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Learn more about how to make the most of your time at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, from our very favorite places in charming Downtown Staunton to the must-see highlights on our list of regional attractions.

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Top Staunton Wineries to Visit This Summer

Welcome summer with a weekend of wine and relaxation in Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley. The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center is the perfect place to make your “home base” as you explore the beautiful wineries we have to offer in our local area. View our top picks for wineries near Staunton in the blog below to start planning your stay.

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Top Staunton Wineries to Visit This Summer

Welcome summer with a weekend of wine and relaxation in Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley. The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center is the perfect place to make your “home base” as you explore the beautiful wineries we have to offer in our local area. View our top picks for wineries near Staunton in the blog below to start planning your stay.

Ox-Eye Vineyards

Distance from The Blackburn: 3-minute drive

If you’re looking to explore downtown, Ox-Eye Vineyards is your Staunton winery of choice. This winery is located in the Historic Wharf District of Downtown Staunton.

In 1999, the Kiers family planted two acres of grapevines that have now grown to 23 acres. The grapes were sold to other wineries for a decade before the family built their own winery in 2010.

Come enjoy wine that’s bottled entirely from their estate along with cheese, fresh bread, and spreads in their tasting room. Visit here to learn more.

Barren Ridge Vineyards

Distance from The Blackburn: 15-minute drive

Barren Ridge is another great pick for wineries near Staunton. It provides a classic vineyard feel with open spaces and mountain views. They take advantage of the earth the vineyard sits on and cultivate the soil’s flavor for a more crisp and austere wine.

Tasting is performed in a converted rustic and cozy apple-packing barn. You can’t help but feel calm and relaxed as you enter the property. Both the tasting list and flights rotate based on weekly availability. However, the staff prioritizes diversity (white, red, dry sweet, etc.), so you can always find something to your liking at this Staunton winery.

You can also pair your selections with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and fresh baguettes. This will allow you to enhance the flavor of both the food and beverage. Visit here to learn more.

Veritas Vineyards and Winery

Distance from The Blackburn: 27-minute drive

The best words to describe Veritas Vineyards and Winery are “classic” and “refined.” Dive into the world of wine with Veritas where they use old-world principles of viticulture and vinification — along with state-of-the-art technology — to make delicious wine.

The name “Veritas” is derived from Roman historian Pliny the Elder’s observation, “In vino veritas.” This means “In wine there is truth.”

Veritas offers three different tasting options to choose from – each with their own unique experience. The tasting room kitchen provides a variety of appetizing bites such as sandwiches, salads, and charcuterie and cheese plates. You can also bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. Visit here to learn more.

Final Thoughts

After a day at a Staunton winery, treat yourself with a spa service at The Blackburn. Our brand-new, full-service spa is the best place for a facial, manicure, or massage in Staunton, VA. Can you think of a better way to spend a day than sipping good wine and then relaxing back at The Blackburn?

For more food & drink recommendations, click here for a custom getaway guide. Ready to book your getaway? Start planning your trip here today.

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Biking in Staunton, VA, Is an Adventure You Need to Experience

Looking for your next adventure? Try exploring the scenic Shenandoah Valley on two wheels! Our pastoral landscapes and charming downtown, make Staunton a great biking destination where you’ll have access to many excursions throughout the surrounding Shenandoah Valley and Allegheny Mountains. Check out our favorite on-and-off road cycling routes.

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Biking in Staunton, VA, Is an Adventure You Need to Experience

Looking for your next adventure? Try exploring the scenic Shenandoah Valley on two wheels! Our pastoral landscapes and charming downtown, make Staunton a great biking destination where you’ll have access to many excursions throughout the surrounding Shenandoah Valley and Allegheny Mountains. Check out our favorite on-and-off road cycling routes.

Where to Bike in Staunton, VA

Explore the Best Trails for Bike Riding

Staunton Bike Trails

  • Staunton Polyface Ride (23 miles) – This ride gives you an excellent view of charming Staunton neighborhoods, as well as the rural countryside to the west. You’ll see views of farmland complete with cows and sheep and gorgeous rolling hills.
  • Staunton Frog Pond Smoky Row (22 miles) – This route travels through scenic areas both east and west of Staunton. It includes a combination of sustained climbs and downhill glides. The ride begins and ends in downtown Staunton, where you can grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink to recover.
  • Staunton Badger Road Loop (45 miles) – This local ride is slightly more challenging and features two dramatic climbs. However, the outstanding sights of the Blue Ridge Mountains make it worth it.

Mountain Bike Trails Near Staunton

  • The Southern Traverse (36 miles) – This route weaves through the George Washington National Forest and contains ascents of over 3000 feet. You’ll ride along the ridge of Shenandoah Mountains, as well as along peaceful country roads.
  • Reddish Knob (19 miles) – Although it’s only 19 miles long, this is an advanced-level ride. You’ll climb 2900 feet up a ridge where you’ll be greeted with unparalleled views of the Shenandoah Valley to the east and West Virginia to the west.
  • Shenandoah National Park – You can enjoy mountain biking along Skyline Drive and on paved areas in the park. However, cycling is not permitted on trails, unpaved roads, or grassy areas. You can find picturesque views at any time of the year when you visit, but you’ll experience the true beauty of Shenandoah National Park when you visit during autumn, and fall foliage is at its peak.

Learn more about trails to go cycling in Staunton, VA, on the Staunton Visitor Bureau website or at Bike the Valley.

Ride With Top-Notch Equipment
Located in downtown Staunton, you’ll find your biking headquarters, Black Dog Bikes. This professional bike shop has been around since 2005, providing repair, service, accessories, and advice. They offer a wide range of bikes for adults and children at any level.

Bike Like a Local 
If you don’t want to travel with your bikes, visit the front desk to rent our signature blue cruisers. Explore our historic downtown on two wheels with a full-day rental, two reusable water bottles, house-made trail mix, hand sanitizer and a brochure of recommended attractions that you must see when visiting Staunton, VA.

The Best Accommodations in Staunton
The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center exudes old-time charm while promising modern finishes, artful design, and superior hospitality. Our tranquil hotel is located just minutes from exciting downtown and delectable restaurants. We’re proud to provide our guests with opulent amenities, such as 24-concierge service, complimentary breakfast served daily, access to our pristine fitness center, and in-room luxury toiletries.

Here at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center, our accommodations come in an array of sizes, so you’re sure to find exactly what you need. Our Deluxe Queen Rooms are outfitted with a plush queen-sized bed, lounge seats, a writing desk, a hospitality center with a mini-fridge, and a spacious bathroom. When you stay here, you’re sure to enjoy a solid night’s rest, especially after an adventure-filled day biking in Staunton, VA. To begin planning your trip, check our availability, and find the perfect guest room for you. We can’t wait to host you!

 

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See the Town in a Whole New Way at Staunton, VA, Museums

The quaint, serene town of Staunton, Virginia, boasts a wealth of historically significant things to do and see. The area is pouring with museums, playhouses, art galleries, and unique architecture. Keep reading to learn about our most highly recommended Staunton, VA, museums and historical attractions.

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See the Town in a Whole New Way at Staunton, VA, Museums

The quaint, serene town of Staunton, Virginia, boasts a wealth of historically significant things to do and see. The area is pouring with museums, playhouses, art galleries, and unique architecture. Keep reading to learn about our most highly recommended Staunton, VA, museums and historical attractions.

The Two Best Staunton, VA, Museums

Here are our picks for the best Staunton, VA, museums and historical attractions!

1. Frontier Culture Museum
Only an 8-minute drive from The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center.

The Frontier Culture Museum is a living history museum that tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America during the 1600s and 1700s. They traveled great distances from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and more. These early immigrants created a life here for themselves and created American folk culture from the blending of European, African, and indigenous peoples. Be sure to check out the West African Farm Exhibit, which is now open to visitors. At this exhibit, you’ll learn about the African captives who were brought to the American colonies and how they carried knowledge and skills with them that they passed on to the early Americans.

Annual Special Events:

  • Spring Lecture Days – March
  • Wool Week – April
  • May Fair – May
  • Oktoberfest – October
  • Archaeology Day – October
  • Christmas Fair – November
  • Lantern Tours – December

Plan Your Trip
The Frontier Culture Museum is open seven days a week, 360 days each year. Ticket prices vary depending on age:

  • Adult: $12.00
  • Senior: $11.50
  • Student (ages 13-college): $11.00
  • Child (ages 6-12): $7.00
  • Children Under Age 6: Free

2. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
Only a 2-minute drive from The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center.

Go back in time at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum and learn about the life and times of our 28th president. This complex is located in historic downtown Staunton and contains the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, known as the “Manse,” which is now a museum. Explore the galleries throughout the museum and discover the fascinating history of Wilson’s early years, his eventful presidency, suffrage, prohibition, and World War I. There is also a research library, gift shop, and picturesque gardens on site.

Annual Special Events:

  • Party in the Garden – June
  • Woolly Weekend – October
  • December Education Station: Holiday Traditions – December
  • Coffee with the Curator – throughout the year
  • Wilson and Slavery Tour – throughout the year

Plan Your Trip
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is open seven days a week and closed for major holidays. Ticket prices vary depending on age:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Senior: $14.00
  • Active Military: $14.00
  • Child (ages 6-15): $8.00
  • Sales end in 21 hours
  • Children under 6: Free

Additional Staunton, VA, Museums and Historical Attractions

The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center Is Your Historical Slice of Paradise

If you’re a history buff, there’s no better place to stay in Staunton than The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center when you’re visiting Staunton, VA, museums. This building was formerly the Main Administration Building for the Old Western State Hospital, which was constructed between 1825 and 1828. Since then, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center officially opened in June 2018 as Virginia’s newest luxury boutique hotel. The development team was able to maintain many of its architectural features, including the signature spiral staircase, classical arches, hardwood pine floors, and traditional fireplaces. They managed to do all this while creating 49 unique guest rooms, an art gallery, and an intimate on-site restaurant.

Our convenient location keeps you close to all of the best things to do in Staunton. From the Shenandoah National Park to wineries to holiday attractions, you’ll be in the heart of it all!

Elect to stay in one of our Cozy Queen Rooms, an intimate and thoughtfully designed accommodation that is perfect for achieving optimal relaxation. Our Cozy Queen Rooms balance old-world charm with modern comforts. Each room features a single queen bed, an expansive writing desk, and a dreamy bathroom with tall ceilings, a rain shower, a lighted vanity mirror, and plush, oversized bath sheets. Enjoy complimentary luxuries such as toiletries, breakfast, and Wi-Fi to comfort you throughout your stay. Are you ready to have the time of your life in Staunton? Check our availability now and start planning your trip!

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Your Guide to the Best Things To Do in Staunton, VA, with Kids

For parents looking for a fun getaway that mixes adventure and recreation with education we’ve got the trip for you! Staunton, Virginia is filled with culturally enriching museums and attractions that will keep your crew engaged and asking lots of questions!

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Your Guide to the Best Things To Do in Staunton, VA, with Kids

For parents looking for a fun getaway that mixes adventure and recreation with education we’ve got the trip for you! Staunton, Virginia is filled with culturally enriching museums and attractions that will keep your crew engaged and asking lots of questions!

Check Out These Things To Do in Staunton, VA, with Kids

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Go back in time and learn about the life and times of our 28th President, Woodrow Wilson, at his birthplace home. After your guided tour, visit the museum featuring seven exhibit galleries. Highlights include an interactive World War I trench, Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow Limousine, and historic gardens.

Frontier Culture Museum

One of our favorite nearby museums is The Frontier Culture Museum. This living history museum tells the story of our country’s earliest settlers who migrated from the Old World to colonial America and the life they created in the Shenandoah Valley. Families can take a self-guided tour visiting original farmsteads from England, Ireland, Germany, and America as well as reproduced villages representing West Africans and Native Americans. Costumed interpreters give hands-on demonstrations of weaving, farming, blacksmithing, and cooking as well as tell intriguing stories of their homeland.

Grand Caverns

Have you ever explored a natural limestone cavern? The Grand Caverns in Virginia is the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States and is one of the region’s natural wonders. Staying at a cool 54 degrees, this cavern is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The cave is made of Cambrian limestone and is known for its cave shields, stalactites, and stalagmites. There are two tours to choose from that are both sure to satisfy the adventurer at heart.

Gypsy Hill Park
When you’re spending the day exploring downtown Staunton, you’ll be within walking distance of Gypsy Hill Park. This sprawling 214-acre multi-use recreational destination has everything you need for a day full of outdoor excitement. For the younger ones, we recommend touring the duck pond where you can feed the swans, ducks, and fish along with taking a ride on the miniature train, The Gypsy Express. The older kids will like cruising along the play street on their bikes or scooters or try out the skate park. Gypsy Hill Park also features a fishing lake, golf course, community pool, picnic tables/pavilions, baseball fields, basketball courts, and more.

American Shakespeare Center

No visit to Staunton is complete without a stop at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse. The Playhouse is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre, and people travel from near and far to see award-winning performances which range from Shakespearean classics to newer and contemporary plays. Short on time and can’t see a production? Take a backstage tour and learn about Shakespeare’s staging conditions, Elizabethan history, and much more!

Stay With Us at The Blackburn
The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center is the best place for you to stay during your Staunton vacation. We offer many top-notch accommodations, but our Queen Suites are ideal for traveling families. These suites feature a bedroom, living area, and pristine bathroom. Guests can rest their heads on the queen-sized bed or comfortable sleeper sofa.

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Washington, D.C., to Staunton, VA: How to Have the Best Trip Ever

Are you in dire need of an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city? If you want to embrace the charm and picturesque scenery of an amazing city, then you need to take a trip from Washington, D.C., to Staunton, VA. The distance between Washington and Staunton is only about 160 miles. We’ve outlined the best travel options for you. Plus, some ideas on how to spend your time once you arrive!

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Washington, D.C., to Staunton, VA: How to Have the Best Trip Ever

Are you in dire need of an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city? If you want to embrace the charm and picturesque scenery of an amazing city, then you need to take a trip from Washington, D.C., to Staunton, VA. The distance between Washington and Staunton is only about 160 miles. We’ve outlined the best travel options for you. Plus, some ideas on how to spend your time once you arrive!

How to Get From Washington, D.C., to Staunton, VA

By Car
The cheapest and most convenient way to travel from Washington, D.C., to Staunton is driving on the open road. The drive only takes about two and a half hours and will get you to The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center in no time. You’ll follow I-66 W and I-81 to US-250 W/Richmond Avenue in Virginia. Then, take Exit 222 from I-81 S and follow US-250 W/Richard Avenue to The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center.

Explore Along the Way
Hours of operations for suggested itinerary stops below may vary. Please contact the venue(s) of interest directly in advance of your travel plans.

There’s an array of fascinating pitstops to make along your drive. Some of our favorites include:

  • Route 11 Potato Chip Factory – Make a pit stop at the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory to catch a glimpse of how these yummy snacks are made.
  • Museum of the Shenandoah Valley – This museum in Winchester, VA, is dedicated to preserving and enriching the cultural life and heritage of the Shenandoah Valley. Its fascinating collections feature decorative arts, ceramics, silver, textiles, and more.
  • Factory Antique Mall – Stop at the Factory Antique Mall in Verona, VA, and find a one of a kind treasure. It’s the largest antique mall in America!

By Train
Traveling by train from Washington to Staunton is easily the most relaxing and aesthetically pleasing way to take the trip. You’ll gaze at views of stunning natural beauty, including rolling pastures, Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Shenandoah Valley. Purchase a train ticket from Washington Union Station and head to the Staunton Train Station. The trip will take a little under four hours.

By Bus
Taking a bus from Washington, D.C., to the Blackburn Inn is also affordable and relaxing. We recommend purchasing bus tickets aboard The Virginia Breeze. The Virginia Breeze is an intercity bus service connecting Blacksburg, Virginia, with Union Station in Washington, D.C. The daily route includes several stops throughout the Shenandoah Valley, and the Staunton stop is at Martin’s Foods on Richmond Avenue.

By Air

If you prefer to travel via plane, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is conveniently located 23 minutes away from The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center. Purchase your plane ticket to Staunton, hop on a flight at the Dulles International Airport, and you’ll land in Virginia in less than an hour! Once you make your way off the plane, head over to the car rental department and rent a vehicle to help you explore Staunton.

How to Enjoy Your Getaway From Washington, D.C.

Local Wine Tastings
Staunton sits in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, surrounded by agriculturally rich fields, farms, and vineyards. During your visit to this charming city, dive into its culture, and visit a local winery. There are a plethora of wineries in the area, and some of our favorites include Ox-Eye Vineyards and Barren Ridge Vineyards.

Exploring in Shenandoah National Park
Virginia is a magical, outdoor oasis unlike any other. During your stay here, you must visit Shenandoah National Park. There are a plethora of ways to enjoy your day in the park, including driving the iconic Skyline Drive, hiking to unbelievable overlooks, and dining with a view at one of the several impressive dining options in the park. If you ever have to chance to visit Staunton during autumn, a trip to see the remarkable fall foliage at Shenandoah National Park must be on your to-do list.

Go Back in Time at a Museum
Our town boasts a wealth of historically significant things to do and see. The area is pouring with museums, playhouses, art galleries, and unique architecture. Some of our most highly recommended Staunton museums and historical attractions include the American Shakespeare Center and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

Stay in the Heart of Staunton at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center
As you embark on your getaway from Washington, D.C., to Staunton, VA, experience a beautiful, relaxing slice of paradise at our boutique hotel, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center. Our hotel’s conveniently central location offers you easy access to the best things to do in Staunton.

The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center features 49 beautifully designed accommodations, merging modern and historic expressions with elegant touches noted throughout the design, such as barn-style doors in oversized bathrooms and intricate architectural features. Our Deluxe Queen Rooms feature a plush queen bed, lounge seats, a writing desk, and a hospitality center with a mini-fridge. Please take a look at our availability and find the room that perfectly suits your needs. We can’t wait to have you!

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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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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.

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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You Need to Experience Hiking in Staunton, VA

People travel from near and far to gaze at the unbelievable views of the Shenandoah Valley. You have to hike to reach some of these points, but that’s part of the fantastic adventure! To learn about all of the can’t-miss spots for hiking in Staunton, VA, please keep reading.

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You Need to Experience Hiking in Staunton, VA

People travel from near and far to gaze at the unbelievable views of the Shenandoah Valley. You have to hike to reach some of these points, but that’s part of the fantastic adventure! To learn about all of the can’t-miss spots for hiking in Staunton, VA, please keep reading.

The Best Hiking in Staunton, VA

The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center is located in the heart of historic Staunton. You’ll be near all of the best hiking in Staunton, VA, and the Shenandoah Valley when you stay with us. Please take a look at some of the standout hiking trails near us.

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
This vast 1.8 million-acre forest stretches over three states, with the majority sitting in Virginia. In the forest, you’ll find over 2100 miles of recreational trails to explore. During your time here, you can also enjoy bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, and more! You can begin your journey at Reeds Gap, where VA Highway 664 Meets the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Appalachian Trail
People dream their whole lives of hiking the Appalachian Trail. When you stay at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, you can! Virginia is home to more miles of the Appalachian Trail than any other state, making up about a quarter of its entire length. Parts of the trail flow through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park. As you like to overlook, you’ll find picturesque views of lush forests and serene farmlands.

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park is home to an unbelievable amount of hiking trails. Skyline Drive itself provides access to more than 500 hiking trails—wow! It’s also home to gorgeous waterfalls near Staunton, VA. If you head west of downtown Staunton towards Buffalo Gap, you can hike to Elliot Knob. Elliot Knob is the highest point in Augusta County and provides great views you won’t find anywhere else.

Humpback Rocks
Once serving as a landmark for wagon trails across the Blue Ridge Mountains, Humpback Rocks has been a popular destination for day hiking for many years. The trailhead to reach Humpback Rocks is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway just off of I-64. The trek to the top is steep and challenging, but you’ll find steps and benches along the way. When you reach the summit, you’ll be greeted by unbelievable views of mountains and valley. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Rest Your Head at the Blackburn Inn and Conference Center
After a fantastic day spent hiking in Staunton, VA, you’ll need somewhere to rest and get a good night’s sleep. Let The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center be your home away from home. Our luxurious guest rooms and suites feature in-room amenities, such as rainfall showers, plush bath towels, frameless glass showers, complimentary toiletries, and an in-room Keurig.

If your furry family appreciates a great hike too—bring them along! We’re happy to offer pet-friendly accommodations at our hotel. These rooms are located on the first floor of the hotel, which features an entrance door where you can conveniently take your pet outside. Plus, Staunton is a very pet-friendly town with many attractions where you and your pet can explore!

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You Need to Experience the Fascinating Grand Caverns in Virginia

When you stay at The Blackburn Inn in the Shenandoah Valley, you’ll have access to a plethora of exciting outdoor adventures. Have you ever explored a natural limestone cavern? The Grand Caverns in Virginia is the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States since 1806. These caverns are unlike anything you’ve seen before, and they’re calling your name.

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You Need to Experience the Fascinating Grand Caverns in Virginia

When you stay at The Blackburn Inn in the Shenandoah Valley, you’ll have access to a plethora of exciting outdoor adventures. Have you ever explored a natural limestone cavern? The Grand Caverns in Virginia is the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States since 1806. These caverns are unlike anything you’ve seen before, and they’re calling your name.

All About the Grand Caverns in Virginia

One of the best parts about the Grand Caverns in Virginia is that you can visit the caverns year-round. It’s time to start planning your unforgettable excursion!

History of the Grand Caverns
Grand Caverns, formally known as Weyer’s Cave, is located in Grottoes, VA. The cave was discovered in 1804 by Bernard Weyer, who was trying to retrieve one of his hunting traps. In 1806 the caverns opened for tours and are now recognized as a National Natural Landmark.

Are you a history buff? If so, you’ll want to check out the Civil War signatures in the cave. During the war and the “Valley Campaign,” the cave was visited by Confederate and Union soldiers, who left their mark behind with over 200 verified signatures on the walls. The most notable signature is W. W. Miles, which is easily seen and pointed out on most cave tours.

What To Expect
Grand Caverns in Virginia is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The cave is made of Cambrian limestone and is known for its breathtaking shield formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, and other flowstone formations.

You can find various rooms throughout Grand Caverns, one of the most famous being the “Cathedral Hall,” which is over 70 feet high and is one of the largest rooms in any cavern in the country. Other impressive sights and rooms include “Bridal Veil,” “Stonewall Jackson’s Horse,” and the “Tapestry Room.”

Cavern Tours Info
Choose between two fascinating tours at Grand Caverns Regional Park.

Grand Caverns Walking Tour
This fun-filled and educational tour is perfect for the whole family.

Duration: 70 minutes

Rate: $20 (Adult), $11 (Child), $18 (Senior), Free (5 years and under)

Fountain Cave Adventure Tour
This option is for the true adventurer. There are no lights inside the cavern, and the only thing that remains is a once–used rugged 1800s pathway.

Duration: 2 hours

Rate: $50

More at Grand Caverns Regional Park
You’ll mind way more than caves at Grand Caverns Regional Park. You can spend the whole day here and enjoy scenic trails (perfect for hiking, running, and biking), picnic shelters, a miniature golf course, a playground, and fishing areas.

Stay at The Blackburn Inn
The Grand Caverns are only a 27-minute drive from The Blackburn Inn in Staunton. When you stay with us, you’ll be treated like royalty. We’re happy to offer luxurious guest rooms and suites paired with outstanding amenities, such as daily breakfast and 24-hour concierge services. We’re located near the best of downtown Staunton, so there’s always something exciting to do.

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How to Have the Best Road Trip From Richmond, VA, to Staunton, VA

Do you live in Richmond, Virginia? If you’re searching for the perfect place for your next getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, consider taking a trip to historic and charming Staunton. The driving distance between these cities is just over 100 miles, and the travel time is only about an hour and 40 minutes. To get the inside scoop on how to embark on an adventure from Richmond, VA, to Staunton, VA, keep reading!

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How to Have the Best Road Trip From Richmond, VA, to Staunton, VA

Do you live in Richmond, Virginia? If you’re searching for the perfect place for your next getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, consider taking a trip to historic and charming Staunton. The driving distance between these cities is just over 100 miles, and the travel time is only about an hour and 40 minutes. To get the inside scoop on how to embark on an adventure from Richmond, VA, to Staunton, VA, keep reading!

Head from Richmond, VA, to Staunton, VA

Rent a car or pack up your own and hit the open road. The drive from Richmond to Staunton is relaxing and easy to follow. First, get on I-95 N from North 7th Street. Follow I-64 West to US-250 West. Then take Exit 222 from I-81 North and continue to US-250 West. Lastly, drive to East Beverley Street in Staunton, and you’ve arrived at your destination.

Head from Richmond, VA, to Staunton, VA
Rent a car or pack up your own and hit the open road. The drive from Richmond to Staunton is relaxing and easy to follow. First, get on I-95 N from North 7th Street. Follow I-64 West to US-250 West. Then take Exit 222 from I-81 North and continue to US-250 West. Lastly, drive to East Beverley Street in Staunton, and you’ve arrived at your destination.

Make Some Pit Stops

Hours of operations for suggested itinerary stops below may vary. Please contact the venue(s) of interest directly in advance of your travel plans.

As you’re planning a road trip to Staunton and you find that you have some extra time to spare, consider making a few fun pit stops. After all, the best part of a road trip is the journey along the way!

Waynesboro

Just a few miles from the Appalachian Trail, sits the quaint town of Waynesboro, VA. History buffs will appreciate the many Civil War landmarks. Plus, this town is home to a vibrant arts and shopping scene.

Charlottesville

It’s said that Charlottesville “blends natural beauty with city living,” which results in it being considered one of the most beloved major cities in Virginia. During your time here, you can view the breathtaking University of Virginia’s campus, designed by Thomas Jefferson, or visit Monticello, Jefferson’s mountaintop plantation.

Gum Spring

This rural town is sure to give you the feeling of being in the country. Stop by Grayhaven Winery and taste some delicious local wine and pick out a bottle to take with you. They also offer artisan cheese and salami boards and are family-friendly. Their property contains a playground, nature trails, and horses!

Stay at a Gorgeous Hotel in Staunton

You’ve made the trip from Richmond, VA, to Staunton, VA. Yay! Now you’ll need somewhere to rest your head and make your home away from home. For outstanding accommodations conveniently located near the heart of the town, look no further than The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center.

Our lodging at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center merges modern and historic expressions with elegant touches. Each of our guest rooms and suites feature a wealth of well-appointed amenities to offer you a comfortable stay. Plus, we have an onsite restaurant, Second Draft Bistro, where you can receive complimentary breakfast daily. Our property also features a state of the art fitness facility for your convenience. If you’re ready to start planning your exciting getaway to Staunton, take a look at our availability, and find the perfect accommodation for you!

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When Is the Best Time to Visit Shenandoah National Park for Fall Colors?

Virginia is a magical, outdoor oasis unlike any other. Do you consider yourself a fall foliage fanatic? If so, you must visit the Shenandoah National Park. During autumn, the park comes alive with colorful trees, auburn sunsets, and golden rolling hills. If you’re wondering about the best time to visit Shenandoah National Park for fall colors, keep reading.

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When Is the Best Time to Visit Shenandoah National Park for Fall Colors?

Virginia is a magical, outdoor oasis unlike any other. Do you consider yourself a fall foliage fanatic? If so, you must visit the Shenandoah National Park. During autumn, the park comes alive with colorful trees, auburn sunsets, and golden rolling hills. If you’re wondering about the best time to visit Shenandoah National Park for fall colors, keep reading.

The Best Time to Visit Shenandoah National Park for Fall Colors

If you have never experienced fall foliage in Shenandoah National Park, you must add it to your bucket list. Red, orange, and yellow leaves adorn the trees and will dazzle your eyes. When you visit during the autumn months of September, October, and November, you’ll experience unbelievable sights.

However, the best time to visit Shenandoah National Park for fall colors is in October. During the first week of October, the leaves are beginning to change at the highest elevations. Throughout the last three weeks of the month, the fall color display reaches its peak at mid-to-low-elevation.

The Ultimate Ways to Experience Fall Foliage in the Park

Take a Scenic Drive Along Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive is an iconic road that runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains through Shenandoah National Park. It’s the only public road in the park and takes about three hours to travel the entire length on a light traffic day. Along the ride, stop at one of the 70 overlooks (yes—70!) that offer mindblowing views of the fall foliage in the Shenandoah Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, such as deer, black bears, and wild turkeys.

Enjoy the Best Fall Hikes in Shenandoah National Park
This national park has an overwhelming amount of exciting hikes to explore. It’s best to select a few before embarking on your journey. The hike to Little Stony Man Overlook is only 1 mile round trip and ideal for those looking for a shorter walk. It follows a section of the Appalachian Trail that brings you to an incredible viewpoint. For adventurists seeking a beautiful, but challenging all-day trek, we recommend Old Rag Trail. This 9.2-mile hike features narrow rock corridors, unique stone formations, and outstanding vistas.

Dine With a View
There are several impressive dining options in the park. Some restaurants even offer panoramic views of the Shenandoah fall colors. The first being Skyland Resort. Their full-service dining room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the Mountain Taproom at the resort features a light fare menu and nightly entertainment. Your second option, Big Meadows Lodge, also features a dining room that serves all three meals with a panoramic view. Both of these eateries also provide “grab n’ go options” so you can take their delicious food along on a fall picnic.

Fall Asleep at the Lovely Blackburn Inn
Autumn in Staunton, VA, is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Stay at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center, and you’ll be within short driving distance to Shenandoah National Park so you can explore the exquisite fall colors.Exterior of The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center

Our serene property sits on 80 acres of picturesque grounds, so you can continue to soak in gorgeous fall scenery when you return from your trip to the park. Also, our inn is just a few minutes away from downtown Staunton, which is charming as ever during autumn. Be sure to stop in one of the local wineries to sip on their seasonal selections.

When you stay at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center, you’ll fall in love with our pristine guest rooms and amenities. Our lodging merges modern and historic expressions with elegant touches, such as barn-style doors in oversized bathrooms and intricate architectural features. Our functional and full-service hotel amenities include concierge services, a 24-hour fitness room, and on-site dining. We create a home away from home where you can truly relax, rejuvenate, and rest. Check the availability of our accommodations and start planning your visit to the Shenandoah Valley today. We can’t wait to host you!

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Here Are the Best Wineries Near Staunton, Virginia

Staunton sits in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by agriculturally rich fields, farms, and vineyards. During your visit to this charming city, dive into its culture, and visit a local winery. We know there are a plethora of wineries near Staunton, Virginia, so we’ve laid out the best of the best for you.

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Here Are the Best Wineries Near Staunton, Virginia

Staunton sits in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by agriculturally rich fields, farms, and vineyards. During your visit to this charming city, dive into its culture, and visit a local winery. We know there are a plethora of wineries near Staunton, Virginia, so we’ve laid out the best of the best for you.

Take advantage of our exclusive Staunton, VA, Itinerary for other insider tips on the best eateries, attractions, and events in Staunton. It’s free and will save you hours when you’re planning your trip.

Wineries Near Staunton, Virginia

Ox-Eye Vineyards
Located in Downtown Staunton.

Ox-Eye Vineyards takes pride in crafting high quality, food-friendly wines made from 100% estate-grown grapes. Their vineyards reside in rural Virginia, and their tasting room is in downtown Staunton. The beautiful, historic building that the tasting rooms sits in dates back to 1904 and once served as a scale house for horse-drawn coal wagons. Today, the building is fully restored and open to the public to taste delectable Staunton wines.

Must-Try: The Lemberger is a dry, full-bodied wine with notes of black pepper and cherry.

Tasting Hours: Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun Fact: The name of the winery originates from the ox-eye field daisies that grow throughout their farm.

Barren Ridge Vineyards
Located in Fishersville, a 16-minute drive from Staunton.

The goal of Barren Ridge Vineyards is to provide a place of tranquility. When you arrive at the property, you are immediately welcomed by a wave of warmth and relaxation. Their tasting room is a transformed apple picking barn that now features a large, stone wood-burning fireplace and a cozy, rustic vibe. Barren Ridge’s wine truly reflects the soil of the Shenandoah Valley, with crisp, austere flavors. You’ll have an unforgettable time when you sip their award-winning wine on their patio, overlooking the vast landscape of Virginia’s rolling hills.

Must-Try: Their Meritage is an award-winning red wine that yields flavors of bright fruits and acidity.

Tasting Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 a.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fun Fact: Barren Ridge is dog-friendly! Be sure to say hello to the winery pup, Rascal.

Rockbridge Vineyards
Located in Raphine, a 26-minute drive from Staunton.

Rockbridge Vineyards specializes in well-crafted, affordable, small-batch wines. The winemaker and owner, Shepherd Rouse, worked at vineyards in Germany, California, and Virginia throughout his life. He then set off on a mission to produce his own wine and settled on an area of land in northern Rockbridge County at a 2,000-foot elevation. Today, his vineyard has grown to 17 acres and contains a wide range of native and hybrid grapes.

Must-Try: Try their coveted Chardonnay if you’re in the mood for white wine, or their Cabernet Franc if you prefer red.

Tasting Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, and Sunday through Monday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun Fact: There’s always something exciting happening at Rockbridge! Check their Events Page for live music and fun events, such as bingo games and festivals.

Stay at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center
Our historic, boutique hotel is easily accessible from all of the wineries near Staunton, Virginia. After spending your day at the vineyard, bring back a bottle of wine to enjoy as you unwind in a rocking chair on our gorgeous front porch.

Rest your head in one of our peaceful, pristine guest rooms. Fall in love with our in-room amenities, like rainfall showers, plush bath towels, luxury toiletries, and Keurig machines. When you stay at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.

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Roanoke, VA, to Staunton, VA: The Best Getaway You Didn’t Know You Needed

The Star City or Roanoke, Virginia is just a short drive from Staunton and while the rolling landscapes are similar the charming towns that make up the Shenandoah Valley are the real stars. Road trippers traveling Interstate 81, from Roanoke, often discover these small towns by accident but for those living in the Blue Ridge you can explore these noteworthy main streets that are less than two hours away. Make it a relaxing weekend at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center. If you’re interested in embarking on a getaway from Roanoke, VA, to Staunton, VA, read on to learn more!

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Roanoke, VA, to Staunton, VA: The Best Getaway You Didn’t Know You Needed

The Star City or Roanoke, Virginia is just a short drive from Staunton and while the rolling landscapes are similar the charming towns that make up the Shenandoah Valley are the real stars. Road trippers traveling Interstate 81, from Roanoke, often discover these small towns by accident but for those living in the Blue Ridge you can explore these noteworthy main streets that are less than two hours away. Make it a relaxing weekend at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center. If you’re interested in embarking on a getaway from Roanoke, VA, to Staunton, VA, read on to learn more!

Our historic hotel sits in a prime location with opportunities to experience local culture and entertainment, as well as convenient day trips to other nearby cities. As you start planning a road trip, be sure to take a look at our complimentary Staunton, Virginia, Itinerary. It contains local insight on the best things to see and do in the area!

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Get ready for an unforgettable vacay and head from Roanoke to Staunton!

Take a Road Trip


Did you know that the driving distance from Roanoke to Staunton is less than 100 miles? It only takes an hour and a half by car and as you’re driving from Roanoke, you’ll pass by many charming towns. If you want to make the most out of your road trip, consider making some fun-filled pit stops. Natural Bridge State Park is a must see! Visitors can gaze at the 215-foot tall arch made of limestone and carved out by Cedar Creek. This natural wonder is on the National Register of Historic Places. While you’re in the area check out downtown Lexington.

Have a Blast in Staunton
You did it! You reached your destination for your much-deserved getaway. When you stay in Staunton, you’ll be in the heart of everything that the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. The Blackburn is located less than a mile from the heart of downtown and keeps you close to all the area’s best activities and attractions.

  • Enjoy some of the best Virginia wine with stunning views at wineries throughout the Shenandoah Valley
  • Go back in time at museums and historical sights
  • View an exciting production at the American Shakespeare Center
  • Pedal along local bike trails
  • Hike scenic trails at Shenandoah National Park
  • Explore the fascinating Grand Caverns
  • Go shopping at shops in downtown Staunton
  • Enjoy a mouthwatering meal at Staunton restaurants

Stay With Us at The Blackburn

The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center is a luxurious hotel located in downtown Staunton. Our spacious retreat sits on 80-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens. We’re happy to offer an array of top-notch accommodations paired with outstanding amenities to make you feel at home. We also have an onsite spa where you can spoil yourself with a massage, facial, manicure, and other relaxing spa treatments. When you’re looking for the best lodging in the Shenandoah Valley, The Blackburn is the perfect place for you.

Check our availability, reserve a stunning suite, and start getting excited about your upcoming getaway. We can’t wait to host you!

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This Is Your Guide to the Perfect Winter Weekend Getaway in Virginia

Vacations aren’t just for the summertime. During the winter, it’s all too easy to get stuck in the daily grind and fall victim to stress and work. Take a load off! Pack your bags and treat yourselves to a winter weekend getaway in Virginia.

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This Is Your Guide to the Perfect Winter Weekend Getaway in Virginia

Vacations aren’t just for the summertime. During the winter, it’s all too easy to get stuck in the daily grind and fall victim to stress and work. Take a load off! Pack your bags and treat yourselves to a winter weekend getaway in Virginia.

During your winter getaway, stay at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center in historic Staunton, VA. The Blackburn Inn sits in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, keeping you close to all of the best attractions and activities.

How to Have the Perfect Winter Weekend Getaway in Virginia


Whether you want to stay cozy with your loved one in our luxurious hotel or get out and explore our family-friendly town, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list of suggestions for the best ways to enjoy a winter weekend getaway in Virginia!

Drive Along Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. It takes about three hours to drive the entire length, or you can pick your favorite portions to explore. No matter the time of the year, Skyline Drive boasts views of some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Shenandoah Valley.

As you cruise along the scenic road, you’ll have 70 overlooks to choose from to stop and gaze at towering mountains and deep, breathtaking valleys. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, such as deer, black bears, and wild turkeys.

Note: Inclement weather can cause closures of Skyline Drive at any time. Call the Park’s recorded information line: (540) 999-3500 for the most current status.

Enjoy Wine Tasting

The Shenandoah Valley in Virginia contains agriculturally rich fields, farms, and vineyards. This means that Staunton and the surrounding area are home to a collection of top-notch tasting rooms. During your winter escape getaway, head to a winery sip on some delectable local wines.

Ox-Eye Vineyards
Located in Downtown Staunton.
Yelping Dog Wine
Located in Downtown Staunton.
Barren Ridge Vineyards
Located in Fishersville, a 16-minute drive from Staunton.
Rockbridge Vineyards
Located in Raphine, a 26-minute drive from Staunton.


Hit the Slopes


Did you know that The Blackburn is within driving distance of destinations specializing in downhill winter activities? Make your winter adventure complete and head to Massanutten Resort or Wintergreen Ski Resort. Whether you’re interested in skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, or ice skating, these resorts have got you covered! Then retreat to your cozy accommodations at The Blackburn. We recommend upgrading to a Deluxe Queen where you can warm-up and sooth your tired muscles in our soaking tub.

Wintergreen Resort
Located in Nellysford, a 40-minute drive from Staunton.
Massanutten Resort
Located in Massanutten, a 45-minute drive from Staunton.


Indulge in Delicious Food and Drinks

Recently named one of the “South’s Newest Foodie Hotspots” by Vogue, Staunton is brimming with fantastic dining options from elegant fine dining to drive-thrus and everything in between. Our lively town is also home to some of the best bartenders around, so it’s easy to find a refreshing, handcrafted cocktail.

Lite Bites
Farm-to-Table
Gluten-Free
Brunch
Global Cuisine
Ice Cream Parlors
Coffee shops


Cuddle Up at The Blackburn


When you stay at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, you’ll fall in love with the stunning in-room luxuries, including a rainfall shower, plush bath towels, luxury toiletries, and a divine mattress. We offer an array of rooms and suites, so there is always something to fit your style and needs. Our accommodations include Cozy Queen Rooms, Deluxe Queen Rooms, Deluxe Queen Rooms with a Soaker Tub, and Queen Suites. After you spend the day breathing in the crisp winter air, you can retreat to your home away from home and make yourself comfortable.

What are you waiting for? Take a look at our availability and start planning your winter weekend getaway in Virginia now!