Mention Summer in Virginia, and I immediately think of the cool breezes of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Craft beverage trails, farm markets, sunsets viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway, small towns and the Shenandoah National Park all pull me to the mountains.
For this year’s DW&S Summer Guide, I decided to establish a hub in the central Blue Ridge region. I like to explore all day and then come back and relax with a great view. The Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast in Waynesboro, Virginia became my home for the week.
Waynsboro sits near the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Shenandoah National Park. But, can I fill a seven- day stay in the region with my favorite hobbies? The answer is “Yes.” As a matter of fact, I ran out of days before I finished my list.
After a gourmet breakfast, prepared by The Iris Inn, I set out to explore the area. It was time to divide and conquer. I decided to follow some popular trails in the region as my guide.
Here’s an outline of my plan:
- The Nelson 151 Trail
- Crozet: Where Brew Trails Intersect
- A day enjoying Massanutten Resort
- A hike in the Shenandoah National Park with an afternoon in Waynesboro
- Two days exploring the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail
- A drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a sunset at the Raven’s Roost Overlook (One of the Parkway’s most photographed sunset overlooks)
I enjoyed my days exploring the region and returned to the Iris Inn each evening. I travel full-time, sometimes in our motorhome and at times staying in B&Bs, inns, and AirBnBs.
I have found that the best way to explore an area is to talk to the locals.
They will tell you their favorite spots and experiences. After chatting with locals, I headed over to fill a growler at Basic City Beer Company. I was also reminded that Waynesboro is the home of Blue Ridge Bucha.
I have been a fan of Blue Ridge Bucha for years, and now I had the opportunity to visit their Tap Room and enjoy a flight of their organic kombucha. Summer hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12PM-7PM. On weekends this Summer, The Bagelini Bus is on site.— A new food truck from the Virginia popular Bageladies. That’s a win-win for you.
Road Trip Tip:
Every Summer road trip deserves some car snacks. My tip is to stop by King’s Gourmet Popcorn. You will find the bright yellow food truck on RT 250, at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pick up a bag, and you will be ready to explore.
I hope you are also inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Interested in entering DW&S Summer Cocktail Contest? Find out how here.