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

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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.

Throughout October, catch Twizted Creationz trail haunt just north of Waynesboro at Creative Works Farm. The haunted maze is an annual event to raise money for Camp LIGHT, a summer camp operated on the farm for children ages 6-17 with medical and physical conditions and other special needs, including at risk youth.

Families with young children may prefer a more hands-on and less-spooky afternoon at the farm’s Skeeter’s Maze Adventure, a 5.5 acre interactive corn maze in Waynesboro. When the kids get hungry, swing downtown to Sam’s Hot Dog Stand, known for their all beef hot dogs, famous chili sauce, and pork barbeque sandwiches.

And for a fun alternative to trick-or-treating, Waynesboro Family YMCA is hosting a Halloween Festival on October 22, complete with games, haunted house and indoor pumpkin patch.

Nearby Spookiness

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Photo credit Trip Advisor

Described as “eerily beautiful,” Swannanoa Palace on Afton Mountain is a magnet for the curious and the chill-seekers.  A tour of this historic marble mansion reveals glimpses into a time gone by – Gilded Age architecture, a Tiffany stained-glass window, ornate woodwork, and marble floors a hundred years old.  The palace is open for tours on select dates – including Halloween weekend!

Honor & Celebrate Service and Heritage

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The Shenandoah Jamboree returns to the Historic Wayne Theatre on November 5, with a special “Salute to Veterans” show. The headliner will be Irlene Mandrell with special guests The Coachmen.

The National Park Service is also honoring Veterans Day by waiving entrance fees on November 11.  This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Shenandoah National Park with your family.

Waynesboro and the Shenandoah Valley have a rich military history.  Begin your exploration at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum. Currently on display among the museum’s exhibits is “Wayne Manufacturing: A Wartime Industry.”

Many Waynesboro businesses like Jake’s Bar & Grill offer special discounts to veterans and active duty military or special lodging packages like Belle Hearth’s November Veteran’s Special.

Discover A Natural Cornucopia

Photo credit Shenandoah National Park
Photo credit Shenandoah National Park

Make this year’s Fall Break or Thanksgiving Holiday extra special with a getaway to Tree Streets Inn.  Unwind on the veranda, recharge with a bountiful breakfast, and then head out to explore Waynesboro and the surrounding mountains. There is something here for everyone in the family!

The Historic Wayne Theatre is just blocks from Tree Streets Inn and offers a full schedule of theatrical and musical performances.  Be sure to catch the musical production of The Secret Garden, November 10-13 and 17-20.

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are on our doorstep, and you have your pick from an abundance of autumn hiking and panoramic opportunities. If you are coming in to Waynesboro the week of Thanksgiving, don’t miss the Pints and Ponies event and Sunday Craft Beer Brunch at Stable Craft Brewing.  And for an unforgettable outdoor family activity on Thanksgiving Day, register for Waynesboro Family YMCA’s Turkey Trot!

Waynesboro: A Winter Wonderland

Iris Inn, photo credit Jumping Rocks.
Iris Inn, photo credit Jumping Rocks

You can slow down and savor the holiday season with a family retreat in Waynesboro. With the Iris Inn as your home-away-from-home, you’ll be perfectly located to enjoy the countless festivities and celebrations throughout the community, including these seasonal favorites:

Dec 2 – 26
A Christmas Carol at the nearby American Shakespeare Center

Dec 2
The Nutcracker Presented by Old Dominion Performing Arts Studio

Dec 3
The Nutcracker Presented by Old Dominion Performing Arts Studio
Holiday Parade

Dec 11
The Nutcracker Presented by Albemarle Ballet Theatre

Dec 18
Making Spirits Bright with Valley Dance Theatre

Dec 23
Community Sing-A-Long with Jimmy Overton and the Hallelujah Chorus

Dec 25
Looking for somewhere to dine on Christmas Day? Treat your family to the flavorful and artful Asian cuisine at Silk Road!

Plan something extraordinary this holiday season – celebrate in Waynesboro, VA!