Is a sudden thunderstorm threatening to put a damper on your Staunton plans? Don’t beat yourself up asking “water” we going to do in the rain, because Staunton looks good in clouds, too! Check out these surefire remedies for cabin fever.
Eyeball Some Art
Explore the rotating exhibits of art and history at Staunton Augusta Arts Center, located in the historic R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. The Beverley Street Studio School Gallery and Co-ART Gallery host multiple exhibits of fine local art each year. For more art, visit Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery. The art ranges from “abstract to classical, reflecting a wide variety of media and artistic intentions.” If you’re hankering for a chance to do your own creative work, Hygge Craft offers both classes and creative space and materials for independent work.
Take a Break from Netflix
A rainy day is a perfect excuse to watch a play or a movie. Amp up the culture factor with a performance of one of Shakespeare’s hits at the Blackfriars Playhouse. Weekday shows start in the evening, but daytime options are available on the weekends. Is a movie and a beer more your speed? The Visulite airs the latest movies and lets you relax with a glass of wine or craft beer.
Find the Bottom of Your Glass
When downpours make you thirsty, get a sense of Staunton’s local wine offerings at the Ox-Eye Vineyards tasting room. Hang out with friends at Yelping Dog, for a wide selection of wines from around the world. Redbeard Brewing Company and Shenandoah Valley Brewing both offer delicious craft beer right in Staunton’s downtown. Skipping Rock Beer Co. is just a short drive away and you can spend the afternoon enjoying your brew over a board game or two.
Roll the Dice
Speaking of games, if the sound of raindrops makes you eager to roll dice, Staunton has lots of options to get your game on. To purchase a game to take back to your place, try Pufferbellies for family games or the Dragon’s Hoard for strategy games. Alternately, cure your cabin fever with bowling at Staunton Lanes, a collaborative breakout puzzle at Crack the Code Escape Room, a game of pool or darts at Bricks, or a trip to Video Zone arcade at the Staunton Mall.
Embrace Something with Memories
The Factory Antique Mall in Verona is the largest in the country. Spend your rainy afternoon browsing acres of antiques, jewelry, toys and other items sure to evoke memories of another era. 17 E. Beverley Antiques boast two floors of goodies, from furniture, fine jewelry, and art, to retro clothing and accessories. Continue the hunt at Staunton Antiques Center, three floors bursting with vintage furniture, housewares, and clothing, as well as contemporary work by local artists.
Score Something New
Staunton has dozens of cool shops offering unique gifts and items. If you’re looking for something uniquely Virginian, check out The Sparrow’s Nest, which features jewelry, clothing, art, decor, and more from local artists and farms. Jude’s: A Fine Emporium carries gifts for all members of the family as well as pets. Light up your tastebuds at Staunton Olive Oil Company where you’ll find premium olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and the local herbs and spices to complement them. If books are what you’re into, check out Staunton’s newest bookstore, The Book Dragon, which carries new and used books for the entire family. Click here to read our post on Staunton’s other great independent booksellers.