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Staunton Architecture: The Five Historic Districts

As you look upward at Staunton’s buildings, you’re obviously looking at the handiwork of many men. Yet, one family of men contributed to the look and style of most of what you see. Architect T. J. Collins, his sons Will and Sam, and his grandson Joseph Johnson left an indelible mark on the architecture of the Queen City. … Continue reading Staunton Architecture: The Five Historic Districts

As you look upward at Staunton’s buildings, you’re obviously looking at the handiwork of many men. Yet, one family of men contributed to the look and style of most of what you see. Architect T. J. Collins, his sons Will and Sam, and his grandson Joseph Johnson left an indelible mark on the architecture of the Queen City.

Take a mini tour of the five historic districts in honor of Virginia Architecture Week.

historic beverley District

The center of downtown Staunton is the Beverley Historic District, an area found on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings here date between the 1870s and 1920s, with one as old as 1830. That building is home to Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery on S. New Street. Its previous uses include life as a laundry facility, taxi garage, print shop, and tailor’s studio. As you look up at the building, note the original stone still exposed on either side.

Perhaps Staunton’s most recognizable architectural feature is the clock tower at the corner of Beverley Street and Central Avenue, city center. The building and tower date to 1890 and originally housed the YMCA and all its athletic space. Indeed, a bowling alley, gym and track resided behind those walls! Today the first floor is the Clocktower Restaurant and Bar and the Clock Tower Convenience Store.

If the clock tower is Staunton’s most recognizable architectural gem, the 1896 Masonic Temple is the most imposing. Rising high above the rest of the skyline, the gable roof is quickly identifiable. In addition to its life as a Masonic Temple, the building houses Baja Bean Co., The Split Banana Co., and H. L. Lang & Co. Jewelers.

Stained Glass Skylight in the National Valley Bank

 The T. J. Collins-designed National Valley Bank building on West Beverley Street was built in 1903 and is quite distinct from other buildings in Staunton. It’s of the Beaux-Arts style and features ornate exterior carved limestone. The 10′ x 34′ stained glass skylight is the highlight inside!

One of the most beautiful buildings on New Street is the old Eakleton Hotel, now the R. R. Smith Center for History & Art. Designed by T. J. Collins in the French Second Empire style, the building boasts a series of three ornate iron balconies, arches, and mansard roof. The original windows are still intact in this 1894 structure that now houses the Staunton Augusta Art Center, the Augusta County Historical Society, and Historic Staunton Foundation.

Beverley Cigar Store

We’d be remiss to tell you about T. J. Collins and identify some of his genius without telling you where he drew his plans. On the Corner of Beverley and Augusta Streets is the distinguishable Marquis Building, notable for its rounded corner entrance and stone columns. The style is Romanesque Revival and the building is now home to the Beverley Cigar Store.

One of the youngest buildings in the Beverley Historic District is The Stonewall Jackson Hotel with its iconic neon sign atop the roof. The Colonial Revival was built in 1924 for $750,000, which would be close to a cool $10.5 million today. For perspective, 2005 hotel restoration, renovation and expansion came in at $21.5 million. Indeed, its the beauty that awaits inside that deserves nearly all of the attention. For example, guests are treated to a 1924 Wurlitzer Organ, believed to be the only remaining one of its kind. Additionally, the marble floors have been restored, and original features like the chandeliers and sconces remain in use.

Visit the R. R. Smith Center to pick up your copy of “A Self-Guided Tour of Staunton’s Historic Districts” at the Historic Staunton Foundation for more information on the Beverley Street Historic District and its 10 other notable buildings. Or to complete your virtual tour check out the Historic Staunton Foundation’s Flickr Account and see the other architectural treasures unique to downtown Staunton.

Check back each day as we continue our series on the Historic Districts of Staunton.

Beverley Historic District

An Alternative Spring Break: Five Road Cycling Excursions

Take a break from the hyped up tech world we live in with an alternative spring break. Fresh air renews the mind and spirit, and if we’re honest, we’re all probably overdue for an adventure.  There’s no need to worry about what you’re leaving behind. Staunton will keep you busy when you’re not out exploring, … Continue reading An Alternative Spring Break: Five Road Cycling Excursions


Take a break from the hyped up tech world we live in with an alternative spring break. Fresh air renews the mind and spirit, and if we’re honest, we’re all probably overdue for an adventure. 

There’s no need to worry about what you’re leaving behind. Staunton will keep you busy when you’re not out exploring, as it’s a key cultural center west of the Blue Ridge Parkway and east of the Allegheny Mountains. Staunton is 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.

EXCELLENT RIDES NEAR DOWNTOWN

The Perfect Loop is 15 miles beginning and ending in the city at Black Dog Bikes, your source for bicycle rentals and repairs. This loop is perfect for those who have a bit of biking experience and offers enough beauty and moderate climbs to keep the advanced rider content. Expect 835 feet of elevation change.

Heading south from the city, Arbor Hill-Stingy Hollow Loop is a little longer than Perfect Loop at 15.5 miles. The difficulty is about the same but does throw a gravel stretch and a gradual climb in for fun. The best part is the downhill coast back into the city. You’ll start and end at Black Dog Bikes for this ride. 

AWESOME COUNTRY BYWAYS

Stretch your ride a bit with a popular local route known as the Polyface Ride. You’ll start (and end) at Black Dog Bikes and head southwest toward the Alleghany Mountains. The prime attraction for this ride is Polyface Farm, a premier agricultural source for local restaurants and others across the Commonwealth. The ride is about 24 miles long and includes a gravel stretch that delivers you to Polyface. You can avoid that road and cut the trek down to about 20 miles, which in turn gives the route a beginner level rating.

Farther and bigger views await when you head out on the 31-mile Springhill Ridge Road Loop. Start near the duck pond at Gypsy Hill Park and head north. The course is a counter clockwise figure eight with rolling hills and a mostly downhill coast back into the city. For the distance, it’s considered to be an intermediate ride.

For the advanced cyclist, big mountain views and a distance of 45 miles await on the Badger Road Loop. This one also begins at the duck pond at Gypsy Hill Park but ventures northwest toward the Alleghany Mountains. Nice climbs equal nice descents, so the effort of this counter clockwise figure eight is absolutely worth the payoff. 

Prep, Eat, Sleep

Black Dog Bikes is your go-to for cycling equipment and repairs, not to mention tips for these routes and others!

Carb up for the day with a nutritious breakfast. We suggested Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, which also has a nice selection of easy-to-carry snacks for the road. Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares, Newtown Bakery and Nu-Beginning Farm Store are also worth a glance for breakfast.

After your grand excursion, toast the effort, the views, and the new memories at one of our downtown breweries. There are four to choose from. We have faith that you can experience them all.

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


> Find more great rides in the area by checking out Bike the Valley.

> See part one of this series: An Alternative Spring Break: Five Awesome Hikes

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.

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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.

Let us know what you love most about our coffee shops. We’ll watch for your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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.

Thanks so much to Eric Parker for sharing with us this beautiful photo he took at the vineyard on Saturday! We're…

Posted by Barren Ridge Vineyards on Monday, March 10, 2014

  • 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

– Other Lodging Options

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. 

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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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. 

>> Learn More About Woodrow Wilson

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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