Enjoyed the Hummingbird tremendously. We were looking for a get away from it all weekend, and that is what we had.
Ambience? The ambience was perfect to our taste - laid back, loaded with character, yet homey, well suited to the surroundings and to the era of the Roosevelts.. We had the Eleanor room - the room was enhanced by a gas fieplace, plus wing chairs, an era appropriate desk, and sitting table at which to enjoy a glass of wine - the wine glasses were already there waiting. Good that it is not overly "Victorian" like a painted dollhouse, not stuffy, not an overabundence of expensive antiques -
Train? Well yes I was worried about it, because I tend to be a light sleeper.. It did pass by 4 times the first night (!) and only once the second night. But although I heard it, (you get the warning whistle first), I fell immediately back to sleep.
Location? We first arrived at dusk, and thought - uh-oh this little street (not really a street, but a gravel road), looks unwelcoming and a bit shabby. Once inside we saw how lovingly the home was restored, and by day we realized we were in a perfectly beautiful scene.
It's a bit far from good restaurants - but we made the short trip to Lexington both nights - which was well worth the 20 minute ride. There is a also a more convenient every-day type restaurant right around the corner.
We took the opportunity to enjoy a fire in the chiminea by the creek; and were fortunate to catch one of those perfect Fall weekends, just 1 week prior to peak "leaf" season. Enjoyed the Roosevelt memorabilia scattered about, and the hosts have also provided plenty of touring information about the local vicinity.
Food - Again perfect for us - not over-the-top gourmet and rich, but still finer than one would cook for themselves at home......cornbread with bacon in it, omelets, cinnamon bread French toast - that kind of thing.
Anything I would change? Oh it's so picky I'm amost reluctant to mention it - but it was important to my husband - we both like (need!) our coffee quite a bit stronger than what was offered! Perhaps for other guests, it might have been just fine - but I really like that good cup of coffee in the morning.
I would love to go back next Fall - same weekend, and if possible, visit the Inn at other times of the year too.
Interesting note - there was one other guest there who had returned numerous times. Although we are somewhat local (Maryland) - there were two other couples who had traveled from Florida and other states - just to come here. Kind of tells you something.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a romantic setting and warm country hospitality in our unique bed and breakfast, a Victorian Carpenter Gothic Inn situated in the Virginia railroad town of Goshen. The Inn is centrally located near scenic Goshen Pass on the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley, in a small triangle defined by Lexington, Staunton, and Warm Springs / Hot Springs.Outside the Inn, stroll around an acre of landscaped grounds. Sit on the deck or lie in the hammock and listen to the sounds of the Mill Creek, in the evening, light a fire in the chiminea and enjoy the crisp fall air. For the outdoor lovers, we are close to trails for hiking, biking, plus swimming and kayaking in the Maury River.If you're looking for peace and quiet, cozy and comfortable surroundings that feel like home, we welcome you to our Inn. Come and enjoy Fall in the Shenandoah Valley! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hummingbird Hotel Goshen