What’s a rail trail and how can the lore of a railroad-rich destination contribute to a cool walk/cycle/learn/relax getaway? Rail trails are conversions of disused railways to multi-use paths for walking, cycling and sometimes horseback riding. Rail trails are growing in popularity around the country, not only because of unique features, but because they can be enjoyed by families and people of all fitness levels. There are several in the Shenandoah Valley worth investigating, and combining the stories of a region’s railroad history with treks along the mostly flat, often shaded, scenic railways can be a fun way to explore. There are plenty of ways to do just that from a base camp in Waynesboro, Virginia. Continue reading “Walk/Cycle/Learn/Relax on a #WaynesboroVA Rails-to-Trails Adventure”
Released July 6th 2016, Pokémon GO is a hot new app that is taking over the world. Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company. It encourages players to get outside and walk by using GPS to guide players to Pokémon and Pokéstops so that they can collect, evolve, and battle with their Pokémon. Popular with young children, teens, and adults, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore Waynesboro Parks.
Waynesboro Parks are loaded with Pokéstops, which are places where players can receive items in the game like Poké Balls, Pokémon eggs, and other items. Each of Waynesboro’s five parks offer plenty to do while you’re there. As a bonus, four of the parks are located along the Waynesboro Water Trail, a trail formed by the South River that links city neighborhoods, streets, parks, and downtown. The Waynesboro Water Trail map can be downloaded from www.visitwaynesboro.net. Continue reading “Waynesboro GO – Exploring Parks with Pokémon GO”
Fox Disc Golf Course borders the dog park at Coyner Springs Park.
If you were to ask me if I enjoyed Frisbee throwing, I would say Sure. If you were to ask if I was skilled at it, I would say No. When I throw a Frisbee, it usually veers off to the right in a tilt like it’s climbing a skyscraper, then plummets to the ground in a donut roll. My children, on the other hand, can whip out a Frisbee with table-top flatness and bulls-eye accuracy at a speed of 95 mph, creating a missile so deadly, you’re afraid to catch it. They can throw underhand and behind their heads with the same result. So when I was offered a chance to try out Waynesboro’s Fox Disc Golf Course, I naturally took them along in order to see how it’s really supposed to be played. Continue reading “A (Disc Golf) Course in Nature”
Nestled against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the lush Shenandoah Valley, #WaynesboroVA is the natural choice for a romantic getaway. Whether you are looking forward to quiet solitude together or prefer a shared outdoor adventure, Waynesboro’s warm hospitality and abundance of beauty will captivate your heart and your senses.
Stay at one of our quaint bed & breakfasts and pair that with one (or more!) of these romantic date ideas to create a truly memorable occasion. Continue reading “Romantic Getaways in Waynesboro, VA”
Summer is here!
From mountain biking to camping to whitewater rafting, #WaynesboroVA is the perfect homebase for all your outdoor recreation along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park. Waynesboro is also the hub of a vibrant art, music, food, and local brew scene. And whether you stay and play for a weekend or a week, you’ll soon discover that festivity comes naturally in Waynesboro!
The kids are out of school and the days are getting longer. That means some empty hours to fill! But Waynesboro has you covered. Check out these five family-friendly itineraries to fill your summer afternoons and evenings. Continue reading “#LiveLikeaLocal in #WaynesboroVA: 5 Family-Friendly Summer Evenings”
Design Your Own Adventure: Hike, Bike, Paddle, Climb, Crawl
If you are an extreme sports enthusiast, there is no better place to test your strength, endurance and adventurous spirit than the mountains, rapids and cliffs near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Whether you come fully equipped to head out on your own, or you need a guide or outfitter, make Waynesboro, Virginia, the base camp for your next outdoor getaway.
Pick two of the following high-octane adventures. Paired with our suggested watering holes, you’ll have 48 hours of spectacular sights, tastes, sounds, and memories. Continue reading “48 Hrs. of Blue Ridge Extreme Sports & Epic #WaynesboroVA Watering Holes”
In the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, three craft breweries— Basic City, Seven Arrows, and Stable Craft—grace Waynesboro and Augusta County. Each is a unique experience, showcasing the area’s history, hospitality, and horses. In common, they love all things local.
Basic City Beer Co. occupies the former brass foundry of Virginia Metalcrafters in what was once Basic City before it was annexed by Waynesboro. A trendy industrial space plus the effort to revitalize it equals something absolutely perfect for millennials and baby boomers alike. The brewery opened its doors in 2016, with long-term plans for the warehouse to include a restaurant, farmers’ market, artisan space, and more, making it an exciting destination business for the area. Continue reading ““Drinking In” Waynesboro”
It’s Bike Month!
Take advantage of the stunning scenery and mild May weather to get out for a bike ride near the Blue Ridge Parkway during National Bike Month. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just getting started with your biking adventures, you’ll want to put these routes on your to-do list this month, as well as a couple cool spots to refuel after the ride in Waynesboro, Virginia.
The misty rain can’t dampen the spirits of the dozen giddy people poised to cross the street at Main and Arch. After all, we’re armed with umbrellas and irrepressible good spirits. We are a small group of strangers, preparing to set out on the first ever “Sip & Saunter,” a progressive dinner innovated by Parks and Rec to introduce residents to the unique restaurants in historic downtown Waynesboro. Our party is one of four that will, over the course of the evening, make its way on foot to five different restaurants, each with a sampling of distinctive cuisine.
Our docent, Kathy Johnson, leads us like a group of schoolchildren across the wet street. The vintage streetlights lining Main Street glow with a cheery brightness. A buzz of anticipation steals over us, and we chatter with each other in excited whispers. Already we can hear the music spilling from the first restaurant.