Spend one day/one night enveloped in the burgeoning local foodie movement in Staunton. Here, a “Farm to Table” culinary sensibility is realized through the proximity of fresh ingredients, local farm tours and a sensational, seasonal Farmers’ Market. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at a hometown eatery where all the locals meet. You’ll want to stop and sample locally roasted coffee at Cranberrie’s Grocery and Eatery, and maybe pick up some organic and natural groceries there too. Plan a visit to Polyface Farm, a family owned, multi-generational, local-market farm and informational outreach near Staunton. Self-guided and escorted farm tours are offered as well as product sales. Take a stroll through Staunton’s easily walked and compact downtown, featuring many unique specialty stores just for the connoisseur. You’ll find gelato, ice cream, candy, and pizza, all homemade, and all calling your name. The first Saturday in April through the Saturday before Thanksgiving, head down to the Farmers’ Market to shop for locally-raised fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, eggs, herbs, meats and poultry… maybe meet a local chef! Dinner choices abound, but one might be tempted to try Zynodoa who features southern cuisine made with the freshest, local produce and ingredients. Visit Emilio's for its authentic Italian taste; Mill Street Grill for its famous barbecue ribs; Depot Grill for its bison burger; Byers Street Bistro for its pecan encrusted chicken salad. The possibilities are endless. Your evening comes to a close as you take in a spectacular sunset and a glass of Virginia wine beside a blazing hearth at Barren Ridge Vineyard, the areas first winery. Retire for the evening in one of Staunton’s historic hotels or B&B’s, where you can be pampered with a full, hot breakfast upon awakening in the morning.
Last Updated: 6/13/2014 10:55 AM