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REASON #17: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #17: red wing roots festival And last but not least…#17 is the Red Wing Roots Festival. With the beautiful backdrop of the towering limestone formations, known as The Natural Chimneys, this family-friendly music festival features the best of both worlds: great music in the great outdoors. Spend the weekend listening to the music stylings … Continue reading REASON #17: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #17: red wing roots festival

And last but not least…#17 is the Red Wing Roots Festival. With the beautiful backdrop of the towering limestone formations, known as The Natural Chimneys, this family-friendly music festival features the best of both worlds: great music in the great outdoors. Spend the weekend listening to the music stylings of The Steel Wheels, who call Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains home, while immersed in outdoor activities including daily hikes, morning yoga, fun runs and more. Set-up camp for the weekend or come for the day—either way you’re guaranteed to have fun! For the entire 2017 line-up click here. 

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts
REASON #13 –  Crack the Code Escape Room
REASON #14 – July 4th with Wilson Fairchild
REASON #15 – Family Fun at NatureRidge
REASON #16 – Food Truck Battle
    
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REASON #16: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #16: food truck battle and beer competition Whose food (and beer) will reign supreme? Food trucks—and craft breweries—go head-to-head in the annual food truck battle hosted by the Frontier Culture Museum. Fans taste, sip, and vote for their favorites during this festive event which features live music and children’s activities. Bring your chairs and blankets … Continue reading REASON #16: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #16: food truck battle and beer competition


Whose food (and beer) will reign supreme? Food trucks—and craft breweries—go head-to-head in the annual food truck battle hosted by the Frontier Culture Museum. Fans taste, sip, and vote for their favorites during this festive event which features live music and children’s activities. Bring your chairs and blankets and spend the afternoon enjoying the best food and beer from across the state. For foodie and craft beer lovers this event is a MUST, so save the date for Sunday, September 3, 2017.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts
REASON #13 –  Crack the Code Escape Room
REASON #14 – July 4th with Wilson Fairchild
REASON #15 – Family Fun at NatureRidge
   
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REASON #15: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #15 family fun at natureridge For families looking to visit, Staunton has no shortage of family-friendly outdoor activities. From playgrounds to hiking trails, swimming pools to disc golf, Staunton’s parks offer families an opportunity to unwind and unplug. And now families can immerse themselves in creative, outdoor play at NatureRidge, Staunton’s first natural playground located at … Continue reading REASON #15: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #15 family fun at natureridge


For families looking to visit, Staunton has no shortage of family-friendly outdoor activities. From playgrounds to hiking trails, swimming pools to disc golf, Staunton’s parks offer families an opportunity to unwind and unplug. And now families can immerse themselves in creative, outdoor play at NatureRidge, Staunton’s first natural playground located at Montgomery Hall Park. Using mostly natural elements and materials, the new playground features an elevated zig zag, stump steps and rock quarry, mud kitchen, wooden ship and elevated sandbox allowing kids of all ages and abilities to explore, build and experiment. NatureRidge is still a work in progress and there are plans to construct a playhouse; a willow dome as well as a grass covered tunnel; and a small amphitheater for impromptu performances. Though April 2017 is the projected timeframe for completion, the park is OPEN to all for exploration and fun!

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts
REASON #13 –  Crack the Code Escape Room
REASON #14 – July 4th with Wilson Fairchild
  
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REASON #14: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #14: America’s birthday celebration with Wilson Fairchild Wil and Langdon Reid, sons of Harold and Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, will revive the country groups’ famous “Happy Birthday USA” celebration. The free concert started in 1970 and drew nearly 100,000 people to Staunton each Fourth of July. America’s Birthday Celebration includes a parade, … Continue reading REASON #14: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #14: America’s birthday celebration with Wilson Fairchild

Wil and Langdon Reid, sons of Harold and Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, will revive the country groups’ famous “Happy Birthday USA” celebration. The free concert started in 1970 and drew nearly 100,000 people to Staunton each Fourth of July. America’s Birthday Celebration includes a parade, concessions and entertainment throughout the day. Wil and Langdon’s country group, Wilson Fairchild, will headline the event which will take place at Gypsy Hill Park. For more details check out: America’s Birthday Celebration’s website.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts
REASON #13 –  Crack the Code Escape Room
 
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REASON #13: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #13: crack the code Escape room Enter the Escape Room.  An interactive real life escape game in which you must solve the puzzles in order to escape the room. You have 60 minutes to find the clues, solve the puzzles and make your way to freedom. Choose from two different themed rooms, DaVinci’s Office … Continue reading REASON #13: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #13: crack the code Escape room

Enter the Escape Room.  An interactive real life escape game in which you must solve the puzzles in order to escape the room. You have 60 minutes to find the clues, solve the puzzles and make your way to freedom. Choose from two different themed rooms, DaVinci’s Office and The Bunker; with a third room, Asylum, opening in a few weeks. See if you are up to the challenge and crack the code—a fun alternative to the same old birthday party and family gathering. Now taking reservations!

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts

 
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REASON #12: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #12: Heifetz Institute’s Festival of concerts June 24-August 4, 2017 During the summer months, Staunton abounds with the sounds of music! The Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts kicks off a summer of music making starting with their Opening Concert and Convocation on June 24 and the music doesn’t stop until August 4. The six-week … Continue reading REASON #12: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #12: Heifetz Institute’s Festival of concerts

June 24-August 4, 2017

During the summer months, Staunton abounds with the sounds of music! The Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts kicks off a summer of music making starting with their Opening Concert and Convocation on June 24 and the music doesn’t stop until August 4. The six-week festival consists of over 40 events including daily concerts, a speaker series and special performances featuring their world-renowned faculty and guest artists. The Institute serves as a training ground for outstanding string players, ages 13-25, who study alongside faculty from top universities, conservatories and performance groups from around the globe. Stay tuned as they announce their season programming on their website. And if you don’t want to miss a moment of outstanding music, all summer long, get your 2017 Season Pass online which will guarantee you a seat at every show!

Meanwhile, don’t miss the Heifetz Spring Hootenanny at the American Hotel in Staunton on Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. with sets of Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day, food, beverage, and fun for all! Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 

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REASON #11: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #11: WINTER WINE FESTIVAL February 25 from 12-6 pm  Thaw out this winter with the 7th Annual Winter Wine Festival hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in partnership with the Historic Staunton Foundation. Spend the afternoon sampling wine from over a dozen wineries and vineyards, enjoy food by local purveyors and live music. Looking … Continue reading REASON #11: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #11: WINTER WINE FESTIVAL

February 25 from 12-6 pm 

Thaw out this winter with the 7th Annual Winter Wine Festival hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in partnership with the Historic Staunton Foundation. Spend the afternoon sampling wine from over a dozen wineries and vineyards, enjoy food by local purveyors and live music.

Looking for a mid-winter weekend getaway? Check out the Winter Wine Festival package the Stonewall Jackson Hotel is offering. This discounted lodging package includes:
-Overnight accommodations
-Two tickets to the wine festival
-Breakfast for two and overnight self-parking

For the hotel package—while supplies last—visit, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel website, here.

For tickets to the Winter Wine Festival, visit the Historic Staunton Foundation website.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
 

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REASON #10: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #10: Virginia hot glass festival   May 27-28, 2017 Feel the heat of the furnace as you watch live glassblowing demonstrations and flame working techniques throughout the weekend. Visit the expansive exhibit by artists from around the region while enjoying wine tasting by Barren Ridge Vineyards. This annual event is FREE. For more details … Continue reading REASON #10: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #10: Virginia hot glass festival

 
May 27-28, 2017
Feel the heat of the furnace as you watch live glassblowing demonstrations and flame working techniques throughout the weekend. Visit the expansive exhibit by artists from around the region while enjoying wine tasting by Barren Ridge Vineyards. This annual event is FREE. For more details check out Sunspots Studio.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival

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REASON #9: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #9: Shenandoah fall foliage bike festival October 20-22, 2017 With the fall colors on full display, take in the scenic views of the Shenandoah Valley with a full weekend of riding, sightseeing and Staunton hospitality. A favorite of cyclists up and down the Mid-Atlantic, this annual bike festival offers a range of riding opportunities … Continue reading REASON #9: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #9: Shenandoah fall foliage bike festival

October 20-22, 2017
With the fall colors on full display, take in the scenic views of the Shenandoah Valley with a full weekend of riding, sightseeing and Staunton hospitality. A favorite of cyclists up and down the Mid-Atlantic, this annual bike festival offers a range of riding opportunities for all skill levels from motivated century riders to families with young children and everything in between. Fall is a popular time to visit Staunton so be sure and book NOW! For details on the bike festival, visit their website.

For the complete list see:

REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea

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REASON #8: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #8: an elegantly English tea Enjoy an authentically English tea at the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room. Delight in a beautiful spread of homemade tea sandwiches, shortbread, and scones all served with clotted cream and jams—imported from England and served in fine china. The pleasant proprietors offer insight into the history of high tea and … Continue reading REASON #8: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #8: an elegantly English tea

Enjoy an authentically English tea at the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room. Delight in a beautiful spread of homemade tea sandwiches, shortbread, and scones all served with clotted cream and jams—imported from England and served in fine china. The pleasant proprietors offer insight into the history of high tea and conclude the afternoon with the custard dessert posset which makes an appearance in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. After tea, peruse the rare collection of tea sets and imported goods. The Tea Room will re-open in April just in time for you to enjoy their beautiful gardens. Reservations are highly recommended and fill up quickly so be sure and book your tea when planning your next trip to the Queen City.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew

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REASON #7: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #7: more brew Looking to take a beercation? Look no further. Staunton’s newest brewery, Bedlam Brewing plans to open on January 25 becoming the 14th brewery on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Plan your next adventure using the Beerwerks website which includes a trail map, a complete listing of the participating breweries, lodging options and much more! … Continue reading REASON #7: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #7: more brew

Looking to take a beercation? Look no further. Staunton’s newest brewery, Bedlam Brewing plans to open on January 25 becoming the 14th brewery on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Plan your next adventure using the Beerwerks website which includes a trail map, a complete listing of the participating breweries, lodging options and much more! To check out the status of Bedlam Brewing check out their Facebook Page.

In other beer news, Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company is moving their operation to 103 E. Beverley Street. The new location will allow the brewery to double their production and add more beers to their already robust list of quality beers.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover

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REASON #6: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #6 The Shack Makeover After a brief hiatus, award-winning chef Ian Boden is back in the kitchen and is excited to show off the recent renovation of the 26-seat restaurant he calls “The Shack.” Check out a sneak peek of the newly made over restaurant and don’t forget to make your reservations when booking … Continue reading REASON #6: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

The ShackReason #6 The Shack Makeover

After a brief hiatus, award-winning chef Ian Boden is back in the kitchen and is excited to show off the recent renovation of the 26-seat restaurant he calls “The Shack.” Check out a sneak peek of the newly made over restaurant and don’t forget to make your reservations when booking your next trip to Staunton. You don’t want to miss “The South’s Best New Restaurants,” as voted by Southern Living. Make your reservations here!


For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement

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An Alternative Spring Break: Five Awesome Hikes

Whether you’re a family looking to break away or a co-ed longing for a reprieve from the stresses of higher ed, this alternative spring break series is sure to suit.  Staunton is a key cultural center west of the Blue Ridge Parkway and east of the Allegheny Mountains. It’s a natural home base for your … Continue reading An Alternative Spring Break: Five Awesome Hikes

Whether you’re a family looking to break away or a co-ed longing for a reprieve from the stresses of higher ed, this alternative spring break series is sure to suit. 

Staunton is a key cultural center west of the Blue Ridge Parkway and east of the Allegheny Mountains. It’s a natural home base for your Shenandoah Valley adventures when a spring break hub-and-spoke in Virginia outdoors is just what the doctor ordered.

Happy Memorial Day! This is a photo of White Rock Falls taken yesterday during our hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Posted by Wahoo Photography on Monday, May 27, 2013

Awesome hikes To The West

If you’re up to chasin’ waterfalls, Elliot Knob is a great place to start. West of downtown Staunton near Buffalo Gap, Elliot Knob is the highest point in Augusta County and the closest hike for stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley. The trail is 8.5 miles to the summit, and still considered to be a hidden gem in the grand scheme of Virginia’s best hikes.

Two significant and other minor falls are along the trail. Be cautious of slippery algae, but feel free to take off your shoes and chill out a while. The second major set of falls (marked by a cairn) is a great place to have a quick picnic. The flat rocks are begging you to perch, sunbathe, and enjoy a bright sunshiny day. If care to march on, a grassy summit with incredible Shenandoah Valley views awaits.

> Elevation Gain: 2,425 feet
> Time: Allow 5.5 hours for hiking; add additional for lunch and chill
> Parking: Virginia Route 42, pull-off to a gated area with a stop sign and an additional brown sign on the post marked “291.” Use “854 Little Calf Pasture Highway, Swoope, VA” as the address for GPS.

Extend the Elliot Knob hike by going around the backside of the mountain and trying Chimney Hollow. It’s a longer hike with more elevation gain, causing it to be rated 5 out of 5 in terms of difficulty. However, the views are worth the challenge (also rated 5/5).

All said, the point-to-point hike is 15.4 miles, but can be shortened by parking at Route 688 instead of Route 42 (the Elliot Knob parking point). 

> Elevation Gain: 3,670 feet
> Time: Allow 8 hours for the entire hike and don’t forget to figure in time for lunch
> Parking: Virginia Route 250, before Route 715. A non-descript pull-off on the right side of the road with coordinates of 38.27490, -79.29710. Have a partner leave another vehicle at the Route 688 lot (38.21332, -79.29599) or the Route 42 lot.

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Farther out Route 250 is the Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness Area, which delivers a 16.8-mile loop that an overnight to accomplish. The Ramsey’s Draft Trail is highly rated across all HikingUpward categories, which means you’ll work your tail off, but the rewards are equally tremendous.

Expect steep ascents along two ridges in this loop, which will yield great views and really nice camp sites. You’ll dart back and forth across the stream as you go (be prepared for wet feet), and the trail has a tendency to be invisible in a few places due to rocky outcrops. Be aware of stinging nettles on the clockwise ascent.

As with all wilderness areas and Virginia outdoors in general, leave no trace. If those before you left evidence of their presence, please pack out what you can.

> Elevation Gain: 3,170 feet
> Time: Two Days
> Parking: Virginia Route 250, right on Ramsey’s Draft N (38.30828, -79.36090), go 100 yards beyond the Mountain House Picnic Area.

Awesome Hikes to the East

Wanna see something you don’t see every day?  There’s a plane crash site on Dobie Mountain just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll need to park at the very popular Humpback Rocks area to get there, but trust us, this is a really great redirection from the crowds that flood Humpback on the weekends.

Following the trail notes at Hiking Upward (linked above), you’ll be able to skirt off the trail for an excellent overlook of the Rockfish Valley and Nelson County before looping back around to see the 1964 wreckage of a lost Beechcraft*. Make time to get sidetracked for the sake of a great lunch venue, too: the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club shelter and Mill Creek.

* Do not disturb the Beechcraft crash site. Not only is it disrespectful, but you could cut yourself on metal or come upon a venomous timber rattlesnake.

> Elevation Gain: 1,560 feet
> Time: 3.5 hours plus time for lunch
> Parking: Humpback Rocks Lot at milepost 6

One final waterfall for you! The hike from White Rock Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway to Torry Ridge features a 30-foot waterfall – White Rock Falls – with a caveat. You must hike the trail after a good spring rain for the falls to materialize. And when they do? Magic.

One of the cool things about this hike is that it passes through Sherando Lake campground, which has picnic tables for your lunch, and a lake with a beach area, if you feel like chilling out. The views along this trail are best in early spring (Hey! You’re right on time with spring break!), as the trees will not have fully leaved yet.

> Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
> Time: 5.5 hours plus lunch and whatnot
> Parking: White Rock Gap lot around milepost 18

Prep, Eat, Sleep

Equip yourself (or gather whatever you might have forgotten) at Wilderness Adventure, Staunton’s outdoor store.

A hearty breakfast is a must before heading out to the trails. Load up on the carbs at Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, which is also a great place to purchase trail snacks and meals. Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares, Newtown Bakery and Nu-Beginning Farm Store are also worth a glance for breakfast and provisions.

Rest well before and after your grand adventures. Find your perfect place to stay.

Traipse Expands to Gypsy Hill Park

Traipse has new and exciting things planned for Staunton in 2017! Changes to tours and new locations will be popping up through the spring and summer, so keep watching for more puzzles to solve and more areas to explore. Keep an eye out for Traipse taking part in events around town as well.   Starting … Continue reading Traipse Expands to Gypsy Hill Park

Traipse has new and exciting things planned for Staunton in 2017! Changes to tours and new locations will be popping up through the spring and summer, so keep watching for more puzzles to solve and more areas to explore. Keep an eye out for Traipse taking part in events around town as well.
 
Starting Saturday, March 11th, Traipse will be launching tours in Gypsy Hill Park! Get out in the spring weather and explore the beautiful sights and amenities the park has to offer. Bring friends and family out to discover things you never knew about Gypsy Hill and solve puzzles in a place where community gathers. There will even be a chance to win prizes during the opening weekend of Traipse at Gypsy Hill. Watch for more details on our Facebook and Twitter feeds (facebook.com/gotraipse and @traipseapp).

If you’re not already acquainted with Traipse, here’s the lowdown: the free app takes you on an adventure that is half historic tour and half scavenger hunt. You can Traipse anytime, with whomever you want, in historic business districts like Downtown Staunton along with other locations of interest. The app even provides discounts at select local businesses when you complete the challenges at those spots. And if you already know Traipse, check us out again to see what is new and improved!

Visit www.traipsestaunton.com to download Traipse and start exploring Staunton!

Five Staunton Coffee Spots You Must Visit Now

Local coffee shops are hubs for college students, professionals passing through on their way to the next meeting, freelancers working on their own terms, and retirees shooting the breeze over their favorite cuppa. Who doesn’t want to spend time in a coffee shop? In fact, we’d go so far as to say the sign of a … Continue reading Five Staunton Coffee Spots You Must Visit Now

Local coffee shops are hubs for college students, professionals passing through on their way to the next meeting, freelancers working on their own terms, and retirees shooting the breeze over their favorite cuppa. Who doesn’t want to spend time in a coffee shop?

In fact, we’d go so far as to say the sign of a great town is having an excellent coffee shop or two. You know the places. They smell great, have coveted window seats, and offer top-notch, near-perfect coffee. We’re proud to have five just like that in Staunton. Come sit and sip.

Posted by The By & By on Monday, July 21, 2014

The By & By | 140 E. Beverley Street

Remember the college students we mentioned? The By & By is their primary hang-out in Staunton, and that’s alright with us. Fancy lattes served with fresh Newtown Bakery pastries are just what sleepy eyes need on a fast paced morning in the Queen City.

The By & By is a great locale for people watching, and you never know who might pop through the door. Actors from the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse enjoy coffees, teas, and smoothies, too. Some folks don’t like to pass through as much as they like to stay and “sit a spell.” Knitters, painters, and readers make themselves at home in one of the sweetest places in Staunton. You’re invited to do the same.

Staunton Coffee & Tea | 32 S. New Street

Greeting those entering the city by way of the World’s Largest Watering Can on Route 250 is Staunton Coffee & Tea on the corner of Johnson and New Streets. Sprawling, by coffee shop standards, this chill spot is an airy corner space with morning light flooding in. It’s the perfect wake-up call for those who must. have. coffee.

Blue Mountain Coffees | 12 Byers Street

In a great little pedestrian area of Staunton, the aroma from Blue Mountain fills the air and lures passersby in. Locally roasted coffee is always dripping and the offerings change daily. It’s great place to tuck away and put your nose to the grind if you’re working. Also a great place to duck in after your farmers’ market perusing on Saturday mornings. When the weather is wonderful, however, you may have to arm wrestle to get one of the patio seats. It’s the perfect place for people watching and enjoying a nice breeze.

Rooster Art & Coffee | 18 E. Beverley Street

Your true comfortable coffee shop reprieve may be best found at Rooster. It’s a natural magnet for artsy types because Rooster is part gallery and part coffee shop. The walls are filled with from top to bottom with artwork while the back of the room serves up a rotating mix of fine gourmet coffee, including Turkish. Settle in and write that book or simply take time to breathe for once.

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Cranberry’s Grocery & eatery | 7 S. New Street

Locally roasted organic coffee beans deliver one of the best cups of coffee in Staunton, and you can get such a cup at Cranberry’s. “Lester’s Best” is so well known that the shop ships it. Enjoy it in-house in a big mug with a free refill or take it to go and wish you had more. Choice is yours. Choose wisely.

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A Winter Wine Festival Weekend in Staunton

For six years the Winter Wine Festival has drawn couples seeking a reprieve from the doldrums of the season to Staunton. This year is no different, but the offerings may be. One dozen wineries, a cidery, and four artisan food makers will make February 25 a tasty and memorable day in the Queen City.   About … Continue reading A Winter Wine Festival Weekend in Staunton

For six years the Winter Wine Festival has drawn couples seeking a reprieve from the doldrums of the season to Staunton. This year is no different, but the offerings may be. One dozen wineries, a cidery, and four artisan food makers will make February 25 a tasty and memorable day in the Queen City.  

About the Tastes

Of the 12 wineries bringing their best bottles to the Winter Wine Festival, half are recent medal winners in the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition.

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  • Barren Ridge Vineyards (Fishersville): Six silvers and two bronze medals
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery (Floyd): Two silvers and one bronze medal
  • Horton Vineyards (Gordonsville): One gold, five silvers, and seven bronze medals
  • Rockbridge Vineyards (Raphine): Seven silvers and three bronze medals
  • Stanburn Winery (Stuart): Four silver medals
  • Whitebarrel Winery (Christiansburg): Two bronze medals

While the wineries are impressive, the foodies of the festival are no slackers. Wait until you taste these delights.

  • Staunton Olive Oil Company is almost two years old and folks have been flocking to score some of the finest oils and vinegars available in the Shenandoah Valley. 
  • Cocoa Mill Chocolatier‘s flagship store is in Lexington, but Staunton is elated to have a shop of its own. Cocoa Mill has been crafting wonderful delights for nearly 25 years, and their truffles are what dreams are made of. Just ask The Wall Street Journal, which ranked Cocoa Mill head and shoulders above national names you know (cough cough, Godiva, cough cough).
  • Near Charlottesville, Caromont Farms’ cheeses are handcrafted from goat’s milk. Chef and cheesemaker Gail Hobbs Page was one of Virginia’s “Women in Food” for the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2013. Caromont has received national attention from The Washington Post and CBS Evening News, among others, and their Esmontonian cheese came in second place in the 2013 American Cheese Society’s American Made/International Style Goat’s Milk category.

Where to Stay

The Winter Wine Festival is hosted at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, therefore, a package is available to you. It includes two tickets for the festival, breakfast for two, and your room, of course. The rates start at $229. Book Now

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Buy Tickets

Tickets for Winter Wine Festival are available for online purchase through February 17. After that, please plan to purchase at the door or in person at the following retailers. Those who book the Stonewall Jackson Hotel package will have their tickets included. Tickets are non-refundable.

Staunton’s Top Four Places for Barbecue

Oh and😀 A photo posted by Travis Taylor (@travclimb) on Apr 25, 2016 at 5:23pm PDT According to author Joe Haynes, barbecue originated in Virginia. And why not? Virginia is the birthplace of America. Haynes released Virginia Barbecue: A History in September 2016. Only time will tell if it becomes the definitive guide to juicy … Continue reading Staunton’s Top Four Places for Barbecue

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According to author Joe Haynes, barbecue originated in Virginia. And why not? Virginia is the birthplace of America. Haynes released Virginia Barbecue: A History in September 2016. Only time will tell if it becomes the definitive guide to juicy smoked meats in the Commonwealth, but we do owe thanks to Haynes for successfully lobbying to make Virginia Barbecue Season a thing. The season begins in May and ends in October, but we want you to be ready. Bookmark this page or print it for reference when you travel the Shenandoah Valley. 

According to Yelpers, Staunton has four places rated four stars where the barbecue is worth the drive. Do give each a try yourself and review, if you like. 

Peck’s Bar-B-Que | 477 Lee Jackson Highway

Peck’s was a long-time barbecue staple in nearby Waynesboro, but their relocation to Staunton has been a real gain for the locals who love smoked pork Virginia style. As it turns out, passers-through love Peck’s, too!

“This is a down home Virginia BBQ … if you are in Staunton, make it a foodie stop.” – Linda F., Pinson, AL
“Highly recommend the chopped BBQ sandwich special. Worth the drive!” – Matt R., Andover, KS
“It’s a total dive, and I hope they never change a thing! Food was delicious, and portions were huge. Best thing was the 1/2 rack of ribs platter – it was one of those meals where you’re SO full but you can’t stop eating.” – Amy G., Burke, VA

Kline’s Hog Wild BBQ | 906 Greeville Avenue

If you’re familiar with the name Kline’s, it’s likely for Kline’s Dairy Bar, one of our favorite ice cream parlors. However, Kline’s also has Hog Wild BBQ and you’re missing out if you don’t give it a try, too. Actually, you can do both at once!

“Yum, yum, yum!  Love the BBQ, ice cream and coleslaw!” – Teri B., Waynesboro, VA
“Great tasting barbecue.  The Cole Slaw (sic) was really good.” – Steve M., Madison, WI

Mill Street Grille | 1 Mill Street

Mill Street Grille is not a barbecue joint by any stretch, but their slow-cooked ribs and homemade barbecue sauce are one of the top draws.

“I chose the best BBQ in the south, even if the Mill isn’t a bbq restaurant technically. The ribs were literally fall-off-the-bone … Totally tender, absolutely delicious … and the sweet bbq sauce was to-die-for: I was only disappointed to learn that the Mill does not sell its own BBQ sauce …” – Colin M., Newmarket, NH
“I’ve had BBQ Ribs in many places in my life, but none as good as these!” – John M., White Stone, VA
“If you are in the area, and a bbq rib fan, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.” – John C., Cranford, NJ

The Depot Grille | 42 Middlebrook Avenue

The housemade barbecue sauce and rub are key to a great rack of ribs at The Depot Grille. Like Mill Street, The Depot offers a diverse menu and the ribs are pretty popular.

“The best ribs I’ve ever tried.” – Sergiy M., Manassas, VA
“The dry rubbed ribs were great, ordered with sauce on the side as well.” – Christie P., Avon, IN
“Baby back ribs – among meatiest and tenderest we’ve tried anywhere. A delicious prelude to our evening at Blackfriars!” – Elizabeth M., Mountain View, CA

Eat well and often with us in Staunton, Virginia. 

Presidents Day in a President’s City

Presidents Day is February 20. Staunton is a presidential city as the birthplace of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. His Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating the day with free admission for children and students when accompanied by a parent. Visitors on the 20th will be able to tour the Presbyterian Manse … Continue reading Presidents Day in a President’s City

President Woodrow Wilson’s visit to Staunton

Presidents Day is February 20. Staunton is a presidential city as the birthplace of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.

His Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating the day with free admission for children and students when accompanied by a parent. Visitors on the 20th will be able to tour the Presbyterian Manse (Wilson’s birthplace) with a guide. Interpreters representing 1856 will bring the time period to life and share their knowledge of the Wilson family.

Self-guided tours of the museum include galleries, his 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine, and an interactive re-creation of a World War I trench.

An additional treat for Presidents Day is a free lecture at 2 p.m. by Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library CEO Robin von Seldeneck. The event is part of an ongoing series commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Around Staunton

After you’ve toured the Presidential Library and Museum, head to Lewis Creek Market on Church Street for some “Presidential Favorites.” It’s a happy hour, of sorts, that includes wine, beer, and cider to please any president’s palate. The educational tasting is free, and occurs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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What Would Woodrow Wilson Drink on Presidents Day? Or would he drink at all?

Wilson was president when the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified in 1919. If you’re rusty on the Constitution, this is the entry involving alcohol. Specifically, the prohibition of it. The Prohibition Era lasted until the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed in 1933. That’s 14 years of homemade white lightnin’ and hooch for the citizens of the good ol’ US of A, but what did President Wilson do? Did the dude abide?

According to Mark Will-Weber’s 2014 NYPost.com article, Wilson’s drink of choice was Scotch. Simon Ford, in his article for Liquor.com, suggests Wilson “stashed away supplies so that he could mix his favorite libations in secret.” Fact or fiction? Visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum to pose the question to the pros. Presidents Day seems like a perfect time to do so. 

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Celebrate Love in Staunton, Virginia

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we invite you to come celebrate love in Staunton. Our downtown is quite magical in every season with interesting architecture, renowned dining, nationally-acclaimed performing arts, and a variety of restful, romantic accommodations. Make a memory or two with Staunton as your backdrop. Get a Room YOU LOVE This could … Continue reading Celebrate Love in Staunton, Virginia

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we invite you to come celebrate love in Staunton. Our downtown is quite magical in every season with interesting architecture, renowned dining, nationally-acclaimed performing arts, and a variety of restful, romantic accommodations. Make a memory or two with Staunton as your backdrop.

Get a Room YOU LOVE

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The Stonewall Jackson Hotel is downtown next door to the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse. In fact, the hotel offers a package that includes tickets to the Playhouse. If the arts aren’t your thing, perhaps opting for the Bed & Breakfast package is the way to go. It’s the package that doesn’t fill your time, but says, “here’s your room and we’ll see you for breakfast in the morning.” You can find ways to fill the time, right?

At Frederick House: A Small Hotel, just about anything you want to add to your Staunton experience is fair game. Roses and chocolates? Done. Strolls through history? Done. A picnic lunch to enjoy from a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook? Done. For your stay, we recommend the romantic Patrick-27, a romantic suite with a four-poster canopy king bed and an abundance of natural light.

For those couples who have no plans of leaving their abode away from home, check out the hibernation option at Inn at Old Virginia. Book two nights in a Barn Bedroom Suite complete with king bed, hot tub, gas fireplace, and wet bar. This package also includes a $100 gift card for downtown merchants and restaurants, as well as a delectable Michael G. Harman Gift Basket loaded with goodies. The best part about this romantic getaway is that it’s half-off the second night. 

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Special Valentine’s Events & Dinners

Zynodoa is one of Staunton’s top destination restaurants, so of course they’re rolling out a delectable prix fixe menu just for Valentine’s Day weekend. The special four-course dinner is an additional option to their incredible daily menu, and will be available February 10 through 14.

Byers Street Bistro invites you to enjoy a special romance-inducing menu created specifically for Valentine’s Day by Chef Stephen Thacker. Pair your dinner with a tasty his-and-hers drink special!

Get creative with an interactive cupcake decorating class with Paris Cake Company and hosted by Lewis Creek Market. Enjoy wine and snacks while you learn decorating tips from Pastry Chef Erinn Paris as you create a Valentine’s Day cupcake bouquet. Take home your newly decorated cupcakes and a Paris Cake Company apron! For tickets contact Paris Cake Company.

Make a keepsake together at Sunspots Studios! For a limited time, two people are welcome to blow their own glass Valentine’s ornament together. Make an appointment to create something special between now and February 19.

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is hosting “A Very Valentine Tea” on Saturday, February 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s a children’s event, so share some love with your smallest sweethearts (ages 6 to 11) for crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt, too.

Want the perfect wine? Lewis Creek Market is hosting “Romantic Wines to Fall in Love With” on Monday, February 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. The educational wine tasting experience is free of charge for those 21 and older with a valid ID.

Make a plan for your great romantic escape and #LOVEStaunton.

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