This list has been modified many times through the years. Especially in the time of the pandemic, we focus on restaurants that you can get take-out. Opinions are based on Guest feedback and personal experiences of our team.
Please check modified hours and COVID-19 guidelines before you head out to eat.
You can stop at the Apple House https://theapplehouse.net in Linden – great barbeque and yummy apple donuts! They have a great souvenir shop to get all things Virginia.
Front Royal is about a half hour from the retreat, but it is on the way for many of our Guests coming from the DC area. The Virginia Beer Museum is quaint fun!
Talk of the Mountain Seafood https://talkofthemountainseafoodllc.com – the best crab cakes in the area!
Royal Farms https://royalfarms.com – a Guest told me about their fried chicken being exceptional. I was surprised as it is a convenience store of a gas station, but she was right!
Blue Wing Frog https://bluewingfrog.com – they make everything from scratch, even condiments! I really enjoyed my meal from there.
Once you’ve reached Strasburg, you know you are close as it is about 20 minutes away.
Crabby Maggie’s Seafood Restaurant https://crabbymaggies.business.site – described by some as a surprising “hole in the wall”. Our family has enjoyed their food several times, especially the crab legs.
Castiglia’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza https://castigliasva.com – classic Italian food and portions to meet a big appetite!
Between Strasburg and the retreat, you will pass the Woodbine Farm Market https://woodbinefarmmarket.com, I have not been able to find a better pie. They are closed for the winter season, but booming for the rest.
Many of our Guests come via Winchester, which is the largest town closest to the retreat, full of history and home to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. It is also a place to visit whilst you are staying with us, as it is only about a half hour away.
Bonnie Blue Southern Market & Bakery – https://bonniebluebbq.net – delicious Southern fare and a great place for Sunday brunch.
Thai Winchester https://thaiwinchester.com – great Thai food, consistently yummo!
Sexi Mexi Burrito Bar https://burritobar.sexi-mexi.com – it’s fresh, cross-cultural, and home-made. Pre-covid times I found myself there often.
50/50 Taphouse https://5050taphouse.com – the selection of the burgers here is unreal! Enjoy one of their many beers while you are waiting for your take-out.
There are many great pizza places in Winchester…the ones that come to mind are Oak Stone Craft Pizza and Bar https://oakstonepizza.com, Roma Old Town Wood Fired Pizzeria https://romawoodfiredpizza.com, and Benny Meleto’s https://bennysva.com.
In Middletown, there is Shaffer’s BBQ and Market https://shaffersbbq.com and they hay have been in the valley since 1952! They have catered for private parties here and the barbeque was fantastic!
Wardensville, WV is about 15 minutes west over the mountain and houses the Wardensville Garden Market https://wardensvillegardenmarket.org. Here you can purchase one of their delicious baked goods, the cinnamon rolls are huge or in season buy from a wide selections of organic fruits and vegetables. I love that this market empowers youth to learn about farming, real-life skills, and therefore provides future opportunities.
Diagonally across the street is the Lost River Trading Post https://lostrivertradingpost.com, home to an eclectic antique and gift store featuring art and local products. They have delicious coffee and I’ve enjoyed their quiche quite a few times.