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Scenic Drives to Staunton

Spring days are perfect for a scenic drive to Staunton, the home of great food and vibrant culture.

The first day of spring is March 20, which means early buds and blooms will be sprouting everywhere. Spring days are perfect for a scenic drive to Staunton, the home of great food and vibrant culture. Check out the map below to choose your route.

 

Skyline Drive to Staunton

104 miles • 3 hours

Travelers day-trippin’ from Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. will undoubtedly enjoy a leisurely ride along Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. A fee of $20 will grant you access, but savvy travelers know that select dates are “fee free” at National Parks. Stroll along on one of those days to avoid the fee. Better yet, purchase an annual pass for $40 to enjoy it again and again.

Access Skyline Drive from Front Royal, Thornton Gap, Swift Run Gap, and Rockfish Gap. Rockfish is where you’ll exit Skyline Drive to descend into Staunton. Pick up Route 250 to wind your way through Waynesboro and Fishersville before reaching the Queen City.

Points of Interest Along the Way:

  • Try the blackberry pie at Skyland Resort Dining Room in Shenandoah National Park.
  • Sample Virginia craft beer at Seven Arrows Brewing Company in Waynesboro.
  • Sip the fruit of the vine at Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville.
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The view from Barrenridge Vineyards

 

Elkins, WV to Staunton

106 miles • 2 hours 20 minutes

From the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia, head east to Staunton, taking in the beautiful views of the Monongahela National Forest as you ride along the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. When you enter Virginia, you’re treated to sweet switchbacks and turns. Perhaps a motorcycle is the most thrilling mode of transportation for this fun scenic drive.

Points of Interest Along the Way:

  • Monterey is the home of the Highland Maple Festival. Grab a bottle of syrup!
  • Stretch your legs at the Confederate Breastworks Interpretive Trail in McDowell.

 

Farmville to Staunton

98 miles •  2 hours 20 minutes

If you’re traveling from the furniture and décor hot spot of Farmville to the farm-to-table cultural center of Staunton, Route 56 is the way to go. You’ll cross the scenic James River as you approach the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a destination unto themselves. Bring the camera for all the beauty this drive affords.

Points of Interest Along the Way:

  • Crabtree Falls is a just off Route 56 in Tyro. A paved trail takes you to the lower falls if you don’t have time to hike farther up.

 

Covington to Staunton

76 miles • 1 hour 45 minutes

Driving through the beautiful mountains of western Virginia via Route 220 satisfies the soul on many levels, but when such a drive includes beautiful points of interest, well, you may want to take it again and again and again.

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vamedia on Flickr

Points of Interest Along the Way:

  • Falling Springs waterfall is an 80′ cascade that can be seen from the road.
  • Southern gem, The Homestead Resort, is a beautiful photo op you can’t pass up.
  • Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs is a natural hot spring frequented by Thomas Jefferson.

 

Once You’re in Staunton

First, WELCOME! Second, let’s eat!

What else is there to do and see?

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Love is in the air in Staunton

Looking for a place to spend Valentines Day with your sweetie, spouse or BFF? Whether it’s a romantic evening or just hanging out for the afternoon, there are tons of options right in Staunton. Special Tasting with Mike Lund Foods Get the weekend started right with one of Mike Lund Food’s exclusive tasting menu dinners … Continue reading Love is in the air in Staunton

Looking for a place to spend Valentines Day with your sweetie, spouse or BFF? Whether it’s a romantic evening or just hanging out for the afternoon, there are tons of options right in Staunton.

Special Tasting with Mike Lund Foods

Get the weekend started right with one of Mike Lund Food’s exclusive tasting menu dinners on Friday and Saturday night. Start out by mingling over Rappahannock River oysters and sparkling wine and settle in for a full table of offerings including truffled mac’n’ham’n’cheese, curried lobster soup and a dessert bar. Check out the menu here and don’t forget that reservations are required for this incredible event!mike lund food

835 Springhill Road | Facebook | For reservations info@mikelundfood.com

Southern Style Farm to Table in Four Courses

Looking for a romantic evening on historic Beverley Street? Zynodoa is planning three full nights of a four-course chef-tasting valentine’s-themed menu on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Share some heated looks and old-school (with a new twist) cocktails over crab cakes, pork belly and beef tenderloin. Be sure to make reservations and come early for a romantic stroll down Beverley.

zynodoa

115 East Beverley | Facebook | Event Information

A Bevy of Choices on Beverley!

Looking for more options? Ava Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering not one, not two, but three prix fixe options this Thursday through Sunday. Choose from a light three course dinner for two, or opt for a full night with five courses. With wine pairings for each level (but sparkling wine for all!) Ava is the place for lovers (and lovers of wine.) Looking for just a a bite and some people-watching? Stop by and choose from the appetizers and drinks menu for a tête-à-tête. Reservations required.

ava

103 West Beverley Street | Facebook | Event Information

Tiffany and Trivia

Not looking for a Valentine’s Day theme, but still want a fun day in Staunton with your sweetheart (or buddies?) then check out one of the best date ‘afternoons’ downtown! Start out at Trinity Episcopal Church, founded in 1746, and check out the collection of twelve Trinity windows and locally-made Taylor & Boody organ. Take a stroll around the lovely grounds and head across the street to George Bowers Grocery for a hot game of 80’s trivia, cold beer and local Polyface grass-fed burgers.

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from top right | Light streaming through the windows at George Bowers Grocery; trivia, 80’s style; cozy up for burger, beers and trivia; historic Trinity Church

George Bowers Grocery | 219 West Beverley Street | Facebook
Trinity Church | 214 West Beverley Street | Website

A Valentine’s Weekend at The Bistro

Don’t miss out on the Valentine’s Day (and weekend) fun at the Wharf. Chef Joey Sprouse has pulled together an amazing menu of oysters, prime rib and salmon for all you Wharf-loving lovers out there! Dinner service starts at 5 p.m. come for dinner and stick around for an evening of live music.

Friday, February 12 | William Walter & Company | 9:00pm – Midnight
Saturday, February 13 | Firecracker Jam Band | 9:00pm – Midnight

the bistro

 

Fun Things To Do In Staunton When It’s Chilly Outside

Looking for for something fun to do in Staunton when it’s not so fun being outside? We’ve got plenty of options to keep the whole family engaged when the weather’s not cooperating! Live Glassblowing Classes and Demonstration Sunspots Studios, a favorite destination for many of Staunton’s repeat visitors, offers an amazing opportunity to learn about the … Continue reading Fun Things To Do In Staunton When It’s Chilly Outside

Looking for for something fun to do in Staunton when it’s not so fun being outside? We’ve got plenty of options to keep the whole family engaged when the weather’s not cooperating!

Live Glassblowing Classes and Demonstration

Sunspots Studios, a favorite destination for many of Staunton’s repeat visitors, offers an amazing opportunity to learn about the art of glassblowing. With daily live demonstrations until 4 p.m., come with the whole family and take advantage of the up-close and personal viewing area and watch one of the in-house artists create beautiful works of art.

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The gift shop and gallery is full of one-of-a kind home and garden glass treasures, artisan jewelry and handbags.

If you’re ready to jump in for hands-on fun, Sunspots offers a unique glassblowing class. Suitable for ages 7 and up, come and spend some time in the studio and create your own hand-blown glass ornament.

Call ahead for glassblowing demonstration and class times.

202 South Lewis Street | Facebook

Special Valentines Day Event At Sunspots Studios

Join Sunspots Studios for an exclusive Valentines Day event Wednesday, February 10, 2016 through Sunday, February 14, 2016.  Sunspots has new, special equipment to allow you and your Valentine to blow an ornament at the same time, locking your breath together forever! Get more information here.

A Picturesque Walk Through History

Tucked away in the heart of historic Staunton, the Camera Heritage Museum is packed full of over 4,500 cameras and accessories, covering the history of man’s fascination with recording the moments of our lives.

Leave behind selfie sticks and Snapchat and stop by the the museum to get a glimpse of 150 years of history seen through the lens of this amazing collection. Some of the featured items rare historical photographs, such as that taken by a camera on board a Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the personal photograph collection of the John Wilkes Booth family and a signed photograph of the Beatles performing on the Ed Sullivan show.

The collection includes vintage and modern examples of camera technology, as well as the work of regional photographers dating back to 1847 when Charles F. Hamilton was working with daguerreotypes right here in Staunton.

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The Camera Heritage Museum is open to the public Monday – Friday 9 to 5, Saturdays 9-2. Tours are $5.

1 West Beverley Street | Facebook

Five Staunton Destinations to Enjoy with Kids

Traveling with children? Bless your heart and let us help. These five fab things are tops per traveler reviews.

This is part of a series of three articles which will highlight the best of downtown Staunton, per traveler reviews.

Family travel is not for the faint of heart. I know. I’m a mom of three and a bargain hunter to boot. Research shows that moms typically make the travel plans, so with you kindred weary spirits in mind, here are the top five things to do with your children in Staunton (and on the cheap).

Blackfriars Playhouse The Taming of the Shrew AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER – 5 stars – Thursday-Sunday Show

The Bard’s original English Blackfriars Playhouse is recreated in Staunton (the only one in the world), delivering the most authentic William Shakespeare experience in America. What you see is what would have been – no sets, no lighting effects, no microphones. It’s a rare opportunity for aspiring actors and actresses ages 7 and older to see passion and dedication up close (some guests sit on stage!).

Can’t make it to a show? Playhouse Tours are available for $7 per person. Each tour is guided and delivered as a mix of entertainment and education. Photography is allowed on the tour but not during performances.

>> PRO TIP: The first few performances of each production offer a unique opportunity for those without reserved seats to “pay what you will.” Check the calendar for specific dates. Otherwise, ticket prices vary by performance and seat preference (generally $18-$59).

“Go on with an open mind and get ready to smile. It is simply a great way to spend an evening (or afternoon). My two teenagers laughed like it was a teen movie and my wife and I loved it. Quirky and fun!” -BaldAndHappy, Washington, DC


 

Sunspots ornaments SUNSPOTS STUDIO – 4.5 stars – Open Daily – Free Demonstrations

This glass studio will leave your kids in awe. Warn them of the “look but don’t touch” rule while in the gift shop, and then check out the glassblowing in action. If you’re visiting between Wednesday and Sunday, blow your own family ornament (ages 7 to adult; $40-45 each). Should you choose not to, at least find a bauble to take home as a souvenir.

“It was very interesting and even my 7 yo enjoyed it. There are seats, so that it’s a comfortable place … Definitely worth checking out!” -NCtraveler73, Raleigh, NC (TripAdvisor)


 

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 FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM – 4.5 stars – Open Daily

Perhaps one of the most underrated experiences in Virginia, the Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of westward migration by those who forged the way. The great pioneers were English, Irish, German, and West African. See working homestead farms representative of the 1600 and 1700s, as well as early American dwellings and a Native American dwelling that would have been customary for the Blue Ridge around 1730.

>> PRO TIP: Sunday is “pay what you will” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the tour is self-guided. Otherwise, rates are free to $10 depending on age.

“Kids had a great time trying the different frontier activities. Definitely worth going.” -Kevin L. (TripAdvisor)


WOODROW WILSON BIRTHPLACE, PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY, AND MUSEUM – 4.5 stars – Seasonal Hours
Did you know Woodrow Wilson is the only President of the United States to hold an earned doctoral degree? Or that he went by “Tommy” through childhood and into his years at College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)? How about that his face is on the $100,000 bill? It’s not surprising if you missed that question. Those were never publicly circulated, only 42,000 were created, and it’s illegal to own one. Learn what else you don’t know about President Wilson when you visit. Rates are free to $14 depending on age.

>> PRO TIP: Traditionally Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is free to active duty military, National Guard, Reservists, and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day thanks to the Blue Star Museum Program.

“Good displays portraying Wilson’s life. Informative, interesting, well done. Even a craft/activity room for kids. Especially enjoyed learning about his car!” – Lydspot, Staunton, VA


STAUNTON FIRE & RESCUE – 4 stars* – Open Daily – Free
It’s doubtful that this would be on your “must do when we’re in Staunton” list, but it should be if you’re traveling with kids. Actually, grandpas, dads, and uncles will probably enjoy this visit, too, as it’s the oldest volunteer fire station in Virginia (1790; paid as of 1893) and home to one of maybe two remaining 1911 Robinson Fire Engines.
*Rating via Trekaroo

Where do you love to roam around Staunton with kids in tow? My personal favorite is Pufferbellies, a fun toy store that’s actually a great deal more. Not only will you find specialty toys for STEM learning, but they also have a great selection of books, arts and crafts, and even an adult coloring section.

Leave a comment or go share your experience with a TripAdvisor review.

Downtown Staunton’s Five Best Places for Nightlife

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere both upstairs and down in the pub area. Fun place to catch live music on the weekends too. This has been my go to spot, if I’m in the area, for the past ten years.

This is a series of three articles which will highlight the best of downtown Staunton, per traveler reviews.

When you’re visiting Staunton and seeking a nightcap with a side of city vibe, these are the places to check out. You’ll mix with locals and other travelers – business, leisure, alumni – and you’ll soon understand why this city is one of Virginia’s most beloved. Cheers to good times, new friends, and Staunton.

Brick’s Restaurant and Pub – 4 stars – Pizza, Bar, Italian
Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Brick’s is a good place to unwind. As Rod O. from Charlottesville wrote in his Yelp review, “Is it a sports bar? It could be, maybe, though it seems like a comfortable place to relax! I could give this pizza no less than 4 1/2 stars!” Local Chris H. recommends Brick’s calling it a “great local hangout … the pizza is addictive!” Claudia H. from nearby Verona dubbed it a “pizza dive bar,” which is not a negative comment by any means, as she went on to write that it’s “a great new addition to downtown Staunton.” Come as you are, shoot pool, get a homemade pizza, cheese fries, calzone, or wings, and wash it down with a Devils Backbone Vienna Lager or Pabst Blue Ribbon, whichever way your taste leads.

The Pompei Lounge – 3 stars – Lounge, Italian
Located within and above Emilio’s Italian Restaurant, Pompei is open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Head upstairs after an excellent meal at Emilio’s and enjoy a Lemon Drop Martini (Yelp reviewers recommend it) with live tunes. When it’s warm, you’ll love the view from the rooftop terrace. There’s always something going on at The Pompei Lounge.
“… a great local place that felt as much like a house party as a bar, with plenty of little nooks, crannies, rooms and terraces (seriously, it felt as though this place went on forever!) to make a night of it with a good group of friends …” -Maki P., Seattle, WA
“Holy crap, this place rocks! Excellent atmosphere, attentive staff, kickass bartenders!” -a love note from Vinyl Rob on The Pompei Lounge Facebook page

ALSO SEE: Downtown Staunton’s 10 Best Places to Dine

Yelping Dog Wine – 4 stars – Wine Bar, Sandwiches
A wine and cheese shop open until 9 p.m. (10 on Fridays and Saturdays), Yelping Dog is decidedly low-key and chill with live music from time to time. Order a cheese plate or gourmet grilled cheese and ask for the perfect wine pairing.
“Hands down my favorite place to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening!” -Erin M., Fort Defiance, VA

Byers Street Bistro – 4 stars – Music Venue, American (New)
Count on a lively band every Saturday night at Byers Street Bistro. Open until midnight, you can sample a range of draught Virginia craft beers with appetizers like fried green tomatoes, smoked bacon and corn hushpuppies, and Chesapeake crab cakes.
“The restaurant has a nice atmosphere both upstairs and down in the pub area.  Fun place to catch live music on the weekends too.  This has been my go to spot, if I’m in the area, for the past ten years.” -Jesse V., Winchester, VA

What is your favorite fine dining, nightlife, dive, or café in Staunton? Head to Yelp and leave a review, plus fill in the missing details for each: hours, outdoor seating, etc. Share your knowledge and #LOVEStaunton.

Downtown Staunton’s 10 Best Places to Dine

Staunton’s culinary scene is diverse and delicious, according to diner feedback on Yelp. Dishes from the most highly rated restaurants span the globe, but “fresh and local” is the primary theme of what you might be missing in Staunton.

This is a series of three articles which will highlight the best of downtown Staunton, per traveler reviews.

Staunton’s culinary scene is diverse and delicious, according to diner feedback on Yelp. Dishes from the most highly rated restaurants span the globe, but “fresh and local” is the primary theme of what you’ll find in Staunton.

Sera_Petras_Photography_Zynodoa-51Zynodoa – 4.5 stars – New American
This gem has risen to the top because of the constantly changing menu. Entrée options rely on local farmers and purveyors, so you may not experience the same meal twice, or at least, not for a while. A new reason to go? Taste what chef Ryan Zale is up to since his appearance on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”
“Small town dining that gives big cities a run for the money!” -Chris S., San Francisco, CA

Mill Street Grill – 4 stars – New American
 It may be the on-the-house peppermint ice cream that seals the deal for many diners, but others do rave about specific menu items like the ribs, which are a Mill Street staple. Dining at MSG has become a tradition for many traveling through or visiting the area.
“The ribs are done KC style and done perfectly – the meat just fell right off the bone.” -Tiffany L., Fremont, CA

Byers Street Bistro – 4 stars – New American
People love the patio at BSB, and they love that their dogs are welcome there, too. The menu features fresh new spins on southern favorites, and varying genres of bands keep things hopping on Friday and Saturday nights.
“I especially love their creative takes on classic southern dishes (chicken and waffles with an orange chile syrup, yes please!).” -Amanda M., Baltimore, MD

Nu-Beginning Farm Store – 4.5 stars – Café
Don’t be fooled by the name or the façade. Nu-Beginning Farm Store (The Store) is a café Yelpers love to yelp about. Local producers are listed on the chalkboard so that visitors know exactly where their meal is sourced.
“… the place that makes the hummus I crave …” -D’oh D., Washington, DC

AioliAioli – 4.5 stars – Mediterranean
Aioli is a beautiful restaurant with beautifully presented, flavorful food. France, Italy, and Spain are represented in Chef Said Rahfiri’s menu, as well as on his beverage list.
“The crab cake ‘killed’ … this is not just food.  This is artistry.” -Ranzo T., St. Petersburg, FL

The Shack – 4.5 stars – New American
James Beard nominated chef and owner Ian Boden is all about food and perhaps less about venue. Simple, it feels like going to grandma’s house with love-worn place settings and family photos on the wall. Why so simple? Perhaps it’s to direct your undivided attention to your meal. Make reservations for this 26 seater; it’s popular for food critics and those of us who want something good to eat.
“Had a killer brunch – biscuits with rabbit gravy and a softshell crab po’boy that made me swoon.” -Corey A., Louisville, KY

The Depot Grille – 4 stars – Traditional American
The Depot is located in a 1902 train station (fitting, huh?). You’ll love the old details of the place – the original floors, reclaimed wooden church pews for booths, and a deliciously intricate bar from the Ten Eyck Hotel (1918) in Albany, NY. You’ll definitely want a cocktail in a setting like this.
“The burger special with bourbon bacon jam (oh yes) and the prime rib sandwich with chipotle queso were excellent.” – Candi W., Midlothian, VA

Ubon Thai Victorian Restaurant Inn – 4 stars – Thai
A most unique mash-up, Ubon Thai is located in a functioning Victorian Inn (yes, you can stay the night!). Choose from a generous menu and then dictate which level of heat your palate will withstand.
“We ordered spring rolls (fried) for appetizer, they were the best homemade ones I have ever tasted.” -Judy W., Little Rock, AR

Taste of India – 4 stars – Indian
The elegant presentation of Taste of India is perfectly complemented by the warm, attentive staff. Many people love the buffet, as it’s the best way to sample a little bit of everything this authentic Indian restaurant has to offer.
“My favorite dish was the goat curry.  I’ve traveled to India on many occasions … including Northern India as far as Dehradun, and A Taste of India knocks it out of the ball park for tasty and affordable Indian cuisine in Staunton, VA.” -Jerry C., Nellysford, VA

It’s your turn. Head over to Yelp to tell the world all about your favorite restaurants and their dishes.

A Haven For Textile Artists

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton is a natural gathering place for makers and crafters of all stripes. If you’re always on the lookout for a new local yarn shop or unique lengths of fabric, Staunton has just what you’re looking for. Vintage bits, yarn treasure-trove and unique fiber arts Tucked just a few blocks north of … Continue reading A Haven For Textile Artists

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton is a natural gathering place for makers and crafters of all stripes. If you’re always on the lookout for a new local yarn shop or unique lengths of fabric, Staunton has just what you’re looking for.

Vintage bits, yarn treasure-trove and unique fiber arts

Tucked just a few blocks north of historic Beverley Street, Ragalia is a true find that will fill any crafter with glee. Judi Jones, proprietress, has spent decades as maker and shopkeeper. Visit Ragailia and hunt through piles of unusual fabrics, vintage clothing, notions, baskets of yarn and an eclectic collection of needles, cases and buttons. Judi, a maker herself, works in a variety of textiles and is always up for a chat while you check out her finished knitted garments, hooked rugs and felted projects.

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Clockwise from upper left | charming facade, a basketful of fiber, tons of unique textiles, embroidery and quilt hoops
Ragalia | 713 North Augusta | Facebook

A local yarn shop with a bit extra

My Yarn Stash is a new and welcome addition to downtown Staunton. Previously located in Monterey, Virginia, this cozy yarn shop boasts a wide offering of yarns, needles and notions, plus a back room of quilting fabrics. Curl up in one of the armchairs and check out the book selection while chatting with owners, Emily and Theresa Wagner.

If you’re lucky enough to live near Staunton, check out one of the knitting classes on the schedule. And if you’re just passing through, stop by and be sure to leave with a ball of yarn to remember your trip to Staunton!

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Upper left | Emily Wagner, manager, My Yarn Stash
My Yarn Stash | 16 West Beverley Street | Facebook

Nineteen years and counting all the quilts!

Rachel’s Quilt Patch is celebrating 19 years of helping Staunton stay cozy with a wide selection of quilt fabrics and notions, along with gift items like soaps and a stash of embroidery and sewing thread.

Stop by Rachel’s and help with the celebration! On Saturdays in January get in on gift basket drawings by spending at least $19. Even if you miss out on the drawing, get a free fat quarter and shop pin with each $19 purchase. Anniversary festivities will wrap up on the 23rd as Rachel’s celebrates Local Quilt Shop Day, a national celebration. Stop by for refreshments, discounts and a one day sale on select bolts ($5 yard.) For more information on anniversary festivities, check out Facebook.

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Clockwise from upper left | The 3rd generation helps out with some sale signage to celebrate 19 years in business, lovely shop filled with wonderful fabrics, great selection of solids, shop kitty watches over the proceedings
Rachel’s Quilt Patch | 40 Middlebrook Avenue | Facebook

But that’s not all! There’s plenty more for crafters to check out while visiting Staunton.

Last Minute Christmas In Staunton

The days are ticking by ’till Santa hops down the chimney, but there’s still plenty of time for last minute shopping, date nights and family outings in Staunton! Whether your searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for the men in your life, looking for a girls night out or ready to pack the kids in … Continue reading Last Minute Christmas In Staunton

The days are ticking by ’till Santa hops down the chimney, but there’s still plenty of time for last minute shopping, date nights and family outings in Staunton! Whether your searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for the men in your life, looking for a girls night out or ready to pack the kids in the car and check out some holiday lights… Staunton’s the place to be!

Man-gifts for the men in your life…

While a lot of the following ideas will work for the men AND women in your lives, we know how tricky it can get to find fun stocking stuffers for hard-to-shop-men! So we brought along a vetting committee of one, enthusiastic husband who pointed out all the cool stuff he’d like to see under the tree Christmas morning.

Head outdoors… and get some history while you’re doing it!

Nestled, as it is, between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain chains, Staunton is home to plenty of outdoor enthusiasts as well as an amazing source for cool gear – Wilderness Adventure. We stopped by for a quick chat with the staff and then wandered around snapping a few photos for our gift ideas.

Not only is Wilderness Adventure a great place to find stocking stuffers – how’s wool socks in the stockings grab you? – but there’s also an amazing museum on the second floor filled with a collection of Virginia history ranging all the way back to the paleolithic era curated from the owner’s collection.

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Wilderness Adventure is ready for Christmas!
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Starting top left | Wool socks, guidebooks, camping accessories and the Wilderness Adventure museum of Virginia History

Wilderness Adventure Outfitters | 50 Middlebrook Avenue | Facebook

Books and music

Next up in the last-minute gift whirlwind is Black Swan Books and Music. This beautifully restored space is home to an eclectic collection of rare and used books and vinyl. Of particular interest to our personal-shopper-husband reference was the aisle of musical biographies right next to the vinyl collection. Black Swan is a great place to hang out, flipping through your potential book purchases, and if you’re looking for a great date night, be sure to follow them on Facebook and stop by during one of the many nights of live entertainment.

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Black Swan rare books and music
From upper left | Cozy up on the sofa, an aisle of musical biographies, great vinyl selection, rare books
From upper left | Cozy up on the sofa, an aisle of musical biographies, rare books, great vinyl selection

Black Swan | 1 East Beverley | Facebook

Cigars and Fine Accouterments for Gentlemen

The Beverley Cigar store is a great place for gifts for the gentlemen in your life! From cigars and accessories, to canes, shoes, hats and more… There’s a lounge open to customers as well, so this makes a great resting place if part of your group wants to kick back and watch the scene on Staunton’s historic Beverley Street for a bit while you finish up your holiday shopping…

The Beverley Cigar Store
The Beverley Cigar Store
The Beverley Cigar Store
From top left | cigars, lighters, pipes and tobacco, cutting tools

Holiday Fun In Staunton

Whew! Done with your Christmas List and ready for some fun holiday bonding? We’ve got just the thing!

Celebration of Holiday Lights at Gypsy Hill Park

This long-running community light display transforms Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park to a fairy land beginning every Thanksgiving through New Years. Over 214 acres of the park are filled with lighted displays best viewed from the car and free to the public.

Gypsy Hill Park
Photo courtesy of Justin T. Arthur | Facebook

Christmas at the Blackfriars

During the holidays, Staunton’s beloved Blackfriars Theater takes a delightful turn! For the traditional Christmas tale, check out Charles Dicken’s The Christmas Carol, a beloved yearly event. Looking for some Christmas laughs? Then make sure to go see Every Christmas Carol Ever Told (And Then Some!)

 

 

Hidden Gems in the Queen City

With a nickname like ‘Queen City’, visitors to Staunton can expect to unearth a hidden treasure of sparkles while whiling away the day soaking in a bit of history! From funky handmade bracelets to vintage finds, estate jewelry or high end bridal sets, our fair city is bursting with gems for every budget and taste! … Continue reading Hidden Gems in the Queen City

With a nickname like ‘Queen City’, visitors to Staunton can expect to unearth a hidden treasure of sparkles while whiling away the day soaking in a bit of history! From funky handmade bracelets to vintage finds, estate jewelry or high end bridal sets, our fair city is bursting with gems for every budget and taste!

History in the Making

Staunton is home to not one, but TWO traditional jewelry shops representing over 170 years of home-grown tradition.

Crown Jewelers (6 East Beverley) has been a mainstay since the 1960’s. The shop is home to a wide selection of bridal and new sparkles, gold, silver and watches as well as being a Premier Gold Dealer for Troll Beads. In addition to all the cool, new stuff, Crown Jewelers offers a wide selection of estate jewelry from platinum wedding bands to bracelets to pocket knives. Stop by for a free ring cleaning and ask about the monthly giveaway.

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Crown Jewelers

When you’re done checking out the estate offerings at Crown, head down the street to H.L. Lang and Co. Established in 1885, this old-school standby is dripping with history and charm – and an amazing original interior – coupled with new-school jewelry designs. Stop by and check out the hand-engraved work of co-owner Katie Spurlock; like custom Staunton charms or check out some of the new innovative lines brought in by Katie and her sister Alison Fitzgerald.

HL Lang
HL Lang

[Crown Jewelers | 6 East Beverley | Facebook]

[H.L. Lang | 11 West Beverley | Facebook]


An Artisan Collective

If funky, is more your style, we’ve got you covered. Staunton is home to a gang of talented artists who have joined forces at Pretty Pretty (110 East Beverley Street.) This cozy shop is tucked into a storefront and chock full of handmade pretties created from beads, minerals, vintage pieces and more. This is THE place to stop if you’re on the hunt for one-of-a-kind finds. For those close by, Pretty Pretty is on call for repairs on beaded jewelry and they are happy to keep a wish list on file to make gift buying easier for you or the loved ones in your life!

Pretty Pretty
Pretty Pretty

[Pretty Pretty | 110 East Beverley | Facebook]


Made in America

Passionate about buying local? So is the team at Made; A Modern Day General Store (15 East Beverley Street.) This shop boasts a wide selection of clothes, gifts and more – all sourced from materials and sources made primarily in the United States. If you’re looking to add to your jewelry hoard (or are buying a present for a sparkly-loving family member or friend) be sure to stop by Made; and check out the selection of home-grown earrings, bracelets and necklaces!

Made;
Made;

[Made; | 15 East Beverley | Facebook]

Hidden Gems
Where to find Staunton’s Hidden Gems

Staunton and Harrisonburg Featured in “The Local Palate” magazine! #LOVEstaunton

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Sept/Oct 2015 issue of The Local Palate