There's Always Room for Dessert
No matter the season, we know your sweet tooth is always starving for attention. Fortunately, Waynesboro has lots of places that will sate your cravings. Do you have a hankering for ice cream? For a warm, tasty pastry? How about a cupcake? Read on for our picks to give your taste buds a sweet jump on the holidays!
Kline's Dairy Bar
Kline's Dairy Bar in Waynesboro opened in 2008, but they use the same tried and true ice cream recipes that the original Harrisonburg location has been serving since 1943. The secret to the delicious flavor and texture is their “continuous freeze” production method. This style of soft ice cream has a lot less air than traditional soft-serve, so a Klines cone is comparatively dense and packed with flavor. You can get it in a cone or cup, as well as shakes, sundaes, flurries, and take-home pints and quarts. Chocolate and vanilla are always on the menu, and each location also produces a weekly special flavor or two. It’s a good idea to keep a flavor schedule card in your car or just make a habit of driving by and checking out the signs. Can’t miss flavors include pumpkin, lemon gingersnap, German chocolate cake, and cake batter.
Strite's Donuts is based in Harrisonburg, but every Wednesday morning, the Strite’s trailer pulls into the parking lot behind Kline’s Dairy Bar and the festivities begin. Seasonal special flavors include pumpkin spice, apple filled, Bavarian cream, and something amazing called a caramel turtle, which is a caramel-dipped, pecan-topped, chocolate-drizzled dream. Originally a festival food, Strite’s donuts’ popularity allowed the business to expand into a full-time venture in 2012. Now, two trucks serve the Valley each day, one heading north and the other serving Harrisonburg and areas south. If you know what you want 24 hours ahead of time, you can fill out an online order so you’ll know they won’t be sold out of your favorites.
Sweet Nana Cakes
Your day will be special after you treat yourself to something from Sweet Nana Cakes. This locally owned, custom bake shop creates cakes and cookies for every occasion, and was also voted one of the best bakeries in this year’s “Best of Virginia” awards in Virginia Living Magazine. Choose from over 40 flavors of cupcake. Try “the campfire,” which is a chocolate cupcake crusted with graham cracker and topped with marshmallow buttercream. After you lick the buttercream off your fingers, you’ll want to check out the KETO treats, and buy a dozen sugar cookies decorated by theme. People who remain obsessed with Tiger King will love the “mayhem & madness” set. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can ask for a custom order or buy a create-a-treat kit and do the decorating yourself! Finally, you won’t want to leave without grabbing some edible cookie dough and a few unicorn poop meringues, which are apparently a byproduct of real rainbows.
Farmhaus Coffee Co.
Farmhaus Coffee Co. offers a yummy menu of “bevvies” including a variety of drip, iced, and pour-over coffees as well as lattes, espressos, and signature beverages like the “espresso tonic,” “the solution,” and “iced lavender London fog.” Add “noms” to that in the form of fresh-made pastries, toasts, and sandwiches on sourdough bread. The shop is an updated 1890s farmhouse with a fresh, clean look, free wi-fi, and lots of space inside to social distance as well as outside seating.
The French Press
The French Press is an adorable coffee shop with a cozy, friendly atmosphere and a cool vibe in downtown Waynesboro. There’s recycled wood, exposed brick walls hung with local art, and friendly staff to go with your delicious coffee and pastries. Stop in as you’re walking around town or make it your destination. A fresh pumpkin cream cheese muffin or a ginger scone will pair wonderfully with your honey butter latte (made with local honey) or your bourbon caramel cappuccino. The French Press stays open all day and also serves sandwiches. You can dine in, sit outside enjoying the sunshine, or take advantage of online ordering and pick your food up at the curb.
Stella, Bella, & Lucy’s
Stella, Bella, & Lucy’s serves a wonderful made-to-order breakfast and lunch menu Tuesday-Saturday. You’ll love the food, the presentation, and the unique artistic atmosphere achieved by the art and antiques decorating the dining room. What will really keep you coming back, however, are decadent desserts like the house-made ricotta cheesecake doused in warm cherries or the warm apple cobbler served with a scoop of the fresh-churned ice cream. Speaking of the ice cream, you’ll want to come back each week to sample that week’s special flavor!
Heritage on Main
While not known as a dessert destination, we’d be remiss not to mention the chocolate whiskey cake or house made cheesecake that you’ll want to finish your meal with at Heritage on Main. Dine in or order online and carry out.