In this rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we urge you to call each venue ahead of time, to be sure they are open for business and what their hours might be.
Whether you’re social distancing or stay-cationing, if you’re sticking close to home this spring check out our ideas to alleviate cabin fever. From ways to touch base with the natural world to shopping to free things to entertain the family, here are some ideas to keep you from feeling home bound.
More Nature than People
If nothing helps you unwind and reset like communing with nature, Staunton is the destination for you! If you want to photograph the scenery, exercise your legs, teach the kids about wildlife, or just enjoy quiet time to think, we have an adventure waiting. Read on for our suggestions for activities that take you far from the crowds.
Whether you’re new to hiking or you’re hoping to get your kids to join you, Staunton has a number of hikes that are appropriate for beginners. You won’t be ready to thru-hike the A.T., but you’ll end up with strong legs and the peace of mind that comes with getting outside and breathing deeply of nature. I’ve personally done all of these hikes with my five-year-old to the tune of minimal complaining. READ MORE.
What’s better than spending a lovely day hiking to a great view or waterfall? Staunton is a natural home base for your Shenandoah Valley adventures where the options are almost unlimited, for everyone, from casual day-hikers to trail-savvy backcountry gurus. Just outside town, the southward-winding Blue Ridge Parkway is a portal to more than 300 miles of trails, while Skyline Drive provides access to more than 500 miles of hiking trails in the Shenandoah National Park. This doesn’t even include the two massive national forests—the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests—that flank this mountain-fringed town. READ MORE.
Staunton is not only a portal to Skyline Drive, the iconic 105-mile thoroughfare bisecting Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, but it also sits at the northern cusp of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Check out these two scenic drives, arguably some of the best thoroughfares on the east coast for leaf-peeping in the fall as the foliage turns majestic colors of amber and burgundy but to also witness spring unfold in brilliant greens. READ MORE.
Staunton offers visitors a wealth of birdwatching opportunities. Eagle eyes will be rewarded in both our parks and residential areas. Venture into the countryside for even more chances to experience avian habitats and the Shenandoah Valley’s incredible scenery. Whether you’re a first-timer or you’re working on your big year, these Staunton-area hotspots are a good place to get started. READ MORE.
Free Things to Do
Showstopping weather and time off from school means kids (and adults) are looking for things to do that won’t empty your pockets. Here’s a list of budget-friendly activities in Staunton that will get you moving and keep the dreaded “I’m boreds” at bay.
While decisions to close can change quickly, Staunton businesses are currently operating as normal this includes most of our attractions, restaurants, shops, and lodging properties. They are taking extra precautions like hand-sanitizing stations and extra surface disinfecting to ensure the safety of guests. They’ll also provide curbside pick-up if you call ahead. Many businesses offer opportunities to shop online, so check their websites and Facebook or Instagram pages. Concerned about refunds/exchanges? Ask about flexible policies and considering re-booking for a later date.
Before finalizing plans, make sure you use necessary precautions, check websites, and monitor the situation for changes.