Frosty Treats in Waynesboro

Have you mowed the lawn until the grass is sticking in your throat? Are you slaving over an outdoor grill, flipping hamburgers while the sweat trickles between your shoulder blades? Do you drive a car without air conditioning, peeling your thighs off the seats and sporting a windblown hairstyle? Then make a beeline to Waynesboro for one of these throat-soothing, spine-chilling frosty treats!

Micah’s Frozen Mocha includes homemade whipped cream.

Frozen Mocha

Micah’s Coffee. 1000 West Broad Street. When the weather turns hot, Waynesboro’s popular drive-thru coffee stand whips up cold espresso drinks and frappes. One of their most popular treats is the Frozen Mocha, blended with Ghiradelli chocolate, espresso and milk, topped with homemade whipped cream. Kids will enjoy a Frozen Hot Chocolate, the same recipe without the espresso.

Willy’s Wizards, like this one with Butterfinger and marshmallow fluff, satisfy the sweet tooth.

Candy Bar Wizard

Willy’s Ice Cream. 2800 West Main Street. Willy’s works wizardry with its soft-serve ice cream by mixing in countless toppings and candy bars, from caramel to walnuts to M&M’s. Turn your favorite candy into a chilly delight. You’re only limited by your imagination!

 

The Farmhaus on Main makes their own honey-lavender syrup for this refreshing latte.

 

Honey-Lavender Iced Latte

The Farmhaus on Main. 908 West Main Street. The Farmhaus on Main puts special touches on all their delectable homemade pastries, sandwiches, and salads. Little wonder they should do the same with their coffees, brewed from locally roasted Blanchard’s Coffee. The one-of-a-kind honey-lavender syrup is made “in Haus” and gives a light, summery flavor to an iced latte.

Kline’s makes its custard-style ice cream daily.

Piña Colada Smoothie

Kline’s Dairy Bar. 1235 West Main Street. Kline’s makes fresh custard-style ice cream in the store every day, and the flavors change weekly. While you can’t go wrong with any of the sundaes or milkshakes, the real-fruit Piña Colada Smoothie will make you think you’ve died and gone to Hawaii!

Create your own special latte blend at The French Press.

Iced Butterbeer Latte

The French Press. 134 North Wayne Avenue. Fans of Harry Potter will love the new spin that The French Press has put on an iced latte. A magical concoction of espresso, buttered rum, toffee, caramel and cinnamon powder is topped with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel. But if that sounds too over-the-top, you can have them flavor your iced latte any way you like it.

Locally made Smiley’s ice cream makes treats at the Purple Cow extra special.

Smiley’s Ice Cream

The Purple Cow. 10 Purple Cow Road. Serving up locally made ice cream (Smiley’s) from locally raised dairy cows (Mt. Crawford Creamery), the Purple Cow is a favorite spot just outside Waynesboro for hand-dipped cones. Fresh flavors are delivered weekly. But don’t stop at the cones! Try an Espresso Float with a scoop of Smiley’s ice cream and syrup drizzled on top.

Take your pick of 40 flavors at DAP’s.

Hershey’s Ice Cream

DAP’s. 3278 Stuarts Draft Highway. Located in Stuarts Draft, DAP’s offers generous scoops of Hershey’s ice cream—40 scrumptious flavors, to be exact. Outdoor seating means you can relax and watch the cars go by while you lick the drips off your hands. Few would argue that is what summer was meant to be!

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Waynesboro, VA: The Perfect Day Trip/Getaway from Richmond, VA

Stuck in your Richmond office daydreaming about wide open spaces and cool mountain streams?  Idling in traffic and wishing you were high above it all?  Want to trade in that concrete jungle for a forest path? You’re only 90 minutes away from a rejuvenating getaway.  Hop on I-64 West, set your sights on those Blue Ridge Mountains, and before you’ve finished your playlist, you’ll be in Waynesboro, VA, the playground of the Shenandoah Valley.  Here are 6 reasons to jump in the car this weekend.

1. Good nature is a way of life.

Waynesboro is an outdoor lover’s paradise.  The South River that runs through our Downtown Historic District attracts anglers from around the world.  In addition to being a year-round fishing destination, our mountain waters provide an easily accessible opportunity to experience the Shenandoah Valley by canoe, kayak, or tube.  Put in at Ridgeview Park and travel 4 miles along the Waynesboro Water Trail.  Simply keep paddling if you’d like to extend your water excursion.

2. There are lots of places to just “BE.”

Did you say you were yearning for escape, a chance to roam, some quiet time just to “be?” Waynesboro is perfectly situated near the junction of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the south and Skyline Drive heading north through Shenandoah National Park.  It’s easy to decompress when you’re hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail, enjoying a serene picnic, or reveling in a sunset over the mountain range.

3. Farm fresh isn’t just a saying.

Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s in downtown Waynesboro is a favorite breakfast and lunch spot. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Pack your appetite!  The Shenandoah Valley is a top agricultural region in the state, providing an abundance of opportunities for you to tour family farms, gather picnic items at farmers’ markets, and dine at farm-to-table restaurants.  Explore the Fields of Gold Farm Trail or start your foodie adventure on the patio of one of these scrumptious dining destinations.

4. We’ve got space to savor Virginia’s best beer and wine.

Basic City Beer Co. in Waynesboro. Photo by Pat Jarrett

Wide-open spaces isn’t just a reference to our beautiful surroundings. If elbow room and an unrushed meander through a flight of craft beer or wine tasting is your longing, Waynesboro is perfectly situated to leisurely explore and savor the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail.  Between the two, you have 13 breweries and 24 wineries to choose from.

5. You don’t have to leave your love for the arts behind.

The Historic Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center hosts national musical acts, dance troupes, and theatrical groups along with a packed schedule of lectures, film screenings, musicals, art gallery openings, and Arts Education programming.  The Wayne is located downtown within easy walking distance of delicious dining options, making it the perfect date night or weekend destination. While you’re here, feast your eyes on local artwork at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center and P. Buckley Moss Gallery.

6. Play for kids of all ages is encouraged!

Waynesboro’s annual Riverfest draws young explorers. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Waynesboro is a community that appreciates play!  From family festivals to kid-friendly hikes to programming at the Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro offers year-round kids’ activities that will engage everyone in your family.

So ditch your dress shoes for hiking boots and your briefcase for a walking stick.  Stow your gadgets and silence the phone.  There’s a different call coming in and you’re going to answer!

 

 

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Be an Artist in Waynesboro

2017 will mark the 45th year Waynesboro hosts the annual Fall Foliage Art Show, which draws over 150 fine artists and artisans from around the country to the City’s downtown in October. But the City is doing more than just bringing artists in; it’s producing artists of its own. A growing number of visual and dramatic arts venues promise the advance of creative expression in a community already rich with that heritage.

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center hosts the Fall Foliage Art Show every year in October. Photo by Norm Shafer

SVAC Opens Second Showroom

For decades, Shenandoah Valley Art Center has been on the front edge of promoting visual arts in the Valley. Situated on the corner of Wayne and Federal streets, the historic brick building with its trademark yellow awnings houses artist studios, a delightful gift shop, and an exhibit space showcasing various local and regional artists on a monthly rotation. In 2016, SVAC expanded its square footage by purchasing a Main Street storefront, which will serve the dual function of providing more studio and exhibit space as well as giving the art center more visibility. Currently, the 416 W. Main Studio is featuring the exhibit Local Landmarks & Landscapes, artists’ diverse renderings of local landmarks.

Visit! The galleries are generally open Tuesday-Saturday. Check out svacart.com or call (540) 949-7662 for more information about their rotating exhibits.

Be an Artist! SVAC offers an array of classes, from jewelry making to pottery and painting for adults, as well as Saturday art classes and Summer Art Camps for kids. More information.

Jake Johnson at his ceramic studio in Waynesboro. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Make Waynesboro Clay Studio

Jake Johnson‘s dream came true in 2016 when his concept of a shared pottery studio received funding by Grow Waynesboro, an initiative to support new entrepreneurs in the City. He’d been creating clay art since 2002, but now he could share that passion with others in the community. The studio opened this spring in what used to be an old corduroy mill. At almost the same time, Jake received a “Best of Virginia” award from Virginia Living magazine for his unique design of ceramic colanders. Under Jake’s expert guidance, Make Waynesboro Clay Studio offers memberships, classes, and one-day workshops.

Visit! For now, Make Waynesboro does not have a showroom, but owner Jake Johnson’s exquisite pottery can be purchased from SVAC’s gift shop.

Be an Artist! Pottery classes for adults and kids are in full swing, with more sessions starting later in the summer. Find out more.

The Wayne Theatre is offering four summer camps for youth in 2017. Photo courtesy of the Wayne Theatre Facebook page.

Summer Camps at the Wayne Theatre

When the renovated historic Wayne Theatre opened its doors in 2016, it brought new life to the performing arts in Waynesboro. Not only did the City gain a state-of-the-art setting for national acts that would otherwise only stop in larger cities, but local performers, musicians and thespians now had a stage on which to perform their craft. The Wayne has already had success with its workshops for youth on staging and directing plays, so this summer the theatre is offering four, week-long camps designed to ignite young people’s imaginations.

Visit! The Wayne has an ever-changing lineup of musical acts, plays, and movies. They also have an art gallery on the second floor. Click here for their current calendar.

Be an Artist! You still have a chance to join the summer fun! Three summer camps are yet to begin: Dance Theatre Boot Camp, Theatre Makeup Camp, and Fairytale Camp. More details.

Students learn the ancient art of blacksmithing at VIB.

Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing

Ever tried to forge your own spear or helmet using traditional blacksmithing techniques? In Waynesboro, you can! Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing offers classes for beginners, hobbyists, and those seeking certification in blacksmithing. The 4,000-square-foot space includes 12 forging stations with 12 anvils, as well as classroom space. Children ages 10 and up are welcome to take classes, provided they are accompanied by a parent.

Visit! Visitations are arranged by appointment only. Call (434) 960-9718.

Be an Artist! Classes centered on pieces ranging from decorative to adventurous are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Try your hand at making your own hatchet or campsite cookware! More details.

BlueOregano offers one-of-a-kind cooking classes to students of all ages.

BlueOregano Culinary Services

Caitie Maharg knew from the time she was 10 that she wanted to be a chef. Now she’s both Executive Chef and Co-owner of BlueOregano in downtown Waynesboro. Putting a unique spin on culinary services, BlueOregano provides catering, pop-up dinners, and group cooking classes. The meals and classes are held at the Main Street store, where vivid blue walls and a long farm table invite guests to relax. When guests see and taste the creativity of the food placed in front of them, there’s no question why this field is called “culinary arts.”

Visit! BlueOregano’s pop-up meal schedule is posted on its Facebook page, but don’t delay–seats fill up quickly!

Be an Artist! Learn new culinary techniques from Chef Caitie by arranging your own group class. She’ll tweak the menu according to your interests. More details.

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10 Adventurous Things to Do in Waynesboro, Virginia

Sandwiched between the Shenandoah National Park and the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro is quite possibly Virginia’s most strategically placed adventure town. The place serves as a portal to a plethora of outdoor adventures—offering everything from peak-loaded hikes to wine country cycling trips and pastoral paddles. The town even hosts an annual celebration of its proclivity for adventure at the Xtreme Fest of the Blue Ridge. Best of all, Waynesboro-based outdoor adventures can be capped off—or dramatically recounted—at one of the town’s three craft breweries: Basic City Beer Company, Seven Arrows Brewing Company, and Stable Craft Brewing. Here are 10 ways to create your own adventure in Waynesboro.

1. Cycle a Shenandoah Valley Century

The Barren Ridge Vineyards make for a great cycling destination.
The Barren Ridge Vineyards make for a great cycling destination.

Scott Dexter

For road riders in Waynesboro, there are a number of ways to tackle some serious mileage on the byways and backroads of the stunning Shenandoah Valley. You’ll also find access to two of the Old Dominion’s premier bucket-list rides—Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Opt for one of the routes pre-mapped by Bike the Valley, like the 12.4-mile, river-hugging Dooms Day Loop, or the 35.1-mile Grottoes Loops, a mostly flat pastoral tour (save for the 6-mile climb on the way back to Waynesboro). Pedal to one of Augusta County’s wineries like the Barren Ridge Vineyards, just 6 miles from downtown Waynesboro, opt for a longer wine country loop on the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, or tackle the entire valley on the annual autumn Tour de Valley, which offers both century and metric century (62 mile) rides.

2. Sleep Under the Stars

Need a night under the stars to unplug from devices and fully recharge? Waynesboro is peppered with relaxation-inducing campgrounds that provide the ideal basecamp for launching explorations of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Shenandoah National Park, and the Appalachian Trail. Head for the family-friendly, amenity-loaded Waynesboro North 340 Campground, grab a tent-site at the trail-laced Sherando Lake Recreation Area Campground in the George Washington National Forest, or opt for the Shenandoah Acre Family Campground, offering not just tent-sites, but also two-bedroom condos and lakefront cottages (sure to entice even the most reluctant campers).

3. Cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in the country.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in the country.

Lisa Panero

Stretching 469 miles along the roof of the Blue Ridge from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Blue Ridge Parkway is among the country’s most stunning roadways. The motorway’s northern entrance is just three miles from Waynesboro, and there are plenty of parkway highlights just outside town. Make the knee-grating, mile-long trek to the vista-endowed crest of Humpback Rocks (milepost 5.8) or hike to Crabtree Falls (milepost 27.2), often touted as the loftiest cascade in Virginia’s portion of the Blue Ridge. Or take a gentle lakeshore loop around the so-called "Jewel of the Blue Ridge," Sherando Lake (exit at milepost 16).

4. Paddle a Rambling River

Paddlers don’t even need to leave Waynesboro to hit the water—the South River meanders right through town and is easily accessible courtesy of four access points scattered along the 4-mile Waynesboro Water Trail. Outside town, paddlers can head for the Middle River, tracing a bucolic path northward through the Shenandoah Valley, or for the south fork of the Shenandoah River—the float-trip-worthy waterway moseys along the western edge of the Shenandoah National Park and is flanked by 50-mile-long Massanutten Mountain. Whitewater connoisseurs won’t be disappointed either. Neighboring Rockbridge County is home to the Maury River (class III-IV), boasting one of the grittiest and most technical stretches of whitewater in the state—the boulder-studded, 6-mile ribbon of river known as Goshen Pass, featuring aptly named rapids like Devil’s Kitchen. For visitors who need a boat, Rockfish Gap Outfitters in Waynesboro rents kayaks.

5. Explore the Shenandoah National Park

Crescent Rock Overlook view of Hawksbill Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.
Crescent Rock Overlook view of Hawksbill Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.

Alan Cressler

One of Virginia’s most beloved natural wonders, the 200,000-acre Shenandoah National Park is loaded with more than 500 miles of trails, weaving through a diversity of landscapes, from rocky ridgelines to deer-grazed meadows to forest-shrouded waterfalls. Just three miles from the park’s southernmost Rockfish Gap Entrance, Waynesboro makes the perfect starting point for an exploration of the park’s wild southern section. Head for the summit of 2,974-foot Calf Mountain on the Appalachian Trail and be sure to soak up the views from the meadow-capped summit of Little Calf Mountain on the way. Begin at Beagle Gap (Skyline Drive 99), barely 10 minutes from Rockfish Gap. Or seek out one of the Shenandoah’s vast tracts of wilderness at Rip Rap Hollow (Skyline Drive mile 92) and discover one of the park’s most sizeable swimming holes along Meadow Run by linking the Wildcat Ridge and Rip Rap Hollow trails.

6. Discover Aqua-blazing

In Waynesboro, hydrophilic thru-hikers have a unique opportunity—the chance to "aqua-blaze" a section of the Appalachian Trail. While for purists the only way to tackle the iconic 2,190-mile footpath is to log every single terrestrial mile, other hikers find the chance to paddle a stunning stretch of river—especially one more or less paralleling the trail—the perfect excuse to leave dry land for a while. From Waynesboro, hikers can grab a paddle (and air out their feet) by floating the south fork of the Shenandoah River all the way to Harpers Ferry, a distance of about 50 miles. The trip typically requires two to three days, and Shenandoah River Adventures can outfit aqua-blazing excursions departing from Port Republic, just north of Waynesboro.

7. Run a Race

For runners who need a little competition, there are a plethora of events in Waynesboro scattered throughout the year, as part of the Run the Valley Race Series. Opt for races like the springtime Park to Park Half-Marathon, the Summer Extravaganza, offering both 5k and 10k events on a course showcasing the town, or the leafy Fall Foliage 5k & 10k. Runners can get the lay of the land on Waynesboro’s waterfront South River Greenway Trail, a 1.1-mile route originating in Constitution Park.

8. Get a Taste of Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail brings hikers from all over the world to Waynesboro.
The Appalachian Trail brings hikers from all over the world to Waynesboro.

Brooks Smith

Located just two miles from the interstate footpath, Waynesboro was recognized as a Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in 2012, and it has long embraced wearing trekkers. It offers a battery of amenities, including a campsite just for thru-hikers, plenty of places to shower and hop on the internet, and shuttle services. The town also regularly celebrates thru-hikers with a designated Hiker Fest in June. Besides the hiker-friendly vibe, Waynesboro is also the ideal jumping off point for a stint on the trail. Heading north on the Appalachian Trail from Rockfish Gap, you’ll find the entrance to the Shenandoah National Park just a mile down the trail. Once inside the park, the Calf Mountain Shelter is a 7-mile haul, making for an easy overnight. Rather head southbound? From Waynesboro, the Paul Wolfe Shelter is just a 5-mile hike, and along the way the trail showcases relics of the region’s human heritage, passing the remains of an old cabin and a sylvan cemetery.

9. Play Nine Holes Without the Clubs

Like a mashup of golf, hiking, and Ultimate (formerly called Ultimate Frisbee), disc golf is both cerebral and competitive—and an ideal excuse to spend time outdoors. Waynesboro’s two-year-old Fox Disc Golf Course offers players a challenging nine holes, all with a bucolic Blue Ridge backdrop. Although there are no massive bodies of water to tackle, the vast greenways and swathes of forest fringing the course provide plenty of challenges to contend with. The par-31 course is spread over part of 145-acre Coyner Springs Park, which also features running trails, an off-leash dog park, and plenty of space for picnicking.

10. Climb a Crag

The bounty of wild spaces surrounding Waynesboro not only provide rugged trails and runnable waterways, they also offer plenty of scalable surfaces. Pros can head for classic climbs like the Love Gap Crags, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 16), or for beloved routes in the Old Rag, Overall Run, and Mary’s Rock areas of the Shenandoah National Park. Shenandoah Mountain Guides, also offers climbing and rappelling trips in the park, beginning at Skyland. For newbies, Blue Ridge Mountain Guides offers climbing trips and courses along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Wintergreen Resort, just outside Waynesboro.

Originally written by RootsRated for Visit Waynesboro.

Featured image provided by Jon Cook

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Waynesboro,VA: An Inspiring Playground for All Ages

School may be out, but recess is in!  If you’re an outdoor lover, there’s no better place to spend your summer than in Waynesboro, Virginia.  We’ve got the peaks, the valleys, the water, and all the good nature your body and spirit crave.  Can’t decide where to start?  Check out these summer events you won’t want to miss, then pack those hiking boots, bike helmets, or racing shoes and escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains for an adventure-filled getaway!

Waynesboro is a playground for all ages, and these iconic events are sure to provide lots of family fun!

FUN 2 RUN Mud Run – June 10, 2017

Photo credit Run the Valley Facebook page

Kids will love this Mud Run and Fun Dash that takes them scampering, crawling, and slip n’ sliding through the fields and trails of Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park.

Xtreme Fest of the Blue Ridge – June 10, 2017

 

Colt Bloxsom, 7 and Chase Easton, 8, do flips while attached to hydraulic lifts. XtremeFest of the Blue Ridge drew many to Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Photo by Pat Jarrett

Kayaking, extreme air bungee, a climbing wall, and a mountain bike stunt show are just the beginning for this annual “hike, bike, paddle, and climb” festival.

National Park Fee Free Days

With the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trail, and Shenandoah National Park on our doorstep, there is a new vista, waterfall, or quiet glade awaiting you around every turn.  Take advantage of these National Park Entrance Fee Free Days and strike out on a path less traveled:

August 25, 2017 – National Park Service’s Birthday
September 30, 2017 –  National Public Lands Day

Run the Valley Race Series

Waynesboro Parks & Recreation’s year-round Run the Valley Race Series offers destination races that challenge and reward participants.  Join the fun and register today for one of these summer events!

 Summer Extravaganza 5K & 10K – July 8, 2017

The day begins with a challenging run through our beautiful neighborhoods and ends with a post-race party complete with food, drink, and fireworks.  What a way to celebrate your victory!

Summer Extravaganza Music Series

Waynesboro’s Summer Extravaganza, Saturday July 9, 2016. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

Music and nature are the perfect blend of refreshment.  This summer, treat your senses to one of these free outdoor concerts:

Rock N’ Ridgeview – June Music Series –  at Ridgeview Park
Groovin’ at the Greenway – July Music Series – at Constitution Park
Humpback Rocks Sunday Concert Series – on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Craft Brewery Fun

Photo credit Stable Craft Brewing Facebook page

After you’re done running the trails, settle in with a new brew and new friends at one of our three craft breweries.  Or skip the trails entirely and get right to the hearty laughter!  Check out their summer calendars to sample a wide variety of events, friendly games, entertainment, and new batch releases.

At Stable Craft Brewing, “Going-Ons at the Farm” include S’mores & Sunsets at the firepit and their popular Pints & Ponies.

“This is the life” at Basic City Beer Co.  Sip a cold brew in their Hammock Lounge, enjoy food truck fare, and swing to live music.  What a way to spend a summer evening!

You’ve played hard.  Now quench your thirst at Seven Arrows Brewing. Thirsty Thursdays will help get you started! And with Core 4 Fridays you get the perfect opportunity to stock up, with discounts on growler fills of their core brews.

Puddle.  Paddle.  Bike.  Brews.  In WaynesboroVA, recess comes in many forms.  Plan your visit today and join us for a summer of outdoor adventure!

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Savor the Summer with Outdoor Dining in Waynesboro,VA

Good nature and good dining pair naturally in Waynesboro, VA, making it easy to slow down and savor every moment of summer.  Experience our gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley by mountain trail, water trail, or farm trail.  Then kick back and enjoy a leisurely afternoon or evening on the patios and hammocks of one of these dining destinations.

NOBOS

Photo: Nobos Facebook

Located at Seven Arrows Brewing Company, NOBOS serves up a full delicious menu made from scratch.  You can enjoy a locally-sourced burger paired with your favorite locally-sourced brew all while relaxing on their spacious deck!

Heritage on Main

Photo credit: Heritage on Main Facebook

After playing in the sun, unwind in the cool comfort of Heritage on Main’s covered patio. Catch the sports game, swing to live music, share some laughs on trivia night, or simple sit back and sip a custom cocktail or cold craft brew.

Basic City Beer Co.

Photo credit: Basic City Beer Co. Facebook

“Hammock Lounge.”  Need we say more?  At Basic City Beer Co. you’ve got the best of all worlds – a 6 tap outdoor draft station complete with hammocks and picnic tables and ping pong, shuffleboard, a pool table, and a full tap lineup waiting for you indoors.  Check out the food truck schedule to see what’s on the menu to pair with your Frying Pan Stout and Waynesbeeroh Lager.

The Purple Foot

Photo credit: Trip Advisor

Looking for a quiet lunch among friends?  The patio garden at The Purple Foot is the place for you.  With a delectable menu that includes Quiche Du Jour and Crepe Cod Bay, you’ll want to sample everyone’s plate.  Good thing you’re with friends! Just be sure to leave room for the daily sinful dessert.  After lunch, swing into The Purple Foot’s gift shop and wine shop to pick up a little something for later.

The Fishin’ Pig

Photo credit: Trip Advisor

You need a protein fix after a day on the trails!  Head to The Fishin’ Pig for a hearty selection of BBQ, seafood, and southern cuisine.  Peruse the menu while sipping a signature cocktail or local craft brew out on the patio. If you can’t decide between Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos, a mouthwatering pork BBQ Cuban, or beef brisket you may need to order one of each and share around the table.  Or order Grady’s Smoke Shack Sampler and Kelly’s Pork N’ Fish Dish to cover your bases!

Plaza Azteca

PHoto credit: Yelp

The sizzling flavors of Mexico.  An icy, cold margarita.  Fresh, homemade guacamole. Mix in a mariachi band and live entertainment.  There’s no place like Plaza Azteca for relishing the tastes and ambiance of a beautiful summer evening!

The Farmhaus on Main

Photo credit: The Farmhaus on the Main Facebook

Coffee is only the beginning at the Farmhaus!  Start your day on the front porch with a specialty coffee and a homemade berry pop tart.  Then stay for lunch and treat yourself to Haus-made lemonade and a gourmet salad on the back patio!

Stable Craft Brewing

Photo credit: Stable Craft Facebook

Get your farm fresh beer, locally-sourced burger, and beautiful mountain views all-in-one!  Hang out in the pavilion or on the patio and relax under the setting sun.  Or time your visit for Sunday evenings and you could be sitting around the firepit toasting with brews and s’mores!

Don’t let this summer pass you by. Savor every moment and every bite – plan your stay in Waynesboro,VA today!

 

 

 

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Live Like a Local: Hometown Events in May

One of the advantages of living in a modestly sized city like Waynesboro is the abundance of hometown events that pull the community closer together. Often celebrated with regularity each year, these gatherings create space for multiple generations to rub elbows with each other, for a city’s culture to be shaped and maintained, and—inevitably—for adults to cross paths with their former middle school teachers.

May showcases some of Waynesboro’s best hometown charm! From local theater to music on the mountain, Waynesboro strives to make its citizens and visitors feel right at home.

Xanadu the Musical rocks the Wayne Theatre May 5-14. Photo courtesy of the Wayne Theatre Facebook page.
Xanadu the Musical rocks the Wayne Theatre May 5-14. Photo courtesy of the Wayne Theatre Facebook page.

Xanadu the Musical

May 5-14

Roller-skating, romance, and retro music—the royal combination for an entertaining stage production! Based on the 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, this Tony Award-winning musical is sure to inspire audiences to dream big. Familiar hits like “Suddenly,” “Strange Magic,” and “Evil Woman” will have both young and old rocking in their seats. And if that’s not enough, each Saturday performance will be followed by a dance party!

The Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby will take place May 6 in downtown Waynesboro. Photo by Norm Shafer.
The Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby will take place May 6 in downtown Waynesboro. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby

May 6, 7:30 a.m.,Downtown Waynesboro

Now in its 24th year, the Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby is a gravity car race that unites children, parents, and grandparents in a collaborative effort. Participants  between the ages of 7 and 20 team up with family members and sponsors to create their own derby cars over the course of several months. On May 6, the cars are pitted against each other down the long hill on Main Street. Come out and cheer for the young competitors and their sponsors!

Patsy Asuncion will be among the authors at Author Fest. Photo courtesy of the author's website.
Patsy Asuncion will be among the authors at Author Fest. Photo courtesy of the author’s website.

Author Fest

May 6, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Waynesboro Public Library

The Blue Ridge region grows beautiful dogwoods this time of year, but it also grows literary talent. Over 30 published writers from the area will gather at Waynesboro Public Library to showcase their works and autograph title pages. Books will be on sale at the event so that you can support your new favorite writer. Read more about some of the attendees on our blog.

Firetrucks join the festivities at the Rosenwald Community Block Party. Photo courtesy of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation website.
Firetrucks join the festivities at the Rosenwald Community Block Party. Photo courtesy of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation website.

Rosenwald Community Block Party

May 6, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Rosenwald Community Center

Meet the neighbors you never knew you had at this block party and potluck featuring fire trucks, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, and local gospel music. Hot dogs and drinks are provided by the City of Waynesboro, and the Rosenwald Community Center will be open for basketball.

Catch the amazing antics of the Marvelous Mutts at Petpawlooza. Photo courtesy of Marvelous Mutts.
Catch the amazing acrobatics of the Marvelous Mutts at Petpawlooza. Photo courtesy of the Marvelous Mutts.

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May 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m., Coyner Springs Park

Let’s not forget that our community has furry members, too! Coyner Springs, the City’s designated dog park, rolls out the green carpet for your canine companion at an event that places dogs at the center of attention. Have Fido’s caricature made, treat him to a game of Musical Sit, and share lunch from any of the food trucks while you watch a jaw-dropping performance of The Marvelous Mutts. Donations are accepted, and all proceeds benefit Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center.

Humpback Rocks Sunday Concert: Sunny Side

May 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm & Visitor Center, Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Not long ago, an Appalachian family might gather with neighbors on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy homespun music and fellowship. The Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm maintains this tradition by offering Sunday afternoon concerts on the farm grounds throughout the summer. May 28 marks the first concert of the season and features the band “Sunny Side.” Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the shady trees while relishing authentic bluegrass music.

The hometown events don’t stop in May. Check out our full calendar of events for other celebrations throughout the summer!

 

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Give Mom the Gift of the Great Outdoors This Mother’s Day!

On May 14th, treat the mothers in your life to a getaway in Waynesboro, VA. Mother’s Day has roots in the Shenandoah Valley, so there’s no better place to celebrate!  Our quaint bed & breakfasts, scenic mountain trails, and farm-to-table dining offer endless opportunities to pamper your loved ones.  Explore one of these three delicious pairings or design your own outdoor adventure.

Mother’s Day Group Hike + Basic City Beer Co.

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Credit: Blue Ridge Outdoors Facebook event

Enjoy some of the best views and brews of our region! This beginner-friendly group hike will be led by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and the pros from Waynesboro’s Rockfish Gap Outfitters. This casual and guided hike will lead you to the summit of Turk Mountain in Shenandoah National Park where you can snap some photos with Mom.  After a morning on the trail, the group will convene at Basic City Beer Co. where you can recharge with a refreshing hibiscus infused lager or Dry Town Nitro Coffee. 

Brunch at Veritas Vineyard & Winery + Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Credit: Veritas Vineyards

Veritas Vineyard & Winery knows how to celebrate.  With a wine-paired menu that includes the phrases “blackberry reduction”, “duck confit”, “rosemary tuile”, and “lemon creme”, this will be a Mother’s Day Brunch to remember. If a four-course meal specially prepared for you and set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge sounds like bliss… make those reservations today!

Keep the zen flowing with an afternoon on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

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The Thomas Jefferson Loop is a must for visitors to Waynesboro.  Along this loop’s mountaintops, forests, and wetlands are a treasure trove of wildlife and birding opportunities.

Close out the special day with photo ops at Sherando Lake and Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch.  

Wildflowers + Brunch along Skyline Drive

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Rather than buying Mom a vase of flowers, give her 150 miles of wildflowers! There are more than 850 species of flowering plants in nearby Shenandoah National Park, and each wildflower season offers colorful diversity.  Meander north along Skyline Drive and dogwood, trillium, azaleas, and pink lady’s slipper are bound to catch your eye.

Make reservations now so that you can pause on your Sunday drive for Mother’s Day Brunch. This annual holiday buffet at Skyland (Skyline Drive mile 41.7 and 42.5) serves panoramic views alongside a mouth-watering selection of appetizers, salads, entrées, and desserts.  After brunch, continue along Skyline Drive or check out one of the trails or waterfall hikes on your leisurely way back to Waynesboro.

Another Mom-pleasing idea:

May 14, 1-6pm Wine + Massage at Barren Ridge Vineyards 

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On Sunday, May 14th, join us for an afternoon of relaxation with your mom! Treat her to our Mother’s Day special for $15: a 10-minute neck-and-shoulder massage with certified massage therapist Mary Kay Heberling, and a glass of wine to enjoy with her family in front of this gorgeous view. No reservations–massages are first come, first served.

One weekend in Waynesboro’s great outdoors and you’ll be hooked.  So many trails and so little time!  But not to worry… Mom’s birthday will be here before you know it.

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Spring Hiking in National Parks Near Waynesboro VA

One Visit, Two National Parks

This spring, make Waynesboro, VA your destination for outdoor recreation.  The city is located just 3 miles from the junction of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the south and Skyline Drive heading north through Shenandoah National Park.  You’ll have hundreds of miles of trails to choose from, and with a little planning you can experience two National Parks over one weekend. Continue reading “Spring Hiking in National Parks Near Waynesboro VA”

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Write Here: Upcoming Author Fest

You may walk past them without even recognizing them—authors from the Blue Ridge region who have published books and even received national acclaim. And they’re gathering in one place for the 3rd Annual Author Fest at Waynesboro Public Library on May 6.

The public is invited to meet over two dozen of the area’s authors—from well-known to little-known—at an event that offers books, refreshments, and signings. Marta Grove, Publicity Coordinator of the Waynesboro Public Library, is excited by what the event promises. “Author Fest exposes the community to local writing talent and is an excellent time to broaden the horizons of readers. Book lovers will enjoy this time to meet authors and buy their books, and authors will benefit from the opportunity to expand their exposure.”

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the attendees:

Continue reading “Write Here: Upcoming Author Fest”

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