Waynesboro – A Divinely Placed Getaway

Waynesboro – A Divinely Placed Getaway

December 30, 2020 sdikdwvy 0

first_imgNothing showcases the splendor of the Shenandoah Valley likea scenic drive or bike ride. With Waynesboro as your base camp, you are withinminutes of the Blue Ridge Parkway (America’s favorite scenic drive, with over15 million visitors a year), the Skyline Drive (bisecting Shenandoah NationalPark), and Route 11 (historic byway that brought bison, Native Americans, andsettlers to the valley). The Dooms Day Loop and the Waynesboro to Grottoes Loopare a couple of favorite bike excursions from town or simply pedal along thebike lanes and Greenway trail within Waynesboro city limits. Whether your tastesrun from a room with a spectacular view, access to stellar amenities orstorybook surroundings, there’s a place for you to rest and soak up theambience in Waynesboro. Complete your getaway with a relaxing stay at TheIris Inn, where you’ll find options ranging from traditional B&B rooms toprivate cottages and luxury cabins overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. Nourish Yourself Reenergize with kombucha tasting at Blue Ridge Bucha’s taproom. This fermented tea is touted for its health benefits, and Blue RidgeBucha’s organic, small batches are touted for their taste! You’ll want to grabone of their refillable bottles to take with you. Waynesboro has hundreds of hikes out its back door. At RockfishGap, where the Blue Ridge Parkway begins, step onto the famous AppalachianTrail and follow it for as many miles as your heart (and legs) desire. If youprefer to stick to the Shenandoah Valley, try one of the trails near SherandoLake Recreation Area. The Lower Lake has an easy footpath encircling itsperimeter, with a larger network of trails spilling outward into GeorgeWashington National Forest. Divinely placed among the adventure, Waynesboro enjoys closeproximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, andAppalachian Trail, making it ideal for a great mountain getaway. Add to that apicturesque river in a growing downtown and you’ve got the perfect base campfor exploration. Explore the Arts Stable Craft Brewing, located on a working Shenandoah Valleyfarm, also has a tap room, along with an on-site restaurant and on-farmlodging. It’s one of the 15 microbreweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail,all within an hour’s drive. Be sure to hit Waynesboro’s other nearby breweries:Seven Arrows Brewing, providing a pub-like setting well loved by locals; andBasic City Beer Co., housed in a renovated brass foundry, which lends a neo-industrialflair to the beers it brews with artesian spring water. While you’re there, besure to sample Hops Kitchen’s beer-infused dishes, such as the popular satay orBrewery Crafted Nachos, voted by the Food Network as the best nachos in thestate! center_img Rest Your Head Fly fishing happens year-round in Waynesboro’s South River,where trophy-size rainbow and brown trout lure anglers to its spring-fed waters.You can also cast your line in neighboring mountain streams, where native brooktrout thrive. Grab your gear or a guide at South River Fly Shop just two blocksfrom the river. For breakfast or lunch, Farmhaus Coffee Co. serves upBlanchards Coffee alongside local goodies in a bright, airy space that doublesas an art gallery. Try the Avocado Toast, Yogurt Parfait (made with localgranola) or any of the melt-in-your-mouth “Hausmade” pastries. Waynesboro’s burgeoning art scene showcases contemporary,traditional, folk, performing, and street arts all in geographically closeproximity. Check out the Vaudeville-era Wayne Theatre for everything from localto international musicians, art openings, original theater productions and evenfilm screenings. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is your go-to for a varietyof traditional and contemporary visual art, with gallery space, studio spaceand notable gift shop, while the P. Buckley Moss Gallery hosts the country’smost extensive collection of the artist’s familiar folk art. The VirginiaStreet Arts Festival completed its 4th year with the addition ofmurals on the Wayne Theatre campus. Get Outsidelast_img

 

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