Leaving Damascus, we took I-81 northeast through the Shenandoah Valley to the little town of Waynesboro, where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
Our destination for the next week was the Waynesboro North 340 RV Park.
We got set up on site 315.
It was a nice little RV Park, one that we knew Nicolas would like – it was close to the mountains, and Charlottesville, and lots of wineries and breweries!
Nicolas had a 3-day weekend, and we were looking forward to him joining us. Casey was pretty excited when he showed up, too!
We didn’t have any definite plans for the weekend, but we thought we’d check out Charlottesville and some of the other small towns around us, and visit a few wineries and breweries.
We drove through Waynesboro, but there wasn’t much to see. They were setting up a bunch of tents in the park by the river for Riverfest the following weekend, but there wasn’t anything going on while we were there.
In Charlottesville, we drove through the bustling UVA campus and into the historic downtown area. In the center of downtown is the Pedestrian Mall area – several blocks of restaurants and shops, with patio dining areas in what used to be the street.
We found a parking spot a few blocks away, and while walking to the Mall, we happened to pass through the park where the rally and confrontation happened last year. We didn’t even realize that was where we were until later – just stopped to take a picture by the historic statue in the park.
We walked through the shops, and had lunch at a little diner on the Mall. Charlottesville is a pretty typical college town – it reminded us a lot of Ann Arbor.
After lunch, we took a little drive through the country and visited a couple breweries.
On the way back to the campground, we passed by the Waltons Mountain Museum – I would have loved to stop, but it was already closed.
On Saturday, we took a drive on Skyline Drive.
It was a beautiful day for a drive, and not crowded even though it was a free entry day at the national parks.
Waynesboro is the point where Skyline Drive goes north, and the Blue Ridge Parkway goes south, and we had a birdseye view from the first several overlooks.
It was a beautiful day!
We drove the southernmost 35 miles of Skyline Drive, stopping at the overlooks,
checking out the Appalachian Trail,
and enjoying the view.
Nicolas even got in a little rock climbing!
At this elevation, though, there wasn’t much sign of Spring yet, and most of the views looked basically the same,
so at our first opportunity, we exited the drive and headed down into the valley.
Driving through farmland, the scenery was actually much more interesting!
Along our travels, we stumbled onto a winery high up on top of a hill. We stopped for a wine tasting – what a great view!
We wound our way back towards Waynesboro,
and stopped at one more brewery. This one was the place to be on a Saturday afternoon! They had a huge outdoor tasting area and dining area, with picnic tables, a firepit, and a large grassy area with lawn games and areas for kids to play. There were lots of families around, and lots of people with their dogs.
Tom and Nick tasted a few beers, and decided each had a beer while we relaxed at the picnic table.
Back at home, we had ribs in the crock pot for dinner, which we finished up on the grill with some smoked sausage – and enjoyed our dinner outside by the campfire. A nice way to end the weekend!