Coffee Shops to Warm Your Winter Excursions

Whether you’re perusing Waynesboro’s downtown boutiques or wrapping up a winter hike in Shenandoah National Park, we have the coffee shops to raise your internal thermometer. Wrap your frozen hands around a cup of hot coffee at one of these favorite cafés, and you’ll soon be warm enough to think about your next adventure!

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Love goes into every coffee creation at The Farmhaus on Main.

The Farmhaus on Main. 908 West Main Street. This 1890 frame house has quickly become a gathering spot for those wishing to taste amazing coffee, surf the Internet, or simply relax in the white, airy rooms. Cozy nooks and plenty of windows make it a great place to escape winter’s spell for a season while sipping a hot beverage. The Farmhaus specializes in Blanchard’s Coffee, roasted in Richmond, and draws as many local ingredients as possible for their one-of-a-kind breakfast and lunch offerings.

Try a Cortado paired with Sweet Toast (honey-whipped goat cheese, fruit, and nuts on sourdough).

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

The French Press. 134 North Wayne Avenue. Step into The French Press and you’ll think you’re in New York or London. Exposed brick, reclaimed wood, textured tin ceilings, and eclectic furniture give it a relaxed, urban vibe. Customers can sit along the front window at a bar made of a rustic slab of wood or sink into a soft armchair in the back. This coffee shop offers locally roasted, fair-trade organic coffee and light fare, such as fresh pastries from Albemarle Baking Company and gluten-free snacks created by Waynesboro’s own Stevie G’s. For a taste of local arts and culture, stop by on Friday night for Open Mic Night.

Try a Chai Latte or a Flat White paired with any of their buttery pastries.

Kelsey Shreckhise, manager of Micah's Coffee works wonders in a small space. (Photo by Norm Shafer)
Kelsey Shreckhise, manager of Micah’s Coffee, works wonders in a small space. (Photo by Norm Shafer)

Micah’s Coffee. 1000 West Broad Street. Keep your tastebuds happy and your engine warm! Micah’s offers all the pleasure of hand-crafted beverages with the convenience of staying in your car. This drive-thru coffee stand serves so many customers, there are two lanes to access it. A friendly barista will greet you and entice you with an amazing menu of gourmet drinks, from Caramel Crunch Lattes to Sugar Daddy Frappés. Fridays mean fresh doughnuts from Strite’s Donuts.

Try their special-of-the-month or Micah’s Mocha.

The unmistakable purple cow head has been greeting travelers on Route 340 for years.
The unmistakable purple cow head has been greeting travelers on Route 340 for years.

The Purple Cow. 10 Purple Cow Road. You can’t miss the purple cow head marking this quaint coffee shop just north of Waynesboro. The store, which carries a fun array of knick-knack gift items and homemade goodies like pepperoni rolls, is best known for its local ice cream. But you can also find locally roasted, specialty coffees here. Owner Becky Kincaid will whip up an espresso drink for you on the spot while you feast your eyes on the cheerful, kitschy decor. There’s no indoor seating at The Purple Cow, so after you buy your coffee, take a scenic drive along the nearby Rockfish Road, which offers beautiful views of farms set against the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Try a Hazelnut Latte and a Raspberry White Chocolate Scone.

Author: Liza Peltola

Liza Peltola grew up in Waynesboro, VA, and after living overseas and on the west coast, returned to the Shenandoah Valley, where rolling farmland and Blue Ridge Mountains foster a thriving arts and agriculture scene.