Staunton

Your Group Travel Destination

Staunton is a bustling mountain town with an eclectic vibe. With the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop, Staunton is often named one of the most celebrated “Main Streets” in the United States. Staunton’s historic downtown delights visitors with its distinctive architecture, historic sites, and vibrant arts scene.

Just outside of historic downtown Staunton, surrounding Augusta County provides gorgeous scenery and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities with access to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park.

Offering the best of mountains to main street, Staunton and Augusta County are the perfect choice for a getaway to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Check out our guide to group tour planning with a complete listing of group-friendly restaurants, attractions and unique itinerary ideas.

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If you’re a group tour operator, call the Staunton Convention and Visitors Bureau today to get started.

Group Itineraries: Choose Your Adventure

Choose from these unique experiences below or let us help create one-of-a-kind group itinerary for your group.
See the sample itineraries below.

seasonal itineraries

With four distinct seasons, each offering an unparalleled experience, plan an unforgettable group trip— any time of year—to the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

ALTERNATIVE FALL FOLIAGE Tour

A Blue Ridge Christmas

Winter Escape to Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley

Spring in Bloom: A Tour of Staunton and Augusta County

Summer Music Scene Itinerary

thematic itineraries

Customization is key! You know and understand what your groups are interested in learning about and exploring. Use these thematic itinerary ideas to build an unforgettable trip to the Shenandoah Valley.

Farm Fresh: Fields of Gold Farm Tour

Elegantly English: Tea, Tour and Performance

Mountains and Scenic Drives

Satisfy Your Cravings: A Culinary Tour and Tasting

Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Adventure

Student Tour of Staunton

Queen City Mischief & Magic

TIMED itineraries

Not sure where to start? We’ve created well-rounded experiences that showcase the best of Staunton and the Valley that will sure and please all ages and interests.

Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley: 3 Day Tour

Discover the Valley: 4 Day Itinerary with Farm Tour

Group hotels

We have loads of lodging options, several of which are located in the heart of downtown and just steps away from dining, shopping, and evening entertainment. Choose from our historic properties boasting Southern charm or our spacious, name brand properties serving up free breakfast.

Brand hotels

Comfort Inn
1302 Richmond Ave, Staunton, VA 24401

With 96 sleeping rooms, this hotel is conveniently located off I-81 and features the modern amenities your groups enjoy.

TRU by Hilton
120 Crossing Way, Staunton, VA 24401

Tru’s 90 efficiently designed rooms feature great mattresses, lots of towels, and large TVs. Tru’s community spaces really stand out, however, and guests should make sure they go down to the open-plan lobby to mix and mingle.

Quality Inn & Suites Staunton:
200 Frontier Drive, Staunton, VA 24401

Their 46-spacious guest rooms feature sleeper sofas and sitting areas for groups looking for a little extra elbow room along with modern amenities.

Best Western:
92 Rowe Rd, Staunton, VA 24401

Newly updated, this hotel is conveniently located off I-81 and features modern amenities along with 80 comfortable and spacious sleeping rooms.

Hampton Inn by Hilton:
40 Payne Ln, Staunton, VA 24401

With 76 rooms, visitors will find great amenities including Free WiFi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a 37-inch TV and a cozy bed.

Holiday Inn Staunton:
152 Fairway Ln, Staunton, VA 24401

After a complete renovation, guests at the Holiday Inn will enjoy this full-service, modern hotel complete with 117 rooms, a restaurant, and several meeting rooms.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites:
47 Rolling Thunder Ln, Staunton, VA 24401

This brand new property has 116 large rooms, many of which are suites, a small meeting space, and a comfortable lobby.

Sleep Inn Staunton:
222 Jefferson Hwy, Staunton, VA 24401

The Sleep Inn’s stylish look boasts classic amenities and their Designed to Dream sleeping rooms with a total of 87 rooms.

unique stays

The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center:
301 Greenville Ave, Staunton, VA 24401

This 49-room luxury boutique hotel is Staunton’s newest full-service hotel featuring a restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms all on a sprawling 80-acre retreat steeped in history.

Hotel 24 South:
24 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401

Formerly known as the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, this historic property with 124 rooms, is the only full-service hotel located in downtown Staunton and within walking distance of shopping, dining and entertainment.

Group Activities: Get Out & Explore

Staunton is overflowing with things to see and do. Enjoy a night of theater at the American Shakespeare Center, step back in time at the Frontier Culture Museum, and discover the life and legacy of Woodrow Wilson at his Presidential Library and Museum. Stroll through Staunton’s nationally recognized historic downtown; dine out at one of our farm-fresh restaurants and taste the creative plates of our notable chefs; and shop at more than 100 independently-owned retail stores.

Arts & Culture

AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER
10 S. Market St.
Staunton, VA 24401
540-885-5588 ext.24
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Shakespeare is serious fun at the Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater. Take a backstage tour or perform your favorite scenes on stage with a hands-on workshop; perfect for groups! Choose from over 15 productions including Shakespearean staples, contemporary works, and world premiere musicals.

Guided Tours
35 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401
540-332-3865

Take a tour of downtown Staunton from the comfort of your bus with a step-on guide or do a walking tour! Learn about the history and architecture of this award-winning “Main Street” touring four of the six historic districts with stops at Trinity Episcopal Church to see the original Tiffany stained glass windows; Sunspots Studios to watch live glass blowing demonstrations; and finally the R.R. Smith Center to visit the visual art and history galleries.

Sunspots Studios
202 S. Lewis St.
Staunton, VA 24401
540-885-0678
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Feel the heat of the furnaces as you watch artists create original art glass during live glass blowing demonstrations. Join the fun and make your own keepsake as you “Blow Your Own Ornament.”

Tiffany Windows at Trinity Episcopal Church
214 W Beverley St,
Staunton, VA 24401
540-886-9132
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Led by a docent, tour the sanctuary of Staunton’s oldest church which includes twelve stained glass windows, including the triptych that is installed over the altar, all created by the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York.

Fun for Everyone

Crack the Code Escape Room
300 Church St Bldg. B,
Staunton, VA 24401
540-688-2085
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Add exciting interactive play to your group’s itinerary with a stop at Staunton’s Crack the Code Escape Room. Escape rooms are interactive games where you have 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles, and make your way to freedom. Crack the Code offers four in-house games and private packages (up to 31 people) that include access to all the rooms, complimentary beverages, and game hosts. Or they can bring the game to your group with their portable escape game that accommodates 12 – 48 players.

Historic Sites & Museums

Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Rd.
Staunton, VA 24401
540-332-7850 ext. 149
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Be immersed in the daily life of the Shenandoah Valley’s earliest settlers as you explore this living history museum visiting farmsteads from Africa, America, England, Germany and Ireland.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum
18 N. Coalter St.
Staunton, VA 24401
540-885-0897 ext. 106
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Discover the life and legacy of the country’s 28th President in the city where he was born. Led by an interpreter, get a behind the scenes look at Wilson’s birthplace, historic gardens, and interactive exhibits.

The Great Outdoors

Adventure Bound: Scenic Drive & Nature Walk
540-332-3865

Take in the sights and scenes of the Shenandoah Valley on a guided excursion through the mountains. Start with a driving tour, stopping along the way to explore the many scenic overlooks, spectacular waterfalls and breathtaking mountain views. Then stretch your legs with a nature walk discovering the area flora and fauna culminating in a catered picnic lunch.

Farm Fresh: Fields of Gold Farm Trail
540-332-3865
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Discover the home-grown side of the Shenandoah Valley as you spend the day learning about sustainable farming, pick your own lavender, wild flowers or seasonal fruit, tour a fish hatchery, snuggle goats or enjoy the many wineries or breweries the region has to offer. End the day with a specially prepared farm to table meal.

Grand Caverns
5 Grand Cavern Rd,
Grottoes, VA 24441
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Experience the U.S.’s oldest continually-operating show cave. A Natural National Landmark, Grand Caverns contains magical rock formations along with historic treasures such as Civil War-era signatures.

Group Dining: Your Culinary Adventure Awaits

Staunton boasts award-winning chefs serving up fresh ingredients highlighting the region’s rich agricultural heritage. Try some of these local flavors ideal for group dining.

Craft Beverages

Sip and Savor Craft Beer and Local Wine:

Hop on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and try over 19 breweries three of which are located in downtown Staunton:

Queen City Brewing
Redbeard Brewing
Skipping Rock Beer Co. (Augusta County)
Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company

Sample the fine selection of wines served up at wine bars and tasting rooms around town:

Barren Ridge Vineyards
Ox-Eye Tasting Room
The Green Room
Yelping Dog

Foodie Experiences

Cheese Making 101
540-332-3865
Wind down your tour with a cheese making class paired with wine. Join cheesemaker Louella Hill with master vintner and owner of Ox-Eye Vineyards, John Kiers with a 101 on the basics of home cheesemaking. Taste your way from fresh to aged cheeses and learn why cheeses are so different from one another. Next work on pairing a final cheese tasting fleet with the award-winning wines of Ox-Eye.

Elegantly English Tea
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540-332-3865
Spend the afternoon at the Inn at MeadowCroft, a beautifully renovated 1795 log home surrounded by pastoral views of Augusta County. There you’ll enjoy a southern take on a traditional English tea. Your first course will start with a seasonal soup served with rosemary scone and clotted cream. Next, try an assortment of finger sandwiches using the MeadowCroft Farm’s scratch-made pickles, jams and relishes. Then indulge in their signature cookies like their lemon bars or thumbprint cookies. Served with your choice of tea.

Taste of the Town
540-332-3865

Foodies will love this tour of Staunton and Augusta County. Start your day at the Staunton Olive Oil Company learning about the health benefits of olive oil, watching a cooking demo, and tasting over 30 different oils. Next tour MeadowCroft Farm’s pickle factory where they produce all-natural pickles, relishes, and spreads. After your tour, head to The Cheese Shop where foodies will delight in the unique snack selection, old-fashioned candies, hard-to-find baking ingredients and much more. Then, ice and decorate like a pro with helpful hints and techniques by Pastry Chef Erinn Paris of Paris Cake Company. Take home your tasty treat—cookies or cupcakes—to enjoy later!