Location, Location — Why Waynesboro is Divinely Placed for Your Weekend Getaway

Weekend warriors seeking the perfect base camp are finding their sweet spot at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 64. Sitting a mere 90 minutes from Richmond and less than three hours from Washington, D.C., Waynesboro offers a weekend of outdoor adventure, cultural excursions, and historic explorations — all within a short country drive of this “divinely placed” getaway.

At the Crossroads — Adventure Awaits within 5 Miles

The City of Waynesboro nestles naturally at the crossroads where outdoor adventure meets easy access. Downtown Waynesboro sits just three miles from the Shenandoah National Park, where the Blue Ridge Parkway rolls into the Skyline Drive, your gateway to hundreds of miles of breathtaking views and gently curving roads along the tops of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The famed Appalachian Trail, running from Georgia to Maine, skirts the City limits, while the urban trout fishery of the South River rolls right through downtown. Rockfish Gap Outfitters and the South River Fly Shop stand ready to equip bicycle, kayaking, trout fishing, and backpacking adventures, with sales, rental, and guiding services available.

Fly fishing on Waynesboro’s South River

The Cultural Circuit — Live Music, Performance, and Interpretive History within 15 Miles

Enjoy an evening stroll through downtown Waynesboro to the historic Wayne Theatre, which offers live music and production theater performances. A quick 15-mile jaunt to the City of Staunton connects theater-goers to the American Shakespeare Center, housed in the world’s only historic recreation of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Theatre. The Heifetz Institute offers live classical music presentations from this generation’s rising star string musicians.

The newly renovated Wayne Theatre stages national acts and sold-out performances.

Actors move off the stage and into conversation at the Frontier Culture Museum, bringing the past to life with hands-on and living history exhibits. Sharing the story of early immigrants, the museum has reproduced authentic examples of traditional rural buildings from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and America, with traditional crafts from each culture shared by expertly trained and interactive interpreters.

A Weekend of Resorts — Skiing, Mountain Biking, and Water Parks within 35 Miles

Once you’ve meandered the area’s arts and culture offerings, grab a little nature-therapy at Waynesboro’s network of parks and waterways, where outdoor rec opportunities are literally around every corner. Waynesboro’s large local park system features six parks, a community center, pool, 1.2 miles of greenway, four miles of water trail, a nine-hole disc golf course, soccer fields, and more. Parks are open to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the year with few exceptions.

And when you’re ready for some outdoor adrenaline options, resort-based skiing, mountain biking, spas, and indoor water parks are within an easy and picturesque drive. Wintergreen Resort (20 miles) offers winter skiing, springtime golfing, wine tours, a comprehensive spa experience, and swimming and fitness activities.

Similar activities can be found at Massanutten Resort (35 miles) with the addition of an indoor and outdoor waterpark, zipline, escape room, and a lift-served bike park that allows visitors to experience the best in downhill mountain biking — all without the climb!

Miles of mountain biking track await you at Massanutten Resort! Photo courtesy of massresort.com.

Meandering through History — Historic Downtowns and Presidential Museums within 50 MILES

There’s heritage in every step and historic landmarks around every corner in Waynesboro.  Start at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum to orient yourself in time and place, then visit the Plumb House Museum down the street to view additional collections of Civil War and Native American artifacts. The Plumb House was built during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency and was later caught in the midst of the Civil War Battle of Waynesboro.

Downtown Staunton and Lexington both offer some of the best combinations of historic architecture, housing modern shops and restaurants. Along the way, stop at the Cyrus McCormick Farm, home of the inventor of the mechanical grain reaper. Or visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum (15 miles) and Jefferson’s Monticello (30 miles) for a full day of presidential research and interactive learning.

Historic downtown Staunton offers presidential history and Shakespearean theater.

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For a more extensive list of easy-to-reach destinations, use these 15-mile, 35-mile, and 55-mile planning tools for your passport to gorgeous valley roads, mountain top meanders, and the best in cultural destinations with big-city charm and small-town traffic patterns.

 

5 Springtime River Adventures for the Whole Family

Spring is the season where the water is up, the warm weather invites, and the natural world bursts with new possibilities. It’s the season for trout fishing Saturdays, festivals and childhood wonder, and of course lazy river floats. If the season has you feeling as restless as the birds, Waynesboro has a golden suite of river and water adventures perfect for the whole family to celebrate spring.

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Your Kids Will LOVE these Waynesboro Activities

Waynesboro,VA is the greatest playground a kid (and their adult) could ask for!  Fresh mountain air, family-friendly venues, and engaging hands-on fun, provide endless outlets for curiosity, creativity, and energy.   The kid in your life will love these favorite Waynesboro activities.

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Maggie is one of several education animals at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Celebrating a birthday?  Looking for a unique family outing?  Schedule a tour of the renowned Wildlife Center of Virginia!  Kids will learn about the inner-workings of a wildlife hospital and have a close-up experience of one of the resident non-releasable owls, hawks, or eagles.  A guided nature hike led by a Wildlife Center educator will give children a fresh look into the animals and habitat of the adjoining George Washington National Forest.

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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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Live Like a Local: Hometown Events in May

One of the advantages of living in a modestly sized city like Waynesboro is the abundance of hometown events that pull the community closer together. Often celebrated with regularity each year, these gatherings create space for multiple generations to rub elbows with each other, for a city’s culture to be shaped and maintained, and—inevitably—for adults to cross paths with their former middle school teachers.

May showcases some of Waynesboro’s best hometown charm! From local theater to music on the mountain, Waynesboro strives to make its citizens and visitors feel right at home.

Xanadu the Musical rocks the Wayne Theatre May 5-14. Photo courtesy of the Wayne Theatre Facebook page.
Xanadu the Musical rocks the Wayne Theatre May 5-14. Photo courtesy of the Wayne Theatre Facebook page.

Xanadu the Musical

May 5-14

Roller-skating, romance, and retro music—the royal combination for an entertaining stage production! Based on the 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, this Tony Award-winning musical is sure to inspire audiences to dream big. Familiar hits like “Suddenly,” “Strange Magic,” and “Evil Woman” will have both young and old rocking in their seats. And if that’s not enough, each Saturday performance will be followed by a dance party!

The Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby will take place May 6 in downtown Waynesboro. Photo by Norm Shafer.
The Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby will take place May 6 in downtown Waynesboro. Photo by Norm Shafer.

Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby

May 6, 7:30 a.m.,Downtown Waynesboro

Now in its 24th year, the Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby is a gravity car race that unites children, parents, and grandparents in a collaborative effort. Participants  between the ages of 7 and 20 team up with family members and sponsors to create their own derby cars over the course of several months. On May 6, the cars are pitted against each other down the long hill on Main Street. Come out and cheer for the young competitors and their sponsors!

Patsy Asuncion will be among the authors at Author Fest. Photo courtesy of the author's website.
Patsy Asuncion will be among the authors at Author Fest. Photo courtesy of the author’s website.

Author Fest

May 6, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Waynesboro Public Library

The Blue Ridge region grows beautiful dogwoods this time of year, but it also grows literary talent. Over 30 published writers from the area will gather at Waynesboro Public Library to showcase their works and autograph title pages. Books will be on sale at the event so that you can support your new favorite writer. Read more about some of the attendees on our blog.

Firetrucks join the festivities at the Rosenwald Community Block Party. Photo courtesy of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation website.
Firetrucks join the festivities at the Rosenwald Community Block Party. Photo courtesy of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation website.

Rosenwald Community Block Party

May 6, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Rosenwald Community Center

Meet the neighbors you never knew you had at this block party and potluck featuring fire trucks, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, and local gospel music. Hot dogs and drinks are provided by the City of Waynesboro, and the Rosenwald Community Center will be open for basketball.

Catch the amazing antics of the Marvelous Mutts at Petpawlooza. Photo courtesy of Marvelous Mutts.
Catch the amazing acrobatics of the Marvelous Mutts at Petpawlooza. Photo courtesy of the Marvelous Mutts.

Petpawlooza

May 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m., Coyner Springs Park

Let’s not forget that our community has furry members, too! Coyner Springs, the City’s designated dog park, rolls out the green carpet for your canine companion at an event that places dogs at the center of attention. Have Fido’s caricature made, treat him to a game of Musical Sit, and share lunch from any of the food trucks while you watch a jaw-dropping performance of The Marvelous Mutts. Donations are accepted, and all proceeds benefit Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center.

Humpback Rocks Sunday Concert: Sunny Side

May 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm & Visitor Center, Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Not long ago, an Appalachian family might gather with neighbors on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy homespun music and fellowship. The Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm maintains this tradition by offering Sunday afternoon concerts on the farm grounds throughout the summer. May 28 marks the first concert of the season and features the band “Sunny Side.” Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the shady trees while relishing authentic bluegrass music.

The hometown events don’t stop in May. Check out our full calendar of events for other celebrations throughout the summer!

 

Down by the River: Waynesboro, VA’s Top 3 Water Attractions

In Waynesboro, VA, good nature runs deep.  In fact, it flows right through the heart of our downtown.  With the South River at our doorstep and the Blue Ridge Mountains around us, we’re committed to the care and enjoyment of our scenic waterways and greenways.  Come join us down by the river!  Continue reading “Down by the River: Waynesboro, VA’s Top 3 Water Attractions”

Four Reasons to Visit the ‘BORO in 2017

1. “B” is for “Brews and Food”

Photo courtesy Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Facebook Page

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.

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Live Like a Local: Top 10 Winter Activities Near Waynesboro, VA

When the weather outside gets frightful, you still have plenty of options for fun in Waynesboro. Check out these winter-friendly activities to make your spirits bright!

  1. Sledding at the Park

When snow falls in Waynesboro, kids beg their parents to drive them to the hill at Ridgeview Park. This monster-of-a-hill offers a steep, long sled run and a wild ride on a toboggan. Enjoy the view of the beautiful South River from the top before you push off. Then hold on tight, because you’re sure to hit some bumps on the way down. For kids, that makes it all the more exciting! There’s plenty of room at the bottom for snowball fights and snowmen. When your mittens get soggy, head to Waynesboro’s newest coffee shop, the Farmhaus on Main, for hot beverages and pastries.

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  1. Hike on the AT

As a designated Appalachian Trail Community, Waynesboro makes a great launching point for an AT hike. One of the easiest places to access the Trail is Rockfish Gap, a mere three miles from Waynesboro, where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets the Skyline Drive. Here, hikers can park just off I-64 and trek south on the AT for five miles to the Paul Wolfe Shelter. An old mountain homestead and a family cemetery are landmarks along the way. If five miles is too far, make it a shorter out-and-back hike. Either way, the bare trees give the trail its own winter beauty. Additional hikes and maps available through the Waynesboro Tourism Office at (540) 942-6512.

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Live Like a Local: 5 Waynesboro Parks You’ll Love Any Season of the Year

 Just because the thermometer is dropping doesn’t mean you have to stay holed up inside. Waynesboro’s park system invites outdoor play any season of the year. Each park has its own flavor, so read on to find the perfect park for you this fall and winter.

Family Fun

Ridgeview Park

Ridgeview Park. Photo by Stephen Black.
Ridgeview Park. Photo by Stephen Black.

Highlights: Play structure, tennis courts, ball fields, forest trail, sledding

Ridgeview Park hosts numerous festivals and concerts during the summer months and lures crowds to its 50-meter outdoor swimming pool, but when fall comes, a whole new beauty emerges. Cross the iron footbridge and watch the autumn leaves drop into the South River. Enjoy a nature walk through the wooded trail that borders soccer field #3 (across the bridge). Play a game of catch in one of the sunny baseball fields or simply enjoy the gazebo overlooking the serene river. Kids will love the elaborate play structure even on cooler days. And in the winter months, the bare trees and snowy landscape make a lovely backdrop for a walk—a paved path cuts through the center of the park, connecting two neighborhoods and making it easy to access even during snowy weather.

If it snows: Bring your sled, tube, or snowboard and try out the steep sledding hill that has been drawing thrill-seekers since the park’s creation.

Constitution Park’s Greenway Trail.

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Spice Up Your Family Holidays with a Trip to WaynesboroVA

Forget the pumpkin lattes and eggnog! Add real spice to your holidays with a family trip to Waynesboro, Virginia.  Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, this city’s vibrant heritage of arts, adventure, and community as well as its close proximity to lots of Shenandoah Valley attractions, makes it an extraordinary backdrop for creating family memories.

Spook Yourselves Silly (or not) This Halloween

Photo credit: http://www.cirquetacular.com/
Photo credit: http://www.cirquetacular.com/

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Get a jump on Halloween at The Historic Wayne Theatre on October 21 when spooks and specters take to the air in the high-flying circus production of Acrobats of Spooktacular: A Halloween Cirque-tacular Show.  And what would Hallows’ Eve be without Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein? The Wayne Theatre offers two screenings of this iconic film on October 31. Continue reading “Spice Up Your Family Holidays with a Trip to WaynesboroVA”