Leave the hustle of life behind for the weekend and retreat to the solace of Augusta County. We’re nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, which means outdoor adventure is just a step away. Taste the local flavor at craft breweries, wineries, famers markets, and restaurants, and then take time to shop the largest antique store in the country. Rest well and relax in Augusta.
For the Outdoors Lovers
Fall and winter are beautiful seasons in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and our location is perfectly suited to take in excellent views along scenic drives as well as powdery slope action on the mountains above.
For the Antique Lovers
If you’re looking for the largest antique mall in America, you’ll find it here. The Factory Antique Mall boasts 200 dealers spread across 120,000 square feet. Whatever rare item you’re looking for, your chances of finding it in Augusta County are pretty good.
For the Foodies
A weekend is enough time to get a glance at Polyface Farms, a beyond organic farm with an open door policy. Joel Salatin welcomes visitors to see the real farm-to-table approach from start to finish. Extend your stay or plan another weekend away to tour the remaining 40+ Augusta County producers on the Fields of Gold Farm Trail.
After you’ve seen where your food comes from, head to a farmers market to purchase and take home whatever is fresh from the field. Get a taste of the local flavors when you dine at our local farm-to-table restaurants like Stable Craft Brewing, LUNDcH, and Zynodoa. Continue the sampling with stops at the award-winning Barren Ridge Vineyards, Seven Arrows Brewing Company, and other breweries of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.
For the History Buffs
Whether it’s presidential, Civil War, or random United States history you’re interested in, Augusta County has plenty to offer. Learn about our Scots-Irish and German heritage, our distinguished overnight residents and guests, and our beautifully preserved National Historic Districts.
Dive into March 2, 1865 at The Plumb House Museum. That was the date of the Battle of Waynesboro. Or fast-forward to the days leading up to May 8, 1862, when the Battle of McDowell broke out.
If you love history, there’s much more to know. Jump in!
Suggested Weekend Itinerary – Hitting Augusta County’s Highlights:
Spend the morning frolicking in over an acre of wildflowers at Pebble Hall Wildflowers in Weyers Cave. Bring the kids along and pick bouquets of flowers (May-October). You can then head over to nearby Grottoes and explore America’s oldest continually operating show cave at Grand Caverns. Not only will you get your fill of stalagmites and stalactites, but you also have an opportunity for hiking, running and biking in Grand Caverns park.
While still in Weyers Cave for breakfast, lunch or perhaps a drink, try the unique Valley Pike Farm Market. This refurbished barn is over 125 years old and includes: three food trucks, coffee shop, gourmet deli, bakery, taproom, and a back porch or secluded interior loft to enjoy your meal. Before you leave, stock your cooler with local treats and menu items for dinner.
Travel down the road, and bring your tent to Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mount Solon. Given its name for seven chimney-like rock formations, the Park is open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk and offers everything a camper could desire. Spend the afternoon at the pool, take a hike or walk, or just relax and enjoy nature. If camping is the thing for you, plan to stay the whole weekend. Serious hikers can check out Reddish Knob one day. Only a short 45-minute drive from Natural Chimneys, this gem is one of Virginia’s highest points and its location in the Shenandoah Mountains guarantees breathtaking views.
If you prefer indoor lodging options, travel out of the Park and check out our diverse lodging options here.
If you stayed in Natural Chimneys, you’ll have a head-start on Day Two, but the countryside will make everyone grateful for a few extra minutes in the car. Take a scenic drive on Route 42 south to Churchville. You’ll enjoy pastoral views of farms and animals on the way to breakfast at White’s Wayside, which is just west of Churchville on Route 250. Serving breakfast, lunch, and supper on certain days, you’ll want to check their Facebook page for hours. Almost every menu item features homemade bread – with a recipe that’s been used for almost 100 years!
After your homemade meal, hit the trails at North Mountain Outfitter. This horseback riding outfitter is a perfect place for the family (ages 10 and up) to spend the day saddling up. Looking for a unique place to stay on a future visit? North Mountain Outfitter offers overnight accommodations as well.
When you’re heading off the ranch, you’ll find yourself right in the middle of farm-to-table country. Nearby neighbors include Polyface Farms and MeadowCroft Farm. Polyface Farms, internationally-known for its “beyond organic” practices, raises hens, turkeys, rabbits, cattle, and pigs. Plan to include a farm tour in your visit and a trip to their market to fill a cooler. Pair your purchases with neighboring MeadowCroft Farms’ homemade jams, pickles, relishes and salsas.
Now that you’ve visited the farms, taste for yourself the difference “local” makes. Finish off the day at zynodoa in downtown Staunton. With farm-fresh menu items, from the farms you just explored, this destination is the epitome of farm-to-table.
You’ve filled your belly and are now looking to stretch your legs. Start your day off with a local hike or check out the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive. Not up for hiking? Try goat snuggling at A Better Way Farm & Goat Dairy. You’ll be amazed at the therapeutic goat love! Nearby Stable Craft Brewing or Seven Arrows Brewing can serve as the perfect lunch spot. Stable Craft, a farm brewery, offers 16 fresh beers on tap and a delicious agri-pub menu. Seven Arrows has a great selection of beer and offers food through Nobos, located within the taproom. If you’d rather wine-down at the conclusion of your weekend getaway, Barren Ridge Vineyards is equipped with gorgeous views and award-winning wines.
After three fun-filled days in the rolling hills of Augusta County, you’re bound to come back for more.