IHS Markit: Europe added 23GW of new solar capacity in 2019

first_imgIHS Markit: Europe added 23GW of new solar capacity in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Europe added roughly 23 GW of new solar power generation capacity in 2019, up 88% year-on-year, according to preliminary calculations by IHS Markit.The near doubling of capacity additions was the result of a combination of favourable macro conditions, including a further reduction of photovoltaic (PV) module prices which boosted the cost competitiveness of solar energy, renewed growth in the utility-scale segment driven by tenders and power purchase agreements (PPAs), steady growth of distributed PV and a broadening of the number of large-solar markets, particularly in Eastern Europe, IHS Markit says in an overview.More than 19 markets in Europe should have topped 1 GW of capacity by the end of 2019.“Overall the European solar market is moving towards a new level of maturity and growth trajectory driven beyond rich subsidies. Increasingly, it will be driven by market fundamentals such as increasing interest from corporates, utilities and off-takers considering solar as a cost competitive energy generation source”, the market research firm said.Demand in 2019 mainly came from the top-four PV markets of Germany, Spain, Ukraine and Netherlands. These are expected to report 13 GW of combined installations, or 60% of the European total for the year. Growth in the future, in addition to these four markets, is also seen to come from Portugal, Italy, France, the UK, Poland, Hungary and Turkey.[Tsvetomira Tsanova]More: Solar installs in Europe jump by 88% in 2019 – IHS Markitlast_img read more

Vietnamese solar production soars, now almost 4% of country’s electricity supply

first_imgVietnamese solar production soars, now almost 4% of country’s electricity supply FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享VnExpress.net:Vietnam’s January to August solar power production surged 2.94 times year-on-year to 6.39 billion kWh, with an increase in the number of plants.Renewable energy production, comprising solar, wind and biomass, was 7.27 billion kWh, accounting for 4.4 percent of [the] total in the first eight months, according to a report from national utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN).EVN has been building and upgrading 21 transmission lines since last year to reduce national grid overload caused by the upsurge in number of solar power plants, mostly in the central provinces of Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.At present, there are 102 solar power plants operating in the country with a total capacity of 6,300-megawatt peak (MWp.) Nearly 50,000 rooftop solar systems were operating by the end of August with a total capacity of nearly 1,200 MWp, half of them installed in the first eight months.Also, in this period, coal-fired power production accounted for 54.2 percent of the total, followed by hydropower at 23.8 percent and gas at 15.2 percent.Total power production rose 2 percent year-on-year to 164.05 billion kWh.[Dat Nguyen]More: Solar power production tripleslast_img read more

GE to exit coal-fired power plant construction business

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:General Electric Co said on Monday it plans to stop making coal-fired power plants, as the U.S. industrial conglomerate focuses more on renewable sources of power generation.The company said the exit from the business could include divestitures, site closings and job cuts, while it works with its customers to complete existing obligations.GE has said in the past it would focus less on fossil fuels and more on renewable energy, reflecting a growing acceptance of clean power sources by utilities.“GE’s exit from building new coal-fired power — after decades as a leader in this space — is an acknowledgement that growth in the energy sector will no longer be in coal,” said Kathy Hipple, a financial analyst at Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “The market will ultimately reward GE for exiting new coal builds.”The move also makes GE’s portfolio more ESG (environment, social and governance) centric, according to Wolfe Research analyst Nigel Coe, with the coal and steam equipment business being relatively small at about $1 billion of its annual revenues.[Ankit Ajmera and Rachit Vats]More: GE plans to stop making coal-fired power plants GE to exit coal-fired power plant construction businesslast_img read more

Blue Ridge Parkway: Closed to Cyclists?

first_imgThe Blue Ridge Parkway is the single most popular road for bicyclists in the Blue Ridge. Cyclists cherish the Parkway’s 469 scenic miles from Shenandoah to the Smokies. Even Lance Armstrong pedaled the high-elevation road during his Tour de France championship training.Unfortunately, the Blue Ridge Parkway’s newly released draft management plan could limit cycling on the Parkway. The draft plan focuses exclusively on the Parkway being “actively managed as a traditional, self-contained, scenic recreational driving experience.”The Parkway was formed through legislation in 1936. But a “traditional driving experience” in 1936 is far different than how users would choose to enjoy the Parkway in the 21st century. Motorized vehicles should not be the only way promoted to experience the Blue Ridge Parkway today.The Draft Plan also states that the Blue Ridge Parkway is applying for National Historic Landmark status, as a way to manage the Parkway under the strain of diminishing National Park budgets. Under this status, any changes within the Parkway will go under intense historic review, which could block trail building, road maintenance, or future improvements for bicycle access. Despite the growing interest in bicycling, Park managers may not be able to accommodate cyclists or other non-motorized and alternative transportation users.Here are the alternatives listed in the plan:A = no changeB = promoting the “driving experience”C = partnership with local economiesNone of the alternatives are entirely bicycle-friendly, but B is the least bicycle-friendly of all. The Park has tentatively selected Alternative B, but public comment can change their decision.The Parkway is overwhelmed and underfunded in trying to meet the needs of almost 20 million annual visitors. But on all counts, this draft plan fails to meet the vision created by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s Great Outdoors initiative, which includes a goal of connecting Americans to the outdoors. It further derails Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis’s challenge to Park managers to:expand the use of our National Parks for outdoor recreation;connect parks in or near urban areas through public transportation, and pedestrian and bike paths; and,decrease carbon footprint, and showcase the value of renewable energy.What You Can DoSubmit written comments on the Blue Ridge Parkway Draft Management Plan by December 16, to:Superintendent Philip A. Francis, Jr.Blue Ridge Parkway199 Hemphill Knob RoadAsheville, NC 28803Or formally submit comments through the on-line system, answering the following questions:Question 1: What proposals or aspects do you like/dislike about the alternatives in this Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (DGMP/EIS)?I can  support proposed Option C only if comprehensive changes are made to include and promote bicycling, walking and other non-motorized forms of transportation as an integral part of the Parkway’s mission.As a cyclist, I cannot support the over-arching goals presented in the Draft Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement.First, a National Historic Landmark designation is the wrong way to protect the Parkway. This status will create obstacles and bureaucratic red tape, and entomb the Parkway in a virtual time capsule. Instead, we should trust the good judgment and stewardship of future generations to preserve and protect this treasure in perpetuity, while meeting the changing needs of our citizens.Second, Park managers need to understand that the legislation that created the Parkway as a “driving experience” doesn’t fully meet the needs of today’s Parkway users, or potential users. The Parkway shouldn’t be promoted as a car-only roadway, but should meet the National Park Service’s Call to Action and Secretary Salazar’s vision of Connecting Americans to the Great Outdoors. By promoting and accommodating cycling and other forms of alternative transportation, Parkway managers will provide interactive and lasting experiences with one of America’s most loved treasures.Finally, the Draft Plan’s alternatives do not address the growing interest in cycling, and fail to acknowledge the benefits that cycling brings to both the Parkway and surrounding communities. The Blue Ridge Parkway is an international cycling destination, and important recreation facility for surrounding communities; vital to their economies, and to provide them with healthy lifestyle opportunities.Merely allowing cycling on the Parkway is not enough and the message to promote active, healthy use of the facility must be an integral part of the core management plan.Question 2: Do you have any suggestions for improving the preferred alternative in this DGMP/EIS? If so, what are they?Parkway management should:1) halt the National Historic Landmark application process;2) recognize and promote cycling in the Draft Management Plan as a viable and important aspect of Parkway visitation;3) modify the  Draft Management Plan as presented and work with cyclists, the surrounding communities and the general public to meet the needs of today’s changing world. The plan should have a goal of building cycling and alternative transportation into the park planning process in order to meet the National Park Service’s Call to Action and Secretary Salazar’s vision for Connecting American’s to the Great Outdoors.You can read more about the Parkway plan and its impact on cyclists here.last_img read more

Ben Friberg: Havana to Key West on a Paddleboard

first_img“You only get one shot at something like that,” Ben Friberg said shortly after becoming the first person ever to paddleboard from Cuban to American soil. He crossed 118 miles of open ocean from Port Hemingway, Cuba, to Key West, Florida.“You have to make a call on your most likely weather window for success, and if you choose wrong, you cannot go back to Cuba and try again. You have committed by expending your body’s strength and checking out of the country.” After one possible window that Friberg and team member Kim Sutton elected to skip immediately after arriving in Cuba, a new weather opening appeared four days later.  The team waited in Port Hemingway, a suburb of Havana, and immersed themselves in the culture.As the window arrived, Friberg stepped into the sun from a press conference with Cuban politicians and international news organizations, including the BBC. It was time to go home. Friberg follows in the footsteps of swimmers who have made this historic crossing… names like Penny Palfrey, Diana Nyad, and Chloe McCardel have made that swim in the past, braving jellyfish and shark hazards. But SUP has its own set of challenges.Ben stepped onto his board and paddled out of the harbor, with the Sunluver support boat on his left, piloted by Captain Bob Olin, and Hunt Jennings, a close kayaking friend, on his right. It was Thursday afternoon, and it was going to be a long night.“I often compare endurance SUP to climbing, and every mountain has its own set of variables,” Ben said. “In this case, there is wind speed, the Gulf Stream current, personal fitness, and any number of other things. One of my biggest challenges is always my stomach.”Friberg_BoatViewIn spite of the lower winds, the waves kept coming. As darkness fell over the Caribbean, Friberg battled the unending barrage of two foot seas. “Surely they’ll let up after dark,” he yelled to the crew. But the waves didn’t stop, and the darkness extended in front of them.  Since he couldn’t read the chop in the dark, Ben soon became sick and started to dry heave. He collapsed on the board and did everything he could not to let the precious food and calories escape his body. Eventually he was able to stand up again and continue into the night.As the journey went into the early morning, Ben’s board and the support boat started to churn up spectacular trails of bioluminescent algae, and those lights seemed to be reflected in the stars, which extended all the way to the horizon. Even in his state of exhaustion, he couldn’t help but marvel at where this expedition had delivered him. The waves turned in a favorable direction for a while, and he was even able to get some good surfs. He fell into the ocean once in the darkness, but got back up and continued paddling.With the rise of the sun came good news- Ben was going to be able to avoid a large eddy in the Gulf Stream. A successful crossing was looking feasible, and he needed every possible motivation on his side to make it happen. His goal was waiting 35 miles ahead of him, through a full day of toil in the tropical sun.“I definitely hallucinated that morning,” Ben said, “I thought I saw a giant manta ray beneath me at one point, but it ended up just being a reflection of a cloud.”  The eyes can only process so much, and trying to read water for over 24 consecutive hours was taking its toll on him.  The heat blasted down as Friberg’s team filled his Camelbak and neck shawl with ice to keep his core temperature down. Paddle stroke after paddle stroke, the U.S. edged closer.Friberg hadn’t told family and friends that he had even departed from Cuba, but the world tuned in once his Spot device started moving. He didn’t expect a large crowd as he closed in on Smather’s Beach, Florida, but that is what he got. As he paddled the last hundred yards to the beach, Friberg realized that this dream that he had worked towards for over a year was coming true. His BARK Dominator paddleboard glided to the beach, and he stepped off the board and onto American soil.  He had been paddling for 28 hours straight.“I just wanted to show how awesome the craft of SUP is,” he said. “My way of doing that is through demonstrating it’s efficiency in ultra-endurance pushes and historic channel crossings. Cuba fit in perfectly with this, and I think I was able to bring SUP to the dinner tables of the world.”last_img read more

Joyful Noise

first_imgThese days country music is big business. The genre’s mainstream artists hold the last bastion of record sales, and big stars like Luke Bryan are filling stadiums. And while it’s no secret the hits are being churned out in Nashville, country’s commercial roots actually started east of Music City in the Tennessee-Virginia border town of Bristol.A new compilation album, Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, pays tribute to the early recordings that first brought country to a mass audience. The star-filled two-disc set, which was released last month, features the likes of Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Keb’ Mo’, and Emmylou Harris reinventing some of the genre’s early classics.“It’s important to let people know how it all started,” said Grammy-winning producer, musician, and songwriter Carl Jackson, who oversaw the project. “We’re honoring the history of country music and the artists from that time.”Back in 1927, Ralph Peer, a record producer working for the Victor Talking Machine Company, traveled through Appalachia in search of authentic sounds. He set up a makeshift recording studio in a hat factory on State Street, Bristol’s main drag, and put out advertisements for musicians. Through 12 days that summer the sessions yielded 76 songs, including the first recordings by bluegrass pioneer Jimmie Rodgers and the legendary Carter Family, who lived nearby in southwest Virginia. Now known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” the recordings would give songs like “In the Pines” and “Pretty Polly,” which had previously only been passed down through generations on porches, a commercial debut. Johnny Cash called the sessions “the single most important event in the history of country music.”EmmylouHarris_Press photo - JackSpencer_FIXA couple years ago Jackson was asked by songwriter Rusty Morrell to help recreate the sessions with modern artists. He was easily the right man for the job, being one of country’s most-respected, multi-faceted industry players and having previously helmed a Grammy-winning compilation by the Louvin Brothers. Jackson went through all 76 songs on the sessions’ original box set, picked his favorite tunes, and opened his Rolodex.“I started calling some friends to see if they’d like to be involved,” Jackson said. “Luckily they stepped to the plate.”Gill was set on doing a Jimmie Rodgers tune, so he sang “The Soldier’s Sweetheart,” and Sheryl Crow took lead vocals on “The Wandering Boy.” Jackson trades verses with Brad Paisley on the classic “In the Pines,” and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers offered a version of “Sweet Heaven When I Die.”When Jackson approached Parton about contributing to the album she expressed affinity for the traditional ballad “When They Ring Those Golden Bells.”“She immediately said, ‘That’s it. I’ve been singing that song since I was a little girl,’” said Jackson. “There were some natural pairings that happened.”While established artists dominate the compilation, the producers also went looking for new talent, tapping southwest Virginia-based, banjo-playing upstart Corbin Hayslett through a video contest to sing “Darling Cora.”In total, the set features 18 new versions of songs from the sessions, and the tracks are bridged through historical narration by the iconic voice of the Grand Ole Opry’s Eddie Stubbs. Proceeds from the album benefit the Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a relatively new landmark in Bristol that’s dedicated to preserving the city’s important foundation in country music. It’s part of a larger movement that includes the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, an annual fall festival that’s also intent on reviving country’s authentic past.“We don’t need to forget that,” added Jackson. “If you listen to the radio, it seems we’ve forgotten that a little too much. Hopefully this (album) will prod a little interest in some younger artists.”last_img read more

10 Questions: Brevard College’s Jim Wall

first_imgKnown as the land of one thousand waterfalls, Brevard, N.C., boasts beauty within our Blue Ridge Mountain region. Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest surround the town. Brevard College, located at the base of downtown, offers a unique spin on education by focusing on experiential learning.Jim Wall, Brevard College alumnus, professor, and logistics coordinator for the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) department at Brevard College was able to talk to us, shedding light on his life of whitewater and wild turkeys. BRO: How did you decide to pursue outdoor education?JW: In 2010 I did a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School, NOLS, and I knew that the path I was going down at the University of Alabama was not the right one for me. I was studying advertising and it just wasn’t fulfilling so I took a semester off of school to do NOLS. It was like 85 days total in the field and we did backpacking, canyoneering, rock climbing, a river section, and horse packing was our final section. And after that course and being out there and experiencing all of that just solidified that nature was the place that I should be. BRO: Did you have a professor at Brevard who impacted you in a memorable way?JW: I met Robert [Dye] in the Fall 2010 semester, I was in his WLEE 101 class and then I took Immersion* with him as well. We were able to develop a good relationship; I really like his teaching style and he’s the one out of all the professors who had the largest impact on me as an outdoor educator. He once told me ‘If you’re early, you’re on time and if you’re on time, you’re late’ which really has stuck with me over the years as a professional in the outdoor industry. * Immersion Semester: A part of the WLEE major, requiring an entire semester of skill development and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, culminating in a 21-day backcountry experience designed by the students.Jess Wiegandt is one of our 2015-2016 college ambassadors. Learn more about Jess, and our other interns, here. BRO: What is a major passion in your life?JW: I am a whitewater kayaker and have been since around 2007. I had a few friends back in Alabama who were into it and I always thought it looked awesome. Now I paddle class IV on a regular basis. BRO: What’s your number one piece of comfort equipment in the backcountryJW: I would say a little pillow is my nice thing. It’s the little things that make it a little bit nicer out there in the wilderness. BRO: What is your earliest memory of being in the outdoors?JW: I remember one morning [my dad] took me out in to the woods during turkey mating season and early morning at sunrise, when they’re waking up, those birds make a lot of noise and gobble a lot. And that’s probably one of the neatest things and memories that I have. I was about five and I would just sit in my dad’s lap and the sun would rise as I listened to the wild turkeys.center_img BRO: What is your definition of a perfect day?JW: I would say camping out on the side of the river after a full-day running rapids and just that kind of peace you have next to the river, where you just chill out, relax and tell stories about how much fun it was. Where you just get to live life day to day, one day at a time. BRO: What was your favorite memory from Immersion*?JW: On our 21 day, we were hiking up past Indian Grave Gap by the Nolichucky and there was a place called Beauty Spot on the Appalachian Trail and it was cold and it was raining and it was just dreary – really awful conditions. We got up to what was supposed to be this beautiful spot with a bald area where you could just see for days but it was cold and cloudy and nasty. So we decided to camp there and hunker down and we were cooking our food and setting up camp and one of our participants cut a pretty significant chunk into his finger. He was surrounded by nine other Wilderness First Responders who were there to take care of him and keep him warm and give him the proper treatment. That kind of community of us all being out there in the field together and us all relying on each other was probably one of the coolest things and more memorable experiences. It was a negative event and what came out of it was super positive. BRO: What is your favorite backcountry meal?JW: Gadogado for sure, which is a spicy peanut butter pasta, and quite possibly the greatest thing to bless your mouth after a day of backpacking. BRO: What was significant about your Immersion group?JW: We made it all 21 days without anyone getting evacuated for sickness or injury in the backcountry. That’s pretty rare in Immersion history and something to be proud of. BRO: What has been a noteworthy paddling trip for you?Jim: I went down to Costa Rica this past winter through Green River Adventures to teach kayaking for Johns Hopkins University. I loved the culture for sure, it was like small town and everyone spoke in Spanish, and everyone was so friendly and it was gorgeous jungle land. Being able to see the wildlife and fruit trees that grow in that area was awesome. I have also gone to the Grand Canyon and that was really amazing experience with some big water.last_img read more

2017 Go Fest Music Lineup Is Huge

first_imgThe Marcus King Band is headlining with a free show on Oct. 14, but that’s not the only opportunity to hear great live music at the Anthem GO Outside Festival.The festival will feature 16 other bands, and a silent disco at the outdoors festival Oct. 13-15 at River’s Edge. Music will take place on two stages – the Haley Toyota Music Stage and an acoustic stage brought to you by The Musicians of Roanoke.At 21 years old, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout the phenom’s second full-length LP dubbed “The Marcus King Band.” Marcus King recently appeared on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine, featured as one of the “10 Young Players Spreading the Gospel of Kick-Ass Guitar.” Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls, “soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock,” King’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting shine amidst a group of masterful musicians who are becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.Here’s the weekend’s musical lineup (and did we mention all the live shows are free?):Friday, Oct. 137 p.m..: Blue Mule on the Haley Toyota Music Stage8 p.m.: MC Broom & the Jam on the Haley Toyota Music Stage9:30 p.m.: Silent Disco in the ENO TentSaturday, Oct. 1410:30 a.m.: Jared Stout on the Acoustic Stage11:30 a.m.: Zac Price on the Acoustic Stage12:30 p.m.: Cory Campbell on the Acoustic Stage1:30 p.m.: Corey Hunley on the Acoustic Stage2:30 p.m.: Fabulous Dramatics on the Acoustic Stage5:30 p.m.:  GOTE on the Haley Toyota Music Stage6:45 p.m.:  Morgan Wade & the Stepbrothers on the Haley Toyota Music Stage8 p.m.:  Sol Searchers on the Haley Toyota Music Stage9:15 p.m.:  The Marcus King Band on the Haley Toyota Music Stage9:30 p.m.: Silent Disco in the ENO Tent10:30 p.m.:  Surprise Finale on the Haley Toyota Music StageSunday, Oct. 1510:30 a.m.: Soulacoustix on the Acoustic Stage11:30 a.m.: Charissa Morrison on the Acoustic Stage12:30 p.m.: Seph Custer on the Acoustic Stage1:30 p.m.: The Mesko’s on the Acoustic Stage2:30 p.m.: Black Mountain Revival on the Acoustic StageUpgrade to VIP StatusThe GO Fest music experience will also include a VIP option this year. You’ll get access to the VIP and artist lounge hosted by Across-the-Way Productions where you can rub elbows with some of the performers. You’ll have access to private bathrooms and there’s a special happy hour event on Oct. 14 before the music starts. Plus all VIP ticket-holders will score some pretty sweet swag.GET YOUR VIP TICKETS NOWlast_img read more

Find your flow on the bike trails of Patrick County

first_imgMountain bikers and road racers alike can find riding nirvana in the mountains and valleys of Patrick County, Virginia, and the best of both will travel there in May and June for top-tier races.Perched at the point where the Blue Ridge Mountains crash into the rolling hills of Piedmont Virginia, the county is home to a wide variety of biking options, from 15 miles of epic trail at I.C. DeHart Park in Woolwine to the sweeping panoramas of ridgetop runs on the Blue Ridge Parkway.I.C. DeHart Park will host the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Virginia State Championships on May 19. Known as the Bootlegger’s Blitz, the roughly 15-mile race showcases the park’s numerous features, including rock gardens, drops, screaming descents, mountains, creek crossings, and more. The race is part of the Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series and Virginia Off-Road Series, with prizes for different age groups and skill levels.Two weeks later, the Big Ivy Grand Fondo Charity Bike Event at Primland on June 3 gives a completely different look at cycling in Patrick County. The event, which benefits local EMS services, offers challenging 14, 33, 52 and 75-mile routes on paved roads through hills and mountains, with great support, a post-ride meal, and performance awards—all based at Primland, a luxury Blue Ridge resort that offers ATV tours, disc golf, golf, hunting, fishing, and all sorts of adventures at its 12,000-acre property.The race events signify the quality of bicycling in Patrick County, which offers plenty of additional options for hiking, golfing, camping, fishing, hunting, and kayaking.I.C. DeHart Park is a great ride no matter the season, with two loops that offer a multitude of ride options. The route used for Shiner’s Revenge XXC and Bootlegger’s Blitz XC offers a taste of everything, and 90 percent of the route is singletrack. The park is located on the former estate of Isaac C. DeHart, who operated a roller and grist mill and legal distillery. The park has a picnic shelter, children’s playground, two tennis courts, a walking trail, baseball field and horseshoe pitching area. Admission is free.Road cyclists will want to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers stunning views and a variety of loop options with paved backroads that descend and climb the Blue Ridge Plateau. Consider the 64-mile Mabry Mill Challenge, or a 41-mile ride from Meadows of Dan to Willis Gap to Squirrel Spur.For shorter options, check out the newly built Mayo River Trail in Stuart and the bike trails at Fairy Stone State Park.Unwind after your ride with a visit to one of the county’s wineries, Stanburn Winery, and Villa Appalaccia Winery. Enjoy a meal at one of Patrick County’s numerous restaurants, a cup of coffee from Honduras Coffee Shop, or a local-made treat at Nancy’s Candy Company. Listen to old-time mountain music along the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail, and explore the county’s deep arts scene.Patrick County, Virginia: Experience the simple life.last_img read more

Go Outside and Play in Rockingham County, Va.

first_imgAfternoonGrab lunch to go from Fulks Run Grocery or The Dayton Market. Spend the afternoon picking apples at Showalters Orchard and sipping cider at Old Hill Cider. The whole family will love the games and attractions at Back Home-on the Farm or visiting the animals at White Oak Lavender Farm. Year-round attractions truly make Rockingham County a four season destination. Ski the slopes in the winter, fly fish cool mountain waters in the spring, listen to live music in the summer, and hike among the changing leaves in the fall. The rolling farmland connects you to wineries, apple orchards, small towns, rural communities, and local favorites that’ll keep you coming back for more. Hiking Bearfence Mountain, photo courtesy Rockingham County Tourism MorningWake up with breakfast from Thunderbird Café. Take a short drive to the overlooks and trailheads along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park or fish for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and musky in Lake Shenandoah.  Fishing in the South Fork, photo courtesy Rockingham County Tourism Hidden GemSurrounded by Shenandoah National Park, head to Mountaintop Ranch for horseback riding, private waterfall hikes, mountain biking, and more. EveningStop at Hanks Grille and Catering, Dayton Tavern, or Old 33 Beer and Burger Grill for a delicious post-adventure dinner. Catch a band at Cave Hill Farms Brewery or Elkton Brewing Company before settling in for a cozy night at Massanutten Resort or Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast.  VisitRockingham.com Cover photo: Showalters Orchard & Greenhouse, photo courtesy Rockingham County Tourismlast_img read more