THE BLACKBURN INN
Located in picturesque Staunton, Virginia, The Blackburn Inn is a 49-room, luxury boutique hotel located on a beautiful 80 acres in the Shenandoah Valley. Built in 1828, the building was designed by master builder, architect and Thomas Jefferson protégé, Thomas Blackburn. This inn combines old-time charm with modern finishes, artful design, and excellent hospitality. Retro Hospitality provided pre-opening technical services starting in May 2017 and began running full-time hotel operations in June 2018.
“In 2007, I had a vision to convert one of our historic buildings in Staunton, Virginia into a boutique hotel. Retro Hospitality was involved early on in helping bring that vision to a reality. In May 2018, we opened The Blackburn Inn with Retro Hospitality. Paul and his team have been with me every step of the way from planning to construction and through opening. As a first-time hotel owner, I needed an operating partner that would be fully engaged with support from their leadership. Retro Hospitality has been that and more.”
- Robin Miller, owner
The Blackburn Inn once served as the administrative building of Western State Hospital. Architect Thomas Blackburn was hired by Dr. Stribling, the head of Western State Hospital, to lead a renovation project in the mid-1830s, which included the addition of some of the hotel’s most signature architectural details, such as the expansive gardens and beautiful cupola.
Richmond-based developer, Robin Miller and his team purchased the property for redevelopment and opened The Blackburn Inn in June 2018.
There are 49 unique guest rooms, all of which are designed with elegance and luxury. They vary in sizes from cozy to deluxe with 27 different room configurations.
The onsite restaurant, Second Draft Bar & Bistro, is one of the most charming spots in Staunton to grab a flat bread or a glass of wine. It features an outdoor patio and live music throughout the year.
The Blackburn Inn has been a proud member of Historic Hotels of America since 2018.