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Hot Glass in the City

Staunton recently received national press from Travel+Leisure and Smithsonian Magazine for its vibrantly historic atmosphere. Smithsonian identified Staunton during its search for America’s 20 Best Small Towns because Staunton is a culture-rich locale where visitors can experience “enlightened good times in an unhurried, charming setting.” Mentioned by Smithsonian as well as Travel+Leisure’s America’s Greatest Main … Continue reading Hot Glass in the City

Staunton recently received national press from Travel+Leisure and Smithsonian Magazine for its vibrantly historic atmosphere. Smithsonian identified Staunton during its search for America’s 20 Best Small Towns because Staunton is a culture-rich locale where visitors can experience “enlightened good times in an unhurried, charming setting.” Mentioned by Smithsonian as well as Travel+Leisure’s America’s Greatest Main Streets article are some of Staunton’s most notable treasures – the American Shakespeare Center, the red-brick district, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. Another gem that you should NOT miss in Staunton is the Frontier Culture Museum, a living history museum illustrating the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley’s early settlers.

No one can argue the value of Staunton’s architecture, historic icons, and cultural vibe, but the artisans who translate sweat and tears into beautiful “somethings” are major contributors to the appeal of sweet Staunton as well.

This weekend – Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29 – is the 10th annual Virginia Hot Glass Festival. Hosted by Sunspots Studios, this festival happens to be Virginia’s only festival devoted to hot glass artistry… and it’s free!

Hot glass artisans from around the region will demonstrate their craft and even attempt to create new works of art based on the drawings of children attending the festival. For those who wish to try their hand, er… lips at glass blowing, several attendees will be selected to help blow ornaments.

Festival Need-to-Knows:

~ The Festival is Saturday from 9 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5.

~ Beware the fire-breathing dragon and flaming ray gun.

~ Bring your camera.

~ Rain won’t keep you away; the festival is indoors.

~ Mother’s Day is not too far away. Think about her. (wink, wink)

~ Go social. Snap pics and share them to Twitter with the hashtag #VAHotGlass.

~ Check out Virginia Stone Carver’s Guild who will be exhibiting and demonstrating their craft nearby, too.

~ Parking is plentiful. Festival goers in need of an accessible entrance should use the lot and entrance at the back of the building.

~ Nearby dining includes Byers Street Bistro (next door,) Mockingbird (3 blocks; Farmer’s Brunch 10-2 Saturday & 10-5 Sunday), Downtown 27 at The Clock Tower (4 blocks; closed Sunday), The Split Banana (5 blocks), The Beverly (5 blocks), and Shenandoah Pizza (6 blocks; closed Sunday)

Casey Higgins is a Shenandoah Valley girl residing in the Richmond area with her husband and two children. She writes for Virginia Tourism Corporation presenting travel ideas for families and couples, shining a light on hidden gems, and uncovering hometown delights. Staunton might just be her most favorite find. Follow Casey on Twitter at @jccjhiggins.

Got Reservations??

If you love food AND you love a good deal, then this is the week to dine out in Staunton. What is restaurant week? It is a once-a-year dining event where a group of local restaurants coordinate to offer a special menu for a special price. This price is usually lower than the price you’d … Continue reading Got Reservations??

If you love food AND you love a good deal, then this is the week to dine out in Staunton.

What is restaurant week? It is a once-a-year dining event where a group of local restaurants coordinate to offer a special menu for a special price. This price is usually lower than the price you’d ordinarily pay at the restaurant.

Each participating restaurant offers a three-course menu for a published prix-fixe amount (either $26 or $31, depending on which restaurant you choose.)  If you’d like to preview your dining options, go online:  menus for each restaurant are posted on the event website.

This is a great time for customers to try restaurants they’ve been curious about without much risk to their wallet.  No coupons needed!

If you haven’t made reservations yet, we urge you to claim your tables quickly. We’re told that some restaurants are already close to sold out for peak dining times.  Prefer to play it loose? Walk-ins are welcome, space permitted. Note: if you want to try to walk in without a reservation, you’ll probably have better luck dining early or late.

Staunton’s Second Annual Restaurant Week runs March 19-25, 2012.  Not all restaurants are open every day, please check restaurant websites for hours. When paying your check, please keep in mind that drinks, tax, and tips are not included.  To learn more, see our Tips for Restaurant Week.

Staunton Restaurant Week is supported by The Hook, the Staunton Downtown Development Association, and the Staunton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Five Things to Know About Staunton Restaurant Week

Staunton Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, March 19 with more dining options than there are days of the week! Eight downtown restaurants are participating in Staunton Restaurant Week.  All are offering three-course, prix-fixe menu priced at either $26 or $31 … except Emilio’s, where anything less than four courses just wouldn’t be Italian. The menus … Continue reading Five Things to Know About Staunton Restaurant Week

Staunton Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, March 19 with more dining options than there are days of the week!

Eight downtown restaurants are participating in Staunton Restaurant Week.  All are offering three-course, prix-fixe menu priced at either $26 or $31 … except Emilio’s, where anything less than four courses just wouldn’t be Italian. The menus range from the Mediterranean flare of Aioli to the award-winning vegetarian cuisine of Darjeeling Cafe. How will you ever choose which restaurant will serve you each night? Dine around in alphabetical order?

Let’s put a method to the madness, or at least identify some key factors to consider.

1. Pricing

$26 Menus: Aioli, Byers Street Bistro, Darjeeling Café, Emilio’s, Sorrel’s and The Depot Grille

$31 Menus: Mockingbird and Zynodoa

2. Special Events

If you’re looking to dine with entertainment (or without), the events for these restaurants in the coming week are as follows.

Byers Street Bistro

  • March 21: Daniel Clawson Unplugged (Acoustic Rock, Classic Covers and Originals)
  • March 22: Brent Hull & Joe Tyree (Rockin’ Covers, Current to Classic)
  • March 23: Calf Mountain Jam (Bluesy Classics, Rock to Jam)
  • March 24: Bennie Dodd Band (Southern Rock, Blues, and Classics)

Darjeeling Café

  • March 22: Reading Liberally, 6 p.m.
  • March 23: Music by Lizzie Pitch, 8 p.m.

Mockingbird

  • March 20: Sons of Bill – Free Show and CD Release Party, 8 p.m.
  • March 21: Open Mic
  • March 22: The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, 8 p.m.
  • March 23: Patent Pending Bluegrass Band, 8:30 p.m.
  • March 24: The Nighthawks (electric set), 8:30 p.m.

Sorrel’s

  • March 20: Jennifer Kirkland & Bert Carlson Jazz Duo, 7 p.m.

3. Hours of Operation

A well-made dining plan is one with all of the facts. Is your favorite restaurant even open on the day you’d like to partake of their special menu? Plan accordingly.

Aioli serves dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 until 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Byers Street Bistro is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Reserve Online

Darjeeling Café is open Monday from 5 until 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from noon until 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. Reserve Online

Emilio’s is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mockingbird serves dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Reserve Online

Sorrel’s will take your reservation if you call 540-885-4848.

Zynodoa serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. Reserve Online

Dinner on Monday looks like Byers Street Bistro, Darjeeling Café, or Sorrel’s, and you won’t get to taste the wonderful dishes that Zynodoa’s Chef Harris is cooking up until Wednesday at the earliest. Better make those reservations fast!

4. Finally, What to Eat?

Unfortunately, the answer to that lies solely with you. However, I’m happy to link up the menus here for your easy navigation.

5. Wait, there’s more!

The American Shakespeare Center is offering a “fourth” course sure to please your taste for the dramatic. Simply bring your receipt from a participating Restaurant Week establishment (dated during Restaurant Week) to receive a fourth (or 25%) off your ticket price. This promotion is only good for shows occurring March 21-25, and they are as follows:

  • March 21: Much Ado About Nothing, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 22: Dido, Queen of Carthage, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 23: A Mad World, My Masters, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 24: Philaster, Or Love Lies A-Bleeding, 2 p.m.
  • March 24: Dido, Queen of Carthage, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 25: Richard III, 2 p.m.

The Michael B. Tusing Gallery is hosting a “Table Art” exhibit, which opens on Friday, March 23rd 5-8 p.m. The show will feature contemporary and vintage table pieces from wine stoppers, wine glasses, plates, casserole dishes, cheese boards, etc. Local artists include Kyle Leister, Brecken Geiman, Barbara Holt, Jim Hanger, Marti Macabe, Phillip Nolley and more.

Dine away, all, and have a most delicious, palate-pleasing week in Staunton!

Casey Higgins is a Shenandoah Valley girl residing in the Richmond area with her husband and two children. She writes for Virginia Tourism Corporation presenting travel ideas for families and couples, shining a light on hidden gems, and uncovering hometown delights. Follow her on Twitter at @jccjhiggins.

Staunton Does Virginia Wine and Dine Month

March is a great time to visit Staunton, and here are two reasons why. ONE: Both Virginians and visitors love a great meal paired with award-winning Virginia wine. So much so that the previously week-long Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine Week has grown into a full-fledged Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine … Continue reading Staunton Does Virginia Wine and Dine Month

March is a great time to visit Staunton, and here are two reasons why.

ONE: Both Virginians and visitors love a great meal paired with award-winning Virginia wine. So much so that the previously week-long Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine Week has grown into a full-fledged Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month, and Staunton is taking part!

TWO: Staunton Restaurant Week is March 19-25! Let your mouth water a little longer for that indulgent petit four. There are eight fantastic restaurants to choose from, so keep an eye on the Staunton Yum web site for Restaurant Week menus coming soon!

The bottom line? Staunton is your destination for local food with flare, fine wine from not too far down the road, and some pretty extraordinary accommodations.

Three-in-One: Wine, Dine, Stay

There’s no leg-work to these fine packages. You’ll arrive, you’ll enjoy a fantastic dinner, and you’ll be treated to excellent Virginia wine, all for one price.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Bed and Breakfast Inn invites you to splurge with a night (or two) in Juliet, Romeo, or William’s room after you enjoy a decadent three-course dinner and wine pairing at Zynodoa. A single night with the special dinner and wine is $245-$265, or you can stay two nights for $365. Call 540-885-8885.

Staunton Choral Gardens Bed and Breakfast is offering a Wine Lovers Weekend package. It’s two nights with a $70 certificate for your choice of downtown dining, and a chauffeured trip to three or four nearby wineries (with lunch and all fees included), plus quite a bit more. It’s a decadent opportunity priced $895-$945. Call 540-885-6550.

Restaurant Week Deal

Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center is offering a GREAT Restaurant Week deal – $52.00 per night guestroom available Sunday-Thursday only (March 18-22.)  Call the hotel and mention the Restaurant Week overnight deal.

Pairing On Your Own

Score a great room rate, seek out your own style of dining, and sip wine, too.

Inn at Old Virginia is offering a special rate through the end of March. Stay for as little as $90 per night. Call 877-809-1146.

The Storefront, a gorgeous one-bedroom loft with kitchen and lounge right in the heart of downtown, has a standing weeknight deal of $95 per night. Call 804-218-5656.

Popular for both their food and their entertainment is Mockingbird Artisan Fare and Roots Music, where you can enjoy a dinner served with Virginia wine while listening to live music in an unbelievable atmosphere.

Pop in for a great sandwich, possibly a live performance, and definitely a glass of Virginia wine at George Bowers Grocery.

Get your pampering on at The Pampered Palate, serving soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, desserts, and an extensive gallery of Virginia wine.

A scenic 20-minute drive east of downtown is Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville where tours and tastings are available daily.

If you’d rather not leave downtown, you’ll find the new Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room on Middlebrook Avenue to be a refreshing bright spot. I recommend foregoing dessert in favor of the Riesling.

For more information about Staunton, please explore VisitStaunton.com. More information about Staunton Restaurant Week will be available soon.

Casey Higgins is a Shenandoah Valley girl residing in the Richmond area with her husband and two children. She writes for Virginia Tourism Corporation presenting travel ideas for families and couples, shining a light on hidden gems, and uncovering hometown delights. Follow her on Twitter at @jccjhiggins.

Sip & Savor at the Winter Wine Festival

Second Annual Winter Wine Festival February 18th, 2012 12-6pm at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center Escape to downtown Staunton’s Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center for an afternoon of fine Virginia wine tasting. Featuring over 18 Virginia wineries and local artisan fare, including: Bluestone Vineyards CrossKeys Vineyard Democracy Vineyards DeVault Vineyard DuCard Vineyards … Continue reading Sip & Savor at the Winter Wine Festival

Second Annual Winter Wine Festival

February 18th, 2012

12-6pm at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center
Escape to downtown Staunton’s Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center for an afternoon of fine Virginia wine tasting. Featuring over 18 Virginia wineries and local artisan fare, including:
  • Bluestone Vineyards
  • CrossKeys Vineyard
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • DeVault Vineyard
  • DuCard Vineyards
  • First Colony Vineyard
  • Flying Fox Vineyards
  • Foggy Ridge Cider
  • Jefferson Vineyards
  • Lexington Valley Vineyard
  • Lovingston Winery
  • Mountfair Vineyard
  • Ox-Eye Vineyards
  • Rebec Vineyard
  • Rockbridge Vineyards
  • Stone Mountain Vineyards
  • WindSong Winery
  • Wisteria Farm and Vineyard
  • Veritas Vineyard

Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advanced tickets are available now from the HSF Office and from several downtown Staunton locations: The Emporium, Bookworks, Blue Mountain Coffees, the Smith Center Museum Store, and the Wine Cellar.  OR online at www.HistoricStaunton.org.

Overnight package at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center includes two tickets, breakfast for two and parking  for $170.00. Space is very limited.

Staunton is for Lovers

It’s that time of year again and LOVE is in the air in Staunton!  Below are some great suggestions for you and your sweetheart… Dinner Anyone? Mockingbird is pulling out all the stops to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.  First they have converted their music hall into an elegant dining room with intimate … Continue reading Staunton is for Lovers

It’s that time of year again and LOVE is in the air in Staunton!  Below are some great suggestions for you and your sweetheart…

Dinner Anyone?

Mockingbird is pulling out all the stops to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.  First they have converted their music hall into an elegant dining room with intimate tables, white table clothes and candlelight. Kathy Walton Lafon will bring special love songs to the stage for a Valentine dinner delight.  Then they asked their chef to make a four course menu that anyone would love. Make your reservation now.  Space is very limited.  Four course dinners are just $35 per person.

Zynodoa’s Valentine’s Day dinner begins with baked Rappahannock River oysters on the half shell, setting the tone for an amorous evening. The menu then explores the seasonal bounty of forests and fields before concluding with the evening’s most tempting extravagance – a raspberry and chocolate bavarian cake with crème anglaise. To bring you this decadent dessert, Chef Harris is teaming up with one of the region’s most renowned European-style pastry chefs – Giancarlo Gnali.  Price is $75 per person, add wine pairing for an additional $35 pp.

Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center – dinner and jazz on Tuesday, February 14th from 5:00 – 9:00 in the Colonnade Ballroom.  A special 3 course dinner will be offerred for $39.00 pp (tax & gratuity extra)  Music will be performed by none other than the Jennifer Kirkland and Bert Carlson Jazz Duo.   This is a can’t miss event! Click here to view the menu. Call us at 540-885-4848 to reserve your table!

Byers Street Bistro’s special Valentine’s Day menu includes Chesapeake Oysters, Angus Grilled Ribeye, Red Velvet Cheesecake and more…yum!

Mill Street Grill celebrates Mardi Gras Jan. 30-Feb. 21 featuring Cajun specialties such as Oysters Rockefeller, Steak & Crawfish Creole, Crawfish Etouffee and more.  Live music on Feb. 15th by “Dixieland Jazz” with “Mill Street Ramblers” 7-9:30 p.m. AND on Feb. 21st – FAT TUESDAY by “Rhythm Road” 7-9:30 p.m.

Or Maybe a Show?

Champagne, Chocolate and Love Songs – a benefit for the Staunton Performing Arts Center

Valentine’s Day, February 14, 7:30

Starring Brian Holsopple and Diane Heavner singing your favorite love songs accompanied by Don Roe at the American Hotel Banquet Room, Staunton. Gourmet pastries, champagne, wine, and coffee will be served. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Call 540-885-3211 for reservations.

Philaster, Or Love Lies a-Bleeding

Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. OR Sunday, February 19, 2 p.m.

Blackfriars Playhouse
10 South Market Street
Staunton, VA  24401
(540) 851-1733 or Toll Free at (877) MUCH-ADO (877-682-4236)

Two love triangles dominate this beautiful, sexy, troubling, and surprising romance.  Two princes and a princess act recklessly, a king rules foolishly, and a curious youth loves hopelessly.  Loves lies bleeding in Beaumont and Fletcher’s dazzling fairy-tale for adults, but it does ultimately heal.

What About a Little Something for Your Sweetheart?

Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery has “Love Cakes” — small, thick homemade chocolates cakes in shape of a heart that serve two. When the cake is heated, the center gets all warm & gooey. As with everything at Cranberry ‘s,  Love Cakes have no trans fats nor high fructose corn syrup. And they can be accompanied by chocolate or vanilla locally-made gelato if you would like. Eat in or take out in a wrapped box as a gift.  It’s always good to call and reserve yours in advance. Available while supplies last.

Giancarlo’s Fine European Pastries will be creating edible chocolate boxes containing their fine handcrafted premium chocolates.  In addition, there will also be the small chocolate raspberry Bavarian bombe (cake) and luscious strawberries dipped in a premium dark chocolate.

Artists House B&B is offering a complimentary bottle of wine with a night’s stay for Valentine’s Day.

Crown Jewelers is having a Trollbead Valentine Trunk Show – Friday February 10th – Tuesday February 14th

Arthur’s Home Gallery is offering a fantastic selection of Valentine’s Day gift ideas from $5.00-$55.00.

Coming up soon…

2nd Winter Wine Festival – February 18th

Hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, enjoy samples from the state’s most accomplished vineyards and wineries.  With live music, door prizes and the finest wine the state of Virginia can offer, this is sure to be can’t miss event.

Advance tickets will be available through Historic Staunton Foundation for $12.00.  Overnight package including two tickets, breakfast for two and parking priced for $170.00. Space is very limited.


So Long 2011…10 Great Ideas for Ringing in the New Year!

When it comes to a special New Year’s Eve dinner date, you will be hard-pressed to make a choice in Staunton, an acclaimed foodie destination that is just as hip as it is historic. 1.) Zynodoa is rolling out the red carpet with their six-course Epicurean Adventure this New Year’s Eve. Known for their farm-to-table … Continue reading So Long 2011…10 Great Ideas for Ringing in the New Year!

When it comes to a special New Year’s Eve dinner date, you will be hard-pressed to make a choice in Staunton, an acclaimed foodie destination that is just as hip as it is historic.

1.) Zynodoa is rolling out the red carpet with their six-course Epicurean Adventure this New Year’s Eve. Known for their farm-to-table offerings, Zynodoa’s exclusive New Year’s Eve menu stays true to form with Virginia-raised trout, beef, oysters, and more. Expect to see award-winning Virginia wine available for pairing as well (additional $45). Make your reservation for either the 5 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. seating. $85 prix fixe.

Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center

2.) Should you care to stay the night, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel is just steps away. Ask for the hotel’s New Year’s Eve Epicurean Adventure package – which includes Zynodoa’s special event, a New Year’s Day breakfast for two in the hotel restaurant, late check-out, and complimentary parking. Book the night for a rate of $317 per couple (wine pairing not included).

3.) Always a crowd-pleaser, The Steel Wheels will be performing at Mockingbird Roots Music Hall on New Year’s Eve with their Independent Music Award-winning blues/bluegrass/old-time/fiddlin’ Americana sound. Enjoy a three-course dinner in the Music Hall, the concert, and a midnight champagne toast for $60 per person. Buy tickets online and call 540-213-8777 to make your Music Hall dining reservation.

4.) Mill Street Grill is offering good southern comfort food with your choice of pork loin, lamb, salmon, ribs, and more from 3 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Couples who enjoy a little entertainment after dinner will find these venues and artists quite appealing. Maybe this is the night that you do a little of this and a little that. You know, sample the town.  Everything’s walkable!

5.) Like to laugh and love the stage?  The American Shakespeare Center has a 7:30 p.m. showing of the hysterical, and often snarky, one-man show, The Santaland Diaries, based on National Public Radio’s David Sedaris and his real-life tale of being an unemployed actor/writer working as an elf in Macy’s department store in New York City. Mature content. Purchase tickets from $18 to $24.

Bryan Eijah Smith & The Wild Hearts

6.) The Pompei Lounge presents its 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with the Alternative-Americana set of Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover charge includes a champagne toast at midnight and face painting is free.

7.) Just down the street, Downtown 27 features the modern rock sounds of Maybe Tomorrow. For $75 per person, enjoy an appetizer, dinner and dessert, a non-alcoholic beverage, and entrance to the Back Bar. If you’d like to upgrade to the $90/person ticket, a table in Back Bar will be reserved for your party of four (no individual sales).

8.) The Darjeeling Cafe welcomes guests to their New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with “a four-course dinner, champagne, pretty clothes, great atmosphere …” all for $60 per person or $100 per couple and $15 per person with wine pairing.

9.) Baja Bean continues their annual Findells Rockin’ New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.  This is a rollicking fun time, attracting a fun and lively crowd, year after year.

Byers Street Bistro

10.) In the Wharf District, Byers Street Bistro welcomes The Snowbirds for their NYE Bash from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. If you love acoustic classic rock, this is your concert.

So what will you choose this New Year’s Eve? Cheers to a bountiful, engaging, and energetic 2012!

For more information about Staunton, please visit our web site at VisitStaunton.com.

Casey Higgins is a Shenandoah Valley girl residing in the Richmond area with her husband and two children. She writes for Virginia Tourism Corporation presenting travel ideas for families and couples, shining a light on hidden gems, and uncovering hometown delights. Follow her on Twitter at @jccjhiggins.

Shakespeare for the Holidays

Dress up and hit the playhouse this holiday season! American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA has scheduled some of William Shakespeare’s best works. Which is your favorite? Choose your show and then secure your accommodation. There are two Shakespeare-inspired properties you might enjoy.  The Schedule: Henry V – … Continue reading Shakespeare for the Holidays

Dress up and hit the playhouse this holiday season!

American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA has scheduled some of William Shakespeare’s best works. Which is your favorite? Choose your show and then secure your accommodation. There are two Shakespeare-inspired properties you might enjoy.

 The Schedule:

Henry V – November 9, 10, 13, 19, 25 – The story of England’s hero-king and of the greatest upset in European military history, Henry V is Shakespeare’s conclusion to his great history plays.

Hamlet – November 10, 12, 17, 18, 22, 23, 26 – Hamlet is a philosopher’s gold mine; but it’s also a ghost story, a comedy, a thriller, and a seven-murder tale of revenge.

The Tempest – November 17, 27 – Shakespeare’s final solo play is at once a moving fairy tale, a wondrous magic show, and a farewell to the stage that still defines our humanity.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – November 30 – Shakespeare’s mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind’s power of imagination.

The Winter’s Tale – December 3, 31 – Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone.

 Where to Stay:

The Bard’s Nest

The Bard’s Nest is the newest option for travelers to Staunton. In the heart of downtown, it’s a fresh, uniquely decorated space on the second floor of one of Staunton’s 1890′s buildings. Reminiscent of Shakespeare in name only, The Bard’s Nest has all of the comforts of home, and you don’t even have to cross the street once to get to the play! Rates from $125.

 Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is an authentic thatched cottage that appears to have come straight out of England. Old world accoutrements surround you, from English antiques to the 5,000-bulb garden, but don’t be misled to think there are no “new world” amenities. WiFi, a/c, and flat screen TV are included. Half the fun of this property is choosing your room. Will it be William’s, Romeo’s or Juliet’s room that suits you? Rates from $129 (or $119, if you’re last minute!).

Themed Eats:

Try the Blackfriars sandwich at The Pampered Palate or the Shakespearean pizza at Shenandoah Pizza.

 Special Package:

The Stonewall Jackson Hotel welcomes you to their historic halls with two tickets to a Shakespeare performance and breakfast. $185-$262, based upon availability.

Find additional events, dining, and more to enhance your trip at VisitStaunton.com.

– Courtesy of Casey Higgins at the Virginia Tourism Corporation
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BRAVO! Staunton Music Festival Attracts World-Class Musicians

The Staunton Music Festival, central Virginia’s most innovative classical music festival, presents “Summer Sounds,” a nine-day celebration of vocal, choral, and instrumental music performed by world-class American and European musicians. From Friday, August 19, through Saturday, August 27, historic Staunton comes alive with eight main-stage concerts and many FREE events, including pre-concert talks and daily … Continue reading BRAVO! Staunton Music Festival Attracts World-Class Musicians

The Staunton Music Festival, central Virginia’s most innovative classical music festival, presents “Summer Sounds,” a nine-day celebration of vocal, choral, and instrumental music performed by world-class American and European musicians.

From Friday, August 19, through Saturday, August 27, historic Staunton comes alive with eight main-stage concerts and many FREE events, including pre-concert talks and daily lunchtime concerts.  The Festival is known for its friendly atmosphere and adventurous, eclectic mix of classical music, from baroque masterpieces performed on period instruments to world premieres.

More than 40 musicians will perform in the festival, including world-class singers and instrumentalists from around the globe. They hail from Germany, Russia, Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Austria, France, and the United States.  They have played to audiences at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, and Carnegie Hall.

THE PROGRAM
The weeklong festival includes works by Strauss, Schubert, Kurtág, Liszt, Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Reger, Coria, Sibelius, Telemann, Schubert, Crumb, Yannelli, Dufay, Ravel, Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, Yannelli, Schubert, Strauss, Debussy, Biscardi, Rachmaninoff, Monteverdi, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Dvoják, Handel, and many more.

TICKETS
Main Stage concerts: $20 regular, $18 senior, $8 student, and  “pay-what you-will” for those 16 and under. All seats are unreserved. Doors open  one hour before the concert. Ticket information is online at http://www.stauntonmusicfestival.com.  All noon concerts are free, and music  lovers 16 and under attend evening concerts on a pay-what-you-will  basis, with the exception of the Gala (August 19) and Czech Letters, for which they pay student price if they wish a guaranteed seat.

Click here for Staunton Music Festival Dining & Lodging Specials!!

Summertime Blues

Do you have the Summertime Blues??  Then there’s no better time for the Summer Blues & Brews Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton!  This day-long festival includes ten blues acts, vendors, food and beverages.  Tickets are $22/person; children 7-12 yrs are $10/person; and 6 and under are FREE. WHEN:  Saturday, August 27th noon-10:00 … Continue reading Summertime Blues

Do you have the Summertime Blues??  Then there’s no better time for the Summer Blues & Brews Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton!  This day-long festival includes ten blues acts, vendors, food and beverages.  Tickets are $22/person; children 7-12 yrs are $10/person; and 6 and under are FREE.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 27th noon-10:00 p.m.

The Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center is also offering a Summer Blues & Brews Package.

For more Staunton information, please visit our web site www.VisitStaunton.com