Staunton is the home of the American Shakespeare Center with plays/shows 4 or 5 nights week and a matinee on Sundays – all year long. Generally, there are three plays on offer, each on a different night. Discounted tickets are available with 2 days’ notice from ASC, or 3 days if you call on Saturday or Sunday ($25 each). There are no plays on Mondays and Tuesdays.
If you like antiquing this area abounds with good places to hunt for something special right in town – about 10-12 shops and 2 malls. In the larger area, there is a wonderful Route 11 you might find appealing to find antique shops, many are within about a 25-mile range from Staunton.
If you like hiking then the Blue Ridge Parkway is only about a 20-minute drive from the cottage. Going south is “free” and going north you enter the Shenandoah National Park for a fee. There are many trails starting from the Parkway. Great views too. It is a SLOW drive – about 35 miles per hour – so if you decide to drive to Staunton on some of the parkway, be aware that it takes a long time.
sites to see locally: The Frontier Culture Museum, the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace; Polyface farm, Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington; the George Marshall Museum at VMI, Ashlawn – James Monroe’s home; and, of course, near Charlottesville there is Monticello – about 45 minutes from the cottage.
A little further afield there are some battlefields (Newmarket to name one); Grand Caverns – 16 miles north and east off 1-81- voted #2 in all of America a few years ago; and Green Valley Books, which has fabulous sales every month or two.
Horse riding is another option with a local stable offering rides most days. Monterey is not far, and also Warm Springs for a beautiful trip through the mountains.
Alphabetical list of restaurants in town:
A Taste of India – 105 West Beverley Street, 540-213-8882
Aioli Restaurant – Mediterranean Cuisine – 29 N. Augusta Street 540-885-1414
American Cafe ~ 125 S. Augusta Street ~ 540-885-0177
Baja Bean ~ 9 W. Beverley Street ~ 540-885-9988
Bittersweet Bakery ~ 120 S. Lewis Street ~ 540-885-2226
Blue Mountain Coffees ~ 12-B Byers Street ~ 540-886-4506
Byers Street Bistro ~ 18 Byers Street ~ 540-887-6100
Coffee on the Corner ~ 140 E. Beverley Street ~ 540-887-0041
Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery ~ 7 S. New Street ~ 540-885-4755
Depot Grille ~ 42 Middlebrook Ave. ~ 540-885-7332
Frederick Street Cafe ~ 11-13 E. Frederick Street ~ 540-886-3060
Ken’s Place ~ 300 N. Central Ave. ~ 540-886-1550
Emilio’s Italian Restuarant ~ 23 E. Beverley ~ 540-885-0102
Mill Street Grill ~ 1 Mill Street ~ 540-886-0656
Mugshots Coffeehouse & Cafe ~ 32 S. New Street ~ 540-887-0005
The Pampered Palate Cafe ~ 26 E. Beverley Street ~ 540-886-9463
Rolling Pin Pastries ~ 302 N. Central Ave. ~ 540-886-2212
Shenandoah Pizza ~ 19 E. Beverley Street ~ 540-213-0008
Split Banana ~ 7 W. Beverley Street ~ 866-492-3668
Zynodoa ~ 115 E. Beverley Street ~ 540-885-7775