We're at the center of Staunton

Photo: Zynodoa Restaurant.

Welcome to our new blog, where we'll keep you updated on happenings at the Frederick HouseStaunton and the Shenandoah Valley.

Lately, it seems, Staunton is on every list of small ciites to vist and even to move to!

And why not?

A walkable small city filled with artistic culture and driven by a foodie bent that's also surrounded by natural beauty, rich farmland, and a quickly developing craft beer and local wine scene is a rare treat indeed.

No wonder people are taking notice.

Of course, all this goodness is something we at the Frederick House have known for years. But more than that, we've been at the center of it all the whole time!

Take a walk

When visitors come to Staunton, its walkability (and bikeability*) is at the top of their list of reasons to come. And that makes the Frederick House the best small hotel stay for literally walking out the door and already being there.

Within two blocks of us are two locally-owned and operated cinemas — The Visulite and its sister movie house The Dixie — and the "shamelessly entertaining" American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse.

Also within that range is Zynodoa, a mouthwatering, Southern-inspired farm-to-table restaurant that never fails. It boasts a hip, contemporary bar as well, with a notable collection of martinis, local beer and wines, and a truly knowledgeable staff. Be warned: reservations are best.

There's also Aioli, offering Southern European Mediterranean foods; Spanish Tapas, Italian raviolis, and Southern France styles of provencal dishes in a delightfully sophisticated dining room setting.

Okay, this is turning into a whole tour of Staunton. That's because, like we told you, we're right in the heart of Staunton. With these kinds of amenities, it's like we're on vacation all the time.

Around the corner

So continuing the tour, also within two blocks are:

  • Coffee on the Corner (Coffee, teas, smoothies, beer, inside seating and patio)
  • Shenandoah Pizza (Locally-made with huge beer list and bluesy music nights)
  • Emilio's (Italian with three floors of seating and the only rooftop patio in town)
  • Cranberries (Health food store and healthy-eating cafe)
  • The Beverley (Downhome breakfast and lunch by oldschool locals — mmm, collards!)
  • The Pampered Palate (Breakfast and lunch options like soup, salad, and sandwiches)
  • Baja Bean (Tex-Mex lunch & dinner, late-night bar, vegetarian/vegan options)
  • The Split Banana (Homemade gelato with local grass-fed milk and many locally sourced ingredients)
  • The Yelping Dog (Wine bar, craft beer selection, gourmet grilled cheeses and charcuterie)

Stretch your legs

Now, other things that aren't within two blocks are fortunately within three blocks or four or five. Nothing is very far from Frederick House. We won't list them all but some favorites are:

Though you have to walk a whole four blocks to get there let us not forget The Shack, chef Ian Boden's unparalleled (and utterly unpretentious) small locavore restaurant. It's received so many plaudits — from The Washington Post's Tom Sietsma to the Wall Street Journal (and more) — that we can hardly keep up. Serving Wednesday through Saturday and taking no reservations, — so strategize well to get a seat.

More to come

Of course we've also got loads of retail, activities and events that happen just outside our door, too. So stay tuned for our next blog post, all about where to shop and what to do within blocks of the Frederick House.

--Joe and Evy (rhymes with heavy) Harman