at home with their kids every day! Love it!

Winchester Book Gallery offers online ordering. Support small business and have books delivered to your door!

• Visitor and local favorite Bonnie Blue Southern Market and Bakery has started a Kids Lunch Club, to provide a hot, fresh lunch for all local K-12 and college and university students for $3+ tax. Bonnie Blue fans, guests, and crew have underwritten over 500 meals in support of this effort. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

Sexi-Mexi Burritos in Old Town Winchester, in addition to their curbside order ahead burritos, is offering Margarita kits with fresh squeezed juice and an instruction card. Clever!

West Oaks Farm Market is offering call-ahead orders from their cafe that can be picked up from your vehicle. They are also offering free kids meals and 1/2 peck of apples free to families.

Violino Ristorante has joined the ranks of restaurants offering curbside pickup, with theirs right behind the restaurant on Indian Alley. They’ve sweetened the pot with a 10% discount for curbside!

Handworks Gallery in Old Town Winchester has started a really popular Surprise Pick-Me-Up in a Box, where you can set a price, theme and recipient and they’ll put together a gift box and mail it out for you. So creative and thoughtful!

Alamo Drafthouse Winchester is offering special online film screenings from the safety of your home.

Tea Around Town – have a calming cup of tea while virtually exploring attractions and sites in Winchester!

All community events are very subject to change or cancellation. We encourage you to contact the event organizer directly to confirm that the event information has not been changed.

The following Attractions and Businesses have been closed:

Information is changing daily, please check with sites directly before visiting. Virginia’s governor has ordered all non-essential businesses such as museums, to be closed through at least April 24.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (closed, daily activity ideas and virtual experiences on their FB page)

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park (closed, Visitor Contact Station: 7712 Main St., Middletown Virginia, and the Park Headquarters Building: 8639 Valley Pike, Middletown Virginia. The Morning Attack Trail will continue to be open and accessible to visitors.)

Winchester Little Theatre (next production has been moved to September)

Family Drive-In Theatre (closed, will announce opening at a future date)

AMC Apple Blossom 12 (closed, will announce opening at a future date)

The Alamo Drafthouse Winchester (closed, will announce opening at a future date)

Handley Regional Libraries (closed, all fees waived during this time, many online services available)

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (building closed through May 12, gardens to open April 18 with David Roger’s Big Bugs exhibit, as scheduled)

Belle Grove Plantation (delayed seasonal opening until at least April 24)

Abram’s Delight, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters and Washington’s Office Museum (have delayed seasonal opening until April 24)

Patsy Cline Historic House (as of now, still planning to open for the season April 24)

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (closed)

The Apple Blossom Mall (closed)

The following Events have been postponed or canceled:

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival – Late April/Early May – has suspended all planning for this year’s regular slate of events. More information is available on their website.

Winchester Wings & Wheels has suspended planning for their June 13 event, with cancellation likely. Check their Facebook page for updates.

• The April 2 Newcomer’s Welcome Event has been cancelled. This is a recurring quarterly event, so the July 2 event is still planned.

Winchester Wedding Weekend – March 29 – (postponed to November 15)
A Virtual Bridal Expo with prize giveaways will still be held on their Facebook page on March 29!

Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival – June 6 – (cancelled for 2020)

Kidzfest – May 16 – (cancelled for 2020)

Shenandoah Conservatory performances – all performances have been canceled for this semester.

• All Bright Box Theater performances through March 28 have been cancelled or postponed. Please check their website for up-to-the-minute information.

An Evening with Ronnie Milsap has been postponed till Oct 15, tickets are available through this link.

• This is just a partial list of events, please check our Events Calendar for more updates.

Visitor Centers

To protect the health of our communities, staff, and visitors, the Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center and Gift Shop on Pleasant Valley Road is currently closed. We will reassess the situation on a weekly basis and post here when we plan to re-open. The administrative office will continue regular weekday operations and at this time, we are still available by phone: (540) 542-1326.

The Old Town Winchester Welcome Center on Boscawen St is also currently closed, and is reassessing the situation on a weekly basis. We will update this when they announce when they will reopen.

The Virginia Tourism Clear Brook Welcome Center located in Frederick County on I-81 S is currently closed. This is a state-run facility, please see the Virginia Tourism website for further updates and details.

Travel Guidance

With the situation evolving rapidly, we encourage the traveling public to seek and heed the latest expert guidance, and to make fact-based travel decisions.

• Currently, there are no domestic travel advisories or restrictions, nor are there advisories or restrictions for Winchester-Frederick County or the Commonwealth of Virginia.

• The U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued travel advisories for select foreign countries, including China, Europe, Iran, Ireland, South Korea, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Russia, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and more.

The U.S. Department of State

Centers for Disease Control Travel Notices

• Public health screenings are in place in 13 domestic airports for many inbound international flights, including Washington Dulles (IAD), Philadelphia (PHL), and Atlanta (ATL).

Public Health and Travel Resources

US Travel – Domestic travel and national tourism impacts

Commonwealth of Virginia – statewide updates

General COVID-19 Information

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Print Resources

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