Taste Bud Tempting Food & Brews to Power Your Next Outdoor Adventure

June 14, 2019 Feature Stories Outdoors Food Craft Beverage

Outdoor adventures are fueled by more than good cheer: Great food and delicious hydration all contribute to the perfect day in the woods. From mountain treks to parkway picnics, we’ve paired the flavor of local food with the taste of adventure for every style of outdoor recreation.

 

 

 Coffee and avocado toast from Farmhaus Coffee Co.

 

The Healthy Saunter

For the health-conscious adventurer, local vegetables, fair trade coffee, and lovingly baked breads fuel the ideal day of blue skies and elevation gain. Farmhaus Coffee Co. offers seasonal salads, Virginia-roasted coffee, and even a book collection to read in the woods. Nearby Mister Jamison’s Deli combines freshly sliced meats and cheeses in made-to-order subs and salads. The deli’s extensive selection of bottled local, domestic, and imported beers will add chilled refreshment to your picnic basket. If you enjoy the digestive benefits and probiotics found in freshly brewed kombucha, grab a bottle or a refillable growler from Blue Ridge Bucha on your way up the mountain. Sure to quench your thirst, this refreshing kombucha is Certified Organic and made from only the freshest local ingredients. 

 

Blue Ridge Bucha Taproom on East Main St. in Waynesboro, VA

 

Pair these downtown eateries with one of the Waterfall Hikes of the Shenandoah National Park. Or, for those interested in less walking and more accessible picnic spots, check out the overlooks along both the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

 

Beer, Burgers, and Big Rocks

With a local Beerwerks Trail as exciting as the Appalachian Trail, the possible combinations of brews and summits are almost endless. Head to Waynesboro’s three breweries for award-winning beers and tantalizing cooking. Try the locally sourced and totally unique Southern Pleasure Burger at Stable Craft Brewing’s agri-pub, piled high with spicy plum chutney, pimento cheese, and applewood smoked bacon. If soft pretzels with beer cheese are more your style, head over to Nobos Kitchen, located inside the Seven Arrows taproom for their Bavarian-style pretzels with house-made pepper and hops beer cheese. Looking for something a bit more exotic? Hops Kitchen, located at Basic City Beer Company, has you covered with mouth-watering chicken satay or Food Network famous nachos. The breweries aren’t the only ones with great food. E & J’s Deli Pub serves up a mean steak burger made from sirloin ground in house along with a thirst-quenching selection of tap beers.

 

Hops Kitchen's Chicken Satay

 

These “beer, burger and more” food offerings are all the sustenance you’ll need to fuel panoramic hikes and rock scrambles like Humpback RocksSpy Rock, and Old Rag Mountain. For additional hiking options within a short drive of Waynesboro, check out Black Rock SummitChimney Rock, and many more.

 

Humpback Rocks, at milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

For those who prefer pedals to hiking boots, mountain biking and backroad riding options abound. From on-road and off-road rides suitable to beginners, all the way up to Biking the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll be burning calories amid beautiful mountain scenery.

 

 

Sip & Saddle Up Weekend Getaways

For the weekend warriors whose ideal camping adventure involves a bottle of wine on the cabin pillow, local inns and bed and breakfasts are ready with packages that combine the best in comfort, food, and mountain views. The Iris Inn offers a “Sip & Saddle Up” package that features a local bottle of Virginia wine in your room upon arrival, a 1.5 hour long horse ride for you and your sweetie through a local winery, including a complementary wine tasting, and a customized picnic lunch. You could also opt for a stay at our newest B&B in town, Heritage Hill, which offers packages that feature a bottle of Virginia wine upon arrival as well. Some of our favorite local wineries within 15 miles of downtown Waynesboro include Afton MountainBarren RidgeCardinal PointFlying FoxKing FamilyOx-EyeVeritasPollakSeptenary, and Valley Road.

 

Sunset at the Iris Inn, courtesy of Jumping Rocks