Giftable Staunton Experiences

Those looking for a last-minute gift can score big points with these giftable Staunton experiences. Far better than a sweater with a gift receipt, your loved one will love the special treatment you’re about to bestow upon them. It will be a happy holiday indeed!

For the foodie

Indulge your loved one’s palate with a food tour of Staunton. While it’s certainly lovely to enjoy a meal in one spot, get creative with your very own dine around featuring a different course at various restaurants and of course GIFT CARDS. Start the evening with a fancy cocktail at Zynodoa, followed by a charcuterie board—they also have cheese plates—at Yelping Dog. For your main course try the signature sizzlers at the Depot Grill or the handhelds at Byers Street Bistro but whatever you do save room for dessert. Get a slice of pie at Firkin Pie or have your pick of delectable desserts at Paris Cake Company. And if you still have some room get a night cap at The Pompei Lounge. And remember gift cards are a PERFECT stocking stuffer! 

For the Beer Lover

Bequeath the beer lover in your life with a Craft Beer Tour. Centered around the breweries of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, Shenandoah Tours escorts you to the tastiest beverages of the season. And an added bonus get a FREE T-shirt once you’ve visited six breweries and received a stamp at each one through the Beerwerks Passport Program.

Download Traipse, an app that guides you through the city uncovering places you might have otherwise missed. Along the way, pick up a few gift cards for thirsty friends on your list.

For the Artist

With pen or brush in hand, your favorite budding artist will thrive during a Beverley Street Studio class. A variety of drawing and painting classes are available.

For the Tired Folk

Help the overworked mom or dad find a rejuvenating moment for themselves. The gift of a massage is widely considered to be one of the best gifts to receive. Contact Mill Street Body & Soul Day Spa for a gift certificate.

For the History Lover

Take in a High Tea for Two at Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room. Don your best hat and don’t forget the pinky finger. The tea experiences now feature four teas that were known to be thrown into the Boston Harbor during the infamous Boston Tea Party, as well as a Chocolate Tea that is attributed to Martha Washington. 

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 War sites are located in and around Staunton. Get your history lover admission tickets to any of our must-see museums

For those Who Never Get a Date Night

“Dinner and a show” is one of the most common date nights in Staunton thanks to our thriving restaurant scene and the incredible talent displayed at American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse.

For the Wine Lover

The Winter Wine Festival is coming up in February! Snag two tickets and book an overnight at the host venue, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, all for one low rate. Get a bottle of wine to top it off at Ox-Eye Vineyards. 

For the Outdoor Lover

Connect your hiker friend with a place to stay in Staunton, an excellent hub for nearby hikes like Humpback Rocks, Spy Rock, and St. Mary’s Falls. Hook ’em up with a gift card to Wilderness Adventure while you’re at it. That will score them goods for the trip.

Another vantage point for an outdoor lover is to hit the Fields of Gold Farm Trail in the spring. Arm your friends with a gift card or two to help them patronize trail partners, and then top it off with another for a meal at Nu-Beginning, a farm-to-table hot spot in Staunton. 

We’re confident that whomever you’re shopping for will love a Staunton experience unique to their tastes. Let us know if we can help you identify other giftable experiences. Happy Holidays!

Nine Places to Antique In Staunton

Antiquing is almost like treasure hunting, except there’s no map with an “x” because the “x” is different for everyone. Fortunately, there are nine places to antique in and around Staunton, and we feel confident you’ll find a special something in one of them. From funky finds to recycled riches and everything in between, spend the day (or weekend) seeking out treasures of your own.   

Nanny June Vintage Clothing | 19 W. Beverley Street

Nanny June Vintage Clothing has a great selection of timeless vintage wearables and accessories. Whether you’re looking for a wedding dress or some mod club attire, you’ll find clothing with a story at this friendly boutique. Best of all, make sure your new-to-you clothes have the perfect fit by taking them to the on-site Alteration Station.

Once Upon a Time Clock Shop | 25 W. Beverley Street

If you have a thing for the ol’ tick-tock, Once Upon a Time Clock Shop is your place! Mantel clocks, wall clocks, grandfather clocks, European clocks, and Made in the USA clocks are all available here. If you have one that is in need of cleaning or repair, Dean Sarnelle is your man. His talents and abilities are renowned, thus clocks from around the country flood into his shop year ’round.

17 E. Beverley Antiques | 17 E. Beverley Street

Seven shops in one, 17 E. Beverley Antiques offers most of what you’d expect to find in an antiques store, but you may also find some interesting rarities, like sheet music and mid-century pin-ups. Vintage Christmas ornaments, silver, toys, and an array of vintage costumes are quite the draw. If you go, try on all the cool shades and take selfies. We want to see ’em!

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Cherish Every Moment | 13 E. Beverley Street

Discover upcycled treasures at Cherish Every Moment. Vintage and antique pieces are made new again with a fresh coat of paint, hardware and personal touches to create an unexpectedly wonderful general store-meets-boutique destination. From rustic to somewhat Victorian, you’ll find a wide range of decor here.

Staunton Antiques Center | 19 W. Beverley Street

Vintage clothing, handbags, and jewelry share 10,000 square feet of space with antique furnishings, decor, table settings, art, lamps, and so much more. You’ll want to allow yourself plenty of time to notice every nook and cranny at Staunton Antiques Center, lest you miss a treasure you may not have known you needed. DO check out the incredible book selection.

Warehouse Antiques & Collectibles | 26 W. Beverley Street

The odds are in your favor of finding something special at Warehouse Antiques & Collectibles. They’re loaded with many household items, decor, tools, glassware, woodcrafts, and needful things. Crocks, canes, enameled steel campfire necessities, baskets … the list goes on and on!

Sweet p’s Antiques | 800 W. Beverley Street

Sweet P’s Antiques believes that “every item has a soul.” Boasting antiques, this cozy shop is also an artisan market located just on the fringe of downtown but it’s worth the walk. For a preview, check out Sweet P’s Etsy Shop.

Appalachian Piecework Antiques & Textile Studio | 38 Middlebrook Avenue

Fiber Artist Laurie Gundersen’s work is interesting, beautiful and functional. Choose from among her (new) handwoven goods, baskets, quilts of and wearable art or peruse the selection of vintage quilts at Appalachian Piecework Antiques & Textile Studio.

Factory Antique Mall | 50 Lodge Lane, Verona

Chosen as both a Best of the Valley in the Daily News-Record Reader’s Choice Awards and a Best of Virginia Living the Wild Life award winner, the Factory Antique Mall is a sure bet for treasure seekers. It’s the largest antique mall in America and you can find housewares, furniture, books, jewelry, toys and many other items. There’s even a snack bar!

 

Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas, Brunch Spots and Shopportunities

Find the perfect gift, take mom shopping or out for a “Momosa,” and brunch. We’ve got you and mom covered
this Mother’s Day weekend.  See just a sampling of all the great finds and fun things to do with Mom in downtown Staunton. 

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Looking for that perfect gift for Mom? See some of these unique finds available only in Downtown Staunton. 

For that affordable yet

H.L. Lang Jewelers has Staunton charms that include popular Queen City landmarks like the Gypsy Hill Gazebo, the clock tower, the Marquis Building and of course everyone’s favorite—the flower pot! 

Spoil Mom with luxurious soaps, lotions and all things that smell good from Redwood & Co

Give her the gift of experience with a felting class or pick out a hand-felted scarf, hat or jewelry from Artful Gifts.

Inspire your favorite cook with an infused olive oil, balsamic vinegar—or both from Staunton Olive Oil Company.

 

 

Express your gratitude with a card that says it all from Latitudes Fair Trade

 

 

shopportunities for Mom – Saturday, May 12

Spend the day with Mom shopping in Downtown Staunton. Check out some of these events happening: 

Little Made; Market

East Beverley Street
A Curated Indie Arts & Craft Festival featuring 20 specially selected artists showcasing their handmade works. Click here for more details.

World Fair Trade Day

Downtown Staunton businesses: Latitudes, Harmony Moon, Sacred Circle and Cranberry’s
Celebrate World Fair Trade Day by visiting your favorite fair trade shops in downtown Staunton. Each shop will have a special activity to celebrate the day. Click here for more details.

Shop Staunton First Saturday

Downtown Staunton
Get ready for Mother’s Day with a shopping trip to Downtown Staunton. Look for Daisy Depots at participating stores and pick up a free daisy. Check SDDA’s Facebook page to see all of the special activities planned just for Mom.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch and specials – SUNDAY, May 13

Stonewall Jackson Hotel
From 11 am-2 pm

This Mother’s Day spread includes something for everyone—even picky eaters! Choose from over six stations with everything from salad to smoked salmon, spinach and smoked mozzarella lasagna to roasted beef strip loin and of course dessert! See the full menu.
To make your reservation call: 540-885-4848 or email: reservations@stonewalljacksonhotel.com

Yelping Dog
12 pm to 6 pm

Featuring refreshing cocktails like mimosas with mango, peach or orange juices and Sunday Sangria made with a blend of Italian Pinot Noir with fresh fruit. Known for their grilled cheese, try this Mother’s Day Special of Raspberry French Toast Sandwich serviced on Newtown sour dough bread egg washed with cinnamon crust, stuffed with chèvre and raspberry jam.

 Zynodoa
4 pm to 9:30 pm
Special four-course tasting dinner menu.
To make your reservation, click here or call: 540-885-7775

Other Brunch Spots:
The Shack open 10:30 am-2 pm
Byers Street Bistro brunch served from 11 am-2 pm
The Depot Grille brunch served from 11 am-2 pm
Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares (OPEN for brunch on Saturday from 8 am-3 pm)
Mill Street Grill brunch served from 11 am-3 pm

Staunton’s Favorite Things: A Guide to Gifts We Love

“Oprah’s Favorite Things” is an annual guide to what’s hot, trendy, useful, and even traditional for holiday gift-giving. We have a few favorites here in Staunton and have created our very own uniquely Staunton “favorite things” list for your gift-giving consideration!

 

 

Those who have participated in Queen City Mischief & Magic and enjoyed their experience will appreciate a sterling silver charm only available at H.L. Lang & Co. Jewelers. They also carry a variety of Staunton-esque charms; everything from the Willy Ferguson’s iconic watering can to the gazebo at Gypsy Hill Park. 

 

 

Wild Woolies are sweet felted coin purses perfect for a sweet little someone on your list. Handcrafted by women in Nepal with 100% natural wool and non-toxic dyes. See the collection at Latitudes Fair Trade Store.

 

Pufferbellies is the place to find fun gifts for kids and adults alike! Take the unicorn mug, for example. We’re sure you know a variety of gals who would love this! 

The smells of Staunton can be yours! Choose a candle like “Queenie” at Made; By the People, For the People.They’re poured and sold with nothin’ but love right in the store, crafted with American-grown soy.

 

Happy holidays from all of us at Visit Staunton!