Start in Staunton. A quintessential historic Valley destination, Staunton is merely an hour and forty minute drive from Richmond and accessible by rail from Washington, DC. Boasting some of the Valley’s most notable restaurants and rated one of Southern Living’s “Best Mountain Towns”, it is also the home of the must-visit American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse.
This indoor theatre hosts famous Shakespeare plays and many other classic performances. In fact, the Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, giving this place truly a remarkable historical feel. The theatre holds matinee and evening performances all-year-round, So, no matter when you decide to visit, you can soak in greats like Othello and Twelfth Night in a setting second only to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Post performance, keep the evening going by visiting one of Staunton’s amazing destinations for bites, beverages, and full-out gourmet dining experiences. Take in the complete list and sort by what you love over at visitstaunton.com/eat-drink.
Looking for a place to stay in Staunton? The American Shakespeare Center partners with Blackburn Inn, Stonewall Jackson Hotel, and the Frederick House. If you’d like to make your home base closer to Waynesboro, check out the Iris Inn.