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8 Reasons to Escape DC and Head to Staunton this Fall

Just over two hours from the nation’s capital, picturesque Staunton, Virginia, provides an inviting escape any time of year—but during the fall, the historic Shenandoah Valley town is perhaps even more appealing. Celebrate the colorful seasonal transition on foot, exploring the hundreds of miles of hiking trails lacing the mountains and forests surrounding the Blue … Continue reading 8 Reasons to Escape DC and Head to Staunton this Fall

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Explore the fall colors in Shenandoah National Park. Vijay Kalakoti

Just over two hours from the nation’s capital, picturesque Staunton, Virginia, provides an inviting escape any time of year—but during the fall, the historic Shenandoah Valley town is perhaps even more appealing. Celebrate the colorful seasonal transition on foot, exploring the hundreds of miles of hiking trails lacing the mountains and forests surrounding the Blue Ridge town, savor the autumn harvest at Staunton’s open-air farmers market and farm-to-fork restaurants, and spend the evenings soaking up the local arts scene. The town has plenty to offer craft-beer-connoisseurs, adventure-seeking outdoor lovers, and seasonally-inspired foodies—or just about anyone looking for an excellent weekend getaway.

1. Cozy Bed & Breakfasts

Inn at Old Virginia
Inn at Old Virginia

Spend a restorative weekend recharging at one of Staunton’s historic bed & breakfasts. Opt for the garden cottage at the lovingly landscaped Artist’s House Bed & Breakfast; stay in one of the historically themed rooms at the Berkeley House B&B; or sequester yourself in the barn at the Inn at Old Virginia. Beyond the eclectic collection of bed & breakfasts in Staunton, the charming town also has plenty of elegant inns and boutique hotels—like the intimate Frederick House, a cozy hotel with a bed & breakfast vibe, or the centrally located and amenity-rich Stonewall Jackson Hotel.

2. Timeless Shakespearean Performances

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson | American Shakespeare Center
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson | American Shakespeare Center

 

Compensate for the increasingly earlier sunset time with an evening indoors at Staunton’s amazing performing arts venue, the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse. The venue is the world’s only recreation of the indoor Renaissance-era theatre graced by William Shakespeare. The Staunton-based playhouse showcases not only Shakespearian productions, but also more contemporary performances—like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a raucous show loaded with classic rock-style power ballads (on stage through November 26).

3. The Fall Foliage Bike Festival

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The Shenandoah Valley offers one of the best displays of fall colors in the country. m01229

Explore the Shenandoah Valley’s vibrant seasonal color on two-wheels at Staunton’s Fall Foliage Bike Festival (October 15-17). The two-day cycling celebration draws bikers from all over the East Coast and features routes of varying distance to suit both casual riders and seasoned cyclists— all of course looping through the bucolic Shenandoah Valley. The weekend also includes a vibrant Saturday Night Street Party in downtown Staunton, complete with a free public concert.

4. The Shenandoah Valley’s Harvest

Peruse the fresh, locally grown, Shenandoah Valley produce and seasonal artisanal delicacies at Staunton’s Farmers Market (Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon, April through November; Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through late September). After shopping for your own locally sourced ingredients, see how some of Staunton’s most celebrated chefs prepare the Shenandoah Valley’s seasonal bounty. Sample from the seasonally inspired menus at the town’s farm-to-fork eateries, like Zynodoa, serving elegant southern-inspired cuisine or The Shack, selected as “One of the Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine. The Store is a down-to-earth grocery store and local café using ingredients sourced directly from their farm, Nu-Beginning.

5. Seasonal Craft Brews

Celebrate the flavors of fall with seasonal newcomers to the tap list at Staunton’s three craft breweries—Queen City Brewing, Redbeard Brewing Company, and the Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company. Sample autumn-inspired brews like Redbeard’s Sweet Potato Pie Porter, slated for release in late September, and the Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company’s Fallback Apple. Or try crafting your own festive fall brew with the option to “Become the Brewer” at Queen City Brewing and whip up your own batch of ale. The brewery has more than 80 different recipes to peruse for inspiration. Staunton is also a stop along the regional Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, making the town a strategic jumping off point exploring a whole collection of mountain-fringed, regional breweries scattered throughout the Blue Ridge. You can find even more beer (and wine) options at Shenandoah Hops, an impressive retailer that also has a Friday night tasting event each week.

6. Stunning Scenic Byways

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the country’s most scenic fall drives. abi.bhattachan

Staunton is not only a portal to Skyline Drive, the iconic 105-mile thoroughfare bisecting Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, but it also sits at the northern cusp of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Flanked by the 200,000 acres of the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive is laden with 70 different scenic overlooks, while there are a staggering 280 viewpoints along the 469 miles of the national forest shrouded Blue Ridge Parkway—making the roadways arguably some of the best leaf peeping thoroughfares in the east. Check out Shenandoah National Park’s weekly fall report for peak leaf conditions.

7. Foliage Flanked Hiking Trails and Bountiful Backcountry Backpacking

Hit the trail during fall’s seasonal sweet spot—when the balmy summer weather has disappeared and the bugs have thinned. In Staunton, the options are almost unlimited, for everyone from casual day-hikers to trail-savvy backcountry gurus. Just outside town, the southward-winding Blue Ridge Parkway is a portal to more than 300 miles of trails, while Skyline Drive provides access to more than 500 miles of hiking trails in the Shenandoah National Park.

Staunton is also flanked by several sizable wilderness areas ideal for both extensive backcountry trips and seriously rugged day-hikes. The 19,290-acre Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness, dappled with 4,000-foot peaks and traversed by fishable trout streams, is just 20-miles west of Staunton. You can also explore the massive 27,248-acre Little River Roadless Area, which includes the second highest point in the George Washington National Forest, the 4,400-foot Reddish Knob.

8. Browse-Worthy Boutiques

Get a jump on the seasonal shopping and explore the eclectic assortment of uniquely local boutiques lining Staunton’s historic main drag. Pop in and peruse the fashionable styles at clothing stores like Design@Nine and Made; By the People for the People. Shop for socially conscious gifts at Latitudes Fair Trade Store and hunt for forgotten treasures at the Staunton Antiques Center. For a uniquely artsy shopping experience, spend an afternoon watching the glass blowing masters at Sunspots Studios (see live glassblowing daily until 4 p.m.)

Originally written by RootsRated for Staunton VA.

Fall Flavors: Farm-to-Cask Brewers Challenge

The long-awaited flavors of fall are captured in special release beers presented in the Farm-to-Cask Brewers Challenge. The first fall collaboration among the breweries of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, Farm-to-Cask showcases a one-weekend-only beer by each craft brewery. It’s a great day to sample and celebrate the harvest of the Shenandoah Valley. The charge to incorporate local ingredients with … Continue reading Fall Flavors: Farm-to-Cask Brewers Challenge

The long-awaited flavors of fall are captured in special release beers presented in the Farm-to-Cask Brewers Challenge. The first fall collaboration among the breweries of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, Farm-to-Cask showcases a one-weekend-only beer by each craft brewery. It’s a great day to sample and celebrate the harvest of the Shenandoah Valley.

The charge to incorporate local ingredients with seasonal brews kicked off last weekend in Harrisonburg. Robust flavors were on tap at caskrelease_shareimage1200x1200_sept17Brothers Craft Brewing, Three Notch’d Tap Room, and Pale Fire Brewing. Now see what the brewers of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County have whipped up for this Saturday’s cask tap.

FARM-TO-CASK FALL FLAVORS

At Queen City Brewing Co. the Blackberry IPA includes local blackberries, of course. The abundant fruit is so readily available that neighboring Shenandoah National Park hosts an annual “all things blackberry” celebration in July.

Redbeard Brewing Co. has infused their Mosaic IPA with locally-grown Carolina Reaper Peppers, proclaimed the “world’s hottest chili” by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013. The Carolina Reaper’s average SHU (Scoville Heat Units) is 1,569,300. For comparison, a Jalapeňo averages 2,500-5,000 SHU. 

The working farm brewery in Waynesboro, Stable Craft Brewing, is using home-grown ingredients to add über local flavors to their Harvest Ale. Cascade hops are a foundation of the Stable Craft line-up, but fresh-from-the-farm peaches and blackberries will add a sweet punch for your palate.

It’s apple season in Virginia, and Seven Arrows Brewing Co. is tapping a very Virginia apple lager this weekend. After brewing, the beverage is infused with locally-grown Cascade hops. Venture over and take a sip.

POST SIPPING

Wrap up your Farm-to-Cask day with more tastes of the Valley. Restaurants like The Shack and Zynodoa offer savory farm-fresh entrees to complete your adventure. 

PAC’N the Streets for a Staunton Street Fair

Old time street fairs rarely exist anymore, which is one more reason to #LOVEStaunton.  Staunton is arguably a top arts destination in Virginia, and PAC’N the Streets is one more box to check on the growing list of reasons. Sponsored by Staunton Performing Arts Center, this street fair is reminiscent of a bygone time that … Continue reading PAC’N the Streets for a Staunton Street Fair

Bella Skaggs, 8, of Waynesboro looks to monkey Django. She listens to street performer Jerry Brown while at the 'P.A.C.'n the Streets' celebration on East Beverley Street in downtown Staunton on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Sponsored by the Staunton Performing Art Center Experience (S.P.A.C.E.), the celebrates the 100th birthday of The New Theatre.
Photo by Mike Tripp courtesy of The News Leader

Old time street fairs rarely exist anymore, which is one more reason to #LOVEStaunton. 

Staunton is arguably a top arts destination in Virginia, and PAC’N the Streets is one more box to check on the growing list of reasons. Sponsored by Staunton Performing Arts Center, this street fair is reminiscent of a bygone time that great-grandparents will likely still remember. It’s wholesome family fun with an honesty and goodness that exudes from every entertainer, every venue, and the city itself. There’s nowhere else to be on September 10th than downtown Staunton for PAC’N the Streets.

WHERE’S the fun?

The fun has spread an additional block for 2016! Beverley Street from Market Street to Central Avenue will be cordoned off for pedestrian-only traffic. That’s three blocks with a stage of entertainment at each end and a block of interactive children’s fun, too.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Staunton Performing Arts Center will provide music, skits, and general merriment all day (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Something new will take each stage every 20 minutes, which is why PAC’N the Streets has become a highly popular event drawing thousands to the Queen City.

In addition to the stages, roaming performers, magicians, and characters will keep the atmosphere alive with amusement.

Arts and crafts vendors will be on hand, and a wide variety of food will be available for purchase. Seating for dining and watching the shows will be provided.

Kids will love the fun that Staunton Parks & Recreation and other entities provide. Look for the mini petting zoo featuring rescued animals. It’s a new feature this year that everyone will love.

Don’t be afraid to look beyond the fair, as Staunton’s shops and restaurants love to get in on the festive fun, too!

PAC’N the Streets is a rain or shine event. It’s also FREE! See you September 10th!

Staunton, Virginia is Your National Park Hub

As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years, Staunton celebrates as well. Centrally located between Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Staunton is a National Park hub of food and culture. In just 20 minutes, travelers drive from Staunton to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park. Entry points for both are atop Afton … Continue reading Staunton, Virginia is Your National Park Hub


As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years, Staunton celebrates as well. Centrally located between Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Staunton is a National Park hub of food and culture.

In just 20 minutes, travelers drive from Staunton to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park. Entry points for both are atop Afton Mountain. The Parkway is known as “America’s Favorite Drive” and President Herbert Hoover chose Shenandoah as his presidential retreat. The reasons for both are quite obvious: immense views, hikes with payoffs (waterfalls included!), and abundant wildlife. 

Speaking of presidents, Staunton’s very own Woodrow Wilson put his executive signature on the National Park Service. Born in Staunton, Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. His birthplace and presidential library are open daily for visitors to learn more about his life and legacy.

Visitors to Staunton enjoy a variety of accommodations, including the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, bed and breakfasts, and city stays. Likewise, dining opportunities are varied with farm fresh, casual, and ethnic flavors within reach. Staunton’s coffee shops and breweries are a hit with most everyone, and are perfect places to unwind.

If you have time between parks, catch a show at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse. In addition, a self-blown glass ornament from Sunspots Studios is a perfect reminder of your trip. Shop our boutiques, and simply soak in the beautiful downtown architecture.

Staunton welcomes you, outdoor lover.

Remaining 2016 National Park Service Fee-Free Days:

August 25-18 – National Park Service Birthday

September 24 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 – Veterans Day

Staunton Festival Celebrates Blues and Virginia Craft Beer

Bring a chair and get comfortable in downtown Staunton’s Wharf District on August 6 for the eighth annual Shenandoah Valley Blues & Brews Festival. It’s a rain or shine shindig featuring fantastic Blues artists and tremendous Virginia craft beer. The Artists Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, has followed in his father’s footsteps. “When I’m … Continue reading Staunton Festival Celebrates Blues and Virginia Craft Beer

Mud Morganfield and Kate Moss
Mud Morganfield and Kate Moss

Bring a chair and get comfortable in downtown Staunton’s Wharf District on August 6 for the eighth annual Shenandoah Valley Blues & Brews Festival. It’s a rain or shine shindig featuring fantastic Blues artists and tremendous Virginia craft beer.

The Artists

Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, has followed in his father’s footsteps. “When I’m up on stage I always feel pops is there with me and it means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world.”

Taking the stage with Mud is Kate Moss. Like the model, this Kate Moss turns heads too, with her looks and mad guitar skills. Joining them is Kevin Chisnell of Fatty Lumpkin and the Love Hogs, as well as Brian Mesko, an accomplished Roanoke jazz guitarist. 

Moonshine Society is led by Blues Hall of Fame member Black Betty, a striking woman whose voice brings a reckoning to every show. The band is joined by renown saxophonist Ron Holloway, who has played with The Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Dizzy Gillespie Quintet.

The Blues Music Awards 2011 Acoustic Album of the Year went to The Nighthawks for their album Last Train to Bluesville. Of it, Blues Blast Magazine wrote, “Ten tracks of incredible acoustic blues, all the more impressive given that it was recorded as a live session in the studio rather than pieced together of tracks and parts. The crystal clear recording would showcase any flaws – instead what comes through is a tight, professional acoustic set that truly showcases The Nighthawks’ musicianship.”

Parker & Gray are fresh and local. Their mission is to continue the tradition of preserving blues and roots music while also leaving their own mark. Give them a warm welcome and then look for them at a brewery, bar, or restaurant near you.

Little Lester, “a little white boy singin’ the blues,” is far more, as his performances show. He is a local legend playing shows at a variety of establishments.

The Beer

It is a blues and BREWS festival. Visit these craft beer vendors for a sudsy taste of Virginia:

  • Blue Mountain Brewery
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider
  • South Street Brewery

While you’re in town, check out Staunton’s own craft breweries, too: Red Beard, Queen City, and Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company. For a robust selection of additional Virginia craft beer, Shenandoah Hops is at your beck and call.

The Fine Print

  • Do not bring pets or coolers.
  • Gates will open at 2:00 p.m.
  • General Admission is $25. VIP is $80 and includes seating, snacks, and drinks.
  • Children 12 and younger are free.

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Heifetz: A Daily Celebration of Music in Staunton

Summer in Staunton is exciting for many reasons, but one is the music of Heifetz Institute’s Summer Festival. Daily celebrations of noon performances and evening concerts make Staunton a vibrant cultural destination. Plan a date night around something beautiful or enjoy happy hour entertainment before a great dinner nearby. CALENDAR CHECK THIS OUT Heifetz Hootenanny is … Continue reading Heifetz: A Daily Celebration of Music in Staunton

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Heifetz International Music Institute

Summer in Staunton is exciting for many reasons, but one is the music of Heifetz Institute’s Summer Festival. Daily celebrations of noon performances and evening concerts make Staunton a vibrant cultural destination. Plan a date night around something beautiful or enjoy happy hour entertainment before a great dinner nearby. CALENDAR

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Heifetz Hootenanny is a Saturday night open air concert filled with lively, down-home sounds. Expect to hear roots, Celtic, jazz, folk, and probably a few other genres at this fun jam session. Local musicians join the Heifetz students in this event. General admission is only $10 or $15 for two!

HeifetzPEG, a class of young, exceptionally gifted string musicians between the ages of 8 and 13 will present their own “graduation recital” on July 28th and 29th at 2 p.m. It’s an exciting celebration all its own for these young musicians.

Mondays on Market, a fun lunchtime concert series, takes place at two iconic spots located just a block away from each other on Market street. Alternating between the historic Temple House of Israel and Blackfriars Playhouse, this concert series is free and features performances and informal conversations with the Heifetz students. 

Salute all the fun with a taste of a special collaboration craft beer! Heifetz International Music, Shenandoah Hops, and Three Notch’d Brewery came together to produce Heifetz-Weizen. You can find it at Shenandoah Hops while you’re in town.

ABOUT The HEIFETZ INTERNATIONAL MUSIC

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The Heifetz Institute’s Summer Program is an intensive, honorable opportunity for outstanding string musicians between the ages of 13 and 25 to receive instruction from the world’s best music faculty and performers. Two hours of one-on-on instruction is provided to each student each week, as well as multiple performance opportunities and various training and coaching sessions.

 

Gypsy Hill Park: The Place for Summer Entertainment

Locals and visitors, rejoice! There is near-nightly summer entertainment at Gypsy Hill Park, one of the jewels in the Staunton Parks & Recreation crown. Pack yourself a  picnic and spread out on the lawn for a terrific evening of music and family fun. Concessions are available at all concerts and at Family Night Flix.  MONDAY … Continue reading Gypsy Hill Park: The Place for Summer Entertainment

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Locals and visitors, rejoice! There is near-nightly summer entertainment at Gypsy Hill Park, one of the jewels in the Staunton Parks & Recreation crown. Pack yourself a  picnic and spread out on the lawn for a terrific evening of music and family fun. Concessions are available at all concerts and at Family Night Flix. 

MONDAY NIGHTS

8 p.m. June through August: Find The Stonewall Brigade Band on the bandstand. It is the oldest continuous community band in the country, dating to 1855. Initially a brass band, now it’s a full concert band of at least 70 performers from the 120-strong roster of musicians. Each concert is different and includes a variety of genres. 

TUESDAY NIGHTS

7 p.m. in June and July: Praise in the Park is a series of concerts of Southern Gospel, Gospel Bluegrass, and Contemporary Gospel. Teen Night is June 26 and features the Covenant Band performing Christian Rock. Free pizza, drinks and giveaways for youth during this special event. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

7 p.m. in July and August: Bluegrass! If you love a little pickin’ and grinnin’, this is the night for you.  You won’t want to miss this series. Highlights to include the brother and sister duo, Marteka and William, performing in the styles of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (July 18) and Little Roy and the Lizzy Show (August 15). 

THURSDAY NIGHTS

7 p.m. July and August: Jazz in the Park takes control of the bandstand to bring you exciting Big Band, Prohibition era jazz, Blues, and even a little Latin jazz this summer. Sentimental Journey Big Band kicks off the season July 5th with classic big band music. Other highlights include the Dave Braham Organ Trio and Quatro Na Bossa performing authentic Brazilian jazz. Hot summer nights will only turn up a notch when these exciting entertainers come to Staunton.

FRIDAY NIGHTS

June through August 4: Family-friendly movies under the stars create memories! Bring your kiddos and a big blanket to Family Nite Flix, lay back and watch new flicks: Coco (June 8), Jumanji (June 22), Paddington 2 (July 13), Peter Rabbit (July 27) and Black Panther (August 10). Movies start between 8:30 and 9:15 pm. 

Saturdays and Sundays in Staunton’s parks are great for swimming, golfing, picnicking, hiking, and biking. Make these green spaces your summer go-to for unwinding any day of the week. Happy Summer!

A Staunton Beer and Wine Tour

Did you know that Staunton is centrally located to eight Shenandoah Valley craft breweries and wineries? It’s true. Within a 16-mile radius, you can sip and taste wonderful fruits of the vines and bines. Come take a Staunton beer and wine tour with us! DAY One in downtown Plan out your day based on which craft … Continue reading A Staunton Beer and Wine Tour

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Queen City Brewing

Did you know that Staunton is centrally located to eight Shenandoah Valley craft breweries and wineries? It’s true. Within a 16-mile radius, you can sip and taste wonderful fruits of the vines and bines. Come take a Staunton beer and wine tour with us!

DAY One in downtown

Plan out your day based on which craft attraction opens first. Enjoy a great downtown breakfast and visit Sunspots Studios to watch glass-blowing or to blow your own ornament. Walk across the street to try a wine flight at Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room (open 10 am Saturdays; noon Sunday-Friday). Their patio is a great place to take in the views of the Wharf District while sipping Shy Ox, a summery citrus rosé with a strawberry nose.Beer & Wine

Within walking distance is Byers Street Bistro, a fantastic place for lunch with a great patio for enjoying the fresh air. For an incredible view of the downtown area, travel up to Sears Hill Bridge right behind the Bistro and bask the beautiful sights. 

Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, now located at 103 W Beverley St, opens at noon Friday and Saturday; 2 pm Sunday, and 4 pm Tuesday-Thursday. SVBC is the place to fill any growler you may have with you. Create your own flight from their 10 taps to mix and match however you choose. 

Redbeard Brewing (open 1 pm Friday-Sunday; 4 pm Tuesday-Thursday) is a small batch craft brewery offering six to eight of their beers at a time on tap. Redbeard is not yet distributed, so your only chance to sip what they’re concocting is on the premises. That’s a very cool “drink local” opportunity.

Bedlam Brewing (open 11 am Friday-Sunday; 4 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) is a newer brewery located on 2303 N Augusta St. Stop in on Wednesday nights for Trivia starting at 7:00 pm, or visit on Fridays and Sundays for live music. Don’t miss out on their delicious wood-fired pizza and happy hour specials starting at 4 pm daily. 

Staunton’s first brewery since Prohibition is Queen City Brewing, which opens at 4 pm daily; noon on Saturdays. Their patio is calling you to enjoy a pint and live music Wednesdays and Fridays. Also try your hand at crafting your very own beer with their Becoming the Brewmaster program.

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Day Two in the country

Fill up on something hearty before hitting the road for more craft adventures. 

Barren Ridge Vineyards (Fishersville) opens at 11 am daily; 1 pm Sunday. Their expansive patio boasts incredible pastoral and mountain views. Try a flight, then ask about their sausages, cheeses, crackers, and jams that pair beautifully with your favorite wine.

Seven Arrows Brewing Company (Waynesboro) opens at noon Saturday and Sunday and 11 am Monday, Wednesday-Friday. Select Saturdays feature an event called Om Brew, a yoga class rewarded with a beer afterward. Seven Arrows recently added Nobos kitchen to their facility, serving food from when the brewery opens until it closes. Nobos’ menu is often changing, and updates can be found on their Facebook page. 

Stable Craft Brewing (Waynesboro) opens at noon Saturday-Monday, and 4 pm Wednesday-Friday. Nestled into a working horse farm, Stable Craft is a cool place to experience a little of the outdoors while tipping back a beer and scarfing down a burger in the Draft Room.

Basic City Beer Co. (Waynesboro) opens at noon Friday-Sunday, 5 pm on Mondays, and 3 pm Tuesday-Thursday. This relatively new brewery is located on 1010 E Main St. Basic City Beer Co. offers live music often, so make sure to check their Facebook page and website to keep up to date on upcoming performances! Don’t miss out on Hops Kitchen, either. Located on the back patio of Basic City, this small kitchen serves chef specials and shareables during the week, and a full menu Fridays-Sundays. 

Close out your day with a great downtown dinner, a show at American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse or a classical concert by Heifitz International Music Institute.

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All of the breweries mentioned in this article are members of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.

 

 

Staunton & Shenandoah: 10 Ways to Celebrate 100 Years

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a momentous occasion worth celebrating. Shenandoah National Park is a mere 20 minutes from downtown Staunton, making our place your home base for outdoor explorations. Gear up at Wilderness Adventure, then pack a picnic loaded with our favorite local goodies. Next, #FindYourPark! Staunton’s Top 10 for Shenandoah Drive the park via … Continue reading Staunton & Shenandoah: 10 Ways to Celebrate 100 Years

North Mt. Marshall Vista Credit: NPS/Neal Lewis
North Mt. Marshall Vista
Credit: NPS/Neal Lewis

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a momentous occasion worth celebrating. Shenandoah National Park is a mere 20 minutes from downtown Staunton, making our place your home base for outdoor explorations.

Gear up at Wilderness Adventure, then pack a picnic loaded with our favorite local goodies. Next, #FindYourPark!

Staunton’s Top 10 for Shenandoah

Doyles River Falls Credit: NPS
Doyles River Falls
Credit: NPS
  1. Drive the park via Skyline Drive from one end to the other, stopping at overlooks along the way.
  2. Seek out one of 10 gorgeous waterfalls.
  3. Enjoy your picnic, but DO leave room for dessert! The blackberry pie at Skyland Resort is a real treat. 
  4. Climb the park’s highest peak – Hawksbill – for a selfie you won’t forget.
  5. Head to Big Meadows for birdwatching, a part of the park that is home to birds not found in other areas of the park. 
  6. Tag along with your kids on a Junior Ranger Program, an opportunity for ages 7 to 12 to get hands-on with nature.
  7. Go for an Ancient Volcano Hike to get the scoop on the lay of the land.
  8. Try your hand at nature photography. There’s no better place, and there happens to be an August 27th seminar to help you hone your skills.
  9. Settle in atop Little Stony Man Cliffs and await a breathtaking sunset.
  10. Need more blackberries in your life? Come on back to Staunton and toast your day with a Blackberry Wheat Ale at Redbeard Brewing.

Your Guide to Dining Alfresco

‘Tis the season to be outside! Fortunately for you, fellow seeker of warmth and sunshine, Staunton has excellent places for outdoor dining. Places you’ll be able to take a deep breath, nosh a bit, and throw back an ice cold drink for lunch, dinner, or after dinner.                     … Continue reading Your Guide to Dining Alfresco

‘Tis the season to be outside! Fortunately for you, fellow seeker of warmth and sunshine, Staunton has excellent places for outdoor dining. Places you’ll be able to take a deep breath, nosh a bit, and throw back an ice cold drink for lunch, dinner, or after dinner.

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Byers Street Bistro (18 Byers St) – Head to the Bistro after work or meet friends for an afternoon chill-out beneath the umbrellas on the patio. Happy Hour deals extend from the bar, so watch for those offerings while enjoying a “shareable” like the fried green tomatoes, fried dill pickles, smoked bacon and corn hushpuppies, or chorizo fondue. In fact, get a plate of each and pass it around.

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Cranberry’s

Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery (7 S New St) – Shopping downtown around lunch time? Waiting for a show at Blackfriars? Cranberry’s is centrally located! 

Try the New Street Burrito (also available as a salad) or a classic BLT paired with a freshly squeezed juice concoction, Mexican Coca-Cola, or even coffee. There are many cool options at Cranberry’s, and the patio is an excellent place

Table 44 (300 Church St) – The covered patio is a signature space at Table 44, where a table is waiting for you! Try the refreshing feta and watermelon salad or splurge with a decadent dessert from Paris Cake Company. It’s a great option on a warm day or evening, especially when you add a sangria or a bucket of beer.

Chicano Boy (300 Church St) – This small eatery boasts a huge patio that’s perfect for enjoying a meal with family and friends. A local favorite after, Chicano Boy offers a great menu perfect for guests of all ages. 

Newtown Baking (960 W Beverley St) – Having been a Staunton staple for years, Newtown Baking provides fresh, delicious breads and pastries daily in addition to lunch. Open Wednesday-Saturday, you can now enjoy dinner, ranging from gyros all the way to wood-fired pizzas from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the bakery. 

DECKS

The Shack (105 S Coalter St) – Chef Ian Boden brings a fresh new menu every day of the week based on whatever is fresh from local producers. The Shack is a busy place and reservations are recommended if you can’t get there early. Having the deck enables more people to enjoy the incredible dishes Chef Boden is slingin’. Popular snacks for your five o’clock wind-down have included pimento cheese with benne biscuit crackers, and Sewansecott oysters on the half shell.

Thai Staunton* (1000 Greenville Ave) – Take your friends straight to the deck at Thai Staunton and order up the Asian sample platter to share while sipping cocktails. The deck overlooks bustling Greenville Avenue, but laughter among friends creates an entirely different atmosphere. 

ROOFTOPS

The Pompei Lounge (23 E Beverley St) – The open-air rooftop terrace at The Pompei Lounge is the place to be on a hot summer night. When the sun goes down, the atmosphere becomes electric with live music, plenty of drink offerings, and bar bites that won’t disappoint.

The Pompei Lounge View
The Pompei Lounge View

BREWERIES

Queen City Brewing (834 Springhill Rd) – Staunton’s first brewery hosts food trucks and musicians each Friday night for an event they call Picks n Pints, and their

Queen City Brewing
Queen City Brewing

deck is an awesome place to hang out and sip one of their 22 tapped options of craft beer. Open Mic Night is Wednesdays, if you need a mid-week evening break.

Bedlam Brewing (2303 N Augusta St) – A neighborhood hangout, Bedlam Brewing creates the perfect pub environment offering delicious wood-fired pizza and craft brews. Their patio is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the live music that occurs at Bedlam on Fridays and Sundays. 

In conclusion, there are plenty of great options for outdoor dining in Staunton. Other choices with limited outdoor seating include:  The Pampered Palate, Clocktower Food & Spirits, and Farmhouse Kitchen and Wares, all serving a wonderful view of Beverley Street. Get out and enjoy!