After you’ve enjoyed your Crozet Tunnel adventure, head west to Waynesboro’s Heritage Museum. Both permanent and rotating exhibit galleries make up the museum, which highlights important events from the city of Waynesboro’s history. A quilt hand-sewn by Waynesboro residents is available for viewing at the front entryway as a symbol of community pride.
After marveling at the city’s history, check out the museum gift shop if you’d like to purchase a souvenir or a unique gift. Travelling throughout Waynesboro, you’ll be interested in the Waynesboro Murals, as recently, Waynesboro has witnessed more public art. The murals cover entire buildings and can be seen in various places throughout the city. There’s even a Waynesboro Street Arts Trail! A free scavenger hunt can be found at Traipse. Another taste of history begins with a visit to The Wayne Theater. The theater first opened as a vaudeville house in the 1920s, and it still offers live performances, art shows, and educational programs for all ages.
If you want to try a new drink, or if you’re already a fan of kombucha, visit Blue Ridge Bucha. Kombucha is a slightly effervescent, sweet, fermented tea drink, and it is rumored to have many health benefits. People have been drinking kombucha for around 2,000 years, so you might as well give it a try. Blue Ridge Bucha makes Certified Organic kombucha, and the water for the tea is provided by streams from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
If you need gear for an upcoming outdoor experience, check out Rockfish Gap Outfitters. The huge store is over 7,000 square feet of backpacking, bicycling, camping, and hiking gear. The store itself is named for the Rockfish Gap, a wind gap that can be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Charlottesville and Waynesboro, also home of the Crozet Tunnel Greenway.
Once you have your shopping bags secured in the car, head south to Nelson County’s Nelson 151. Affectionately called “Virginia’s Long Weekend Address,” this famed craft beverage trail includes breweries, cideries, wineries, distilleries and a meadery. Included on the trail are: Afton Mountain Vineyards, Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cidery, Blue Toad Hard Cider, Brewing Tree Beer Co., Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Flying Fox Vineyard, Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery, Silverback Distillery, Valley Road Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Bryant’s Small Batch Cider, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company.
Most 151 partners put on special events on selected weekends and usually include music and food along with tastings. Nelson 151 is located along a beautiful stretch of Virginia scenic byway, complete with Blue Ridge Mountain views. Flying Fox Vineyard & Winery in Afton is reminiscent of The Waynesboro Murals. Those who visit Flying Fox Vineyard relish the stunning décor. Industrial furniture and huge murals furnish and adorn the building, and art is everywhere you look. A huge black-and-white outdoor mural adorns the building. Further south is Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery, where you can enjoy the indoor beehive. Watch bees enter and exit the building and get a little buzz of your own on Hill Top’s wine and meads.
The Crozet Tunnel is set to be an impressive venue all its own, and a trip through the tunnel can also open up into an opportunity to explore what both sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer. For more information on the Tunnel and nearby points of interest, call the Nelson County Visitors Center at 434-263-7015.