Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon & Wine Festival
What has beautiful scenery, hot air balloons and wine? The Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon & Wine Festival in Virginia. Last year Terry and I found this festival by accident, as we do with most things. We enjoy the Shenandoah area, hiking, horseback and motorcycle riding and camping. We especially enjoy the mountain views. The festival is held at Historic Long Branch, a mansion sitting on 400 acres of hilly countrytside. As well as host to the festival, Long Branch is home to R.E.A.C.H., the Regional Equine Associates Central Hospital. The hospital provides medical and retirement services to horses.
Friday night features a balloon glow. If you want to see the balloons go up you have to be there early. Dress warm! After the balloons go up enjoy the many vendors and large variety of foods, live music, car displays and don’t forget the wine tasting. This year Terry and I attended the festiival with the First State Corvette Club members and displayed our car. There are also barn tours and activities for the kids. Unfortunately, the one thing you won’t find is horseback riding. But, many horses can be see from the hillside. If you have never seen the balloons up close, this festival provides a very enjoyable day. And don’t forget the wine! www.historiclongbranch.com/balloonfest/
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