Take a hike, Cabin Fever! –  3 Surefire Cures in the Shenandoah Valley

If that Snuggie you’ve been hiding behind can stand on its own this winter, it’s high time to take your cabin fever for a ride!  These surefire cures near Waynesboro, Virginia, will help you get out among the living and experience a fresh, invigorating view.

Get your passport. 

Laughter really is the best medicine.  A solitary dose is fine, but for maximum effect, experience laughter in community.  Find winter solidarity at our three Waynesboro breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.  Jam sessions, arcade games, trivia nights, and the company of others who appreciate a good time will put a spring in your step.

The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail is not only your guide to some of the best craft beer in the country, it can also launch you into an unforgettable day of quirky roadside attractions, farm-fresh fare, and Shenandoah Valley recreation at its best!  You’ll get to experience all the tastiness these Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer.  Pick up your Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Passport and visit six breweries on the trail to become the proud owner of a snazzy new tee.  You can get your passport at a participating brewery, visitor center, or the nearest igloo.

If winter really has you sapped, get chauffeured around by Shenandoah Tours or stay at Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast and book one of their Shenandoah Valley Wine & Brew Tours. You’ll be picked up at the front door of Belle Hearth for a three-hour chauffeured tour, complete with a picnic lunch.  It doesn’t get better than that!

Move. Breathe. Repeat.
OM Brew at Seven Arrows Brewing

Sure, we know movement helps both winter inertia and cabin fever.  But sometimes you just gotta ease in to it.  That’s where OM Brew at Seven Arrows Brewing Company has your back.  On Saturday mornings, 10 bucks gets you a refreshing yoga session and a complementary craft beer when you’re done.  Best part is, class begins at a respectable 10:30 so you and your Snuggie can sleep in!  A second way to enjoy some flavor-filled exercise: treat yourself to the Sip ‘n’ Saddle Up wine package from the Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast, featuring a breathtaking vineyard trail ride with Rebel’s Run @ Afton Mountain.

If you’re crawling the cabin walls, really stretch out those winter kinks by tackling one of the invigorating hikes in our backyard.  Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway is St. Mary’s Wilderness, Virginia’s largest designated wilderness area.  There are no cabins here, no motors, no nuthin’.  Nothing that is except miles of fern forests, valley vistas, and peaceful waterfalls!  Or check out Riprap Hollow in Shenandoah National Park.  Considered to be one of the best circuit hikes in the southern section of the park, Riprap Hollow provides variety, from great vistas and a small gorge to scenic springs and a large swimming hole.

Eat someone else’s cooking.
Heritage on Main Street

Really, on a long winter’s day is there anything better than someone else doing the cooking and you doing the savoring?  For true, nourishing comfort food that does both a body and mind good, there’s no better place to break free from meal monotony than the Shenandoah Valley.  And now with hints of spring in the air, outdoor dining patios are beginning to open.  Even if you still have to huddle in your hoodie, there’s nothing like soaking in the sunshine while filing your belly with fresh flavors prepared for you.  No dishes, no hassle.  Just pure, wholesome fuel to keep you energized for the day’s trails!

It only takes one day in Waynesboro’s spacious natural playground to cure cabin fever.  Get a dose today!