Guide to Staunton, VA
Where to eat, what to do, what to see
Where to eat, what to do, what to see
Staunton is one of our favorite places to explore and we are so excited to have you all here for our wedding! As one of the oldest cities west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Staunton’s history spans three centuries and dates back to its early days as a 19th-century rail junction and a center for travelers to stop over and enjoy opera, vaudeville, and a rich nightlife. That tradition lives on today. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite places for a bite to eat and the best spots for imbibing. There’s an outdoor section as Staunton is located between the scenic Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and is a great base for hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, and fishing. There is also a range of museums and attractions such as the glassblowing studio! We tried to give a little something for everyone on this list and we hope you have a great trip to the area!
DINNER / LUNCH
105 S Coalter St, Staunton, VA 24401
The Shack wins @DCBucketlister’s premiere foodie award. Jessica still maintains this was the best meal she’s ever had. They are only open Thursday-Saturday so we highly recommend making a reservation for Thursday or Friday if you’ll be in town! Chef Boden combines his Jewish eastern European roots with traditions of the region and he has won two James Beard Award nominations.
Ubon Thai Victorian Restaraunt
515 W Frederick St, Staunton, VA 24401
Ubon Thai wins @DCBucketlister’s most unique dining experience award. We almost thought about having the rehearsal dinner here but realized it would be a little funky as the restaurant feels like you’re inside of your cluttered grandmother’s attic. There are Thai fabrics and little trinkets (Mike calls them chachki’s) everywhere. The food is actually pretty good, and very spicy Thai if you like that stuff!
BREAKFAST / COFFEE
BREWERIES AND CIDERIES
Drive Skyline Drive & Hike to Waterfalls
There are lovely waterfalls in each section of Shenandoah National Park. All are accessible from a parking place along Skyline Drive. But note that they all involve a hike downhill—and, of course, the harder hike back up! All waterfalls are along blue-blazed, forested trails.
Crab Tree Falls / Sky Rock
11581 Crabtree Falls Hwy. Montebello, VA 24464
Situated around 45 minutes south of Staunton is Crab Tree Falls, This moderate 2.7 mile trail wanders through the mountainside offering scenic views of 5 major cascades falling a total distance of 1200 feet. Overlooks allow hikers to enjoy the beauty of the valley. The first overlook is universally accessible, and is only a short distance along a paved trail.
Spy Rock is located nearby and is Jess’s favorite hike!
ART & HISTORY
Ghosts of Staunton Tour
For a Friday evening activity, the Staunton Ghost tour is one of Jess's favorites. There area few different options so be sure to check back closer to May to see what's available in the spring.
Sunspots Studio and Glassblowing
202 S. Lewis St. Staunton, VA 24401
Sunspots is one of the most unique places to go, if you’ve never seen live glass blowing it is absolutely mesmerizing! The location is very close to the hotel and their hours are Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm with live glass blowing demonstrations in the back of their shop from 12 - 4 pm daily.
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
10 S. Market St. Staunton, VA 24401
THE WORLD’S ONLY RE-CREATION OF SHAKESPEARE’S INDOOR THEATRE. If you are a Shakespeare fan, this is a can’t miss to at least see on your trip to staunton. The Blackfriars Playhouse is open year-round for performances of Shakespeare’s plays and contemporary works in productions hailed by The Washington Post as “shamelessly entertaining.” It is also right next to our hotel block at Hotel 24 South.
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia
1290 Richmond Rd. Staunton, VA 24401
The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for themselves and their descendants.
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
18 N. Coalter St. Staunton, VA 24401
Enjoy an engaging guided tour of President Wilson’s birthplace, a beautifully restored Greek Revival manse, and experience what life was like when he was born there in 1856. An authentic example of a Shenandoah Valley home during the pre-Civil War era, this National Historic Landmark is decorated with period furnishings, including Woodrow Wilson family treasures.