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Local Developer Robin Miller Announces New Hotel Project, The Blackburn Inn

Sunday, September 24th 2017 @ 4:52 PM

The Blackburn Inn, LLC and Retro Hospitality announce today the soon-to-open Blackburn Inn. The locally-owned, 49-room luxury boutique hotel in downtown Staunton, Virginia is slated to open in late Spring 2018.This Jeffersonian-style building will create a sense of place that entices both leisure and business travelers alike.  
"At The Blackburn Inn we will create a home away from home for both guests and visitors and celebrate the history of Staunton and our historic site," said owner Robin Miller. "We are thankful for both the state and federal historic tax credits which made this project financially feasible."

Designed by master builder and Thomas Jefferson protégé Thomas Blackburn, The Blackburn Inn, originally constructed in 1828, honors the original architecture while creating a destination ideal for discerning travelers. Interior design firm, A Concept 2 Design was commissioned to develop a design profile that acts as a backdrop to key historic components throughout the hotel. They began this process by choosing a neutral color pallet and textural layers of fabrics and finishes to further elevate signature structures such as wide corridors and hallway arches, vaulted ceilings and an original wood staircase allowing guests to access the rooftop atrium offering breathtaking 360-degree views of downtown Staunton. Project architect Bruce Shirley, of Apex Design, worked alongside the interior designer to restore the property back to its true glory.

Other notable design elements that pay homage to the story of The Blackburn Inn include original heart pine floors that will flow throughout the hotel, an antique style drafting table as the reception desk and Thomas Blackburn inspired artwork. The Blackburn Inn will also work with local and regional artisans to showcase bold designs and accessories throughout the hotel to align with Staunton's emerging art scene.

Blending the historical architecture of the hotel with contemporary flair, the 49 guest rooms and suites will include intricate molding that has been in place for centuries, oversized bathrooms with barn-style glass doors and rain showers. Four of the premiere-level rooms will also include luxurious soaking tubs.

"We foresee hosting many community events which will directly benefit Staunton and all of Augusta County," said Paul Cooper, President of Retro Hospitality. "We envision many strategic partnerships with local small businesses as we develop room packages focusing on the arts and music, history, outdoor recreation and Staunton's incredible culinary scene."

The Blackburn Inn will also be home to a 16-seat indoor bistro and bar with seating options on the outdoor terrace and columned front porch. Similar to the property's regionally-inspired design, menu items will be locally-sourced with a beverage program featuring Virginia wines, beers and ciders. The property also boasts multiple alcoves in the grand hallways for guests to enjoy intimate wine and cheese tastings from local purveyors. Other food and beverage highlights include a front lobby tea parlor offering coffee, tea and breakfast pastries from a local bakery.

The Blackburn Inn will be located at 301 Greenville Avenue in Staunton, VA. For more information visit The Blackburn Inn homepage.

About The Blackburn Inn 
The Blackburn Inn, designed by Thomas Blackburn, is a luxury boutique hotel opening in late Spring 2018 on a vast 80-acre property in Staunton, Va. The 49-guest room hotel features contemporary design details that complement the historic surroundings. A private entrance takes guests up to the property's large wraparound front porch that hosts a café bistro serving light bites, tea and wine. The Blackburn Inn is the first hotel in Staunton to open under the development The Blackburn Inn, LLC based in Richmond, Va. The hotel will share the historic grounds with upscale luxury apartments and condominiums owned by Village Development Associates comprised of partners Robin Millerand Dan Gecker.

About Retro Hospitality 
Founded in 2012, Retro Hospitality is a leading hospitality firm based in Richmond, VA specializing in providing management and advisory services for independent, boutique and historic hotels.  Delivering hands-on support for its clients is an accomplished team of hotel industry veterans specializing in all facets of hotel and resort operations, sales and marketing, digital media, food and beverage management, spa management, finance, legal, insurance and human resources services.  With decades of experience, the Retro corporate team is intimately involved with each property and has been proud to advise hotel owners both domestically and internationally.

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