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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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About The Blackburn: The Beginnings

FEB 2024

The history of The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center is as unique as it is interesting. From its beginnings in the 1800s to now, this property has had amazing restorations to bring it back to life. Book today and experience this unique stay for yourself!

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Stay, Ride, & Relax through the Valley

JAN 2024

If you’ve been searching for a unique getaway, look no further than Staunton, Virginia! Now is the time to hit the Virginia Scenic Railway and adventure through The Shenandoah Valley in style with our newest  vacation package.

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Celebrate the New Year in Staunton

DEC 2023

Welcome 2024 in style at The Blackburn in Staunton. Secure a room for a memorable New Year's celebration, immersing yourself in the vibrant festivities that define the town's spirit. Enjoy the moment!

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Holiday Events in Staunton

NOV 2023

Whether you’re visiting us for the holidays, or are a local looking for things todo, Staunton has so many great happenings this season!

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The Best Girls Trip in Virginia

OCT 2023

What’s better than a girl’s weekend away? Whether you and your friends are animal lovers, foodies, adventure enthusiasts, or prefer to get creative, hosting your girls trip at The Blackburn ensures the perfect getaway.

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Things to Do This Fall in Staunton

SEP 2023

The Blackburn is the perfect home base for your adventures this fall! Nestled in over 80 acres amidst Virginia hills, our property includes 50 rooms and suites, a gym, an onsite restaurant, a spa, and rolling lawns with mature trees, perfect for peak foliage season.

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Your Guide to Summer Breweries in Staunton, VA

AUG 2023

As the summer heat settles in, quench your thirst by exploring the craft beer scene in Staunton, VA! Whether you're a beer connoisseur or simply looking for a refreshing summer experience, we've created a guide for you to visit the best breweries that Staunton has to offer. From crisp ales to hoppy IPAs, each brewery on our list promises an unforgettable tasting adventure. So grab your friends, raise a glass, and let's embark on a journey to discover the very best of summer brews in Staunton!

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Wine Down in Staunton, VA

With its convenient location near renowned wineries, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center serves as a delightful haven for wine enthusiasts. As an added bonus, The Blackburn features an exceptional on-site cafe called Second Draft Bistro, where visitors can try delicious dishes paired with locally supplied wines.

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Pet-Friendly Travel in Staunton, VA

When looking to travel in the summer, it’s important to bring the whole family. That is why The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes! Whatever your travel plans look like, Staunton has amazing opportunities to bring your pet along. There are pet-friendly restaurants, activities, and events for you to enjoy!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 Mothers come in all different forms and on Mother’s Day we celebrate them all! Treat the special mom in your life with a much-deserved overnight package at The Blackburn Inn. For mom’s looking to unplug, a night away is a great option. 

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Plan Your Party at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center

Party planning can be overwhelming. Luckily, hosting your event at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center is easier than ever with our various offerings. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a major milestone, a family reunion, or you just want an excuse to gather together, The Blackburn is the perfect venue for your next event. But where should you start? We make it easy to plan your party with us!

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Host Your Next Group Event at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center

If you’re searching for a venue for your next event, look no further than the Blackburn Inn and Conference Center. With impeccable service and inspiring venues that merge historic architecture with innovative design, meetings and retreats are our specialties. We have various venues that are perfect for your business needs. Whether you are hosting a conference, an internal team retreat, an educational training, or a workshop, we have the space and resources you need to make it a success.

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Envision Your Perfect Wedding Day at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center

The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center is the perfect venue for your perfect day. With six different indoor and outdoor venue options set against 80 acres of Virginia landscape, The Blackburn is here to make your dream wedding day a reality.

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Take a Day for Self-Care with The Spa at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center

Going to the spa may not be top of mind after finally getting through your holiday to-dos, but it’s actually a great time to decompress while giving yourself and your skin a winter refresh. The Spa at The Blackburn is a warm and welcoming destination catered to improving your wellbeing, with a host of massage, nail, and skincare options at our New Year pricing.

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The Best Events to Celebrate the Holidays in Staunton VA

The holidays are kicking off in Staunton, with spectacular events all season long for everyone to enjoy. Staunton is a truly magical place to visit and there's something for people of all ages to enjoy.

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Holiday Shopping In The Shenandoah Valley

The holidays are here but don’t worry, there is still time to book a restful getaway at The Blackburn. You can also select from local and unique gifts while strolling in Staunton, VA. Read on to learn where to shop and dine before the holiday season slips away!

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Fall Foliage: Our Guide to Seeing Peak Autumn Colors in The Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah National Park has some of the best fall foliage anywhere in the country. Use The Blackburn as your home base and explore our corner of the world with the perfect fall itinerary. Here are some must-sees-and-dos in the area.

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The Blackburn Inn: A Hotel with History

Calling all architecture and history buffs! Welcome summer with a weekend in the Shenandoah Valley. The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center is rich with history and architecture to enjoy while you relax at our beautiful resort. Learn more about our history below and start planning your trip today!

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Best Weekend Getaway from Richmond & D.C. Itinerary

Do you have a final free weekend coming up this summer? Are you wondering where you should escape to in the Shenandoah Valley? The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center is your answer! This spot is the ideal home base for any getaway from Richmond or D.C. It’s one of the prettiest historic hotels in Staunton, VA with lots of activities like hiking and wineries nearby. Here’s our suggested itinerary — come explore with us!

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Wineries Near Staunton Virginia

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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