Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and retreat to one of these secluded bed & breakfast destinations that serve up not only a relaxing experience, but spectacular vistas of the season’s vibrant scenery.
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Located just three miles from two of Virginia’s most expansive hiking areas, Skyline Drive and the Blueridge Parkway, the Iris Inn sits on 19 acres and offers stunning views over the Shenandoah Valley. This 5-star inn includes luxurious cabins and cottages and combines the personal touches you might find at a bed and breakfast with the amenities and top-notch services of a boutique hotel.
The Inn at Riverbend
If you’re looking for stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains, look no more. The Inn at Riverbend, located in Pearisburg, just 30 miles from Blacksburg, is a modern retreat overlooking the New River. It’s been awarded the “Best Bed & Breakfast” and “Most Welcoming Bed & Breakfast” in Southwest Virginia, and listed in the Top 10 Romantic Inns by bedandbreakfast.com.
This year, the Inn received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. You’ll find breathtaking views of the New River and Appalachian Mountain scenery and in the morning, awaken to the morning bird song outside your window, or the cascading waterfalls. Enjoy a crisp evening under the stars from one of their decks, or sway on the hammock with a river view. Riverbend has seven amazing guest rooms, each offering a deck for amazing panoramic views. Premium amenities are included in your stay, including a three-course breakfast that is served up each morning, using local produce and goods.
Inn at Stinson Vineyards
The Inn at Stinson Vineyards is a gorgeous, intimate inn situated among the vines at Stinson Vineyards. Beautiful views extend from the custom-designed suites, over the vineyard out to the Blue Ridge Mountains in all directions. Enjoy a 3-course breakfast each morning, take in panoramic mountain views from the heated pool or book a wine paired dinner for the ultimate romantic evening.
Ambrosia Farm Bed & Breakfast
Ambrosia Farm Bed & Breakfast in Floyd is a 200 year old restored log farmhouse, located just 10 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy the property’s large pasture that offers beautiful sunset views, while deer, turkeys and bears have been known to make an appearance or two. Stay in any of Ambrosia’s four bedrooms and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, fresh meals prepared with ingredients from the farm’s organic garden, and afternoon tea and treats. Return to nature at this secluded retreat.
Fairview Bed & Breakfast
Its charm, panoramic vistas and history are a few reasons to check out Fairview Bed & Breakfast Estate in Amherst. The estate, which is listed on the National Historic Registry, boasts timeless 1867 Italianate architecture, with spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Fairview’s magnificent country house offers six guest rooms, six private baths and a guest cottage. Retire to the hot tub in the evening, sip on a glass of one of the region’s finest wines, and take in the serenity & tranquility of the property.
Farmhouse at Veritas
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Farmhouse at Veritas in Afton sits on a 250-acre farm at the foothills of Afton Mountain, with six rooms and suites, each with a private bath. This historic farmhouse (est. 1839) is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and located in the heart of Virginia wine country. The Veritas Winery is a short walk from the Tasting Room– follow the gravel pathway through vineyards and past horsefields. Enjoy farm-to-table meals that showcase the bounty of Nelson County’s food, scenery, and of course, its wine.
Applewood Inn & Llama Trekking in Lexington is an environmentally-friendly bed & breakfast, offering up trails, wild life and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Built in 1979 as a private home and has since been transformed into an eco-friendly, solar home. Applewood’s four porches offer guests views of the surrounding woods, hillside pastures grazed by llamas, and the distant mountains. Perched on 37 areas, take a two-hour hike with their llamas and enjoy a picnic lunch in the country. The home offers three bedrooms, as well as a common and dining room and enclosed porches.
House Mountain Inn
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Secluded on a private mountain near Lexington, the House Mountain Inn offers gracious bed and breakfast hospitality and rustic lodging elegance in a breathtakingly beautiful Shenandoah Valley location. The charming bed & breakfast includes nine spacious bedrooms, which include indoor or outdoor jacuzzi tubs, private porches, fireplaces and more. The property sits on 1,000 acres, perfect sightseeing til your heart’s desires. Take a meandering hike or bike ride, or go horse riding along one of their many trails, totaling 15 miles.
The 15,000 square-foot rustic log cabin sits on the slopes of House Mountain, with porches that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains. A hearty breakfast is served up each morning, as well as a complimentary wine and cheese hour each afternoon. Watch the sun set behind the mountains and get ready for a most relaxing evening.
Zion Springs Bed & Breakfast
Escape the hustle and bustle of D.C. and take in the sights and sounds of one of the most historic, and scenic areas Virginia has to offer. Located just two miles northeast of Purcellville, in western Loudoun County, Zion Springs Bed & Breakfast sits on the edge of a private valley with a quiet creek flowing through ten acres of orchards, woodlands and open fields.
Caledonia Farm 1812
You wouldn’t think B&B by its name, but Caledonia Farm 1812 is just that. A working cattle farm adjacent to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, Caledonia will plan daily activities for its guests, including riding and canoeing, as well as visits to wineries, caverns and more. With the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, Caledonia Farm offers its guests a beautiful setting of fall’s changing colors and scenic pasture lands, surrounded by stone fences.
The federal-style house was completed in 1812 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The winter kitchen’s huge fireplace provides a delightful atmosphere during cool seasons, while three porches offer a variety of views of the surrounding mountains. Planning to explore the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail? Caledonia is the first stop, where it will offer guests binoculars and guidelines for exploring the habitat.
Bay View Waterfront Bed & Breakfast
Situated atop a rolling hill, enjoy views of Occohannock Creek, the Chesapeake Bay and farm land from each room at Bay View Waterfront Bed & Breakfast. A large screened-in porch, overlooking the water, allows guests to take in the broad expanse of the creek with its variety of boats, spectacular sunsets, and many species of waterfowl. You’ll find trees just beyond the water, showcasing red, orange and yellow leaves, lining the property.
Bay Views has been a featured retreat in Rural Living magazine. It has also been a highlighted bed & breakfast accessible by water in Chesapeake Bay magazine and the subject of Home Suite Away from Home in the Norfolk Virginian Pilot. The house has three unique bedrooms, boasting stunning views of the waterfront.
North River Bed & Breakfast
Surrounded on three sides by salt water, North River Bed & Breakfast spreads luxuriously across 100 acres of Virginia countryside in the historic Tidewater region off the lower Chesapeake Bay. Land meets the water and the present meets the past at this one-of-a-kind property, where you’ll have a rare glimpse of life as it once was in rural Virginia– unhurried, gracious and breathtakingly beautiful.
The rural tidewater has remained unspoiled for more than 350 years, offering tranquility, peace, gardens, country walks, access to water; and not to mention, the wonderful views of the Bay. North River has been featured in Washington magazine, National Geographic Traveler magazine, Chesapeake Bay magazine and Virginia Living magazine.
Now is the time to enjoy one (or more!) of the many charming bed and breakfasts around the state. Take a break and revel in Virginia nature at its finest. Plan a trip to a Virginia bed and breakfast today!