If you’re headed to the Shenandoah Valley for a JMU, VMI, or perhaps even a UVA football game this fall, consider staying in Staunton. We’re a short and scenic drive to nearby gridirons, and a hip, historic overnight, too!
Avoid the crowds and stay at one of our accommodations, which are more likely to have availability than the host cities. In downtown, choose from the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, The Bard’s Nest, and The Storefront, all within walking distance of tasty food and beverages. For those early tailgaters the Comfort Inn is a great option with easy access to Interstates 64 & 81.
Pregame with a filling breakfast at The By & By, Blue Mountain Coffees, or Kathy’s, then head over to Gypsy Hill Park for a warm-up and stretch. Walk the trails, feed the ducks, and let the kids run off a little bit of energy before it’s time to tailgate. Gypsy Hill is also an excellent place to land after the game. Perhaps a post-game picnic?
Speaking of tailgating, you’ll need to stock up before you head off to the game. Pick up a tasty variety of salads, pastas, and sandwiches from Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares, Pampered Palate or Cranberry’s. All of which offer fresh, homemade eats that can easily be taken on the road. To quench your thirst, pick-up a six-pack of local craft beer at Shenandoah Hops or maybe some Virginia wine at The Wine Cellar.
Celebrate your victory at one of our craft breweries or lively restaurants, like Baja Bean Co., Shenandoah Pizza, or Byers Street Bistro. If your team wins, you’ll want to be close to your accommodation before you start celebrating. Should your team lose (gasp!), blow off some steam with your own hot air by blowing glass at Sunspots Studios.
Go Dukes, Hoos, and Keydets! We wish you a successful, winning season!