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About Heidi Lanford

Learn more about me and my local business: http://www.irisinn.com/the-inn.html


Here are my most recent posts:



The Farmhaus on Main

Posted by on December 7, 2016

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The Farmhaus is the quintessential coffee shop: cozy, unique, fresh, calm, and local.  Located on Main street in a farm house turned business, it’s no wonder where Farmhaus gets its name.  Inside the atmosphere is relaxed.  Books line shelves in a coordinated display of color, oversized arm chairs tempt you to their depths, and the staff is kind and cheerful. read more...

Step-N-Out Restaurant

Sign reading Step-N-Out Food Fun and Friends with slice of pizza

Posted by on November 2, 2016

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Step-N-Out is a popular local eatery that offer “food, fun and friends,” plus nightly live music to amp up your visit. If you’re interested in a mouthwatering menu of Southern comfort food and toe-tapping music to accompany your meal, then keep reading to learn more about Waynesboro’s Step-N-Out Restaurant. Southern barbecue is the name of the game at Step-N-Out, and read more...

Fall Foliage 5K and 10K

Posted by on October 3, 2016

Oct 8, 2016 - Oct 8, 2016
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Autumn is a fun and beautiful time for running, especially in the breathtaking mountains of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The weather is cooler without the stifling heat and humidity of summer, the leaves are brilliant in their fiery colors, and there’s a refreshing scent in the air that raises those endorphin levels even higher. Whether you’re a casual jogger or a read more...

The Wayne Theatre

Red Brick Colonial Building now Wayne Theater

Posted by on August 3, 2016

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The recently renovated, newly reopened Wayne Theatre is a hub of activity in the downtown Waynesboro, Virginia area. With a weekly line-up that includes both regular favorites and brand new acts, this theatre is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys the performing arts. Here is a tiny sample of the sort of acts you can experience in the upcoming months: read more...

Stable Craft Brewing

Glass Pint beer glasses filled with beers & adorned w/various brand logos

Posted by on July 1, 2016

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Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro, VA newest libation location, is more than just a place for a pint. This beautiful horse farm offers everything from stable tours to visits in the hop fields, all of which are accompanied by the resident horses, who will watch curiously as you make your way around the farm. As you arrive at Stable Craft, you’ll read more...

The French Press

Posted by on May 31, 2016

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Calling all coffee lovers! The French Press in Waynesboro, VA is a must-visit for anyone who wants to indulge in a rich cup of coffee, a mouthwatering cappuccino, a dirty chai latte, and some locally baked goods. This small downtown coffee shot opened in 2015 under the direction of owner Kris Krupa and manager Trystan Davies, and ever since its read more...

Waynesboro Motorsports Show

Shiny pink vintage car and front grill work

Posted by on May 2, 2016

May 14, 2016 - May 14, 2016
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From classic cars to European cars to American muscle cars, you’ll find a stunning variety of vehicles (including trucks and motorcycles) at the Waynesboro Motorsports Show. Sponsored by local businesses like Advance Auto Parts, People’s Garage, and Performance Engineering, this vehicular event is a much-anticipated, must-attend show for anyone with an interest in cars. Let’s take a look at some read more...

Fallingwater Cascades

Posted by on March 30, 2016

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If you’re looking for a beautiful scenic hike in the picturesque state of Virginia, then why not try Fallingwater Cascades? Fallingwater is a stunning 1.6 mile hike near Bedford, Virginia. It is an overall moderate trek with a few steeper, more strenuous areas thrown in, but the difficulties of those areas are lessened by stone stairways and bridges (that also read more...

Swannanoa Palace

Virginia Mansion Swannanoa

Posted by on March 1, 2016

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In Afton, Virginia, Swannanoa Palace stands as a remnant of history. Major James Dooley, a millionaire and philanthropist, ordered this 52-room, Villa de Medici-replica to be built as a gift to his wife, Sally Mae (whose likeness remains looking down from the domed ceiling). Dooley furnished the palace with Georgian marble, gold fixtures, terraced gardens, and Tiffany windows, and it read more...

Adult Color Therapy

Colorful pastel Koi fish on paper

Posted by on January 28, 2016

Feb 17, 2016 - Feb 17, 2016
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Most of us grew up with coloring books, spending ours practicing how to stay inside the lines, choosing the perfect crayons, and sitting back in satisfaction at the finished product. It’s no wonder that adult coloring books have become so popular in recent years—they’re post a picture of nostalgia and a form of creative stress-relief. (There’s scientific evidence to back read more...

Swedish Fire Festival at Barren Ridge Vineyards

Posted by on December 31, 2015

Jan 30, 2016 - Jan 30, 2016
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Winter is here, and what better way is there to stave off the cold than with mulled wine and Swedish fire logs? Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville, Virginia invites you attend their Swedish Fire Festival on January 30, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Your evening will beginning with a glass of wine perfectly paired with Swiss Raclette Cheese read more...

The Factory Antique Mall

Collage of 3 images of an antique shopping mall

Posted by on December 1, 2015

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift? A birthday present unlike any other? How about a “just because” gift for the love of your life? Instead of your usual gift solutions, why not take a look at Verona, Virginia’s enormous antique mall? The Factory Antique Mall in Verona offers around 100,000 square feet of wares and is, in fact, the largest read more...

Blue Mountain Brewery

Posted by on October 29, 2015

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Virginia may be making a name for itself in viticulture, but wine isn’t the only alcoholic beverage that has been winning awards in the Commonwealth! Beer, specifically microbrews, have recently become popular among both residents and visitors, and no one exemplifies these notable brews more than Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia. Having been opened in 2007, Blue Mountains Brewery read more...

Sherando Lake

Collage of 3 images of mountain lake and trail

Posted by on September 14, 2015

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If you’re looking for a place to kick back and dip your toes in the water, work up a sweat with a brisk hike, or perch yourself in nature and enjoy some fishing, then Sherando Lake in Lyndhurst, VA is the spot for you! Let’s take a look at some of the activities you can enjoy at this breathtaking lake: read more...

The Shack

Trio of 3 culinary dishes

Posted by on September 1, 2015

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The Shack is one of Staunton’s newest and most popular restaurants, and it’s made quite a name for itself in its year and a half of existence. The eatery is owned and run by Chef Ian Boden, a nominee of the James Beard Award, who was formerly renowned for his culinary creations at Staunton Grocery. While many are talking about read more...

Summer Extravaganza 2015

Craft tents and fireworks display

Posted by on July 2, 2015

Jul 11, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015
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Every summer, Waynesboro, Virginia’s locals and visitors alike look forward to the biggest summer celebration in Basic City. The fantastically fun Summer Extravaganza features talented live performers, musicians, clogging displays, magic shows, and arts and crafts, all culminating in a beautiful fireworks display. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s upcoming Extravaganza features: – Hound Dog Hill: This read more...

The American Shakespeare Center

Posted by on June 6, 2015

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If you had an English literature class in school, then chances are, you studied Shakespeare at some point or another. The Bard’s name may elicit memories of boredom and dry recitations, but that’s only because Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be performed, not read. In Staunton, VA, not only can you watch a Shakespearean performance, but you can experience it read more...

Shenandoah Valley Summer Solstice Festival

Wine glass tilted with red wine and the words CrossKeys Vineyard etched on the glass

Posted by on May 26, 2015

Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015
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There’s a new festival in town this year, and it promises great wine, delicious food, and talented live performers, all hosted on the beautiful grounds of CrossKeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, VA:  Shenandoah Valley Summer Solstice Festival. There is no better way to bring in the next season of the year than with an outdoor festival at a winery. This read more...

Silk Road Asian Restaurant & Bar

Collage of 3 images of asian food, sushi, restaurant interior

Posted by on April 29, 2015

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Waynesboro, VA is home to a good number of local restaurants. From popular chains to local farm-fresh offerings, you can pretty much find any type of cuisine you’re looking for. One recent restaurant that just opened in the past few months is the already popular Silk Road Asian Restaurant and Bar. When you arrive at Silk Road, the first thing read more...

Zeus Digital Theaters

exterior of movie theater building and parking lot

Posted by on April 1, 2015

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Seeing a movie in theaters is a unique and special experience. Of course it’s not quite as convenient as streaming Netflix or putting in a DVD from the comfort of your own home, but with theaters, you have the ability to experience the setting of the film. One local theater of note is Zeus Digital Theaters in Waynesboro, VA. Zeus read more...

The Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

fly fisherman standing in river casting his line

Posted by on March 4, 2015

Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015
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Fly fishing, wine tasting, live music and more await you at the 15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival! On April 11, 2015 and April 12, 2015, visitors and residents alike will travel to the banks of Waynesboro, Virginia’s South River for two days of angling activities: Classes: Are you a beginning fisherman? An experienced angling enthusiast? Or simply read more...

Heritage on Main Street

Heritage on Main Street restaurant in waynesboro, va

Posted by on January 30, 2015

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Downtown Waynesboro, Virginia has a number of delicious little restaurants that appeal to both locals and visitors. One such eatery is Heritage on Main Street, which offers its patrons a wide variety of food and drink—burgers, chicken wings, paninis, soups and sandwiches, craft beer, local wine, and more. Sink your teeth into fried green tomatoes, chicken wings with bourbon strawberry read more...

First Night

lighted sign reading First Night

Posted by on December 24, 2014

Dec 31, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
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On New Year’s Eve, individuals all over the United States will be ringing in 2015 with First Night celebrations, and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is no different, so mark your calendars, bundle up in your winter clothing, and prepare to venture out into the streets of Harrisonburg, VA for a night of family-friendly fun. So, what is First Night read more...

Waynesboro Holiday Parade

dark night sky with brightly lit holiday float in christmas parade

Posted by on November 24, 2014

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014
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Every year, Wayneboro, Virginia kicks off the holiday season with a fantastic parade that brings the magic of Christmas to life. From the lights, the music, the seasonal chill in the air, and the arrival of jolly old Saint Nick himself, you’ll feel a sense of nostalgia and a grin on your face as you watch the excitement of the read more...

Silverback Distillery

Silverback Distillery in Afton, Virginia

Posted by on October 29, 2014

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Silverback Distillery in Afton, VA is the area’s newest alcoholic endeavor, and it also happens to be a unique departure from the wineries and breweries. Owned and run by Christine Riggleman and Denver Riggleman III, Silverback brings a “spirited” addition to Route 151. In case you’re wondering, the name “silverback” comes from the term for an adult, male gorilla who read more...

Rebel’s Run at Afton Mountain

Rebel's Run

Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Rebel’s Run in Afton combines two enjoyable activities—wine tasting and horseback riding—with their Vineyard Ride. Saddle up one of Rebel’s Run’s beautiful horses and take a fun, leisurely two and a half hour trail ride, ending with a wine tasting at Afton Mountain Vineyards (one of Virginia’s very first farm wineries). Not only is the wine delicious, but the view read more...

The Annual Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show

Artists, products and booths at the Fall Foliage Art Festival

Posted by on August 28, 2014

Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
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An annual autumn art festival is coming to Waynesboro, Virginia, bringing with it a flurry of fantastic artisans. The 43rd Annual Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show will be held on October 11-12, 2014, during which downtown Waynesboro will be transformed into an alfresco art gallery, featuring the creations of over 150 artists from all over the United States. Are read more...

Sweet Dreams Festival in Stuarts Draft

Snapshots of the Sweet Dreams Festival in past years

Posted by on July 19, 2014

Jul 26, 2014 - Jul 26, 2014
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Most everyone loves chocolate, right? Then what could be better than a Hershey-sponsored festival in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia? On July 26, 2014, you’re invited to attend the annual Sweet Dreams festival at Stuarts Draft Park Sweet Dreams is not only in its 11th year but has also won a few different awards, including Best New Event. This non-profit read more...

Sunspots Studios and Glassblowing

Glass creations inside the studio

Posted by on June 25, 2014

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Sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect gift for someone. Maybe you know them too well or not quite well enough, and you just can’t think of anything with which to gift them. There is a place in Staunton, Virginia that is the solution to your gift-giving problems—Sunspots Studios and Glassblowing. With a wide, colorful array of hand-blown read more...

The Frontier Culture Museum

Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA

Posted by on May 24, 2014

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The Frontier Culture Museum is Virginia’s very own time machine, taking its visitors to 17th, 18th, and 19th Century Germany, England, Africa, Ireland and America. Museum Exhibits: 1600s England- England’s first North American colony began with the founding of Jamestown in 1607. Discover the culture of the colonies, which grew at the hands of both white indentured servants and African read more...

Plumb House Museum

3 photos, one showing large brick kitchen fireplace, the middle one is of a white house built in 1800's, and the last a re-enactment of a civil war battle

Posted by on April 29, 2014

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Waynesboro’s Plumb House Museum is another portrait of history, having been built from 1802 to 1804. This historic house, the oldest frame dwelling in Waynesboro, housed five generations of the Plumb family before, during, and after the Civil War “Battle of Waynesborough” on March 2, 1865. (If you really want to see history come to life, then you won’t want read more...

14th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival

Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

Posted by on March 25, 2014

Apr 12, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014
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The arrival of spring means that outdoor celebrations and festivals are only a few weeks away. One particular festival that is eagerly awaited every year is the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival in Waynesboro, VA, and 2014 marks the 14th year of this festival. On April 12-13, 2014, join fellow fishermen (and fisherwomen!) for a fun weekend full of read more...

ShenanArts Presents Gypsy: The Musical

Shenanarts presents Gypsy the Musical

Posted by on February 14, 2014

Feb 21, 2014 - Mar 2, 2014
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“Everything’s coming up roses…” It’s a classic Stephen Sondheim musical, complete with vaudeville acts, show-stopping tunes, and a look inside struggles and hardships of show business in the early 1920s. “Gypsy” is based on the memoirs of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, and you have the opportunity to enjoy an upcoming local production of this fantastic musical. ShenanArts, a Staunton-based read more...

Veritas Vineyard Valentine’s Day Dinner

Veritas Vineyard and Winery in Afton, Virginia

Posted by on February 5, 2014

Feb 14, 2014 - Feb 14, 2014
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Veritas Vineyard and Winery is ready to help you celebrate. Veritas’ upcoming Valentine’s Day Winemaker’s Dinner will feature a five-course meal—each course will be paired with its own wine—live music, and dancing. Delight in an Oyster Mushroom and Herb Strudel appetizer, Thai basil soup, Baby Frisee and Arugula Salad, and an Herb-Crusted read more...

Swannanoa Palace History Lecture

3 photos of Swannanoa Palace

Posted by on December 28, 2013

Jan 16, 2014 - Jan 16, 2014
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Built in 1912, Swannanoa Mansion is a stunning villa with a façade that looks to have come right from a dramatic book or movie. Its fascinating history begins with millionaire philanthropist James H. Dooley and his wife Salley Mae, who built the palace as a summer home in the style of the Villa Medici in Rome, Italy. Over the years, read more...

The Nutcracker

Dancers performing in the Nutcracker in Waynesboro, Virginia

Posted by on November 27, 2013

Dec 13, 2013 - Dec 15, 2013
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The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Dance of the Reed Flutes, and the Waltz of the Snowflakes—are these songs sounding familiar to you? They are part of the classic Christmas ballet, the epitome of the holiday spirit, filled to the brim with adventure, imagination, creative characters, talented performers, and the incredible music of Tchaikovsky. We are, of course, read more...

Barking Dog Wine

Barking Dog wine bar in Staunton, Virginia

Posted by on November 11, 2013

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Having opened this past summer, Barking Dog is one of downtown Staunton, Virginia’s newest establishments, and it has already shot up in popularity. With a wide array of wines, cheeses, prepared meat products, and sandwiches, you’ll find yourself right at home in the cozy, wine bar atmosphere. Indulge in the double cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread or sip read more...

Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery

hilltop berry farm and winery in nellysford, va

Posted by on September 24, 2013

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Sip a bit of history with traditional honeyed mead and “true to the fruit wines” at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. What makes Hill Top so unique is that all of their drinks are “other than grape.” From the apple wine to the lavender mead, the variety of drinks is enormous and unlike any other local winery. Are you read more...

Veritas Vineyard and Winery

veritas vineyard and winery

Posted by on August 22, 2013

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Tucked away beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Veritas Vineyard and Winery is an exceptionally beautiful location that offers the best of the Commonwealth’s wine. From individual tastings to picnics to live music, Veritas always provides an enjoyable experience. Sample the “White Star,” with its intricately tropical blend of peach, mango, pineapple and coconut. Sip the “Red Star,” with read more...

Greenwood Gourmet Grocery

3-image collage of the interior produce and condiment shelves at Greenwood Gourmet Grocery

Posted by on July 24, 2013

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Greenwood Gourmet Grocery is an eclectic eatery that promises a unique dining experience. From their homemade sandwiches to their coffee and espresso bar, Greenwood offers fresh, local, and green options, and they have the best selection of wine and beer from all over the world (as well as from local vintners and brewers).   The sandwiches feature everything from roast read more...

The Artisans Market

Collage of 3 images: collection of small paintings hung on a yellow wall, red/black and white/black purses, and colorful Polish crockware.

Posted by on July 2, 2013

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The Artisans Market is a new store by The Happy Cook that features the products of local and worldwide artisans. From photographs and paintings to jewelry and woodworking, it provides a wonderfully eclectic mix of items that showcase the hard work and talent of craftsman and artists both local and worldwide. The Artisans Market is the perfect addition to an read more...

The Iris Inn

Gray painted wood sided 2-story structure with exterior stairs, deck railings, and tall trees in foreground.

Posted by on May 3, 2013

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The Iris Inn is a forested retreat that offers the ultimate relaxing getaway. Ideally located, it is only minutes away from presidential homes, wineries and breweries, hiking trails, restaurants, theaters, and downtown shopping. Guests return after a day’s excursion to the lavish comfort of their room, suite, or cabin. Often they will soak in the hot tub, grab a cup read more...

The Green Leaf Grill

Chocolate cupcake with white frosting and mint leaf on white plage with chocolate drizzle and sign reading The Green Leaf Grill

Posted by on May 1, 2013

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The Green Leaf grill has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. The food is excellent, and the owner, Chris Hollinger, has a fascinating backstory. Chris used to be a chef on luxury yachts, and he cooked for Al Pacino along with a variety of other celebrities. However, a boating accident made him want to choose a more stable location, so he then read more...

Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyard and Winery

Outdoor park with many people sitting on lawn chairs, white and red craft tent covers, and a bright sun beam sweeping across image.

Posted by on April 30, 2013

Jun 8, 2013 - Jun 8, 2013
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Starry Nights is an aptly named evening of food, drink, live music and dancing at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. You can either reserve a seat at a table on the lawn or deck, or you can bring along your own blanket and chairs. Music runs from 7pm – 11pm, but bring a picnic and settle into the evening with your read more...

White Oak Lavendar Farm

Red painted wood storefront with white paned window, black sign with hours of operation and White Oak Lavender sign.

Posted by on April 28, 2013

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White Oak Lavender is a family-run farm owned by Rich and Julie Haushalter. The lavender is harvested and used in a huge variety of ways such as aromatherapy, bath and body products, baking and cooking, and the essential oil can also be used for medicinal purposes. The farm itself is absolutely beautiful with displays of vivid green and soft purple, read more...

Heidi Lanford

Posted by on April 16, 2013

Location: Waynesboro, VA Since: 2007 — We moved back to Virginia, my home state, to be closer to my aging father in 2000. We moved to Waynesboro in 2007 because we purchased our inn here. I love the natural aspects of where we live. We’re close to the Appalachian Trail, and there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails, scenic views read more...