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Frontier Culture Museum Lantern Tours, Staunton, VA

If you’ve never been to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA, then you’re missing out. This outdoor exhibit brings history to life with its re-creations of the lives of 17th and 18th century Germany, Ireland, West Africa, England, and America: “The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for themselves and their descendants” (Frontier Culture Museum).

A normal tour of the museum is already fascinating, and every year, they take it one step further with thematic Lantern Tours that will make you feel as though you’ve traveled back in time. Beginning on December 12, 2014, these lantern tours will include a Mummer’s play, a horse-drawn wagon ride, live music, and refreshments in the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall.

The Frontier Culture Museum’s Lantern Tours are a unique holiday treat, so this year, do something different, and spend a bit of the season in the past.

Quick Facts:

Dates: December 12, 13 , 14 & 15
December 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (beginning at 6:00, tours take place every 30 minutes).

Lodging: A BBHSV Bed & Breakfast

Click here to purchase your Lantern Tour tickets.


Member Feature: Steeles Tavern Manor

Once upon a time in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there was a countryside bed & breakfast. The idyllic setting was enhanced with a babbling creek, a glistening pond, and a lush, mountainous view. Think this is a fairy tale? Nope, it’s BBHSV member Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast.

Owned and run by Ray and Melissa Alexander, Steeles Tavern Manor and its sister property Alpine Hideaway Cottages are a serene retreat in a busy world. The bed & breakfast dates all the way back to 1916, a manor home that has since been converted into a cozy yet modern inn. Rest at ease in one of the vinously named B&B rooms with their flat screen, HD TVs, fireplaces, fuzzy robes, and free WiFi. Choose the Cabernet Franc Room, the Viognier Room, the Norton Room, the Petite Verdot Suite, or the Chardonnay Suite.


If you’d like something a bit more secluded, then the aptly named Alpine Hideaway Cottages are at your service. You have three cabins to choose from—Ivy, Sunset, and Pond View—and each offers brilliant views, luxurious amenities, and peaceful surroundings.


And then of course, there’s breakfast. What would a B&B be without its morning meal? “The coffee starts brewing just before 7:30 AM every morning. Inn guests come down to the Dining Room starting their morning with a hot cup of coffee or hot tea and a sweet surprise.” Feast on French toast soufflé, blueberry pancakes, Southwest quiche, sausage, frittata, bacon, and more.


Click here to check availability and make your reservation at Steeles Tavern Manor.