The First-Time Visitor’s Guide to Harrisonburg

We’re partial to Harrisonburg. We live here. We play here. We work here. We’ve built our lives here, and we love the community. For those of you who have never visited, we welcome you to come, enjoy our Friendly City and the vibrant culture that surrounds it! Here’s a guide to make it easy for you to explore what interests you (…find links to each below the guide):

First Time Visitors Guide to Harrisonburg, Virginia

Harrisonburg’s known for FOOD + BEER + BIKING:

Rocktown Bites Food Tours • Downtown Culinary District • Rocktown Beer & Music Festival • Virginia Beer Trail • Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition • Bike the Valley

Best Local Coffee Shops:

Court Square Coffee • Heritage Bakery & Cafe • Artful Dodger

Fine Dining:

Joshua Wilton House • Local Chop House • L’Italia

Delicious Lunches:

A Bowl of Good • Grilled Cheese Mania • Earth & Tea Cafe • Union Station

Food Truck Hopping:

Trucks Food Truck Park • Rock ‘N’ Wolfe Food Truck Park • Mashita • Flavor Savor BBQ

Popular Sweet Spots:

Heritage Bakery & Cafe • Bakers Dozen Donuts • Strite’s Donuts • Klines Dairy Bar

Outside City Limits:

Massanutten Resort • White Oak Lavender Farm • Green Valley Book Fair • Skyline Drive

Fun Times with Kids:

Explore More Discovery Museum • You Made It! Pottery Studio • Kinetic Kids • Pump It Up • JMU Planetarium • Larkin Arts

Tastiest Breakfast/Brunch:

Little Grill Collective • FoodBarFood • Mr. J’s Bagels • Clementine

Best Burgers & Pizza:

Jack Brown’s • Cuban Burger • Vito’s Italian Kitchen • Bella Luna Woodfired Pizza

Favorite Local Shops:

Lady Jane Shop • The Yellow Button • Shabby Love • Walkabout Outfitter • Ten Thousand Villages

Nightlife // Bars & Music:

Local Chop House • Capital Ale House • Corgan’s Publick House • Three Bros. Brewing • Artful Dodger • Billy Jack’s • Jimmy Madison’s • Beyond

About Lisa Oates

Lisa is the creative mind behind The Harrisonburg Homes Team, providing streamlined content management, quality authorship, and graphic design for Harrisonblog. She's passionate about blogging, enjoying life, and a good cup of coffee.

3 thoughts on “The First-Time Visitor’s Guide to Harrisonburg

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  2. Kathy Whitten

    Please consider adding Larkin Art as a children’s place to do art, as a fine arts store, a gallery and 5 working artists in studios. Thanks! This is a great resource!

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