Historical Hotel in the Heart of Downtown Staunton
Dangling chandeliers, originals from 1924, wink like diamonds in a flapper's necklace. A still-working 1924 Wurlitzer organ, one of a rare few in existence, sits in the lobby, seemingly waiting to play for a society cotillion or a New Year's Eve ball. Walking in through the doors of the newly restored Stonewall Jackson Hotel, a property hallmarked by swank marble floors and soaring ceilings, is like stepping back in time to the decadent Roaring Twenties.
The Historic Wing hosts the pet-friendly king guest rooms, where each door opens to a cozy space where no two rooms are alike, although each has been decked out in up-to-date amenities such as a TV, complimentary in-room wireless, and remote controls that double as light sabers. The queen-queen guest rooms are set in the new wing of the hotel, and each room more closely resembles a modern hotel pad with a standard layout and a bit more space. Giant windows look out to the tree-lined streets of Staunton below.
Just past the lobby, Sorrel's, Stonewall Jackson Hotel's attached restaurant, serves up an ever-changing menu of creative southern comfort fare next to a crackling fireplace. Chefs whip up dishes using organic herbs and vegetables grown in the green hotel's rooftop garden. After a quick workout in the fitness center, guests can take a relaxing dip in the indoor heated pool.
Staunton, Virginia: Trolleys, Shakespeare, and Foodie Bliss
Free trolley buses run up and down Historic Main Street in the picturesque downtown Staunton, which sits just steps outside the hotel and is lined with charming shops, quaint cafés, and chic bistros. Within walking distance is the American Shakespeare Center, where a historically accurate reproduction of an Elizabethan theater shows the Bard's popular plays on its simple wooden stage. Close by, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum shows off exhibits of the 28th president's public life, along with personal artifacts, photographs, and prank telegrams to vacationing senators. In between sightseeing stops, travelers can stop by local pizza parlor to grab slices with their included $10 dining credit.