A Sunday Drive for Foodies

A Sunday Drive for Foodies

Must-Visit Page County Locations for Food and Drink Lovers

Remember lazy Sundays – the ones before Sunday meant scaries? The ones before work emails on your phone? Chores done. Parties enjoyed. Soccer games won. Sometimes you’d hop in the car and just drive. Windows down, radio up, shotgun claimed, off to find a little peace or a little adventure.

Page County was made for the Sunday drive. Roads wind through tree-covered mountains and the open expanses of the sun soaked valley; light glimmers on the river. We invite you to take it all in. Get in the car, roll down the windows, put on your favorite playlist and grab your family, your friends or your love. When you’re ready to make a stop, we’ve got the perfect itinerary for you, no matter who you are.

This week’s Sunday Drive itinerary is for the foodies.

Come for the Afternoon

Leave the bustle behind, grab your foodie friends and head to Page County on a road trip. It’s all about the journey, but you’ll want a destination for your navigation, and that destination is your first stop: 

Hawksbill Diner, Stanley

Grab a seat among the locals and order breakfast or lunch, whatever mood strikes you. Enjoy the friendly service from this family-owned Page County institution, and you’ll feel like family, too. The surroundings are old school and the menu offerings are classic, but everything’s cooked just right and served with a side of southern charm. Fans of Schitt’s Creek might feel they’ve found Page County’s Cafe Tropical.

Hop back in your car and meander along the Hawksbill Creek on Highway 340 up to Luray. It’s time for an afternoon tipple.

Hawksbill Brewing Company, Luray

The motto at Hawksbill Brewing Company is “we brew community.” Depending on your order, you may find yourself drinking beer with local honey, blackberries, or other ingredients from the bounty of Page County’s agriculture. Grab a pint or a flight and post up at one of the communal tables inside or, if the weather is nice, grab a picnic table in the sun-soaked beer garden. 

When you’re finished sampling at the brewery, leave your car parked and work up an appetite with a stroll along the Hawksbill Greenway. Need a warm up first? Stop in to the Compass Tea Room and pick up a special blend of locally curated tea before heading out on the trail. Then, enjoy the gentle flow of the adjacent creek and take in the beauty of more than 30 large-scale art murals adorning buildings, overpasses and other structures. Once you’re ready for dinner, it’s just a short walk away.

Mimslyn Inn, Luray

This historic inn dates back to 1931 and offers a variety of dining options, all boasting southern flavors and fresh ingredients alongside fresh baked bread. When the weather’s nice, nothing beats dinner among the columns on the front porch from Circa ‘31, or in cooler months enjoy the restaurant’s stately formal dining room, complete with chandelier and floor to ceiling murals. Order the wine dinner, but start with Oysters Rockefeller – trust us. If you’re looking for a more casual vibe, the inn’s Speakeasy serves southern classics like pot pies or the chef’s specialty pork chops in a tavern setting. Don’t miss the homemade desserts. Plan ahead and book a reservation for their famous Sunday Brunch, served every Sunday since 1931 starting at 10:30 a.m. 

Wrap up your day, jump in your car and head back home after a perfect Sunday. Or, perhaps the Mimslyn has convinced you to…

Spend the Night

Wake up refreshed after a peaceful night’s sleep in our quiet countryside, and fuel up for another day exploring Page County.

Gathering Grounds Patisserie and Cafe, Luray

Walk over to Gathering Grounds to satisfy your caffeine craving with a cup of coffee or an espresso drink sourced from Virginia’s Red Rooster Coffee Roasters. Complement it with a delicious breakfast sandwich or freshly baked pastries. Our favorite? Let’s just say if fresh baked pie for breakfast is wrong, then we don’t want to be right.

When you’re properly caffeinated, get in your car to infuse that Sunday drive feel into your Monday morning and cruise Skyline Drive through the mountains. Enjoy as many of the 75 vista overlooks as you can manage before your stomach starts to rumble. Then head to Stanley for a lunchtime treat.

DRs Quick Stop, Stanley

Don’t let the humble appearance fool you. Yes, you can refill your tank at the Shell station out front, but inside you’ll find the best fried chicken you’ve ever tasted. Crispy, moist, never too much breading. Served hot and with all the sides and fixin’s, we dare you to find a better version, and you certainly won’t find it at a better price. 

Farm Markets

They say never to grocery shop on an empty stomach, so full on fried chicken is the perfect time to wander Page County’s markets. Stop by the Massanutten Country Corner, the Page Co-Op Farm Bureau, Taste: The Southern Market, Hawksbill Trading Company, and Willow Grove Farm Market to stock up on fresh local produce and baked goods for your return home, or local arts, crafts and antiques. Shop up an appetite, because it’s time for dinner.

Skyland Lodge, Shenandoah National Park  

As you head out of town, hit up Skyland Lodge on Skyline Drive. Ask to be seated at the window where you’ll be treated to an expansive view of the Shenandoah Valley below and mountains beyond. Take in the sunset while feasting on southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and peanut soup, but make sure you save room for dessert. The famous blackberry ice cream pie is not to be missed.

Head back home with your market bounty, or if you’re still craving more southern charm and farm to table delicacies, rent a cabin and…

Stay the Week

There’s plenty more to eat, drink, explore and enjoy. Extend your Sunday drive and truly indulge in Page County’s homemade paradise.

Baby Moons, Luray 

Start your morning off with a brisk walk on Main Street in downtown Luray and pick up breakfast treats like hot coffee, breakfast pies, homemade scones, creme puffs . . . we could go on and on! Local tip: you’ll probably want to grab enough for a couple days, that way you can try everything. 

Downtown Luray

The streets of downtown Luray invite you to wander. They’re the perfect mix of natural beauty and small-town charm. You’ll find shops, activities and noshes galore – a foodie’s dream!

Broad Porch Coffee Co., Luray

Lean in close, we’ve got an insider’s tip for you. Broad Porch Coffee Co. is coming to downtown Luray! The popular roastery and café is branching out from its flagship location in Harrisonburg to bring it’s farm fresh coffee to Page County. The company is committed to sustainability and fair trade, even offering a discount for patrons who bring their own mug. For whole beans, they also offer a popular coffee subscription service through their website.

Wisteria Vineyard, Stanley

This family-owned farm and vineyard is perched on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dedicated to sustainable farming practices, husband and wife team Sue and Mousa Ishak produce an impressive variety of wines exclusively from grapes grown on the farm. They offer everything from Pinot Gris to Viognier, Chardonnay to Petit Verdot, and more. The working farm also features sheep, chickens and fruit trees, and you can purchase fresh eggs and yarn along with your wines by the bottle or the case. Bring BBQ or a sandwich, and enjoy the tasting room deck or spread out by the fire pit.

Triple Crown BBQ, Luray

What is a southern food tour without tender, slow-cooked barbeque? In Page County, the go-to spot is Triple Crown BBQ in Luray. The Coleman family smokes pork, beef and chicken slowly, in small batches each day. They serve up sandwiches, racks of ribs, sampler platters to try it all, and classic sides. This award-winning BBQ joint is a must visit. Grab something and head to the distillery for a whiskey tasting…

River Hill Distillery, Luray

This 200 year-old Shenandoah Valley family farm is part of the famous Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop. Fred and Amy Foley continue the family’s long farming tradition, distilling small batch aged bourbon whisky, 100% corn whisky, and various local fruit wines. Make an appointment to tour the picturesque farm and sample the fruits of the Foley’s labor. We dare you to leave without a bottle of whisky or four. Their River Hill 100 bourbon was awarded the 2020 East Coast Craft Spirits Award Gold Metal. 

Moonshadows Restaurant, Luray

This beautiful restaurant in a restored home offers two charming dining rooms adorned with cozy fireplaces as well as seating on its wraparound porch where you can watch Main Street go by. The cuisine is seasonal and continental – always changing to stay fresh, interesting and delicious. No matter the season, perfectly cooked meats and seafood always satisfy, and the restaurant offers mouthwatering vegetarian options as well. Always leave room for dessert – we’re on a personal quest to try the seasonal bread pudding in every season. 

Dan’s Steak House, Luray

Whose heart doesn’t hold a special place for a classic steakhouse? Get nostalgic for birthday meals and celebratory dinners in the classic atmosphere at Dan’s, while enjoying tender steak cooked to perfection. You’ll have your pick of classic cuts, from a porterhouse to a T-bone and everything in between, and of course don’t forget the sides. Mashed potatoes with gravy always make the meal for me. Not a fan of red meat? Not to worry! Dan’s also offers fresh seafood (attention surf and turf lovers), chicken, and vegetarian sides and salads, so there’s something on the menu for everyone.

The Valley Cork, Luray

Step into this beautiful, dark wood-adorned wine bar, small plates restaurant and wine shop and you’ll swear you’re in DC or Manhattan. The expert team will help you select the perfect glasses for your taste (plus a bottle or two to take home) while you delight on flatbreads, charcuterie boards, or the decadent cookie skillet.

Boxcar Deli & Subs, Shenandoah

Right across the street from the Norfolk Southern Railroad Company, this delicious local deli serves classic sandwiches, subs and salads with fresh ingredients perfectly prepared and seasoned. The friendly staff can make your meal to go for a day of exploring the park, or enjoy the view of the Massanutten and Blue Ridge Mountains from their extensive patio. Bonus: they also boast an adorable gift shop and offer Hershey’s ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant, Shenandoah

Loving the southern cooking, but craving a comforting pizza or pasta dish? We get it – especially if you’ve been enjoying the Page County hikes, you need a few carbs in your life. There’s no more beautiful setting to indulge than Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant in Shenandoah. Sip a glass of wine on the patio and enjoy some classic Italian cooking.

Mr. Garcia’s Mexican Grille and Cantina, Shenandoah

Mr. Garcia brings all of the favorites: nachos, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more, all spiced and cooked to perfection. Enjoy some Mexican comfort food after a day of adventuring. The portions are generous, the prices are reasonable, and the service is friendly. And perhaps most importantly, the margaritas come in two sizes: regular and our favorite, jumbo.

Happy Mini Mart and Deli, Luray

What did we learn from JR Quick Stop? Don’t sleep on combo gas stations and restaurants, at least not in Page County. Happy Mini Mart is the place to satisfy your craving for Indian food. They prepare an ever changing menu of familiar favorites, from momos to chicken tikka masala, samosas to chana masala. Check their Facebook page daily to see what’s fresh, then head on over to fill up on spice (and, why not, gas while you’re at it).

Karens Frozen Favorites, Shenandoah

Gotta sweet tooth? Karen’s got you covered. Stop by this charming little stand in downtown Shenandoah for a classic cone, banana split or frozen custard. Karen is always dreaming up new, fun flavor combinations and the stand is the perfect jumping off point to stroll Shenandoah’s charming downtown.

Camino Real, Luray
The bilingual staff lets you know that the meal you’re about to eat is authentic. Camino Real makes their salsa and chips fresh each day, and their guacamole is made from scratch with whole, ripe avocados. The generous portions of fajitas, enchiladas, tacos and all of your favorites are delicious, and locals also love Rancho’s to hang out and socialize whether it’s Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday or the daily happy hour from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Want even more mouthwatering adventures in Page County? Check out DineOutPageCountyVA.com. A Sunday drive never tasted so good.

The PLAYlist

Come for the Afternoon

Spend the Night

Stay the Week