Friday is the day for rolling down the windows and rolling out of town, headed for adventures that relax and invigorate. These seven stress-busting weekend ideas will help you fully rejuvenate, but they come with a warning: with this much fun, you may never want your weekend to end.
(1) Kick-off the weekend exploring the Beerwerks Trail
Along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail you can taste some of the best craft beer in the country, with over a dozen breweries to choose from. With tap rooms nestled in working horse farms and among the hip reclaimed architecture of historic foundries, the ambience options are as varied as the brews. Kick back with a full line-up of live music options and raise a toast to the relaxing weekend ahead.
(2) Sleep in till brunch
Early mornings not compatible with rest and relaxation? Waynesboro has a full line up of brunch destinations, complete with chicken and waffle dishes or a mid-day cocktail. From the neverending stack of pancakes at Weasie’s Kitchen to destination coffee shops like the Farmhaus on Main and the French Press, the perfect brunch not only slows down the pace but also fuels the rest of your weekend adventures.
(3) Stroll the Blue Ridge Mountains
The rolling mountains calm the nerves and relax the soul. With beautiful strolls starting at less-than-a-mile, there are inviting options for all. Local favorites include listening to the cool babbling of White Rock Falls and taking in the sweeping vistas of Humpback Rocks. Or stick to the Valley floor where Coyner Springs Park offers nature trails and a leash-free dog park, while South River Greenway walkers and bikers enjoy a river overlook, picnic shelter, and downtown access to after-walk drinks and dinner options.
(4) Catch a show as the historic Wayne Theatre Performing Arts Center
With a fully renovated historic playhouse, indoor seating, live music, production plays, movie nights, educational series and more, the Wayne Theatre Performing Arts Center invites attendees to sit back and enjoy the show. After a day on your feet or in the mountains, we all deserve an evening on the town with the best in show.
(5) Sunday-Funday: Splash through the South River Water Trail
Cool the heat by dipping your toes in the South River Water Trail. With spring-fed waters, shaded banks, and plenty of of places to splash, the South River is a weekend getaway for fishermen, waders, and floaters alike. Rent kayaks or paddle boards for an afternoon float or go on a guided fishing tour to find the best casting spots. Or for the young at heart, simply roll up those pant legs and splash on in.
(6) Enjoy history for all ages
History is hiding around every corner in the Shenandoah Valley. A stroll through the Waynesboro Heritage Museum shares the history of the business and industry that shaped the city, while the nearby Plumb House Museum contains collections of both Civil War and Native American artifacts. Presidential history buffs can explore the nearby Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. But for those craving not just the presentation of history but also the chance to participate, the Frontier Culture Museum offers live interpretive history exhibits while the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing invites weekend-visitors to pound their stress away with classes on historic forging and metalworking crafts.
(7) Get cozy in a Bed and Breakfast
After daytime adventures among the mountains and rivers, there’s no better relaxation than the comforts of great food, gorgeous lodging, and scenic views. Visitors to the Iris Inn enjoy hot tub soaks and wine along mountain top perches, while those at the Belle Hearth Bed and Breakfast experience Victorian architecture that’s nestled in a historic neighborhood walkable to downtown and the South River.
Among the Shenandoah waters and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Monday has never felt so far away.