Things to Do In and Around Staunton, Virginia

     

The Craftsman-Style House, a vacation rental house -- The Main House at the B&B -- The Carriage House at the B&B -- The Craftsman House, a vacation rental house.

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The Virginia Christian Retreat

AND

The Staunton Choral Gardens Bed and Breakfast

Things to do in historic Downtown Staunton, Virginia:

We have many fine dining restaurants, some casual restaurants (4 with outdoor seating), several coffee shops, a tea house, an ice cream parlor, a gourmet pizza place and others.

The world-famous American Shakespeare Center is located in Staunton.  We have the world's only historically-correct re-creation of The Blackfriars' Playhouse, the name of the theater in which Shakespeare's plays were performed indoors.  Guests are coming literally from all over the world to attend performances at The Blackfriars' Playhouse here in Staunton.  Future plans include building a re-creation of  Shakespeare's outdoor theater, The Globe Theater.  Let us arrange for your tickets so you receive hospitality rates for reserved seating at the theater.  Their website is www.AmericanShakespeareCenter.com

There are 2 movie theaters downtown (we have coupons for FREE popcorn).

Staunton Music Festival takes place each summer with many classical music events in Historic Downtown Staunton.  Concern venues include the historic Trinity Episcopal Church, The American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars' Playhouse, the President's House at Mary Baldwin College, as well as other churches.  Their website is www.StauntonMusicFestival.com and their telephone number is (540) 569-0267.

There are 8 art galleries downtown.  Receptions on Friday evenings are very special and you can meet the artists.  Fourth Fridays in Downtown Staunton are lively events.  The art galleries are open late and some provide live music, food, and of course beautiful art.

Enjoy live glass blowing at one of the galleries downtown -- Sunspots.

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is located in Historic Downtown Staunton, VA at Woodrow Wilson's birthplace.  It is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Day, and Easter.  Their website is www.woodrowwilson.org and the telephone number is (540) 885-0897. 

There is a FREE walking tour of the historic downtown area on Saturday mornings.

There are special guided tours of historic Staunton, available by appointment.  You can telephone (540) 885-2430 to arrange for your guided tour.  The website is:  www.stauntonguidedtours.com.  There is also a three-minute tour of Staunton on YouTube which you will be able to access from the Guided Tours website.

The Farmers' Market is located downtown:  Saturday mornings from April - October.

There are several day spas located in Staunton.  We have discount coupons for spa treatments at some of the local day spas.

The FREE TROLLEY goes past our B&B, over to the city park, and all around downtown (about a 25-minute loop, which runs continuously throughout the day).

There are FREE concerts in the park in July and August (Monday - Thursday evenings).

There are many other special events in Downtown Staunton throughout the year!  We update our guests on events in the area as published in the "GO Magazine" -- which lists events not only in Staunton but in the surrounding towns as well.

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Things to do in and around the City of  Staunton and on the Outskirts of Staunton:

Visit The Frontier Culture Museum at the edge of town (approximately an hour walking tour of 1600's, 1700's, and 1800's farmhouses, barns, and gardens from several European countries as well as an African home and an early American home).

Tour the gardens of Andre Viette's Farm and Nursery.

Wade's Mill is an interesting place to visit and the drive through the country is beautiful.

There are many vineyards to explore including a recently-opened one just outside of Staunton.

Horseback riding is available.  The Star "B" Stables website is www.starbstables.com and their telephone number is (540) 885-8855.  Hour rides are available by appointment.  Keezlenutten Farm also offers trail rides and their telephone number is (540) 269-2227.

There are numerous antique shops between Staunton and Harrisonburg.  Enjoy the drive and stop all along the way.  (One antique center has over 100 dealers!)

There are also antique shops in Stuarts Draft and Waynesboro, which are neighboring towns.

There is another Farmers' Market on Wednesday mornings in Verona, a neighboring town (in addition to the Farmers' Market which is downtown on Saturday mornings).

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Things to do within a 30-minute to 45-minute drive from Staunton in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley:

There are many wineries (we have a coupon for free wine tastings at one of them) to visit throughout the Shenandoah Valley and others are just across the mountain in Central Virginia.

Beautiful caves and caverns are located throughout the Shenandoah Valley.  Luray Caverns is open every day in the year and their website is www.LurayCaverns.com.  Shenandoah Caverns is open every day except for December 25th.  Their website is www.shenandoahcaverns.com.   Grand Caverns' website is www.grandcaverns.com.

Drive along the Skyline Drive and/or The Blue Ridge Parkway (about 20 - 30 minutes from Staunton).

There are hiking trails along the parkways (with beautiful vistas and lovely waterfalls).

Monticello is about a 45-minute drive (Charlottesville).

The Virginia Horse Center is about a 30-minute drive (Lexington).

Cross the beautiful mountains west of Staunton for a special scenic drive.

The annual Maple Festival in Monterey is quite special.

The Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre drive-through adventure located in Natural Bridge, which is about 20 minutes south of Staunton.

There are many colleges and universities in all the towns and cities nearby.  Staunton is centrally located between Harrisonburg and Lexington, with Charlottesville to the east, and Monterey to our west.

 

Go to the the Virginia Christian Retreat website:

www.VirginiaChristianRetreat.com

e-mail for Christian Retreat:  ChristianRetreat@StauntonBedandBreakfast.com

(special retreat rates for longer stays)

Go to the Bed and Breakfast website:

www.StauntonBedandBreakfast.com

e-mail for the B&B:  Reservations@StauntonBedandBreakfast.com

 

 call:  (540) 885-6556 for inquiries and/or reservations.

Enjoy our B&B and our two vacation rental houses, as shown below:

     

From left to right:

The Craftsman-Style vacation rental house; The Main House at the B&B; The Carriage House at the B&B; The Farmhouse vacation rental house

*Click here for our Special Rates and Packages Page.*

 call:  (540) 885-6556

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"About Historic Staunton, Virginia"

Staunton has five beautiful historic neighborhoods that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places:

  • The Beverley District is a compact 19th-century "Main Street," with buildings that date from Staunton's boom years between 1860 and 1920.  It is a fine concentration of Victorian-era architecture.  Staunton is extremely fortunate to have this Downtown area, which today is a lively, thriving downtown filled with first-class restaurants, a variety of shops, from antique to one-of-a-kind gift shops, eight art galleries, two movie theaters, The Blackfriars' Playhouse (where one can enjoy Shakespeare performed in much the same way as it was in his day, in the world's only historically-correct re-creation of the indoor theater where his plays were performed indoors).

  • The Stuart Addition District was deeded to the city in 1803. This diverse neighborhood includes a variety of architecturally-significant buildings.
  • The Wharf Historic District harks back to the days when the railroad changed Staunton from a rural village to a center of commerce, with strong and sturdy warehouses.  The Wharf Historic District's depot and other preserved buildings have been re-purposed and today they house restaurants, antique shops, and specialty boutiques.
     
  • The Gospel Hill Historic District was so named in the late 1790's when religious meetings were held at its blacksmith shop.  It boasts elegant homes, which include examples of Victorian, Greek Revival, and Federal style architecture.
     
  • The Newtown Historic District was deeded to the city in 1787 and features some of Staunton's earliest history.  You'll find a variety of lovely old homes in this District.   The Staunton Choral Gardens Bed and Breakfast is located in this district, which makes everything in Downtown Staunton within walking distance (no more than 7 blocks to anything downtown).

There is a rich history not only in Downtown Staunton but throughout the area:

Visit The Frontier Culture Museum where working "farms" demonstrate how the lifestyles of England, Ireland, and Germany came together to create the rural life of the 1800's that shapes so much of today's culture.  The newest addition is The African Village.  Enjoy walking through the "farms" where volunteers speak in the first person as if they lived there, telling you about their family, the belongings in their home, and their lifestyle.  Thatched roofs, huts, gardens, and even the clothing of the volunteers are some of the experiences you'll enjoy.

At The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library you'll take a look at the life and times of one of the nation's great leaders.  You can visit the Presidential Library, the birthplace, and a museum dedicated to the Pierce Arrow driven by President Wilson.

The Museum of Bank History at Sun Trust Bank adjoins the handsome 1930's Beaux-Arts style banking hall of Sun Trust Bank.  It has a display of objects that were once used by The Valley National Bank as well as memorabilia associated with the banking industry.  When the bank was known as The Valley National Bank, Gilpin Willson, Jr. was president of the bank for several years.  He lived at 216 West Frederick Street, which is now The Staunton Choral Gardens Bed and Breakfast.  The house was built for him when he got married.  The heavy old safe still remains in the entry hall wall although now it is stocked with brochures instead of money.  It is said that Gilpin Willson, Jr. gave loans (on a handshake) from his home, and that is why we have the heavy old black and gold safe built right into the house, a wonderful reminder of the way things used to be done.

Trinity Episcopal Church, the first Augusta Parish Church, was built on the site where the church stands today in 1763.  The present church, a distinguished example of early Gothic Revival architecture, was begun in 1855.  It boasts an extraordinary collection of stained glass windows, including many by Tiffany Studios.  You can enjoy the carillon four times a day while sitting in the gardens at The Staunton Choral Gardens Bed and Breakfast.  The carillon plays a hymn at 9:00 a.m., noon, 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.  You can hear the hymns softly playing since the church is only a block for the B&B.

SMA VWIL Museum, established by the Staunton Military Academy (SMA) Alumni Association and the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership (VWIL), is a museum and memorial to SMA and its cadets.

The "Jumbo" antique fire engine is a 1911 Robinson Chemical Fire Engine completely restored by the City of Staunton Volunteer Fire Department.  It is the only surviving fire truck of its kind in existence.  This truck was the first motorized fire truck of its kind to be used in the State of Virginia.

The R.R. Smith Center is a collaboration of three leading cultural organizations:  Augusta County Historical Society, Historic Staunton Foundation, and the Staunton-Augusta Art Center.  The center was designed in 1893 by noted local architect T. J. Collins.  The Smith Center houses exhibit galleries, a lecture hall, classrooms, archival areas, a library and reading room, conference facilities, and offices for the three non-profit organizations.

 

 

 

"Lists of Some of Our Local Attractions"

 

Performing Arts:

 

The American Shakespeare Center (Blackfriars' Playhouse)

Staunton, Virginia (Downtown)  540-851-1733

 

Staunton Music Festival

Staunton, Virginia  540-569-0267

 

Staunton Performing Arts Center

Staunton, Virginia  540-885-3211

 

Oak Grove Theater

Verona, Virginia  540-248-5005

 

Shenarts

Staunton, Virginia  540-248-1868

 

The Dixie Movie Theater

Staunton, Virginia (Downtown) 540-885-8445

 

The Visulite Cinema

Staunton, Virginia (Downtown) 540-885-9959

 

 

Visual Arts (galleries in Staunton):

 

Studio 234

 

The Frame Gallery

 

Kronos Gallery

 

Passionate Stone Studio

 

Krescent Moon Gallery

 

Co-Art Gallery

 

The Beverley Street Studios

 

White Swan Gallery

 

SunSpots Glass Blowing Studio

 

Middlebrook Gallery

 

Staunton-Augusta Art Center at Gypsy Hill Park

 

Painted Thunder Studio

 

The Brownstone Gallery

 

 

Vineyards:

Barren Ridge Vineyards

Fishersville, Virginia  540-248-3300

 

Flying Fox Vineyard

Afton, Virginia  www.flyingfoxvineyard.com

Veritas Winery

Afton, Virginia  540-456-8000

 

Afton Mountain Vineyard

Afton, Virginia  540-456-8667

 

Rockbridge Vineyards & Winery

Raphine, Virginia  888-511-wine

 

White Hall Vineyards

White Hall, Virginia  434-823-8615

 

Wintergreen Vineyard and Winery

Nellysford, Virginia  434-361-2519

Villa Appalaccia Winery & Vineyards

(540) 593-3100

 

 

 

Miscellaneous:

 

Wade's Mill

Raphine, Virginia  540-348-1400

 

Green Valley Book Fair

Mt. Crawford, VA

Go to the the Virginia Christian Retreat website:

www.VirginiaChristianRetreat.com

e-mail for Christian Retreat:  ChristianRetreat@StauntonBedandBreakfast.com

(special retreat rates for longer stays)

"As for us, we will serve the Lord and His name is Jesus Christ, not our higher power, universal force, or something else.  Our Lord's name is Jesus." 

*Click here for our Special Rates and Packages Page.*

Call Carolyn to work out just the right accommodations for your group.

She will make sure it works out to $50.00 per person (per night) -- or less -- whether you have as few as 6 people or as many as 28 people.

Please also inquire about another property which could sleep an additional 12 people, if your group is larger than 28.