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Let’s Hear It For Moms!!

As you probably know, this Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day and if you haven’t made plans for your mom yet, not to worry…there’s still time!!  Get a reservation at one of your fave restaurants, see a show, OR even go on a FREE tour!! Mother’s Day Brunch Zynodoa  – At Zynodoa, treat your mother … Continue reading Let’s Hear It For Moms!!

As you probably know, this Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day and if you haven’t made plans for your mom yet, not to worry…there’s still time!!  Get a reservation at one of your fave restaurants, see a show, OR even go on a FREE tour!!

Mother’s Day Brunch

Zynodoa  – At Zynodoa, treat your mother to the best of the season. Chef James Harris is complementing the occasion with unforgettable food.  Spring has arrived, and Zynodoa’s kitchen is bursting with fresh new ingredients – menu highlights for Mother’s Day weekend include local asparagus soup, soft-shelled crabs, crab cakes, and spearmint ice cream. Also featuring specialty cocktails, infused with local herbs, and an extensive Virginia wine list.  Zynodoa serves inspired southern cuisine that is sourced from local and regional farms and artisan producers. Zynodoa is open Sunday, May 8, from 12 pm to 8 pm.

Taste of India – Taste of India is having a Mother’s Day Brunch with more than 25 items including lamb, chicken and seafood with a variety of vegetables for $10.95.  11am to 2:30pm.

Staunton GroceryChef Boden will be offering a special Mother’s Day 3 course prix fixe menu with multiple course offerings from 11am to 7pm on Sunday, May 8th.  Limited seating so please reserve now.  30 per person with optional paired wine / cocktails for 15.

Stonewall Jackson HotelChef Hamilton and his culinary staff are preparing a grand buffet brunch for Mother’s Day, the genuine hospitality of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel staff is sure to make it memorable for you and your guests.  Let them cook and do the clean up so you can enjoy your time with family and friends.

Kathy’s – Kathy’s is offering a special Mother’s Day buffet including roast beef, Virginia baked ham, roast turkey & dressing, assorted salads & vegetables, and more for $14.95. Reservations are requested for parties of 6 or more and seatings are at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm.

Byers Street Bistro – The Bistro, a long-time local favorite spot is also offering brunch.  Selections include Belgian Waffles, Filet Mignon Benedict, Tuscan Frittata, and more. 11am-2:30pm

See a Show

Measure for Measure at American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse in Downtown Staunton at 2pm.

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. — II.i

Shakespeare’s electrifying exploration of the arrogance of power hovers tantalizingly between comedy and tragedy. Measure stares unblinkingly into the way we confuse lust and love, goodness and self-righteousness.

FREE Tours!

Staunton Guided Tours Mothers are free on Saturday, May 7 for the Narrated Trolley Tour at 11am when accompanied by a paying adult.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & MuseumIn recognition of President Woodrow Wilson proclaiming the first Mothers’ Day in 1914, all mothers will be admitted free-of-charge on Sunday, May 8th 12-5pm. Enjoy engaging guided tours of Wilson’s birthplace, a beautiful pre-Civil War manse.  Explore the Woodrow Wilson Museum where his Pierce-Arrow limousine is a highlight, journey through the new World War I trench exhibit complete with lights and battle sounds, and explore the interactive Kids’ Corner. Stroll through the beautiful Victorian garden, and discover unique gifts at the President’s Shop.

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

Dining Out Is In! Staunton Posts Big Gains with Restaurant Week

Staunton’s inaugural Restaurant Week featured 10 Staunton establishments and thousands of hungry diners looking for a good deal. Modeled on similar events in Charlottesville and other larger cities, Restaurant Week offered seven days of good food and good fun.  During the week, diners ordered off special three-course, prix-fixe menus. It’s too early to know the … Continue reading Dining Out Is In! Staunton Posts Big Gains with Restaurant Week

Staunton’s inaugural Restaurant Week featured 10 Staunton establishments and thousands of hungry diners looking for a good deal.

Modeled on similar events in Charlottesville and other larger cities, Restaurant Week offered seven days of good food and good fun.  During the week, diners ordered off special three-course, prix-fixe menus.

It’s too early to know the full economic impact of Restaurant Week, but all signs point to a big success. 2,066 prix-fixe dinners were sold over seven days.

“Restaurant Week 2011 went very well,” Wagner says. “It got people thinking about choosing Staunton as a dining destination. It raised the city’s visibility, especially among people in other communities who might not normally have us on their radar screen for eating out.”

Economic impact numbers are still being crunched, but preliminary sales reports show a spike in restaurant revenue during the week of March 21-27.  Jeff Ramsey of the Bistro reports that his restaurant was up 36.24% in sales during the week compared to the same time last year.

Local residents and those of surrounding towns took advantage of the prix-fixe deals, reportedly driving to Staunton from well outside the immediate area, including Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Northern Virginia. “Culinary tourism is a huge, huge deal,” says Sheryl Wagner, Director of Tourism. “Higher traffic in restaurants means higher traffic in other downtown establishments – including hotels, retail stores and theaters. It’s a boost for the local economy.”

A poll of the restaurateurs who attended the wrap-up meeting indicated that overall, they were both surprised by the turnout and pleased by the opportunity to attract new customers to Staunton.

Zynodoa opened up all seven days of the week, and was booked solid every night. “We saw a high percentage of new customers, including many people who came from Charlottesville and Richmond, and we regarded it as an excellent opportunity to showcase what we do best,” says Jeff Goode of Zynodoa. “Sales were very strong all week long.”

“We were a little skeptical at first that Restaurant Week would succeed, but business was great – we were up the whole week and we’ll definitely participate again,” says Ian Boden of Staunton Grocery.

Chris Signore of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel said, “Restaurant Week gave us a lot of exposure – especially to people who didn’t even know we had a restaurant.”

It’s all part of a long term strategy to put Staunton on the map for foodies. Visitors tend to associate Staunton with history, architecture, and the arts.  But in recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in the city’s culinary offerings.

“Restaurant Week gives Staunton the opportunity to showcase its recent successes, such as being singled out as ‘one of the country’s best-kept foodie secrets’ in the March issue of Baltimore Magazine and as “a foodie dream town” in this month’s Southern Living, says Wagner.

Asked about what the organizers learned from their first Restaurant Week, Wagner says, “the promotion was a big success, but it was put together fairly quickly.  Next year, we’ll promote it well in advance and target Richmond and Northern Virginia audiences.”

Participating Restaurants included:
·      Baja Bean Company
·      Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery
·      Byers Street Bistro
·      Emilio’s Italian Restaurant
·      Mockingbird Artisan Fare & Roots Music
·      Mill Street Grill
·      Sorrel’s Dining at the Stonewall Jackson
·      Staunton Grocery
·      Taste of India
·      Zynodoa

The Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Staunton Downtown Development Association sponsored Staunton Restaurant Week.

Staunton Restaurant Week

Eat, Drink, & Be Thrifty. Staunton Restaurant Week, March 21-27. Mark your calendars to make the rounds at participating restaurants during Staunton’s first ever RESTAURANT WEEK.  Dedicated website is StauntonYum.com.  Prix Fixe menu…enjoy appetizer, entrée & dessert for $15-$20-$25, with $1 of each meal going to The Valley Mission.   PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: Baja Bean Company … Continue reading Staunton Restaurant Week

Eat, Drink, & Be Thrifty. Staunton Restaurant Week, March 21-27. Mark your calendars to make the rounds at participating restaurants during Staunton’s first ever RESTAURANT WEEK.  Dedicated website is StauntonYum.com.  Prix Fixe menu…enjoy appetizer, entrée & dessert for $15-$20-$25, with $1 of each meal going to The Valley Mission.

 

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS:

Baja Bean Company

Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery

Byers Street Bistro

Emilio’s Italian Restaurant

Mockingbird Artisan Fare & Roots Music

Mill Street Grill

Sorrel’s Dining at the Stonewall Jackson

Staunton Grocery

Taste of India

Zynodoa

All That Jazz!!

Shenandoah Concerts and ShenanArts present An Evening of Jazz. Spend a winter night relaxing with the smooth sounds of jazz! The S.P.L.A.A.A.T. Quintet ensemble will open an unforgettable evening. Chaise Lounge completes the evening–a combination of five of the Washington area’s top jazz musicians playing sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes and featuring the … Continue reading All That Jazz!!

Shenandoah Concerts and ShenanArts present An Evening of Jazz. Spend a winter night relaxing with the smooth sounds of jazz! The S.P.L.A.A.A.T. Quintet ensemble will open an unforgettable evening. Chaise Lounge completes the evening–a combination of five of the Washington area’s top jazz musicians playing sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes and featuring the soft, luminous vocals of Marilyn Older. Chef Drew Buzik, who has been cooking professionally for over 20 years, will present a tasting of hors d’oeuvres — included in your ticket price of $25/person.

WHAT:   An Evening of Jazz

WHEN:   Saturday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  nTelos Theater

300 Churchville Ave.
Staunton, VA

 

 

All You Need Is Love…

It’s all about love in Staunton and here are a few ideas to make Valentine’s Day truly unforgettable! The Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center is launching a new package designed for wine and history lovers. In partnership with the Historic Staunton Foundation, the 1st Annual Winter Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, February, … Continue reading All You Need Is Love…

It’s all about love in Staunton and here are a few ideas to make Valentine’s Day truly unforgettable!

The Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center is launching a new package designed for wine and history lovers. In partnership with the Historic Staunton Foundation, the 1st Annual Winter Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, February, 19th from 11am-6pm. The event will offer tastings from Virginia’s most accomplished vineyards and wineries and includes live music, door prizes and a great package rate.

Your overnight package includes:

  • Admittance for two to the Festival
  • Overnight accommodations for two
  • Breakfast for two
  • Self parking
  • Priced at $155.00 + tax

Shakespeare in Love Package (for the entire month of February)

  • One night’s stay at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
  • Two tickets to a Blackfriars Playhouse performance
  • Two tickets to a Blackfriars Plahouse tour
  • Dinner at Zynodoa Restaurant ($100 value)
  • Priced at $290 + tax ($390 + tax for two nights)

Staunton Choral Gardens B&B Valentine’s Day Package

  • Stay in a spacious suite
  • Friday night welcome reception in the Main Inn 5:00-7:00pm
  • $50 gift certificate for dinner Friday evening
  • Two tickets to a Blackfriars Playhouse performance
  • $50 gift certificate for dinner Saturday evening
  • If you stay Sunday night, enjoy an hour-long couples’ massage
  • Multi-course gourmet breakfast every morning
  • $525 + tax for Friday & Saturday night stay
  • $795 + tax for Friday, Saturday & Sunday night stay

Events:

Staunton Grocery Valentine’s Day Four Course Dinner

Share this Valentine’s weekend with your loved ones and The Staunton Grocery.  They will be offering their regular dinner menu as well as a supplemental four course tasting Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th.  Or Join them on Valentine’s Day, Monday February 14th, for an intimate dinner for two, where they will exclusively serve their tasting menu. Reserve by phone or online.

Food is Love at Zynodoa

Zynodoa is open extended hours for Valentines Weekend.  From Friday, February 11th through Monday, February 14th, we will be supplementing our regular a la carte dinner menu with a romantic four-course tasting menu that is meant to be shared.  Highlights include Oysters Rockefeller, Coq au Vin, and Chocolate Cannoli.  Each Valentines dinner for two comes with a fresh long stem rose for her.  Reserve now 540.885.7775.

Victorian Valentine’s Day Celebration – Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

Join in the fun at the “Victorian Valentine’s Day Celebration” at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum on Saturday, February 5.  Hear stories of “American Girl” character Samantha Parkington’s exciting adventures growing up at the turn-of-the-century, including the making of Victorian Valentines. Participants will make Valentine crafts, play Victorian games, and attend a special Valentine’s Tea Party. The “Victorian Valentine’s Day Celebration” is not endorsed by, or affiliated with, American Girl Brands, L.L.C.  Participants are invited to bring any doll for the event that they would like. For girls ages 7-10.  Reservations required, and two sessions will be offered, 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  $20 per child.  Call (540) 885-6202 to register.  11 North Coalter Street, Staunton.

Staunton Performing Arts Center presents Champagne, Chocolate & Song

A Valentine’s Day performance featuring Liz Leone and Colton Berry including designer desserts and luscious libations to benefit the Staunton Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $30, RESERVATIONS ONLY 540.885.3211. Monday, February, 14th 7:30-10:30pm at The American Hotel.

Firelight Friday featuring Jennifer Kirkland and Bert Carlson

An evening of wine, friends and jazz at Barren Ridge Vineyards. Friday, February 18th 7-10 p.m.

1st Annual Winter Wine Festival at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Saturday, February 19th 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Love – Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ring in the New Year!

Have you made plans for New Year’s Eve yet?  There are several options in Staunton this year… The Frontier Culture Museum’s New Year’s Eve Gala at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center – $200/couple includes buffet, open bar, music, dancing and a champagne toast! Ultra-Local Ultra-Live New Year’s Eve Event at Zynodoa and Blackfriars … Continue reading Ring in the New Year!

Have you made plans for New Year’s Eve yet?  There are several options in Staunton this year…

  1. The Frontier Culture Museum’s New Year’s Eve Gala at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center – $200/couple includes buffet, open bar, music, dancing and a champagne toast!
  2. Ultra-Local Ultra-Live New Year’s Eve Event at Zynodoa and Blackfriars Playhouse – $75/person ($30 extra with wine pairing) includes a 4-course prix-fixe menu at Zynodoa with seatings at 7:30 and 8:00 p.m.  At 10:00 p.m., make your way to  Blackfriars for the Actors Music Concert.  The concert is pay-what-you-will ($25 adult/$10 student suggested donation.)
  3. New Year’s Eve Four Course Dinner at Staunton Grocery – Chef Boden will be offering a sparkling wine reception, full dinner menu, bar menu, and a special four course tasting with optional hand-selected wine pairings – $75/adult, $95 with wine. Seatings will be available 5:30-9:00 p.m.
  4. New Year’s Eve Celebration at Mockingbird: Dinner & a Show – $50/person includes a three course dinner created by Chef Parish, a performance by Peyton Tochterman with Gary Green, Darrell Muller, and Andy Thacker. Complimentary champagne toast included.
  5. New Year’s Eve Party with Maybe Tomorrow at Downtown 27 – $45/person includes a three course dinner and champagne option plus guaranteed entry to see the performance by Maybe Tomorrow.  Just come to the concert for $15/person.
  6. New Year’s Eve “Masquerade Ball” with Brian Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts at Pompeii Lounge – 8:00 p.m.  Limited menu will be served and reservations are not required.
  7. New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with the Findells at Baja Bean at 9:00 p.m.
  8. New Year’s Eve Bash with the Brian Patrick Band at Byers Street Bistro at 9:00 p.m.

Whew!  So much to do, so little time!  Whatever you decide to do this NYE, please remember to be safe, use a designated driver, and have fun.  From all of us at the Staunton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau….HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Local gift buying

Experience Staunton Why not give a gift of experiencing Staunton this holiday season?  Tickets to a show – Blackfriars Playhouse is the only recreation in the world of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre and offers performances throughout the year.  This isn’t your grandmother’s Shakespeare, so be prepared for what the Washington Post calls, “Shamelessly Entertaining!”  Mockingbird Roots … Continue reading Local gift buying

Experience Staunton

Why not give a gift of experiencing Staunton this holiday season?  Blackfriars Playhouse

Tickets to a show – Blackfriars Playhouse is the only recreation in the world of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre and offers performances throughout the year.  This isn’t your grandmother’s Shakespeare, so be prepared for what the Washington Post calls, “Shamelessly Entertaining!”  Mockingbird Roots Music Hall features roots music in an intimate, comfortable “listening room.”  Local and nationally renowned musicians perform a wide array of acoustic music – from blues to bluegrass, folk to old time, Celtic to Cajun, or alternative country to mountain music.   See a movie at one of Staunton’s independent movie houses Visulite Cinema or Dixie Theater.

A gift for the history buff on your list may include tickets for a tour of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum or the  Frontier Culture Museum or a guided tour by Staunton Guided Tours.

 

For that artistic friend or family member, get them certificates for a glassblowing workshop or “Blow Your Own Ornament” session at Sunspots Glassblowing Studios, maybe even an art instruction class at Beverley Street Studio School in downtown Staunton.

So, give a Staunton gift this year. Whether it’s learning to paint or a musical performance at Mockingbird, your gift recipient will certainly come away with a great experience.  Happy Holidays from the Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau!