The hidden and not-so-hidden gems of the Shenandoah Valley.

Sandra

The hidden and not-so-hidden gems of the Shenandoah Valley.

Breakfast
Mr. J’s is a local deli that specializes in breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches. We highly recommend their Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast bagel or the Chicken Charlie lunch sandwich. Sometimes you'll see a line waiting, but we think it's worth it.
Mr. J's Bagel & Deli ( there are 3 locations)
1635 East Market Street
Mr. J’s is a local deli that specializes in breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches. We highly recommend their Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast bagel or the Chicken Charlie lunch sandwich. Sometimes you'll see a line waiting, but we think it's worth it.
Shopping Local
If you’re looking for a place to find quality local wines, a place to eat lunch, drink coffee, and browse through a huge variety of homemade jams, jellies, gourmet chocolates, jewelry, baked goods, and other interesting foods, go to Valley Pike Farm Market. It's picturesque and guaranteed to provide an interesting afternoon activity.
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Valley Pike Farm Market
3494 Lee Hwy
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If you’re looking for a place to find quality local wines, a place to eat lunch, drink coffee, and browse through a huge variety of homemade jams, jellies, gourmet chocolates, jewelry, baked goods, and other interesting foods, go to Valley Pike Farm Market. It's picturesque and guaranteed to provide an interesting afternoon activity.
Agora Downtown Market is a you’ll find handmade bags, fair-trade goods, zero-waste products, clothing, vintage items, and more. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or searching for a unique gift, this is a one-stop-shop for shopping small and supporting local businesses.
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Agora Downtown Market
165 S Main St
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Agora Downtown Market is a you’ll find handmade bags, fair-trade goods, zero-waste products, clothing, vintage items, and more. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or searching for a unique gift, this is a one-stop-shop for shopping small and supporting local businesses.
If you're looking to shop local, snag some beautiful handmade jewelry, art, and vintage products look no further. Sarah, the owner, is a kindhearted and creative soul who puts everything into curating an eye-catching store. Highly, highly recommended.
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The Lady Jane Shop
117 S Main St
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If you're looking to shop local, snag some beautiful handmade jewelry, art, and vintage products look no further. Sarah, the owner, is a kindhearted and creative soul who puts everything into curating an eye-catching store. Highly, highly recommended.
Visit the small town of Dayton to go to the Dayton Farmers Market. A truly unique shopping experience, you'll find a variety of goods mainly made by the Old Order Mennonite (similar to Amish) community. They offer fresh, homemade baked goods and desserts; chocolates; handmade toys and decor, specialty kitchen items and quilting materials amongst many other things.
Dayton
Visit the small town of Dayton to go to the Dayton Farmers Market. A truly unique shopping experience, you'll find a variety of goods mainly made by the Old Order Mennonite (similar to Amish) community. They offer fresh, homemade baked goods and desserts; chocolates; handmade toys and decor, specialty kitchen items and quilting materials amongst many other things.
This local shop offers handmade, natural beauty and skincare products. One of the best things to do is call and book a group DIY session where you can each make lip balm or body scrub! Very fun and you can BYOB!
withSimplicity
108 S Main St
This local shop offers handmade, natural beauty and skincare products. One of the best things to do is call and book a group DIY session where you can each make lip balm or body scrub! Very fun and you can BYOB!
Adult Beverages
Our first Cidery in Harrisonburg! They have delicious ciders (get the flight and try a variety) and great outdoor seating with heaters. You can also get really cool merch if you're wanting to take home a souvenir.
Sage Bird Ciderworks
325 North Liberty Street
Our first Cidery in Harrisonburg! They have delicious ciders (get the flight and try a variety) and great outdoor seating with heaters. You can also get really cool merch if you're wanting to take home a souvenir.
Great place to grab a beer and hang out with friends. It has a very family-friendly atmosphere and a wall full of books that one can take home or read while you sip. They don't serve food but several downtown restaurants will deliver there.
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Pale Fire Brewing Co.
217 South Liberty Street
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Great place to grab a beer and hang out with friends. It has a very family-friendly atmosphere and a wall full of books that one can take home or read while you sip. They don't serve food but several downtown restaurants will deliver there.
This vineyard is in a gorgeous spot. They have great outdoor seating and good wine. It's very close to Casa del Bosque!
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CrossKeys Vineyards
6011 East Timber Ridge Road
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This vineyard is in a gorgeous spot. They have great outdoor seating and good wine. It's very close to Casa del Bosque!
Bluestone offers breathtaking views and delicious wine. It's also a great wedding venue!
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Bluestone Vineyard
4828 Spring Creek Road
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Bluestone offers breathtaking views and delicious wine. It's also a great wedding venue!
Although Cave Ridge is a bit further away than our other recommendations, it's worth the drive. Their sparkling Rose wine is the best in the area. They also have wine slushies that will make you smile, even on the hottest summer day.
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Cave Ridge Vineyard
Conicville Road
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Although Cave Ridge is a bit further away than our other recommendations, it's worth the drive. Their sparkling Rose wine is the best in the area. They also have wine slushies that will make you smile, even on the hottest summer day.
Food scene
Taste of Thai has been one of our family’s favorites since we moved to Harrisonburg. Family-owned and local, Taste of Thai has an extensive menu and everything we have tried we have liked! Our family's favorite dishes are Chicken Pad Thai, Jumbo Sesame Shrimp, and Chicken Praram (and we always ask for Chen- he's a wonderful server).
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Taste of Thai
917 South High Street
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Taste of Thai has been one of our family’s favorites since we moved to Harrisonburg. Family-owned and local, Taste of Thai has an extensive menu and everything we have tried we have liked! Our family's favorite dishes are Chicken Pad Thai, Jumbo Sesame Shrimp, and Chicken Praram (and we always ask for Chen- he's a wonderful server).
One of the most delicious restaurants in Harrisonburg. We highly recommend their lunch buffet so you can try a little bit of everything (or a lot of everything). Fun fact- all of the spices they use come imported from India!
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Taj of India
34 S Main St
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One of the most delicious restaurants in Harrisonburg. We highly recommend their lunch buffet so you can try a little bit of everything (or a lot of everything). Fun fact- all of the spices they use come imported from India!
Cuban Burger is a local restaurant in downtown Harrisonburg. They specialize in Cuban cuisine and have several delicious burgers. Family favorite dishes are the Pork Chop Chop, the El Fuego Burger or Buenos Dias Burger. If you're in the mood for drinks, they also serve a mean Seasonal Mule.
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Cuban Burger
70 West Water Street
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Cuban Burger is a local restaurant in downtown Harrisonburg. They specialize in Cuban cuisine and have several delicious burgers. Family favorite dishes are the Pork Chop Chop, the El Fuego Burger or Buenos Dias Burger. If you're in the mood for drinks, they also serve a mean Seasonal Mule.
Bella Luna is a local Italian restaurant that has been a more polished option for delicious pizza. This pizza is more similar to authentic Italian pizza.
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Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza
80 West Water Street
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Bella Luna is a local Italian restaurant that has been a more polished option for delicious pizza. This pizza is more similar to authentic Italian pizza.
Vito’s Italian Kitchen serves absolutely delicious Italian food. It’s a Harrisonburg-favorite owned by a local Italian family. We are always extremely pleased with the food and service. Our recommendation is the Bruschetta Salad and Seafood Angelica.
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Vito's Italian Kitchen
1039 Port Republic Rd
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Vito’s Italian Kitchen serves absolutely delicious Italian food. It’s a Harrisonburg-favorite owned by a local Italian family. We are always extremely pleased with the food and service. Our recommendation is the Bruschetta Salad and Seafood Angelica.
New York Flying Pizza is our go-to for family pizza nights. They are a ten minute drive away in the town of Bridgewater.
New York Flying Pizza
415 North Main Street
New York Flying Pizza is our go-to for family pizza nights. They are a ten minute drive away in the town of Bridgewater.
The Local Chop and Grill House is a good option for a more upscale dining experience. Their steak is delicious as is anything else we have ever tried. Although they offer a seasonal menu, it’s always been a stellar experience. They have had outdoor seating with heaters, but we do recommend making a reservation if this is a place you think you’d like to go to.
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Local Chop & Grill House
56 West Gay Street
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The Local Chop and Grill House is a good option for a more upscale dining experience. Their steak is delicious as is anything else we have ever tried. Although they offer a seasonal menu, it’s always been a stellar experience. They have had outdoor seating with heaters, but we do recommend making a reservation if this is a place you think you’d like to go to.
Unique Experiences
Get lost in the world of Lavender! Here you can find anything Lavender- from wine to ice cream to personal care products. During the summer you can also pick your own lavender.
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White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Vineyard
2644 Cross Keys Road
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Get lost in the world of Lavender! Here you can find anything Lavender- from wine to ice cream to personal care products. During the summer you can also pick your own lavender.
We highly recommend taking a walk in the arboretum and admiring the vegetation. This arboretum is maintained by James Madison University and always boasts of gorgeous landscaping. Their small pond has ducks, turtles, and lots of pretty fish. Great place to take the kids or go on a walk with your pup.
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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Boulevard
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We highly recommend taking a walk in the arboretum and admiring the vegetation. This arboretum is maintained by James Madison University and always boasts of gorgeous landscaping. Their small pond has ducks, turtles, and lots of pretty fish. Great place to take the kids or go on a walk with your pup.
Delicious (and local) coffee spots
Visit Merge for a delicious cup of coffee! Locally owned, this place offers a beautiful atmosphere and delicious, bold, aromatic coffee. We recommend the Raspberry Mocha, Americano, and any of their homemade baked goods.
Merge Coffee Company
425 North Main Street
Visit Merge for a delicious cup of coffee! Locally owned, this place offers a beautiful atmosphere and delicious, bold, aromatic coffee. We recommend the Raspberry Mocha, Americano, and any of their homemade baked goods.
Inside of Agora Downtown Market, don't skip a visit to Broad Porch Coffee Co. Very low-key with a lovely atmosphere. We recommend their iced Americano!
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Broad Porch Coffee Co.
165 S Main St
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Inside of Agora Downtown Market, don't skip a visit to Broad Porch Coffee Co. Very low-key with a lovely atmosphere. We recommend their iced Americano!
Dessert
For dessert, we highly recommend Smiley’s Ice Cream at Mt. Crawford Creamery. You’ll drive right into a dairy farm that has a creamery and an ice cream shop on location. We love their butter pecan and peppermint bark ice cream.
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Smiley's Ice Cream
797 Old Bridgewater Rd
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For dessert, we highly recommend Smiley’s Ice Cream at Mt. Crawford Creamery. You’ll drive right into a dairy farm that has a creamery and an ice cream shop on location. We love their butter pecan and peppermint bark ice cream.
Kline's Dairy Bar has been a local favorite for over 20 years. They make delicious ice cream, but you'll only ever find three flavors- chocolate, vanilla, and the weekly special. They have a calendar on their website where you can find the weekly flavor. The weeks that they have Chocolate Peanut Butter, Black Raspberry, and Pumpkin you can expect a long line!
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Kline's Dairy Bar - S Main
2425 South Main Street
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Kline's Dairy Bar has been a local favorite for over 20 years. They make delicious ice cream, but you'll only ever find three flavors- chocolate, vanilla, and the weekly special. They have a calendar on their website where you can find the weekly flavor. The weeks that they have Chocolate Peanut Butter, Black Raspberry, and Pumpkin you can expect a long line!