Divinely placed among the adventure, Waynesboro’s proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains at the intersection of Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail makes for a great winter getaway. Add to that the South River in a growing downtown and you’ve got the perfect base camp for exploration.
Get OutsideFly fishing happens year-round in Waynesboro’s spring-fed South River providing pockets of consistent temperature where anglers catch trophy-size rainbow and brown trout. At the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’re also close to nearby mountain streams where native brook trout thrive. Grab your gear or a guide at South River Fly Shop just two blocks from the river.Get rid of cabin fever with a winter hike! Waynesboro has hundreds out its back door. At milepost 6.0 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can choose between the strenuous-but-stunning Humpback Rocks Trail or the moderate-and-picturesque Glass Hollow Overlook hike. If you prefer to stick to the Shenandoah Valley, try one of the trails near Sherando Lake Recreation Area. The Lower Lake has an easy footpath encircling its perimeter with a larger network of trails spilling outward.
Nourish YourselfStart in on those healthy New Year’s resolutions with a kombucha tasting at Blue Ridge Bucha’s tap room. This fermented tea is touted for its health benefits and Blue Ridge Bucha’s organic, small batches are touted for their taste! You’ll want to grab one of their refillable bottles to take with you.Treat yourself to another unique craft beverage experience with a reservable igloo at Stable Craft Brewing. This working-farm brewery has a tap room with on-site restaurant, and on-farm lodging options.Cozy up at The French Press for one of their specialty espresso beverages or a warm soup and sandwich.
Catch a PerformanceRound out your trip by catching a show at the Wayne Theatre. This renovated vaudeville-era theater hosts everything from local to international musicians, art openings, original theater productions and even film screenings. This month sees unique shows like the January 17th performance of the internationally acclaimed Koresh Dance Company.
Rest Your HeadComplete your winter getaway with a relaxing stay at The Iris Inn where you’ll find options ranging from traditional B&B rooms to private cottages and luxury cabins overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. Their Winter Wine Weekends are a favorite among guests from the wine enthusiast to those wanting to learn more. And if you enjoy wine, January brings the Swedish Fire Festival to nearby Barren Ridge Vineyards. Enjoy some glogg among the Swedish fire logs and a European-inspired dinner.