Select Registry Inns Named Some of the Most Welcoming Bed and Breakfasts in Virginia
Virginia Living magazine recently released its second annual Best of Virginia 2013 issue. Seven Select Registry inns were recognized in the “Most Welcoming Bed and Breakfast” category. At least one Select Registry Inn was voted into the top three in each of the five regions: Central, Eastern, Northern, Shenandoah Valley, and Southwest. In the Shenandoah Valley region, the top three inns are all Select Registry properties.
Chestnut Hill Bed and Breakfast in Orange took first place in the reader vote. The inn, built in 1860, has been carefully restored to preserve the craftsmanship of the original home while providing all of the luxuries of the present. The inn offers guests the option to enjoy its gourmet breakfasts each morning at the large main table or at a quiet private table. Either way, visitors enjoy fresh-roasted coffee, a fresh fruit entrée, homemade gourmet granola, and the entrée of the day. In addition to exceptional accommodations, the inn also offers wedding services for up to 200 guests.
The second most popular Bed and Breakfast in the eastern region is the Inn at Warner Hall. The inn, located in Gloucester, is proud of its home on the plantation created by George Washington’s great-great grandfather in 1642. The 38-acre waterfront retreat is a romantic and historical retreat that offers guests luxurious accommodations in its 11 guest rooms. The rooms are a perfect combination of period antiques and the latest in comfortable beds, mattresses and linens.
The Ashby Inn and Restaurant in Paris is the second most popular in the northern region. The inn’s menus, including breakfast, represent the finest, freshest seasonal products that can be sourced locally. Its offerings change daily to support this effort. The inn’s guestrooms are as carefully created with 19th-century pieces including four-poster beds, quilts, oriental rugs and blanket chests.
Shenandoah Valley Region
Select Registry inns clearly dominate the Shenandoah Valley region; first, second and third place all went to Select Registry properties!
The Iris Inn in Waynesboro has everything you want and need in a relaxing, romantic getaway. This modern inn invites guests to wake fully rested in a king-sized bed every morning and open the blackout curtains to let sunlight fill the room. Guests can then walk out on the impressive decks to take in a breath of fresh air as they begin their day. Of course, no stay at a Select Registry inn would be complete without a delicious breakfast. The Iris Inn continues its luxury and comfort by serving a homemade, seasonal breakfast to guests every morning.
Fully enjoy the countryside at the full-service Fort Lewis Lodge in Millboro Springs. Approaching the inn for the first time, you will be awed by the expanses of rolling pastures and towering cliffs along the river and 3200-acre Fort Lewis estate. The feeling of awe will continue once you reach the inn and take in the relaxed elegance of the four-hand hewn log cabins with stone fireplace, Riverside House and Main Lodge with silo. The inn serves all three meals of the day at the fully-restored 19th century Lewis Grist Mill. You may never want to leave.
The Frederick House in Staunton is comprised of 5 award-winning 19th-century residences and offers 23 guest rooms. Breakfast is served each morning in Chumley’s Tearoom. Lunch and dinner of Mediterranean food and tapas are served in the inn’s Aioli restaurant. If you are intrigued by the paranormal, a visit to the Frederick House will be delightful. Though the innkeepers have never seen a ghost, they claim there is evidence of paranormal activity.
It is easy to see why Virginia Living readers voted Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg the “Most Welcoming Bed and Breakfast” in the Southwest Region. The inn, located on 14 acres with views of the New River and Appalachian Mountains, offers visitors airy wraparound decks and terraces, seven guest rooms with views of the river and mountains, Monday night 3-course dinners, daily 3-course gourmet breakfasts, and “Cowboy Cookies.” Consider leaving the planning to the inn and booking the Eco Tours of the New River package, which includes a relating(relaxing?) trip floating down the river.
It comes as no surprise to us at Select Registry that several of our inns were recognized in Virginia Living magazine. All of our inns in North America strive to be the most welcoming and luxurious inns in the area. We suspect that more will be added to the top three for each region, except the Shenandoah Valley region of course, in the coming years.