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Staunton Festival Celebrates Blues and Virginia Craft Beer

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

Mud Morganfield and Kate Moss
Mud Morganfield and Kate Moss

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

The Artists

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Beer

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

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

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

The Fine Print

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

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Heifetz: A Daily Celebration of Music in Staunton

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

Heifetz International Music Institute
Heifetz International Music Institute

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT The HEIFETZ INTERNATIONAL MUSIC

INSTITUTE

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

 

Gypsy Hill Park: The Place for Summer Entertainment

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

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

MONDAY NIGHTS

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

TUESDAY NIGHTS

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

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

THURSDAY NIGHTS

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

FRIDAY NIGHTS

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

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

A Staunton Beer and Wine Tour

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

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Queen City Brewing

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

DAY One in downtown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Day Two in the country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Staunton & Shenandoah: 10 Ways to Celebrate 100 Years

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

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

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

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

Staunton’s Top 10 for Shenandoah

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

Your Guide to Dining Alfresco

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

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

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PATIOS

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

Cranberry's
Cranberry’s

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

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

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

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

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

DECKS

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

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

ROOFTOPS

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

The Pompei Lounge View
The Pompei Lounge View

BREWERIES

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

Queen City Brewing
Queen City Brewing

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

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

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

 

A Perfect Picnic Made in Staunton

As the warm weather draws you out to enjoy the beauty of and around Staunton, plan a full day of explorations complete with a perfectly packed picnic. THE BASICS If you need a picnic basket, you’re in luck. Antique stores are known for them (and we have some of those), or you might find your next … Continue reading A Perfect Picnic Made in Staunton

As the warm weather draws you out to enjoy the beauty of and around Staunton, plan a full day of explorations complete with a perfectly packed picnic.

THE BASICS

If you need a picnic basket, you’re in luck. Antique stores are known for them (and we have some of those), or you might find your next handmade heirloom to pass down when you visit Appalachian Pieceworks on Middlebrook Avenue.

 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Good luck with this one, as you’ll probably wantmore than a picnic basket full of what Staunton has to offer. With a broad stroke of the pen, these are some goodies we think you’ll love to take along.

  • Cranberry’s Club at Cranberry Grocery features house-made cranberry mayo on Newtown sourdough bread.
  • Caromont Plank Road Round cheese pairs well with crusty bread and fruity red or white wine. Pick it up at Yelping Dog.
  • Order a small bowl (or large, if you want) of Gourmet Olives or Waldorf Salad at Lewis Creek Market.
  • Ask for the Hummus Plate to go at George Bowers Grocery. It includes fresh veggies, feta, and crackers. You have our permission to get a cucumber and banana milkshake to go.
  • Swing by The Store for fresh tomatoes or cucumbers (because you need them outside of a milkshake, too).

AND AWAY WE GO …

So where will you enjoy your picnic? Will it be one our parks? How about an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Take a scenic drive and look for a great place to pull over and enjoy the sunshine.

Cheers to eating, loving, and exploring locally!

7 Distinctive Staunton Wedding Venues

These beautiful summer days, and nights, is giving us wedding fever. For day-dreaming girlfriends and Pinterest-frenzied fiancées, we have seven uniquely distinct Staunton wedding venues for your consideration (and pinning!). ELEGANT :: STELLE ROSE AT STAUNTON STATION Located in the historic Staunton train station, Stelle Rose is a beautiful all-weather venue that is historically elegant … Continue reading 7 Distinctive Staunton Wedding Venues

These beautiful summer days, and nights, is giving us wedding fever. For day-dreaming girlfriends and Pinterest-frenzied fiancées, we have seven uniquely distinct Staunton wedding venues for your consideration (and pinning!).

ELEGANT :: STELLE ROSE AT STAUNTON STATION

Located in the historic Staunton train station, Stelle Rose is a beautiful all-weather venue that is historically elegant but also provides all the modern amenities you could wish for on your special day. Stelle Rose offers an open, flexible 6,000 square-foot floor plan with both indoor and covered outdoor spaces as well as a luxurious, private bridal suite, a full kitchen, multiple photo locations, and seating for 160 guests. You’ll be able to have the wedding of your dreams by choosing to use your own wedding professionals or from the venue’s network of highly recommended local resources.

HISTORIC :: WOODROW WILSON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
If you’ve never seen the historic gardens at Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace, you’re missing a ready-made, gorgeous, historic ceremony setting. The gardens are one of 13 maintained by the Garden Club of Virginia. The Upper Garden features a lovely lawn, brick path, and two gazebos and serves as a great backdrop for your nuptials. The Lower Terrace, separated by a bow-knot garden, is the perfect spot for cocktails or a seated dinner. Each space can accommodate between 75 and 100 guests.

ROMANTIC :: GAIE LEA
Multiple ceremony and reception options make Gaie Lea (Old English for “Happy Meadows”) quite the contender when it comes to all-in-one wedding venues. Two hundred acres ensures privacy at any of the sites, which include a pavilion overlooking a pond, a hilltop pool for cocktail hour or reception, a formal English boxwood garden, a stone patio and fire pit near the pond for cigars and bourbon or a s’mores snack, the estate home itself, and whatever else your imagination leads you to on the expansive property.

Treat your wedding party or immediate family to an overnight at the estate. Fifteen guests can be accommodated in the six large guest rooms.

COLLEGIATE :: MARY BALDWIN UNIVERSITY
Whether you’re an alumnae or simply appreciate the beauty of a meticulously manicured college lawn, you’re in luck. The views from Mary Baldwin may be some of the best Staunton has to offer. Say “I do,” on the lawn of this historic campus overlooking downtown Staunton and then head indoors for a reception either on campus or at another distinctive Staunton wedding venue. The sweeping staircases across campus make for great photo ops along with the cream-colored buildings that make up this beautiful campus.

DRAMATIC :: THE BLACKBURN INN

The Blackburn Inn, built in the 1820s, is rich in history, beauty, and romance. If you’re envisioning something dramatic yet classic, designed by an architect who rubbed elbows with Thomas Jefferson, this is the venue for you. Choose from an array of locations on the 80 landscaped acres, which feature willow trees, red brick, white columns, and too many spectacular photo spots to count. The boutique hotel offers 49 rooms and suites, so there’s plenty of space for guests to stay on site. There are even pet-friendly accommodations if you have a fur baby in the wedding party. Currently, the Inn has intimate indoor seating for 35 guests, while tented and untented outdoor weddings (between April and November) can accommodate up to 200. A new space is set to open later this summer. The Wellness and Conference Center will contain 10,000 square feet of event space including a 6,000-square-foot ballroom. The new space will include a guest-facing kitchen, bar, and full-service spa. The Inn provides several different wedding packages depending on your needs. Need help coordinating everything? An on-site venue manager can help with attention to detail on the big day.

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CLASSIC :: Hotel 24 South

For those seeking an all-inclusive approach to their wedding day, Hotel 24 South, formerly the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, may be the perfect Staunton fit. This historic hotel has recently been refreshed with new (almost) everything. Your facility rental includes tables, linens, place settings, dance floor, candle centerpiece … the works. Toss in a few rooms for your bridal party and out of town guests (yours is free, by the way!), plus the hotel catering and that doesn’t leave you with a great deal to worry about. Classically beautiful and worry free!

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UNFORGETTABLE :: FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Indoors or out, with a barn or under the sun … you have many choices at the Frontier Culture Museum, and your guests (up to 400) are in for a real treat, should you spring for a group rate admission for them to explore the grounds.

The Lee S. Cochran Pavilion is open air for warm months and tented for cooler months. A catering kitchen makes prep and delivery super easy while museum staff takes care of setting up and taking down the tables and chairs. The Lawn is a great place for the ceremony itself.

The Octagonal Barn is two levels (you may access both or one) and boasts a small amphitheater for your use as well. This space also includes a catering kitchen.

The Lecture Hall is a sleek, converted dairy barn with soaring ceilings and dinner seating for up to 100. Or, clear it out and dance the night away! Caterer’s staging area with sink is available.

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Swirling and Sipping Wine in Staunton

Let’s be honest. Wine is intimidating. Sniffing, swirling, tannins, red versus white, where are Norton grapes grown again, and what do you mean I’m not holding the glass correctly? Fortunately, there are wine experts right under your novice nose all over Virginia, but quite possibly, Staunton has more opportunities for a quick wine 101 than any other city in the … Continue reading Swirling and Sipping Wine in Staunton

Let’s be honest. Wine is intimidating. Sniffing, swirling, tannins, red versus white, where are Norton grapes grown again, and what do you mean I’m not holding the glass correctly? Fortunately, there are wine experts right under your novice nose all over Virginia, but quite possibly, Staunton has more opportunities for a quick wine 101 than any other city in the Shenandoah Valley.

LEWIS CREEK MARKET | 300 CHURCH STREET

This old-is-new-again establishment is sweetly situated in an old livery stable with a gated patio for your enjoyment. More than 20 wines from around the world are available by the glass each day and hundreds more are in stock. The day you want to find yourself at Lewis Creek is Monday, for it is then between 4:30 and 6:30 (most Mondays) that a FREE educational tasting is offered. Monday doesn’t suit? No problem. For just $5 you can sample four wines another day.
Hours: Monday 10:30-6:30; Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:30-5:30

OX-EYE VINEYARDS TASTING ROOM | 44 MIDDLEBROOK AVENUE

The renovated 1904 coal office in the Wharf District is where you’ll find Ox-Eye’s tasting room. Fresh and airy, it’s a great place to learn the ins and outs of wine, and how to taste it. The selection at Ox-Eye features their very own estate-grown wine. Tastings are offered in two tiers at $5 or $7 per person.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 12-6; Friday 12-7; Saturday 10-7

YELPING DOG | 9 EAST BEVERLY STREET

More than 1500 bottles of wine are available at Yelping Dog and a weekly wine-by-the-glass menu introduces you to something new often. Wine tastings are available from time to time. There is no fee, but a donation to the local SPCA is suggested and hoped for. Monitor theirFacebook page for tasting announcements.
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 11-9; Friday through Saturday 11-10; Sunday 12-6

THE WINE CELLAR | 8 BYERS STREET

Fridays are Wine Cellar days with a different sommelier each week to roll out something new and tasty from 5 to 8 p.m. The Cellar is full of countless bottles of wine from all over the world: Virginia, West Coast, European, Argentinian … you ask and chances are, you can receive.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10-6

THE STAUNTON ABBEY TAPHOUSE | 2217 NORTH AUGUSTA STREET

The Abbey is a restaurant, but don’t be fooled. More than 200 bottles of wine are in the house and tastings are offered every Friday and Saturday, alternating with the extensive craft beer selection, of course. Need help pairing a wine with a menu item? The staff knows just what to offer.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 11-9

Up for a quick drive from downtown? Barren Ridge Vineyards is the closest winery to Staunton, less than 10 miles away in Fishersville. Situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the view from their patio. Tastings rotate weekly. Reserve tasting (eight wines) are $8 per person. If you know you like red or white, try a flight of four red or white for $5 per person. Traveling in a group of 8 or more? You win the group tasting with special seating at a rate of $10 per person (please call ahead).
Address: 984 Barren Ridge Road, Fishersville, VA 22939
Hours: Monday through Wednesday 11-6; Thursday through Saturday 11-9; Sunday 1-6

Much ‘Ado About Brew in Staunton

As the central hub of the brand new Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, Staunton offers great craft beer with a heaping side of culture and a dash of history. Toss in a sprinkle of outdoor recreation and you’ll find that we’re an awesome getaway destination in the Shenandoah Valley. “Blessings of your heart, you brew good ale,” … Continue reading Much ‘Ado About Brew in Staunton

As the central hub of the brand new Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, Staunton offers great craft beer with a heaping side of culture and a dash of history. Toss in a sprinkle of outdoor recreation and you’ll find that we’re an awesome getaway destination in the Shenandoah Valley.

“Blessings of your heart, you brew good ale,” wrote William Shakespeare in Two Gentlemen of Verona, and we’d like to think our brewmasters whip up some mighty fine elixirs as well. Queen City is our oldest brewery, Redbeard is our small batch delight, and Shenandoah Valley is our go-to for home brewing supplies and advice. No visit to Staunton is complete without a trip to each of them and a night at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, where beer is also served.

In addition to the breweries of Staunton, beer gardens and tap rooms serve up a variety of craft beer. Sample around and then enjoy a fresh-from-the-farm meal at one of our notable restaurants where you’re likely to find even more brews to choose from.

When you’re ready for some outdoor rec, you’ll find our parks to be pretty and well equipped, but just a few miles away are more challenging opportunities in Shenandoah National Park.  For every speed of adventure, there’s an outlet nearby.

Finally, raise a glass to the nation’s 28th president, Woodrow Wilson, whose home and presidential library is located in Staunton. You can’t be this close to presidential history and not give a nod with a visit. The 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine is a must-see for any car enthusiast.

After you’ve enjoyed a few flights in Staunton, continue on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail to discover more unique tastes in Virginia craft beer. There are 12 breweries along the way, plus more cool places to discover and adventure to be had. Spend the weekend with us and visit four breweries to the north, three to the east, and two the south. There’s no better place to be than Staunton, Virginia.

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