5 Ideas for a Lazy Weekend in Waynesboro, VA

#WaynesboroVA is known for being the gateway to both Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  In every season, the city attracts countless outdoor enthusiasts looking for adventure on the water and mountains surrounding Waynesboro.  But Waynesboro is also the perfect place for a leisurely weekend.  Whether you need to rejuvenate after a week on the trails or a week at the office, come enjoy the simpler things in life: good food, good art, and good nature.

#1 Saturday Farmers Market

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Photo Credit Waynesboro Farmers Market Facebook page

What better way to start a leisurely weekend, than meandering through the sights, tastes, and smells of the Waynesboro Farmers Market! Fresh-baked goodies and local produce will make for a delicious picnic later in the day.

#2 A Stroll Around Town To Discover Gems

Alpha & Omega Antique Mall offer one-of-a-kind treasures.

Waynesboro is home to unique shops and antique stores, like Alpha & Omega Antique Mall.  At the Bargain Barn you’ll find new and used home accents and collectibles. Be sure your downtown adventure takes you through the current gallery exhibit at Shenandoah Valley Art Center.  Their gift shop features affordable local and regional artists’ works including jewelry, prints, cards, pottery, and glass.  Continue your relaxed morning with breakfast or lunch at Stella, Bella, & Lucy’s. Art, antiques, and collectibles throughout the restaurant and a fresh, creative menu make this a local favorite.

#3 A Retreat to Nature

serenity garden
Serenity Garden photo credit: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.

Waynesboro takes pride in its natural beauty. The city’s award-winning horticulture program and focus on urban forestry is evident throughout the streets and parks of Waynesboro. For a lazy afternoon, you have five beautifully landscaped parks to choose from.  The Serenity Garden near the south entrance to Ridgeview Park offers a special retreat from the world for stillness and reflection.  Ridgeview Park also offers a variety of nature trails, a fishing pier, and wading in the South River.

#4 Sunday Morning Coffee & Comics

The French Press brings urban chic to downtown Waynesboro. (Photo by Norm Shafer)

Tuck your Sunday paper under your arm and head over to The French Press. Lattes, drip coffee, loose leaf tea, and fresh pastries await.  All mornings should begin like this! If Sunday Brunch is more your style, treat yourself to the delicious menu and drink specials at Heritage On Main Street.

#5 Scenic Sunday Drive

Photo credit Veritas Vineyard & Winery

There is no shortage of scenic drives originating from Waynesboro! Simply head North, South, East, or West, and you will find yourself traveling along the region’s renowned mountain vistas and lush valleys. If you choose “East” be sure to stop at Veritas Vineyard & Winery near Afton. Picnic tables scattered throughout their lawn and in the tree-shaded woods, offer guests an idyllic setting to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge while tasting luscious wines. Bring your own picnic or with advance reservation purchase a picnic lunch from Veritas.

Continue your Sunday drive South from Veritas to Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery in Nellysford.  Their selection of handcrafted “True to the Fruit” wines and authentic honey meads offer a unique tasting experience.  Your extensive choices include Virginia Blackberry Wine made from Hill Top’s own hand-picked blackberries, the intensely strawberry “Sweet Vixen”,  and the Hunter’s Moon Spiced Pumpkin Mead. Hill Top’s covered patio is the perfect place to leisurely test which bottles you’ll be taking home with you.

Leisure comes in all speeds. Set your own pace this summer in Waynesboro, VA.