Karen Otico of Middleboro, Mass., and her husband, Doug, tour the garden at the Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown Thursday. It was their first time in the Shenandoah Valley. The 1797 Manor House is visible in the background. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Belle Grove Plantation docent John Clancey of Winchester leads a tour of the manor house as Steve Bennett of Darien Conn., listens Thursday.
Garold Johnson and his wife Alicia of Statesville, N.C., along with Steve Bennett of Darien, Conn., listen to Belle Grove Plantation docent John Clancey of Winchester. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
And, in record amounts, they spent.
That was the story for tourism in Frederick County and Winchester in 2012, according to data recently released by the Virginia…