By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages

By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages

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4.5
#1 of 1 lodge in Harrisonburg
Location
4.4
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.7
Value
4.5
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We offer unique, updated, cozy cabin, cottage experiences in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Our unique and beautiful setting within Harrisonburg City is just minutes from downtown, JMU and countless other activities the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Find your home away from home in one of our five cottages or four Main House Suites located on the grounds of a 1789 Manor House with a large fishing pond and dock. All of our properties include the amenities expected in a high-end getaway lodging accommodation – high quality bedding and linens, spa tubs or multi-faucet shower rooms, mini kitchens, and privacy. Our property is just minutes away from dozens of eateries offering gourmet menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night food for sit-down or take-out. Established in 1999 and under new ownership as of 2022, our boutique Inn is fully licensed, insured, and inspected to guarantee a professionally operated and maintained destination for your two-day or two-week getaway!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hiking
Bowling offsite
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
24-hour check-in
Private check-in / check-out
Electric vehicle charging station
Parking
Wifi
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Tennis court offsite
Water park offsite
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Dining area
Fireplace
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bidet
Seating area
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Walk-in shower
Whirlpool bathtub
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles475 reviews
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By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages is celebrated by guests for its spacious and immaculately clean rooms, complete with modern amenities and charming decor. The inn's atmosphere is frequently described as tranquil and cozy, with personal touches that create an inviting ambience. Reviewers consistently commend the attentive service and the well-maintained common areas, adding to the inn's allure. Offering excellent value, travelers find the competitive pricing for the quality amenities and desirable location particularly impressive.
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Rooms
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Service
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Donna S wrote a review Oct 2022
Midlothian, Virginia, United States7 contributions
Property's Favorite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment we opened the door to the Bergey cottage, we knew we had found the perfect weekend getaway to celebrate my husband’s birthday. With soft music playing, we felt like we had walked into a spa retreat where we could escape the hassles of everyday life and just sit back and relax. The jacuzzi tub, complete with bath salts and candles, was a perfect stress reliever and the dual fireplace added a romantic feel to both the bedroom as well as the tub. We couldn’t be happier with the accommodations, there was nothing that we needed that wasn’t available to us. There was even a Happy Birthday message on one of the plates, giving our stay a more personalized feel. The owners truly thought of everything and my husband and I can’t wait to come back. We would definitely recommend By The Side Of The Road Getaway Lodging to anyone looking for a relaxing weekend getaway.
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from By the Side of the Road, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded May 5, 2023
Thank you for the kind words and the top-notch review. It means a lot when our guests take the time to share their experience with others! We are so happy you enjoyed your weekend here and we hope you'll come for a visit again soon!
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kaufmanalison wrote a review Oct 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The "innkeeper's quarters" was the perfect lodging for a family of 3 -- just outside Harrisonburg and close to lots of great hikes in the George Washington National Forest. Plenty of privacy on a quiet and nicely spaced lot; we also really liked the little pond and the orange cat! The apartment was spotless and we loved having a full kitchen so we could bring all our meals with us. The owners were lovely, great communicators and very welcoming. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Dennis Fitzgerald, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded Oct 25, 2020
We so enjoyed seeing your family enjoy the property and do appreciate your sharing your experience with others. "Johnny" the big yellow cat, sort of rules the property :-) We can't wait for your return! Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald
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draperchick wrote a review May 2021
Ashburn, Virginia45 contributions16 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our niece was graduating with her masters from Bridgewater and she has a small place so we decided to find a place of our own. By the Side of the Road was perfect for us. We stayed in Bergey Cottage for 2 nights. It was not dog friendly and we would have preferred to bring our small dog, but it all worked out and we got a dog sitter for the first time for the weekend. Anything you could have needed for a weekend stay was there - soaps, shampoo, robes, coffee, microwave, wine glasses (small kitchenette). Even my husband commented on how impressed he was with how meticulously the room was prepared. We enjoyed a glass of wine on the front porch when we arrived, went for a run the next morning and walked the grounds before we left. Met the owner, Dennis, who was very friendly and assisted with directions to a winery we were headed to. Definitely recommend and will stay here again if visiting Harrisonburg for an extended stay.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Dennis and Janice Fitzgerald, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded May 11, 2021
To learn that we exceeded your expectations is the best news! Thank you for taking time to share your experience and DO plan a return visit. We can't wait! Best Regards, Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald
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Kim Hud wrote a review Jan 2020
7 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to begin. My husband and I decided to turn a last minute day Ski Trip to Massanutten, into a quick overnight getaway. I came across By the Side of The Road Getaway lodge online because it was close to Massanutten, close to downtown Harrisonburg but far enough away from home and decided to call and see what was available. I spoke with Dennis on the phone and he gave me everything I needed to know plus some. Easy to book, easy to find per the directions given after booking, and easy self check in.

We had just come from hiking in the Shenandoah so we were ready to be in the cottage. We walked in and music was playing, the place was quaint with a lot of charm. We literally had everything we needed in the cottage. My husband now wants to sell our house and get a bathroom with a fireplace next to it after staying in the Fitzgerald Cottage. We also appreciated the CD's, we played Hootie in the Blowfish the whole stay! There were basic dishes, snacks, plenty of towels....everything you could of needed, was thought of and provided.

This was a perfect night away. Comfortable, relaxing, and romantic! I wish we could have slept in because that bed was SO COMFORTABLE!

Overall, great stay at a rustic charm, close to downtown Harrisonburg, that is a perfect romantic weekend for couples. We will definitely be back!

PS - read the details given about the cottage online. They are spot on, so are the pictures of the space. We read them, so there were no surprises and we were happy with them. But there is no shower, only a shower head in the tub, the bathroom shares a space with the kitchen....we didnt mind at all but after reading other reviews, people seemed surprised even though it was clearly written in the details online.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from BytheSideRoadLodging, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded Jan 20, 2020
Being so concise in your wonderful review will help so many potential guests; we truly appreciate that. We installed a bidet instead of a shower when creating the space and improved that detail when we built two more cottages in 2005- WITH showers😊 Thankfully you enjoyed everything, anyway! Please come see us again soon. Gratefully, Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald
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MarylandLady wrote a review Nov 2021
Maryland, USA118 contributions5 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
By the Side of the Road sits in a lovely setting on quiet acreage and includes multiple guest accommodations located only 5 minutes from downtown Harrisonburg. We stayed in the Bergey Cottage which is cozy, romantic, and pristine. Gentle music was playing on the CD player as we opened the door. The queen bed was very comfortable. There is a double sided gas fireplace which can be seen from the bedroom/sitting room AND from the huge double jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. The sitting area has 2 recliner chairs for relaxing, reading, or watching TV. Janice and Dennis, the very kind innkeepers, have thoughtfully provided all amenities and special touches. Although breakfast is no longer provided, there is a portable induction cooktop (with pans and utensils), a microwave, refrigerator/freezer, and small table with 2 chairs - everything needed for breakfast prep. We packed lunches for our picnics while visiting Skyline Drive (35 minutes away). We visited two wineries for tastings - Bluestone Vineyard and the Purple WOLF Lavender Farm Vineyard, both within 9 miles from the cottage. For dinner, we highly recommend Local Chop and Grill House, which was listed in the cottage guest booklet. This property was one of the best we've stayed in. We loved it!
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Dennis and Janice Fitzgerald, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded Nov 16, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to give us such a glowing review. We're glad we're one of the BEST. Thanks
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lhread1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Mechanicsville, Virginia51 contributions21 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There are 5 cottage options at this property, and we stayed in the Fitzgerald Cottage. Because of COVID-19, check-in was contactless, but the mood lighting and soothing music playing upon our arrival made us feel welcome. The 2 floors gave the cottage a spacious feel, and it is just the type of eclectic place that my husband and I seek out. Note that the spiral staircase between floors could be challenging for people with strength or balance issues. We enjoyed happy hour and meals outside on the porch and made good use of the large jacuzzi tub downstairs. Much of our time was spent exploring the nearby Shenandoah National Park and fishing local streams. This was a much needed getaway after months of staying close to home, and it was a place where we could feel safe.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Dennis Fitzgerald, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded Jul 8, 2020
We are delighted to know your getaway was a good and a safe one. The Shenandoah Valley is ideal for being outside during this pandemic as you reported. We strive to earn a “5” rating, so let us know what we can do to improve. We hope you’ll come again! Best regards, Janice and Dennis Fitzgerald
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Lisa F wrote a review Aug 2020
17 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm so glad that I found this adorable and cozy cottage in Harrisonburg. We dropped off our daughter at JMU and then my husband and I made a long weekend of visiting the Shenandoah Valley wineries, breweries and restaurants. The cottage was a perfect place to unwind after move-in and had many nice touches such as soft music playing upon arrival, a personal welcome sign and every amenity needed in the kitchen and bathroom. We will definitely return!
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Dennis Fitzgerald, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded Aug 26, 2020
Thank you, Lisa; we are glad you found us, too! You will never tire of exploring our beautiful Valley and hope you will be our guests again and again. Thanks for taking time to share your experience. Til next time - best regards...Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald
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Lwptrav wrote a review Jul 2021
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for a quiet change of scenery within a half days drive of home, The Water Lily cottage and amenities at "Side of he Road" were top notch. Other options we considered when looking for a place were cabins, but these seemed too rustic for us. The price here was about 25% less than other options we considered. Property manager attentive and helpful in answering questions. The "light fare" kitchen facilities worked out fine for making a sausage and eggs breakfast. Check-in/out was quick and easy -- billing straightforward.. Skyline drive, Lurray Caverns, and wineries are all within an hours drive.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Dennis and Janice Fitzgerald, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded Jul 7, 2021
Thank you, so much☺️!
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Maci W wrote a review Nov 2020
Fredericksburg, Virginia1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at the Water Lily Studio was perfect!! I loved that they personalized it for us with a welcome plate with our names on it that you saw as soon as you walked in. The robes in the bathroom were something you don’t always get at a hotel. The privacy of it was fantastic. I don’t have any complaints!
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from Dennis FitzGerald, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded Dec 5, 2020
So glad you enjoy your stay and what a great review! Come again when it's warm so you can enjoy the balcony and the view of the pond. Also, thank you for being so generous, it was greatly appreciated.
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Karen D wrote a review Nov 2020
Moneta, Virginia49 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Fitzgerald Cottage on this property offered just what we needed. Although this GetAway does not offer breakfast, the amenities in the room were over the top. But what we loved the most was the bathroom! Yes, there is a spiral staircase to get down to the bathroom so be careful ...but there is plenty of lighting if needed. The oversized bathroom ambiance was special including a large jetted tub adjacent to a huge fireplace. So the combination of fire and water was very feng shui. There was a CD player with a variety of music options, a space heater, refrigerator, two sinks and more. We never saw the owners but a clear letter was attached to the front door. There are plenty of dining options nearby.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Check out the cottages. But I never saw the main lodge.
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Response from Dennis and Janice Fitzgerald, Owner at By The Side Of The Road Inn & Cottages
Responded Jun 30, 2021
Thank you, so much☺️!
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Susan M asked a question Sep 2022
Gloucester, Virginia119 contributions4 helpful votes
have you started serving food again? if so, is it just breakfast and is it included in cost?
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Hi Susan: No, we do not serve breakfast but have really great breakfast options nearby!
Answer from Karen D
Moneta, Virginia49 contributions5 helpful votes
I only saw the Fitzgeral cottage which was just for two. The owners are very customer friendly, email them!!
Travlrjpn asked a question Jul 2020
Tokyo, Japan66 contributions17 helpful votes
Do you allow dogs?
Answer from cingrdn7
Alexandria, Virginia3 contributions
Not to my knowledge.
Harrisonburg, Virginia54 contributions
Good morning! Thank you for your question. The Ardor of Hope Suite whirlpool tub is a one-person tub rather than two. The Bergey, Quill and Fitzgerald Cottages have whirlpool tubs for two. Thank you! Hope to have you!
greatfulltraveler asked a question Jan 2015
honolulu Hi.15 contributions3 helpful votes
Which rooms/suites have king beds ?
Answer from jacap23
Virginia
The Fitzgerald Cottage and The Bishop's Retreat have king beds. We'll hope to have you!
Singbirdie wrote a tip Jan 2024
Richmond, Virginia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Inn is quite near many attractions, restaurants and the grocery store is just around the corner. Very near JMU campus as well. "
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Judith R wrote a tip Nov 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plan on stairs to get into main house. "
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Brian S wrote a tip Oct 2023
10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be careful on the stairs because they are small and steep but no problem if you are careful."
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Richard K wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking for the main house is a bit tight- take the time to back in so it's easy when you're ready to leave."
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Donna S wrote a tip Jul 2023
Midlothian, Virginia, United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lots of local wineries to visit. About 30 minutes from Luray Caverns."
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Frequently Asked Questions about By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging
Which popular attractions are close to By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Nearby attractions include Elevation Sports (3.6 miles), Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (2.7 miles), and Explore More Discovery Museum (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and off-site bowling.
Which room amenities are available at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Conveniently located restaurants include Grilled Cheese Mania, Joshua Wilton House, and Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint.
Are there any historical sites close to By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Silver Lake Mill (2.8 miles) and Fort Harrison Daniel Harrison House (2.8 miles).
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