Nestled in charming Staunton, Virginia, the newly opened Blackburn Inn is a luxury boutique hotel that sits on 80 acres in the heart of town.

Constructed in 1828 and renovated a few years later by Thomas Jefferson protege Thomas Blackburn, the wide, red brick building with its stately columns and cupola was once part of the Western State Hospital. The hospital housed mental patients until the 1970s and sought in its early years to provide moral treatment in an environment conducive to wellness, according to reports.

The inn’s amazing renovation of this historic building exudes a distinctive and unmistakably American look – with red brick, whitewashed wood trim, classical moldings and dramatic light-filled hallways.

The magnificently renovated grounds and the inn’s impressive architectural details, don’t end in the hotel lobby. The guests room are filled with architectural charm and beautiful large windows, with beautifully designed bathrooms featuring deluxe amenities.

The Blackburn has 49 guest rooms and features contemporary design details that complement its historic surroundings. The main entrance takes guests up to the property’s large wraparound front porch, which hosts a café bistro called Second Draft. The cafe serves light bites, regional craft beers and wine.

The Blackburn Inn, offers live music on Friday nights and a wine and cheese tasting on Saturdays for hotel guests. They also provide guests fresh pastries from a local bakery every morning.

Staunton is located in the heart of Virginia’s spectacular Shenandoah Valley, just below the Blue Ridge Mountains. With amazing views and boutique wineries, it’s the perfect spot to escape the hustle of life. One of my favorite wineries nearby is Barren Ridge Vineyards. A short drive from the inn, visitors to Barren Ridge can relax on a beautiful outdoor patio or sample the local vintage in a spacious tasting room with a large fireplace. The Inn also offers a special Vineyard Tour package, that includes 2 tasting tickets to Barren Ridge.

If a trip to the Shenandoah Valley sounds like the perfect fall getaway, book a room with the Blackburn Inn and call and ask about their “Our First Fall” Promotion, for Travel Dates Sep 01 through Nov 30.

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