Historic Hotel with $21 Million in Renovations
When the Stonewall Jackson Hotel underwent a $21 million renovation in 2005, the goal wasn’t to get with the times: it was to preserve the past. Inside, you’ll find chandeliers and wall sconces that look as elegant as they did when the hotel first opened nearly 90 years ago. And in the restored mezzanine there’s a working 1924 Wurlitzer organ, considered to be the only one of its kind left in the world.
Though many of the hotel’s antiques are still intact, some things have changed over the years. For one, there are now multiple onsite restaurants. Next to the Colonnade ballroom is Sorrel's restaurant, which serves inventive Southern cuisine. The rotating menu incorporates organic herbs and veggies grown in the hotel’s rooftop garden. Come morning, you can head to 24 Market Restaurant, where a weekend buffet includes omelet and waffle stations. Just around the corner from the hotel, Shenandoah Pizza makes more than 20 kinds of gourmet pies to go along with 200 beers.
The hotel’s lobby now boasts a vibrant cocktail lounge, and there’s a heated indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, and a fitness center. You'll even find a new wing of guest rooms. That’s where all of the two-queen units are situated; king rooms are located in the historic wing.
Staunton, Virginia: Historic Small Town in the Shenandoah Valley
Located 90 minutes from Richmond and two hours from Washington, DC, Staunton sits in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Free trolley cars run along the town’s historic main street, just steps from the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. The American Shakespeare Center is also nearby; it puts on the Bard’s plays throughout the year.
Staunton is the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson and the site of his presidential library. Here you’ll find a host of exhibits relating to the life of the 28th president, including personal belongings, photographs, and prank telegrams sent to foreign heads of state.
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