A "city" that is actually a town; northernmost Virginia but not NOVA
; considered "South" by many. Residents love to hate it, though this is more of a popular movement than an individual decision. Big emphasis on apples - there used to be a lot of orchards and apple product production but many of those have now been sold and developed. However, apples still remain a defining feature of the town, as demonstrated by the town's largest public celebration every year, Apple Blossom
, during which it is basically blasphemy to not be wearing pink and/or green.
Home to the one and only White House Apple Factory, as well as the legendary Snow White Grill (comparable to White Castle
), the town usually shuts down pretty early (with stoplights starting to blink at 9 or 10 PM). Late night entertainment includes: bowling, WalMart, IHOP, strolls or burgers downtown or bars. Wide variety of characters, from the aloof county residents to the elite "old families" of the town.
Also a point of reference for surrounding, more rural areas and/or smaller towns such as Gore, Virginia, a popular place for camps and retreats with beautiful countryside and the birthplace of author Willa Cather.
Also affectionately known as: the Chester; Winkyville
*for the historically inclined, Winchester has been an important piece of many of our nation's formative battles and occurrences, especially in the Civil War era!
Harry: Who's that over there?
Lucy: That's the Smiths - they moved into that house on our street thirteen years ago!
Harry: Oh, so they're still new.
Rebecca: "I'm so excited to be going home to Winchester! There's nothing quite like the smell of fresh apple butter wafting through the air in the fall from the apple factory!"
(once she's home)
"Ugh I miss my friends and having a life."
John: Where are you from?
Alex: Frederick County.
Alex: Winchester Virginia
John: Oooooh. Wait, where?
Alex: It's near Washington.
John: OK, so you're NOVA
Alex: Nope not NOVA
, northernmost Virginia.