Virginia is celebrating its second annual craft beer month all August long, and many of the Select Registry inns in Virginia are eager to help visitors enjoy the best of craft beer and breweries. Though most don’t think of Virginia first when thinking of beer, the state is home to more than 60 craft breweries, restaurants and bars all with local brews on tap.
With Select Registry inns near most of those 60 craft brewery establishments, staying at a Select Registry inn is an obvious choice for accommodations while exploring what’s on tap.
Waynesboro & Afton
The Iris Inn is one of the gems of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The inn was named “Most Welcoming Bed and Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley” by Virginia Living in 2013, “Best of Virginia” by Virginia Living in 2012, “Readers Choice” by Virginia Wine Lovers in 2012, and a Certificate of Excellence winner by Trip Advisor in 2010, 2011, and 2012. In addition, guests are treated to seasonal, culinary delights every morning at the inn’s breakfast tables.
For the later meals of the day, enjoy the offerings of the Blue Mountain Brewery and Restaurant. This brewery, hop farm, tasting room, and restaurant is a destination in itself. Visitors can purchase beer by the glass or purchase a six-pack, growler or keg to go.
Charlottesville may be small in size and population but it is big on luxury accommodations and craft brewery options. The Silver Thatch Inn, Prospect Hill Plantation, and Foxfield Inn, as well as Champion Brewing Company and South Street Brewery, call this small town home.
The Silver Thatch Inn is a beautiful 7 guestroom Colonial farm house that began its life in 1780 as a barracks for Hessian soldiers captured during the Revolutionary War. Since then it has been revived as a boys’ school, tobacco plantation, melon farm, and now a delightful luxury inn. The history is masterfully blended with modern conveniences to create an unforgettable inn.
Prospect Hill Plantation is comprised of the 1732 manor and nine original dependencies dating between 1699 and 1850. The inn’s 11 guest rooms and cottages all have fireplaces, creaky floors, expansive views, and private decks but vary between rustic and elegant to provide something perfect for everyone.
Foxfield Inn is a modern inn that promises to rejuvenate you by enveloping you in calmness from the moment you step foot on the grounds. The five guest rooms each have a unique theme. Four rooms are deluxe rooms with remote controlled gas fireplaces, double Jacuzzi tubs and walk-in showers. The entire inn is surrounded by park-like grounds that beckon you to take a relaxing stroll and breathe in the fresh air.
Champion Brewing Company is Charlottesville’s newest brewery and beer-drinking establishment. Located at the foot of the Belmont Bridge, the company offers 5 beers to enjoy.
South Street Brewery is housed in the renovated and restored late 1800s H. H. Hankins Hay and Grain warehouse. Old brick walls, hardwood floors and timber pillars create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the brewery’s handcrafted ales and lagers, as well as eclectic variety of meals.
Christiansburg & Fairlawn
Just more than 12 miles apart, The Oaks Victorian in Christiansburg and The River Company Restaurant & Brewery in Fairlawn are a great combination.
The small town atmosphere and historical charm of The Oaks Victorian will immediately take you to a calmer state. The impressive Queen Anne Victorian Inn offers guests five guestrooms in the main house and a garden cottage with a 400 gallon private hot tub and sauna.
The River Company offers 8 beers at any one time and natural beef that is dry aged in house. The unique food and drink combination is something you won’t soon forget and likely will come back for.
This small town is fortunate enough to be home to both Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast and Blue Lab Brewing Company.
With 6 guest rooms named for the Pati Bannister print hanging in each, Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the brews from the Blue Lab Brewing Company. While you are there, take a stroll through the award-winning gardens and enjoy the panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley.
Blue Lab Brewing Company is a micro-brewery. They typically offer tastings on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Visitors can choose to buy their favorites by either the growler or keg.
Orange & Ruckersville
Just 17 miles separate these small towns in central Virginia. Chestnut Hill bed & Breakfast is located in Orange, and Beer Hound Brewery is in Ruckersville.
Built in 1860, Chestnut Hill has been skillfully renovated into the glorious mansion it is today. The historic home has been professionally decorated to appreciate the past while providing the modern comforts. The inn’s 6 guest rooms are spread out over three floors to provide guests with plenty of privacy and luxury.
Beer Hound Brewery will be celebrating its grand opening on October 13th. The brewery plans to offer either types of been on tap, each named after a famous hound from the movies or history.
Both The Inn on Campbell and Roanoke Railhouse Brewery are located in the heart of Star City.
The Inn on Campbell exudes elegance with the impressive turn of the century construction, 18th century grandfather’s clock in the dining room and candlelight breakfast offered each morning. Each of the inn’s three guest suites, the Palladian, Kirk Alley, and Campbell, are unique and beautiful.
That state-of-the-art Roanoke Railhouse Brewery claims to “have what it takes” to brew great beer. Their highly trained brewers in combination with their optimized custom built brewhouse, is a recipe for amazing beer.
Where can you brew your own beer and then retire to a luxury guest room? The answer is Frederick House and Queen City Brewing, both in Staunton.
Frederick House has 23 guest rooms and suites in five award-winning residences built since 1810. The innkeepers at Frederick House will be more than happy to help you plan the best way to enjoy Queen City Brewing and the rich culture of the Shenandoah Valley.
Queen City Brewing provides the unique opportunity to brew your own beer, vint your own wine or make your own soda. In addition, they have beer to go and more than 12 styles on tap.
Both Wedmore Place and Williamsburg AleWerks call historical Williamsburg home. The history of beer in Williamsburg is strong since in the 1600s, beer was safer to drink than water because it had been boiled. The strong beer culture continues today.
The Wedmore Place offers guest 28 guest rooms in the old European estate. Each room is individually themed in the style of a different European province, though each room shares luxuries such as fireplaces, 10-foot ceilings and king-size beds.
Williamsburg AleWerks continues the tradition of brewing both historical and contemporary ales. They also offer selections of seasonal brews and others created when inspiration beckons.
Just minutes from Piccadilly’s Public House in Winchester is L’Auberge Provencale in Boyce, The Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Paris, and The Inn at Vaucluse Spring in Stephens City.
L’Auberge Provencale offers guests the choice of 14 rooms in the French Country Inn with a full gourmet breakfast served each morning and a restaurant serving three of five course Prix Fixe menus.
The Ashby Inn has 10 guest rooms, offers a full gourmet breakfast, and has a restaurant that is committed to supporting local farms by serving the freshest, seasonal products.
The Inn at Vaucluse Springs consists of size guest houses sitting on 100 scenic acres, offers a full breakfast, and serves dinner in their restaurant Friday and Saturday evening.
Piccadilly’s Public House was built in 1900 as a grocery warehouse. Since then it has been fully restored but includes the original brick walls and refurbished floors, ceilings and windows. Try their Sampler Flight, which includes five in-house brewed beers of your choice.
Other Select Registry Inns
Enjoy beer month and although not all of our members are located near a brewery, you’ll find other great Select Registry bed and breakfasts in Virginia…
- Doctor’s Inn Virginia in Galax
- Fort Lewis Lodge in Millboro Springs
- Glen Gordon Manor in Huntly
- Hope & Glory Inn in Irvington
- Inn at Onancock in Onancock
- Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg
- Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester
- Sugar Tree Inn in Vesuvius