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!

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.

Petpawlooza

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!

 

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”

Down by the River: Waynesboro, VA’s Top 3 Water Attractions

In Waynesboro, VA, good nature runs deep.  In fact, it flows right through the heart of our downtown.  With the South River at our doorstep and the Blue Ridge Mountains around us, we’re committed to the care and enjoyment of our scenic waterways and greenways.  Come join us down by the river!  Continue reading “Down by the River: Waynesboro, VA’s Top 3 Water Attractions”

Live Like a Local: Best Burger Joints in the ‘Boro

If a mouth-watering burger is what you’re hankering for, look no further than Waynesboro!

Jake’s Bar & Grill, 137 N. Wayne Avenue

Tumbleweed Burger at Jake's
Tumbleweed Burger at Jake’s

Jake’s is a welcoming watering hole with a cozy, western flair, serving 100% all natural, locally raised, USDA ground beef burgers. Try their award-willing Tumbleweed Burger, featuring a beef patty topped with breaded jalapeño nuggets, cream cheese, apple jelly, and crunchy fried onion strips served on a glossy brioche roll. Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why it swept all three categories at the Staunton-Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Burger Cookoff.  Jake’s also won the attention of Scoutology as being among the best burger joints in the state!

Also try the Sagebrush, a beef patty smothered in grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms with melted Swiss and homemade Coyote sauce.

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Top Places to Fill Your Bunny Basket near Waynesboro,VA

In Waynesboro, VA it’s easy to find kid-friendly fun.  Our family events, nature trails, and beautiful parks make Waynesboro a playground for all ages.  Join us as we celebrate the return of spring with these community festivities!

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 25, 8-10 AM, $4-8 Continue reading “Top Places to Fill Your Bunny Basket near Waynesboro,VA”

Four Reasons to Visit the ‘BORO in 2017

1. “B” is for “Brews and Food”

Photo courtesy Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Facebook Page

The Shenandoah Valley is nationally-renowned for its beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities.  But no matter how many trails you hike, bike, and paddle, no visit to Waynesboro would be complete without experiencing the Fields of Gold Farm Trail, the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and the new Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, featuring 13 microbreweries.

2016 was certainly the Year of the Brewery for Waynesboro and the surrounding region! Not only did the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail open, but Waynesboro gained two new breweries.  Taps are now flowing at all three of the city’s breweries: Seven Arrows Brewing, Stable Craft Brewing, and Basic City Beer Co.  The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail also connects craft beer lovers to the other treasures of the region – fresh foods, outdoor adventures, music festivals, and local communities.

2. “O” is for “Outdoor Adventure”

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Photo courtesy Run the Valley Facebook Page

For the outdoor adventurer, there’s no place like Waynesboro.  Through the Parks and Recreation Department’s Run the Valley Race Series, runners can challenge themselves throughout the year with 5K’s, 10K’s, and the award-winning Mad Anthony Mud Run.

Waynesboro is a destination for cycling enthusiasts as well. On-road and off-road routes abound in the region, providing opportunities for all levels. Serious cyclists won’t want to miss the annual Tour de Valley, a century and metric century autumn tour of the Shenandoah Valley.

And we mustn’t forget the wealth of hiking opportunities that abound around Waynesboro. As a designated Applachian Trail Community, Waynesboro understands hiking inside and out, and offers a wide-range of options for all skill levels of hikers, whether it’s just a peaceful stroll in one of its beautiful local parks, exploring a historic rails-to-trails path, or embarking on a more extreme outdoor adventure in nearby Shenandoah National Park.

Coming soon! A reconstruction project is also underway at the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel, an abandoned historic railroad tunnel through Afton Mountain, linking Waynesboro to Nelson County. The project may be completed by the end of 2017, and once the tunnel is reopened, hikers and cyclists will have a new unique trail to explore!

3. “R” is for “River Adventure”

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Xtremefest (Photo by Mary Bird)

Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesboro’s downtown is graced with the meandering waters of the South River. The city has always been known for her natural beauty, and with the 2016 opening of the Waynesboro Water Trail, anglers and paddlers can now explore that beauty further.  The 4-mile scenic water trail stretches from Ridgeview Park to Basic Park and was awarded the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.

2016 brought new paving, trees, and a pedestrian bridge to the South River Greenway. Part of the city’s extensive park system, the Greenway is providing additional recreational opportunities and access to the South River.

Waynesboro has been called “Virginia’s Top Trout Town” and is a destination for anglers around the world.  The annual South River Fly Fishing Expo is held at the city’s Constitution Park and will be attracting fly fishers of all ages and levels April 22-23, 2017.

Riverfest, Saturday Apri. 30, 2015. (Photo by Norm Shafer).
Riverfest (Photo by Norm Shafer).

On the following weekend, April 29, 2017, Riverfest will be celebrated at Constitution Park.  This free annual event is dedicated to environmental conservation and watershed stewardship and offers hands-on activities like the popular stream safari, reptile shows, canoe rides, and the Great South River duck race.

4. “O” is for “Outstanding Performances” at the Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center

Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center, 2016. Photo courtesy Wayne Theatre Facebook Page
Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center, 2016. Photo courtesy Wayne Theatre Facebook Page

2016 marked the Grand Reopening of The Historic Wayne Theatre. Originally built in 1926 as a vaudeville house, the theatre was saved from demolition and underwent a massive restoration.  This virtual tour gives a wonderful overview of the extensive technical capabilities, rental opportunities, and unique features of the “new” Wayne.  The theatre’s 2016 schedule was packed with entertainment of all genres and programming for all ages, including dance, music, lectures, film, art exhibits, and an Arts Education series.  Visit the Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center Calendar of Events for a glimpse of the exciting 2017 season!

With so much to taste and to do in Waynesboro, Virginia, how will you spend your vacation days in 2017?

Home (Away from Home) for the Holidays in Waynesboro, VA

Curling up with your favorite Christmas movie…finding a special gift…catching a glimpse of Santa…gathering with friends…caroling out in the snow.  Treasured traditions build the anticipation and joy of the holiday season.  And in Waynesboro, Virginia, you’ll find a community that knows how to celebrate!

Come stay in one of our cozy Bed & Breakfasts or join us for a festive day.  While we can’t guarantee snow, we can promise you a showing of the classic White Christmas and holiday traditions that will make you feel right at home.

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Live Like a Local: 5 Waynesboro Parks You’ll Love Any Season of the Year

 Just because the thermometer is dropping doesn’t mean you have to stay holed up inside. Waynesboro’s park system invites outdoor play any season of the year. Each park has its own flavor, so read on to find the perfect park for you this fall and winter.

Family Fun

Ridgeview Park

Ridgeview Park. Photo by Stephen Black.
Ridgeview Park. Photo by Stephen Black.

Highlights: Play structure, tennis courts, ball fields, forest trail, sledding

Ridgeview Park hosts numerous festivals and concerts during the summer months and lures crowds to its 50-meter outdoor swimming pool, but when fall comes, a whole new beauty emerges. Cross the iron footbridge and watch the autumn leaves drop into the South River. Enjoy a nature walk through the wooded trail that borders soccer field #3 (across the bridge). Play a game of catch in one of the sunny baseball fields or simply enjoy the gazebo overlooking the serene river. Kids will love the elaborate play structure even on cooler days. And in the winter months, the bare trees and snowy landscape make a lovely backdrop for a walk—a paved path cuts through the center of the park, connecting two neighborhoods and making it easy to access even during snowy weather.

If it snows: Bring your sled, tube, or snowboard and try out the steep sledding hill that has been drawing thrill-seekers since the park’s creation.

Constitution Park’s Greenway Trail.

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Spice Up Your Family Holidays with a Trip to WaynesboroVA

Forget the pumpkin lattes and eggnog! Add real spice to your holidays with a family trip to Waynesboro, Virginia.  Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, this city’s vibrant heritage of arts, adventure, and community as well as its close proximity to lots of Shenandoah Valley attractions, makes it an extraordinary backdrop for creating family memories.

Spook Yourselves Silly (or not) This Halloween

Photo credit: http://www.cirquetacular.com/
Photo credit: http://www.cirquetacular.com/

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Get a jump on Halloween at The Historic Wayne Theatre on October 21 when spooks and specters take to the air in the high-flying circus production of Acrobats of Spooktacular: A Halloween Cirque-tacular Show.  And what would Hallows’ Eve be without Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein? The Wayne Theatre offers two screenings of this iconic film on October 31. Continue reading “Spice Up Your Family Holidays with a Trip to WaynesboroVA”