Choose Your Waynesboro Adventure

October 27, 2022
Stories, Outdoors, Arts & Culture, Food, Craft Beverage

You’re planning your weekend in Waynesboro, but there’s so much to do here that you’re feeling a little overwhelmed (in a good way). We’ve narrowed down some choices for you, but it’s up to you to choose your own adventure through our action-packed town. Will you pick high-energy thrills or low-key relaxation? Traditional fun or something off the beaten path? Spoiler alert: you’ll have an awesome time, no matter which path you choose.


Clay or Blacksmithing? 

Learn something new (and have a really cool project to show off those fresh skills) with a weekend class. Make Waynesboro Clay Studio offers a variety of Saturday workshops and classes including instruction in wheel throwing, glazes, and hand built stoneware bowls. You’ll love the generous studio space, laid-back environment, and patient instructors. Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing holds weekend workshops exploring welding and blacksmithing topics for all experience levels. Learn how to weld, practice shop safety, and use specialized equipment as you create various styles of knives, grilling tools, and much more. Bond with a friend over a tomahawk workshop and practice throwing at targets later on!



Brand Hotel or B&B? 

Waynesboro offers a number of comfortable lodging choices ranging from the brands you know and love to independently owned and managed B&Bs. Choose the convenience and expected amenities like a heated pool and workout room at Valley favorite Best Western Plus. Days Inn by Windham is pet friendly and serves a free breakfast. Alternately, opt for the unique charm and incredible sunrise views at Heritage Hill B&B or the tasty breakfasts and great location of the Bowman House. All choices offer free parking, wi-fi, and are a short distance from walkable downtown Waynesboro.




Beer or Wine?

What’s your drink of choice? Waynesboro shines in both the craft beer and Virginia wine departments. Grab a pint of beer from the ten on tap at Basic City Beer Co. You’ll love the industrial vibe of the taproom as well as the brick-fired pizza you can order with it. If wine is more your style, head over to The City Foxes, a new wine bar showcasing Virginia wines including Waynesboro’s Lightwell Survey. Accompany your wine with a cheese board, panini, or tasty dessert like pie in a jar.



Which Saddle?

Looking for adventure? Make sure to bring your bike and explore the miles of scenic country roads surrounding Waynesboro. Explore rides curated by Bike the Valley or follow the Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail. This hiking/biking route follows an old railroad bed through a mile-long historic tunnel under the mountain. If you’re more cowboy than cyclist, sign up for a one-hour guided trail ride with Star B Stables. Rides explore rural Augusta County and are appropriate for anyone who is older than six at any experience level. 



Ride or Rage?

If you’re all about thrill-seeking, grab your Stetson and take a shot sticking on the mechanical bull at Bottles. Even if you don’t last eight seconds, you’ll have plenty of fun playing bar games and drinking from a big selection of beers, ciders, hard seltzers, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alternately, grab a bat or lacrosse stick and smash your way through the glassware, electronics, and household decor in a rage room at Havoc House. Follow this up with a session of axe throwing to hone your targeting skills.



Lake or River?

If fishing, paddling, or just gazing at the water are on the agenda, you have yet another choice to make. The Waynesboro Water Trail section of the South River flows right through town and visitors can access it along the paved South River Greenway. You’ll find put-in and pull-out spots for your canoe or kayak. The water is gentle and offers only class I and II rapids. Anglers can enjoy terrific fishing from the water or bank. In fact, the Waynesboro section of the river is one of only two stocked urban trout fisheries in Virginia. Lovers of flat water should head to nearby Sherando Lake Recreation Area, a 20-acre and a 7-acre pair of lakes that are accessible to small carry-in crafts, plus a beach area and campgroun. The lakes are stocked with trout, largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and sunfish.



As you can see, there’s more than enough to tackle in a single weekend here in Waynesboro. Plan one trip for now and another for later! As the seasons change, there will always be something new to discover.

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