Outdoor adventures are fueled by more than good cheer: Great food and delicious hydration all contribute to the perfect day in the woods. From mountain treks to parkway picnics, we’ve paired the flavor of local food with the taste of adventure for every style of outdoor recreation.
The Healthy Saunter
For the health-conscious adventurer, local vegetables, fair trade coffee, and lovingly baked breads fuel the ideal day of blue skies and elevation gain. The Farmhaus on Main offers seasonal salads, Virginia-roasted coffee, and even a book collection to read in the woods. Nearby Mister Jamison’s Deli combines freshly sliced meats and cheeses in made-to-order subs and salads. The deli’s extensive selection of bottled local, domestic, and imported beers will add chilled refreshment to your picnic basket.
Pair these downtown eateries with one of the Waterfall Hikes of the Shenandoah National Park. Or, for those interested in less walking and more accessible picnic spots, check out the overlooks along both the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Beer, Burgers, and Big Rocks
With a local Beerwerks Trail as exciting as the Appalachian Trail, the possible combinations of brews and summits are almost endless. Head to Waynesboro’s three breweries for award-winning beers and tantalizing cooking. Try the locally sourced and totally unique Southern Pleasure Burger at Stable Craft Brewing’s agri-pub; or the Cordon Bleu Burger at Nobos Kitchen, located inside the Seven Arrows taproom; or veer away from traditional pub fare with the more exotic flavors of Hops Kitchen, located at Basic City Beer Company. The breweries aren’t the only ones with great food. E & J’s Deli Pub serves up a mean steak burger made from sirloin ground in house along with a thirst-quenching selection of tap beers.
These “beer, burger and more” food offerings are all the sustenance you’ll need to fuel panoramic hikes and rock scrambles like Humpback Rocks, Spy Rock, and Old Rag Mountain. For additional hiking options within a short drive of Waynesboro, check out Black Rock Summit, Chimney Rock, and many more.
For those who prefer pedals to hiking boots, mountain biking and road riding options abound. From on-road and off-road rides suitable to beginners, all the way up to Biking the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll be burning calories amid beautiful mountain scenery.
Sip & Saddle Up Weekend Getaways
For the weekend warriors whose ideal camping adventure involves a bottle of wine on the cabin pillow, local inns and bed and breakfasts are ready with packages that combine the best in comfort, food, and mountain views. The Iris Inn offers a “Sip & Saddle Up” package with a horse ride for you and your sweetie through a local winery, with picnic prepared. Or, check out the three-hour chauffeured tour of wineries and microbreweries with Belle Hearth Bed and Breakfast. This no-driving option lets you choose between the outdoor patios of wineries like Afton Mountain, Barren Ridge, Cardinal Point, Flying Fox, King Family, and Veritas, plus Blue Mountain Breweries, Wild Wolf Breweries, and Bold Rock Ciderworks.