Springtime in Staunton
Are you team spring or team fall? Do you like flowers or leaves? We could argue all day about which season is Staunton’s prettiest, but we’re sure you want to get outside and enjoy this magnificent fresh air and balmy weather. From garden tours to festivals, to downtown dining, here are our picks to make the most of Staunton’s rebirth this spring.
Dust off the cookbooks and fire up the grill. The Staunton Farmers’ Market will open on April 1st this year. Make sure you visit from 7 a.m. – noon for the freshest local homegrown and homemade goods and produce. This family-friendly market has been a Staunton staple since 1993. Stroll the stalls to meet the producers, listen to live music, and enjoy the Staunton community.
Get Some Garden Inspiration
Historic Garden Tour showcases five properties amidst one of the prettiest landscapes in Virginia. Secure your spot now for the April 15th walking tour. The properties include charming gardens, distinctive outbuildings – and scenic views that are worth the drive alone. Plan to set aside several hours to enjoy these gorgeous homes and panoramic vistas.
If you can’t make it to the garden tour, make sure to take a stroll through Gypsy Hill Park to see the dogwoods and tulips in bloom.
Take a Hike
Celebrate April 22nd, the first day of National Park Week with a fee-free day in Shenandoah National Park. Hike your favorite trail and see the trees and wildflowers coming to life, or drive along the Skyline Drive and scope out the view.
If you’d rather hike or bike or shoot a round of disc golf closer to home, explore the miles of trails winding through Montgomery Hall Park. Got littles? They’ll love exploring the natural play elements at Nature Ridge Natural Playground.
“Take your brain for a walk with Traipse,” a free app that leads you on scavenger hunt-like tours of Staunton. Not only will you learn interesting history and trivia, you’ll also be able to crack riddles and earn discounts and samples from featured businesses. You can even compete with friends for high scores. Traipse offers several tours in Staunton, including ones that explore Gypsy Hill Park, Beverley Street, and the local pub scene.
You won’t be solving riddles, but if you like exploring new places and earning prizes, sign up for Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail’s Passport Program. The Beerwerks Trail maps 17 breweries within a 45-minute drive of Staunton. Many of them boast tasty food and outdoor spaces with views for miles. Visit them, sample the craft beer, get your passport stamped at eight, and earn an awesome t-shirt.
Make Earth Day Plans
It’s not too soon to start thinking about how you can positively impact the earth this year. Along with reducing your carbon footprint, you can visit Earth Day Staunton on April 22. Come celebrate Earth Day with a family-friendly, fun-for-all day at Gypsy Hill Park. Meet local wildlife with programs from The Wildlife Center of Virginia, kiss a fish, see a Bee Hive, make friends with a bat, and learn from the local organizations that work every day for the Earth.
Get Ready to Shop and Eat Al Fresco
Staunton’s popular Shop and Dine Out Downtown initiative is getting ready to open up for the 2023 season (April 7 – October 29.) Each weekend, the city closes several blocks of Beverley Street so that businesses and restaurants can set up outdoor spaces on the sidewalk and street. Tables, chairs, tents, and enthusiastic shoppers and diners fill the street. Those outdoor dining spaces are filled, in turn, with groups chatting, laughing, and loving the al fresco dining experience.
Fiber Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum
Join the Frontier Culture Museum for our first ever fiber festival! From 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on April 1st, the Frontier Culture Museum will be welcoming fiber artist, demonstrators, and vendors from across the state to recognize one of many facets of Frontier Culture to kick off our Wool Week.
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