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cream and homemade toasted
marshmallow.
Authentic Italian resides on
the second floor of the Robert
E. Lee Hotel at Rocca Bar
Ristorante. Try a signature
cocktail and Rocca rolls on the
patio before dinner. Watching
the sun set behind House
Mountain while downtown
comes alive with lights and
sounds makes for a magical
moment. When it's time,
consider the Gnocchi con Ragu
di Salsiccia, featuring sausage
from Autumn Olive Farms and
house-made potato gnocchi.

Shenandoah
Beerwerks Trail
WAIT, 15 CRAFT BREWERIES
in our corner of the beautiful
Shenandoah Valley?
Yes, and two of the most
distinctive are our neighborhood:
* Devils Backbone Outpost
Tap Room & Kitchen in
Lexington offers not only
their great beers, but also
tours and evening fun.
* Great Valley Farm Brewery
in Natural Bridge creates
beers in the Belgian
Farmhouse tradition.
Ready to venture northward
in the valley to explore more of
the others? All 15 breweries are
within an easy hour's drive of
each other.
And don't miss the Beerwerks
Passport. Visit at least eight
of the 15, get your passport
stamped at each and get the
t-shirt!
Get the trailmap, passport info
and everything else you need at
beerwerkstrail.com.

Make it a full-on Italian dining
experience by finishing the
evening with a Cannoli.
Haywood's Piano Bar and
Grill is a classy place to be

seen. Street level on the corner
of Main and Washington, the
restaurant exudes merriment
and has been known to induce
FOMO (you know, fear of
missing out!). Limited seating
adds to the allure, but Chef
Troy Sheller's seasonal menu
is the real draw. Common
appearances on the menu
include Chesapeake Bay oysters,
locally harvested venison and
Seven Hills Farms meats. For
small bites, charcuterie is a
shareable option, though you
don't have to share if you don't
want to. Virginia wine and craft
beer selections are available, as
are Lexington-themed cocktails.
Ask the waiter for a pairing
suggestion.
Continue tasting your
way through Lexington with
stops at Bistro on Main for
shrimp and grits, Sheridan
Livery's Wine Bar & Shop

for their "wine tap," a first
in the Shenandoah Valley,
and Pure Eats for a Buffalo
Creek Beef burger paired
with a Homestead Creamery
milkshake. They're the comfort
foods you've been searching for.
Your sweet tooth can be
satisfied with homemade ice
cream at Sweet Things Ice
Cream Shoppe or artisan
chocolate creations at Cocoa
Mill.
North of Lexington in
Steeles Tavern is a hidden
gem sparkling in the shadow
of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

you may want to stay after
you fill up on a beautifully
presented USDA prime steak
or Canadian lobster tails with
all the trimmings.
In Buena Vista, stop by JJ's
Meat Shak for smoked meats,
"fall off the bone" ribs, sides
made from scratch, woodfired pizzas and fresh Coastal
seafood. Enjoy 50's music in a
family-oriented atmosphere.
Lexington Coffee Roasters'

27 years of experience have led
to 2016 and 2017 Golden Bean
Silver Medals, dozens of 90+
scores from Coffee Review and
repeated inclusion in the Top
30 Coffees of the Year.
Our chefs aren't the only
tastemakers in town. Make way
for the brewers, winemakers and
cidermakers who are crafting
their own signature delights.
Near Osceola Mill is
Rockbridge Vineyard, a
quaint farm winery that has
brought home the Virginia
Governor's Cup twice with
their V d'Or dessert wine
and their signature DeChiel
Merlot. Sundays are for music
and lounging on the grounds
with your favorite bottle of
Rockbridge wine. Bring a
blanket, a picnic and even your
dog, if you'd like.
Devils Backbone Outpost
Tap Room & Kitchen was

the first craft brewery for
Lexington, paving the way
for future brewers with the
creation of beers like Vienna
Lager, Eight Point IPA and
Schwartz Bier Black Lager.
Their patio boasts a view of
the Blue Ridge Mountains and
visitors enjoy weekend tours to

see how and where some of
their favorite beers are made.
To the south in Natural
Bridge is Great Valley Farm
Brewery, a hilltop destination
with expansive mountain
views and award-winning
beer on tap. Food trucks
and live music keep families
and friends entertained;
it's a comfortable place to
make new memories while
soaking in the views of the
Shenandoah Valley.
A stone's throw away is
Halcyon Days Cider Co.

It's a sweet adventure for
your taste buds and can be
a meditative experience as
well. The Halcyon apple
orchard is planted above the
tasting room as a labyrinth.
Visitors are welcome to walk
among the trees, lounge in
the pavilion, or sip through a
flight of cider in the tasting
room.
And with a slated opening
date of summer 2019 in an
old storefront on South Main
in Lexington, Heliotrope
Brewery has a motto that
speaks to their products: "Pax
Soles Fermentum," which
translates loosely to "peace,
sunshine and fermentation."
Ready to broaden your
brewery explorations?
Shenandoah Beerwerks
Trail highlights the tastes

and visiting experiences at 15
breweries in the Shenandoah
Valley.
One trip for excellent eats
and smooth sips will create a
longing to return for more.
Indeed, our tastes exceed
expectations.

Osceola Mill Bed & Breakfast

is a historic grist mill located
along Marl Creek. You need
not be an overnight guest to
dine at Osceola Mill, though

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