Where to Eat Outside This Fall

Triple Crown BBQ

Triple Crown BBQ

Gennaro's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

Gennaro's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

Big Meadows Lodge

Big Meadows Lodge

Taylor Wine Room

taylor wine room

Village Square Restaurant

village square winchester

Region's 117

region 117

Woodstock Cafe

Woodstick Cafe

Swover Creek Farm Brewery

swover creek farm brewery

Winery at Kindred Pointe

winery at kindred pointe

Tonic Restaurant and Inn

tonic lexington

Juniper Lounge

juniper lounge lexington

Magpie Diner

magpie harrisonburg

Jack Brown's Burger Joint

Jack Browns harrisonburg

Baja Bean

baja bean staunton

Blu Point Seafood Co

Blu Point Seafood Co

Yelping Dog Wine

Yelping Dog Wine

The Split Banana

the split banana staunton

Whether you are in the Shenandoah Valley for a full day of shopping or hiking trails, you’ll need a place to refuel at the end of the day! 

 

With more regulations to encourage safe distancing, many restaurants and drinking establishments have made the effort to establish and expand their outdoor dining capacities so you can dine in with peace of mind. With winter coming, they have gone the extra mile to offer heated outdoor seating and more…

 

Here are some delicious options in the Shenandoah Valley. Pick a few weekends this fall to check each of these three hubs off your foodie bucket list!

 

Luray & Page County and Harrisonburg

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Left: Big Meadows Lodge Center: Magpie Diner Right: Jack Brown's

Luray & Page County

Just 90 miles out from the hustle and bustle of Washington D.C, Luray and Page County are the perfect retreat for a relaxing day trip or weekend getaway out of town. After a day of exploring the wonders the county has to offer, here are some great outdoor dining spots where you can chill with friends.

 

Triple Crown BBQ

In the mood to feast on baby back ribs, smoked chicken or sirloin? Triple Crown BBQ is the place for you! Located just in the vicinity of the Luray Caverns and Zoo, it is the perfect lunch or dinner stop after a day of exploration. 

 

Gennaro’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Craving some carbs after burning calories the whole day? Gennaro’s menu of pasta, pizza, and wings is bound to satiate your cravings.

 

Located along the main street amongst plenty of B&Bs and inns, it is also a great supper spot for a night snack!

 

Big Meadows Lodge 

Hiking in the Shenandoah National Park? The Big Meadows Lodge offers a good variety of dining options for you and your furry four-legged friends! Yes, they even have a separate pet-friendly menu! 

 

Bonus: The outdoor terrace seating has amazing valley views to accompany your meal.

Image courtesy of goshenandoah.com

 

 

Harrisonburg

Priding themselves as a “cool small town with a local food ethos”, Harrisonburg is definitely a destination for foodies. Here are some places you cannot miss on your trip there.

 

Magpie Diner
Magpie is the newest restaurant to enter Harrisonburg’s diverse culinary scene. Located in a refurbished 1950’s tire showroom Magpie offers delicious lunch and dinner on a spacious patio, where they serve coffee from the adjacent Chestnut Ridge Coffee Roasters. It is definitely the place to go for hearty good food – from breakfast, brunch, lunch, and baked goods!

 

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint
How does a pint of craft beer and a 100% Wagyu burger sound to you? Harrisonburg is home to the original Jack Brown’s location, which has since expanded across the region, and this location is now proud to offer expanded outdoor seating with a view of a colorful mural!

Winchester and Shenandoah County

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Winery at Kindred Pointe

Winchester

A short 75-miles drive out from Washington D.C, Winchester-Frederick County is a charming place to visit.

Whether you are looking for an interesting farmstay experience, historical tours or to enjoy their famous annual Apple Blossom festival, there is plenty to do in town.

 

Taylor Wine Room

Located in the historic downtown quarters of Winchester, the Taylor Wine Room is a convenient spot to pop by after completing one of the popular historical guided tours.

Pick and choose from up to twenty wines by glass and six on tap to indulge in, as you soak in the vibrant downtown scene from your heated outdoor seat. What a way to end the day!

 

Village Square Restaurant

Looking for a quaint casual dining spot? The Village Square Piano & Lounge offers up classic American favorites to international cuisine for you to feast on!

 

Region 117

Want to indulge in some of the best cuisine the region has to offer? With a reputation as OpenTable’s 2020 Diner’s Choice for “Best Outdoor Dining”, you know it has to be good. 

 

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The outdoor veranda dining space overlooks the picturesque Lake Fredrick – talk about a great view!

 

Shenandoah County

Famous for their natural wonders – from mountainous trails to the Shenandoah river – Shenandoah County has plenty to offer for the adventure seeking traveler. Good news is it’s no different for their dining options!

 

WoodStock Café

Looking for a charming café to indulge in a hearty lunch, dinner or even weekend brunch? Woodstock Café has got it all.

 

To help you dine in peace, they have expanded their back patio seating and also upgraded with outdoor heaters for you to enjoy the chilly autumn evenings.

 

Swover Creek Farm Brewery

This quaint restaurant and brewery situated on a farm has plenty of outdoor seating options for you to choose from – from benches and picnic tables, to an adorable shack and beer garden loungers.

 

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There is even an outdoor stage that can host live music, so you enjoy wonderful music while you dine in the literal outdoors.

 

Winery at Kindred Pointe

Love wine? This is the perfect place for you. This amazing winery located on the site of a former horse farm turned sprawling vineyard offers a plethora of wine, cider, sangria, and even hot mulled wine to treat yourself with.

Lexington/Rockbridge/Buena Vista and Staunton

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Juniper Lounge

Lexington/Rockbridge/Buena Vista

 

Home to more than 100 historical and cultural sites, Lexington is a perfect destination for history buffs! Check out the variety of options you have for refueling your brain after a long day of learning.

 

Tonic Restaurant & Inn

Looking for a trendy dining spot? Tonic is the place to dine in Lexington. In light of the pandemic, they have even updated their large outdoor patio space with outdoor heaters and weather protection curtains. 

 

Juniper Lounge

Located on the second floor of the Gin Hotel overlooking Main street, Juniper Lounge’s outdoor dining space offers the perfect opportunity to watch the hustle and bustle of downtown while you dine. 

 

 

Staunton

The City of Staunton has closed Beverley Street in the heart of downtown to traffic and opened it to pedestrians and restaurants as outdoor seating! If you like to keep your dining options open, this is the place for you. 

 

Everything from high end seafood at Blu Point Seafood Co to casual Mexican at Baja Bean to wine tasting at Yelping Dog Wine is centrally located right here on Beverley Street with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy. Don’t forget to end your evening with a scoop of gelato from The Split Banana!

 

For a full list of downtown Staunton restaurants learn more about their Dine Out In Downtown program.

 

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