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Travel Advisory

Last Updated November 3rd 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 Summer 2020 SafeStart Season has concluded, but their Holiday Season begins December 2nd with A Christmas CarolCheck out the ASC’s SafeStart Visitor’s Guide for actors, audience, and staff.

Barren Ridge Vineyards‘ patio is open. 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 art and history exhibits at the Staunton Augusta Art Center and the Augusta County Historical Society are open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-8 pm by appointment only.  The R.R. Smith Center is also open on Wednesday afternoons during the Heifetz Rubato Virtual Concert viewing party from 2-4 pm. Enjoy two exhibits plus a concert, all for FREE!

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

Staunton Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 7 am-12 pm to socially distancing, mask-wearing foot traffic. Customers are asked not to linger but can purchase items directly from vendors’ stands. Items may also be preordered. Please leave pets at home.

Sunspots Studios is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12 pm-4 pm or by appointment for glass blowing demonstrations and shopping.

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.

The following attractions remain 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 is not having physical programming this summer but continues to stream daily virtual performances that includes their Stars of Tomorrow, The Beethoven Experience, Celebrity Series, Alumni Series, and Heifetz Hootenanny series. Check out their Digital Concert Hall: Rubato for a full calendar of streamable experiences.

Queen City Mischief and Magic: 2020 is The Year That Shall Not Be Named and to ensure public safety, QCMM will not take place in-person but virtual, magical experiences are brewing for the weekend of September 27-29. Check the website for details as they become available.

 Staunton Music Festival has been postponed until August 13-22, 2021 but is offering a new video series, “Perspectives.” Watch videos of past performances with new videos featuring Staunton Music Festival performers, composers, and historians that will take you deeper into the music.

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

Dining 

Dine Out in Downtown, Staunton’s new outdoor dining initiative has closed Beverley Street to vehicular traffic on the weekends. This allows restaurants and businesses to expand square footage and serve customers on the sidewalk and street. Dine Out in Downtown will continue through January 3, 2021.

Our foodie footprint extends way beyond our charming main street. 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 other historic and business districts that are taking dining to a whole new level.

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. Visit the Staunton Downtown Development Association page to find out what businesses are open and how you can support them.

Lodging

Staunton’s lodging properties are taking extra precautions in response to COVID-19. 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