Highland County Maple Festival: 60 Years of Sweetness

The Highland County Maple Festival Celebrates 60 Years

The Highland Maple Festival

Every March, thousands of people make the twist and turn ride through the Alleghany Mountains for the Highland County Maple Festival. And this year will be no exception.

However, it will be a little sweeter as the festival marks its 60th anniversary.

So what makes Highland County so special? For starters, it’s one of the last unspoiled rural regions in Virginia.

As soon as you arrive, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. With mountain byways and back roads, “Virginia’s Sweet Spot” was designated a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress in 1999. Guests of the Inn at Old Virginia always rave about the quality and the fun they have at this treasured festival.

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2Wishes Music: The Spice of Life


2Wishes Music and Our Sweetheart Coffeehouse

2Wishes MusicThis year for Valentine’s Day, we wanted an event that was both a romantic getaway for couples, but also fun.

That’s when we came up with the idea of a sweetheart coffeehouse. Coffee, music, and love. What could be better!

And then we thought of 2Wishes Music, the local musical duo with just the right touch of easy going and saucy. They would be the perfect addition to our laidback event.

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Redbeard Brewing Company: A Small Brewery with Big Beer Taste

Jonathan Wright
Jonathan Wright, Brewmaster, Redbeard Brewing Company

“Where can we go for great beer?” That’s a question we hear frequently from guests of the Inn at Old Virginia.

They know they have lots of choices because of the Shenandoah Valley’s growing reputation for producing stellar craft beer.

One of our go-to places to send Inn guests for great beer isn’t even a micro brewery; it’s a nano ale brewery!

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Appalachian Piecework: Textile and History Delight Customers

Appalachian Piecework Preserves Old Textile Crafts


 Shibori Scarf
Shibori Scarf

“I just love the old textiles,” Laurie Gundersen of Appalachian Piecework says. Her love is obvious. Located at the Train Station in downtown Staunton, every part of Gundersen’s shop is a piece of local Shenandoah Valley history told through her skilled hands.

That’s why when we have guests here at the Inn at Old Virginia who are particularly interested in history, we tell them they have to go to Laurie’s shop!

There they will find items that were once a part of everyday 19th-century life. The difference?

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Historic Staunton Foundation: Winter Wine Weekend 2018

About the Historic Staunton Foundation

Old Historic Staunton Foundation
1894 Staunton Hotel before Renovation

You might think the Historic Staunton Foundation is a Non-Profit that’s stuck in the past. No, not stuck, inspired by it! While HSF is dedicated to preserving historic buildings here in Staunton, it is equally dedicated to preserving and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.

Preserving our local culture and the stories associated with it is certainly part of their mission but so is restoring worn out buildings that ultimately build a sense of community pride!

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Reunion Bakery & Espresso: A European Style Cafe

Reunion Bakery & Espresso Raises the Bar on Coffee & Pastries

Brian Hollar
Brian Hollar

Bryan Hollar is a corporate dropout, and he likes that just fine. In fact, when you talk to him, it’s hard to even imagine him in a suit and tie.

Likeable and easy to talk with, we learned his passion for America’s go-to combo, coffee and pastries, started after he quit Corporate America.

“It was a confluence of factors that led me to baking,” he said on a relatively quiet Monday morning in his cafe, Reunion Bakery & Espresso.

In a quest to carve out a new career beginning, he took a couple of trips abroad and hung out with a close friend who became an oven builder.

He then moved to Pennsylvania and worked for a high-end French pastry shop as a “lowly pastry assistant.” In two years, he worked his way up to managing the kitchen that baked croissants.Read More

Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: An Inn Favorite

Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: A Gift Shop Favorite

Fearless Girls, Wise Women &. Beloved SistersAbout a year ago, the Inn at Old Virginia had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen Ragan, author of the book, Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters.

She stayed as a guest and has returned often, allowing us an opportunity to get to know her. A quick wit, Kathleen has a natural knack for conversation and storytelling.

When she explained the premise of her book, we were intrigued. What makes a heroine?

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A Classic and A Modern Tale of Christmas from Blackfriars Theater

Blackfriars Theater Warms Up the Holidays with These Plays

A Christmas CarolAttending a play at the American Shakespeare Center is always a treat, any time of the year. But during the holidays? Blackfriars is a must! And this season is no exception.

Each year, ASC presents Dickens’ classic play, A Christmas Carol, with all the exuberance and enthusiasm you would expect from this world-class theater.

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The Season of Magic in Downtown Staunton!

Downtown Staunton Offers Plenty of Shopping and Holiday Magic


Christmas in Downtown StauntonWith Thanksgiving fast approaching, holiday momentum is building in downtown Staunton. The season of magic is upon us!

Guests at the Inn at Old Virginia love spending time with us during the holiday season. Why? There’s so much fun stuff to do while getting in a little shopping.

Because Staunton is an historic town, you can experience both the magic and charm of all that Christmas stands for, while browsing for restaurants and shops on your smart phone!

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Bluestone Vineyard: A Hidden Gem in the Shenandoah Valley

Jackie Hartman
Jackie Hartman working at Bluestone Vineyard in the early days of the business.

The Bluestone Vineyard is a gem of a winery tucked away in the small town of Bridgewater, VA, about 20 minutes north of the Inn. The 22-acre vineyard processes 5,000 cases of wine each year.

But it hasn’t always been like that. Jackie and Curt Hartman started planting grapes on the property in 2003, strictly for personal use. Then, in 2007, they decided to make it a business.

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