Waynesboro LOVEworks Road Trip

August 16, 2022
Stories, Outdoors, Food, Craft Beverage

The “Virginia Is for Lovers” slogan has evoked positive feelings about Virginia travel for over 50 years. It’s even named on the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame! Today, communities, businesses, and organizations throughout the Commonwealth create LOVEwork signs to commemorate what defines them and what they care deeply about. You can see more than 300 LOVEworks around Virginia!

 

Here’s a guide to some LOVEworks in and near Waynesboro. Why not take a road trip to find them, photograph them, and enjoy the communities and activities they celebrate?!

 

Lovers of Fishing

Waynesboro’s official river-themed LOVEwork can be found in Constitution Park on the banks of the South River. Designed by artist Mark Cline, it features LOVE spelled out with wading boots, a fishing reel, a pair of rainbow trout, and canoe paddles. This section of the South River is one of only two urban trout fisheries in the state and it’s stocked multiple times a year. The 4-mile section of the South River that runs through Waynesboro is the Waynesboro Water Trail, a Virginia Scenic River, and part of the park system that includes access points for small watercraft and fishermen. Why not visit the LOVEworks sign and try your hand at fly fishing? Located just a block from the river, South River Fly Shop can help you with gear or lead you on an excursion. Never tried it before? The shop also gives lessons in both fly fishing and fly tying. If you’d rather canoe or kayak, you can rent a craft from Rockfish Gap Outfitters.

 

 

Lovers of Craft Beer

The farm and beer-themed LOVEwork at Stable Craft Brewing is constructed out of reclaimed wood, beer kegs, and a tractor tire. Grab your photo and relax with a beer and a meal. Stable Craft brews true-to-style beer for a variety of tastes, always starting with artisanal water and fresh hops. The food menu includes chef-inspired favorites emphasizing local ingredients. There are vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free options, as well as a kids’ menu. Stable Craft hosts regular events and live music. Visitors can play lawn games like giant Jenga and volleyball. There’s even a cornhole golf course! Learn more about the brewing process by taking a brewery or sustainability tour. If you want an extra day at Stable Craft, reserve one of their onsite guest suites.

 

 

Lovers of Flowers

If you’re lucky, the LOVEwork sign at family-owned and operated Harmony Harvest Farm will be festooned with fresh flowers when you visit! You can actually check the events calendar for dates they’ll be decorating it with blooms, holiday greens, and more. This 20-acre flower farm in Weyers Cave has been providing customers with deliveries of fresh-cut flowers and mixed bouquets for years, but just opened to the public in July. Flower enthusiasts can visit the farm in person to take a harvest tour, visit the farm shop, or pick their own flowers from the Victory Garden. The farm also hosts workshops on creating specialty bouquets, yoga sessions, and other events. The farm grows almost 400 types of flowers, including heirloom mums, and is a Certified American Grown farm.

 

 

Lovers of Wine

Formed entirely out of corks, the giant LOVEwork at Veritas Vineyards floats above the wine bar reminding us that love is always in the air in Virginia. You’ll love Veritas for the wine, which you can sip by the glass, bottle, or a tasting, as well as the food. The Terrace menu includes cheese and charcuterie boards, toasts, salads and sandwiches, decadent desserts, and even a kids’ menu. Enjoy your wine and food from a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, all boasting incredible views. If you’re in the mood for a more formal dining experience, try the farm-to-table fare at the Farmhouse. Reserve your four-course, wine-paired meal! There’s also a prix fixe Sunday brunch paired with sparkling wine.

 

 

Virginia’s wine lovers can pose for photos with the wine barrels that make up the LOVEwork sign at Cardinal Point Winery. Afterward, admire the lovely views and try a flight of wine. Visitors can also take tours of the winery and learn about the winemaking process and how the vineyard’s soil, topography, and climate contribute to the taste.

 

 

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