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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Savor the Summer with Outdoor Dining in Waynesboro,VA

Good nature and good dining pair naturally in Waynesboro, VA, making it easy to slow down and savor every moment of summer.  Experience our gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley by mountain trail, water trail, or farm trail.  Then kick back and enjoy a leisurely afternoon or evening on the patios and hammocks of one of these dining destinations.

NOBOS

Photo: Nobos Facebook

Located at Seven Arrows Brewing Company, NOBOS serves up a full delicious menu made from scratch.  You can enjoy a locally sourced burger paired with your favorite locally sourced brew all while relaxing on their spacious deck!

Heritage on Main

Photo credit: Heritage on Main Facebook

After playing in the sun, unwind in the cool comfort of Heritage on Main’s covered patio. Catch the sports game, swing to live music, share some laughs on trivia night, or simply sit back and sip a custom cocktail or cold craft brew.

Basic City Beer Co.

Photo credit: Basic City Beer Co. Facebook

“Hammock Lounge.”  Need we say more?  At Basic City Beer Co. you’ve got the best of all worlds–a six-tap outdoor draft station complete with hammocks and picnic tables while ping-pong, shuffleboard, a pool table, and a full tap lineup await you indoors.  Check out Hops Kitchen to see what’s on the menu to pair with your Frying Pan Stout and Waynesbeeroh Lager.

The Purple Foot

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Looking for a quiet lunch among friends?  The patio garden at The Purple Foot is the place for you.  With a delectable menu that includes Quiche Du Jour and Crepe Cod Bay, you’ll want to sample everyone’s plate.  Be sure to leave room for the daily sinful dessert.  After lunch, swing into The Purple Foot’s gift and wine shop to pick up a little something for later.

The Fishin’ Pig

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If you need a protein fix after a day on the trails, head to The Fishin’ Pig for a hearty selection of BBQ, seafood, and southern cuisine.  Peruse the menu while sipping a signature cocktail or local craft brew out on the patio. If you can’t decide between Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos, a mouthwatering pork BBQ Cuban, or beef brisket, you may need to order one of each and share around the table.  Or order Grady’s Smoke Shack Sampler and Kelly’s Pork N’ Fish Dish to cover your bases!

Plaza Azteca

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The sizzling flavors of Mexico.  An icy, cold margarita.  Fresh, homemade guacamole. Mix in a mariachi band and live entertainment.  There’s no place like Plaza Azteca for relishing the tastes and ambiance of a beautiful summer evening!

Farmhaus Coffee Co.

Photo credit: The Farmhaus on the Main Facebook

Coffee is only the beginning at the Farmhaus.  Start your day on the front porch with a specialty coffee and a homemade berry pastry.  Then stay for lunch and treat yourself to Haus-made lemonade and a gourmet salad on the back patio!

Stable Craft Brewing

Photo credit: Stable Craft Facebook

Get your farm-fresh beer, locally sourced burgers, and beautiful mountain views all in one location!  Hang out in the pavilion or on the patio and relax under the setting sun.  Or time your visit for Sunday evenings and you could be sitting around the firepit toasting with brews and s’mores.

Don’t let this summer pass you by. Savor every moment and every bite. Plan your stay in Waynesboro,VA today!

 

 

 

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!

 

Give Mom the Gift of the Great Outdoors This Mother’s Day!

On May 14th, treat the mothers in your life to a getaway in Waynesboro, VA. Mother’s Day has roots in the Shenandoah Valley, so there’s no better place to celebrate!  Our quaint bed & breakfasts, scenic mountain trails, and farm-to-table dining offer endless opportunities to pamper your loved ones.  Explore one of these three delicious pairings or design your own outdoor adventure.

Mother’s Day Group Hike + Basic City Beer Co.

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Credit: Blue Ridge Outdoors Facebook event

Enjoy some of the best views and brews of our region! This beginner-friendly group hike will be led by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and the pros from Waynesboro’s Rockfish Gap Outfitters. This casual and guided hike will lead you to the summit of Turk Mountain in Shenandoah National Park where you can snap some photos with Mom.  After a morning on the trail, the group will convene at Basic City Beer Co. where you can recharge with a refreshing hibiscus infused lager or Dry Town Nitro Coffee. 

Brunch at Veritas Vineyard & Winery + Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Veritas Vineyard & Winery knows how to celebrate.  With a wine-paired menu that includes the phrases “blackberry reduction”, “duck confit”, “rosemary tuile”, and “lemon creme”, this will be a Mother’s Day Brunch to remember. If a four-course meal specially prepared for you and set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge sounds like bliss… make those reservations today!

Keep the zen flowing with an afternoon on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

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The Thomas Jefferson Loop is a must for visitors to Waynesboro.  Along this loop’s mountaintops, forests, and wetlands are a treasure trove of wildlife and birding opportunities.

Close out the special day with photo ops at Sherando Lake and Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch.  

Wildflowers + Brunch along Skyline Drive

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Rather than buying Mom a vase of flowers, give her 150 miles of wildflowers! There are more than 850 species of flowering plants in nearby Shenandoah National Park, and each wildflower season offers colorful diversity.  Meander north along Skyline Drive and dogwood, trillium, azaleas, and pink lady’s slipper are bound to catch your eye.

Make reservations now so that you can pause on your Sunday drive for Mother’s Day Brunch. This annual holiday buffet at Skyland (Skyline Drive mile 41.7 and 42.5) serves panoramic views alongside a mouth-watering selection of appetizers, salads, entrées, and desserts.  After brunch, continue along Skyline Drive or check out one of the trails or waterfall hikes on your leisurely way back to Waynesboro.

Another Mom-pleasing idea:

May 14, 1-6pm Wine + Massage at Barren Ridge Vineyards 

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On Sunday, May 14th, join us for an afternoon of relaxation with your mom! Treat her to our Mother’s Day special for $15: a 10-minute neck-and-shoulder massage with certified massage therapist Mary Kay Heberling, and a glass of wine to enjoy with her family in front of this gorgeous view. No reservations–massages are first come, first served.

One weekend in Waynesboro’s great outdoors and you’ll be hooked.  So many trails and so little time!  But not to worry… Mom’s birthday will be here before you know it.

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”

Black History Month Spotlight: School was refuge in segregated Waynesboro

This article by , mcalello@newsleader.com, is reprinted with permission from The News Leader.

THE WAYNESBORO STORY BEHIND THE FILM “ROSENWALD”

Five people gather at a former school in Waynesboro and sit down at a table in a room that more than six decades ago was a home economics classroom. A married couple who own businesses in Staunton and Waynesboro, a history professor from Mary Baldwin University, a building supervisor for Waynesboro Parks and Recreation and a retired business owner who now serves on the board of a historical society for the Port Republic community. From this building they have come and made their mark in the world.

Until the school closed in the mid-60s, this was a gathering place for young kids to come and learn. For those sitting around the table this fall afternoon the room is full of echoes: the echoes of children who would arrive in the early morning cold and hungry after walking to school no matter the weather – for there were no buses for the kids who lived in Maupintown; echoes of the teacher who would be waiting there, having arrived early to heat the room’s coal furnace and provide the kids with warm socks and breakfast. The wooden floors and furnace are long gone now. The echoes remain, for those who’ve been here before.

5 Romantic Date Night Ideas in Waynesboro, VA

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.

Photos courtesy of Silk Road.
Photos courtesy of Silk Road.

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

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photo courtesy Cabin Creekwood

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.

“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

The Wayne Theatre. Photo by Kevin Blackburn/kevinblackburn.com.
The Wayne Theatre. Photo by Kevin Blackburn/kevinblackburn.com.

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

Photo credit: Barren Ridge Vineyards
Photo credit: Harold Burnley Photography & Barren Ridge Vineyards

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?”

Stable Craft Brewing
Stable Craft Brewing

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!

 

Coffee Shops to Warm Your Winter Excursions

Whether you’re perusing Waynesboro’s downtown boutiques or wrapping up a winter hike in Shenandoah National Park, we have the coffee shops to raise your internal thermometer. Wrap your frozen hands around a cup of hot coffee at one of these favorite cafés, and you’ll soon be warm enough to think about your next adventure!

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Love goes into every coffee creation at The Farmhaus on Main.

The Farmhaus on Main. 908 West Main Street. This 1890 frame house has quickly become a gathering spot for those wishing to taste amazing coffee, surf the Internet, or simply relax in the white, airy rooms. Cozy nooks and plenty of windows make it a great place to escape winter’s spell for a season while sipping a hot beverage. The Farmhaus specializes in Blanchard’s Coffee, roasted in Richmond, and draws as many local ingredients as possible for their one-of-a-kind breakfast and lunch offerings.

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Waynesboro, VA: Come 4 the Nature & Stay 4 the Beer

When you’re surrounded by ski trails, hiking trails, and scenic trails, every season offers an outdoor playground.  And that is certainly the case when winter visits the mountains and valleys of Waynesboro, VA. Quench your cabin fever—and your thirst—with these 4 winter wonderland adventures.

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#1 Battle the Best of the Blue Ridge

It’s no wonder Waynesboro’s Mad Anthony Mud Run has repeatedly been crowned “Best of the Blue Ridge.”  This 4.8 mile course is not your typical mud run!  You’ll be running, climbing, and crawling through swamps, tunnels, obstacles, and off-road terrain.

The event pays homage to our city’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, and is held each year on the last Saturday of February.  The weather can be as unpredictable as the General, with temps in the low digits or as high as the 60s. Whether a snow run or a mud run, it’s guaranteed a fun run!

Photo courtesy Waynesboro Parks & Recreation
Photo courtesy Waynesboro Parks & Recreation

Get a glimpse of the messy fun and “battles” you may be in for with this official race video.

Elaborate costumes are “optional but rewarded” during the post-race party and awards ceremony.  Continue your party at Seven Arrows Brewing Company.  Over pints of local brews, relive your battle victories (and your flops) as you exchange stories with your comrades.

Photo courtesy Seven Arrows Brewing Company
Photo courtesy Seven Arrows Brewing Company

#2  Hit the Slopes

Photo courtesy Massanutten Resort
Photo courtesy Massanutten Resort

Take a day trip up to Massanutten Resort!  Just 40 minutes from Waynesboro, Massanutten offers outdoor fun for everyone in your family.  Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or ice-skating – take your pick!

Photo courtesy Stable Craft Brewing
Photo courtesy Stable Craft Brewing

When you head down off the slopes, warm up at Stable Craft Brewing. Their farm-fresh ales and locally sourced menu are Waynesboro favorites.  Time your trip just right, and you can partake of their Thursday Small Batch Beer Release or Sunday Craft Beer Brunch!

#3  Catch Some Fresh Air & Fresh Beer

 Photo courtesy South River Fly Shop
Photo courtesy South River Fly Shop

The trout don’t take the winters off in Waynesboro! Head downtown to our urban fishery where quality trout fishing is available year-round.  For information on licenses and regulations or to purchase supplies, stop in at South River Fly Shop.

Basic City Beer Co. in Waynesboro on 10/21/16. Photo by Pat Jarrett
Basic City Beer Co.  Photo by Pat Jarrett

Waynesboro is not only Virginia’s Top Trout Town but also home to Basic City Beer Co.  After a day on the water, you’re sure to find refreshment in this taproom.  Craft combines with natural spring water at Basic City Beer Co., and you’ll want to sample their whole lineup. Take your time – food trucks and live music pair nicely with a night of microbrews!

#4  Trailblaze

Photo credit Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail
Photo credit Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail

Waynesboro is perfectly situated at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head south on the Parkway and you’ll have a vast selection of trails to choose from.  Motor vehicles are not permitted on the trails, so you can hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski surrounded only by the sounds of nature.  While winter access to the Blue Ridge Parkway can reward you with vistas and solitude, before you head out, be sure to check the real-time road closure status of the Parkway.  If downhill skiing or tubing is more your speed, Wintergreen Resort is off the Parkway and only 23 miles south of Waynesboro.

Photo courtesy Shenandoah Beerwerks Facebook page
Basic City Beer Co.  Photo by Pat Jarrett

When you’re done playing in the snow, head back north along I-81 so you can explore a trail of another flavor – the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.  You have a choice of 13 breweries so check out the trail map to help you plan your adventure.

This winter make Waynesboro, VA, your playground.  You’ll get the best Nature has to offer and some of the best craft beer in the nation!

 

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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