Harrisonburg, Va., about a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., is best known as the home of James Madison University. But travelers shouldn’t write this city off as a college town — it’s home to a surprising number of casual, high-quality restaurants and cafés. If you happen to be in the area, consider heading to some of these notable places for festive dining experiences.
Where to Eat:
Two best friends started Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, a staple of downtown Harrisonburg. Outdoor seating gives way to a colorful interior — a disco ball that’s draped in donated bras hangs from the ceiling and patrons listen to music pumping over speakers while they sit at the bar — while they wait for this haunt’s highlight, premium Wagyu American-style beef starting at $4.49 for a hamburger. Also, on the menu are cheeseburgers, french fries, and fried Oreos for $1 each. Each day, a different specialty burger is featured, like the Elvis — a beef patty served with peanut butter, mayo, smoked bacon, and cheese. For a small place, the craft beer list is impressive. Customers who try more than 100 beers are even given a shirt to show off their dedication.
Jack Brown’s founders also own Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack, and it's is located on the same block as their other restaurant. And the décor just screams fun. The bar looks like an old shack and comes complete with a rustic-looking counter and stools. Old doors decorate one wall of the joint and beer bottles sit on a shelf above the doors. Large TV screens make it an ideal place to catch the big game and never-frozen, locally sourced wings can make the perfect snack. The wings come with choice of creative house-made sauce like chipotle lime and BBQ with Cheddar and bacon. Other menu options include a country-fried chicken sandwich, chicken nuggets tossed in sauces, fried chicken and waffles, and chili cheese fries. Visitors can wash it all down with a craft beer — they pour 12 drafts that are in constant rotation and offer canned and cask beer, too. A donut menu with tongue-in-cheek names for its offerings completes the experience here. Guests can try the Psycho Girl Scout — a mix of peanut butter, chocolate, and burnt marshmallow — or order the Muddy Pig — made with Nutella and bacon crumbles.
If visitors are craving sweets, head over to the New Leaf Pastry Kitchen in downtown Harrisonburg. This European-style bakery whips up pastries, breads, cakes, and savory items. Highlights include the café’s French macarons and its cream puffs that come in flavors including passion fruit, roasted pineapple vanilla, and mocha.
Grilled Cheese Mania operates out of red food truck on High Street and dishes out creative twists on a classic kid's dish. Customers can ask for the Mama Mania — fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, basil pesto, and Sriracha chile sauce all grilled into a torta roll — or order the Port Ruby — pan-seared portabella mushrooms, Swiss cheese, sautéed sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing grilled on rye. Dipping sauces, soups, chili, mac and cheese, and drinks complete the menu.
Where to Drink:
Just down the road from downtown lies the Three Brothers Brewing Company. A renovated soda-bottling plant provides the setting for this tasting room and brewery. The décor is industrial, but welcoming, with light bulbs surrounded by what looks like cage wiring, a bar that has a metallic sheen to it, and wood paneling on the walls. The taproom also hosts local musicians and every third Friday of the month, Three Brothers donates all the proceeds from the sales of a cask-style beer to a local charity. The brewery keeps a pale ale, two IPAs, Coffee Breath (that tastes like an iced coffee), and a Tri Brathair, a malty caramel concoction, on tap. The brewery also offers outdoor seating.
Teresa Tobat is the Washington, D.C. Travel city editor for The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @ttobat88. View her website at teresaktobat.com.
25 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Virginia
Virginia is home to beautiful romantic inns where guests enjoy fabulous views and great service. Shenandoah Valley, just short drive from Washington, D.C. is one of the top Virginia destinations that features over 200 vineyards and wineries. Other popular VA weekend destinations include Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, Richmond, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk and others. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Take your kids on a weekend getaway to Harrisonburg
Harrisonburg is a vibrant community in the Shenandoah Valley region, and it boasts many attractions for families.
With James Madison University and a bustling downtown laced with nearly 40 restaurants and locally owned boutiques, Harrisonburg is a vibrant community in the Shenandoah Valley region. The city also boasts many attractions for families.
“Harrisonburg is one of our backyard secrets,” says Nancy Craun, founder of the Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail, a guide to kid-friendly activities in the area. “Steeped in agriculture and history, Harrisonburg has a major focus on local resourcing. Seeing the valley through a child’s eyes is a totally special experience, which is why I have started the Kids Trail.”
Top family attractions in Harrisonburg:
From spring through fall, this farm has tons of kid-friendly activities. Explore the enchanting butterfly garden and visit with the farm animals. The fall events include a giant slide, a cow train, a wagon ride to a pumpkin patch, pig races and a corn maze featuring 3 miles of paths, bridges and clues. Be sure to take a ride on the Virginia Carousel, a unique handcrafted piece of art showcasing famous people, landmarks and industries in Virginia. Don’t forget to swing by the country store to pick up one of the wide varieties of homemade jam.
Photo courtesy of Explore More Discovery Museum
Built on the foundation of curiosity, creativity and community, this hands-on children’s museum is located in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg. Kids can use their imaginations to be a stage star, television news broadcaster, ambulance driver, farmhand and much more. Interactive exhibits focus on themes such as science, building, art, technology and pretend play. Recommended for children under 10.
This multiuse historic property houses the official Harrisonburg Visitors Center. Inside guests can learn about the settlement of the Shenandoah Valley at the Valley Turnpike Museum and the region’s Civil War battles at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center. Check out the on-site Rocktown Gift Shoppe to stock up on local goodies and official Virginia is for Lovers merchandise. Hungry travelers can stop at the Heritage Bakery and Café for breakfast, lunch or a decadent pastry. The cafe prides itself on using local ingredients, including milk, butter and cream from nearby Mount Crawford Creamery.
Journey to the stars at this state-of-the-art planetarium located on James Madison University’s campus. From September through the end of June, the planetarium hosts weekly free Saturday public shows and a once-a-month Science Sunday for school-aged girls composed of a Star Talk, interactive activities and projects.
Massanutten is a nationally recognized resort that offers day trips, overnight lodging and timeshare condo rentals. Its massive indoor water park is a popular regional attraction. Other activities such as skiing, ice-skating, an adventure course with zip lining, golf, horseback riding and hiking and biking trails vary by season. Thematic events and festivals take place throughout the year and are listed on the resort’s website.
Mount Crawford Creamery
795 Old Bridgewater Road
Eat and Drink What You Love in Virginia
Across Virginia, you&rsquoll find inspired culinary delights featuring Virginia&rsquos heirloom grains and vegetables, heritage meats, savory cheeses and of course, our signature Virginia oysters. Virginia chefs continue to innovate by marrying Virginia flavor with international flare, from a Pakistani-Appalachian fusion food truck to a Vietnamese restaurant named America&rsquos Best Beer Bar. Virginia chefs have also made their mark on the national stage, as James Beard-nominated restaurants and bakeries can be found from coast to cliff. From award-winning fine dining to down-home Southern cooking at family-run restaurants, there&rsquos something for every type of foodie.
Virginia food also pairs perfectly with our craft beverages, so take your pick from our 200+ breweries and cideries, 300+ wineries and more than 40 distilleries and elevate your dining experience to the next level.
When it comes to food and drink in Virginia, there&rsquos a lot to LOVE. We invite you to explore the epicurean adventure that awaits!
Suggested Itinerary A Girls Getaway to Harrisonburg
Start your day with some shopping in downtown Harrisonburg. First, visit The Lady Jane Shop, a local boutique filled with unique vintage pieces, specialty gifts, and items from more than 30 local vendors and artisans. Browse Harrisonburg&rsquos clothing haven, The Yellow Button. This trendy shop contains handpicked pieces by its owner, Miranda Ebersold.
For lunch, take the girls to Rocktown Kitchen. This farm-to-table restaurant offers a wide-ranging wine selection and local craft beers. If you&rsquore seeking dishes that are full of fresh, local ingredients, look no further!
Once your bellies are full, try crafting your own masterpiece at You Made It!. Here you can paint pottery, fuse glass, sculpt clay, and more.
When you&rsquore ready for dinner, head to Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza. Guests can actually watch their pizza being hand-crafted on-site using an authentic Italian method. Everything is made from scratch at this restaurant, and the ingredients are both seasonal and farm fresh.
If you have room for dessert, you can walk across the street to Bella Luna&rsquos sister restaurant, Bella Gelato & Pastries. Everything here is prepared fresh daily, too, and the gelato is made with local milk from Mount Crawford Creamery.
Begin your second day in Harrisonburg with a tranquil trip to Cedar Stone Wellness Spa. Here you will find a plethora of services including facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, scrubs, and soaks. This spa also offers specially-priced group event packages, which are perfect for your girls getaway.
Next, nourish your bodies with an açaí bowl or smoothie from PULP, located within the Shenandoah Bicycle Company. This all-organic açaí spot allows you to customize your bowl or smoothie with a healthy selection of fruits and toppings.
Now it&rsquos time to explore! At the White Oak Lavender Farm on Cross Keys Road in Harrisonburg, you can indulge in all things lavender-inspired. This farm grows over 8,000 lavender plants and makes their own essential oil, which you can find in the on-site gift shop. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Discovery Area for only $3.00 per person. This is the ultimate relaxation spot in which you will have access to the duck pond, labyrinth, distillery, petting area, drying barn, and gardens. In addition, the White Oak Lavender Farm has their own tasting room: The Purple WOLF Vineyard.
Finish your trip with an experiential dinner at Bella Mia Restaurant. Offering you not only the best recipes of typical Italian dishes but also the mood of many things: interior, music, waitresses and just Italian air!
Chef Recipe Spotlight: Black Trumpet Truffle Pasta
Photo Credit: Mashita
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp white truffle oil
- 2 large whole eggs
- 12 egg yolks
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp ground black trumpet mushroom powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- Create a well with flour and place all other ingredients inside the well, using your fingers to break up the egg yolks, combine ingredients, and slowly pull in flour.
- Slowly draw ingredients together to form a slightly shaggy dough ball, cover and let rest for 30 min to an hour.
- Re-knead to form a smooth dough ball, cover and let rest an additional 30 minutes.
- Using a pasta roller, cut dough into equal sections to roll into your favorite pasta shape.
- Cook finished noodles in boiling water for approximately 2 minutes or until noodles float.
- Toss with brown butter and your favorite vegetables or mushrooms!
Looking for more incredibly tasty recipes from Virginia’s top chefs? Stay tuned for more Inside the Kitchen articles and check out these other articles in the chef series:
15 Hidden Speakeasy Bars You'll Want to Find
These speakeasy-style bars around the United States aren't just cool, they play hard to get, too. On your next trip to these cities, see if you can find these tricky-to-spot bars hiding in plain sight.
Braise, Albuquerque, NM
No, you can&rsquot take a selfie. Braise, expertly hidden in downtown Albuquerque, is meant to be the kind of place where anyone can go to relax without worrying about ending up on a stranger&rsquos social media feed. That&rsquos why you won&rsquot find photos of it on Instagram or Facebook, and why even its website is password-protected for members only. Members also gain access to a thumbprint reader that allows entry to the bar without first having to ply the employees in the shop where the entrance is hidden the door is disguised and always locked from the outside. Here&rsquos a hint: Look for a place where you can buy New Mexico-made beers and liquors downtown. Be savvy, though. Asking, "Hey, how do I get into Braise?" is frowned upon and likely won&rsquot get you an honest answer.
Little Tin Goods & Apothecary Cabinet, Seattle
From the street, Little Tin Goods and Apothecary Cabinet in Seattle&rsquos Ballard neighborhood looks like nothing more than a daytime floral shop. But inside is an exquisite bar in which owners Frankie Goodman and Kalei App have orchestrated every detail: All the cocktails are vegan, made with juices, purees and tinctures made in-house, jazz bands play live music every night and on "Aloha Fridays," they serve food and drinks inspired by Apo&rsquos hometown of Kauai. It gets its name from the little tins of foreign delicacies they import for bar snacks, like octopus, mackerel and spiced sardines.
Prohibition, Murray, UT
Every day, people wander into Prohibition&rsquos antique store front in Murray, Utah, without wondering whether there&rsquos more than meets the eye, and that&rsquos exactly what its owners want. To get into the '20s-style bar, you need a "prescription" for alcohol. And a bit of creativity: You&rsquoll have to play along and explain what&rsquos ailing you in order to get one.
The Linehouse at Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, VT
You&rsquoll want to be on your best guest behavior at Stowe Mountain Lodge: If you&rsquore not an owner, the only way into the hidden Linehouse speakeasy is to be invited by a staff member. Some cocktail recipes date back to Prohibition times, and some of the glasses might, too each one was sourced from local antique stores.
Melinda's Alley, Phoenix
The only thing that clues you into the existence of Melinda&rsquos Alley, in downtown Phoenix, is a single red light above a door disguised by a massive mural. The speakeasy is home to a slice of Phoenix history, even though it only opened in 2016, under the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. It&rsquos nestled in the basement of what was once the Hotel Adams, with the building&rsquos original foundation&mdashmore than 100 years old&mdashserving as the bare concrete walls.
Al's Place, Minneapolis
The entrance to Al&rsquos Place, a Minneapolis speakeasy named after the notorious Prohibition-era gangster, might have the cleverest disguise of all the spots on this list. Let&rsquos just say you&rsquoll need to take your photo inside the ground floor restaurant, Stanley&rsquos Northeast Bar Room, in order to get in. Al Capone&rsquos business cards listed him as a used furniture dealer, and Al&rsquos Place stays in character. So when you do eventually knock on the right wall, leading you to the doorman guarding the entrance, play it cool: You&rsquore in the market for a new sofa or maybe some, ahem, bar stools, and you heard Al&rsquos might have what you&rsquore looking for.
Jack's Hideaway, Harrisonburg, VA
To find Jack&rsquos Hideaway, a gem in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia, you really have to look for it or know who to ask: You&rsquove got to knock on the right unlabeled door to get in. Jack&rsquos Hideaway is cozy, set up almost like a mountain cabin you&rsquod expect to find deep in the woods. Expect to wait to get in if you&rsquore going on a weekend because the bar keeps strict tabs on how many people are inside to make sure it never feels overcrowded.
Craft Lounge, Nampa, ID
In the basement of a historic building in downtown Nampa Idaho, you might stumble upon a speakeasy disguised as the one thing curious minds often don&rsquot care to snoop: a janitor&rsquos closet. Make sure you order a G & T: Craft Lounge makes its own tonic.
Brooklyn's on Boulder St., Colorado Springs
Brooklyn&rsquos on Boulder St., in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, may appear to be a haberdashery to passersby, but anyone who looks closely at the hours should figure out immediately something else is up they&rsquore only open from 5 p.m. to midnight. Inside, you&rsquoll find a smart bar owned and run by Lee Spirits Co., a craft gin distillery also based in Colorado Springs.
The Magdalenae Room at The Dean Hotel, Providence
Even guests of The Dean in downtown Providence and frequent visitors to its Boombox karaoke bar can easily walk right past the Magdalenae Room without realizing what it is. Hidden behind a nondescript door and thick velvet curtains, you&rsquoll find a swanky speakeasy illuminated only by candlelight, with risqué decor that pays homage to the hotel&rsquos former life as a gentleman&rsquos club. It's the opposite of your average hotel bar. If you&rsquore feeling indecisive and adventurous, let the bartender use your glass as a canvas. You won&rsquot regret it.
This ultra-hip Japanese cocktail bar in Atlanta&rsquos Buckhead neighborhood is reservation-only, so even if you do find it, you can&rsquot just waltz right in&mdashunless you&rsquore a regular with a special keycard or your retinas on file for the scanner. Celebrities frequent Himitsu, which means "secret" in Japanese, for the sophisticated atmosphere and artful cocktails, which might be some of the most beautiful we&rsquove ever seen.
The Drifter, Chicago
The Drifter, in Chicago, has some teeth to its claims to authenticity: during the Prohibition era, the building housed an actual speakeasy. Now, the small-capacity basement bar underneath the Green Room Tavern offers an intimate setting for craft cocktails listed on tarot cards that serve as the menu. An eclectic set of performers entertains the crowd each night.
Truth and Alibi, Dallas
Truth and Alibi in Dallas might appear to be a candy shop, but hidden behind that front is a classy speakeasy. Make sure to check their Facebook page for the weekend&rsquos password before showing up you&rsquoll need it to get in.
What looks like a normal freezer door in Denver&rsquos Frozen Matter ice cream shop is actually hiding a small, intimate bar called Retrograde. Flip the switch to request access and grab a cup or cone while you wait. The cocktail menu is creative, and so are the bartenders&mdashif you&rsquore in the mood for "something with lavender," they&rsquoll build something off-menu right in front of you.
The Mata Hari, Savannah
To get into the Mata Hari in Savannah, you need a key&mdashor a friend who has one. The bar doesn&rsquot have a website&mdashor list its address online&mdashand it&rsquos hidden behind a studded wooden door with bars over the tiny window. Inside, you&rsquoll find a posh, Prohibition-style speakeasy, right at home in this city dripping with history. No doubt, you&rsquoll think you&rsquove been whisked back in time to the 1920s.
Food and Drink Getaway: Harrisonburg, Virginia - Recipes
That's was the best , absolutely the best Grilled Cheese I have ever had . I absolutely challenge and encourage any one to visit this place and tell me it was bad . The sweet tea is fanomanal. Great job .
Oh thank you so very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure serving you and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your grilled cheese and our special Sweet Tea! See ya soon I hope:)
24 - 28 of 649 reviews
Tried here for lunch. Very limited menu but that’s fine for a small sandwich shop. I ordered the mamma mania. It sounded interesting, but the finished product was not as as tasty as it sounded on the menu board. I don’t know if everything wasn’t fresh or what. I could taste all the components, the bread was toasted well, but this sandwich (for me) just didn’t taste good. I only ate 1/2 of the small sandwich and had no desire to eat the other half.
I have no explanation for your disappointment in our Mama Mania. It has been by far one of our customers favorites for many years now. I stand by my business and our quality I would be happy to give you a refund since you were so disappointed.
The menu is very limited, as is the indoor seating. It didn't appeal to me, but the two people I was with enjoyed their fancy grilled cheese sandwiches.
Im so sorry that you did not enjoy our menu. Yes, it is limited, we make grilled cheese in our Grilled Cheese House and not much more. We keep it simple, homemade, and fresh. No fancy or fine food here. No fast food here either. Just homemade grilled cheeses, soups and drinks. The seating is all the town would allow us and it does fill up quickly, however, it is so much more than we had for 5 years in our food truck. Maybe one day we will grow again and have more seating.
The Grilled Cheese Mania was worth trying out. Perhaps it was not what I expected, since there was limited space to sit inside. In addition, the inside was extremely hot and could not see myself working there in those conditions without any air conditioner. Outside, there is some limited seating options, but it was challenging to avoid the sun hitting you from one angle or another (even with the umbrellas in place). Sandwiches are probably worth ordering to take out, but not sure that I would recommend having it inside/outside based on weather conditions. I would probably not return, but it is worth trying at least one time.
Yes, we do have limited seating inside we are just a small Grilled Cheese House and that is all the seating the town would allow us. We have plenty of picnic tables outside, but like you said sometimes it is too hot to eat outside. We have come along way from our food truck with just two picnic tables perhaps one day we will have more but for now we enjoy what we have. We have had an issue with customers shutting off our air conditioner in the dining room and we did not know about it causing the space to get pretty hot. I apologize for that. I'm happy you enjoyed our food and I do hope you will give us another try one day.
Celebrate 50 Years of LOVE: Special Discounts at Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries, & More
T he Virginia is for Lovers® slogan turns 50 in 2019, and all of Virginia is coming together to celebrate! Attend a local Summer of Love event at Virginia&rsquos breweries, wineries, restaurants, and more, then continue the celebration through the rest of 2019 with 50 Years of Love special events, discounts, and deals throughout the Commonwealth. Use the list of participating partners below to make your 50 Years of Love plans!
50 YEARS OF LOVE DEALS IN WESTERN VIRGINIA
The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady&mdashPulaski: Creating special chocolate cheesecake fudge in the shape of Virginia.
Idego Coffee&mdashBlacksburg: On International Coffee Day (September 29), the coffee shop will be open from 8:00am-1:30 pm and provide free House coffee all day long! Additionally, they will offer 50 cents off specialty cups of coffee or bags of Brugh roasted coffee beans. Lattes will be served with 50 Years of Love milk foam art and limited edition coffee sleeves.
Buffalo and More Restaurant&mdashRiner: On International Cheeseburger Day (September 18), get 50 cents off your burgers. The restaurant will also give away 50 Years of Love merchandise during the Summer of Love.
Cakes Your Way & Coffee Café&mdashEach week, the cafe will offer a special cupcake or pastry for just 50 cents during the Summer of Love.
Campus Drive-In&mdashGate City: Get 50 cents off ice cream during the Summer of Love.
Cocoa Mia Chocolates&mdashFloyd: Offering a special 50 Years of Love truffle at a discounted price.
Cocoa Trail Chocolates&mdashMartinsville: Will offer special LOVE truffles during the Summer of Love.
Dippers Ice Cream&mdashMartinsville: Serving special tie-dye 1969-themed ice cream.
Dogtown Roadhouse&mdashFloyd: Tap takeover with Starr Hills The Love wheat beer, a Food Lover's special meal package offer for couples, and a 50 Years of Love mural in the restaurant&rsquos window.
The Family Bakery&mdashGate City: Offering commemorative 50 Years of Love cupcakes.
Floyd EcoVillage Community Center&mdashFloyd: Will host a Salsa Making Workshop with a Summer of Love theme. Check website for details and dates.
Gardner&rsquos Frozen Treats&mdashChristiansburg: On National Chocolate Milkshake Day (September 12), get 50 cents off chocolate milkshakes. The restaurant will also have 50 Years of Love merchandise during the Summer of Love.
Graze on Main&mdashWytheville: The servers at the Bolling Wilson Hotel&rsquos restaurant will dress in 1969-themed costumes. The restaurant also offers a 50 Years of Love $50 prix fixe menu featuring special dishes for the celebration.
Hester&rsquos County Store & Fudgery&mdashMarion: Buy a pound of Fudge get 1/2 a pound free.
Mango's Bar and Grill&mdashMoneta: Will offer a 50 Years of Love cocktail.
Montpelier Restaurant & Bar&mdashHarrisonburg: Serving a special chocolate fondue in honor of 1969&rsquos most popular food, as well as upscale dinner packages for $50 per person.
Olykoek Shoppe&mdashWytheville: Creating heart-shaped donuts, which will also be included in the Bolling Wilson Hotel&rsquos breakfast baskets.
Pulaski Grow&mdashDraper: Will host a Crooked Road Dinner at the Farm on June 13. Check website for more details.
Red Rooster Coffee&mdashFloyd: Roasting a 50 Years of Love coffee blend, creating specialty coffee drinks, and offering 1969 discounts during the Summer of Love.
Ridgeview Deli and Wolfpack Den&mdashClintwood: Will offer a 50 Years of Love cocktail.
Rhododendron Restaurant&mdashBreaks: Will offer a 50 Years of Love dessert special.
Sugar Magnolia&mdashBlacksburg: On National Chocolate Milkshake Day (September 12), get 50 cents off chocolate milkshakes. The restaurant will also have 50 Years of Love merchandise during the Summer of Love.
Teddy's Restaurant&mdashNickelsville: Serving discounted milkshakes during the summer for the 50 Years of Love celebration.
The Club Car Shop & Deli&mdashClifton Forge: Will offer a special sandwich throughout the Summer of Love, as well as root beer and coke floats that were often on the menu 50 years ago.
The Colorful Chameleon&mdashClifton Forge: Will offer specialty 50 Years of Love desserts during the Summer of Love.
The Rail Bar and Grille&mdashCovington: Serving a Summer of Love cocktail in a limited edition 50 Years of Love glass.
Wiffle Pops&mdashWytheville: Creating a line of limited edition 50 Years of Love popsicles and push pops.
Participating but no specifics announced:
- The Speakeasy Restaurant&mdashMarion &mdashMarion
- Wooden Pickle Restaurant&mdashMarion &mdashMarion
- Macado&rsquos Restaurant&mdashMarion
- Sister&rsquos Café and Gift Shop&mdashMarion
- Mi Puerto Mexican Restaurant&mdashMarion &mdashGate City
&mdashBreweries, Cideries, & Distilleries&mdash
7 Dogs Brewpub&mdashWytheville: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager served in commemorative beer glasses.
Blue Mountain Brewery&mdashAfton: Visit for special discounts during Full Nelson Fridays, which run on Fridays from September 6 to October 4
Bold Rock Hard Cider&mdashNellysford: Attend their Fall Festival on October 26 for special deals and 50 Years of Love merchandise.
Bristol Station and Brewpub&mdashBristol: Celebrating with a special 50 Years of Love craft beer this summer.
Brothers Craft Brewing&mdashHarrisonburg: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager served in commemorative beer glasses.
Buffalo Mountain Brewery&mdashSpecial 50 Years of Love Cherry Wit craft beer &ndash &ldquoLOVE you Cherry Much&rdquo created for Floyd's celebration to be shared during the Summer of Love.
Five Mile Mountain Distillery&mdashFloyd: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love cocktail.
The Friendly Fermenter&mdashHarrisonburg: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager served in commemorative beer glasses.
Hawksbill Brewing Company&mdashLuray: Serving up drinks with 50 Years of Love cocktail napkins in May in honor of the business's anniversary month.
Jack Mason's Tavern & Brewery&mdashClifton Forge: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager served in commemorative beer glasses.
Mountain Valley Brewing&mdashAxton: On July 26, the brewery hosts a special 50 Years of Love Takeover event, with 60's music and commemorative 50th anniversary glasses.
Rising Silo Brewery&mdashBlacksburg: Will host a Beer Lovers Day that includes &ldquoSteal a Pint&rdquo night and other 50 Years of Love merchandise.
River Hill Distillery&mdashLuray: Serving up drinks with 50 Years of Love cocktail napkins in October in honor of the business's anniversary month.
Sinkland Farms Brewery&mdashWill host a Beer Lovers Day that includes &ldquoSteal a Pint&rdquo night and other 50 Years of Love merchandise.
Studio Brew&mdashBristol: Celebrating with a special 50 Years of Love craft beer this summer.
The River Company Restaurant & Brewery&mdashFairlawn: Releasing a special Pulaski County beer in honor of the Summer of Love.
Virginia Distillery Company&mdashLovingston: The distillery will recognize 50 Years of Love during their first annual Spirited Soiree on September 7, 2019.
Wild Wolf Brewing Company&mdashNellysford: Wild Wolf Brewing Company will host 50 Beers for 50 Years, tap takeover events with 50 tap lines of craft beer. Check website for dates and details.
Visit these 16 area breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail for discounts and special 50 Years of Love merchandise:
- Skipping Rock Beer Co.&mdashStaunton
- The Friendly Fermenter&mdashHarrisonburg
- Brothers Craft Brewing&mdashHarrisonburg &mdashHarrisonburg
- Seven Arrows Brewing Company&mdashWaynesboro
- Devils Backbone Brewery Outpost&mdashLexington &mdashWaynesboro
- Redbeard Brewing Company&mdashStaunton &mdashStaunton
- Three Notch&rsquod Valley Collab House&mdashHarrisonburg
- Shenandoah Valley Brewing Co.&mdashStaunton &mdashWaynesboro
- Restless Moons Brewing Company&mdashHarrisonburg
- Great Valley Farm Brewery&mdashNatural Bridge &mdashStaunton
Bluestone Vineyard & Winery&mdashBridgewater: Releasing a special Lovers Blend wine to commemorate Virginia is for Lovers 50th anniversary.
Castle Vineyards&mdashLuray: Serving up drinks with 50 Years of Love cocktail napkins in August in honor of the business's anniversary month.
Crosskeys Vineyard & Winery&mdashMount Crawford: Will release a limited edition 50 Years of Love wine label.
Hamlet Vineyards&mdashBassett: On Sunday, June 30, the winery will host a Retro Takeover, with 60's themed décor and 50 Years of Love commemorative wine glasses.
Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery&mdashMoneta: Will release a limited edition 50 Years of Love wine label.
Iron Heart Winery&mdashAllisonia: Will unveil the first LOVE works sign in Pulaski County. Check website for dates and details.
Stanburn Winery&mdashStuart: Will host a 50 Years of Love dinner. Check their website for dates and additional information.
Veritas Vineyard & Winery&mdashAfton: Hosting a special 50 Years of Love Starry Night event. Check website for date and details.
West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery&mdashMax Meadows: Will release a limited edition 50 Years of Love wine label. The winery will also host a themed wine dinner during the Summer of Love check website for details.
Wisteria Farm and Vineyard&mdashLuray: Serving up drinks with 50 Years of Love cocktail napkins in August in honor of the business's anniversary month.
50 YEARS OF LOVE DEALS IN CENTRAL, SOUTHERN, AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Backyard Birds and Coffee&mdashBracey: Will offer a Lovers Blend coffee and tea and double rewards on these products during the Summer of Love. Will also host Saturday campfires and Sunday Tea Parties check the website for dates and details.
Comfort Restaurant&mdashRichmond: 50YOL cocktail locally produced Lovers Lagers on tap, special themed menu.
Cooper&rsquos Landing Inn & Travelers Tavern&mdashClarksville: Offering a special room deal that includes dinner for two and full breakfast-in-bed, along with a bottle of red or white Virginia wine.
Flavor on Main&mdashCulpeper: Serving special 1969-inspired menu items and Lovers Blend wine pairings.
Forked on Main Restaurant&mdashOrange: Will offer themed 50 Years of Love menu items and cocktail during the 50 days.
Foti&rsquos Restaurant&mdashCulpeper: Serving special 1969-inspired menu items and Lovers Blend wine pairings.
Hopewell Quick Lunch&mdashHopewell: During the 50 Years of Love celebration, get the restaurant&rsquos famous "All the Way" hotdogs for 50 cents on Mondays from 1-2pm.
It&rsquos About Thyme Restaurant&mdashCulpeper: Serving special 1969-inspired menu items and Lovers Blend wine pairings.
Luca&rsquos Italian Restaurant&mdashPrince George: Creating special heart-shaped pizzas and a dinner special that includes any appetizer, a small heart-shaped pizza, and a dessert for $19.69.
Mad Local Eatery&mdashMadison: 50% off dessert with a dinner purchase during the Summer of Love.
Miranda&rsquos&mdashMadison: Get 50% off an appetizer or dessert during the Summer of Love.
Shawn&rsquos Smokehouse BBQ&mdashCulpeper: Serving special 1969-inspired menu items and Lovers Blend wine pairings.
Sweet Dixie Bakery&mdashOld Towne Petersburg: Serving special 1969-inspired menu items and a 50 Years of Love mural in the bakery window.
The Boathouse at City Point Restaurant&mdashHopewell: Serving a special appetizer, Virginia oysters roasted with smoked Surry sausage & Patrick Henry cornbread stuffing.
The Cottage Barn&mdashClarksville: Offering a 50 Years of Love sundae at a special price, made with Homestead Creamery ice cream.
The Dixie Restaurant&mdashOld Towne Petersburg: Releasing a new menu item called the Sloppy LOVE on a Bun (aka Sloppy Joe sandwiches), which became mainstream in '69 when Manwich was introduced.
The Market at Grelen&mdashSomerset: Offering special menu items during the Summer of Love along with buy one get one free glass of Virginia wine or beer with a limited edition glass (limit to one per person, per visit).
Through the Looking Glass Books and Coffee&mdashClarksville: The first 50 people who come to the shop during the Summer of Love and say "Virginia is for Lovers" will get a free mood cup and cold beverage of their choice for 50 cents.
Thyme Market&mdashCulpeper: Serving special 1969-inspired menu items and Lovers Blend wine pairings.
Vintage Restaurant at the Inn at Willow Grove&mdashOrange: Offering special 50 Years of Love menu items and cocktails during the Summer of Love.
In honor of the "50 Years of Love" Julep's New Southern Cuisine in Richmond, Virginia will be offering a specialty cocktail and 10% off all food Friday, June 21 - August 10. Guests just need to mention they are visiting to celebrate 50 Years of Love. Those who leave their business card will be entered into a pool to win a dinner for four guests, value up to $200, (Does not include alcohol)
Specialty Cocktail: "VA Tourism 50 Years of Love"
Tito's Vodka, St. Germaine, Apple Syrup, Apple Concentrate, Lime Juice, House Made Grenadine
Participating but no specifics announced:
&mdashBreweries & Distilleries&mdash
B Chord Brewing Company&mdashRound Hill: Releasing a 50 Years of Love/Summer of Love beer Will be poured at multiple events throughout the Summer of Love Tour.
Bald Top Brewing Company&mdashMadison: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager.
Beer Hound Brewery&mdashCulpeper: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager.
Black Heath Meadery&mdashRichmond: Releasing a rose-infused Rhodomel mead made with 50 pounds of rose petals on Friday, August 2.
Bondurant Brother&rsquos Distillery&mdashChase City: Offering a special cocktail served in 50 Years of Love glasses at their tasting room in Chase City.
Canon and Draw Brewing Company&mdashRichmond: Releasing "Lover's Quarrel Pale Ale" during their 50 Years of Love Party on July 26th, 2019. Local Virginia musicians will provide entertainment and Mean Bird will be on-site selling food that highlights all local/Virginia ingredients. Attendees will be encouraged to wear 'Virginia is for Lovers' clothing to the party.
Far Gohn Brewing Company&mdashCulpeper: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager.
Final Gravity Brewing Company&mdashRichmond: On June 23rd, the brewery will team up with Cap Trail Bike Shuttle to sponsor a 50 Years of Love 50-mile bike ride on the Virginia Capital Trail, with return transportation provided by the Cap Trail Bike Shuttle. Final Gravity will brew a 50 Years of Love commemorative beer, which will be released the same day as the bike ride.
Fine Creek Brewing Company&mdashPowhatan: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager this summer. Check their website for dates.
Intermission Beer Company&mdashGlen Allen: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager and hosting a &ldquoSteal the Glass Night&rdquo featuring commemorative 50 Years of Love beer glasses. Check website for dates and details.
Old House Vineyard, Brewery, & Distillery&mdashCulpeper: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager and special wine blend.
Old Trade Brewery&mdashBrandy Station: Releasing a 50 Years of Love cider.
Steam Bell Beer Works&mdashChesterfield: Hosting a Launch Party for Lover's Quarrel Pale Ale, made with 100% Virginia-grown barley, wheat, and rye from Murphy & Rude Malting Company.
Strangeways Brewing&mdashRichmond: Releasing a special 50 Years of Love lager.
Three Notch&rsquod Brewing RVA Collab House&mdashRichmond: Their Lovers Lager collaboration beer will be brewed for a special event at University of Richmond, with a brewery release party on June 21, 2019.
Trapezium Brewing Company&mdashPetersburg: Will host a launch party for their newest craft brew, Summer of LOVE. Check their website for dates and additional information.
Triple Crossing Brewing Company&mdashRichmond: On August 10, they will host a 1960s-themed party in collaboration with University of Richmond that will include a talk by Lee Graves, author of Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City. Special 50 Years of Love brews from partner breweries to be served.
Willow Spring Brewery&mdashOrange: Get 50% off one pour of their brewery selections served in a limited edition pint glass (limit to one per person, per visit).
Lake Anne Brew House - Fairfax. Has brewed a special ale for the unveiling of Fairfax's lovework at Roe's Zoofari: King Spots Belgian Pale Ale &ndash Named after our Watusi Bull -who enjoys his own share of their tasty spent grain post brewing.
Participating but no specifics announced:
- Champion Brewing Company&mdashCharlottesville &mdashAfton
- North American Sake Distillery&mdashCharlottesville
- The Farm Brewery at Broad Run&mdashBroad Run
Ashton Creek Vineyards has produced a 50 Years of Love wine - Celebration! (Pictured above)
Barboursville Vineyards&mdashBarboursville: Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass and will offer a free tasting of their award-winning Octagon wine in the Library tasting room.
Chateau MerrillAnne Winery&mdashOrange: Get 50% off wine tastings during the Summer of Love. Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass.
DuCard Vineyards&mdashEtlan: Get 50% off wine tastings during the Summer of Love. Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass.
Tarara Winery&mdashLeesburg: Releasing a special Lovers Blend wine to commemorate Virginia is for Lovers 50th anniversary that will be poured at multiple events throughout the Summer of Love Tour.
Honah Lee Vineyard&mdashGordonsville: Buy one wine tasting get one free during the Summer of Love. Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass.
Gray Ghost Vineyards & Winery&mdashAmissville: Releasing a special Lovers Blend wine to commemorate Virginia is for Lovers 50th anniversary.
Kilaurwen Vineyard Winery&mdashStanardsville: Free wine tastings during the Summer of Love. Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass.
Mountain Run Winery&mdashCulpeper: Releasing a special Lovers Blend wine to commemorate Virginia is for Lovers 50th anniversary.
Prince Michel Vineyards & Winery&mdashLeon: Will release a limited edition 50 Years of Love wine label.
Revalation Vineyards&mdashMadison: Get 50% off wine tastings during the Summer of Love. Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass.
Reynard Florence Vineyards&mdashBarboursville: Free wine tastings during the Summer of Love. Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass.
Rosemont Vineyards & Winery&mdashLa Crosse: Releasing a special Lovers Blend wine to commemorate Virginia is for Lovers 50th anniversary.
Steins, Vines and Moonshine Trail&mdashManassas: Various activations at breweries, wineries, and distilleries all summer long. Enter for your chance to win a 'Weekend To Love Getaway" at VisitPWC.com/50Love.
Stone Mountain Vineyards&mdashDyke: Two for one premium wine tastings during the Summer of Love. Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass.
Participating but no specifics announced:
50 YEARS OF LOVE DEALS IN COASTAL VIRGINIA
Denson&rsquos Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar&mdashColonial Beach: Will be serving beer and wine in special &ldquo50 Years of Love&rdquo wine glasses, with the Virginia is for Lovers and Colonial Beach partner logo. The restaurant will also have 50 Years of Love stickers and koozies.
Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar&mdashColonial Beach: Free ½ pound of steamed shrimp with purchase of two entrees during the 50 Years of Love celebration.
Dug In Farms&mdashWhite Stone: Visit for Doug's Pickled Summer of Love as the farm offers three styles of Kickles, Baby Beets, and Dilly Beans with special 50 Years of Love labels.
Northern Neck Popcorn Bag&mdashKilmarnock: Get a two-gallon 50 Years of Love Tin, filled with Old Bay Caramel, Crabby Corn, and Gingerale NNKStyle, all the flavors of the River Realm!
Riverboat on the Potomac&mdashColonial Beach: Serving a special $50 meal for two during the Summer of Love.
Something Different Restaurant&mdashUrbanna: Will offer a 1960's cocktail called The Grasshopper and a special menu item called the Crab Hot Brown, a 1/4 pound crab cake cooked golden brown, topped with country ham and smothered in mornay sauce.
&mdashBreweries, Distilleries, & Cideries&mdash
Black Narrow Brewing Company&mdashChincoteague: 50% off purchase with punched card/passport.
Buskey&rsquos Cider by the Bay&mdashCape Charles: 50% off purchase with punched card/passport.
Cape Charles Brewing Company&mdashCape Charles: 50% off purchase with punched card/passport.
Cape Charles Distillery&mdashCape Charles: 50% off purchase with punched card/passport.
Chatham Vineyards&mdashMachipongo: 50% off purchase with punched card/passport.
Monroe Bay Vineyards&mdashColonial Beach: A special &ldquoWine Lovers&rdquo tasting menu available this summer for $50 per person. Serving their wines in limited edition 50 Years of Love wine glass.
50th Anniversary Spirits Recipe Book
In connection with Virginia Tourism&rsquos celebration of the 50th anniversary of its &ldquoVirginia is for Lovers&rdquo slogan, Spirited Virginia magazine has created a Commemorative Recipe booklet that presents both the proud history of spirits in Virginia and more than 20 distinctive cocktail recipes from Virginia distilleries. The 12-page recipe book also contains a handy map of Virginia distillery locations.