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Plan Your Next Vacation in Staunton

Did you know that January 25th is National Plan a Vacation Day? And just like us, we bet you REALLY need one! From romantic weekends to family getaways, to weekends with the girls or guys, let us help with some quick recommendations on what to do on a vacation in Staunton!

Romantic Weekend

Share romantic meals, be pampered in luxurious lodgings, sightsee on one of America’s best main streets, and even discover the great outdoors. Here are some of Staunton’s best bets for couples.

Where to Stay

  • The Hotel 24 South and The Blackburn Inn both feature elegant rooms in tastefully updated historic buildings. Check the specials for romantic add-ons like champagne, chocolate, and spa packages.
  • The Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast offers an elaborate breakfast as well as packages for champagne and a trip to the Blackfriar’s Theatre.
  • The Frederick House is a 20 room inn, comprised of 5 historic houses, located in downtown Staunton, Virginia. They offer the privacy of a hotel, with the personal experience of a Bed and Breakfast.

Where to Eat

What to Do

  • The Staunton Farmer’s Market is open from the first Saturday in April until Thanksgiving, and it features fresh produce, baked goods, and live music. 
  • Take a self-guided or seasonal guided walking tour with the Historic Staunton Foundation.
  • Visit the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace to learn about Wilson’s connection to Staunton and much more.
  • Stop to flirt at Ox-Eye Tasting Room or take a scenic drive to Barren Ridge Vineyards to reconnect with your sweetie over some local wine.
  • Shop downtown Staunton’s independent stores and galleries for a range of wares including gourmet chocolate and olive oil, art-glass ornaments, unique gifts and art, and vintage treasure of all kinds.
  • Take in a show at the American Shakespeare Center. The 2022 season includes Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, and more.

Family Fun

Looking for a wonderful family trip where fun, history, and the great outdoors are all in big supply? Here’s how to enjoy Staunton’s best with your family.

Where to Stay

  • The Fairfield Inn and Suites is a family-friendly hotel convenient to both downtown Staunton as well as the interstates. The hotel offers a free hot breakfast, free Wi-fi, and an indoor saltwater swimming pool.
  • The Storefront is a two-level downtown lodging with a full kitchen, two queen-sized beds, and a unique bar/lounge area with a television.

Where to Eat

  • Voted one of the best breakfasts in the Valley, Kathy’s Restaurant heaps on the goodness with traditional breakfast fare served all day.
  • Your kids will love the caboose parked outside of The Depot Grille. They’ll also love the American fare served inside for lunch and dinner. The menu includes a section for kids. 
  • Shenandoah Pizza’s gourmet pies celebrate local ingredients and lore. Parents will be pleased with the extensive tap list.
  • The menu at Baja Bean has loads of Tex Mex options including choices for the younger set and an impressive tap list. 
  • Finish your meal with one (or more) of the 18 fresh-made gelato flavors from The Split Banana.

What to Do

  • Pool your wits to solve one of the active puzzles and escape a themed room at Crack the Code Escape Room
  • Step back in time at the Frontier Culture Museum, which invites visitors to explore the lives of the Shenandoah Valleys pioneers from the 1600s through the mid-1800s.
  • Watch as artisans use extreme heat, to blow and shape molten glass into globes and art pieces at Sunspots Studios
  • Family favorites for shopping include treasure hunting at Staunton Antiques Center and hobby shopping at Staunton Trains and Hobbies. Pufferbellies is the largest independently owned toy store in the Valley, which has a hands-on policy and something to fascinate kids and grownups alike.
  • Hit up one of Staunton’s great city parks like Gypsy Hill Park to feed the ducks, hit the skatepark, and play on the playgrounds. Montgomery Hall Park has more playgrounds as well as miles of hiking and biking trails.
  • There’s always something happening at Augusta Expo. Events include the Augusta County Fair, monster truck rallies, Bigfoot conventions, and more. 

Getaway with the Girls

Share the best of Staunton’s trendy restaurants, local wine, and unique shopping with your besties. You’ll make so many new memories that you’ll want to make Staunton an annual destination.

Where to Stay

  • Not only does 4-suite Gibson’s Warehouse have an interesting history as a working railroad warehouse, but it’s also just steps from downtown Staunton dining and entertainment. Renovated efficiency apartments are appointed with full kitchens and living spaces. There’s also a common space in the lobby with seating so guests can mingle and socialize.
  • Staunton Stays is a four-suite boutique hotel in a beautifully renovated Victorian house. Each suite is decorated according to a different theme. All offer full kitchens, modern bathrooms, living quarters, and access to a laundry room.

Where to Eat

  • Try a range of Spanish tapas and other Mediterranean food at Aioli Restaurant.
  • Enjoy wine by the glass or bottle at Yelping Dog Wine. Share a cheese plate or munch on gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.  
  • Savor wine, beer, and light fare such as apps and sandwiches at The Green Room.
  • Dine at Table 44 for amazing Southern food with a twist.

What to Do

Guys’ Weekend

Staunton has golf, cigars, the great outdoors, and food and beer.  What else do you need for an awesome guys’ weekend? 

Where to Stay

  • Tru by Hilton has modern amenities, access to both the interstate and downtown, and generous public gathering spaces.
  • Avid Hotel focuses on getting the essentials right at a value price.

Where to Eat

What to Do

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Staunton Staycation

Not ready for far-away travel just yet? You might want to skip that mid-winter trip out of the country. Why not take a Staunton staycation instead? We’ve rounded up five ways to have a blast and make new discoveries right here in Staunton. Here are our tips for seeing our beautiful city through fresh, new eyes.

Fill Your Days With Local Fun

How well do you really know Staunton? Why not find out with one of the unique tours you can take when you download the Traipse app on your phone. Combining trivia with touring, Traipse brings Staunton to life in over 12 themed tours. Level up your history game with a tour of the Frontier Culture Museum or the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Presidential Library, and the Camera Heritage Museum. Little ones will love the Antique Fire Engine Museum at the fire station, starring the oldest motorized fire engine in Virginia.

Try a New Outdoor Adventure

Venture a little way out of Staunton for some of the best outdoor adventures in the country. Glide downhill at one of the area’s four awesome ski resorts: Wintergreen Resort, Bryce Mountain Resort, Omni Homestead Resort, and Massanutten Resort all offer skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Bridgewater’s Generations Park has a stellar skating rink. Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest are packed with interesting trails in a range of difficulties, though you should check online before visiting for an area’s opening status. Head underground at Grand Caverns, the country’s oldest show cave. Another way to get underground is by exploring the Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail that follows an old railroad bed under Afton Mountain!

Skip the Souvenir and Invest in Something Unique and Meaningful

Do you sometimes waste money buying silly trinkets when you’re on vacation? Why not take all that money you’ll be saving and put it toward something you’ll really love, something that will bring your room together? Consider heirloom-quality furniture from Concepts Created, which uses reclaimed wood to create custom dining tables, hutches, benches, mantles, and more. Buy some exquisite art glass from Sunspots Studio, or make your walls pop with work from a local artist from the CoArt Gallery. If you like to personalize your space with words, check out the gorgeous custom signs from Blair Made. And if your kids are pining because they didn’t get Mickey Mouse ears, take them to Pufferbellies Toys & Books and let them pick out something they’ll love even more!

Are you one of those people who hangs out behind the camera and only goes on vacation for the photos? Score lots of likes by setting up shots at Staunton’s Best Insta-Worthy Spots, including near the large metal sculptures of flowerpots, books, and eyeglasses created by Ferguson Metal Fabrication. 

Make Take-Out a Fine Dining Experience

If you’re still hoping to wait a bit before hanging out in a crowded restaurant, why not take carry-out to the next level? Iron the fancy tablecloth and use those fancy forks you got for your wedding. Shake things up by ordering something new from your favorite restaurant. Most Staunton restaurants offer takeout, so you could even order different courses from different spots. Start with a bottle of wine from Yelping Dog Wine and a loaf of fresh bread from Newtown Baking. Enjoy entrees from Table 44, Chicano Boy Taco, or the Depot Grille. Still hungry? A decadent pie from Firkin Pie or a sundae from Wright’s will taste just right at the end of your night. 

Did you get some fancy new cookware for Christmas? The Staunton Grocery will help you break it in by supplying all the local and specialty food items you can’t find in the supermarket. Peruse the catalog online for meats, condiments, spices, specialty oils, and more, and whip up a gourmet feast.

Another good way to fill up and stay warm is to gather around the firepits and sip craft beer at Skipping Rock Beer Co. or Stable Craft Brewing.

Your Home Away From Home

Clutter and day-to-day tasks overwhelming you? Leave your baggage (physical and emotional) behind and check into a Staunton lodging property. Not only will you enjoy some focused time with just the essentials, but you’ll also see your city with new eyes. Best of all, someone else will make the bed! Book a room in a luxury historic hotel, a convenient brand hotel, a well-appointed bed and breakfast, or a unique vacation rental. Stop by the front desk or the Visitor Center for some brochures and ideas about where to spend your day. 

Staunton has much to offer both visitors and long-time residents. Get out there and have fun like a tourist!

Downhill Fun: Skiing Adventures Near Staunton

Staunton is plenty hilly, but not quite hilly enough for skiing. Fortunately, it’s easy to drive to several ski resorts in Virginia that specialize in winter fun. What better way to spend a winter weekend than getting a workout on the slopes and then following it up by eating a big dinner, exploring Staunton’s vibrant downtown, and staying in one of our luxurious lodgings? 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 14 ski trails, which are serviced by seven lifts and suitable for a variety of ability levels. Private lessons are available to kids as young as 6 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. Here’s a link to see current conditions at the resort. If you want to warm up away from the elements, check out Massanutten’s indoor waterpark, which is kept at a toasty 84 degrees. Take a thrilling ride down a waterslide, learn to surf on the pipeline, or just float the lazy river. Facilities are instituting precautions against Covid-19.  Changes such as reduced capacity, required masks, and pre-visit online ticket purchases will keep you safe.

Wintergreen Ski Resort

40 minutes from Staunton

Wintergreen Ski Resort is a beautiful, four-season resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains that features skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the winter. It offers 26 slopes and trails to appeal to all ability levels. Want to improve those skills? Sign up for individual, semi-private, or family ski or snowboard lessons at the snowsports school. 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. You can also order your rental equipment online. When you need to fuel up, you’ll find several different onsite dining options that serve both casual and formal meals.

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. It was recently named one of North America’s top family-friendly ski resorts by Travel & Leisure. There are 8 slopes that can be accessed by ski lifts as well as a dedicated area for beginners with carpet lifts. Beginners ages 4 ½ and up can book lessons with the Horst Locher Snowsports School for private lessons or semi-private lessons for groups that traveled to the resort together. Three 800-foot snow tubing lanes, an ice skating rink, and three restaurants round out the fun. Those looking for a different kind of adventure can book a 1.5-mile snowshoeing endurance tour with Rev3Endurance

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. Plan to relax at the onsite spa at the end of your day. Wouldn’t a deep-tissue massage feel great after a hard day of skiing or snow tubing?

If You’d Rather Ice Skate Instead, Try Generations Park

30 minutes from Staunton

Lace up for fun on the ice at Bridgewater’s Generations Park. Besides a slippery good time, skating is good for your heart, your endurance, and your core. You can schedule hour-long sessions ahead of time by signing up online. If you need skates, the park offers limited rentals. 

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 brand 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 stream a Shakespeare show on the Blackfriars Playhouse’s Blackfriar’s TV.  You could also watch a movie at the Visulite, where you can sip a cold brew or glass of wine. In theater dining is powered by Baja Bean Co.; hot, local, and delivered to your seat!

Where to rent skis and snowboards?

If you’re staying nearby and want to skip the hassle of renting skis at the resort, we’ve got you covered.  Stan’s Ski and Snowboard, in Staunton, has options for daily rentals or,  if you’re looking to commit, the entire ski season. They have a variety of brands and can get you outfitted with apparel, equipment and any supplies you may need. 

Sleeping Beauties: Some of Staunton’s Most Beautiful Rooms

Planning to spoil yourself with a trip to Staunton? From luxury hotels to B & B’s and estates in the country, you’ll find somewhere on this list to dream about. Many are just steps away from all the restaurants, shopping, and entertainment downtown Staunton has to offer. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and treat yourself to a stay in one of the nicest rooms in one of the best towns around!

Hotel 24 South

Step into any guest room at Hotel 24 South and you’ll find immaculate rooms with plush pillowtop mattresses and extensive in-house services. Renovated in 2005 and again in 2018, Hotel 24 South boasts luxurious and contemporary appointments in its rooms and suites. The classic lobby exudes old-time ambiance and lots of seating. Enjoy cocktails in the 1924 Lounge and weekend breakfasts at the on-site Magnolia South restaurant. Guests can frolic in a heated swimming pool and whirlpool and park in a secure garage. If you want to bring your furry friend, pets are welcome for a fee. Located in Staunton’s walkable downtown, Hotel 24 South is close to a number of fine dining and entertainment opportunities. 

 

Blackburn Inn & Conference Center

The Blackburn Inn is an upscale boutique hotel in a restored building originally part of Western State Hospital, a site with a long and interesting past. Located on 80 landscaped acres on the edge of downtown Staunton, the site blends character and charming details like original wood floors and tall windows with crisp, modern amenities. Book your stay in one of the 49-room hotel’s 27 unique floor plans and find updated touches like marble bathrooms with rain showers, soaker tubs, and luxury linens. You might also make reservations for a massage or manicure at the onsite spa. This hotel beautifully combines history with hospitality and you’ll be able to relax and rejuvenate before hitting the town to see everything Staunton has to offer. 

Frederick House

The beautiful and traditionally decorated 23-room Frederick House encompasses space in seven historic downtown buildings. Many of the rooms are in traditional houses, but others had former lives as a store, a stable, and a silent movie theater. The lodging’s website offers photos of the different rooms and suites to choose from, including space designed for young families. In addition to an incredible night’s sleep, you will wake up to the breakfast of your dreams in the form of a sausage and cheese strata, apple raisin quiche, ham and cheese pie, or more. Frederick House offers the charm and individuality of a B&B as well as the comfort and amenities of a larger hotel. If you’re looking for guidance during your visit, staff will help you design winery routes, navigate bike rentals, golfing, and fishing spots. They’ll even arrange picnic baskets for you if you’re heading out for a scenic drive or hike. 

The Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast

The Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast, an 8,000 square-foot Queen Anne Victorian mansion, sits across from the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. The property was built in 1897, and the current owners modernized it and transformed it into an elegant inn in 2013. The updated inn retains many original details like fireplaces, stained glass, large windows, and period decorations. Select Registry chose the Berkeley House for its elite group of inns across the country. You’ll rave about the elaborate breakfast with many tasty dishes including praline pecan French toast, spinach quiche, stuffed Dutch baby pancakes, and more. Make sure you catch the wine and cheese served late Saturday afternoons! The bed and breakfast offers an American Shakespeare Center package, a craft beer package, and a champagne package to make your stay even more fun.

The Bella Inn

Guests staying in The Bella Inn are treated to a suite’s worth of amenities. Not only are the king-sized beds incredibly comfortable, but you’ll have room to spread out in a living room and full kitchen. The two suites are in the light-filled and thoughtfully restored 1870s McClure Printing building. They incorporate unique architectural details like lofted spaces and spiral staircases. There’s even a private patio with skyline views to enjoy morning coffee or a romantic dinner. Not into cooking for yourself? Look no further than the onsite Aioli for a Mediterranean dinner of tapas or select from Staunton’s range of options, all just steps away.

Staunton Stays

Staunton Stays is a four-suite boutique hotel in a beautifully renovated Victorian house. All four suites offer queen-sized beds and a sofa bed. You’ll also find full kitchens, modern bathrooms, living quarters, and laundry room access. Begin with a complimentary bottle of wine and basket of snacks before you cook a meal in your private kitchen or walk to a nearby restaurant. Each plush suite is decorated according to a different theme, including the Shenandoah Valley, France, dreams, and the artist’s imagination. 

Gibson’s Warehouse  

When renowned Staunton architect T.J. Collins designed a warehouse near the train station in 1905, he probably didn’t envision its current life as luxury lodgings. Gibson’s Warehouse is a recently renovated four-suite lodging space in Staunton’s Wharf District, close to dining, shopping, entertainment, and the farmers’ market. Originally, the historic building stored hay, fertilizer, and farm equipment. After renovations, it’s the epitome of comfort and sleek, industrial cool with tall ceilings, large windows, wood floors, and areas of exposed brick. In each private suite, you’ll find a full-sized kitchen, modern bath, living space, and a king-sized bed. Enjoy complimentary wifi and a treat basket. There is also a common space and seating in the lobby.

Inn at Meadowcroft

The romantic Inn at Meadowcroft is a short drive from Staunton, but when you’re looking for pastoral views and starry skies, you can’t beat the inn’s 300+ acres. The rooms are situated in restored cabins and a renovated 1794 log home. Rooms and suites are decorated with period antiques and contain details like log walls, fireplaces, and comfortable seating areas. The inn does a marvelous job maintaining the historic ambiance but updating with modern amenities. For instance, rooms include incredibly comfortable mattresses and bathrooms with both deep slipper tubs and sleek glass showers. 

 

Beyond Airbnb: Staunton’s Alternative Rentals

Staunton offers lots of choices of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and Airbnb properties, and now visitors have another option. Gibson’s Warehouse and Staunton Stays offer all the luxuries and amenities expected by seasoned travelers. This includes long and short-term rentals, uniquely decorated units, and private kitchens and living spaces. Best of all, both alternative rental spaces are located in walkable downtown Staunton, allowing visitors immediate access to the city’s best amenities.

Gibson’s Warehouse  

Gibson’s Warehouse is a four-suite loft lodging in a T.J. Collins-designed warehouse in Staunton’s Wharf District. Designed in 1905, the historic building originally stored hay, fertilizer, and farm equipment. After renovations, it’s the epitome of comfort and industrial cool. Additionally, its location is close to dining, shopping, entertainment, and the farmers’ market. It’s easy to explore downtown Staunton on foot! 

Each private suite offers a full-sized and fully-equipped kitchen, modern bath, living space, and a king-sized bed. The units also boast tall ceilings with visible rafters, large windows, wood floors and areas of exposed brick. Enjoy complimentary wifi and a treat basket. There is also a common space in the lobby with seating areas so guests can mingle and socialize. No pets or smoking.

Staunton Stays

Staunton Stays is a four-suite boutique hotel in a beautifully renovated Victorian house. Each plush suite has a different theme. All four suites offer full kitchens, modern bathrooms, living quarters, and access to a laundry room. Begin with a complimentary bottle of wine and basket of snacks before you cook a meal in your private kitchen or walk to a restaurant. All four suites offer queen-sized beds and a sofa bed. No pets or smoking.

  • The Shenandoah Suite is luxuriously appointed and decorated to represent the “Shenandoah Valley’s incomparable beauty and nostalgia.” You’ll find unique, farmhouse-chic furniture incorporating materials like sewing machines and barn wood.
  • The elegant Bons Amis Suite is decorated with comfy furniture and French-themed accents. This private, upper-level suite looks out over Staunton.
  • The Serendipity Suite is both comfortable and quirky. The space is located on the first floor and includes dreamy colors, cushy furniture, inspirational messages, and whimsical decor.
  • The decor in The Bohemian Suite includes bikes, butterflies, and original artwork. It will appeal to your inner artist. Bright with bold colors sure to inspire your imagination, the space offers several comfortable lounging and dining options.

Staunton Bed and Breakfasts

Dreaming of visiting a historic property, eating gourmet food, and receiving personal attention – all at an affordable price?  The Staunton bed and breakfast scene excels in modern comfort, convenience, and plenty of delicious, locally-sourced food. Whether you’re in town for an event, business, or romance, we’ll help you find your perfect home away from home.

Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast

The Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast, an 1897 Queen Anne Victorian mansion, sits across from the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. The current owners modernized the property, transforming it into an elegant inn, but left many original details like fireplaces, stained glass, large windows and period decorations. Select Registry chose the Berkeley House for its elite group of inns across the country that undergo rigorous quality-assurance inspection. The Berkeley House offers an elaborate breakfast with many tasty dishes. Make sure you catch the wine and cheese served late Saturday afternoons! The bed and breakfast offers an American Shakespeare Center package, a champagne package, and a spa package with in-room massage.

Frederick House

Consisting of 23 rooms in seven historic buildings in downtown Staunton, Frederick House boasts the extravagance of a fancy hotel in a more personal setting. Since the buildings were not originally built to be hotel rooms, the B&B also offers plenty of personality: you might stay in what was once a silent movie theater, a stable, or a store. Visitors select from a menu of signature breakfasts including apple raisin quiche, ham and cheese pie, and strata with sausage. Ask about discounted tickets and backstage passes at the American Shakespeare Center. The Frederick House is downtown, so you can tour Staunton on foot, but if you choose to venture away to explore the Valley, Frederick House can arrange a picnic basket for you. They can also help with bike rentals, golf packages, fishing advice, and winery routes.

Montclair Bed and Breakfast

If you seek a cozy bed and breakfast bursting with Southern hospitality the Montclair Bed and Breakfast represents a perfect choice. The B&B’s prime location allows easy access to the restaurants, shops, and culture of downtown Staunton,  Included in the National Register of Historic Places, the 1880 Italianate townhouse has been carefully restored and decorated with fox hunt decor. Guests may relax in the house’s public area, private sitting rooms, or outside on the patio. Along with clean and comfortable accommodations, guests receive personal attention, private access, a stocked library, and afternoon refreshments.  In the morning, the hosts deliver coffee to the guest rooms. Guests may eat a gourmet breakfast in the formal dining room or in their rooms.

Other Great Places to Stay

Other great places to stay include The Bella Inn and The Bard’s Nest. Both are downtown within walking distance of local breakfast establishments.