Are you looking for a romantic getaway in a beautiful location with lots of opportunities for adventure? Take advantage of the Blackburn Inn’s Weekend Getaway Package with award-winning Barren Ridge Vineyards. The package will pamper you with delicious food and wine, outdoor adventure, and luxury at the Blackburn Inn. Staunton is within easy driving distance of D.C., Richmond, and Roanoke. You’ll enjoy the incredible scenery and the small-town, historic cool. Read on for our suggested itinerary and book your couple’s weekend today!
You’ll know you’re in for a wonderful, relaxing weekend when you arrive at Staunton’s Blackburn Inn. This classic red-bricked and white-columned building was designed by Thomas Blackburn in the 1820s. Don’t worry about its age, though. While the 49-room boutique hotel keeps its historic charm, it has been renovated and updated with your absolute comfort in mind. In your room, you’ll find a decadent treat of chocolate-covered strawberries and Prosecco.
Stretch your legs by exploring the immaculately landscaped Blackburn Inn campus. Next, stroll around downtown Staunton with the map that’s included in your package. Staunton has over 100 independent restaurants, galleries, and boutiques as well as prime selfie spots like the “You Belong Here” mural and the Sears Hill Bridge.
Head back to the hotel and sleep well in your historic room. You’ll enjoy wireless, high-speed internet and elegant touches like oversized bathrooms with glass rainfall showers, plush towels, and luxury toiletries.
Wake up well rested to a lovely breakfast in the hotel’s onsite Second Draft bistro. The ever-changing menu showcases seasonal, locally sourced fare like pastries, parfaits, frittatas, ham biscuits, eggs Benedict, and breakfast croissant sandwiches.
After you’ve eaten, set out on a hiking adventure to one of the area’s celebrated trails in Shenandoah National Park or George Washington & Jefferson National Forest. You’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the Shenandoah Valley as well as incredible views from your hike. The Blackburn Inn will provide a pack with maps and a delicious picnic lunch for two.
After the hike, head to Barren Ridge Vineyards and take a guided tour of the vineyard. You’ll learn how the vineyard evolved from an apple orchard as well as how grapes are grown and wine is made. You’ll come away with an understanding of the cycle of vines, terroir, and more. Relax after your tour with a bottle of wine or sparkling wine in the tasting room or on the patio.
Listen to live music and use your voucher for a charcuterie/cheese board dinner, which features excellent artisanal cheeses from Goot Essa, salami, organic olives, crackers, or sweets from Giancarlo. You won’t want to leave without buying some wine to enjoy at home, so take advantage of special discounts: 10% per bottle, 15% for 6 bottles, and 20% for a case or more.
After the music, drive to Staunton and take an evening stroll through the safe, walkable downtown, making sure to check out the Victorian architecture and the historic train station.
Stop in at the Green Room for a nightcap of craft beer, wine, or cider and a snack or ice cream in flavors like brambleberry crisp, brown butter almond brittle, or darkest chocolate.
Head back to the Blackburn Inn and fall into your luxurious freshly made bed and enjoy some well-earned rest.
Wake up refreshed and start your journey back after a yummy breakfast in the hotel and another leisurely stroll around town.
Back at home, open a bottle of Barren Ridge wine and enjoy the memories of this perfect weekend. Remember, it’s never too early to begin planning your next visit to Staunton!
Total cost of your romantic weekend for two:
- Hotel 2 nights: $187 (one room)
- Strawberries, breakfasts, and bag at the hotel: $35
- Friday dinner at BLU Point Seafood Co. or Zynodoa: (Voucher) $50
- Picnic lunch for two from Blackburn Inn: $16
- Cheese & charcuterie dinner from Barren Ridge Vineyards with a bottle of Rose: $86.00 (Voucher for 2)
- Vineyard walk and talk (1 h): $25
- TOTAL: $399
Click here to reserve your weekend: Weekend Getaway Package.