Reveling in the Pleasures of Food & Drink -3 Killer Ideas for Craft Food & Beverage Getaways in Waynesboro, VA

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

If you’re all about the merriment when you travel, Waynesboro, VA is jam-packed with golden opportunities to revel in the pleasures of food and drink. Try one of these weekend craft food and beverage getaways on for size. You won’t believe you haven’t been here sooner!

Find Your Flavor in Waynesboro

Seven Arrows Brewing Company

What’s your beverage of choice? Pale, stout, red, white, espresso, rye? Even better if you aren’t sure, ‘cause there’s a lot of flavor to sample here in the Shenandoah Valley! And the grains, hops, and fruits are farm-fresh, making every glass something to savor.

A great way to leap in is to book a Waynesboro craft beer tour with Shenandoah Tours. You’ll hit our three breweries plus enjoy lunch and a brewery tour at Stable Craft Brewing. There are 11 other stops along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and a ton to explore, so it’s worth making this a long weekend adventure.

If grapes are more your thing, the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail is for you. Start at Barren Ridge Vineyards. You can sip the tasting list by the fire or outside on the patio while you map out which of the other 23 wineries on the trail to visit.

No trip to the Blue Ridge would be complete without a visit to the jungle. Head up the mountain to Silverback Distillery and you’ll be rewarded with distinct and flavorful grain to glass spirits. Swing east and stop by Greenwood Gourmet Grocery to stock up on Blue Ridge Bucha and other craft food and beverages.

Fuel Your Body & Your Soul

Winter Harvest Salad at Farmhaus on Main

Food and friends. How many of your happiest moments have come from simply hanging out with with your buds around a table? Overdue for an infusion of laughter and merriment? Spend a leisurely weekend on the outdoor patios, hammocks, and even igloos(!) of Waynesboro. You really could spend your whole weekend eating. Nothin’ wrong with that! In fact, we highly recommend it. Farm-to-table dining means “clean, healthy, and delicious” are a given. The only question is where to start? That’s why you need a whole weekend!

If you’ve already introduced yourself to Waynesboro’s three local brewers, then you probably couldn’t resist their incredible menus. This isn’t your standard pub fare! Think spicy drunken shrimp, angus grilled meatloaf, and steak & beer cheese hoagies. For coffee lovers, Farmhaus on Main is a must. Not only can you indulge in handcrafted espresso drinks and pour overs, this unique cafe also serves up Haus-made pop tarts and savory salads and sandwiches, plus breakfast all day! For authentic seafood gumbo and creative vegetarian options, as well as a large selection of local craft beverages, The Green Leaf Grill is a delicious downtown stop.

Bring It All Home

Blue Oregano

Make your getaway long-lasting by bringing a taste of the Shenandoah Valley home with you! You can pick up a growler (or two) of your favorite new beverage, or better yet, Craft Your Own Beer Party and you and your friends can design your own signature brew.

For the aspiring chefs (or simply those who love food), schedule a Cheesemaking 101 workshop at A Better Way Farm & Goat Dairy. And for the ultimate culinary experience, treat yourself to a cooking class with Blue Oregano. Invite a few friends, and you’ve got the perfect evening of laughter, wine, gourmet food, and the know-how to recreate your feast when you all get home!

Are you ready to add more merry to your world? Find your cheer in Waynesboro, VA!

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Valentine’s Chocolate by the Pint

Basic City Beer Company’s Gringo-Mexican Molé Stout

There’s chocolate by the bar, box, and pound—and then there’s chocolate by the pint. Liquid pint, that is.  Feast your tastebuds on these chocolate-infused beers, all locally crafted in the Shenandoah Valley and ready to make your Valentine’s Day even sweeter. Get them while they’re on tap at these three Waynesboro-area breweries.

Cranberry Chocolate Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Arrows Brewing teamed up with Rock Bottom Brewing to concoct a union of tart cranberries and rich chocolate. The result is a dark porter with a one-of-a-kind flavor. Make the tasting even more memorable by bringing your sweetie to the Valentine’s Day Food and Beer Pairing at Seven Arrows on February 14.

Gringo-Mexican Molé Stout
Basic City Beer Co.’s Gringo Stout, with hints of cinnamon and habanero, pairs perfectly with Hops Kitchen’s Grilled Steak Quesadilla.

For a South-of-the-border twist, try Basic City Brewing Company‘s Gringo-Mexican Molé Stout, infused with chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon & habanero! Sip it between bites of a Grilled Steak Quesadilla from Hops Kitchen, which uses BCBC beer when marinating and flavoring all its succulent meats.

Cavallo Imperial Stout
Sip your Cavallo Imperial Stout in an igloo–a totally unique way to spend Valentine’s Day at Stable Craft Brewing!

Aged for a year, this Imperial American Stout was created specifically for the Catoctin Creek Rye barrels it dwells in. Stable Craft Brewing describes it as having notes of “roast and chocolate with rye whiskey and vanilla on the nose.” Is there anything cooler than aged beer? Drinking it in an igloo! Reserve a heated outdoor igloo for Valentines Day. It seats 6-8 people and is $100 to reserve, although $75 of the deposit is credited to your food and beverages.

And That’s Not All . . .

While you’re drinking your Valentine’s chocolate, pick up a Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail passport from your server. Have it stamped at six different Shenandoah breweries and receive a sweet t-shirt!

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5 Hands-on Artisan Experiences in Waynesboro, VA

Don Miguel Ruiz declared, “Every human is an artist.” If that’s the case, more of us need to be offsetting our daily slog with the creation of beauty! Discover (or rediscover) the creative outlet that brings beauty and fulfillment into your life at these five Waynesboro DIY artist experiences.

Wood & Stain
Nail’d It DIY Workshop allows artists to create one-of-a-kind signs for their homes.

Hand-lettered signs on reclaimed wood are all the rage now, but you don’t have to pay an artist to make one for you. Nail’d It DIY Workshop allows you to make your own in its charming downtown studio where a row of neatly hung smocks begs you to come play. The only problem will be deciding from the over 80 designs ranging from humorous quotes to monogrammed centerpiece boxes. Clients are also welcome to bring their own designs or choose a fun seasonal project. Then tie on a smock and get artsy with the 10 stains and 15 paint colors! Walk out with a handmade and heartfelt piece of art to adorn your living room or front porch. You can register online for a specific time or walk in during weekend open house hours. And just announced: Nail’d It is starting offering canvas projects, too! Decorate your own pillow cover or tote bag on February 7 at special introductory pricing!

Hours vary. Check the website for class times and open houses. Projects start at $45.

Thread & Yarn
Find everything stitch related at Stitch Amour.

A stop on Shenandoah Valley’s Artisan Trail Network, Stitch Amour supplies everything stitch-related (think knitting, crocheting, and sewing). The merchandise includes locally dyed yarns, made-in-Virginia needles, and owner Mariah Clark’s own patterns and creations, most notably her Duo-Perfect Knitting Bag. You can also take lessons here, such as Intro to Lace and Machine Sewing, or just stop in for the periodic “Yarn Tastings.” Mariah even leads a kids’ craft time every Wednesday for ages 4-18 interested in fiber craft.

Hours vary. Check the website for class times.

Iron & Steel
Floral Forms in Steel is among the many classes geared for novices at Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing.

For those interested in a more physical craft, the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing offers one- and two-day classes for the hobby blacksmith (even those as young as 10) and more intense workshops for the career blacksmith. Tap into a whole new side of your psyche as you pound shapeless metal into a helmet, hatchet, or spear. The workspace includes 12 anvils and shared worktables set among coal-fueled forges. If cold weather has you pining for spring, you might enjoy Blacksmithing: Floral Forms in Steel offered February 17-18, 2018. This is a beginning-level course suitable for novices and will teach techniques such as chasing, sheet metal shaping, dishing, and torch shaping.

Various classes are offered on an ongoing basis. One-day classes are $125. Two-day classes are $249.

Clay & Glaze
Learn throwing and glazing techniques at Make Waynesboro Clay Studio.

Make Waynesboro Clay Studio is where whimsical pottery steps out of the imagination of award-winning ceramic artist, Jake Johnson, and becomes a reality. But it’s also a studio where newcomers to pottery can also try their hand at shaping clay. Throwing clay—that is, on a potter’s wheel—is also taught here. No matter your age or experience level, you are invited to get your hands gloriously dirty and turn simple clay into beautiful ceramics. If you end up loving the process, you can become a member and enjoy regular studio hours and access to its tools.

Classes and 90-minute Funshops are listed on the website. Six-week classes start at $150, and Funshops vary in price.

Paint & Canvas
SVAC offers classes both at its gallery and at locations nearby.

Shenandoah Valley Art Center (SVAC), with its signature yellow awnings, has long made its home in downtown Waynesboro. Each month, the invitational gallery showcases different artists’ works, and the enjoyment of these pieces is always free of charge to the spectator. In its effort to promote the creation of art, SVAC offers unique classes such as an Acrylic “Surprise” Workshop and Precious Metal Clay. Or check out the weekend-long Fiber Workshop at Sunset Farm Studio, February 2-4, 2018.

Various classes are offered on an ongoing basis. Prices vary.

And while you’re in Waynesboro, check out these other artistic experiences:
Romeo Glass lends sparkle and grace to everyday objects.

Romeo Glass—Artist Minh Martin creates hand-blown masterpieces that are “the antidote to our throw-away culture.” Although the studio does not offer workshops, visitors are welcome to stop in.

A Better Way Farm & Goat Dairy—Cheesemaking and Soapmaking classes arranged by appointment. And while you’re at it, be sure to cuddle the baby goats!

Tai Chi in the Art Gallery—Hey, body movement can be an art form, too! Discover the graceful art that is Tai Chi while surrounding yourself with the visual art on display at SVAC. Every Tuesday morning from 9-10am. $10.

Art at the Wayne—The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro’s newly renovated vaudeville theater, not only offers opportunities to enjoy music and the performing arts, it also houses an art gallery on the second floor with rotating exhibits.

 

 

 

 

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Unconventional Valentine’s Gifts for Your One-of-a-Kind Sweetie

Let’s face it. They broke the mold when they created your fun-loving, hard-playing, adventure-seeking sweetheart. So why would you stoop to another ho-hum dinner or lame box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day for someone so spectacularly stellar? Surprise him/her with one of these truly unique gifts, experiences, or weekend adventures in Waynesboro, VA, and the two of you will be talking about this Valentine’s Day for years to come.

Picnic on the Summit

Humpback Rocks

Waynesboro is smack in the middle of Virginia’s most wild and beautiful playground.  There’s no better place to find solitude and to spend quality time together.  And that’s really what your sweetie wants from you, isn’t it?

For “wow!” factor there’s nothing like a picnic along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Nature lovers will want to grab an Osprey or Yeti at Rockfish Gap Outfitters. Then, take a detour to Greenwood Gourmet Grocery to fill it with local edibles like Simply Cheddar, Ula Tortillas and chips and craft beverages such as Blue Ridge Bucha.

There are hundreds of miles of trails in the park, each with unique terrain, vistas, and rock formations to explore.  To get you started, take a look at Blackrock Summit Trail with its panoramic views or Riprap Trail to Chimney Rock with its rocky outcroppings.

Of course, before you go check out this Winter Hiking Guide from Shenandoah National Park so you two don’t find yourselves stuck somewhere with too much solitude!

Knitflix-Ready

hand-dyed yarn at Stitch Amour

It’s just a matter of time before the next binge strikes. Stitch Amour is the perfect solution/accomplice.  Want to see some love?  Bring your sweetheart here to stock up on locally hand-painted yarns, patterns, tools of the trade, or to sign up for a private lesson.

The Big Catch

The perfect gift for the outdoor lover. No, not the fish…the experience!  If your Valentine loves fishing, give them the ultimate, unforgettable surprise – a guided fly fishing adventure within Shenandoah National Park!

South River Fly Shop is your go-to for gear and guided trips throughout the region, including Waynesboro’s own downtown urban fishery.  Simply purchase a Guided Fly Fishing Gift Card and your sweetie can book the dates later.

Handcrafted Finds & One-of-a-Kinds

Embroidery by Annie Layne at Shenandoah Valley Art Center

When it comes to one-of-a-kind physical gifts, you can’t beat the giving or the receiving of locally-crafted art.  It simply feels different.  And wonderful.  Like you-know-who!  So swing by the gift shop of local artisan goods at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center or the P. Buckley Moss Gallery for an extensive collection of prints, signed artwork, ornaments, and collectibles.

Yes, You Can Still Get Your Chocolates…

Seven Arrows Brewing Company

Basic City Beer Company, Seven Arrows Brewing, and Stable Craft Brewing have you covered with their spin on chocolate-infused craft beer.

This Valentine’s Day, show your sweetheart firsthand why “Virginia is for Lovers” where “Good Nature Comes Naturally.”

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Flavor, Festivals, & Fitness – Top 3 Reasons to Visit Waynesboro, VA in 2018

Infuse more flavor, more nature, and more play into your new year!  If work-life balance is on your 2018 wish list, head to Waynesboro, Virginia.

The Shenandoah Valley: Your Passport to Flavor

Our craft beverage producers take “fresh” to the next level.  They’re using hops, grains, water and fruits sourced right here in the Shenandoah Valley.  And with a focus on conscious and sustainable practices, they make it easy for the rest of us to savor local flavor packed with purpose.

Take Blue Ridge Bucha, Virginia’s first kombucha producers.  With big flavor and a small footprint, the team at Blue Ridge Bucha hand crafts delicious, organic kombucha that is distributed in refillable bottles.  Just one of many sustainable practices, this commitment alone has saved more than 675,000 bottles…and counting.  You can find Blue Ridge Bucha on draft in over 50 locations in the Mid-Atlantic.  And in 2018, Blue Ridge Bucha is set to open a Waynesboro taproom complete with outdoor patio!

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Good for the Sole – Heartwarming Stories from an Appalachian Trail Community

The 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail (A.T.) travels through 14 states on its course from Georgia to Maine.  A thru-hike along the length of the A.T. challenges hikers both physically and mentally and is frequently described as “life-changing.” 540 miles of the A.T. wind through Virginia, more than through any other state, and hikers often refer to the infamous “Virginia Blues” – the feeling that they’re not making progress and the state will never end.  Appalachian Trail Communities like Waynesboro, Virginia, know how important support and rejuvenation are to the weary hiker.

“We had a great trail magic moment on Mother’s Day when we were hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway. A local woman brought an amazing spread of sandwiches, pastries, chips, fresh fruit, and drinks to a place where the trail crossed the Parkway. She kept saying, ‘Call your mothers and let them know that there’s another mother out here taking care of you!’ It was so sweet.”  ~ Staige Davis and Andrea Parra, thru-hikers

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What’s Your Getaway Type? Killer Winter Ideas for Foodies, Artists, Frazzled, and Nature-Loving Travelers

Unforgettable Waynesboro Winter Getaways

What does the ideal winter getaway look like for you?  Some of us eagerly anticipate cold weather sports and recreation.  Others look forward to spending the dark evenings in the company and laughter of friends. For many, a winter night should be paired with a good book and a strong fire. This winter season, find the joy and comforts you crave in Waynesboro, VA!

The Foodie

Eggs benedict…Iris Inn-style. Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

For the Foodie, enjoying rich flavors and colorful dishes is the perfect way to spend a winter weekend.   Start your mornings sipping coffee or hot chocolate by the fireplace in the Iris Inn’s sunlit Great Room, then savor a relaxing and fulfilling breakfast designed by the Iris Inn’s Chef and full kitchen staff.  For a real treat add a Sip and Simmer Cabin Dinner to your stay.  the Iris Inn’s Chef  will prepare a seasonal dinner where you add the finishing touches, pair with local wines, and enjoy right in the privacy of your own cabin.

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Heritage in Every Step: The Figures Behind Waynesboro Street Names

Waynesboro, Virginia, is well known as the crossroads of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. An ideal launching point to enjoy the trails of the Shenandoah Valley, the city itself also holds much to explore. A look into the street signs crisscrossing the city reveals a deep and lasting appreciation for the rich history, art, industry, and musical culture that deeply infuses Waynesboro.

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Live Like a Local: Out-of-the-Ordinary Festivities in Waynesboro

If you see one more showing of A Christmas Story, you’ll scream. What you’re ready for is a unique spin on the holiday season, fresh experiences that flavor the season with something other than cloves. Look no further than Waynesboro, Virginia, where out-of-the-ordinary holiday festivities come as naturally as the mountain vistas out our back door.

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Live Like a Local: Holiday Events for the Traditionalist

Are you a traditionalist that insists on turkey at Thanksgiving and ham at Christmas? Is there a favorite holiday movie you have to watch every year? Do your grandmother’s antique decorations still adorn your Christmas tree? Then you’re sure to enjoy these familiar and well loved traditions in Waynesboro!

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