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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Staunton History and the Inn at Old Virginia

People come from all over the world to learn about the Shenandoah Valley’s prominent role in history. And we certainly have a lot to offer!

But this time, we’re going to focus on local Staunton history.

Tourists and history enthusiasts alike are generally surprised and delighted at the richness of our own history. Because the Inn at Old Virginia has such an intricate history with Staunton, we thought you might enjoy seeing that historical journey.

Here are some tidbits about our local history and how the Inn at Old Virginia fits in.

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Nobos Kitchen: Really Good Beer-Infused Food

Ben Demory and Carter Raab
Ben Demory and Carter Raab

Ben Demory had a powerful entrepreneurial itch. He had a great job working at Augusta Health, and he liked his job. There was only one problem. He loved to cook.

He met up with Carter Raab who, at the time, had his own food truck, Farm Fresh Fixins. Carter graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and was making a name for himself locally with his Appalachian-inspired cuisine.

Wanting to start his own food truck, Ben picked Carter’s brain as much as possible. As Ben learned more about the food truck business, the two became friends.

Then fate intervened. Seven Arrows brewery in Waynesboro approached Carter about leasing the kitchen. That’s when Carter approached Ben and Nobos Kitchen was born.

The two officially opened March 3rd of this year.

What You Can Expect from the Nobos Kitchen

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Mill Street Grill: A Diner’s Delight



Mill Street GrillMill Street Grill has been tempting and pleasing palates since 1992. Located in an old flour mill, the White Star Mill, this local favorite just never seems to fall short with its array of dishes.

So when our guests ask, “Where’s a good place to eat?” Mill Street is one of the restaurants we recommend with confidence! And while it’s very important that the food is good, the restaurant’s atmosphere must also be a welcoming one.

Not a problem here! Mill Street is known for their accommodating and friendly staff.

What Does Mill Street Grill Have On The Menu?

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Murder Mystery Mayhem at the Inn at Old Virginia


Calling All Murder Mystery Lovers!

A Murder Most Foul!If you love watching a “whodunnit” on TV, Netflix, or the movies, the Inn at Old Virginia has a BIG challenge for you.

Put on your best sleuth hat and solve the Mystery at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party the weekend of December 8-10, 2017.

It’s a ghastly crime that requires a cast of characters to solve it. Are you one of them? Then bring your ugliest Christmas sweater and prepare for a weekend of murderous fun.

Murder Mystery Theater Details

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Ox-Eye Vineyard: A Traditional European Vineyard


Ox-Eye Vineyard Tasting Room


“We bring the farm to downtown,” says John Kiers, co-owner of Ox-Eye Vineyard. And they certainly do! Their farm, located about 8 miles from the tasting room, grows 80-90 tons of grapes each year with the grapes processed into wine right on the farm.

Sold in three states, as well as the District of Columbia, Ox-Eye Vineyard has earned a reputation as an excellent estate wine!

Why Ox-Eye Vineyard Grows Such Good Wine

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Escape Room: Can You Crack the Code?

Staunton’s Escape Room Delights and Teases

Crack the Code Escape Room LogoThey are popping up everywhere, escape rooms, that is!

And now Staunton has its very own located in the old Echols Building downtown. Beth Brown is the owner of Crack the Code Escape Room. And her love for solving a good puzzle is evident.

Equipped with some excellent props, clues, and 60 precious minutes, it’s up to you to solve the puzzle of your choice. Clues are everywhere. You just have to be savvy enough to find them.

Whether you’re a guest of the Inn at Old Virginia or a local, Staunton’s escape room could be the best fun you have while giving your brain a workout!

So What IS an Escape Room?

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Love Chili? VA Chili Blues & Brews Festival Is For You!

Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival 2017

VA Chili Blues & BrewsWhether you’re a serious chili lover or just love the combination of chili, blues, and craft beer, the Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival has a ticket with your name on it!

In its 10th year, you’re encouraged to “dust off your grandma’s recipe or conjure up a recipe that would make grandma do the two-step.”

That’s some serious chili talk!

With over 3,000 attendees expected this year, the event is held in downtown Waynesboro in the Lumos Plaza, formerly Spring Lane.

All for a good cause! Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival benefits the Waynesboro Arts & Culture Initiative.

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Stable Craft Brewery: A Farm-to-Table Brewery

This Brewery Is Really One-of-a-Kind!

Hops at Stable Craft Brewery
Hops at Stable Craft Brewery

Stable Craft Brewery is billed as a “farm brewery.” You don’t hear that very often, do you? But the description is spot on!

Committed to green living practices and an organic approach to crafting beer, Stable Craft Brewery even grows its own hops.

Currently, they have over 800 hops plants to ensure the high quality of their beer.

With a rotation of 16 beers on tap and a small batch rotation, there’s a beer to suit every palate.

Stable Craft Brewery offers farm and brewery tours too. From the magnificent horses to the hop fields, you can get a close-up look at how a sustainable brewery farm works.

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