Introducing Staunton’s Best of 2020!

Every year, Virginia Living surveys its readers to vote for their local favorites. The results appear in their “Best of” issue under the Shenandoah Valley category.  Staunton favorites were selected, as follows:

Entertainment & Events

  • Best Art Event: Staunton Augusta Art Center’s Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill
  • Best Art Gallery: 3rd Place – CoArt Gallery
  • Best Museum: 1st Place – Frontier Culture Museum
  • Best Historic Site: 1st Place – Downtown Staunton
  • Best Historic Site: 2nd Place – Frontier Culture Museum
  • Best Tourist Attraction: 2nd Place – American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse
  • Best Non-Food Festival: 3rd Place – Staunton Music Festival
  • Best Professional/Regional Performing Arts Company: 1st Place – American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse
  • Best Professional/Regional Performing Arts Company: 2nd Place – ShenanArts

Food & Drink

  • Best Asian Restaurant: 2nd Place – Massaki Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
  • Best Barbecue Restaurant: 2nd Place – Peck’s Barbecue
  • Best Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant: 1st Place – Kathy’s Restaurant
  • Best Burger Joint: 2nd Place – Wright’s Dairy-Rite
  • Best Italian Restaurant: 3rd Place – Emilio’s Restaurant
  • Best Mexican Restaurant: 2nd Place – Chicano Boy Taco
  • Best Pizzeria: 2nd Place – Shenandoah Pizza
  • Best Seafood Restaurant: 1st Place – Mill Street Grill
  • Best Seafood Restaurant: 3rd Place – The Depot Grille
  • Best Steakhouse: 2nd Place – Mill Street Grill
  • Best Steakhouse: 3rd Place – The Depot Grille
  • Best Restaurant: 1st Place – Mill Street Grill
  • Best Restaurant: 3rd Place – The Depot Grille
  • Best Restaurant for Vegans or Vegetarians: 2nd Place – Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery
  • Best Dessert: 2nd Place – The Split Banana
  • Best Ice Cream Shop: 2nd Place – The Split Banana
  • Best Outdoor Dining: 1st Place – Byers Street Bistro
  • Best Farmer’s Market: 2nd Place – Staunton Farmers’ Market
  • Best Wine Shop: 1st Place – Yelping Dog Wine
  • Best Cocktails: 1st Place – Zynodoa

Travel

  • Best Bed & Breakfast: 3rd Place – Frederick House
  • Best Hotel: 2nd Place – Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center

Pets

  • Best Dog Park: 1st Place – Gypsy Hill Park
  • Best Pet Boarding/Day Care: 2nd Place – Augusta Valley Animal Hospital
  • Best Veterinary Hospital: 2nd Place – Augusta Valley Animal Hospital

Kids

  • Best K-12 Independent School: 1st Place – Stuart Hall School
  • Best K-12 Independent School: 3rd Place – Grace Christian School
  • Best Playground: 2nd Place – Gypsy Hill Park

Outdoors & Active

  • Best Dance Studio: 2nd Place – Valley Dance Theatre
  • Best Dance Studio: 3rd Place – Staunton Academy of Ballet
  • Best Golf Course: 2nd Place – Gypsy Hill Park
  • Best Gym or Fitness Studio: 2nd Place – Staunton-Augusta YMCA

Health

  • Best Dermatology Practice: 3rd Place – Shenandoah Dermatology
  • Best Orthopedic Practice: 2nd Place – Augusta Orthopedic Surgery
  • Best Chiropractic Practice: 1st Place – The Amato Clinic
  • Best Orthodontic Practice: 2nd Place – Ashley Orthodontics
  • Best Orthodontic Practice: 3rd Place – Parrott Orthodontics
  • Best Optometric Practice: 3rd Place – MyEyeDr.

Beauty

  • Best Hair Salon or Barber Shop: 1st Place – High Tech Salon and Spa Studios
  • Best Nail Salon: 2nd Place – High Tech Salon and Spa Studios
  • Best Spa: 3rd Place – Breezy Hill Day Spa
  • Best Tattoo Parlor: 3rd Place – Acme Tattoo

Home

  • Best Interior Design Firm/Home Furnishing Store: 3rd Place – Queen City Salvage and Design
  • Best Kitchen Design Firm and Remodeling Company: 2nd Place – CabinetWorks
  • Best Landscape Design: 2nd Place – Staunton Plant Co.
  • Best Realtors: Charity Perry Cox – Long & Foster Real Estate, Shannon Marie Harrington – Blue Ridge Fine Properties, Kathleen Kellett – Long & Foster Real Estate, and Beverly Anne Stermer – Nest Realty

Weddings & Special Events

  • Best Florist: 1st Place – Honey Bee’s Florist

Services

  • Best Car Dealer: 1st Place – McDonough Toyota
  • Best Financial Planning Firm: 1st Place – BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
  • Best Funeral Home: 2nd Place – Coffman Funeral Home & Crematory
  • Best Funeral Home: 3rd Place – Henry Funeral Home

Shopping

  • Best Antiques: 3rd Place – 17 E. Beverley Antiques
  • Best Gift & Home Accessories Store: 1st Place – LTD7
  • Best Bicycle Shop: 1st Place – Black Dog Bikes
  • Best Bookstore: 2nd Place – Black Swan Books and Music
  • Best Downtown Shopping: 1st Place – Downtown Staunton
  • Best Fine Jewelry Store: 3rd Place – Crown Jewelers
  • Best Men’s Clothing Store: 1st Place – Belk
  • Best Women’s Clothing Store: 1st Place – LTD7

Congratulations to all of our local favorites!