Blue Ridge Parkway
The Staunton Grocery is probably the finest dining in the area: http://www.stauntongrocery.com.
Blue Mountain Brewery is down the mountain just off Route 250 in Afton: http://bluemountainbrewery.com/. Really great handcrafted beers and local, often organic fare including an awesome bratwurst pizza.
There are many beautiful vineyards in those parts as well: http://www.virginiawine.org.
The Staunton Grocery
105 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401
If you are near Afton Mountain, which is not too far from Staunton, I have two suggestions. In Waynesboro, VA, eat breakfast at the Basic City Luncheonette. A hole in the wall, but real good. On the other side of the mountain near the town of Afton is Blue Mountain Brewery. A good micro brewery with decent food, and an excellent view of the mountain from the front porch.
Basic City Luncheonette
408 N Commerce Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980
Southern Living magazine this month has a nice article with a map about that drive. Why don't you pick it up and take it along?
Also, FatGuy, the South board might be helpful. I know many Southerners who make that trip every year.
Here's a link to the online version: http://www.southernliving.com/travel/...