Looking for a way to shake the post-holiday blahs? Let Staunton serve up a sure cure for you. Start planning a winter getaway for your family, your couple, or your friends today!
With Staunton as your starting point, you’ll find a plethora of spectacular winter views. Go east for drives or hikes along the Blue Ridge on the Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Venture west to explore the Alleghenies and Bath County. Stick close to Staunton for some of the best winter pastoral views.
The Shenandoah Valley, specifically Staunton restaurants were recently recognized by Vogue magazine as “The South’s New Foodie Hot Spot“
Bring your appetite (and stretchy pants!) Close your eyes when you enter one of Staunton’s fine dining establishments and you’ll think you’re in a much larger city. Indulge your taste buds with fine dining at The Shack or Table 44, global fare at Chicano Boy Taco or Taste of India, traditional and delicious meals at The Depot Grille or the Mill Street Grill, or the retro dining experience at Wright’s Dairy Rite.
The best part—many are within walking distance of our historic main street. Save room for a nightcap at one of tap rooms or wine bars.
If hunting for treasures is your game, you’ve got to check out Staunton’s vintage offerings. From funky finds to recycled riches, spend the day perusing Staunton’s eight antique shops and markets. A short drive to Verona will get you to the Factory Antique Mall, one of the largest in the country. Read all about our antique offerings.
instagrammer’s dream scene
There are many reasons that Staunton keeps popping up on the best small towns lists and one of them is its beauty. From its rolling hills and quaint Victorian architecture, to parks, gardens like the one at the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room, to industrial elements like the red neon Stonewall Jackson Hotel sign, the train station, and Sears Hill Footbridge over the tracks, you’ll find no end to cool backgrounds for your selfies. While you’re here seek out Staunton’s five photogenic hot spots.
Did we mention beer?
Unwind at a local brewery and get your passport stamped. Start at one of Staunton’s local breweries where you can get a pint of craft beer and the first stamp in your Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Passport. Collect six stamps, one stamp per brewery, and get a FREE t-shirt.
hub for history buffs
Staunton provides a healthy dose of history. As one of the oldest cities west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Staunton’s history spans three centuries. A wide selection of historic attractions, archival collections, old buildings, museums, and Civil Warsites are located in and around Staunton. Highlights include the Frontier Culture Museum, an outdoor living history museum providing snapshots of life on the frontier from the 1600s through the mid-1800s in this area. Jumping ahead to the 20th century, take a closer look at our 28th president at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Museum as you take a self-guided tour through seven galleries that explore Wilson’s life and legacy. Highlights include the President’s restored 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine as well as a new, state-of–the-art World War I trench exhibit complete with lights and sound to experience what life was like for soldiers as they engaged in battle.
You can also tour historic districts downtown and learn about Staunton’s place in Civil War history as you explore Thornrose Cemetery.
Shakespeare is serious fun at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of
Shakespeare’s indoor theater. Take a backstage tour where you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look as you go on, behind and
under the stage. Photography— including selfies–are encouraged! Tours are (usually) available Monday-Friday at 2 pm and Saturday at 11 am.
The Actors’ Renaissance Season kicks off on January 11. With no director, little costume assistance, and very little rehearsal time—similar to the way historians believe Shakespeare’s company operated—ASC actors take the stage in four different productions:The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV, Part I, Anne Page Hates Fun, and Arden of Faversham.
wildlife hot spot
Situated between Shenandoah National Park and the Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Staunton is a great place to view winter wildlife. See our list of wildlife hot spots for when the chilly weather keeps you close to your hotel. If you feel like venturing beyond Staunton, check out Winter Wildlife Hot Spots Part 2: Farther Afield.
charming main street
By foot or trolley, hit the highlights of Staunton’s celebrated main street. Ranked as one of the “20 Most Beautiful Main Streets in America” by Reader’s Digest, Staunton’s compact downtown is made for exploring with over 100 independent boutiques, antique stores, galleries, museums and not to mention architecture. You won’t find any chains or big box stores here!
book your stay
We have loads of lodging options, many of which are located in the heart of downtown and just steps away from dining, shopping, and evening entertainment. Choose from our historic properties boasting Southern charm such as the luxury, boutique hotel, The Blackburn Inn or the stylish Stonewall Jackson Hotel.