Take a Culinary Trip Around the World in Harrisonburg

Explore cuisine from around the world simply by dining at a few of Harrisonburg's melting pot of restaurants. From authentic Thai and German to farm-to-table local fare, Harrisonburg's plethora of eateries provide a tasty dining journey for visitors and residents, moving the city toward becoming "The Dining Destination of the Shenandoah Valley."

Start your culinary journey at The Little Grill Collective for their buzz-worthy home-cooked breakfast, where dishing on free range meats, local potatoes, organic grains, and fair trade coffee is the norm. Plus, the worker-owned restaurant's "pancakes of the month" make your breakfast dining selection even more varied, offering unique flavors like lemon poppy seed and spiced Chai.

Walk off breakfast with a stroll through historic downtown, which is buzzing with unique specialty boutiques and galleries, making sure to visit Downtown Wine & Gourmet to pick up a bottle of wine, custom six-pack of beer, or even some locally-made chocolates. With a selection of nearly 300 beers and 500 wines from as close as Bridgewater to as far as New Zealand, the shop's immense international choices will provide you with flavors from around the world.

Next, grab lunch at one of Harrisonburg's local foodie spots. For authentic Ethiopian cuisine, visit Blue Nile, or if you're the beer-and-burgers type, stop in for a uniquely-topped Wagyu patty at Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint, where you can attempt to beat the restaurant's burger-eating or fried Oreo-eating challenges.

After lunch, enjoy the afternoon with a tour and tasting at nearby Bluestone Vineyard or CrossKeys Vineyard. While you're in the area, drop by White Oak Lavender Farm. Walking through the farm's stunning lavender fields will be a treat for the senses, and if you have time to chat with the owners, they'll tell you which Harrisonburg chefs use their lavender to create gourmet dishes.

Sneak in cocktails at Union Station, where you'll sip among historic Harrisonburg memorabilia and antique furniture. Afterwards, take on dinner with rooftop Greek fare downtown at the awarded Dave's Taverna, or if you're feeling the luck of the Irish, bustle uptown to Corgans' Publick House for their classic Cottage Pie.

When you're finished taking your palette on a trip around the world, indulge in a few locally-brewed beers at Three Brothers Brewing Co. Playing host to frequent live music and food truck nights, this hotspot brewery will take your culinary-centered day of exploration through the night's end.