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To explore all that Harrisonburg has to offer, get the scoop from locals. Our blog is carefully crafted to provide a variety of relevant information about Harrisonburg: from trip ideas, to upcoming events, local college information, activity guides, insight on town happenings, and more. Find relevant information here to make the most out of your trip to Harrisonburg. Our blog provides ideas on how to spend your time when you are in the area. If you are looking for outdoor excursions, take a look at our hiking blog for favorite local spots. Want to know about the night-life you can find that here as well. Visiting James Madison University (JMU) or Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) or Bridgewater College you can learn how to make the most of your visit. Harrisonburg is Friendly By Nature!

African American Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg’s African American community has a long and rich history. Today there are numerous sites that bear witness to this history and the contributions of African Americans past and present, from the Lucy Simms Center to the Ralph Sampson Park, to The 150...

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Holiday Shopping In Harrisonburg

From laptops, cell phones and gaming consoles to craft beer, hand-made jewelry and everything in-between including fly fishing gear and cycling accessories Harrisonburg is the place for holiday shopping.
Where else can you shop for everyone on your list and avoid huge crowds? For those who prefer to shop online there is a surprising array of choices from the Virginia Quit Museum gift shop to Snow & Ice Christmas Shop and Shirley’s Popcorn.

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10 Reasons to Visit Harrisonburg Right Now

Fall is an amazing time to visit Harrisonburg, VA. Get lost on a scavenger hunt or hike a secluded mountain trail, sip chardonnay at a local vineyard or pick apples at a local farm and enjoy Harrisonburg’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere and small town charm. Businesses are concerned for your welfare and many have taken Harrisonburg’s Pledge Affirming Trusted Hospitality. Here are 10 reasons to visit Harrisonburg right now although it would be easy to list more than 10!

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A Guide For Things to Do in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful place to visit, filled with charming small towns, friendly folks, farm-to-table eateries, and sensational scenery. I’m ashamed to admit that I lived in neighboring West Virginia for over 40 years and never once made it to see the majestic Shenandoah Valley and its Blue Ridge Mountains. That all changed when my travels brought me on a whirlwind tour of the area, starting with Harrisonburg.

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Live Music In Harrisonburg

It’s a Feast! Listening to Live Music in Harrisonburg When you think of music in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, you may think first of Country or Americana, and you’d be right. You will find some of the best Americana music here in the city that was the starting...

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Bringing Back The Craft House

The Hardesty-Higgins House has been repurposed and remodeled many times since 1848, when Mr. Hardesty, the city’s first mayor, moved his family into one of the finest homes in Harrisonburg.  Later, the Pollack family expanded the four-over-four room plan and ran an...

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