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PO Box 1011, PO Box 1011, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Harpers Ferry B&B and Inns
North Haven, Connecticut
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“Delightful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Laurel Lodge for one night in August 2012. Chris was an outstanding host who is very proud of his inn (and rightfully so). We enjoyed a peaceful evening, a quiet night's rest, and a spectacular breakfast the next morning. I was tempted to stay another night but we had to get back on the road. Don't miss this treat!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, D.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two nights, from August 17 to August 19. We stay at a lot of bed and breakfasts, and found this one to be outstanding. It's clear that a lot of thought and care has been put into the decor of Laurel Lodge, both inside and out, with no detail left out. It manages to seem a bit rustic (in a good way) while simultaneously being extremely clean (almost amazingly clean). Chris welcomed us an hour past the normal check-in time (with prior notice), and took the time to give us a tour of the house and explanation of how things worked. We stayed in the Cedar Room, which has an unparalleled view of the Potomac River (I think it's the Potomac) and the hills and trees across the way. The room was large, the bed was comfortable, and there was no noise to disturb us. The shower was also very nice, with a huge showerhead, and gleaming fixtures in the bathroom.
Chris served us delicious homemade breakfasts each morning, and explained the (local) origins of each dish (the breakfasts come in 3 courses). Even the fruit topping and butter for the pancakes were homemade and locally sourced.
One of our favorite parts of staying at Laurel Lodge was the neighbor cat, Chimichanga. We love cats, and we think he should be the official greeter, as he was always there to greet us or send us off. However, if you don't like cats, I don't think he will bother you.
We hope to stay again at Laurel Lodge someday, if only to hang out on the porch with Chimichanga, and enjoy the view and the yummy breakfasts. It is a nice place to take a break from the city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doylestown, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

I feel compelled to point you to pfbird's review below titled "We're Not Worthy", because he expresses much of how my husband and I also felt staying at Laurel Lodge. Chris and Ed are two of the kindest, top-notch B&B hosts we've ever met. They go out of their way to make you feel at home. Their B&B has so many special touches, such as their self-authored house-tour you can take at your leisure, a large assortment of brochures about the nearby tourist sites, a list of nearby restaurants and menus, a coffee and tea station, a huge wrap-around porch where one can sit anytime and enjoy the gorgeous views, and perfectly decorated, yet comfortable rooms. One of the most amazing things for my husband and me was how graciously Chris and Ed accommodated us regarding our food allergies. I let Chris know of our allergies right away when I booked the room and that we'd be glad with a few simple breakfast items. Chris very kindly followed up and consulted with us about specifics we could and couldn't eat. Each morning we were served a delicious multi-course breakfast custom-made to suit our dietary restrictions. This was more than we ever dreamed of, since we've stayed at many B&B's where they don't have the expertise or ingredients to safely accommodate gluten-free or lactose-free (plus vegetarian!). Chris and Ed are pros. We wholeheartedly add our 5-star rating to the others here.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

My husband and son stayed at the Laurel Lodge on a trip to Harper's Ferry. They were both very pleased with the lodge and the innkeepers. Both enjoyed the breakfast and the convenience to Harper's Ferry. My husband wants to go back some day with me. Looking forward to the visit.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belvedere, Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

Anywhere would be tranquil compared to New York where we had just spent four days but a couple of hours on the back porch watching fireflies in the gloaming was a true antidote.
Chris and Ed were welcoming and informative. Breakfast was served at the table in tasting menu fashion - a mystery until served together with Chris's detailed description . All "historic" as Michael Winner would say.
Restaurants nearby are OK but you won't find anything beyond burgers, pizza , the occasional steak and ubiquitous crab cakes.
Treat yourself to a stay at Laurel Lodge. We would return.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

What can we say except to heap more praise on Chris and Ed and their extraordinary B&B? They could write the book on running a B&B -- not just a book, but THE book.

It's all about details in this early 20th Century craftsman house perched on a ridge overlooking the Potomac. From the high thread-count sheets to the rich breakfast menu, it's service with a genuine smile.

Thoughtful touches abound. A fridge full of soft drinks, fresh-baked goodies to welcome guests arriving in the late afternoon, a book on Abraham Lincoln in our room, and a floor fan in the room to supplement air conditioning strained by the hottest weather in years.

But the icing on the cake is the thoughtful hospitality shown by Chris Craig. A story will illustrate what we're talking about. An hour after we had checked out after a one-night stay, my wife's eyeglasses got smashed by the car trunk lid. We drove back to Chris for help, and he hauled out tape, Crazy Glue and all but the kitchen sink in an effort to repair them. Finally, Chris wrote down directions to his optometrist's office, where we ended up getting new frames. Talk about going the extra mile.

Now, days later, we continue to savor the memory. Thanks, guys.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice, but they don't all have en suite bathrooms. You need to ask.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We booked the Laurel Lodge as a 40th Birthday getaway and were not disappointed. Laurel Lodge came recommended by a co-worker who couldn't stop praising the owners Chris and Ed and their amazing slice of heaven. I thought he must be exaggerating but I was wrong. Chris met us when we checked in was wonderful - you walk away truly feeling as if you are treasured guests. Hospitality like that is so hard to find. They really do think of everything - water in lovely glass jug in your room, lights on the keys so you can easily open the door, extra wine glasses, sodas & cold water in the fridge on the main server for guests to enjoy - even homemade baked treats.

The home is Craftsmen and is immaculate. The furnishings the fixtures - all of it was beautiful. The back deck overlooks the Potomac and the National Park. They have a totally unspoiled view - no homes, no roads -- just landscape and water. What a treasure.

The room we had was clean and comfortable. It even had a gas fireplace but since it was 100 outside we didn't check it out! The room we booked did not have en suite bathroom but it was just down the hall and private for us. Their other rooms do have en suite bathrooms but they were booked when we made this reservation.

The breakfast was truly one of the best breakfasts I have ever had. Homemade biscuits, fresh butter and jam, homemade strawberry and blueberry parfait where the blueberries & mint were handpicked by the owner and a phenomenal egg dish with fried polenta with fresh herbs. We finished the breakfast where Chris & Ed gave me a beautiful card and two chocolates wishing me a Happy Birthday. The card was lovely – the front was a watercolor done by a guest their first year of their porch.

We do plan on visiting Laurel Lodge again!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 1011, PO Box 1011, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Location: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Harpers Ferry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the history and scenic beauty of Harpers Ferry from this charming B&B. The stone Craftsman bungalow is a short stroll from Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Explore the natural wonders of our area by hiking the Appalachian Trail, biking the C&O Canal or floating down the Shenandoah or Potomac river. Or, simply relax on our wrap-around porch overlooking the Potomac River gorge. ... more   less 

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