4 Blue Ridge Brunches: The Perfect Pairing to Your Springtime Weekends

Each year, May brings the annual search for the perfect brunch. Warm days invite late morning lounging, families gather for Mothers Day, and weekend drives in the country remain incomplete without a favorite meal and relaxation stop. We’ve compiled the four best places that serve up a seasonal brunch of laughter, friendship, and amazing food.

E&J’s Deli Pub was named one of the 12 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Virginia by Virginia is for Lovers, and their local food selection explains why. E&J’s Sunday Brunch serves Polyface Farms eggs from free-range chickens and freshly made butter from Main Street Farm Stand in Stuarts Draft. Standout menu options include the Chicken and Waffles, Biscuits and Spicy Sausage Gravy, and the “Good for You” options of layered granola, yogurt, and fresh fruits.

Always remembering the Pub portion of their name, E&J’s Deli Pub also features unforgettable brunch cocktails including the Fresh Squeezed Beer Mimosa, combining the best of IPA flavors with your choice of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple juices. The Black Butte Bloody Mary, Tequila Sunrise, and Rabbit Punch follow close behind. With food options ranging from French Toast to Steak and Eggs and the Breakfast Piggy, you won’t be hurting for just the right complement to E&J’s spirited brunch beverages. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11am to 2pm.

The Green Leaf Grill offers downtown dining that pairs perfectly with a weekend trip to the Farmer’s Market or a stroll along the South River Greenway. The restaurant was recently featured in Southern Living’s Skyline Drive Short List. It features a diverse menu that includes creative vegetarian options, “comfort food twists,” and a wide variety of seafood options. Local beer, wine, and cider are on tap from many of the breweries and vineyards along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Brunch specials range from salmon cakes to raspberry french toast. The Green Leaf Grill opens its doors everyday except Monday beginning at 11am. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11am-2pm accompanied by live jazz.

With an all-day breakfast option, the Farmhaus on Main is happy to serve up brunch whatever time of day suits your Saturday outing. With indoor and outdoor seating areas, you just might choose to spend the day enjoying the sunshine or their large supply of books for sale. Also featured by Southern Living’s profile on the Skyline Drive, the Farmhaus on Main offers a full range of handcrafted espressos, chai latte teas, fruit parfait, homemade pastries, breakfast sandwiches, seasonal salads, and locally brewed kombucha. For beyond-brunch options, be sure to check out their full menu. The Farmhaus on Main is open Saturday from 8am to 3pm and Monday-Friday from 7am to 5pm.

Weasie’s Kitchen is where “Friends Meet to Eat.” A home-style restaurant, their “Hungry Boy” breakfast includes three golden pancakes, two eggs, home fries with onions, and your choice of bacon or sausage. Brunch options include all-you-can eat pancakes, build-your-own omelets, and homemade biscuits. Once you check out their menu, you’ll be convinced there’s no way to leave Weasie’s hungry, and they are happy to serve you breakfast all day long — from 5:30am to 2pm every Saturday and Sunday, as well as Monday-Friday 6am to 8pm.

More options:
Heritage on Main Street, Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm
Nobos Kitchen at Seven Arrows Brewing, Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm
The French Press, Saturday & Sunday Waffle Bar & Sausage Gravy & Biscuits
Stella, Bella & Lucy’s, Monday-Saturday, Breakfast 9-10:30am, Lunch 11am-2:30pm

Two-Wheeled Touring Near Waynesboro – Bicycle and Motorcycle Itineraries

Sometimes the ride is as exhilarating and beautiful as any destination. If you’re looking for sweeping turns, windswept mountain vistas, or country roads to cruise, these bicycle and motorcycle itineraries are sure to inspire.

Pedaling on Pavement

Day Trip Tours from Waynesboro are plentiful. Beginners and family-friendly options include the South River Greenway, stretching from Constitution Park and meandering along the South River, which on Saturday mornings features the Waynesboro Farmers Market. Or stretch a little further with the 12.5 mile Waynesboro-to-Dooms Day Loop, which takes you along the South River as it flows north towards its confluence with the North River. Intermediate riders may love the Waynesboro-to-Grottoes Loop which, over the course of 35 miles, can include a tour of Grand Caverns in the town of Grottoes and passes the renowned horticulturalist André Viette’s extensive perennial garden and nursery on Long Meadow Road.  Don’t be shy about exploring other options, as Bike the Valley’s database of On Road rides remains extensive.

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Taste Bud Tempting Food & Brews to Power Your Next Outdoor Adventure

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.

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Waynesboro, VA: The Perfect Day Trip/Getaway from Richmond, VA

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.

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Waynesboro,VA: An Inspiring Playground for All Ages

School may be out, but recess is in!  If you’re an outdoor lover, there’s no better place to spend your summer than in Waynesboro, Virginia.  We’ve got the peaks, the valleys, the water, and all the good nature your body and spirit crave.  Can’t decide where to start?  Check out these summer events you won’t want to miss, then pack those hiking boots, bike helmets, or racing shoes and escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains for an adventure-filled getaway!

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