Getting off the beaten path, especially for spring break, is our idea of a good time, and it seems that more of you feel the same. Instead of the usual Cancun vacation, why not plan a relaxing vacation in Virginia where instead of the fury of crowds, you’ll experience a tranquil answer to your otherwise hard-working life? At Select Registry, we believe that a getaway means getting away from the routine and finding something you can’t find at home. Here are a few examples of where you can unwind and let your hair down in Virginia:
This wine-country Inn started as a barracks in 1790 by Hessian soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson designated Albemarle County a place where troops could successfully begin their new lives after the war. The Inn has gone through many permutations, including as a boy’s school, a tobacco plantation, a melon farm, and home to the dean of men at UVA from 1937 to 1964. With wings added in 1812 and 1937, this colonial farmhouse finally became the perfect spot for hosting guests wanting to enjoy a piece of history in a beautiful and tranquil setting.
Sitting on one and a half acres just minutes from the Charlottesville Regional Airport and near many famed historical places, each guest room boasts superb antique furnishings, fireplaces, luxury linens and robes, Serta pillow tops, and amenities that rival the best hotels.
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast made from scratch with the best ingredients and then go off to explore the art galleries, antique shops, and historical sites. Take a lovely garden or winery tour, go hiking in the surrounding nature, or venture upwards in a hot air balloon and you will be grateful you chose this unique area in which to let go and be your true self.
An award-winning historic inn Queen Anne Victorian mansion located on the town’s highest hill is one of the jewels you will find here in southwest Virginia. With southern hospitality at its finest, The Oaks opened as an Inn in 1989 and was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Sun drenched windows, high turrets, stained glass, a wrap-around porch, and a perennial garden complete with gazebo and fishpond helps to make this eclectic locale so enticing. Here the landscaping is truly stunning, including the seven majestic oak trees with one believed to be one of largest white oaks in the state of Virginia.
There are five guestrooms located in the main house, each filled with antiques, oriental rugs, soft linens, exceptional mattresses, fireplaces, claw foot tub and Jacuzzis, and deliciously enticing toiletries. The Garden cottage is another choice for lodging, with its 400-gallon private hot tub and sauna that will make it difficult for anyone to find you anywhere else.
Facing Main Street, the Inn makes quite a statement and has been featured in many magazine articles, the television series “InnCountry USA,” on the cover of three books, and is considered one of the finest examples of the Victorian style. Each morning brings a complimentary breakfast of exceptional recipes that will prepare you for the lush nature trails, waterfalls, rivers and lakes, and all else that awaits you just outside the door.
Millboro Springs, VA
Rolling pastures and majesterial cliffs rising above the river are part of the scenery around this 3200-acre estate complete with forests, streams, fields, and varied wildlife. A former plantation, the Inn has remained relatively unchanged over its 200 years, reminding guests of a simpler time, but with all the modern amenities.
Here, elegant guestrooms provide every room with a view. The Main Lodge is decorated in Shaker style, with a common room perfect for meeting others, planning the day to come, or relaxing with a good book. Three more rooms are found in the round silo attached to the lodge where you ascend by spiral staircase to each individual bedroom. There are also four hand-hewn log cabins with cozy stone fireplaces and porches where you can sit on a rocking chair to contemplate the beauty of life and gaze out at the view beyond.
If you are looking for something more secluded, you can choose to stay at Riverside House, a true country getaway only three minutes away from the main lodge. Here you have a marvelous view of the river along with great fishing on the grounds. With spacious guestrooms, individual bathrooms, and spring water straight from the tap, there is no better way to celebrate your spring break than being so close to nature.
Enjoy contemporary American cuisine at the Lewis Gristmill, a restored 19th century beauty where a complimentary breakfast is served every morning. The menu will inspire your taste buds and ready you for a day of adventure taking nature trails, canoeing, kayaking, biking, playing golf, horseback riding, and more.
This quiet village, one hour west of Washington, DC is indeed the perfect getaway. With six guestrooms in the Main Inn and four suites in the School House, you can pick what is right for you, with each room decorated differently. Unique 19th century pieces, four poster beds, hand-painted wardrobes, quilts, oriental rugs, blanket chests, and private bathrooms will put you back in another time where stress melts away as you bask in the Inn’s gracious ambiance.
Adirondack chairs, manicured lawns with flowerbeds and vegetable and cutting gardens make going outside a true treat. Have your morning’s complimentary breakfast and then plan to have lunch and dinner at the restaurant to sample the exceptional menu made from locally resourced ingredients. Supporting local farmers and artisans is the mission of the chef, where seasonal products are key to each day’s changing menu.
The area offers a plethora of things to do. Hot air ballooning, horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, fishing, visiting historic sites, and winery tours are just some of the activities that will make your spring break holiday a time to remember.
Five spacious guestrooms filled with hand picked antiques and oriental carpets, 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton linens, and feather top beds are what you will find at this warm and inviting Inn. Enjoy your ensuite spa bath with jetted tubs or a shower massage, fluffy towels on towel warmers, plush robes, and luxury toiletries. And if this isn’t enough to put you in vacation mode, you can unwind all the way in the Far East room where Fang Shui creates the ultimate harmony as you reconnect with yourself among Asian antiques and soothing colors.
The Inn offers a full gourmet complimentary breakfast and then in the evening a “WineDown” hour with selected wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres served on the wrap-around porch or in the courtyard. In between, you can take advantage of the nearby historic area downtown, as well as the deep water wharf only three blocks away. Beaches, boating, biking, golf, and museums and galleries are just some of the things you can enjoy as you bask in a spring break vacation that Cancun could never match.
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