A Guide To Building Your Home In The Shenandoah Valley

Named after the river that traces its border, the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia is also nestled between two mountain ranges: the Blue Ridge and Appalachians. Locals enjoy the simple pleasures and outdoor activities available in Shenandoah National Park. Overall, the Valley is a large area with many different kinds of people and places to live. Its counties include part of Augusta and Rockingham, as well as all of Page, Warren, Clarke, Rappahannock, Madison, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Harrisonburg.

At F&M Bank, we think the Shenandoah Valley is a wonderful place to live. If you’re looking to build a home here, we can help you with a construction loan. We also want to help you learn what to expect throughout the process. This guide to building your home in the Shenandoah Valley will explain how to select a land lot, budget for construction, and obtain a home construction loan.

What are the benefits of building in the Shenandoah Valley?

The Shenandoah Valley, which encompasses the area between West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle and Western Virginia, is a versatile region. It’s a great place to attend college, raise a family, start a business, and retire. Whatever stage of life you find yourself in, we guarantee you’ll find it pleasant and fun to live here.

Shenandoah Valley Map

When it comes to building a home in the Valley, you can choose between a rural, suburban, or urban location. Perhaps you’re ready to build your dream house on the farmland your family has owned for generations. Or you may wish to put your own unique touch on a home in a new suburban housing community. Still other homebuilders may plan to construct townhomes in the vibrant downtown neighborhoods of cities like Staunton or Harrisonburg.

Whichever location you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery and thriving arts and culinary scene that longtime Valley residents cherish. They also cherish the lower cost of living here. Compared to nearby Washington D.C. and other expensive areas of the country, the Shenandoah Valley offers graceful living at a price point that is affordable for families and retirees. For example, the Home Construction website ProMatcher estimates the cost of building a home in Harrisonburg (the Valley’s largest city and metro area) to be $119.32 per square foot. That works out to $238,640 for a 2,000 square foot house, which is lower than the national average of $288,642 (we’ll talk more about that below). Your home plan may be smaller or larger than 2,000 square feet, but either way you can rest assured that you’ll spend less on building a home here than in other parts of the state and country.

Finding a Lot in the Shenandoah Valley

Now that you’re ready to embark on the exciting journey of home building, you need to find the right parcel of land to build on. Here are the most important factors to consider as you look for a good lot that meets your needs without any unwelcome surprises:

  • Experienced real estate agent: Buying land comes with different concerns than buying a house. Make sure you find a real estate agent with expertise in land sales.
  • Average home values: Both for the purposes of obtaining a construction loan and protecting your property’s resale value, you need to understand real estate prices in the neighborhood or community you’ve chosen. Avoid choosing a location where the cost of the lot and your planned home will exceed the average home value.
  • Current and future zoning laws: Before you buy, research local zoning laws, building codes, and ordinances. If the land is zoned for retail, agriculture, or anything nonresidential, you won’t be able to put a home there. It’s also worth investigating the town’s future development plans so you don’t end up with a living room view of a busy strip mall five years later. Visit Shenandoah County’s Building Inspection and Code Enforcement page, or Harrisonburg’s City Code page to learn more. Your realtor should also be able to help you explore local zoning laws.
  • Setbacks and view ordinances: Check to see what they are (in the case of setbacks) or if they come with the land (for view ordinances). Both of these factors can restrict the size and height of your home, potentially disqualifying the lot.
  • Environmental tests and natural hazard disclosure: Ask for the latter, but also do your own tests, such as a soil test, to ensure the land isn’t contaminated with asbestos or other toxins.
  • Landscape concerns: If the lot is near a large hill or mountain, check to see if your home will be at risk of a landslide. Also, if you’re going to build near water, you’ll want to know the history of the land (was it previously a swamp) as well as its current flood risks.
  • Professional surveyor: Hire one to determine the boundaries between your property and neighbors’.
  • Easements and road access: Does a neighbor have any rights to your land? Do you have access to the nearest road? Who maintains that road and will you have to contribute to the cost? These important questions could make or break your lot purchase.
  • Utilities: Find out if the lot consists of “raw” land (meaning no utilities have been added) or land with some “improvements,” such as telephone poles or a sewer system. If you’re buying land in the country, chances are high that you’ll need to connect all the utilities yourself. In that case, make sure everything you want and need can be hooked up to your future house. On the other hand, home builders in the city or a suburban community may have easier access to water, electricity, telephone/cable, heat, and sewer system.
  • Mineral and Timber Rights: These considerations may be the last thing on your mind right now, but you’ll be glad you checked in case coal is discovered on your property later on. The same thing goes for trees.
  • Appraisal: Make sure you get one before you sign on the dotted line. Land purchases are less common than home sales, so it can be harder to find comparisons. If you use a construction or other bank loan to buy the land, the bank will do an appraisal. If you’re paying in cash, hire an independent appraiser to ensure the price is fair.

Cost and Budgeting for Construction

Avg Cost Per Square Foot to Build in Harrisonburg

After you find and buy the perfect lot for your house, it’s time to create your construction budget. The 2018 national average cost of building a home is $288,642, according to HomeAdvisor, which also reports that typical home building costs range from $151,839 – $425,445. On the high end, people can spend as much as $700,000. We’ve already mentioned the average cost per square foot in Harrisonburg of $119.32, so keep these numbers in mind as you decide on a size and layout for your home. Also, leave room for cost overruns, which are all but inevitable in a construction or renovation project. Here are some other essential and unexpected costs to keep in mind as you budget:

  • Floor Plan: You can find one on your own from a book or magazine, or choose from a builder’s selection. Just keep in mind that the builder you choose may have to alter an outside plan to fit your lot. If you use a different builder than the one you obtain a floor plan or revision from, you may have to pay a fee for the plan.
    • Architectural Style: The simpler and more uniform your house plan, the cheaper the cost. Overall, a two-story house with a rectangular or square shape is the most affordable design.
    • Design Features: Similarly, any flourishes you want to add, such as vaulted ceilings or curved staircases, will increase the overall price tag.
  • Construction Cost Estimate: Your builder should be able to provide an estimate of basic construction costs after you choose a layout. Don’t be timid about comparing estimates from several builders before you make a final selection.
    • Quality of Materials: Your choices here will also contribute to how low or high the final construction cost is. For example, what brand of appliances do you want to install in the kitchen? What kind of flooring do you have in mind? You will have many details to select, so remain conscious of pricing as you decide.
  • Site Preparation: Are there a lot of trees to clear or rocks to move? The condition of the lot prior to building will determine your site preparation expenses.
  • Permit Fees: Depends on local building codes and zoning laws.
  • Timing: The season you choose to start construction in, as well as the strength or weakness of the local economy, will affect labor costs.
  • Detailed Contract: Make sure all small and ancillary costs, such as the price of a driveway or liability insurance, are specified in the builder’s contract. Also take a double look at the builder’s allowances, which provide for certain to-be-determined costs like kitchen countertops. Depending on your tastes, the allowances may not be realistic, which will lead to cost overruns.

Using A Construction Loan To Build A Home

You may feel a bit overwhelmed at this point, but the most important step is yet to come. Unless you plan to pay for your custom home in cash, you’ll need to obtain a home construction loan. We recommend working with a local bank like F&M. As one of the Shenandoah Valley’s oldest community banks, we have a nuanced understanding of the local real estate market. We also deliver friendly and personalized service to help you reach your financial goals.

Construction Loan Process

Once you’ve chosen a lender for your construction loan, the application and closing process will involve an appraisal of your floor plan and future home, a credit check, and the purchasing of relevant insurance policies (see our guide to title insurance for the Shenandoah Valley). You can expect to contribute a down payment that may be higher than what would typically be required for a home mortgage. Once your construction loan is approved, your builder will receive the money in sequences. When your home is finished you’ll need to convert your construction loan into a regular home mortgage.

Planning For Each Stage of the Construction Process

You’ve finally completed the paperwork and construction is set to start. You can’t wait to see and move into the home you’ve spent so much time designing, but the building process won’t happen overnight. Here are the eight stages you can expect with home construction:

  1. Excavation: The builder clears the site, digs the basement if you’re getting one, and does any other necessary prep work.
  2. Foundation: Most new homes these days are built with slab foundations. However, you may need or desire a basement or other type of foundation.
  3. Framing: Now you’ll see your home take shape. As the subfloor, walls, and roof structure appear, you may decide to make alterations to the layout.
  4. Mechanics: Your home will be bustling with different contractors during this stage as heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electric are installed.
  5. Drywall: Your house acquires separate rooms and exterior materials are added.
  6. Finishings: Things get fun as your design choices–from cabinets to flooring–are added.
  7. Hardware: This is also an aesthetically pleasing stage as faucets, shower heads, and other details are placed in your home.
  8. Final Touches and Inspections: Your house is almost move-in ready, but first the builder will clean and inspect the finished home to make sure it’s safe and meets all of the specifications in the contract.

Ready to get started? F&M Bank is here for you.

When you’re ready to build, we’re here to help you obtain financing and understand the construction process. We can even recommend local realtors, builders, and other professionals. That’s the beauty of banking with a local institution, where all the employees are also your neighbors. Welcome to our community–we look forward to meeting all of your banking needs. Contact us today to learn more or visit your nearest F&M location.

F&M Bank Corporate Foundation Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Build

F&M Bank is excited to announce that the F&M Corporate Foundation will be sponsoring a Central Valley Habitat for Humanity home build this summer. The home will be located at 955 Roberts Court on the northside of Harrisonburg.

“The selection of the Central Valley Habitat for Humanity as a beneficiary of the F&M Corporate Foundation just made sense for our organization”, says F&M Bank President, Mark Hanna. “Habitat for Humanity is founded on generosity and bringing people together to empower and improve our community. We share a common commitment to helping families realize the American dream.”

F&M Bank is dedicated to being a positive force for change in the community, and this mindset is exemplified through employee volunteerism and leadership. This summer, employees of F&M Bank and F&M Mortgage will play an active role in the construction of the property and look forward to the hands-on involvement.

On June 24th at 3pm, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 955 Roberts Court, Harrisonburg. F&M Bank invites all community members to attend and join the celebration.

About F&M Bank
F&M Bank serves the Shenandoah Valley with 13 full-service branches, a network of ATMs, and a wide variety of financial services. Both individuals and businesses find the organization’s local decision-making, and up-to-date technology provide the kind of responsive, knowledgeable, and reliable service that only a progressive community bank can. F&M Bank has grown to over $750 million in assets and boasts over 160 full and part-time employees. Its conservative approach to finances and sound investments, along with excellent customer service, has made F&M Bank profitable and continues to pave the way for a bright future.

About F&M Mortgage
F&M Mortgage (NMLS #275173) is a true local mortgage company serving the community for almost 20 years. Their deep roots encourage employees to work even harder to make the community a great place to live. Friendly and knowledgeable mortgage advisors and in-house processing and underwriting give customers excellent service and local decision making. F&M Mortgage offers a full product line – from conventional loans to 100% financing – but it is the relationships with clients that matter most.

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Ultimate Guide To Shenandoah Valley Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Cideries, And Events…

Ultimate Guide To Shenandoah Valley Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Cideries, And Events
We hope you enjoy our comprehensive guide to Shenandoah Valley wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Find out where you can relax and have fun with a glass of your favorite wine, beer, spirit, or hard cider. Cheers!

The Shenandoah Valley is renowned for its natural beauty, which includes acres of farmland where many of the wineries and breweries on our list are located. The Valley is also home to charming small towns where you can enjoy a locally made craft brew with live music and food truck fare. From the independent city of Harrisonburg, home to James Madison University, to Shenandoah County’s hotbed of vineyards, there are endless opportunities to relax and have fun with a glass of your favorite wine, beer, spirit, or hard cider.

F&M Bank is a proud community bank with locations across the Shenandoah Valley including six in Harrisonburg and surrounding Rockingham County. We hope you enjoy our comprehensive guide to Shenandoah Valley wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Use it to plan a vacation, weekend outing, or check the dates of upcoming festivals. We love this region and love to support local businesses, many of which are family-owned. Many people say the Valley is a great place to raise a family and a great place to grow wine grapes, two occupations that can be very compatible as you’ll see from our list. Cheers!

Frederick County

Frederick County Map

Wineries

Winchester

James Charles Winery and Vineyards

4063 Middle Rd.

(540) 931-4386

Located in the picturesque rolling hills just outside of Old Town Winchester, this winery specializes in classic wines such as Riesling and Cabernet Franc, as well as newer grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. You can experience a classic tasting of red and white wines, a seated tasting with food pairings, or picnic on the winery grounds. James Charles also features seasonal special events as well as weekly live music on Saturdays and Sundays, and wood-fired pizza from a local vendor on Friday nights.

 

Stephens City

Valerie Hill Vineyard and Winery

1687 Marlboro Rd.

(540) 869-9567

Valerie Hill takes its name from the early 19th century manor house on the 18 acre farm the winery is located on. They are open daily for wine tastings and purchases of wine by the glass or bottle, with a light weekend food menu Friday through Sunday. If you visit on the weekend you can also catch one of their live music performances or special events. Check the website for their current calendar.

 

Star Tannery

Cedar Creek Winery

7384 Zepp Rd.

(540) 436-8394

Nestled along the bank of Cedar Creek, this winery offers “estate bottled, handcrafted” Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. The narrow focus allows for many personal touches, such as wine tastings with the owner on Sundays between 11-5, April through November. You can bring your own food to enjoy with the wine.

Breweries

Winchester

Alesatian Brewing Company

21 N Loudoun St.

(540) 667-2743

The family behind this brewery traces its heritage to the Alsace-Lorraine region in France, which is known for its brewers’ commitment to purity and authenticity. With these guiding principles, the Ritenour family offers a choice selection of brews on tap, accompanied by wood-fired pizzas, salads, and Roma appetizers.

 

Broken Window Brewing Company

14 W. Boscawen St.

(540) 860-0849

This nano brewery specializes in a variety of craft beers. They are open Wednesday-Sunday in downtown Winchester.

 

Escutcheon Brewing Company

142 W. Commercial St.

(540) 773-3042

Started by two friends with a shared love of beer, this brewery boasts a diverse selection of craft brews, from pilsners and IPAs to stouts. On Sundays they offer special pricing on growlers, and Thursday evenings you can enjoy live music at the brewery. They also offer tours by request. While there is no food menu, guests are welcome to bring their own grub, and Escutcheon sometimes partners with local food trucks.

 

Winchester Brew Works

320 N. Cameron St.

(540) 692-9242

This brand new (opened in 2016) 3-barrel nano brewery in Old Town is notable for being the only majority woman-owned brewery in Virginia. Guests can bring their own food to pair with the seasonal selections on tap such as a “Key Lime Shandy” for spring.

 

Middletown

Backroom Brewery

150 Ridgemont Rd.

(540) 869-8482

This picturesque brewery is located on an herb farm, which provides some of the ingredients for the from-scratch food. With a pet-friendly policy and outdoor games to keep the kids amused, it’s a great place for families and everyone else to enjoy one of over 20 beer recipes in rotation.

 

Cideries

Winchester Ciderworks

2504 N. Frederick Pike

(540) 686-7632

This cidery is the result of a partnership between a local Shenandoah Valley orchardist and an Englishman longing for the quality cider at home. The tasting room is open Friday through Sunday, and they occasionally offer orchard and cidery tours (check the website for current offerings). Winchester Ciderworks produces signature, barrel aged, and naturally fermented ciders.

 

Clarke County

Clarke County Map

Wineries

Berryville

612 Vineyard

864 Shepherds Mill Road

(540) 535-6689

Producing a wide array of red and white wines, from Chambourcin to Chardonnay, as well as seasonal varieties like their Raspberry Sangria, 612 Vineyard is a relaxing and scenic place to enjoy good wine and a picnic with family and friends. They also have special events such as live music and dog-centric days.

 

Veramar Vineyard

905 Quarry Rd.

(540) 955-5510

Visit their tasting room, open at noon every day of the year. You can also experience the Habana Terrace, Veramar’s outdoor cigar and wine lounge. Veramar also offers Friday and Saturday picnics, in which you can enjoy a full meal with your Veramar wine, as well as occasional tours by request.

 

Warren County

Warren County MapWineries

Front Royal

Chester Gap Cellars

4615 Remount Rd.

(540) 636-8086

Newly established in 2017, this “small Virginia estate winery” produces small batches of red and white wines, which you can sample in their tasting room, open Friday through Sunday from 11-6.

 

Glen Manor Vineyards

2244 Browntown Rd.

(540) 635-6324

The family that operates this winery has owned the farm it sits on since 1901, a history that led the state to recognize Glen Manor as a “Century Farm.” They established the original vineyards in 1995 and have been adding to it ever since. Glen Manor’s selection of wines includes Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Morales Rose, Vin Rouge, Cabernet Franc, St. Ruth, Hodder Hill, Petit Verdot, and Raepheus. The winery is open Saturday through Monday for tastings and to sell wine by the glass or bottle. Only service dogs are allowed on the grounds. No food is served but you can bring your own.

 

Breweries

Front Royal Brewing Co.

122 E. Main St.

(540) 631-0773

This brand new (not yet opened at the time of this writing) brewpub in downtown Front Royal celebrated their first day of brewing on April 26th. Check them out on Facebook to follow their progress and find out when they open.

 

Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County MapWineries

Quicksburg

DeMello Vineyards at Third Hill

2110 Quicksburg Rd.

(540) 740-8464

This scenic winery in the heart of Shenandoah County offers a comfortable and homey experience. They invite visitors to “come and wine down” at a tasting, enjoy a glass (or share a bottle) of their delicious wine. Pack a picnic basket when you visit during the spring, summer and fall months to enjoy a lunch on their wrap-around porches or outdoor pavilion.

 

Woodstock

Muse Vineyards

16 Serendipity Ln.

(540) 459-7033

This boutique vineyard won the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup for its 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-blend. The Muse Tasting Room is open Friday through Sunday with light food and snacks available for purchase in addition to the wine. Tours are available by appointment.

 

Maurertown

North Mountain Vineyard and Winery

4374 Swartz Rd.

(540) 436-9463

Experience the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley countryside while feeling like you’re a guest at a French chateau. North Mountain has been growing their grapes for over thirty years and you can purchase their wine by the glass or bottle, or through a tasting. Like James Charles, the expansive grounds at North Mountain are perfect for a picnic.

 

Edinburg

Shenandoah Vineyards

3659 South Ox Rd.

(540) 984-8699

Established in 1976, Shenandoah Vineyards is one of the Valley’s oldest wineries. Their tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5.

 

Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery

123 Stout Rd.

(540) 984-3306

Taking its name from a geographical feature of the Great North Mountains, Wolf Gap Vineyard is a 48 acre estate producing small batches of rich red wines, a range of whites, and semi-sweet rosé and blueberry wines. Their tasting room is open Fridays through Mondays from 12-7 and on weekends only from 12-5 during winter months. Call ahead to schedule a private tour. You can also enjoy the new hiking trail and pond picnic area.

 

Mount Jackson

The Vineyards at Kindred Pointe

3575 Conicville Rd.

(540) 477-3570

This former horse farm produces a variety of wines, hard ciders, and sangria on tap. The tasting room is open Friday through Sunday and they also sell wine-themed merchandise.

 

Cave Ridge Vineyard

1476 Conicville Rd.

(540) 477-2585

Down the street from Kindred Point you’ll find Cave Ridge Vineyard. Open six days a week (they’re closed on Tuesdays), their tasting room sometimes features live music and other special events (check the calendar for upcoming attractions).

 

Strasburg

Mountain View Vineyard

444 Signal Knob Drive

(540) 635-5369

This boutique winery takes its name from its scenic position between Massanutten Mountain and the Shenandoah River. They don’t have fixed hours but you can schedule a tasting by appointment.

 

Breweries

Woodstock

Woodstock Brewhouse

123 E. Court St.

(540) 459-BREW (2739)

This brewery takes great pride in the community, from naming itself after the town of Woodstock to restoring a historic former industrial building off of Main Street. Visit on a Thursday evening to enjoy live music, order food to accompany your beer on weekday evenings and Sundays, check out the barbecue restaurant that shares the same space, and taste the seasonal brew offerings.

 

Maurertown

Ridge Runner Farms and Brewing Company

6895 Back Rd.

(571) 201-2963

The name of this brewery (ridge runner means mountain farmer) honors the long history of farming in the Shenandoah Valley. As with the Backroom Brewery, Ridge Runner Farms grows ingredients for its brews as well as selling fresh produce and local products at its farm market. Choose between IPAs, ales, and stouts. There is also a bustling events calendar featuring live music, trivia nights, and other fun activities.

 

Edinburg

Swover Creek Farms Brewery

4176 Swover Creek Rd.

(540) 984-8973

Looking for a more family friendly taproom experience? Visit this combination farm, brewery, and brick oven pizza kitchen. There’s even a dog park for your canine family member(s). Trivia night happens on the third Thursday of the month.

 

Distilleries

Filibuster Distillery

50 Maurertown Mill Rd.

Maurertown, VA 22644

(202) 289-1414

Borrowing their approach from Scotland, this distillery produces whiskey and gin in small batches using wine barrels to obtain a fruity note in the flavor.

 

Page County

Page County MapWineries

Luray

River Hill Wine and Spirits

356 Ruffners Ferry Rd.

(540) 843-0890

Owned by a longtime Shenandoah Valley farming family, River Hill produces bourbon, corn whiskey, and country wine in small batches. You can visit the distillery Friday-Sunday to meet the owners and purchase spirits or wine as well as their meat products.

 

Faithbrooke Barn and Vineyards

267 Elgin Drive

(540) 743-1207

This new winery produces red and white grapes, with new varieties added each year. Visits are by appointment only; their focus seems to be more on weddings and events than tastings.

 

Castle Vineyards

2150 Mims Rd.

(571) 283-7150

This vineyard and tasting room is located on a working cattle farm. They currently serve wines from Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville, but plan to expand their own grape growing this spring. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, cornhole boards, and cheese and meat trays available for purchase.

 

Stanley

Wisteria Farm & Vineyards

1126 Marksville Rd.

(540) 742-1489

There are many fun and free events to experience at the Wisteria winery including live music and the opportunity to stomp grapes. You can also drop in for a tasting between 12-6 every day except Tuesday/Wednesday. The farm is home to free-range chickens and natural-colored Romney sheep, for your viewing or egg-and-yarn-buying pleasure.

 

Breweries

Hawksbill Brewing Company

22 Zerkel St.

Luray, VA 22835

(540) 860-5608

Their slogan is “grown here, brewed here,” a reference to their commitment to use locally grown hops and other ingredients in their beers. In the warmer months there is a dog-friendly beer garden.

 

Rockingham County

Rockingham County MapWineries

Harrisonburg

Purple Wolf Vineyard

2644 Cross Keys Rd.

(540) 421-6345

This winery shares an owner with Cave Ridge Vineyard in Mount Jackson. Every week at Purple Wolf you can enjoy “Wine Down Wednesdays,” when the outside wine bar stays open until 7pm and you can enjoy live jazz music and complimentary pistachios with your wine.

 

Bridgewater

Bluestone Vineyard

4828 Spring Creek Rd.

(540) 828-0099

Named after a type of limestone that is common in the soil, this winery bustles seven days a week with live music and other events, which you can experience indoors or outside, as you visit the hilltop tasting room.

 

Mount Crawford

CrossKeys Vineyards

6011 E. Timber Ridge Rd.

(540) 234-0505

The tasting room and bistro at this winery are open daily for wine flights, tastings, and food pairings. Established in 2001, CrossKeys offers a wider selection of wines than some of the newer vineyards in the area.

 

McGaheysville

Brix & Columns Vineyards

1501 Dave Berry Rd.

(540) 421-0339

This one-year-old winery sprung up on a family farm once the owners realized the potential of their land. Visit their tasting room Wednesdays through Saturdays to sample their “fine collection of wines.”

 

Breweries

Harrisonburg

Brothers Craft Brewing

800 N. Main St.

Harrisonburg, VA 22802

(540) 421-6599

As its name suggests, this brewery is run by three brothers who grew up in Harrisonburg. Open daily at 4pm during the week and at noon on weekends, Brothers Craft Brewing features live music and other events as well as different food trucks.

 

Pale Fire Brewing Company

217 S. Liberty St. #105

(540) 217-5452

Located in downtown Harrisonburg’s Ice House complex, Pale Fire is open daily. Special events include weekly trivia nights on Wednesdays and First Friday art openings. There is also a monthly book talk hosted by WMRA Public Radio.

 

Three Notch’d Brewing Company

241 E. Market St.

(540) 217-5939

Established in 2013, this brewery has lots of Virginia pride, with several locations in the commonwealth besides Harrisonburg.

 

Restless Moons Brewing Company

120 W Wolfe St.

(540) 217-2726

Formerly known as Wolfe Street Brewing Company before it reopened under new ownership in early 2018, the Restless Moons taproom is open six days a week and they are working on adding regular events to their calendar.

 

Cideries

Old Hill Cider

17768 Honeyville Rd.

Timberville, VA 22853

(540) 896-7582

Calling itself The Shenandoah Valley’s original hard cidery, you can visit Old Hill’s tasting room to try their “artisan hard cider” or enjoy a family picnic on the beautiful orchard grounds. They also sell plants and a variety of local products.

 

Augusta County

Augusta County MapWineries

Ox-Eye Vineyards

44 Middlebrook Ave.

Staunton, VA 24401

(540) 849-7926

Visit their tasting room, open daily in the historic Wharf district of downtown Staunton. In addition to enjoying a glass of wine, you can peruse local art in the upstairs and downstairs galleries.

 

Barren Ridge Vineyards

984 Barren Ridge Rd.

Fishersville, VA 22939

(540) 248-3300

Formerly an apple orchard, this family-owned winery hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Their tasting room is open daily, with extended hours during the summer.  Celebrate Independence Day with Barren Ridge’s annual Pork & Cork event. They also hold a Swedish Fire Festival annually in January.

 

Breweries

Staunton

Bedlam Brewing

2303 N. Augusta St.

(540) 416-4634

This “nanobrewery” produces Belgian and French-style farm ales as well as other seasonal brews that reflect local heritage. In their pub you can enjoy wood oven pizza with your beer as well as other menu items made with locally sourced ingredients.

 

Shenandoah Valley Brewing

103 West Beverley St.

(540) 887-BEER (2337)

This craft brewery serves pints, allows patrons to create their own beer flight, and fills any growler. No food is served on the premises but you can bring your own snack or meal.

 

Queen City Brewing

834 Springhill Rd.

(540) 213-8014

Their slogan, “Not just a Brewery. It’s an Experience!”, is illustrated by the robust events calendar (weekly open mics and live music nights), “eclectic menu” of beers, and rotating Friday night food trucks.

 

Waynesboro

Stable Craft Brewing Company

375 Madrid Rd.

(540) 490-2609

Love horses and beer? This brewery combines those different passions. Originally a horse boarding farm, the owners added a taproom and restaurant. Visit to sample the food and beer, gaze at the horses, or stay overnight in one of their B&B suites. Stable Craft also hosts regular special events.

 

Basic City Beer Co.

1010 East Main St.

(540) 943-1010

The taproom is open six days a week with occasional live music, food truck visits, and recurring events such as trivia.

Fishersville

Seven Arrows Brewing Co.

2508 Jefferson Hwy #1

(540) 221-6968

Visit the taproom to sample one of their beers and order food from the Nobos kitchen, including Sunday brunch. There are many fun events to experience as well, such as cornhole tournaments and Saturday night live music.

 

Rockbridge County

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Rockbridge Vineyard

35 Hill View Lane

Raphine, VA 24472

(540) 377-6204

The tasting room is open daily with regular special events, such as “Uncorked Sundays” featuring live music and food trucks.

 

Breweries

Devil’s Backbone Outpost Brewery and Tap Room

50, 3303 N Wind Ln

Lexington, VA 24450

(540) 462-6200

Experience a weekend brewery tour, special events, and pints in the tap room seven days a week.

 

Great Valley Farm Brewery

60 Great Valley Lane

Natural Bridge, VA 24578

(540) 521-6163

The tasting room is open five days a week (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). Look at their events page for upcoming live music and food truck visits.

 

Shenandoah Valley Alcohol Trails And Festivals

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of great local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries? These four websites provide “trail” resources and maps to help you experience the best of the region in an efficient and enjoyable manner.

Festivals are another great way to experience a variety of local wineries and breweries in a fun atmosphere with music, food, craft sales and more.

Supporting Local Businesses Since 1908

 


As one of the oldest community banks in the Shenandoah Valley, F&M is proud to support and invest in local and family-owned businesses such as Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint in Harrisonburg. We take an active role in helping businesses buy property, meet expenses with lines of credit, and other essential services. Learn more about the ways in which a strategic partnership with F&M Bank can help you start or grow your business.