A SHENANDOAH VALLEY GEM
BY CHRISTINE KOUBEK
OPENED IN JUNE ON 80 palatial acres in Staunton,
Virginia, ;e Blackburn Inn mixes modern artsy décor
with nods to the historic redbrick building’s past.
Constructed by master builder and ;omas Je;erson
protégé ;omas Blackburn in 1828, the Je;ersonian-style property features vaulted ceilings, light-filled
hallways, original heart pine floors and a reproduction
antique drafting table that serves as the reception
desk. Each of the inn’s 49 guest rooms features plush
pillow-top beds and spacious marble bathrooms with
frameless glass showers; some have soaking tubs.
Relax at Second Draft, Blackburn’s intimate bistro
and bar, and nosh on a Southern pimento cheese
panini or a goat cheese flatbread pizza (aim for a spot
on the wraparound front porch in good weather). Take
the spiral staircase to a rooftop cupola for 360-degree
views of the quaint town of Staunton.
Rates begin at $149 and include a breakfast of
pastries, fruit, yogurt and locally sourced artisanal
;e Blackburn Inn, 301 Greenville Ave., Staunton,
Virginia; 540-712-0601, blackburn-inn.com