Rileyville Travel Guide

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Rileyville Things to Do

  • Fishing

    John's favorite fishin' place is the Low Water Bridge, about 5 miles down river from the Bunker. He is currently exploring holes up river, and right around our put in. Small mouth has been pretty good so far this early summer. I like catching sunfish.Web site for Down River Canoe, the outfitter at the Low Water Bridge, is below. There you'll find...

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  • Birding

    The waddlers (white-breasted nuthatches). Mr. & Mrs. Wobbly (downy woodpeckers). Orange head (red-bellied woodpecker). The deranged male cardinal. Jays, crows, house finches, goldfinches, rose-breasted grosbeaks... the list of birds that visit my makeshift bird feeders on the deck goes on and on-- and changes over time. Ducks, teals, Canada geese...

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  • take a drive

    The Skyline Drive is a spectacular road, but it's not the only one in or going through Page County. If you really want to see some local life, drive around. See the photos here and in the travelogue "Take a Drive" for some examples (example only) of the sights.

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  • Wineries

    We have a Wine-Tasting tour mapped out for you! We've researched many in the area and have identified the "too-commercial for us" ones, as well as the ones that are off the beaten path (the meadery is excellent!). The complete tour takes about 3.5-4 hours-- an extremely pleasant Saturday afternoon meandering through the Virginia countryside. For...

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  • Take a hike... !

    Old Rag Mountian in the Shenandoah National Forest is 3268 feet above sea level; a 150 pound person will burn 2300 calories hiking to the summit, a mere 7.3 miles of panoramic views and granite from the parking area. See the accompanying travelogue for more photos.

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  • Take a walk...

    From: Front doorTo: Edge of riverVia shortest route (without trespassing)Total distance = 325 steps* one-waySEE TRAVELOGUE FOR DIRECTIONS AND LANDMARKS*distance based on number of steps taken by 5'4" tall 40-something female at strolling stride

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Rileyville Restaurants

  • Our local Bos

    This is our local Boswell Alley. Cheap beer. Good food. Squabbling yet friendly waitstaff, if a bit on the slow side. Buck's nephew (co-owner) is often around and frequently a bit on the tipsy side. Sit at the bar. And by the way-- there's no such thing as a smoking section. It's all smoking. :-) Fish basket, hand down.

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  • What would you expect?

    The back label on the gallon jugs of wine we make here at the Bunker reads:BUNKER WINERY makes country-style fruit wines and old-timey smoked meats, sausages, and desserts. We are located at the northern tip of Page Valley in Virginia, nestled right on the Shenandoah River between the Blue Ridge Mountains to our east and the Massanutten Mountains...

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  • Not open on Monday

    Mindi's (in Luray) is the classic local Mexican place owned by someone not at all Mexican. But the food is good and the beer is cheap.

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Rileyville Nightlife

  • tradition lives on

    Some of you may recall that before the Compound had a 'Synaptic Jct' it had an 'Outdoor Viewing Area': John turned the TV around in the kitchen window to face the driveway and formed a redneck theater with camp chairs. We sat, drank beer, smoked cheap cigars, and watched football. The tradition lives on at OVA II! jeans, sweats, flannel.

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  • Look up

    The night sky is truly spectacular. Unfortunately, I have no photos of the stars, only of a full moon, dusk over the Massenuttens, and fog rising in the Blue Ridge.

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Rileyville Transportation

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    by marica Updated Aug 25, 2006

    The road you turn off the highwayonto is paved, but with a steep grade decent. Our road is NOT paved, but is reletively flat. Our driveway is not paved and is NOT flat (see photo on main page). But unless weather conditions are very bad, you should have no problem coming up the drive.

    NOTE: The driveway has two entrances-- and there is a preferred (easier) entrance and exit. ENTER the right-most drive (as you view the house from the road). It's steeper coming up which most people find easier.

    AUGUST 23 UPDATE: There is now general consensus that I was wrong-- left side is steeper. So come up any way you choose!! (Thanks to Brian K. for pointing out this error.)

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Rileyville Shopping

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    by marica Updated May 22, 2007

    The Town of Luray is the closet "town". On or just off Main St. you'll discover This & That, The Antique Mall, the paper store, Banks Used Books, Artists' Warehouse, a healthfood store, the Pawn and Snack Shop, and many other shopping opportunities.

    Looking down Main St. @Festival of Spring

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Rileyville Local Customs

  • closings

    Mrs. B's Pizza & Subs (very good) closes for graduations. Mindi's Mexican Restaurant is closed on Mondays. ABC store is closing at 6pm on July 4th.Have a good one!

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  • Local goings on

    There's never a dull moment in Page County. [Note the traffic light in Luray Festival of Spring photo; one of four red lights in the county.]

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Rileyville Warnings and Dangers

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    by marica Updated Aug 24, 2006

    340S is a 2-lane VA state road and is well-maintained. The speed limit is 55. HOWEVER-- if you are unaccustomed to driving country roads, be careful! The road more or less follows the river-- i.e., it is windy. In addition, watch for deer and other critters, especially at dusk.

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Rileyville What to Pack

  • Summer (June & July 2007)

    See earlier seasons. See earlier seasons for general information.HAT is an absolute must. It's outrageously bright out here from sun up to sun down. Even foggy mornings are bright.RIVER SHOES are important. Rubber soles with good tread are best.BATHING SUIT(s). Sunscreen. See earlier seasons for more. See earlier. One of our friends took a total...

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  • Spring!

    See information under "Late Summer" (below) GENERAL: Check the forcast for 22650 at www.wunderground.com (more reliable than other forecasting services like weather.com that default to Winchester). SPECIFICS: One cannot go wrong by provisioning for layers; ours is an odd micro-climate. Rest assured that we do have many many hoodies, sweaters,...

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  • Late Fall

    see below 1) If you really want to get in the river, which is about 50 degrees F, you can-- with waders. We have a boys size large and a mens size larger. Have fun!2) Frosty mornings-- bring snuggly sweaters if you want to enjoy the sunrise or set from the deck. If you forget, don't worry-- I have many such sweaters.3) Recommended-- hiking boots,...

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Rileyville Off The Beaten Path

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    by marica Updated Sep 8, 2006

    UPDATE 9/8:
    *Satellite TV A-O.K.
    *NFL Sunday Ticket A-O.K.
    *High speed internet B-O.K.
    *WiFi A-O.K.

    As of this posting (late August) the Bunker is more or less up to 2006 standards.

    MORE: electricity; A/C; indoor plumbing; landline phone; washer & dryer; DVD; computer w/high speed satellite internet

    LESS: sporatic cell service (some have, some do not) at the Bunker, but o.k. on roads leading to; satellite TV with NFL Sunday Ticket (coming 9/2); in-home WiFi network (coming); NO dishwasher! NO garbage disposal!

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Rileyville Favorites

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    by marica Updated Aug 9, 2006

    Favorite thing: Thanks for checking this out. Be advised that this web site is not designed to our specific needs-- . For example, the description of the sleeping accomodations is under "Hotels". So please explore the various tips.

    Fondest memory: For those who'd like to do more research about the general area & its attractions, try googling "Front Royal", "Luray, VA", "Page County, VA", "Virginia Wineries", and go from there!

    Also explore Virtual Tourist for more on the Luray and Skyline Caverns, Front Royal, Skyline Drive.

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