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“went to gift shop to get fruit cake”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Holy Cross Abbey

Holy Cross Abbey
Ranked #9 of 19 things to do in Berryville
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118 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“went to gift shop to get fruit cake”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

The abby is not easy to find, but finally found it. The gift shop is when you drive up on right in a brick building. There were about 10 cats lying on the porch and in the bushes, so I took some pictures, they were all fat and happy, very cute. I decided to get the chocolate dipped fruit cake slices in a box so I could take some home to family and friends to try. It's wonderful, thick dark chocolate with a thin slice of fruit cake inside, even someone who was not a fruit cake fan would enjoy this treat.

Visited February 2013
6 Thank robinclair
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Stop and Shop in the Gift Shop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

The Holy Cross Abbey in situated on a beautiful location near the Shenandoah River. The grounds are peaceful and serene. If you are planning to visit, please check their schedule beforehand, because the brothers and priests adhere to a very strict time schedule.

To be honest, we stop at the Abbey to purchase some of the best jellies and fruitcakes around. The Abbey works with other religious orders to provide a selection of very high quality foods. The Abbey produces delicious fruitcake and even has a creation called "fraters'" These are yummy slices of fruitcake dripped in a high quality dark chocolate. It may not sound delicious, but they are wonderful! We also buy jellies and preserves there. They sell a jar of homemade jelly for $3.95 that tastes better than anything else out there. We buy jars to give as hostess gifts or small tokens, and people always ask when we are going to the Abbey to buy more. Our favorite is their red raspberry jelly. It is like a jelly doughnut all by itself!

Once you visit the Abbey, you will return!

Visited September 2012
4 Thank 2011Happy
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What a great place to experience the awesomeness of God.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

I spent 3 great days at The Abbey. The staff was so nice, went out of their way to make you feel welcomed. Available if needed, out of your way when not needed. All meals included in the price of your stay--great food. Very relaxing. Beautiful grounds to hike around, looking at the mountains all around, and the Shenandoah River within hiking distance. A 24-hour chapel available right in the retreat house. A marvelous place to get your spiritual life re-balanced.

Visited January 2011
9 Thank Jisontheroadagain
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Manassas, VA
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75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 683 helpful votes
“Fun place to visit while in the area or on a drive through the country”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2007


A great place to visit, they have a nice gift shop with items such as fruit preserves, candy and, of course, fruit cake. They also have a retreat/guest house for visitors to stay in. They discuss all the rules, etc. on their website. The abby itself sits on a beautiful area near the Shenandoah River. The surrounding area is just beautiful and is a nice place to visit while driving in the country.

5 Thank VaBelle35
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