Our children treated us to a weekend away for our 30th wedding anniversary. Laurel Lodge could not have been a more special retreat for us. A red rose, chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne awaited us in our room. Over our two day stay we spent a good deal of time simply sipping wine, content with the scenery from the Cedar View Room. The back porch was a true luxury with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance and the Potomac River beneath. We spotted a bald eagle while drinking hot cocoa and nibbling on some of Ed's delicious maple cookies. The home with a history of its own has been lovingly and meticulously restored. Everything throughout the house is carefully placed and spaced to ensure the utmost ambiance.
To come to this place and escape from the stresses of an otherwise hectic schedule was an unexpected and welcome gift. Our stay at Laurel Lodge was blissful beyond words only added to by the gracious gentleness of the innkeepers Chris and Ed. The breakfasts are beautifully presented and heavenly to the taste. They are gourmet in every aspect and the coffee is divine.
If you get a chance, venture to Elk Mountain Trails and go for a horseback ride. The horses are well cared for and the guides friendly and professional. It's a pleasant way to spend a morning or afternoon particularly when you can return to the sanctuary of Laurel Lodge which embraces you with warmth and comfort.
Our stay at Laurel Lodge will be fondly remembered for years to come. It is truly a haven...quiet, restful, restorative and inviting. It is a place good and healing for the body, spirit and soul. Everything from the linens on the bed to the rosemary scented soap in the bathroom to the smells of fresh coffee wafting up the stairs and beckoning you to breakfast are elements of this elegant lodge and its thoughtful owners. A stay at Laurel Lodge is one to cherish.