If you’re anything like us, the day doesn’t really start until you’ve had that first glorious sip of coffee. And lucky for you, we’re going to get into Waynesboro’s impressive coffee culture to uncover all the local spots to get your caffeine fix.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesboro isn’t just a pretty face with scenic views – it’s also home to some seriously awesome coffee joints. Whether you’re on the hunt for a cozy nook to curl up with a book or a cool spot to catch up with friends over a latte, Waynesboro’s got just the place for you.

Join us as we spill the beans on the local coffee scene, from mom-and-pop joints serving up heartwarming brews to hipster-approved roasteries pushing the boundaries of flavor. Grab your favorite mug, and let’s have some coffee talk!

First up, is The French Press. Perfectly placed right on bustling North Wayne Avenue in downtown Waynesboro, it’s the kind of place where you can kick back on a comfy couch, soak up the vibes, and read a good book. They take their coffee seriously here, so you know you’re getting the good stuff every time. And, if you’re looking for some lunch, they have delicious paninis and salads too. As an added bonus, The French Press is open every day!

Happ Coffee Roasters is next on the list. Not only do they sell signature bevvies and tasty noms in their industrial-chic space, but they also have an in-house roastery, meticulously sourcing the finest beans and employing artful roasting techniques. Open Monday – Saturday, Happ is a THE place to meet in Waynesboro and check them out downtown at the Waynesboro Farmers Market on Saturdays May through October.

Bec’s Coffee Shop is probably the most unique on the list. Not only do they open at 5 am every day for the early birds to grab a cup of joe and breakfast, but they also do lunch from 11:30 – 2. They have different specials like chicken noodle soup and pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and classics like all beef hotdogs on the menu. It’s a local favorite and a hidden gem that you need to check out!

Tucked in downtown Waynesboro’s newest building is Mission Coffee. On the first floor of the Bookkeeping & Managements Systems building, Mission Coffee features thoughtfully sourced beans, monthly specials like lavender cold brew, light fare, and other drinks and they’ll bring your order out to you if you’re in a hurry or having trouble finding parking! Mission is open at 6 am Monday – Saturday.

OPENING SOON

You might have heard of Kline’s Dairy Bar, but get ready for Kline’s Espresso Bar! Opening in early fall right behind the ice cream shop, Kline’s Espresso Bar plans on serving coffee, espresso, energy drinks, and small bites. We’re excited!

And that’s a wrap on our tour around Waynesboro’s unique local coffee scene! Whether you’re a local looking for a new go-to or a visitor in need of a morning caffeine fix before you start exploring, keep spreading those good coffee vibes. Cheers to the next brew-filled adventure!

This may be one of life’s greatest mysteries, but luckily Waynesboro always has the answer. If you’re a local foodie looking for your next go-to or a visitor on their way to somewhere slightly less exciting we’re about to break down all the local restaurants Waynesboro has to offer. Did we miss any? Let us know! Have a pic of your favorite restaurant you want to share? Tag us @VisitWaynesboro!

BBQ

The Fishin’ Pig

Not only does The Fishin’ Pig have excellent BBQ, seafood, and chicken, they have a huge selection of craft beers with a great local atmosphere. Check out the ‘Pig Pen’ outdoor venue for live music every weekend in the summer with an outdoor bar and special Pig Pen menu featuring their famous BBQ!

C & C Soul Bistro

This one-of-a-kind BBQ joint is tucked right in Downtown Waynesboro filling the streets with the sweet and savory smells of delicious smoked meat at various times of the day. Keep up with them on Instagram @c.csoulbistro so you’ll always know when fresh ribs are coming out of the smoker. You can also eat family style in their cozy dining room.

Breakfast (and lunch)

Weasie’s Kitchen

If you live in Waynesboro, there’s no need to say more. If you’re visiting and looking for an old school diner with a tag line like ‘Where Friends Meet to Eat’ and comfort food served with a smile, then you need to check out Weasie’s. Try out the Hungry Boy if you are, in fact, a hungry boy (or girl) for eggs, pancakes, breakfast potatoes, toast, and bacon or sausage. If you’re not THAT hungry, they have a full menu of breakfast and lunch faves.

Jo’s Place

Jo’s place looks pretty unassuming from the outside, kind of like a place where you need to be a regular to venture inside, but don’t let that deter you. Jo’s cooks breakfast just like you’re a guest in their home. They’re only open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. but, even if you need to adjust your schedule, you need to find the time to pull up a stool at the counter and enjoy a homecooked breakfast or lunch special like grilled leg quarters.

Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s

Walking into Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s, named after the owners three dogs, is almost like walking into a well-appointed antique store. It is filled with beautiful furniture, wall hangings, and tea sets (some you can purchase) among the tables which stay full Tuesday Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. They have weekly quiche specials, build your own omelet, French toast, croissants and lots more to choose from. Be sure a get a reservation so you’ll be able to enjoy their fabulous breakfast and tasty lunch. It’s right downtown on Main Street, but you’ll know you’re there when you see the crowd waiting outside.

Crack O’ Dawn

The newest addition to Waynesboro’s breakfast club, Crack O’ Dawn already had an established and thriving Farmers Market following when they decided to give their dedicated gluten free bakery a permanent home (don’t worry, they still do the Farmers Market in Waynesboro and Charlottesville on Saturdays). Serving up delicious, and I mean DELICIOUS even if you’re not gluten free, breakfast and lunch out of a cute-as-a-button farmhouse, Crack O’ Dawn also takes custom orders for breads, cakes, and anything else you might fancy for a special occasion or just because.

Coffee (and breakfast…and sometimes lunch)

Happ Coffee Roasters

Happ is a pretty HAPPening place (that’s the only HAPP pun well use, but there are LOTS, trust us) in Waynesboro’s East Main Corridor. Sharing a former brass foundry, factory, and showroom with a bunch of other really cool operations like Common Wealth Crush and The Foundry, Happ made their corner of the Virginia Metalcrafters Marketplace an industrial-chic oasis for even the most discerning hipster. You can get your caffeine fix from meticulously sourced in-house roasted beans and fill up with delish breakfast sandos and burritos with vegetarian and vegan options.

The French Press

The French Press has been a coffee staple in downtown Waynesboro since 2015. They have a super cozy store front where most of the time there are several people enjoying their cup of joe and pastries in the huge front window, just like a movie. Head inside to get your coffee or tea just the way you like it. They have biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast and lots of yummy paninis and salads for a light lunch. The French Press is the perfect spot to settle in and work or meet with some friends over coffee.

Bec’s Coffee Shop

Bec’s is definitely one of the more unique spots on our list. Tucked in between a used furniture store and a memorial monuments shop, Bec’s is open at 5:00 a.m. every day for the early birds to grab their coffee. In addition to their coffee bar they also have donuts, pastries, bagels, ice cream, and daily lunch specials from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. You can take your coffee to-go, dine in, or sit on the porch and watch the world go by.

Mission Coffee

Bookkeeping and Management Systems opened in Waynesboro in 1987 and after an impressive 37 years decided to build a new, modern building right on Wayne Avenue in downtown Waynesboro (right beside the original). All of that to say, they put a cute little coffee shop right in the lobby! They feature thoughtfully sourced beans, monthly specials like lavender cold brew, light fare, and other drinks and they’ll bring your order out to you if your’e in a hurry or having trouble finding parking.

Burgers and Sandwiches (and Hot Dogs!)

Broad Street Grill

Most Waynesboro natives know the Broad Street Grill as Tailgate Grill, but whatever you call it (the website is literally tailgategrillbroadstreetgrill.com) it’s known for the burgers and fries. Broad Street Grill has a super laid-back atmosphere with staff that will treat you like you’re a regular even if it’s your first time. Choose a spot in the dining room and watch your order be prepared behind the counter or head out onto the covered patio. Hungry? Get a huge double cheeseburger served on a tiny Styrofoam plate and side of fries that can serve the whole family. Dont forget the famous tailgate ranch, it goes with anything on the menu.

The River Burger Bar

Mandi Smack took a chance and opened The River Burger Bar in downtown Waynesboro in 2020, right in the middle of covid. And that chance, thankfully, paid off. The River is one of the most popular hang outs in Waynesboro for locals, Appalachian Trail thru hikers, and tourists from all over the world. Have a seat at the bar, you never know who you might strike up a conversation with. Aside from their super popular burgers, The River also has giant pretzels that are soft and perfectly salted, sandwiches, salads, and more. And the best part? You can sub any burger for chicken breast, a turkey burger, a vegan Beyond Burger, or a garden burger.

The Barn Restaurant

The Barn doesn’t necessarily belong in the burger and sandwich category because there is no shortage of cuisine that has been perfected by Trey, owner and chef at The Barn. While their burgers are a staple on the menu and always fresh, never frozen, The Barn also serves the best fried chicken in town for just one or the family, foot long hot dogs, hoagies, Carolina style BBQ, gyros, salads, and specials. From the street it looks like your favorite TV show diner with neon signs advertising hot coffee, and, actually, the interior looks that way too with red vinyl booths and friendly service. This is one you have to try!

Delly Up

Delly Up is as unique a restaurant as its name suggests. Belly up to the huge, stainless-steel bar with comfy old school bar stools and get a drink from the bartender or wander over to the cooler for a look at dozens of craft beer options from all over the world. After you have the beverage situation all squared away, move on to the menu for lots of delicious sandwich options. Curried Chicken Salad, Pastrami Rueben, and the Phantom are just a few that come to mind (and make my mouth water). Delly Up also has fun events like karaoke every Thursday and Shakedown Saturdays (IYKYK).

Sam’s Hot Dog Stand

Located in what has to be the smallest restaurant east of the Mississippi, Sam’s Hot Dog Stand is a tiny but mighty institution tucked right in between Shenandoah Valley Art Center and the Waynesboro Heritage Museum. With just a counter and a couple of stools, Sam’s churns out tons of good food including their famous hotdogs, every day. Stop in and grab a sack full of hotdogs with chili sauce or a pulled pork sandwich with fries at a really great price. *To note: there are lots of Sam’s locations, however, the headquarters is located in downtown Waynesboro and the owners of the downtown location are local as it is a franchise. We apologize for the oversite.

3rd Generations Grill

One of Waynesboro’s only old school bar style restaurants, 3rd Generations Grill has a reputation for FUN in Waynesboro. While you’re there be sure to try a burger with fresh ground beef cooked to order, a turkey pesto sandwich, or some of their popular steamed shrimp, but then grab a craft brew and hang out. With engaging friendly competition activities like cornhole and quiz nights, 3rd Generations Grill also has live music every Friday and Saturday night from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Oh, and I don’t know how you can forget the rubber ducky claw machine, it has something of a cult following around here.

The Creek

The Creek has all of the above: burgers, sandwiches, and hotdogs! Now open to the public, The Creek is the restaurant at Orchard Creek Country Club and offers weekly specials, live music, mixology classes, and paint and sip events, and serves Sunday Brunch weekly. Their beef hotdogs and Smashburger Sliders are perfect after playing 18 holes or if you’re in the mood for something a little fancier try their seared Scotties Salmon or the cast iron Ribeye.

 

Asian

Silk Road

Silk Road did such a transformation on a Shoney’s right off I-64 you can’t even tell it used to be one of America’s favorite roadside restaurants. Open the substantially ornate doors and you’ll find yourself in opulence. With no detail spared, Silk Road is a beautiful place to celebrate, enjoy a date, watch a game at the bar, or even pick up a to-go order. Their sushi is super fresh and rolled in an open kitchen. The Asian fusion menu promises there is something that will satisfy anyone. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. Hands down a great place for delicious food in a great atmosphere.

New Ming Garden Buffet and Grill

Ming Garden (as it’s affectionately referred to) is an internationally known Chinese buffet. Famous on the Appalachian Trail for serving up the most amount of calories for the least damage to your pocketbook, Ming Garden has carved out a niche fan club that sings its praises wherever there is a place to leave a review about food on the Appalachian Trail. Ming Garden is also popular with locals looking to take a picky family out so everyone is happy. Hibachi, unlimited buffet with all the Chinese staples along with pizza, chicken, and kid friendly items, and all you can eat crab legs for special occasions, means Ming Garden is definitely worth a try.

Dragon’s Chinese Grill

Located in an unassuming strip mall alongside an Ollies and a furniture store, Dragon’s Chinese Grill is excellent for Chinese takeout. With Chinese classics along with Lo Mein, seafood, a section for ‘Fussy Outside’ eaters, and family style entrees, Dragon’s is quick, has ample parking, and is centrally located in Waynesboro. They also have a small buffet if you’re dining in.

King Garden

Another Chinese takeout place in an unassuming strip mall, but alongside a nail place this time. But, just like Dragon’s Chinese Grill, people swear this is THE BEST Chinese food in Waynesboro. They have a few exciting and different menu items like spare ribs, moo shu, chop suey, and curry. It’s quick and fresh!

Osaka

I honestly didn’t know Osaka was as amazing as it is or that it was local. I was corrected my many, but specifically by a friend that goes there often. Osaka has amazing hibachi, the best in the area, and is a great spot for celebrations or just a casual night out. The sushi is fresh and could compete for best in Waynesboro. All around a great, local eatery and I stand corrected!

Restaurants Inside Breweries

FO Kit(chen) at Basic City Beer Co.

Basic City is more than a brewery with food, it’s more like an expandable water toy that started as a tiny capsule but seems to grow every time you visit. Basic City beer is well known in its own right as a solid craft beer with a gold medal from the World Beer Cup while Basic City campus now houses the Foundry, Waynesboro’s largest concert venue that hosts local and international artists and everyone in between; the Showroom, a prohibition era/speakeasy style bar, a beercade with some nostalgic games from an arcade from the 80’s; and, now, FO Kit(chen). This isn’t just an average bar menu. FO Kit(chen) has a pretty elevated menu with brick fired Neapolitan pizza, different balls like falafel and risotto, charcuterie boards, and panini pressed sandwiches like the Redneck Reuben and French Hipster.

Nobos Kitchen at Seven Arrows Brewing

While these next two breweries aren’t technically in Waynesboro, we like to claim them anyway. Seven Arrows, literally a hop, skip, and jump over the city limits, is home to Nobos Kitchen. Nobos serves up some mean burgers and sandwiches along with specials and a robust brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Grab a board game from Seven Arrows extensive collection or come out for open mic night, trivia, comedy night, or one of Seven Arrows other events and make a night out of it with dinner from Nobos.

Stable Craft Brewing

Easily one of the most beautiful properties on this list, Stable Craft lives among the rolling hills and rural farmland in Augusta County. An actual, working horse farm, Stable Craft is definitely a destination brewery. While lounging in one of their outdoor spaces be sure to grab a menu and a beer. Their full menu offers everything from Beer Cheese Dip (our fave) to Filet Mignon. Stable Craft also offers lots of events and live music.

Pizza

Ciro’s

The Waynesboro Ciro’s (there is also a location in Stuarts Draft) is an institution. While there are two distinct camps Ciro’s or Scotto’s, both are family-owned and operated for best pizza in Waynesboro, Ciro’s might win with a narrow margin. One of the few businesses left in Willow Oak Shopping Center, Ciro’s has been successfully serving pizza out of that location since 1976. Ciro’s does a huge carryout business but also has a dining room if you want to eat in. The menu is relatively small with no frills, but they’re obviously doing something right to have such a dedicated following of Waynesboro natives.

Scotto’s

If you were born before 1990, walking into Scotto’s is going to bring back some memories. A converted old-school Pizza Hut, Scotto’s has been open since 1989 and all we can say is – thank God it’s not a Pizza Hut anymore. Scotto’s has pizza parlor basics but also a dining room and a menu nice enough to take a first date to. Stuffed mushrooms, veal saltimbocca, and scallops carbonara are just some of the things on the extensive menu. Whether you need quick carryout to feed the busy family or want to sit down and enjoy a multi-course Italian feast, Scotto’s has you covered!

New York Flying Pizza

New York Flying Pizza is the youngest local pizza place we’ve got in Waynesboro, opening in 2015. It’s a pretty typical pizza parlor with a large dining room and an even larger menu with everything from chicken marsala to tortilla salad and anything that comes in between. New York Flying Pizza also does delivery which is definitely a plus and is super family friendly if you’re dining in. Solid place to grab a pie on a night when you don’t feel like cooking.

Soup to Nuts

Heritage on Main

Heritage on Main has had a few different identities over the last dozen years they’ve been in downtown Waynesboro, but they are definitely in their success era right now. The atmosphere is elevated with muted complimentary colors highlighted by natural light from oversized windows in the high-ceilinged dining room and a bar right beyond that looks like a place you could get a great Manhattan. You can do brunch at Heritage on the weekends, and lunch and dinner service Tuesday Sunday. Their menu is delightfully fresh and well thought out with attentive service in an upscale atmosphere. Perfect for VIP visitors or casual lunch with friends.

Green Leaf Grill

A flagship restaurant in the burgeoning downtown, Green Leaf Grill offers comfort food with a twist. Chef/owner Chris Hollinger trained at the famed Commanders Palace Restaurant and brings some New Orleans flair to Waynesboro with menu items like Fried Alligator and Po Boys. The atmosphere is cozy and makes you feel like you’re dining in a much bigger city. Green Leaf Grill also has fresh seafood and a great selection of gluten free and vegetarian food and is the perfect spot to grab dinner before or after a night of theater at The Wayne.

Mexican

La Sabrosita

Dubbed the most authentic Mexican they’ve ever had in the states by quite a few hungry AT hikers and Waynesboro locals, La Sabrosita is a Mexican restaurant and a convenience store that has been family owned and operated since 2013. While the convenience store offers up a wide variety of hard to come by Latin food and products (like pinatas!), the restaurant is usually buzzing with regulars playing pool and a kitchen serving up ultra-authentic meals like chori pollo and sopa de res. Grab carryout or dine in and become one of the family at this amazing hole in the wall, you know, the kind that has the BEST food.

Plaza Antigua

Plaza, as its commonly referred by the locals, is like the cool, older brother of the average Mexican restaurant. With an impressive outdoor music venue which hosts popular bands every weekend, karaoke every week, country line and salsa dance classes, and festivals like Reggae Fest, Woofstock, and Five Days of Cinco, Plaza still has food and drinks that are on point. Must tries are guac so fresh they make it at the table, authentic street tacos, and jumbo margaritas (pro tip: jumbos are only $5 on Mondays). Plaza is definitely worth a visit and conveniently located near Waynesboros hotel district.

Los Panchos

Los Panchos is definitely elevated Tex Mex with expansive seafood and vegetarian menus. The portions are generous, the service is friendly, and the atmosphere is kind of like the Disney World of Mexican restaurants. Chips and salsa are on the house and they have a guac cart, what more could you ask for?!

El Puerto

El Puerto has been Waynesboro’s answer to an old school Mexican restaurant since 1999. Just the kind of experience you would expect; the service is swift and amiable with complimentary chips hitting the table before you can even get a drink order, and numbered lunch special combos that are a great deal. You know exactly what you’re getting at El Puerto and it’s a great carryout spot, the food tastes just as good after a quick ride as it does when it’s brought out of the kitchen. It’s the perfect spot to take a large party when the craving for a burrito strikes and the menu offers something for everyone.

The Category for the Restaurants that Don’t Fit into a Category

The Gumbo Hut

The Gumbo Hut is another pretty unique spot on the list. Michelle, the chef and owner, makes some mean gumbo, etouffee, creole, and sides. The small restaurant, decorated with a Mardi Gras flair, is on Waynesboro’s busy Main Street and has a full bar but limited dine-in seating. They do a great business, but the hours vary so it’s always a good idea to give Michelle a call at 434-260-1511 before you head over.

Bottles

Bottles claim to fame actually has nothing to do with food – although it is really good and well get to that later but rather two words. MECHANICAL. BULL. This write up could end right here and that’s definitely a good enough reason to check Bottles out, but there is more: on demand karaoke whenever they’re open, tons of games like cornhole and pool tables, fire pits and an absolutely massive outdoor deck/shelter/hangout/game area, and, of course, a menu filled with your favorite bar foods like nachos and wings. They also have a huge list of beer, cider, seltzer, and malts. Bottles is 18+ after 9:00 p.m. there is a nominal entrance fee, and Sunday is Family Day.

A Taste of Cuba

Waynesboro is, unfortunately, lacking in the international food category unless its pizza or Mexican, so when a Taste of Cuba opened up, we were super excited and for good reason. A Taste of Cuba is tucked in a pretty run-of-the-mill shopping center, but the inside is nicely decorated and definitely makes you feel like you’ve stepped out of Waynesboro and into a Cuban café. There’s also outdoor seating! The food has rave reviews and you have to try the Cuban sandwich (of course) but also the empanadas, Ropa vieja, and all the different types of rice they offer. A Taste of Cuba is a must try.

And Last but Not Least, ICE CREAM

Kline’s Dairy Bar

Klines’ iconic bright purple building with a huge, red neon sign makes it a ridiculously insta-worthy spot to grab a cone. Since 1943, this family-owned enterprise has taken their handmade ice cream production and ingredients seriously to make one heck of a smooth, delicious ice cream. Pick up a flavor calendar to make sure you always get your favorite, although they do have chocolate and vanilla all the time. They also have milkshakes, flurries, floats, and other favorites.

Willy’s Ice Cream

Although Willy’s is only open seasonally, opening day is as akin to the first game of baseball season in Waynesboro. This family-owned ice cream institution has been operating out of an unassuming building in a shopping center parking lot since the mid-90s and is still going strong today. They have weekly rotating flavors and floats, wizards, milkshakes, sundaes, and other specialties. Pro tip: ask for a milkshake punch card and after you get 10 you get the 11th FREE!

There you have it. We hope you get to try everything on the list and if we left anything off, let us know!

Ready to pack the car full of kids, gear, and snacks, and get out of town for the weekend? Load up the playlists and head north along the 1-81 corridor. Explore the sites and towns along the way, making sure to include a leisurely drive along a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Finally, make Waynesboro your home base for a few days of fun before heading home.

Route section #1: I-81 to Blue Ridge Parkway

Start your adventure by heading north on I-81 through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to Lexington. Follow Route 11 and then Route 56 west to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Tye River Gap, Milepost 27.2. The magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 569 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Refer to the interactive map for info about trails, campgrounds, waystops, road closures, and overlooks.

Where to Eat

Theyre hungry already? Fill up on comfort food and 50s-themed nostalgia at Natural Bridges Pink Cadillac Diner. Another great place to feed the crew before traveling on the Parkway is Whites Travel Center in Raphine. Whites is designed for travelers on the long haul, and youll find numerous fast food options if you’re in a hurry.We suggest grabbing some takeout to make a picnic at one of the Parkways fantastic overlooks.

Must-See Sights

There are many great places to pause along this stretch of your journey, but keep an eye out for a few of our favorites…

Buchanan Swinging Bridge: Just a quick hop off the highway, your family will thrill to see this 366-foot long, 57.5-foot high pedestrian bridge that spans the James River and dates back to 1851.

Natural Bridge: Stop to gawk at Natural Bridge State Parks 215-foot limestone arch, discover living history at the Monocan Indian settlement, and hike the seven miles of trails. Kids will also get a kick out of feeding the animals in the drive-through habitats at Virginia Safari Park.

Parkway and nearby: Two short but wonderful hikes are Crabtree Falls and White Rock Falls, which travel along or to waterfalls. The Parkway has numerous opportunities to pull over and admire the scenery.

Outdoor Options

Numerous hiking trails in the Glenwood and Pedlar districts of George Washington and Jefferson National Forest can be accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway. If your family is into fishing or paddle sports, the portions of the James and Maury Rivers that make up the Upper James River Water Trail meander for 74 miles. Bikers should pedal the 7-mile Chessie Trail that stretches along a former railroad bed hugging the Maury River and connecting Lexington and Buena Vista.

Where to Stay

If your family likes camping, make reservations at the Natural Bridge/Lexington KOA, where you can camp or rent a cabin. Camping cabins are barebones, but deluxe cabins include room for six, kitchenettes, and cable TV. Another good bet is the Montebello Camping and Fishing Resort, which has camping, cabins, and fun amenities like trout fishing, a playground, and a 4-acre lake for paddling.

Route section #2: Blue Ridge Parkway to Waynesboro

Waynesboro is called the Gateway to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and at just four miles away from the entrances, its an ideal place to rest and replenish after a long day of driving and outdoor fun. Waynesboro has much to offer the road-tripping family, including family-friendly places to eat, a wealth of outdoor experiences, and a downtown filled with shopping, dining, and culture.

Where to Eat

Waynesboro is home to many restaurants with amenities like outdoor seating and kid-friendly menus. Take everyone for BBQ or fried catfish at The Fishin Pig where kids eat free on Wednesdays, and there is live music in the outdoor “Pig Pen every weekend. Benny Stivales in downtown serves up 28-inch pizzas that require two plates for a slice! And if your entire party enjoys burgers, try Tailgate Grill for classic beef burgers and shareable portions of crispy french fries.Dont forget to round out your meal with fresh, custard-style ice cream at Kline’s Dairy Bar or delicious soft serve atWillys Ice Cream.

For craft beer fans, Basic City Beer Co. issure to please. This kid-friendly microbrewery offers taproom or outside seating for sipping cold brews and enjoyingbrick oven pizza, shareable small plates, and “fancy-full” hot sandwiches,while the younger set stays occupied with games like corn hole and skeeball. Stable Craft Brewing is another solid option with a beach volleyball court, corn hole golf (yes, you read that right), and horses for the kids to pet.

Must-See Sights

Nurture the budding artist in your family with a trip to the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, a working studio and gallery with a gift shop all in one, and the P. Buckley Moss Downtown Gallery. For educational and stimulating activities for both the older generation and kids, check out at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum which features timely, pop-up exhibits throughout the year. Or try the Plumb House Museum, a site along the Civil War Trail, and the Russell Museum which houses the astounding art legacy of Walter and Lao Russell.

Download the Traipse app for an adventure thats part walking tour, part scavenger hunt and discover the thriving mural scene in Waynesboro, which has been nourished in recent years by the annual Virginia Street Art Festival.

Treat the family to the wholesome experience (and photo opps) of picking pumpkins together at Troyer’s Fruit Produce Farm. The farm is offering their ten-acre corn maze again this year, plus seventeen acres from which to pick your perfect pumpkin!Another nearby place to catch shots of the family solving a corn maze and enjoying other outdoor activities is Skeeters Maze Adventure.

Outdoor Options

The South River Greenway stretches 1.2 level miles along the South River and is perfect for a family stroll or bike ride. Take in views of the city, the Blue Ridge Mountains, our river-themed LOVEworks, and the water, which is habitat to many species of fish and birds.

Waynesboro boasts a robust park system with walking trails, playgrounds, and a 9-hole, par 31 Frisbee golf course at Coyner Springs Park. Additional golfing options can be found at Waynesboro Golf and Games, which has a par 3 course for both traditional golf and soccer golf, as well as a mini golf course. If fast cars are more your speed, cheer for your favorites during the drag racing at Eastside Speedway on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Let the kids get some energy out on a short hike! Visit Shenandoah National Park for the Blackrock Summit hike, which is a 1-mile addition to the Track Trails for Kids program and includes an activity to go along with the hike. Nearby Humpback Rocks can be accessed at Mile Post 5.8 along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The steep mile up to the overlook pays off with heartstopping views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valleys. For an easier stroll that gives a look at the geology of the area, try Greenstone Overlook at MP 8.8.

Where to Stay

Your whole family will be happy staying at the locally-owned and newly renovated Best Western PLUS. This pet-friendly hotel has an indoor heated saltwater pool and is close to downtown Waynesboro, shopping, and dining. If youd rather camp, try the North 340 Campground with its sports fields, basketball court, and playgrounds, or Sherando Lake, which has a sandy beach, swimming area, and miles of hiking trails.

What Next?

Waynesboro is fun in all seasons. Make sure you plan your next road trip for when the leaves are full of fall colors and the local farms are selling pumpkins. Consider other Virginia road trips at Virginia.org/WanderLove.

Waynesboro has a lot of wonderful restaurants that range from fine dining to low-key dives. We all have our tried-and-true favorites, but its easy to fall into a rut by going to the same places over and over. Interested in shaking things up by trying something new from one of our lesser-known restaurants? Heres how to find your next plate!

Tailgate Grill – 1106 W Broad St

If you like Americana, you’ll love the fresh burgers and generous servings of fries you can score at the Tailgate Grill. Grab a table or belly up to the bar for a beer and a chance to watch the game. This kid-friendly joint prides itself on fast service. It serves appetizers like onion rings, cheese fries, cowboy bites, fried green beans, and more. You’ll find burgers, cheesesteaks, and fish sandwiches on toasted buns, along with entree salads, and yummy dessert selections. The menu is simple and straightforward, and you can easily customize your burgers.

Weasies Kitchen – 130 E Broad St

If you’re hoping to fuel up for a busy day on the Waynesboro Water Trail, grab Waynesboros favorite breakfast or lunch at Weasies Kitchen. This classic diner offers friendly service and heaping plates of country-cooked, made-to-order deliciousness. Indulge in omelets, sausage and gravy, pancakes, and combination platters for breakfast, or build your own sandwiches or homemade biscuits. Weasies is open for dinner, too, and you can order country-fried steak, liver and onions, burgers, and a lot more. Look for weekly weeknight specials like salmon cakes and spaghetti and garlic bread. There’s also a lunch/dinner childrens menu.

El Puerto Mexican Grill Cantina – 2120 W Main St

Order a frosty beer or a massive margarita as you peruse El Puertos extensive menu, which includes all of your Mexican favorites cooked to perfection. Try the filling quesadilla Azteca, a large tortilla stuffed with shrimp, mushrooms, beans, and cheese. The carnitas dinner is another good option. It has chunks of savory roasted pork thats been seasoned with a secret spice blend and served over rice, beans, and guacamole. Trouble making choices? Many dishes are available as main courses or parts of combo platters. Its a great place for a family dinner because the service is quick and theres a dedicated kids menu with smaller servings and picky-kid favorites like chicken fingers and hotdogs.

Taqueria la Sobrasita – 401 N Poplar Ave C

Taqueria la Sobrasita gets high marks for its authentic Mexican dishes. Theres a huge menu of all your favorites, but consider trying the huaraches: pork, chicken, steak, or cow tongue fried in masa with beans, sauce, pico de gallo, cheese and sour cream. Save room for sweet and crispy fried ice cream. Tucked behind a market, this hidden gem offers indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a jukebox, and pool tables.

Mister Jamisons – 421 W Main St

While we know you appreciate the interesting wine selection and the hundred plus types of craft beer, Mister Jamisons is good for more than just awesome mix-packs. Go there hungry for appetizers and a wide selection of made-to-order subs. Not feeling all that bread? Have your sub made into a salad instead! And dont forget your order of beer cookies, baked with Lost Coast Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout. Best of all, for those nights you dont feel like getting off your couch, Mister Jamisons delivers.

Gios 503 Salvadorian – 325 E. Main St.

Gios 503 Salvadorian specializes in authentic Salvadorian food. Load up on mouth watering stuffed pupusas, gorditas, elotes loco, and fried plantains. The menu at Gios is deep — youll also find gyros, calzones, pasta, burgers, and incredible juicy cheesesteaks.

Jos Place 751 N. Delphine Ave

Jos Place is the place to go for home-cooked meals thatll warm you from the inside out. The specials change pretty regularly, so youll want to keep an eye on their Facebook page for menu updates. Come for the meatloaf, pork tenderloin, and mac cheese, but stay for the hospitality and sense of community.

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesboro, Virginia, stands as a haven for outdoor adventurers seeking natural beauty and adrenaline-pumping experiences. Check out Waynesboro’s rankings in the Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine’s ‘Best of the Blue Ridge’ awards, earning a top honor and notable recognition across various categories.

WINNER

Blue Ridge Tunnel: Best Pet-friendly Adventure
The Blue Ridge Tunnel, a historic marvel turned pet-friendly adventure destination, claimed the top spot in this category. Offering a blend of history and scenic exploration, this tunnel is a haven for pet owners and their furry companions seeking an immersive outdoor experience.

Runners-Up

Tour de Valley & Run the Valley: Best Races
Tour de Valley, runner-up for Best Bike Race, celebrated its 35th year in 2023 and is perfect for cyclists of all levels with everything from a century to a 25-miler. Run the Valley, runner-up for Best Running Event, is a popular four-race series in Waynesboro featuring a half marathon and the famous Mad Anthony Mud Run, a fun 3.5 mile course that traverses across fields and wetlands, over obstacles, and through tunnels.

Waynesboro Farmer’s Market: A Bounty of Freshness
The Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, a runner-up for the best farmers market, embodies the essence of community and freshness. Offering locally grown produce, artisanal goods, and a vibrant atmosphere, it stands as a testament to the city’s commitment to supporting local growers and artisans.

South River Fly Shop South River: Fishing Gems
South River Fly Shop and South River secured runner up and nominee positions in the ‘Best Fly Fishing Shop’ and ‘Best Fishing Spot’ categories, respectively. These recognitions underscore Waynesboro’s reputation as a haven for anglers, with excellent shops and pristine waters that beckon fishing enthusiasts.

Wild Pear Kombucha Waynesburger: Culinary Delights
The Wild Pear Kombucha by Blue Ridge Bucha claimed a spot for one of the best drinks in the Blue Ridge, while The River Burger Bar’s Waynesburger was acknowledged as a top dish. These culinary delights add flavorful layers to Waynesboro’s vibrant food scene, showcasing local creations that delight the taste buds.

Waynesboro’s success in the Best of the Blue Ridge awards highlights the city’s diverse offerings, catering to both outdoor thrill-seekers and those with a penchant for culinary exploration. Whether it’s exploring historic tunnels, participating in races amidst stunning landscapes, savoring locally sourced produce, or casting lines in pristine waters, Waynesboro invites visitors and residents alike to immerse themselves in its natural wonders and community spirit. With its rich tapestry of outdoor adventures and culinary delights, Waynesboro, VA, continues to shine as a gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains, beckoning all to explore its bounty.