Journey to a place where the sites are endless. Staunton extends many exciting activities for families, couples, and even the single person. Pick among our museums, art galleries, and outdoor interests to fill your day. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the wonderful attractions we have to offer. We also offer tours to help you find your way.
Experience a wide array of dishes while dining in Staunton. Choose from traditional fare to more exotic meals all within walking distance. Whether you’re in the mood for something classic or crave something a bit more contemporary, your culinary palate will sure to be appeased.
Sleeping never got more comfortable. With numerous charming bed and breakfasts and gracious hotels, your stay in Staunton is sure to be delightful. Select from our many award-winning properties for an amazing night’s rest and a nice, hot breakfast in the morning.
Visitors to Staunton will find an impressive array of attractions – whether you want to stroll through the city’s beautiful downtown, delve into history at historic sites and museums, take in award-winning theater and music, or simply set out for outdoor adventure in the Shenandoah Valley and nearby mountains.
From estate finds to antique treasures, Staunton is known as a destination for collectors. And in the past few years, our classic antique shops have been enhanced by a new crop of fun vintage and upcycled shops. Whether it’s retro fashion or funky furniture, we’ve got just what you’re looking for! Fashion Finds Are you … Continue reading Vintage and Upcycled Shopping in Downtown Staunton
From estate finds to antique treasures, Staunton is known as a destination for collectors. And in the past few years, our classic antique shops have been enhanced by a new crop of fun vintage and upcycled shops. Whether it’s retro fashion or funky furniture, we’ve got just what you’re looking for!
Are you on the hunt for 70’s go-go boots, a 60’s sheath or perhaps a prairie-style petticoat from the 1880’s? Then your first stop should be Retro & Me (located at 17 East Beverley, 2nd floor.) Retro & Me is packed full of vintage frocks, trousers, tops, nighties, boots, heels, costume jewelry and a ginormous selection of deadstock sunnies (for you vintage newbies out there, dead stock is vintage gear that was never sold the first time around – it’s ‘new’ old stuff!) The shop takes up most of the 2nd floor of one of downtown Staunton’s lovely 19th century buildings.
Bonus!! On your way up to Retro & Me, take your time to check out the first floor, home of 17 E. Beverley Antiques. 17 is home to a classic antique shop, with a few vendors who specialize in estate and costume jewelry, fashions and a fine collection of mid-century pin-up artwork.
Staunton is a great destination for vintage and antique lovers on the hunt for fresh ‘new’ decor for their homes!
First up, just up the street from Retro & Me, check out The Staunton Antique Center. This is the go-to place in downtown Staunton for a classic, stuffed-to-the-gills destination filled with the perfect treasures to finish your home! Super easy to find, The Staunton Antiques Center is the one with the piano out front… if you’re lucky you might catch some of the local talent playing for the passersby!
If the shabby, mix-n-match vibe is your thing, then head down Beverley to Sweet P’s. Located in a vintage auto showroom, Sweet P’s offers an eclectic selection of furniture, accessories and a sweet, sweet candy counter.
Head back down Beverley Street and you’ll find a new addition to downtown Staunton, Cherish Every Moment. This shop, originally located in nearby Churchville, is a favorite of visitors and locals alike, having won Virginia Living’s 2015 Best Home Decor and Best Interior Design awards. Cherish Every Moment specializes in primitive and country style home décor with an amazing line of funky upcycled treasures such as old doors turned to tables and corner shelves or benches made from old beds. The shop is a family affair, with even the boys (ages 9 & 12) chipping in with their upcycled nightlights made from Vienna Sausage cans!
The holidays are almost here! Downtown Staunton is the perfect place to shop for your loved ones during the holiday season. Our quaint, walkable downtown, coupled with our friendly shopkeepers and delicious restaurants, offers a low-key, stress-free holiday shopping experience. Our first in a series of downtown holiday shopping guides, here we’ll share with you … Continue reading 4 (and a half) Places to Shop for a Book Lover in Staunton
The holidays are almost here! Downtown Staunton is the perfect place to shop for your loved ones during the holiday season. Our quaint, walkable downtown, coupled with our friendly shopkeepers and delicious restaurants, offers a low-key, stress-free holiday shopping experience.
Our first in a series of downtown holiday shopping guides, here we’ll share with you four and a half stores where you can find the perfect gift for the bibliophiles you love. That’s right! Four and a half . . . because you may not know this, but Staunton has a secret aisle of books that most people may not know exists! Check it out:
Get comfy at Black Swan Books: Located at 1 East Beverley Street, in downtown Staunton, Black Swan books offers a wide selection of mostly used books – general interest, as well as a focus on local authors, history, and art. Black Swan also offers a children’s section that features standard and collectible fare, as well as a music section with CD’s from local musicians and records from popular artists. Browse their art gallery, curl up in one of their cozy nooks, and enjoy watching the bustle of downtown Staunton go by their large picture windows. Gift certificates available.
Browse Bookworks: Selling the latest bestsellers, as well as eclectic gifts, Bookworks is a fun, family friendly book
store. Located at 101 West Beverley Street in downtown Staunton, you’ll find sections devoted to popular culture (Dr. Who fans take note!) as well as local history and authors. Owner Ron Ramsey also places special orders for customers. Gift certificates available.
Discover Barrister Books: It looks a bit like a magical trip down Diagon Alley. Turn down narrow Barristers Row from either Augusta Street or New Street, and smack dab in the middle you will find Barrister Books. This bright, cozy book shop features an eclectic mix of old, used, and rare books, as well as local art. Gift certificates are available – and are provided on beautiful, old post cards!
Play along with Pufferbellies Toys and Books: Across from Staunton’s historic Wharf District, at 15 W Johnson Street, you will find a children’s paradise! Lovingly curated by Susan and Erin Blanton, this mother/daughter team put to
good use their experience as a children’s librarian and editor, respectively. Here you can discover the most popular children’s authors. From classics to the bestsellers list, their selection will guarantee you a choice to please the littlest readers on your list!
And a half . . . Love visiting a new place and feeling like a local? Here’s a secret only a Staunton expert would know! Visit Worthington Hardware, an old-fashioned antique store, at 26 West Beverley Street in downtown Staunton. Walk in the door and proceed straight back until you almost can’t go any further. Make a left, and walk until you cannot go any further. Turn left and you will find yourself in a secret book aisle! It’s dimly lit and quiet and feels a bit like you stepped into some sort of book Narnia! The shelves extend floor to ceiling and are stocked with a wide selection of used books that you can spend hours sorting through. A unique Staunton shopping experience!
This holiday season, visit downtown Staunton for a holiday shopping experience like no other!
Written and photographed by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider
Staunton, Virginia proudly hosts thousands of artists in our city, both as residents and business owners. However, none light up the city as brightly as the Queen City Fire Circus performers. Formed about four years ago, the fire circus consists of a group of local performers who spin, throw, and swallow fire in their exciting … Continue reading Queen City Fire Circus Lights Up Staunton
Staunton, Virginia proudly hosts thousands of artists in our city, both as residents and business owners. However, none light up the city as brightly as the Queen City Fire Circus performers. Formed about four years ago, the fire circus consists of a group of local performers who spin, throw, and swallow fire in their exciting performances throughout the city of Staunton.
Frequently performing in our famous downtown Wharf District parking lot, the Queen City Fire Circus delights audiences who gather around the lot to watch this well-known local spectacle. After lighting various objects aflame, they twirl and spin their way through the captive imaginations of the audience. Each performance varies a bit, and you can usually see them performing with a variety of flaming objects, including hula hoops and nun-chucks.
Performances combine elements of dance, acrobatics, and theatre and the performers themselves hail from a variety of backgrounds. With experience that ranges from color guard to marital arts experts, the Queen City Fire Circus Performers each bring a different flair to the their individual performances.
Staunton’s fire spinners have become a popular staple at our monthly downtown Fourth Friday Night vibes, evenings where performers roam the streets of downtown Staunton while businesses host special savings offers and events. In addition, you can frequently catch the Queen City Fire Circus performing at some of Staunton’s popular street fairs. They always bring an element of surprise and wonder to every performance!
Article written and photographed by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider
Every year, during the third weekend in October, Staunton hosts the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival. This year, from October 17 – 19, 2014, Staunton is pleased to announce a new street party held in conjunction with the bike festival to welcome cyclists from near and far to downtown Staunton! Recently featured in U.S. News … Continue reading Staunton Welcomes Fall With Bike Festival and Street Party
Every year, during the third weekend in October, Staunton hosts the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival. This year, from October 17 – 19, 2014, Staunton is pleased to announce a new street party held in conjunction with the bike festival to welcome cyclists from near and far to downtown Staunton!
Recently featured in U.S. News and World Report, this two day cycling event, last year, attracted approximately 650 bike enthusiasts from 14 different states and two foreign countries. This year it promises to be even more popular! Our street party, which is open to the public at no charge, will feature live musical performances, as well as delicious food from downtown vendors and restaurants.
The bicycle ride begins Saturday morning, after Friday evening’s registration, at Shelburne Middle School. Bicyclists are able to choose from a variety of trails and routes, situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, based on individual ability and the type of bike being ridden. Along each route riders are met with volunteers from area youth groups, such as 4H Clubs, church organizations, and Boys and Girls scouting packs who serve food and drinks that are provided by the bike festival organizers.
The street party, which begins at 5:30 PM on the evening of Saturday, October 18, 2014, offers riders and residents a chance to enjoy a gorgeous, fall evening here on historic West Beverley Street in Staunton. An entire city block will be closed to traffic, offering a fun, safe event for children as well as adults. Staunton loves welcoming visitors to our city. We can’t wait to see you there!
Good Times, Tastes & Traditions; featuring Farming in the Valley returns to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA on Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, 2014. $15 – Advanced Tasting Tickets / $10 – Non – Tasting Tickets / $6 – Children’s Tickets. Dabble in the 5 featured countries culture (America, England, Germany, … Continue reading An International Adventure – A Hometown Welcome!
Good Times, Tastes & Traditions; featuring Farming in the Valley returns to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA on Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, 2014. $15 – Advanced Tasting Tickets / $10 – Non – Tasting Tickets / $6 – Children’s Tickets.
Dabble in the 5 featured countries culture (America, England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa) with your passport, as you sample a little of their unique entertainment, arts, crafts, ethnic food & a showcase of wineries & breweries. Farming in the Valley recognizes the importance of our agriculture community with educational activities, a Children’s Barn & Buy Local products. Purchase tickets online or at the Chamber office (30 Ladd Rd. Fishersville.) Voted Top Food Festival in the Shenandoah Valley by Virginia Living Magazine.
A portion of the proceeds benefit The Frontier Culture Museum Education Foundation.
Nashville recording artist, Cody Purvis will perform Sunday at 3:45pm, which will round out a weekend full of live entertainment, among 3 stages and a variety of genres.
Twice per year, downtown Staunton shuts down a portion of Beverley Street for a free local music festival called Staunton Jams. Featuring a selection of the best local bands and musicians, this event is an amazing street fair for the entire family! The event lasts all day – from 12 PM – 10 PM this Saturday … Continue reading Staunton Jams, A Local Tradition
Twice per year, downtown Staunton shuts down a portion of Beverley Street for a free local music festival called Staunton Jams. Featuring a selection of the best local bands and musicians, this event is an amazing street fair for the entire family!
The event lasts all day – from 12 PM – 10 PM this Saturday August 30, 2014 – with several bands taking the stage and several businesses participating as well. It is sort of like a block party, but on a much grander scale, and with much better music! Just check out this lineup:
• 1 pm – Lost Indian
• 2 pm – Lola Mullen
• 3 pm – The Judy Chops
• 4 pm – Sarah Lynna & the Misfit Toys
• 5 pm – The No Lonesome
• 6:30 pm – Brian Patrick Band
• 8 pm – The Findells
Staunton Parks and Recreation department always joins the fun and provides entertainment for the littlest guests. They usually set up on the opposite end of the block from the stage and provide games, ride-on toys, bales of hay, and more for children to play with and explore. This year there will also be a face painter! In addition, the Staunton Music Guild is hosting a used music gear sale out of 16 West by Virtually Sisters. Don’t just watch the music . . . make some of your own!
Sarah Lynch, co-owner of Baja Bean Restaurant helps to organize the biannual Staunton Jams events. She took up the reins from the previous organizer in 2006. “It is really a grass-roots community event,” she explains. “Local restaurants and businesses donate gift certificates that we pass along to the musicians. The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is a huge sponsor and their support allows us to get the tents and sound equipment. It’s so much fun, and that’s why I jumped in to help organize it all of these years.”
Along with being a fun way to spend a day in Staunton, it also has a history of bringing the community together in service to others. Back in 2005, the second Staunton Jams of the year was held right after Hurricane Katrina hit. “We welcomed the Red Cross to that event,” Lynch says, “and we raised over $14,000 for hurricane victims.”
So come down and join the fun at this free, kid-friendly event featuring the finest in musical talent from the Shenandoah Valley! We can’t wait to see you there! (Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!)
Written and photographed by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider
With three small-batch craft brewers, two beer specialty stores, and a host of restaurants that offer Virginia craft beers on tap, Staunton is becoming one of Virginia’s newest craft beer destinations. Whether you’re interested in tap-testing the latest flavors, attending a beer festival, or learning how to brew your own, Staunton is for beer lovers. … Continue reading In Pursuit of Hoppiness: Where to Find Flavorful Craft Beer in Staunton
With three small-batch craft brewers, two beer specialty stores, and a host of restaurants that offer Virginia craft beers on tap, Staunton is becoming one of Virginia’s newest craft beer destinations. Whether you’re interested in tap-testing the latest flavors, attending a beer festival, or learning how to brew your own, Staunton is for beer lovers.
Queen City Brewing, Staunton’s oldest brewery, claims it is the first to locate in Staunton since the prohibition era. Queen City’s laid-back atmosphere provides a nice spot to enjoy a pint or sample a flight of your choice from 12 beers on tap. Queen City also offers patrons the opportunity to brew their own beer.
During the last year, two new craft beer breweries have set up shop in Staunton’s Wharf District. Specializing in small batches of big beers,Red Beard Brewing Companyprovides taproom seating, craft beer on draft, and growlers to go. Shenandoah Valley Brewing Companyis a craft brewery with an on-site tasting room with local beer on tap. They also have home-brew supply area featuring a wide variety of grains, hops, dry extracts, wet extracts, yeast, and brewing accessories.
All three craft breweries are committed to creating unique and delicious beers. Ask to meet the owners; they’re all passionate about advancing their craft.
Want to tap into more beer experiences?
Try Shenandoah Hops in the historic Wharf district, where drinking local is always in style. They provide a mix of local microbrews and world-class imports.
“Local flavor has always helped set Staunton apart,” says Sheryl Wagner, Director of Tourism. “More and more people are discovering Staunton’s small and independent brewing community.”
Local hotels are responding to the surge of interest in Staunton’s craft beer movement. The Stonewall Jackson Hotel now offers a “Downtown Beer Trail Package.” The package includes overnight accommodations , breakfast for two, parking , a six beer tasting flight (4 oz. pours) from Redbeard Brewing, two pints from Shenandoah Valley Brewing, and a free tasting at Shenandoah Hops retail store , along with a $15.00 gift certificate to Shenandoah Pizza (and their huge beer list!) The Beer Trail package is value priced from $199.00, and is valid on Friday and Saturday night stays only. All the action (and the pours) happen within a short walk of your room, so no driving is needed.
On August 9th, check out the 4th Annual Blues and Brews Festival on the grounds of the Frontier Culture Museum.
While you are in Staunton, dine out at any of these restaurants that have a great selection of craft beers available – AVA, Baja Bean Co., Byers Street Bistro, Clocktower Restaurant & Bar, Depot Grill, Mill Street Grill, Shenandoah Pizza, Yelping Dog, and Zynodoa.
If your beer adventures leave you thirsty for more, stay a little longer and take a day trip to visit Devils Backbone Brewery in Rockbridge County or Three Brothers Brewery in Harrisonburg.
Why Ale The Buzz About Craft Beer?
American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of the year, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association, the trade group that represents the majority of U.S. breweries. But be warned – craft beers pack a punch and often have more alcohol by volume than traditional brands. Most craft beers range from 5-10% abv (alcohol by volume), but some craft beers can reach 20%, 30%, and even 40% abv!
August is Craft Beer month, so now is the time to quench your thirst. Don’t forget to tag your craft beer travels with #LOVEstaunton and #VAbeer. Please enjoy responsibly.
Holiday Lantern Tours at The Frontier Culture Museum For a memorable holiday experience, visit the museum after-hours for a walking tour by lantern light!! Visitors can see and experience historic holiday vignettes at England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America, and 1850s America (including a Mummer’s play near the Irish Forge) and a horse-drawn wagon ride from … Continue reading STAUNTON’S LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GOING OUT GUIDE
Holiday Lantern Tours at The Frontier Culture Museum
For a memorable holiday experience, visit the museum after-hours for a walking tour by lantern light!! Visitors can see and experience historic holiday vignettes at England, Ireland,
Germany, 1820s America, and 1850s America (including a Mummer’s play near the Irish Forge) and a horse-drawn wagon ride from the “Old World to the New World.” Tours leave every 30 minutes beginning at 6:00 pm; last tour begins at 8:00 pm. By reservation only: adults $15.00, children $8.00. Reservations required. Visit http://www.frontiermuseum.org/lantern-tours/ or call (540) 332-7850.
Blow Your Own Ornament at Sunspots Studios. Step into the glass studio and help the glassblower in creating a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament made with your breath. Ornaments ready for pick up or shipping the following day. Cost is $40-$45 per ornament. Suitable for ages five and up. Daily until 4:00 pm (last appointment at 3:30 pm.) Reservations recommended, call (540) 885-0678.
Drop in for a jolly time at any of the holiday–themed shows at The American Shakespeare Center. For information on showtimes and tickets, visit http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com or call (540) 851-1733. Now playing:
A Christmas Carol – Join Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, the Cratchits, and Tiny Tim – they’re all back to take Scrooge on the ride of his money-grubbing life.
The Santaland Diaries – An outrageously funny one-man play (from NPR’s well-loved humorist David Sedaris) about the author’s experiences as an unemployed actor/writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York City.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas – A one-woman show about how tough the holidays can be after your heart’s been crushed. (Mature audiences only.)
Handel’s Messiah is one of the best-loved musical traditions during the holiday season. This Baroque-era oratorio inspires and amazes listeners even now, more than 250 years after it was composed. On Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 pm, join the Ovations Singers and Orchestra for this FREE concert at R. E. Lee High School.
“I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.” You might just catch a Santa sighting at Pufferbellies Toys and Books on either Friday, December 20 (from 6-8 pm) or on Sunday, December 22(from 1-3 pm), but you “better watch out” because all the photo sessions are fully booked and Pufferbellies is very busy this time of year. Still, you might be able to sneak a peek at the “right jolly old elf” while you shop for favorite toys and books.
Happy Holidays from all of us the Staunton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau!
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the many things we are thankful for right here in Staunton. Here is our list in NO particular order… Music. From the Tuesday evening pick-up bluegrass sessions at Marino’s to the world-renowned performers who perform at the Heifetz International Music Institute, … Continue reading 10 THINGS WE ARE THANKFUL FOR IN STAUNTON
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the many things we are thankful for right here in Staunton.
Here is our list in NO particular order…
Music. From the Tuesday evening pick-up bluegrass sessions at Marino’s to the world-renowned performers who perform at the Heifetz International Music Institute, Staunton is home to the very best in music–making. We’ve got live, free music almost every night of the week at Gypsy Hill Park during the summer. We have music festivals that entertain all year long – this year we said hello to newcomer Red Roots Music Festival, and welcomed back the classical Staunton Music Festival, as well as blues, jazz, and folk festivals.
Performing arts, artists and artisans. It’s no secret that The American Shakespeare Center “does it with the lights on” 52 weeks a year to national acclaim. ShenanArts is also a treasure, with high-energy performances delighting crowds of all ages. The arts community flourishes in Staunton – take time to explore the many galleries all over downtown, or stop in to Sunspots Studios, where you can watch art being made in front of your eyes.
Local farmers and producers. We are fortunate to be able to enjoy some of freshest, most delicious locally grown food available anywhere in the USA. With a twice-weekly seasonal farmer’s market, farm-fresh roadside stands, and pick-your-own farms – we’re the envy of many communities in the “buy fresh, buy local” movement.
Museums and historic sites. History lines the streets in Staunton. When was the last time you visited Frontier Culture Museum or Woodrow Wilson’s Birthplace Museum? If it’s been a while, then go – and watch the past come alive.
Independent small businesses. In downtown Staunton, a diverse mix of indie shops surrounds you. Our small business owners are following their passions, and creating some of the best independent shopping district in the state. Hurrah for Pufferbellies, The Split Banana, Coffee on the Corner, Cranberry’s and so many more!
Walkable downtown. Staunton’s historic downtown is made for strolling, people watching and window-shopping.
Amazing architecture. Hats off the planners and architects who have been creating, preserving, and adding to Staunton’s architectural legacy for more than a century.
Food and wine. There is plenty to be grateful for when it comes to Staunton’s dining scene. Who doesn’t love wine-tasting at Barking Dog Wine, or the creative menus whipped up by Zynodoa, and the yummy comfort food at Beverley Restaurant?
Our location. Priceless. Staunton is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, and we’ve got mountains with gorgeous views on both sides. National parks, state forests, and bucolic farms all around make this a natural destination to hike, bike and explore our natural world.
The people. We are grateful for all of the incredible people who live and work here that contribute every day to help make our small city so amazing.
We hope you’ll enjoy and share this list. But most of all – we hope you’ll add to this list with all the things you are grateful for in Staunton. Happy Thanksgiving!