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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.

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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.

– Dining
– Wine & Beer Tastings
– Arts & Culture

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!

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 #5b: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #5b: American Shakespeare Center’s 2017/18 Season    The 2017/18 Artistic Year features seven plays by William Shakespeare: • Much Ado about Nothing • Love’s Labour’s Lost • The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3) • Macbeth • The Taming of the Shrew • Hamlet • The Life and Death of Richard II … Continue reading REASON #5b: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #5b: American Shakespeare Center’s 2017/18 Season
  
The 2017/18 Artistic Year features seven plays by William Shakespeare:

Much Ado about Nothing
Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3)
Macbeth
The Taming of the Shrew
Hamlet
The Life and Death of Richard II

Also included in the 2017/18 Season:

  • Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice
  • Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
  • Equivocation by Bill Cain
  • Antonio’s Revenge by John Marston
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

    The holiday favorite A Christmas Carol returns and is joined by the family-friendly Every Christmas Carol Ever Told (And Then Some!)

    For all the details visit American Shakespeare Center’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

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