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.

Seven Arrows Brewing Company

All three of our breweries offer delectable menus in addition to their many flavors on tap. Stop by Nobos Kitchen at Seven Arrows Brewing Company for locally sourced food paired with high quality craft brewed beers and the Hops Kitchen at Basic City Beer Co. where craft beer meets craft food.  Then immerse yourself in sustainable brewing practices with a Farm and Brewery Tour or Craft Your Own Beer party at Stable Craft Brewing.  Book in advance!

Blue Oregano

If wine is more to your liking, enjoy the Shenandoah Valley’s winter beauty from the vantage of Barren Ridge Vineyards.  You can explore their wine list in the cozy comfort of a large wood-burning fireplace or the heat lamps on the patio overlooking the vineyard and mountains.  Then wind down your winter’s day with a four-course, wine-paired dinner at The Farmhouse at Veritas or a gourmet cooking class with Chef Caitie Maharg at her Blue Oregano!

The Artist

Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Seeking inspiration and rejuvenation? Need a change of pace or scenery?  Find your muse in Waynesboro!  Start by taking yourself on an artist’s date to the Wayne Theatre Exhibit Gallery, P. Buckley Moss Gallery, and the gallery at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center.

Nail’d It Workshop

An artist’s retreat in Waynesboro also offers a number of opportunities to tap into the well of creativity and try something new.  Immerse yourself in a new medium such as fiber, precious metal clay, or acrylics through Shenandoah Valley Art Center or through a class at Make Waynesboro Clay StudioVirginia Institute of Blacksmithing offers one and two day blacksmithing classes that don’t require previous experience.  You’ll learn basic forge welding and hammer techniques while creating a project to take home. Private and custom classes are also available. Round out your getaway at Nail’d It Workshop where you can play with paint, stencils, wood, and paper crafts in a fun and relaxed studio.

The Frazzled

Freda’s Skin Studio

This getaway is for all the worked and weary!  First and foremost, check in and unpack your cares at Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast.  Victorian comfort, candlelit breakfasts, and cozy fireplaces are just what your soul is craving.  If you need to work out some kinks, check out the schedule of classes through Bird Seed Yoga or take a slow walk through Serenity Garden and Ridgeview Park.

Health Matters Esthetics and Massage

Now it’s time to meet your appointment for pampering at one (or all!) of these deluxe destinations.  Find the glow of good health at Freda’s Skin Studio and Waynesboro Massage.  Indulge in a Raindrop Pedicure or design cut at Shear Dimensions Salon & Day Spa, or sink into bliss with the Signature Massage & Facial at Health Matters.

The Nature Lover

South River Fly Shop

Winter sports lovers will appreciate Waynesboro’s proximity to all the Shenandoah Valley’s slopes, waterways, and trails.  Make base camp at Cabin Creekwood or one of our B&Bs to enjoy a day’s excursion to nearby Wintergreen Resort for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and ice skating.  If fishing is your passion, head to Waynesboro’s urban fishery or book a full service, guided fly fishing trip with South River Fly Shop.

Craving some leg-stretching, heart-pumping mountain biking?  The Sherando Lake Advanced Loop will do the trick.  And for outdoor adventure there’s nothing like the hikes and spectacular views in Shenandoah National Park!  Even if Skyline Drive is temporarily closed due to weather, visitors can still explore the Park on foot.

Shenandoah National Park. National Park Service photo.

Whether you crave activity or rest, community or solitude, the Shenandoah Valley has what you need to carry you through ‘til spring.  Make your winter not just bearable but unforgettable with a getaway to Waynesboro, VA!