Why You Need to Explore Downtown Staunton, VA

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find the charming small town, Staunton, Virginia. This historic town has it all— a vibrant arts scene, delectable restaurants, locally-owned boutiques, and picture-perfect architecture and scenery. Keep reading to learn about our favorite stops to make in downtown Staunton, VA.

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Our Favorite Spots in Downtown Staunton, VA

Delicious Dining 

Depot Grille

The Depot Grille is one of Staunton locals’ favorite places for steak and seafood. The classic tavern vibe and gorgeous bar top create a homey and old school atmosphere. 

Byers Street Bistro

This colorful, yet casual Bistro features indoor and outdoor seating. Their menu includes mouthwatering items, such as a Bacon Royale Burger and Cast Iron Salmon with citrus spiced rice.

The Shack

Dine at this funky and charming restaurant offering New American fare sourced from local farms throughout the Shenandoah Valley prepared by Chef Ian Boden.

Zynodoa Restaurant

Enjoy upscale, farm-to-table Southern cuisine at this eatery located in a historic building in beautiful downtown Staunton.

Superb Shopping

Staunton Antiques Center

This three-story store sells rare antiques, charming vintage goods, and contemporary artistic creations. Their vendors are continually updating their booths to provide you with new and exciting finds and seasonal offerings. 

Harmony Moon

This one of a kind shop was founded on the principles of simple living, health, wellness, mindfulness, and caring for the earth. They offer home and garden decor, as well as meditation classes.

 

Made; By the People, for the People

Located on Beverly Street, this quirky shop sells American-made artisan jewelry, crafts, clothing, and gifts.

Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery

Cranberry’s is the combination of a charming cafe and natural foods store located in the heart of Downtown Staunton. Explore the store and pick up some all-natural body care and locally-sourced organic food, such as locally-roasted coffee beans. 

Amazing Art & History

American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse

Whether you’re a theater fanatic, or if you’ve never seen a live play, you need to experience a show by Blackfriar’s Playhouse at the American Shakespeare Center. The American Shakespeare Center is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre—Blackfriar’s Playhouse. Year-round, artists perform at the playhouse and visitors from near and far travel to see these fantastic productions. 

Mary Baldwin University

Whether you are a prospective student, visiting loved ones, or just enjoying the natural beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center is conveniently located near Mary Baldwin University (a 2-minute drive or a 20-minute drive). This gorgeous university was created in 1842 and continues to attract visitors from near and far. 

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

During your visit to the historic city of Staunton, go back in time and learn about the life and times of our 28th President of the United States by visiting the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Throughout the museum, you can explore exhibits, including Wilson’s restored 1919 Pierce-Arrow Limousine, a World War I trench, authentic weapons and uniforms, and more! 

Stay in the Heart of All Things Staunton

Experience a historic slice of paradise at our boutique hotel, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center. The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center is a quick 3-minute drive from the excitement of downtown Staunton, VA, and exudes old-time charm while promising modern finishes, artful design, and superior hospitality. 

As you enter through our boutique hotel’s inviting entrance, you’ll fall in love with our grand, character-filled staircase. Throughout its restoration, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center has consciously blended architecture, design, and landscape to create a distinctly welcoming environment. Designed to inspire and awaken our guests, our historic hotel is punctuated by its ability to leave a “powerful, positive influence.”

The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center offers 49-beautifully designed guest rooms and suites with unmatched amenities and services. Our amenities include 24-hour concierge service, parking services, onsite dining, complimentary breakfast, a cozy outdoor cigar lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, luxury toiletries, and more. Take a look at our availability and start planning your next visit to the iconic town of Staunton. 

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