We watched over the last few years as this Victorian (painted Lady as some call them) was painstakingly restored, in very astute detail may we add.
Dandridge Tennessee is lucky to have such a wonderful pair of proprietors and such a devout host. The town has long strugled to revive itself and the recent economy has not been kind. However, Mr and Mrs Everett have done a fantastic job of restoring Shepard's Inn and keeping as much of its history alive as possible. We could spend days speaking of how splendid this B&B style Inn is in appearance, amenities and such, but believe me its well worth every dollar to stay.
John, our host, appears to wear many hats and amazingly shoulders his responsibilities well, with pride and enthusiasm. His knowledge of the Inn, past inhabitants, Dandridge as a whole is amazing. He's a walking historian that draws you in to the spirit of that which surrounds you. Moments after our arrival we felt as though we had been friends over a lifetime. We were so enthralled with his knowledge we kept him up until after 3 a.m. sharing with us.
The room was immaculate. We felt as though we were staying with family rather than intruders in someone's home, a welcome change from some B&B's we've visited. We slept in later than norm and awoke to a very special breakfast handsomely set upon the large dining table with chamber music softly played in the background. Though it was January, the sun shown bright through the home's windows and added a gentle warmth to the already spectacular lodging experience.
We normally travel with our two friends, unable to make this trip. However this only gives us another reason to return, we eagerly await the opportunity.
Mr and Mrs Everett have restored more than a home or a building having weathered historical battles and events that shaped Dandrige TN. They, along with the host John, have re-lit the Welcome sign and opened the doors to share the awe inspiring experience of lodging in the halls of this grand lady ~ Shepard's Inn!
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