Recreation Meets Relaxation: Harrisonburg Weekend Trip

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is an outdoor-lovers playground, offering breathtaking mountain views, bike-friendly trails, spacious city parks, and a stunning arboretum. As the Dining Destination of the Valley, Harrisonburg?s culinary offerings will keep you fueled up for weekend of adventure. For more information, contact Harrisonburg Tourism at 540-432-8935 or visit

Day 1

Starting Point
Exit the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 0.0 (Waynesboro), take I-64 West to Staunton, and pick up I-81 North to Harrisonburg. Follow the signs to historic downtown Harrisonburg and the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center at 212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801. 540-432-8935.

Morning Activities
Begin the day at the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, where knowledgeable travel specialists will provide you with information, maps, and brochures that will help guide you through your weekend of outdoor recreation and relaxation. Make sure to ask about the many tours available, including a self-guided Civil War driving tour and a self-guided downtown walking tour.

From the Visitor Center, walk across Main Street to Shenandoah Bicycle Company (135 S. Main St., 540-437-9000. Hours: 11 a.m. ? 7 p.m., Mon-Fri ; 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m., Sat.), where you can chat with local cycling experts and buy or rent bikes, helmets, and other equipment. Hop on your bike and explore Harrisonburg?s bike-friendly downtown streets, taking in the area?s 19th century architecture, well-manicured landscaping, and signage marking stops along the Civil War Trail.

Lunch Suggestions
? Dine al fresco at Jack Brown?s Beer & Burger Joint, where you?ll nosh on uniquely-topped Wagyu burgers and mouth-watering fried Oreos, washing it down with one of many craft beers. $. 80 S. Main St., 540-433-5225. Hours: 11 a.m. ? 2 a.m. daily.
? International foodies can check out Blue Nile, where you?ll discover a menu of authentic Ethiopian dishes and desserts. Immerse yourself in the Ethiopian culture by asking for the traditional seating option upon arrival. $$. 181 N. Main St., 540-432-6453. Hours: 11 a.m. ? 9 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; 11 a.m. ? 2 a.m., Fri.-Sat.
? Want dining with a view? Check out Harrisonburg?s Court Square with lunch on the rooftop of Capital Ale House, featuring a German-American-inspired menu and over 100 draught beer selections. $$. 41-A Court Square, 540-564-ALES. Hours: 11 a.m. ? midnight, Mon.-Thurs. & Sun.; 11 a.m. ? 1:30 a.m., Fri.-Sat.

Mid-Late Afternoon Activities
Enjoy Harrisonburg?s great outdoors by visiting one of the city?s many public parks. From kid-friendly playgrounds and open-air rest areas to winding walking trails and tennis courts, Harrisonburg?s parks offer a wealth of healthy and green activities. Visit to access an online map of Harrisonburg?s 10 city parks.

Evening Activities
Beer-lovers can enjoy local microbrews at Three Brothers Brewing Co. (800 N. Main St., 540-801-0505. Hours: 4 ? 9 p.m., Thurs.-Sat.) before heading to Local Chop & Grill House for dinner $$$$. (56 W. Gay St. Hours: 5 ? 9 p.m., Tues-Thurs; 5 ? 10 p.m., Fri.-Sat.). Whether you dine out on the restaurant?s patio or inside of the remarkable early-1900s building, you?ll be treated to gourmet dishes made with only the finest local ingredients. Local Chop?s Chef Ryan Zale is nationally-recognized for his culinary masterpieces, focusing on the best produce to create elaborate seasonally-inspired menus. In addition, the restaurant?s ?local bar? uses seasonal ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind cocktail menu.

Lodging Options
? Get a peaceful night?s rest just minutes from downtown Harrisonburg at the Stonewall Jackson Inn Bed & Breakfast. Wake with the inn?s iconic ?Breakfast to Remember,? which can be enjoyed out on the property?s picturesque patio, or in the inn?s charming caf?. 547 E. Market St. 540-433-8233.
? Choose a historic main house bedroom or luxurious modern suite at By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast & Cottages. Plush robes, pillow-top mattresses, local wines, and a serene pond view will help you unwind from a day of activity and prepare for the next. 491 Garbers Church Rd. 540-801-0430.

Day 2

Starting Point
Enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast from one of Harrisonburg?s popular eateries, like New Leaf Pastry Kitchen (212 S. Main St. inside the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center. $. Hours: 9 a.m. ? 5 p.m., Mon-Sat. 540-432-8942), which offers sweet and savory delights each morning using fresh, local ingredients.

Morning Activities
Enjoy the fresh morning air at one of Harrisonburg?s impressive golf courses, each with unique holes, impressive landscapes, and unsurpassed views of the rolling Valley countryside. Heritage Oaks Golf Course, a leader in environmental stewardship and frequent winner of Best of the Valley, is located at 680 Garbers Church Rd. Call 540-442-6502 to reserve tee times. Another great option is Lakeview Golf Club, located at 4101 Shen Lake Drive. Call 540-434-8937 to reserve tee times.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, through the summer and fall, explore Harrisonburg Farmers Market - a bustling open-air market offering handmade goods, art, and farm-fresh produce in Turner Pavilion (228 S. Liberty St. Hours: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.).

Lunch Suggestions
? Get a healthy dose of international cuisine at A Bowl of Good Caf?, a locally-owned restaurant that brings healthy, hearty, convenient and globally-inspired meals to Harrisonburg. 1041 Port Republic Rd. and 831 Mt. Clinton Pike, 540-433-1862. $. Hours: 7 a.m. ? 8 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 7 a.m. ? 9 p.m., Fri. - Sat. Closed Sundays.
? Dive into tapas and tea at Earth & Tea Caf? in downtown Harrisonburg. You?ll find yourself surrounded with internationally-inspired cuisine and d?cor, like plush cushions and gold-plated lamps, creating a perfectly cozy and relaxing atmosphere for your mid-day lounge. 120 S. Main St., 540-432-8280. $. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. ? 10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

Mid-Late Afternoon Activities
Call ahead to plan a day out on the James or Shenandoah River with fly-fishing guides from Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop. The shop is home to all of your angling needs, and its guides will assist you in gearing up and hitting the river to catch Smallmouth bass, musky, and carp, among other fish. The fly-fishing shop is located just minutes from the famous Mossy Creek in Harrisonburg. Plan your fly-fishing excursion with Mossy Creek by calling 540-434-2444. 1790-92 East Market St.

Evening Activities
After a day outdoors, replenish with a hefty serving of Irish cuisine at Corgans? Public House $$$. 864 Port Republic Rd., 540-564-2674. Hours: 4 p.m. ? 11 p.m. Mon.; 11 a.m. ? midnight Tues-Sat; 11 a.m. ? 11 p.m. Sunday. With frequent live music and specialty nights, Corgans? will keep you entertained, and well-fed, throughout the evening.

Note on symbols for dining: PRICE RANGE ($=$4-$8; $$=9-12; $$$=$13-15; $$$$=over $15)

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