Stuck in your Richmond office daydreaming about wide open spaces and cool mountain streams? Idling in traffic and wishing you were high above it all? Want to trade in that concrete jungle for a forest path? You’re only 90 minutes away from a rejuvenating getaway. Hop on I-64 West, set your sights on those Blue Ridge Mountains, and before you’ve finished your playlist, you’ll be in Waynesboro, VA, the playground of the Shenandoah Valley. Here are 6 reasons to jump in the car this weekend.
You may walk past them without even recognizing them—authors from the Blue Ridge region who have published books and even received national acclaim. And they’re gathering in one place for the 3rd Annual Author Fest at Waynesboro Public Library on May 6.
The public is invited to meet over two dozen of the area’s authors—from well-known to little-known—at an event that offers books, refreshments, and signings. Marta Grove, Publicity Coordinator of the Waynesboro Public Library, is excited by what the event promises. “Author Fest exposes the community to local writing talent and is an excellent time to broaden the horizons of readers. Book lovers will enjoy this time to meet authors and buy their books, and authors will benefit from the opportunity to expand their exposure.”
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the attendees:
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and snuggled in the arms of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesboro is the natural destination for those seeking a romantic night or weekend getaway. With award-winning wineries and breweries, farm-to-table culinary delights, world class entertainment, and scenic beauty at every turn, a visit to Waynesboro, Virginia, is an immersion of the senses.
#1 Feel the Beat: Release Your Inner “Fred” or “Ginger”
Kick off your evening with pizzazz! Nothing says classic romance like ballroom dancing, and experienced instructor Don Dollins will help you learn (or brush up on) popular dances such as: the Foxtrot, Swing, Waltz, Cha-Cha and the Rumba. Two different level classes are offered each week, and there’s an open dance session the first Friday of each month.
After getting in a little foxtrot and rumba, swing over to Silk Road Asian Restaurant & Bar. Savor a night of fine asian cuisine, an elegant atmosphere, and fresh cocktail concepts.
Close out the day by gazing out at the Shenandoah Valley from the comfort of your room or luxury cabin at the Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast. And talk about bliss – you can fall asleep knowing that when you awake, a chef has prepared you a decadent breakfast!
#2 Gather a Taste of Local
Enjoy the serenity that comes naturally in Waynesboro and our breathtaking Augusta County with a romantic retreat to Cabin Creekwood. Choose from nine cabins conveniently located just one mile away from Sherando Lake. Follow this checklist and then settle in for a quiet dinner and night away from the world.
- Pick up a bottle(s) of Harlequin Chardonnay from Veritas Vineyard & Winery or a Lemberger from Ox-Eye Vineyards.
- Swing by Scotto’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria for authentic, fresh Napolitano cuisine (conveniently available for takeout).
- Return to your sanctuary among the trees.
- Turn off cell phones.
“Luxurious”…”blissful”…”nourishing”…choose your word. While you’re at it, choose a cabin and reserve this special time for the two of you!
#3 Feast Your Eyes
Another romantic date night in Waynesboro could mean sinking into the gracious Victorian comfort of Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast. Antique furnishings, gas log fireplaces, wraparound porch with swing, candlelit 3-course breakfast….Belle Hearth has all the trimmings you need for a relaxing getaway.
But once you take a look at this delectable lineup, we think you’ll rally and treat yourself to a night out on the town. After a colorful and flavorful dinner at Osaka III, head over to The Historic Wayne Theatre. Nationally known acts are routinely onstage at this beautiful performing arts center. Music, film, dance, comedy, performance… there is always something new to experience at the Wayne! After the night’s entertainment, head back to your pillows at Belle Hearth. You can drift off knowing that leisure and deliciousness await you in the morning.
#4 Hear Music Among the Stars
Nothing will make your partner’s heart flutter quite like an evening under the stars at Barren Ridge Vineyards, a small, family-owned vineyard and winery along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. Experience Barren Ridge’s award-winning handcrafted wines while soaking in the peace of the land. For a truly memorable evening, plan your visit to correspond with Firelight Friday and Sunsets at the Vineyard! Take live music, Barren Ridge wines, and delicious fare then mix in cozy fire, sunset, and an evening serenaded under the stars…Voilà!
#5 Don’t Miss the Aromas of “What Are We Smoking?”
If you’re keeping track of the senses, then you know we’ve hit #5 – the sense of smell. The folks at Stable Craft Brewing are masters at harnessing the power of all the senses, and with the smoker located right outside the taproom, you won’t be able to resist the day’s mouth-watering menu. And not to worry if one or both of you are a veggie – the chef has you covered with savory scratch-made creations for all appetites.
Check out Stable Craft’s Event Calendar to plan your meat, beverage, or entertainment fix. In addition to “What Are We Smoking?” evenings, Stable Craft’s special events include tours of their organic hop fields, small batch beer releases, Sunday Craft Beer Brunch, and their Winter Craft Beer Dinner Theatre Series. Or the two of you can simply kick back in their draft room with one of the 16 beers on tap and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.
A getaway to Waynesboro makes it easy to find romance, good nature, and fresh flavors at every turn. Listen to your heart – plan your stay today!
1. “B” is for “Brews and Food”
The Shenandoah Valley is nationally-renowned for its beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. But no matter how many trails you hike, bike, and paddle, no visit to Waynesboro would be complete without experiencing the Fields of Gold Farm Trail, the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and the new Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, featuring 13 microbreweries.
Curling up with your favorite Christmas movie…finding a special gift…catching a glimpse of Santa…gathering with friends…caroling out in the snow. Treasured traditions build the anticipation and joy of the holiday season. And in Waynesboro, Virginia, you’ll find a community that knows how to celebrate!
Come stay in one of our cozy Bed & Breakfasts or join us for a festive day. While we can’t guarantee snow, we can promise you a showing of the classic White Christmas and holiday traditions that will make you feel right at home.
Ninety years ago, the historic Wayne Theatre opened its doors to the first surge of eager patrons waving tickets. This fall, history repeats itself, but now the theatre is sporting a new facelift and a new outlook.
The facelift has been taking place for years—ever since the late 1990s—when the theatre was a vacant twin cinema with pink-tiled bathrooms. Wayne Theatre Executive Director Tracy Straight at that time served as an elementary school music teacher and musical theatre director. She recalls brainstorming with Lillian Morse of the Waynesboro Players about forming a group of arts-minded citizens intent on saving the theatre. This fledgling group grew into the Wayne Theatre Alliance (WTA). Using a variety of tax credits and other capital, the alliance began overhauling the theatre in 2007. Even then, financial challenges forced construction to stop three times before the work was finally completed in 2016. The process was an arduous one for Straight and the WTA, but she asserts, “I am as engaged as ever!” Continue reading “Open Doors: The New Wayne Theatre Invites a Fresh Take”