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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The Farm to Table Food Truck: Appalachian Inspired Cuisine

 

Appalachian Inspired Cuisine Comes to the Shenandoah Valley

Farm Fresh Fixin ChickenCarter Raab comes from a long line of cattle farmers and great cooks. Not surprisingly, he was raised to appreciate the land and our relationship to it.

Those values also taught him to appreciate the environment in which food is grown and prepared.

With grandmothers and great aunts to nurture his love of cooking, it was the women in his life that fueled his culinary desire.

These women were raised on a true “farm-to-table” life. In the same vein as the Waltons, Carter’s relatives were committed to the “work the land to feed your family” lifestyle.

With a love for fixing fresh wholesome food, even his deep roots in Appalachia couldn’t keep him in Virginia. Driven to learn more, Carter attended and graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.

From there, he found his way into the kitchens of fine dining restaurants in Florida, South Carolina, Oregon, and Virginia.

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Inn Focus: The Gift Shop at Inn at Old Virginia

Not Your Everyday B & B Gift Shop

Gift Shop at Inn at Old VirginiaEverything about the Inn at Old Virginia is beautiful and elegant. So, of course, the gift shop is too! It’s filled with all kinds of unusual items that will delight and surprise you.

Kathryn Gavel, one of the innkeepers, is responsible for the beautiful and tasteful selection of gifts on display. Kathryn’s sharp eye for unusual gifts includes calendars, children’s books, and puzzles by Will Moses, Grandma Moses’ great grandson. Mr. Moses’ style, American folk art, bears a strong resemblance to his great grandmother’s work.

Then there is the extraordinary photography of local artist Rebecca Lilly, a nature lover.  When looking at her photography, you won’t look at Mother Nature in the same way again. Her note cards have exquisite photographic arrangements of flowers with mountains and pastures as the backdrop.

But the gift shop has much more to offer.

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