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Travel Advisory

Last Updated January 28th at 11:45 a.m.

COVID-19 Resource Page 

The City of Staunton takes the health and safety of our citizens and visitors seriously, and the coronavirus has our full attention. As restrictions under Forward Virginia are lifted, many of our attractions, restaurants, and lodging properties are open and ready to serve you safely. We encourage you to call ahead to ensure the business you are visiting is open and the safety precautions they have in place.

For information on the City of Staunton’s response to COVID-19, refer to the city’s COVID-19 webpage.

Attractions

The following Attractions are now open:

American Shakespeare Center’s BLKFRS TV is back for the winter and spring season. Enjoy cinema quality recordings of ASC’s Othello, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Twelfth Night from the comfort of your couch. Purchase a single title or if binge watching is more your style, buy a package.

Barren Ridge Vineyards‘ patio is open with heaters along with limited indoor seating. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 540-248-3300. Masks are required when entering the tasting room and when visitors are not seated.

Camera Heritage Museum is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-5 pm and Saturdays from 9 am-2 pm. Masks are required and admittance is limited to six people at a time.

Co-Art Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday. Masks are required and admittance is limited to six people at a time.

Frontier Culture Museum is open daily from 9 am-5 pm with social distance guidelines in place. Masks are required inside but are not required outside on the grounds of the museum. Admittance into the museum is limited to 250 visitors people every two hours and there are no special events taking place at this time.

Grand Caverns is open daily for tours from 9 am-5 pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged as tours and facilities are operating at a reduced capacity. Face masks and social distancing are required. Fountain Cave Adventure Tours and Historic Off Trail Tours are not being held at this time.

Ox-Eye Vineyards is open daily for tastings as well as seating on the patio.  Check their website for hours.

The  Staunton Augusta Art Center’s current gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 1-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.  and the Augusta County Historical Society can be contacted by phone (540) 248-4151 on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.  Check their websites for updates on event and program information.

Staunton breweries on the  Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail are open with a variety of indoor and outdoor seating options. Check out:
Queen City Brewing
Redbeard Brewing Company

Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is open for self-guided tours of the museum. Pre-registration is required and time tickets are available every half hour starting at 10 am, Monday-Saturday and 12 pm on Sundays. Your ticket comes with a virtual tour of Wilson’s birthplace. Masks are required when inside museum buildings.

Sunspots Glassblowing Studios gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday   12 – 5 p.m.  Live glassblowing is available until 4 p.m. most days

The following attractions are temporarily closed:

Trinity Episcopal Church
Bruce A. Elder Antique and Classic Automobiles

Events

In lieu of live events, many of our events and festivals are going virtual. Check out these alternative options:

Heifetz International Music Institute in conjunction with their hosts at Mary Baldwin University, Heifetz Institute is exploring every option for creating an on-campus experience for successful #Heifetz2021 applicants. Their current plans contemplate a hybrid program for Summer 2021, featuring both in-person and virtual elements to meet the needs and ensure the safety of their exceptional students.

Staunton Music Festival will offer live, in-person concerts during August 2021!  They have developed a COVID-safe model for August, one that can occur even if physical distancing, masking, and other safety measures are still required. Details are available here and will be conveyed by email after you make a purchase. The 2021 Festival will focus on two “long” weekends, Aug 13-15 and Aug 18-22. Artistic director Carsten Schmidt has crafted a compelling program featuring over 40 musicians from around the world in 15 events. You can explore the full schedule on their Summer Festival page, but please understand that specific personnel and program details are subject to change.

Queen City Mischief & Magic Virginia is still strictly regulating large gatherings so QCMM has made the decision to postpone the in-person magic of QCMM for another year. The Head Girls and other magic makers, including many characters that you have all come to know and love will host several virtual events over our usual weekend. We always start the fourth Friday in September, so QCMM Virtual II will be held from 9.24-9.26.21.

For our weekly event listings, of both live and virtual events, check out Staunton on Tap.

Dining 

Shop & Dine Out in Downtown, Staunton’s new outdoor dining initiative has resumed weekends April – October.

Staunton is a melting pot of flavor with a wide range of cafes, bakeries, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and more! Check out Staunton’s food scene.

Shopping

Treat yourself! Non-essential retailers are open for business and we encourage locals and visitors to show your support by shopping local. You won’t find any big box stores here! With over 100 independent shops, stroll the streets of Staunton for those unique finds from artisan gifts and rare books to hand-crafted jewelry and much more.

Lodging

Staunton’s lodging properties are taking extra precautions in response to COVID-19. Check out our recent blog on how our Staunton lodging properties are doing their part to keep you safe and healthy. Some of the things you may notice are extra cleaning protocols in public spaces and in guest rooms, furniture, and public seating areas are properly spaced for physically distancing, and guest cleaning products such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are located in both public spaces and guest rooms. Every measure is in place for the safety of guests and staff.  Book your stay! 

Visitor Centers

The Downtown Visitor Center has reopened as of October 5, 2020. The current hours are as follows:

  • Monday – Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m.

The administrative office in City Hall will continue regular weekday operations Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please call 540-332-3865 with any questions or to request a visitor’s guide.

The Tourist Information Center at Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Health and Travel Resources

General COVID-19 Information