Things to Do in the Staunton Area

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.

If you like antiquing this area abounds with good places to hunt for something special right in town. 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.

Oct10fishpondSites to see locally:  The Frontier Culture Museum, the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace;  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.


Things to Do and See in Staunton


Alphabetical list of restaurants in town:

Aioli Restaurant ∼ 29 N. Augusta Street  540-885-1414

Baja Bean ~ 9 W. Beverley Street ~ 540-885-9988

Byers Street Bistro ~ 18 Byers Street ~ 540-887-6100Coffee 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

Emilio’s Italian Restuarant ~ 23 E. Beverley ~ 540-885-0102

Mill Street Grill ~ 1 Mill Street ~ 540-886-0656

Split Banana ~ 7 W. Beverley Street ~ 866-492-3668

Zynodoa ~ 115 E. Beverley Street ~ 540-885-7775