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Steeles Tavern Manor and Alpine Hideaway Cottages

8400 North Lee Hwy, Steeles Tavern, Virginia 24476
Innkeeper(s): Melissa & Ray Alexander

Christmas Productions at Blackfriars Playhouse Staunton 30 Nov 2016, 10:52 am

logoThe American Shakespeare Center recreates the total theatre experience from Shakespeare’s time period. The English Renaissance stage is a participatory production and is a quite different style than what we typically think of as a theatre performance today. The Blackfriars Theatre puts the actors in the center of the audience and it is into this format that Christmas productions come to Staunton, VA.

The classic “A Christmas Carol”, written by Charles Dickens, is on stage from December 2 through December 26, 2016. This is the one play that has been performed every year since the theatre was built in 2001. Even though this stage was built to use Shakespearian methods from the actors, the Dickens play works with the audience’s imagination as a tool for the performers. Scrooge, the three ghosts, and the Cratchit family make the audience believe in second chances and the joy of the season!14915640_10154341013618347_5052984239809576073_n

Another Christmas show on stage this year is “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris. The author wrote essays about his life-altering experience working as an elf in Macy’s Department Store. The Blackfriars Theatre’s play was adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. The experiences of the writer in this one-man play fall into the category of “we can’t this up”! The play is outrageously funny as told by the tallest elf ever. Enjoy this show running from November 29 through December 26, 2016.

15193704_10154341013488347_1238343999576178468_nOne other tale for this season is “The 12 Dates of Christmas”. Enjoy “Dates” from November 30 through December 31, 2016. After seeing her fiancé making out with a co-worker on national TV at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary’s heart is broken. She drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army donation pot and spends the next year navigating her new life. The almost-one-woman play tells her tale of blind dates, friend dates, first dates, and bad dates after that fateful Thanksgiving Day TV show.

Each Thursday evening, the audience has the opportunity to “talk back” with the actors. Discuss the performers’ interpretation of the role. Learn more about their experiences and interactions with the audiences. Purchase tickets online for all performances.

Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday Gift Certificates 20 Nov 2016, 10:02 am

Looking for a unique gift idea for a special person? Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast and Alpine Hideaway Cabins has the perfect solution to your gift buying quest!shopsmall2

Purchase a Gift Certificate for a stay at this B&B which is conveniently located between Staunton and Lexington VA – two of the “Best Small Towns” in the USA. In fact, both of these towns will be busy on “black Friday” and “Shop Small Saturday” as the shopkeepers in these downtown districts kick-off the shopping season.

Independent, small businesses return three times the economic benefits back to their local community as the “big box” stores. Locally owned, small businesses also increase the property values of downtown districts. By “shopping small” everyday, not just on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, you support the economy of our historic towns in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

The independent owners can provide special knowledge about their products and about the quaint town you’re visiting too. Explore clothing shops and gift shops. Shop for kitchen specialty items and home décor. You can also find college logo clothing to rugged outdoor apparel. And buy some locally produced Virginia wine to add to the gift package.shopsmall1fullsizerender-5

You can add an extra package to the B&B Gift Certificate too. Include an In-room massage, dinner for two (“Dine in like a local” package), flower or balloons, or a celebration wine package. The extra touches make the gift, and the stay, so much better! Your special someone will enjoy receiving the Gift Certificate then, at a later time, enjoy the getaway. It will seem like two gifts!

Black Friday or Shop Small Saturday are perfect opportunities to take advantage of special sales at local stores and at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B. Call us to purchase Gift Certificates for family members and special friends: (540)377-9494.shopsmall3

Dine In – Like a Local at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B in VA 30 Oct 2016, 2:42 pm


Relax after your arrival and enjoy the “Dine In Like a Local” dinner package by the pond.

As we approach the end of the fall season, temperatures dip, and darkness comes earlier each day, we begin to think of “nesting” or snuggling down and just being comfortable. This is one reason Steeles Tavern Manor B&B and Alpine Hideaway Cottages are offering a dinner special, “Dine In Like a Local”.

After perhaps a long drive in to Steeles Tavern, VA, you may just want to relax and snuggle-in for the night by the fireplace available in all cabins and most guest rooms.

The dinner is delivered to you from Gertie’s Country Store with a choice from five entrées and each one includes Gertie’s special fries – for only $25 for two people!

Choose from these main dishes:

Pulled Pork sandwich with Gertie’s secret sauce

Burger or Cheeseburger

Chicken Wings – Hot, mild, or BBQ (order of 8)

Club Sandwich – choice of turkey, ham, or cheese

Sub Sandwich – choice of Italian, turkey, or veggie


Enjoy your “local” dinner by the fireplace in one of the Alpine Cabins.

These local selections make it an easy evening for you after checking-in or after a day of touring around the Shenandoah Valley.

Gertie’s is a local restaurant – where locals eat! Reviews of Gerties – most of which were submitted by travelers – tell you that the food will be really good. Some of the TripAdvisor reviews are titled “One of a kind”, “Absolutely great stop”, “Super wonderful” and “Delicious BBQ!.” 80% of reviewers on Yelp give Gertie’s 5 stars and the other 20% are 4 stars. Readers of BlueRidge Country named Gertie’s one of the “final four” best restaurants on the Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour.

DINE IN LIKE A LOCAL is designed to help make you feel at home. Huddle down for the night and enjoy local foods prepared by local folks. This offer is available Monday night through Saturday night with 24 hours notice. Make your reservation and order your Dine In Dinner.


Baroque Equestrian Games at Virginia Horse Center 15 Oct 2016, 6:16 pm

ce92d553The 2016 Classical Championship, Expo, and Grand Gala of the Baroque Equestrian Games will be held Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. This three-day event is a “must attend” for all equestrians in the mid-Atlantic area. This event is a special, artistic competition that celebrates the artistry and elegance of Classical Horsemanship.

The event begins with a special Friday Night Festival that includes a Wine & Cheese Costume Party. The Cavalcade of Classical Breeds will feature various historic horse breeds and tell a bit about the history and attributes of the breeds. Well known trainers will demonstrate the Baroque Riding styles. The Classical Stallion Spotlight will allow these magnificent animals to strut their stuff. And there will even be a Classical Horse Sale Spotlight that evening. So if you are looking for a classic breed horse, this is your opportunity to see these animals’ gait and build.16ea67e5

On Saturday evening, the 2016 Grand Gala will tell the story of The Magical, Mythical Horse – the unicorn. This little Unicorn makes a fantastic journey on its way to finding its healing powers – and the show admission is a fundraiser for Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $20 for reserve seating.

During the day on Saturday and Sunday, a Classical Horsemanship Competition will take place. Four unique sections and four phases of training will be available. The judges will provide evaluation and discussion after each ride. World-renowned trainers will be lecturing on various topics and demonstrating riding styles and training techniques. The focus is on the qualities of relaxation, lightness, balance, brilliance, suppleness, and self-carriage. If you want to improve your riding skills, the Baroque Equestrian Games will be the place to be in late October. If you just enjoy watching grace in motion, these equestrian demonstrations and gala events will be wonderful entertainment.

Celebrate the “lost arts” of the Blue Ridge Mountains 26 Sep 2016, 3:12 pm

MountainDayLogo3On October 8, 2016 in Buena Vista, VA, the culture of the heart of Virginia is celebrated and demonstrated at a festival called “Mountain Day”. The small town closes its main street, Magnolia Street, between 20th and 22nd Streets, to allow mountain crafters, musicians, and locally produced foods to be offered to everyone who attends. The festivities run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and admission is free.

Buena Vista is located on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and is next to the Maury River. The history, heritage, and culture of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains are the focus of Mountain Day. Mountain music and entertainment will be offered continuously – all day long. Hear mountain fiddling and good blue grass music. See how some of the traditional string instruments are made. Buy your own Appalachian dulcimer from one of the mountain crafters who may be demonstrating their work.

Many hand-crafted items will be offered for sale. One of the local specialty crafts is white oak basket weaving. The techniques of splitting the white oak, seasoning the wood, weaving it, and finishing the baskets will be one of the crafts displayed and sold. This traditional technique has been handed down through generations.Mt. Day 2007-4

The history of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley will be told in the form of displays and old-time skill demonstrations. See antique farm machinery on display and learn about the importance of the rich, fertile land in the valley. The fertile soil produced abundant crops, and the land also had a deposit of iron ore that resulted in growth of the town. The history includes the speedy development of the town, including the magnificent Buena Vista Hotel (circa 1890) that now serves as Main Hall for Southern Virginia University.

Come our to Mountain Day for crafts, music, children’s activities, food, and fun!

Annual Grape Harvest Festival in the Shenandoah Valley 14 Sep 2016, 7:31 pm


Rockbridge Vineyard Grape Harvest Festival

Rockbridge Vineyard in Raphine, VA is the place to be on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The Shenandoah Valley will be celebrating the advent of fall colors and harvest fun. At Rockbridge Vineyard, the 24th Annual Harvest Festival will offer wine tasting and LOTS of other fun.

The celebration begins at noon and runs until 6:00 pm. The $5.00 admission includes wine tasting and a souvenir wine glass. If you are a member of the D’Vine Wine Club, admission is free! Admission is only $3 for “non-tasters”.

A photo by Jassy Onyae.

Grapes, ready for harvest.

Lunches will be available to purchase. You can also bring your own picnic lunch. Either way, you will want to have energy for all the events of the day.

This event is meant to celebrate the grape harvest. And the grapes will be used to make wine. SO of course there will be GRAPE STOMPING! Roll-up your pants legs and take off your shoes to stomp to the music! Speaking of music, there will be live bands playing all during the celebration.

To complete a Harvest Festival, hayrides will be available. Ride out through the vineyards over the 17 acres and see how the “fruit of the vine” is grown.


Flavor of Virginia grapes

Rockbridge Vineyard is owned by Shepherd Rouse and his wife, Jane Millott-Rouse. They purchased land in 1988 to start the vineyard and begin making wine. The vineyard now covers 17 acres of land. Shep uses grapes from other growers in Virginia to produce wines which satisfy a broad range of individual tastes. He uses “small batch” methods to produce wines that capture the local flavor of Virginia with hints of from his work experiences in Germany and California too!


With the vineyard as a backdrop, guests enjoy wine tasting and special harvest events.

Rockbridge Vineyard is located just two miles from our B&B and we visit there frequently. The 24th Annual Harvest Festival will be a fun day, set in a beautiful location, during the beginning of fall foliage season. That all adds up to a wonderful getaway weekend!

The Virginia Food Truck Battle returns September 4, 2016 30 Aug 2016, 2:24 pm

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VA Food Truck Battle poster

Food Trucks have become the exciting culinary choice of millennials. When you gather 24 Food Trucks and 6 Virginia Breweries, it turns into a party! Come to the Virginia Food Truck Battle & Beer Competition on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the Frontier Culture Museum to enjoy a wide variety of foods, taste some great locally-made craft beers, and help The Madee Project. The Madee Project is a non-profit organization that gives help to pediatric cancer patients and their families in Augusta County VA and the surrounding areas.

This is only the second year for this event but it has more than doubled the number of Food Trucks! The Frontier Museum is a wonderful host site where you can learn some Shenandoah Valley history while you enjoy your delectable delights.

There will be 24 trucks set-up in 3 zones (8 trucks in each zone.) In each zone, one winner is voted on by the attendees. These Fan Favorites will then be judged by a panel of chefs from Charlottesville, Richmond, and the Shenandoah Valley. The winning Food Truck gets bragging rights as the winning moving culinary delight in VA for 2016.

There will also be six Virginia breweries competing for Fan Favorite Brewery. They will be positioned in the 3 zones as well.

Four bands will be playing for your entertainment for the day. Kids games and activities will be offered free to keep the younger children occupied. There will also be two wineries, a soft drink tent, kettle corn vendor, and ice cream trucks (all noncompeting).

VIP Tickets ($35 in advance; $40 at the door) allow you to enter the grounds and start the voting at 11:45 AM. General Admission Tickets ($10 in advance; $15 at the Door) will allow you to enter at 2:00pm. The Food Trucks will be serving up great flavors until 6:00pm.

This is your chance to experience this HOT trend in food while helping a good cause! Come out if you’re a “foodie” (or not!) and try some dishes from the best Food Trucks in Virginia.

Rockbridge Community Festival in Lexington VA 14 Aug 2016, 9:56 am

13607026_950835955015337_9078009238875661689_nComing to downtown Lexington, VA – on Saturday, August 27, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – it’s the Rockbridge Community Festival! This one-day event is sponsored by the Lexington Rotary Club and the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, with all the proceeds benefitting local, Shenandoah Valley charities.

Arts & craft vendors, area businesses, and local charitable organizations have booth space along 3 blocks of Lexington’s Main Street. Music and food is also part of the fun of the day.

Entertainment will occur at the Main Stage at the Rockbridge County Old Courthouse Green located at 2 South Main Street and in the center of all the activity. The shows begin at 9:00 am with Mac Baker and Wade Branner playing acoustic tunes from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond. At 10:00 am, enjoy watching the Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers dancing (or clogging) for your entertainment. Following the Cloggers, enjoy music performed by SaraJane McDonald and SweetFire. This young performer will have you tapping your toes to the sound of country rock tunes. Spacecase will be on the stage at 11:00 am. You will hear original rock, punk, and heavy metal music performed by this local group from Lexington. Marla Palma Band completes the line-up of entertainment. This group is well known in the central VA area and will entertain you with rock, R&B, soul, and even some jazz music.

13700198_950837811681818_1073712068841422584_nArtists & craftsmen are the central focus of the community festival as booths line both sides of Main Street! Some of the vendors who will be displaying and selling their creations include HiddenWest Jewelry, Hoopla, Glass Wizard, Brent McGuirt Photography, Audry Boobar Designs, Ahsley Cahall Pottery, Floyd’s Woodshop, W & C Designs, Courtney Lee Horner (Artist), Rockbridge Photography, The Green Shed, Juliette Jewelry, Arcangels Creations, Karen’s Glass, Treeditions, John Owens Decoys, Linda Patrick Studio, Crooked Mountain Crafts, and Misty Mountain Wares.

There will be quite a number of non-profit organizations and businesses to meet at the festival too. Animal rescue groups, churches, VT Alumni, schools, Youth & child services, banks, realtors, and support groups will be available to answer your questions and educate you about their services.

And food! Of course, food! The main sponsors of the festival, the Jaycees and Rotary Clubs, will host a hotdog and drink booth on the Well Fargo Bank Plaza in the heart of the activity. There will also be a number of food vendors in the Food Court located north of Washington Street. You can find great “fair foods” such as grilled chicken, pit BBQ, popcorn, hamburgers, French fries, sno-cones, and ice cream. You will not go hungry during this special event!

Join us for the 40th Anniversary edition of the Rockbridge Community Festival on August 27, 2016! Come early because many vendors sell-out of their special crafts before 3:00 pm.



Downtown Staunton VA Restaurant Week 8/2-7/2016 29 Jul 2016, 12:32 pm

Staunton-Restaurant-Week-Facebook-EventRestaurant Weeks have become very popular events all across the country. New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Charleston, SC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and now Staunton VA put a spot light on restaurants with special menus and fresh deals at participating restaurants.

Virginia Living, Travel + Leisure and USA Today have named Staunton, VA as one of the best small town in the America. Staunton’s Restaurant Week offers one example of why this designation is obvious! This year, more than thirty restaurants and specialty stores have listed special offers and fantastic menus for the week.

Since you will have a fabulous breakfast served at the B&B, let’s start by mentioning a few of the lunch specials. The American Café is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and serves wonderful homemade soups, sandwiches, and daily specials. During Restaurant Week, get 10% off your entire check at this popular spot on South Augusta Street.

Another interesting participating eatery is Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery. The store specializes in organic and natural foodstuffs & remedies. Their Espresso and juice bar can give you a lift in the afternoon while you’re touring around downtown Staunton. Gluten-free sandwich selections are also available. The beet, goat cheese, and walnut salad is just $8.99 during Restaurant Week. Find Cranberry’s on South New Street.

Lewis Creek Market, on Church Street adjacent to Landes Park, focuses on locally sourced foods. One of their hot plates is Asparagus and Smoked Cheddar with a Cauliflower crust Quiche-style Tart. Doesn’t that sound yummy! For Restaurant Week, they will offer small plates for $4.

Clocktower Restaurant & Bar will be offering 15% off your entire check (excluding alcohol) between 2pm and 4pm. Clocktower is located on West Beverly not far from the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriers Playhouse. The owners of Clocktower Restaurant “believe that quality is our most important ingredient.” Be sure to try their Fired Green Tomatoes or the Pork & Fried Green Tomato salad!

The special offers for dinner are a great reason to stay in downtown Staunton.

Byers Street Bistro will be offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for $30 per person. You can choose between three appetizers, three entrees, and two desserts. Try the Fried Dill Pickles or Smoked Bacon & Corn Hushpuppies.

If you have a desire for some Mexican cuisine, go to Baja Bean Co. for dinner. During Restaurant Week, you can choose from some $5 blue plate specials and $10 local food specials. The Resh Mexi-Greek Salad with grilled artichoke hearts, smoked tomatoes, crumbled cotija, red onion, and pickled jalapenos, is just one of the unique special dishes found at Baja Bean Co.

Travel from Mexican cuisine to Italian cuisine by visiting Emilio’s Italian Restaurant on Beverly Street. Emilio’s has a 4-course special for Restaurant Week riced at just $25. To top off your 4-course dinner, choose a “dolci” from Cannoli, Tartifo Classico, or Exotic Bomba. The Bomba uses mango, passion fruit, and raspberry sorbetto and then covers it with white chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate.

Other downtown businesses will be participating in Restaurant Week too! Staunton Olive Oil Company specializes in oil and vinegar; Ox-Eye Vineyards will offer a special on a pre-dinner glass of wine; The Pampered Palate Café will give 25% off all Virginia Wines; Redbeard Brewing Company will offer specials on after dinner drinks. After-dinner specials are included at Beverley Cigar Store, Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company, and The By and By Café.breakfast-sidebar-3

Stay at Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast and Alpine Hideaway Cabins during Restaurant Week in Staunton, VA. Enjoy breakfast here and visit downtown Staunton, VA for fun and food.

Rockbridge, VA Regional Fair & Farm Show, 7/27-30/2016 12 Jul 2016, 5:52 pm

image2It’s Fair season in all of rural America and Rockbridge County VA is ready for their Regional Fair and Farm Show! This agricultural and fun event is held at the Virginia Horse Park beginning Wednesday, July 27th and running through Saturday, July 30th, 2016. Fair hours are 5 to 10 pm Wednesday through Friday and 2 to 10 pm on Saturday. There is a $5 parking fee each day and wristbands ($25) are needed for unlimited rides on the midway.

Some of the exhibits at the fair include a quilt show, horticultural show, youth floral designs, an art show, and of 4-H exhibits. You can learn more about the farming methods, agricultural community, and products of the Shenandoah Valley.image3

There will also be lots of great music and entertainment on stage each night of the fair. On Wednesday night, the Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers will have you tapping your toes to their energetic dance performance. This group is based out of Christiansburg but has performed throughout the New River Valley and into the Shenandoah Valley. As the group says, “cloggers get a kick out of life” and you will get a kick out this fun entertainment.

Rocky Road Band will provide the music for your entertainment on Thursday night. This band is from Greenville, VA and the five guys who make up this group have years of musical experience. Rocky Road is well known up and down the Valley, playing at a number of clubs events. Come out to see this local band perform some of your favorite country-rock songs.

Come out for some real country music on Friday night performed by the Jody Pyles Band. The band will be traveling up from Mount Airy, NC and make you understand what country is all about!

Enjoy some “good ole” bluegrass music on Saturday night when Wound Tight takes the stage. You will hear some fine banjo playing, some great Dobro work, and more traditional guitar and bass. The music performed by this award winning group is characterized by tight vocal harmonies and expert acoustic string playing. Finish the entertainment at the fair with this high energy, foot-tapping music.

To add to the festivities, the Southern States Regional Fair Horse Show will be held at the same time. The horse show includes Saddlebred, Gaited, English, Walking, Western, and Mountain classes in the competition. Wander away from the midway long enough to take in at least one of the class competitions.

image1If you get hungry while at the fair, there will be lots of vendors with traditional “fair foods” for sale. Vendors will offer sandwiches, ice cream, cotton candy, and drinks to help you keep up your energy for all the activities at the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show. See you at the Fair!