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Oct 4, 2008 07:46 PM

Chow Worthy restaurants along the Skyline Drive region

We are spending next weekend motoring along Skyline Drive and Shenandoah N.P. We are looking for nice places for dinner. Open to any and all types of cuisine but prefer local cuisine. We are willing to drive a little further for someplace memorable. Your help would be most appreciated.

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  1. Are you just doing the part in Shenandoah National Park or do you plan to keep driving south along Skyline Drive, and, if so, how far south?
    The drive is beautiful. But it is one of the slowest drives in North America. The road isn't built for fast sports cars and there are a lot of drivers who seem never to have driven on a two lane road before.
    There are pulloves, picnic areas, and lots of places to enjoy a lunch you bring with you.
    One of the problems is that the on and offs are not fast ons and offs. Some are so steep and curvey as to be "not recommended for vehicles with towed RVs".

    There are some really nice cities beside the Blue Ridge Mountains.
    Charlottesville offers Monticello which is a must visit for history buffs and for people who love old homes, well made. Michie Tavern, just down the road, as it was in Jefferson's time, serves a buffet lunch and Mr. Shallots swears their fried chicken is the best on earth. (I like their fried chicken, and because they served beets I tried them and learned that my Mother ruined a lot of beets in my childhood.)
    Staunton has good restaurants downtown.

    Some searches on here for Winchester, Harrisburg, Staunton, Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Roanoke will give you small city options. Bedford Virginia also has the WWII memorial that is extremely impressive.

    Watch your weather forecasts: if rain is forecast, the roads will be in clouds. But the valleys on both sides of the mountains have both history and natural beauty.

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    1. re: shallots

      Thanks for the info. I can't believe there are no chow worthy restaurants to visit in the Skyline Drive region (except what was mentioned above) . Is that area lacking in decent places to eat? HELP!
      Thanks again

    2. Well, I just returned from our little trip and didn't find anything exceptional. Ate at a bar in Winchester VA called Brewbakers. It was OK for what it is. In Harrisonburg, we ate in a spaghetti house called Bravo. Food was fine but service was a bit sporatic. OK for a neighborhood place. Big problem here in Virginia is the cigarette smoke. They have separate dining rooms for smokers and non smokers but the smell finds its way to you (and your clothes). Forgot how horrible it is to eat with the smell. (I am tolerant but spoiled since most northeastern states have banned smoking inside a restaurant). What can I say. Also had lunch at the lodge in the park which was fine.