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New Bites on the Block: Staunton’s Newest Eateries

Locals and visitors alike love the Staunton dining scene. Full of interesting farm-to-table goodness, Staunton shows off its food chops in a variety of ways, from coffee and craft beer to comfort food to gourmet cuisine. Embrace the young decade by finding your next favorites at one of Staunton’s newest spots. BLU Point Seafood Co. … Continue reading New Bites on the Block: Staunton’s Newest Eateries

Locals and visitors alike love the Staunton dining scene. Full of interesting farm-to-table goodness, Staunton shows off its food chops in a variety of ways, from coffee and craft beer to comfort food to gourmet cuisine. Embrace the young decade by finding your next favorites at one of Staunton’s newest spots.

BLU Point Seafood Co. | 123 West Beverley Street

Are you craving the freshest sustainable seafood available? BLU Point Seafood Co. is a splurge-worthy dining experience where “the Chesapeake Bay meets the New England shore.” The bar at BLU point offers cocktails and a selection of beer, wine, and cider, including many local offerings. Next, take a seat at the raw bar for clams, oysters, shrimp, or an incredible combination “seafood tower.” Entrees range from grilled tuna steak with mixed vegetables, Carolina gold rice and teriyaki sauce to informal favorites like lobster rolls and fried clam baskets. BLU Point focuses on fresh seafood, but it also serves pasta, pasture-raised meats and produce sourced here in the Valley. 

The Greenroom | 130 West Beverley Street

The Greenroom is a hip new spot in Staunton run by Blackfriars Playhouse actors. The comfortable cafe space offers a curated wine, craft beer, and cider list. Pair your drink with an appetizer like wild mushroom tarts with herbs and creme fraiche, white bean and artichoke toast, or a toastie, which is a fancy grilled cheese sandwich. Stop in for a quick drink before a show at the Blackfriars or the Visulite, settle in and hang out with friends, or grab something to take home, or back to your room, with you from the shelves stocked with “funky and fresh finds.” Best of all, when you buy something, The Greenroom will donate part of the proceeds “to help underprivileged kids experience the performing arts.”

Crucible Coffee Roasters | 300 Church Street

Schedule your next coffee date at Crucible Coffee Roasters. This bright, cool space has lots of room to spread out and some of the best coffee in the area, which it roasts fresh on site. Choose from a menu of latte, espresso, mocha, pour over, tea, and hot chocolate as well as a small selection of pastries. Crucible sits away from the bustle of downtown. It offers plenty of free pull-in parking, and is steps from the Wharf historic district, Woodrow Park and Landes Park. Stop here before browsing the local deliciousness of the Farmers’ Market or watching glass art being created at Sunspots. 

101 West Bev “The 101” | 101 West Beverley Street

101 West Bev is a poke-bowl restaurant where diners can customize all parts of their meal from the grain to the protein to the sauce. From the Hawaiian phrase “to slice,” poke-bowls traditionally contained raw fish, but this casual eatery also offers versions of chicken or vegan-friendly tofu options. Choose from a selection of pre-designed bowls like the garlic herb seared beef tenderloin. Or try the truffle orange basil wild-caught salmon with candied walnuts over spaghetti squash. You can also design your own bowl by mixing and matching all sorts of healthy and delicious ingredients. Located on a bustling corner in downtown Staunton, 101 West Bev is a perfect destination for breakfast on the weekends. Sit in the window and watch people passing by as you enjoy a breakfast bowl or crepe.

Augusta Kitchen | 12 Old Oaks Drive, Fishersville, VA 22939

Augusta Kitchen is a build-your-own bowl or plate restaurant that focuses on “Southern Fresh” cuisine. To build a bowl, you choose a protein  like chicken, smoked pork, pot roast. Next, add a base (beans, rice, salad). Top with spreads and toppings from an extensive list.  Sop it all up with a cheddar drop biscuit or cornbread. For dessert, munch a double chocolate brownie or a raspberry bar. Augusta Kitchen has a variety of seating, including ample bar space with views of the TVs. The bar serves wine, cocktails, craft beers, cider, and a selection of snacks like dips and biscuits.

 

Valentine’s Day Specials and Packages

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning for that special someone. Enjoy an evening out on the town or make it a weekend getaway. From restaurants to hotels, Staunton has something to offer to make Valentine’s Day one they won’t soon forget. Cupid’s Cupola Package The … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Specials and Packages

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning for that special someone. Enjoy an evening out on the town or make it a weekend getaway. From restaurants to hotels, Staunton has something to offer to make Valentine’s Day one they won’t soon forget.

Cupid’s Cupola Package

The Blackburn Inn

Let the Blackburn Inn help you charm your sweet with a romantic getaway at Staunton’s newest luxury, boutique hotel.

This special package includes:

  • Rose Petal Turn down Service
  • Bottle of Prosecco
  • Two tickets to our cozy wine tasting and h’ordeuvres event in our Penthouse

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“Steele” in Love Package 

Steeles Tavern Manor

Sweep your sweetheart off their feet at Steeles Tavern Manor with this romance package.

This package includes:

  • A dozen red roses
  • A bottle of sparkling wine
  • A box of Godiva Truffles

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Valentine’s Day Get Away

The Inn At Meadowcroft

Dazzle your sweetheart with a romantic Valentine’s Day get away at this 1975 restored log home, The Inn at Meadowcroft.

This get away includes:

  • Two-night stay
  • Romantic dinner and music
  • In-room champagne and cheese plate

Call 540.712.0791 for reservations.

Staunton Stays

Staunton Stays offers four different themed suites to suit your unique tastes. All are packed with luxurious amenities and the downtown location provides premium access to the many romantic activities Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley have to offer. Eat, drink, and play this Valentine’s Day, then come home to Staunton Stays. Book direct for your special stay. 

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Sweetheart Swing Dance

Skipping Rock Beer Co.

Friday, February 14, 7 pm-10 pm

Slip on your dancing shoes and grab your sweetheart for an evening of swing dance at Skipping Rock Beer Co. The area’s newest brewery transforms into a dance hall complete with classic tunes by local DJ, Steve “The Painter” Brotzman. 

RSVP before it’s too late!

Carriage Rides

Stable Craft Brewing

Friday, February 14, 6 pm-9 pm

Take in the beautiful views of this working farm in a romantic carriage ride. Round out the evening with dinner along with Stable Craft’s handcrafted beer and cider. The carriages seat up to 6, lasting approximately 15 minutes and include a single rose. Tickets are $15 per person. 

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Valentine’s Day High Tea

Frederick House

Saturday, February 8, 12 pm-5 pm and Friday, February 14, 11 am-2 pm (Reservation Only)

Tea Includes:

  • Unlimited tea, coffee or hot chocolate
  • 4 light courses of sweet and savory eats
  • $10 per person/$2 if only interested in beverages

All proceeds benefit Wendy’s Place Cat Rescue. Special guests include feline friends to meet and mingle with. Click here for more information or click here to reserve your seat. 

Zynodoa

This southern inspired restaurant, supporting Virginia’s independent farmers and producers, has much to offer this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Valentine’s Chocolate & Cocktail Pairing

Thursday, February 13, 5 pm-10:30 pm

Enjoy three handmade Santiago chocolates paired with three cocktails crafted by Zynodoa’s beverage director Macon Gurley. Bar seating is only available by walk-ins.  

Valentine’s Dinner

Friday, February 14, 5 pm-10:30 pm

Special menu only available for Valentine’s Day, selected items will be featured throughout the weekend. A Prix-fixe, four course dinner will be served at $60 per person.

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Valentine’s Sunday Brunch

Sunday, February 16, 10 am-2 pm

Menu Includes:

  • Strawberry Waffles
  • Chocolate French Toast
  • Other brunch items
  • Limited spaces available

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Weekend Specials at BLU Point

Friday, February 14 at 11 am through Sunday, February 16 at 11 pm

Specials Include:

  • Warm Brie
  • Surf & Turf: Filet Mignon & Butter Poached Shrimp
  • Crab Stuffed Maine Lobster
  • Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
  • White Chocolate Mousse Cake

Weekend Features at Byers Street Bistro

Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16 from 5 pm until supplies last

Cozy up to your Valentine at Byers Street Bistro. Enjoy dinner specials all weekend long. 

Specials Include:

  • Oysters Al Forno
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Sweet and Spicy Tuna
  • Duck Confit 

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Stonewall Jackson Hotel 

Friday, February 14, 6 pm-9 pm and Saturday, February 15, 5 pm-8 pm

Enjoy a romantic five course, Prix-fixe dinner at Magnolia South in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. 

Don’t feel like going home? Stay overnight in one of the newly renovated guest rooms. This Valentine’s package includes breakfast for two and overnight parking. Make sure to include a preferred reservation time, for dinner, when booking. 

For reservations call 540.885.4848 or visit the website.

The Beethoven Experience: Artistry and Education

2020 marks a big year for Beethoven. It is the 250th anniversary of his birth and Staunton is celebrating him in style. Heifetz International Music Institute, along with Mary Baldwin University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts and the American Shakespeare Center are collaborating to bring the Borromeo Quartet to Staunton for the Beethoven Experience. Over … Continue reading The Beethoven Experience: Artistry and Education

2020 marks a big year for Beethoven. It is the 250th anniversary of his birth and Staunton is celebrating him in style. Heifetz International Music Institute, along with Mary Baldwin University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts and the American Shakespeare Center are collaborating to bring the Borromeo Quartet to Staunton for the Beethoven Experience. Over a series of six concerts, the Quartet will perform all 16 of Beethoven’s string quartets.

In addition to the music, the Beethoven Experience concert series, billed a musical and educational experience, will treat its audience to a wider understanding of “the intellectual, political, and artistic currents” that affected Beethoven’s time. After the concerts, the audience will have both enjoyed the music and developed a deeper sense of its influences.

The six concerts will be performed by the Borromeo Quartet over the course of the year at the Blackfriars Playhouse. The Blackfriars is a perfect venue for chamber music, which is designed to be performed in intimate spaces. Each concert will include music from the three distinct periods of Beethoven’s career.

Beethoven

Known for his compositional skill and tremendous range of work, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) helped transition music from the classical era to the romantic era. Many consider his string quartets – masterpieces limited to a mere four voices – to be his best compositions. This is due to their intimate nature, their emotional connections to his life and times, and their complexity in style, tempo, and emotion.

Borromeo Quartet

The renowned Borromeo Quartet has inspired audiences for 25 years. It encourages “audiences of all ages to explore and listen to both traditional and contemporary repertoire in new ways” by often incorporating multimedia elements such as video projections into its performances. These tools help “to share the often surprising creative process behind some works, or to show graphically the elaborate architecture behind others.”

Symposia

In addition to the music, ticket holders will be treated to a symposium before each concert. Heifetz Institute Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen, ASC Artistic Director Ethan McSweeney, MBU College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Paul Menzer, as well as special guest commentators from the MBU, ASC, and Heifetz community of faculty and experts will investigate the intersection between Beethoven and the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of his time – and ours. The symposia will be moderated by Heifetz Institute President & CEO Benjamin K. Roe.

Where: 

Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market Street, Staunton, VA

Symposia at 6:30 pm; Concerts at 7:30 pm

Concert Dates,Themes, and Tickets:

  • Feb. 24 – Bor-Romeo (TICKETS): Beethoven and Shakespeare Beyond the Tomb
  • April 6 – Speaking to God: The Beethoven Hotline (TICKETS): Beethoven’s spirituality, explored and expressed
  • May 4 – B.A.C.H.D.N.A. (TICKETS): Beethoven’s worship of Bach, examined and exposed in his quartets
  • Oct. 5 – Beethoven’s “Punny Money” (TICKETS): The humor, profundity, and pfennings of Beethoven’s life and music
  • Nov. 10 – The Flexing Muscle (TICKETS): The contrary composer’s rigidity – and surprising elasticity – revealed in one formidable fugue
  • Dec. 7 – Questions from the Journey (TICKETS): At the end of this epic cycle, a lively Q & A between panelists and audience

 

Winter Wine Festival: February 22, 2020

Have you been dreaming of swirling your glass and exercising your wine tasting skills, right in downtown Staunton? Warm up and develop your palate by sampling and comparing some of Virginia’s best wine and cider at the 10th annual Winter Wine Festival. This event, hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in partnership with the Historic … Continue reading Winter Wine Festival: February 22, 2020

Have you been dreaming of swirling your glass and exercising your wine tasting skills, right in downtown Staunton? Warm up and develop your palate by sampling and comparing some of Virginia’s best wine and cider at the 10th annual Winter Wine Festival. This event, hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in partnership with the Historic Staunton Foundation, promises to gather wines from more than a dozen vineyards hailing from both sides of the Blue Ridge. You’ll also enjoy live music and a concession area with food from local vendors.

Details

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 South Market Street,  Staunton, Virginia 24401

One of the perks of wine festivals is that they gather offerings from many different vineyards. Your tasting includes more than just different varietals. You’ll be able to taste wines from distinct areas of the state and note the differences caused by changes in soil, growing methods, and preparation. Look for tastes from 

Before You Attend

  • Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door.
  • Tickets include tastings, a souvenir glass, and a snack bag.
  • No outside food is permitted, but your snack bag and the delicious food for purchase in the concession area will keep your belly happy. Vendors include My Buddy’s Nuts, Staunton Olive Oil Company, and more.
  • Non-drinkers and designated drivers aren’t required to buy a ticket.

Winter Wine Festival Package

The Stonewall Jackson Hotel makes a fine backdrop for this popular event. Built in 1924 and restored extensively in recent years, the hotel offers modern conveniences and classic elegance. Look for original features like the one-of-a-kind 1924 Wurlitzer Organ and beautiful chandeliers and lighting fixtures. You can’t beat staying overnight at the Stonewall Jackson. Check out the  Winter Wine Festival Package, which includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Two tickets to the wine festival
  • Breakfast for two and overnight self-parking

Why Not Extend Your Visit?

If you love classical music, extend your visit to attend the first concert in Heifetz Institute’s Beethoven Experience on February 24. This musical and educational experience marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and explores his 16 string quartets. A symposium “investigating the intersections between Beethoven and the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of his time” will introduce each concert in the series.

It’s All Downhill from Staunton! Nearby Winter Adventures

Situated perfectly in the Valley, Staunton’s an easy drive to several resorts that specialize in winter downhill activities. What better way to spend a winter weekend than getting a workout on the slopes and then following it up with a night out in Staunton’s vibrant downtown? See below for places to stay and things to … Continue reading It’s All Downhill from Staunton! Nearby Winter Adventures

Situated perfectly in the Valley, Staunton’s an easy drive to several resorts that specialize in winter downhill activities. What better way to spend a winter weekend than getting a workout on the slopes and then following it up with a night out in Staunton’s vibrant downtown? See below for places to stay and things to do once you warm up from the slopes.

Massanutten Resort

40 minutes from Staunton

Ski day and night on Massanutten Resort’s 12 ski trails, which are suitable for a variety of ability levels. Lessons are available at Massanutten’s terrain-based learning area. There’s also a freestyle area on the slopes, 16 lanes of snow tubing, and ice skating on a 5,000-square foot rink. If you want to warm up away from the slopes, check out Massanutten’s indoor waterpark.

Wintergreen Ski Resort

40 minutes from Staunton

Wintergreen Ski Resort is a four-season resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains that features skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the winter. It offers 24 slopes and trails to appeal to all ability levels. Want to improve? Sign up for group or individual lessons. To reduce time waiting, Wintergreen boasts two high-speed 6-pack chairlifts and Radio Frequency Identification Devices that operate like EZ-Passes for the ski slopes.

Bryce Mountain Resort

1 hour and 10 minutes from Staunton

Bryce Mountain Resort is a four-season resort in the Allegheny foothills that offers skiing, snowboarding, and lessons in the winter. There are 8 slopes that can be accessed by ski lifts as well as a dedicated area for beginners with carpet lifts. Beginners ages 8 and up can book lessons with the Horst Locher Snowsports School. Three 800-foot snow tubing lanes and an ice skating rink round out the fun.

The Omni Homestead Resort

1 hour and 20 minutes from Staunton

The Omni Homestead Resort is located southwest of Staunton. It has nine downhill ski runs that are perfect for various abilities. The resort also boasts an Olympic-size ice rink. The resort has been recognized as “one of the top Beginner Friendly and Family Friendly ski resorts in the Southeast in the 2017-18 Best in Snow Awards.” Lessons are available for ages four and older.

stay in staunton 

Once your day on the slopes is complete, head back to your home base of Staunton. Choose from our elegant properties steeped in history, cozy B&Bs or one of our hip hotels. 

 

historic hotels

charming b&Bs

hip new hotels


Why not have a drink at one of our
wine bars or craft breweries? We can also recommend some great fireplaces for toasting your toes. Dine in style at one of our downtown restaurants that run the gamut from fine farm-to-table dining, comfort food, and everything in between. After dinner, make sure to catch a Shakespeare show at the Blackfriars Playhouse or a movie at the Visulite.

Comfort Food

Swimsuit season is still ages from now, so why not drown your winter blues in meat, or pasta, or cheese, or pizza, or a combination of all of the above? Or if you’re someone who takes comfort in more abstract terms, like “good for me,” or “tastes like home,” you’ll find that, too. While tastes … Continue reading Comfort Food

Swimsuit season is still ages from now, so why not drown your winter blues in meat, or pasta, or cheese, or pizza, or a combination of all of the above? Or if you’re someone who takes comfort in more abstract terms, like “good for me,” or “tastes like home,” you’ll find that, too. While tastes in comfort food may differ, Staunton has something to comfort every taste.

You’re Craving Soup

When soup is what calls to warm your belly and soul, stop by Snapdragon Pho and enjoy a nutritious bowl of broth and noodles seasoned and adorned with your favorite add ons. It’s also soup season at Stable Craft Brewery, so if you’re in the mood for a beautiful drive through the countryside, plan to enjoy soup, a sandwich, and a pint.

You’re Jonesing for Meat

Located in Staunton’s old train depot, The Depot Grille serves all kinds of comfort food (including seafood, steak, sandwiches, and pasta). A steak sizzler on potatoes is a stand-out menu item. Another good bet from their specials menu is a grilled-to-order, hand-cut, prime New York strip served with peppercorn brandy cream sauce. If you’re more of a chicken aficionado, make room for the chicken tender Parmesan, made with penne pasta topped with crispy chicken tenders doused in marinara, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

You Want Something Southern (and Kinda Fancy)

The Shack offers an ever-changing menu, but it is always locally sourced and inspired by the best kind of Southern cuisine. Recent offerings included grilled pork loin with fermented sweet potato grits, fried apples & minuna, and porcini and lardo gravy. They also serve one of the best burgers in the state!

Something Fried has Your Name on It

BLU Point Seafood has you covered with fresh fish and seafood battered and fried into golden deliciousness. Looking for something traditional? Their Fish n’ Chips features New England Haddock (served with fries and coleslaw), it’s fresh and tastes like something that should have a fancier name. Or if you’re looking to do some sampling, get a seafood basket served with your choice of fried shrimp, oysters, whole belly clams, bay scallops or haddock.

Mmmm. How About “Old Fashioned”?


Do you find comfort in tradition? In Americana? If so, Wright’s Dairy Rite is right up your alley and it’s a crowd pleaser. This burger joint dates back to the 1950s and you can either eat inside or have your food delivered to your car. Follow your classic burger and fries combo with something delicious from their ice cream menu. People come from all over to taste the banana shake! 

You’re carb loading 


In the mood for fresh pasta? Newtown Baking is known for their bread by day but in the evenings this popular breakfast spot turns into a pizzeria cranking out wood-fired pizzas and carb-craving pasta with specials every week. 

Want a deep plate of cheesy, chickeny deliciousness with a little bit of a kick to make it interesting? Try the Cajun Chicken Fettuccine at Mill Street Grill. Everything about this restaurant is comforting, from the cozy basement location, to the generous portions, to the three types of bread baked into a terracotta pot they give you at the beginning of your meal.

Take the family to Shenandoah Pizza for gourmet pizzas with local names like Sherwood Avenue and ShenanArts. Try the Virginia Vineyard sprinkled with red grapes, rosemary and gorgonzola. The interesting blend of toppings was featured in Forbes and is delicious we might add!

11 Kid-Friendly Winter Ideas

To some adults winter might signal a time to snuggle up with a book or a favorite streaming service; however, most kids don’t know the meaning of “slow down.” Here’s how to thrill the gang if you’re in Staunton during snow season. Learn about the Past The Frontier Culture Museum is open all year long … Continue reading 11 Kid-Friendly Winter Ideas

To some adults winter might signal a time to snuggle up with a book or a favorite streaming service; however, most kids don’t know the meaning of “slow down.” Here’s how to thrill the gang if you’re in Staunton during snow season.

Learn about the Past

The Frontier Culture Museum is open all year long because life doesn’t stop on the farm. Families will love checking out living farm history and seeing what cold-weather activities kept our ancestors busy. The museum includes both indoor and outdoor spaces, and you can catch a ride on a golf cart whenever little feet get too tired to take another step.

Ice Skating

If you’re sick of practicing your quadruple axles on that frozen puddle, you need to get to an ice rink, pronto. Generations Park in Bridgewater is only 30 minutes away and offers daily ice skating and “limited” skate rental through the first weekend in March.

Ride Your Sled

Staunton has no shortage of hills, and if there’s snow on the ground during your visit, try out some of our slopes. Our picks? Try Montgomery Hall Park or Gypsy Hill Park. Need a sled? 

Appreciate the Views

One thing we love about winter is how far you can see with the leaves off the trees. For some great winter views (and a chance to stretch your muscles and get your heart pumping), hike from the Wharf parking lot, across Sears Hill Bridge to Woodrow Park. Betsy Bell and Mary Gray Wilderness also has some great winter views from a pair of overlooks that can be reached by hiking or by car.

Spot Wildlife

Just 20 minutes out of town, Augusta Springs Wetlands offers a great way to get some exercise and spot some wildlife at the same time. Best of all, much of the ¾-mile main loop trail is boardwalk, so your shoes won’t get crazy muddy!

Tube at Massanutten

You’ll have to drive a little to get to Massanutten Resort, but believe us, if your family likes to ski, it’s worth it. You’re into tubing, you say? Well, this resort offers snow tubing with more than a dozen lanes, a 120-foot vertical drop, and a lift to get back to the top. If snow just isn’t your thing, you can take your tube skills indoors to the Massanutten Water Park where you’ll splash, slide, and float your way to a terrific time.

Solve a Mystery

Do you have junior detectives in your clan? Park your Mystery Machine and exercise your minds at Crack the Code Escape Room. You’ll work with a group to decipher clues and (hopefully) escape your locked room in under an hour. Pick from four themes with varying difficulty including The Dark Mage’s Rise and Steampunk City.

Bowl Your Heart Out

When the weather gets cold, people who are looking for indoor excitement go bowling. It’s the most fun you’ll have in rental shoes. Staunton Lanes offers lanes with bumpers and special ball aimers for the game’s youngest fans. There’s also a snack bar stocked with all your favorites.

Catch a Movie

Staunton has two movie theaters. The Visulite is located downtown and shows the latest films. Bonus: Mom and dad can enjoy a glass of beer or wine while they watch.  Legacy Theaters is located in the Staunton Mall and shows second-run movies. All shows cost $3!

Find a New Game

Top off a terrific day by treating your family to a trip to Pufferbellies Toys and Books. You’ll find delights for all ages, including books, games, art supplies, and building toys. The carefully curated collection is designed for inventive and imaginative play and should be enough to keep you occupied until spring weather returns.

Sip Hot Cocoa

After that full day, you’re probably tired and hungry. Give your tummy some love with lunch and some delicious hot cocoa at Cranberry’s Eatery & Grocery. 

 

A Day in the Life of Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was our 28th president. While he lived elsewhere for much of his life, he was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton and spent his early youth here. The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Presidential Library still stands and is a gem if you’re into history. Open year-round, it consists of a house, library, gardens, … Continue reading A Day in the Life of Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was our 28th president. While he lived elsewhere for much of his life, he was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton and spent his early youth here. The Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Presidential Library still stands and is a gem if you’re into history. Open year-round, it consists of a house, library, gardens, and gift shop.

Make sure to visit the museum’s newest exhibit, Protesting the President, which explores “the many issues that President Woodrow Wilson faced while running the country and how those issues still resonate today.” 

What was Wilson known for?

Woodrow Wilson became president on March 4, 1913. He held office for eight years and guided the country through WWI. According to UVA’s Millercenter.org, his purpose was “to cleanse, to reconsider, to restore, to correct the evil without impairing the good, to purify and humanize every process of our common life without weakening or sentimentalizing it.”

Wilson became the first U.S. president to visit Europe while holding office. He went to France for the peace negotiations at the end of WWI.

What is the history of the house?

The Woodrow Wilson birthplace is a Greek Revival manse. A manse is the term for the home of a Presbyterian minister.

How was Staunton different when he lived here?

Born on December 28, 1856, Woodrow Wilson lived in Staunton until 1858. This was before the Civil War, and at that point, slavery was legal. During the war, Wilson’s mother tended wounded Confederate soldiers. Wilson’s views on race and his support of segregation have sparked controversy. The museum offers a special tour about the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked in the manse.

Women couldn’t vote. Though Wilson was on the wrong side of other civil rights debates, he actively supported women’s right to vote and his support helped ratify the 19th Amendment.

There were no cars when Wilson lived in Staunton. In fact, even in 1913, cars were a new thing. Though Wilson became a car enthusiast, he arrived at his inauguration in a horse-drawn carriage! Fun fact: A Wilson impersonator can be spotted riding in his 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine in Staunton’s Happy Birthday, America parade every July 4th.

The railroad arrived in Staunton in the 1850s, making the town a vital hub of “communication and commerce.” The Wharf district would have been bustling as workers raced to unload cargo from trains and store it in Staunton’s warehouses. Staunton’s population in the 1850s was 4,000, making it one of the largest towns in the Shenandoah Valley. It supported more than 80 businesses, including banks, hotels, and factories.

Wilson got no screen time as a child – TV didn’t exist yet – but he made up for it as an adult. In 1915, he received a projector as a gift and was said to watch movies for up to five hours a day.

What can you expect if you go to the museum?

Tours of the museum’s manse offer a glimpse into what life was like when Wilson lived there. You’ll see period furnishings and family treasures. The museum’s seven galleries include “Wilson’s early years, his eventful presidency, suffrage, prohibition and World War I.” Visitors can check out Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow and tour the beautiful terraced gardens.

These Photos Will Have You Dreaming of Christmas in Staunton

Staunton may have a small footprint, but she has the unique culture of a much larger city. From performances to food to family fun, here are 10 photos that will have you dreaming of spending this – and every – holiday in the Queen City. Holiday Performances at the American Shakespeare Center Light up a … Continue reading These Photos Will Have You Dreaming of Christmas in Staunton

Staunton may have a small footprint, but she has the unique culture of a much larger city. From performances to food to family fun, here are 10 photos that will have you dreaming of spending this – and every – holiday in the Queen City.

Holiday Performances at the American Shakespeare Center

Light up a long winter’s night with a stellar performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Art for Gifts

If you want to get someone on your list a unique, thoughtful gift, Staunton Augusta Art Center’s annual Art for Gifts ought to be your first stop.

Downtown all Lighted up

Take a walk down Beverley Street to see the Victorian architecture gussied up for the holidays.

Local Goodies

From cookies to chocolates to specialty cupcakes, Staunton’s treat scene will have your sweet tooth singing “Joy to the World!”

Holiday SPirit in Gypsy HIll Park

Stay toasty in your car as you enjoy the festive displays set up around the loop at Gypsy Hill Park.

Staunton Wearing White

Take some historic architecture or beautiful scenery…add a sprinkle of snow…

Staunton’s Finest Eats and Drinks

Staunton may be small, but the food scene is huge. Check out what we have to offer.

Staunton hotels dressed up

 All dressed up for the holiday season, Staunton’s hotels and B&B’s are a sight to see!

 

Friends and Family in an Igloo

Stable Craft Brewing offers cool igloos to keep you toasty on a cold winter’s night.

10 Things You Must Do in Staunton this Holiday Season

Staunton lights up and shines for the holidays, and our calendar is already bursting with treats this year, including music, shopping, historical tours, and even a chance or two to see Santa! Make plans now to explore Staunton’s holiday music, events and entertainment this holiday season.  Taste The Best of OUr Culinary Scene From a … Continue reading 10 Things You Must Do in Staunton this Holiday Season

Staunton lights up and shines for the holidays, and our calendar is already bursting with treats this year, including music, shopping, historical tours, and even a chance or two to see Santa! Make plans now to explore Staunton’s holiday music, events and entertainment this holiday season. 

Taste The Best of OUr Culinary Scene

From a holiday tea to oysters at BLU Point Seafood’s raw bar, to Christmas dinner at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, to a Biteseeing Staunton tour, our town bursts with culinary delights. Check your favorite restaurant for holiday specials.

enjoy the Historic Staunton Foundation’s 47th Annual Holiday House Tour

Hundreds of visitors will flock to Staunton’s popular Historic Staunton Foundation’s Holiday House Tour to celebrate Staunton’s architecture and holiday decor. This year, five beautifully restored private homes in Staunton’s Gospel Hill Historic District will be showcased and discussed. Saturday, December 7, 5-8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m. 

Applaud a Live Performance at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

December 4-January 1: For information on showtimes and tickets, visit the American Shakespeare Center.

  • 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.
  • Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) – Ring in the holidays with this fast-paced Christmas journey through all of your favorite holiday classics! Be prepared for a whirlwind of laughter, carols, and joy as you experience the Holiday Spirit like never before.

Relax to Beautiful Music

Fill your holidays with beautiful music by attending Advent Lessons and Carols at Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity’s traditional candlelight service, sung by the Trinity Choirs, interweaves scripture, carols, and choral music. Music for organ, choir, and congregation. Sunday, December 8, 5 p.m

More public music follows on January 5, 2020 with Trinity’s Playing of the Merry Organ with Friends.

Score Unique Gifts in Our Downtown

Don’t head to the shopping center! Enjoy seeing Staunton’s walkable downtown dressed for the holidays. You can count on finding special and unique gifts for everyone on your list in our downtown boutiques and artisan shops. Mark your calendar for:

  • Small Business Saturday Walk off your Thanksgiving calories, make a dent in your holiday shopping, and support local businesses while you’re doing it? It’s a win-win-win at Staunton’s annual Small Business Saturday. Our downtown shops are filled with great deals and holiday cheer and many merchants will be offering discounts and refreshments. Saturday, November 30, 9 am – 7 pm
  • Art for Gifts in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. This annual, juried holiday market highlights the handmade fine art and crafts by 60 Virginia artists and artisans. November 15 – December 31, Extended gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.
  • Blow Your Own Ornament at Sunspots. Aspiring glassblowers ages 7+ can huff and puff and create a piece of original art for their tree or window by blowing an ornament at Sunspots Studios

Gaze into the Lights in Gypsy Hill Park

Make time to enjoy the 14th annual Celebration of Holiday Lights in Gypsy Hill Park. Local churches, community organizations, businesses, and individuals design and erect festive displays along the entire 1.3-mile loop every year. The celebration “focuses on strong community values that all can enjoy regardless of age, background or religion.” The display is free to the public and best viewed from a car. The park will shine brightly from November 25 – January 1.

Another great way to view the lights is to attend Caroling in the Park. This Parks and Rec event includes caroling by local choirs, hot chocolate and cookies, bonfires, photographs with Santa, and hayrides that circle the park. The event is free, but it supports the Valley Mission, so donations are appreciated! December 21, 4-6 p.m.

Cheer for Your Neighbors at the Staunton Christmas Parade

Let the 2019 theme of “Small City, Bright Lights = Big Christmas” get you pumped for the holiday season at the annual Staunton Christmas Parade. Marching bands, holiday-themed floats, and local organizations march the route that winds through Staunton’s festive downtown. Make sure you stay until the end to catch a glimpse of parade marshals, Santa and Mrs. Claus! December 2, 7-9 p.m.

holiday high tea at the Frederick house

Happy holidays from your friends over at the Frederick House! This holiday season we are proud to be hosting yet another high tea benefiting Wendy’s Place Cat Rescue!

High tea is $10 and includes unlimited hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate as well as four courses of both savory and sweet finger foods. Guests who prefer only a hot beverage without the finger foods are invited to attend and pay a reduced rate of $2. December 7, 12-6 p.m.

Greet Santa at the Train Station and Ride the Winter Express Trolley

Father Christmas (the old school Santa of yesteryear) will arrive at the train station on the Buckingham Branch Railroad during Cherish Every Christmas. Parents will be able to treat the little ones to a ride of a lifetime aboard the Winter Express Trolley, where they’ll enjoy a ride, a reading of The Polar Express, and special treats from the Clocktower. Cherish Every Christmas also features horse and carriage rides, a tree lighting celebration, and a holiday sweater contest. December 7, 3-7 p.m.

Explore the Frontier Culture Museum By Lantern Light

The 2019 Lantern Tours at the Frontier Culture Museum bring historic holiday traditions to life and explore the changes that have happened over time. Visitors attending this popular event will tour the museum on foot and by horse-drawn wagon. They’ll see living history vignettes at the English, Irish, German, and American farms as well as a Mummer’s play. The tour will conclude with light refreshments and live music. Reservations required. December 13-15 and 20-23.