We wanted to get out of DC for the weekend -- and Berryville was just far enough into the mountains to be both cooler and a gateway to interesting places in the Virginia and West Virginia countryside. Our hosts, Betsy and Ruth (daughter and mother), at Smithfield Farm B&B could not have been more gracious. We had questions about the history and furnishings of the house. They enjoyed sharing the story of how this family homeplace had been saved and kept in the family.
The grand family home is beautifully restored and arranged for guests. We stayed in the (very cool) below-ground rooms. If we had been with another couple or friends who had children -- that space would accommodate up to 6 and also had a full kitchen!
While the 400+ acres of the working farm are about 3 miles off the highway -- it was really only about a 10 minute drive into Berryville, where there were both food and entertainment options. Saturday night we drove about 20 minutes further up to Winchester where the historic downtown is now a pedestrian mall with 8+ various dining options (Thai, Italian, Brit-Pub, American, Tex-Mex, etc) or if you are a bit more funky-adverturesome around the corner is a Jamacian Jerk-Chicken place. How it ended up in the mountains of Virginia is a question we didn't get answered -- but they had this smooth Jamacian styled ice cream (to go) in tropical flavors.
Sunday morning at the B&B. Great coffee was available at 7:30am. Breakfast in the big sunny dining room at Smithfield was a treat. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and the congratulations were a nice way to begin the morning. Wonderful breakfast -- including seasonal items. Both eggs and ham were from Smithfield farm.
We are going to point friends in the direction of Smithfield Farm B&B and look for their products being sold at the Farmers' Markets in No Virginia. -- Chip & Wayne
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 400 acre organic livestock farm surrounds the b&b. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Smithfield Farm Hotel Berryville
- Smithfield Farm b&b