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Spend your weekend with Waynesboro

Downtown Waynesboro, VA

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You already know about Waynesboro’s prime urban trout fishing and the legendary Blue Ridge Tunnel. Well, get ready to ‘live like a local’ and spend the weekend exploring some of Waynesboro’s coolest spots you don’t know about for a vibe that’s all about basking in the best of this awesome city. 

Day 1: Rise and shine with breakfast at Crack O’ Dawn, Waynesboro’s dedicated gluten-free bakery and bistro. Their delicious treats like kolaches and biscuits and gravy are the perfect start for an adventure-filled day. After a hearty and healthy breakfast, drive just a few short miles from downtown Waynesboro to the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, you can take a hike on the famous Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of nature. Alternatively, opt for a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s favorite drive, for endless views and overlooks. 

On the Blue Ridge Parkway 
Photo credit: @cammyy_lee

Afternoon: Head downtown for lunch at the local favorite, Delly Up. Be sure to try their TBA sandwich—it’s a must! After satisfying your appetite, head across the street to the Russell Museum. This museum and gallery offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Walter and Lao Russell, as well as the history of Swannanoa Palace. While you’re downtown, take some time to explore Waynesboro’s five other galleries and museums. From contemporary art to local history, there’s something to pique everyone’s interest. 

The Russell Museum in Downtown Waynesboro  

Evening: Wrap up the day with a mouthwatering BBQ dinner at The Fishin’ Pig. Indulge in their savory dishes before heading to Bottles for a night of excitement. Take a ride on the mechanical bull and enjoy tons of games included in the admission. Pro tip: Sunday is family day, offering a wholesome experience for all ages.  

Ready to hit the sack after an incredible day? Best Western Plus Waynesboro has tons of amenities, like an indoor saltwater pool and a fitness center, and is conveniently located just one mile from Bottles! 

Dinner at The Fishin’ Pig 

Itinerary Day 2: 

Morning: Kickstart day two with a hearty breakfast and a smile at Waynesboro’s local hangout and old-school diner, Weasie’s Kitchen. Dive into a homecooked comfort food breakfast before embarking on a vintage treasure hunt at Alpha and Omega Antique Mall or Rusticae Country Manor Home, a fun and affordable boutique with vintage and new clothing and home goods. Finish up your nostalgic morning with a visit to the Waynesboro Heritage Museum. Explore the history of Waynesboro at your own pace with a free, self-guided tour. 

Comfort food breakfast at Weasie’s Kitchen 

Rusticae Country Manor Home  

Afternoon: Take a breezy stroll on Waynesboro’s 2-mile Greenway, along the South River and soak in the tranquil ambiance. Conclude your walk at North Park, one of Waynesboro’s six city parks, where the kids can burn off some energy on the playground before lunch. For a great lunch after an eventful morning, head to La Sabrosita, the most authentic Mexican restaurant and grocery in town. Indulge in their caldo de res and other homemade soups for a taste of Mexico right in Waynesboro. 

A stroll on the Greenway 

Evening: Cap off your Waynesboro weekend with a spectacular show at the Wayne Theatre, a renovated vaudeville era theatre right in downtown Waynesboro. From in-house musical productions and free outdoor concerts to national acts, there’s always something exciting going on at the Wayne. After the show, treat yourself to dinner at Green Leaf Grill. Known for its top-notch seafood, enticing vegan and vegetarian options, and craft cocktails, it’s the perfect way to end your Waynesboro adventure on a high note.  

The Wayne Theatre in Downtown Waynesboro 
Dinner at Green Leaf Grill  

After a jam-packed weekend in Waynesboro, there’s still so much more to explore. Check out our trip ideas for your next visit. See you then! 

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