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Things to Do in the Shenandoah Valley & Beyond

Whatever your interest, there is something to do in this beautiful, scenic area of Virginia! Enjoy beer, wine, cider, or spirits? Antiques? Historic attractions? Fresh local meat and produce?

Live performances range from world-class Shakespeare performances to national touring groups to local musicians at the local brewery.

Of course, a major reason to come will be the great outdoors, whether you drive to see the scenic views or take a more active approach with hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing…

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Outdoors

This is a magnificent area, encompassing the Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and, on the other side, the Piedmont area of Virginia. Plan to explore them all! Yes, fall foliage is stunning, but so are the spring and summer wildflowers, and winters are generally mild. Hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, scenic views, waterfalls.

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Our local outfitters will be glad to set you up with the equipment or help you need:

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Craft Beverages

Our favorite Virginia road trips include having tastings of all four of the major drink groups: beer, wine, cider, and spirits, a goal easily achieved in this area. And we can throw in Kombucha for the win!

Within Waynesboro we have three excellent breweries:

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And kombucha (naturally carbonated, fermented tea) at Blue Ridge Bucha, though the Tap Room is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Local wineries:

Local cideries:

Nearby craft beverage trails:

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Antiques

Do you enjoy antiquing? Here are some excellent local antique malls, where we acquired many of the furnishings of our bed and breakfast.

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Live Performances

We have extraordinary access (in normal times) to good live performances for a rural area. Due to Covid-19 none of these are functioning normally, but some have virtual performances, and some activities have continued with precautions including severely reduced seating, and requiring reservations.

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The Wayne Theater: A 1926 vaudeville/movie house in downtown Waynesboro, fully restored and reopened in 2016 as a vital multi-use theater that gets national tours of musical groups and comedians, as well as hosting an excellent local theater group, movies, and lectures. Occasional live performances with restricted seating during covid.

American Shakespeare Center: In Staunton. “Recovering the joy and accessibility of Elizabethan theatre at the Blackfriars Playhouse – the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre.” An astonishing ensemble of actors, nationally recognized.

Heifetz International Music Institute: at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton. “Dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world.” Holds concerts.

Staunton Music Festival: Next planned August 14-23 2021. Twice-daily performances of classical music at various venues in Staunton.

ShenanArts: Staunton community theater

Barren Ridge Vineyards: Live @ Barren Ridge hosts local music groups in their Sunset Saturdays series. Still happening during covid with seating restrictions.

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Orchards & Locally Sourced Foods

Shenandoah Valley was the breadbasket of the Confederacy, and this area, on both sides of the Blue Ridge, is still full of excellent local food, including pork, beef, dairy, fruit, vegetables, honey, and eggs.

We are proud members of the Shenandoah Valley Fields of Gold trail. Their website gives you a terrific list os central Shenandoah agricultural tourism options, from orchards to cheese producers to alpaca products to pick-your-own farms. And, post-covid, a calendar of agricultural events.

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Orchards:

Meat:

  • Sunrise Farms: Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, honey, and eggs, sold in display cases on the honor system, right on the farm in Stuarts Draft
  • Polyface Farm: If you’ve read Joel Salatin’s books on sustainable agriculture, a visit to his farm and the opportunity to purchase meat direct from the farm is worth the 35-minute drive to Swoope

Produce:

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Staunton

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One of the oldest cities west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Queen City is about 20 minutes from Cider House Bed and Breakfast, and is a charming, historic small city with a warm cultural vibe and excellent restaurants. Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. Catch an amazing performance at the iconic American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse. We are also fans of Sunspots Studios and Glassblowing.

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Charlottesville

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Home of the University of Virginia and Monticello, Charlottesville is an historic city with a lot to offer. Check out the large pedestrian shopping mall in the heart of the city. Home of Jefferson’s first grape-growing experiment in the New World, the area boasts some of the finest-and most beautiful-wineries in Virginia.

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Dining

You may to travel to Staunton or Charlottesville for “fine dining”, but you can stay right here in Waynesboro for excellent food. We have quite a variety of locally owned options. Be sure to check before you go, as Covid-19 policies are always in flux.

Looking for good take-out food to eat at Cider House, in your room or our dining room, on the patio, or on the deck? Check out our blog post for recommendations.

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