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Experience the Steeplechase Races in Shenandoah Valley

It’s racing season once again in the Shenandoah Valley and there’s no better time to come out and visit this beautiful area. The Steeplechase horse race is one of the area’s largest outdoor events and retains its status as a premier seasonal attraction, and for good reason! A must-visit for horse lovers and sports fans, the Virginia Gold cup has delicious food, wonderful wines, and a rich cultural history going back all the way to 1922! Book a stay at Glen Gordon for the event of the season and get ready to cheer for your favorite horse!

A horse racing down a track in Shenandoah Valley

A Time-Honored Tradition

A proud horse racing tradition, the Virginia Gold Cup has entertained and enthralled spectators for nearly 100 years! A Shenandoah institution, it began from humble origins in the fields of Virginia and is now a truly massive event, easily drawing crowds of 50,000 people to watch the jockeys ride their steeds to victory! Besides the main attraction, the event holds other race day activities like the much more low-stakes terrier racing, a hat contest, shopping, and more! Whatever you decide to do, you’re bound to have a great time cheering with the rest of the crowd! For added convenience, the races are only a short 30-minute drive from the inn, so you can rest assured knowing that travel time is minimal. That way you can spend less time getting there and more time having fun! Get your tickets today and get ready for the races this spring! 

A group of people tailgating

Tailgating in Style

Tailgating at the Virginia Gold Cup is a time-honored activity and is a big part of the event’s distinct culture. Reserve a spot for tailgating and you will be eligible to enter the free tailgating contest! Get creative and make the tailgate of your dreams or just sit back and enjoy the sights! If you would like to bring your own food to the event, we offer a delicious picnic lunch with sandwiches, fresh fruit, nuts, and more! However you decide to enjoy the many culinary delights of racing day, you’re bound to have a fantastic time sipping Virginia wines and taking in all the sights and sounds of the Steeplechase.

The Windsor Suite at our Shenandoah Valley B&B

Luxurious Accommodations

After a long day at the races, it’s good to get away from the crowds and enjoy some quality quiet time. Once the Virginia Gold Cup has concluded, come back to the Inn for a luxurious retreat in the beautiful Virginia countryside. You’ll be all set for the perfect stay with cozy rooms and luxurious accommodations like our spa packages and room enhancements! For a delicious post-race dinner, set up a reservation at Houndstooth Restaurant, a premier dining experience located right on property. Indulge your palate with delectable dishes and award-winning wines from our extensive cellar! Prepared by our exceptional head chef Dayn Smith and made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms, it’s a dining experience that’s worthy of a day at the races! Book your stay with us today and get ready for the race of a lifetime with a stay that’s just as exceptional to match!


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