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The Inn & Tavern at Meander

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2333 N James Madison Hwy, Locust Dale, VA 22948-4837
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Locust Dale
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
Value
4.2
The Inn and Tavern at Meander is a beautiful 1766 historic country inn offering fine dining and charming accommodations surrounded by 80 acres of rolling landscape in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With its historically significant past and its bucolic location on a hill with spectacular mountain views and breathtaking sunsets, the Inn truly exudes the essence of Virginia. Our southern-influenced colonial inspired tavern offers casual dinning paired with the best Virginia wines and craft beers. Our ten guest rooms & cottages combine all the grace and charm of yesterday with the amenities and services of today. Located close to Culpeper, Orange, Madison, and Charlottesville, the inn is a short drive to Monticello and Montpelier – the homes of presidents Jefferson and Madison respectively. Discover the multitude of Virginia attractions right outside our front door, including several award-winning wineries and distilleries.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Jeff A wrote a review Sep 19
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My wife and I recently stayed here for a weekend getaway. Based in research and reviews on paper the Inn looked like a great choice. Sadly, that was not the case. To sum it up overpriced rooms, property is in need of repair and understaffed - we were not at all impressed. Positives - staff, although extremely understaffed, was friendly and provided good service. We ate breakfast and dinner at the Inn and had the picnic lunch. All meals were very good. Views from the patio area are beautiful. Negatives - we stayed in the Robinson room. Let’s just say the pictures online don’t match what we encountered. The room is not worth $300 per night. Here are just a few issues: 1) mold around tub, 2) toilet seat barely attached, 3) rotted wood on baseboard, 4) patched holes with what appears to be white tape on the wall near towel rack, 5) hot & cold water on sink is installed backwards, 6) noticed a few cockroaches in the room, 6) deadbolt misaligned and doesn’t work, 7) furnishings in the room are very dated. Overall condition of property needs a lot of work. Walkways are uneven with no lighting which is a fall waiting to happen. Number of window panes on third floor of the main house(rear) are missing. One appeared to have an extension cord running out of it across the roof. The fence needs repair. Several fence rails were actually zip tied on to the post. The property has tremendous potential however the owners need to bring it up to speed and properly staff up.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Scuba D wrote a review May 2022
San Mateo, California4 contributions
The staff were very gracious and kind. They went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. The Maryland crab cake was excellent and the roasted pork filet was superb. The rooms were rustic, comfortable and enjoyable. The property and main building were very cool.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Natalie wrote a review Apr 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia1 contribution
We recently arranged an offsite retreat for our small team of seven at the Inn & Tavern at Meander. The setting was lovely with a large (and quite historic!) room perfect for our meeting needs. The food and service was fantastic throughout our stay and the nearby area provided a lot of great activities for team bonding (walking trails, wineries, an escape room in Culpeper, etc.). It was exactly what we needed after two years of remote working. Thank you Meander for a great experience!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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lisa d wrote a review Apr 2022
Locust Dale, Virginia3 contributions
Just ate at your restaurant for brunch. Pancakes were ok but French toast excellent. You really need to Heat your syrup. Cold syrup on pancakes awful. Easy for you to remedy. Took way to long for one guest to get his order. Inexcusable as no one else was in the restaurant. Waitress good. Two handicap cane walkers had trouble walk on very uneven bricks. Waiting for an accident to happen. Big liability over all experience was ok but nothing to boast about.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Georgeann B wrote a review Dec 2021
Richmond, Virginia35 contributions12 helpful votes
Very nice, fit just what we wanted, a 1700’s property, lots of character, comfortable accommodations, good food and walking trails. We will return. Staff was very attentive, clean, perhaps rustic, but lovely, beautiful sunsets. Lots of options on room types with working or gas fireplaces. We will definitely return in the spring.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bobbi wrote a review Dec 2021
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Definitely not like the pictures or worth the price. It's an old historic inn but that doesn't mean it should be dirty or unkempt. I'm shocked by the 4.5 average rating. Im attaching pictures of a few things. The blinds were broken and dirty, there was a used kcup on the dresser and the tub advertised a soaking had black stains and no stopper. The mattress might have been around since Jeffersons days it was so uncomfortable. No desk chair or wastebasket in the bedroom. I think the floor was considered the suite, which meant I had to leave my room and go in the hall to use the bathroom, located right at the top of a stairway that was open to the entire house. The balcony,, also not attached to room felt unsafe,, floor was slanted and warped/rating Small beetles and stinkbugs in the room Restaurant breakfast was OK, dinner didn't seem fresh, over seasoned and seems like it was previously frozen. The grounds were pretty but the side walk was very old and uneven to the point of being unsafe.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Pamiruru wrote a review Nov 2021
Pamiruru383 contributions127 helpful votes
This inn needs care and maintenance. Either the owner or the manager cannot see what is broken and in need of repair. We were unable to stay after being shown to our room. Everything from the huge wasp nests in the very dirty windows(hard to even see out) to the uneven trip hazzard sidewalks spelled lack of attention. Everything seemed unclean. I won’t even mention the bathroom. An extensive redo that would require closing for several months is in order. Sadly it was my birthday and thinking the website looked charming, I booked a room. We left and drove two hours back home. Worst birthday ever.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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JulesStCroix wrote a review Oct 2021
St. Croix115 contributions29 helpful votes
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I so so so want to rate this place a 5! The property is gorgeous, the employees extraordinarily nice, the chef is excellent and the food is delicious (breakfasts as well as our dinner at the Tavern), and the history and charm of the place is truly special. Am I glad we stayed there? Yes. Would I stay again - absolutely if two issues are addressed (otherwise, a definite no). We stayed in the Summer Kitchen House and spent $760 for two nights to enjoy a truly unique October / Fall experience. The property, the history, and the staff definitely made it that! However for that much money, we shouldn’t have had to kill over 200 big black flies in our room (most upon checkin but they just kept coming in throughout our stay). This was the only B&B on our trip that didn’t actually walk us to our room, and I understand why - it’s a situation one simply wouldn’t know how to react to when walking in. When I asked the young lady for more towels to kill the flies with, they indicated an awareness of the situation as well as a sense of bewilderment regarding what to do. And unfortunately the general cleaning of the house we stayed in was off the mark - I thought my husband (who showered first) had opened a soap that I used. I later found out that wasn’t the case :-(. This place is so close! I hope for the rates they charge, they’ll consider better pest control, proactive treatment of an issue brought forward by a guest, and an enhanced attention to detail. I do believe this Inn can become a premier destination.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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JimandJudy wrote a review Sep 2021
Buford , Ga.86 contributions84 helpful votes
I am giving 5 stars because I believe all inn keepers earn at least one star for staying open during these times. I partially agree with Melvin that there are things that need to be done. However, it is an old inn (part of its charm) and that should also be appreciated. The outside could use some refurbishment and walking on some of the stones ,while attractive, can be a bit dangerous (especially in the back) because of how slippery they were. We originally were booked in the Robinson room. We thought it very well done, but the restroom was mostly likely designed by a man (no space for items). Especially since the sink was in the bedroom. I agree with Melvin about your online pictures. If I could hire your photographer to do personal pictures for me, I'd look like Bradley Cooper, not the tired old man I am. I don't blame anyone for that though, smart marketing. The problem with the room is that it was very musty and had no screens on the windows to air things out. I realize that this this kind of problem can be present in any old room, but as much as the room was otherwise great, we requested a room change and the gracious staff was very helpful in moving us to the Lightfoot room. Much better, but a screen would also have been welcomed. Overall, this is a great old inn with a great history and wonderful staff. My hope is that as they are able to get back to "normal" they can make the tweaks needed to rise them to the level I am sure they want.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Chris Seek, Owner at The Inn & Tavern at Meander
Responded Sep 30, 2021
Hi Jim and Judy, On behalf of our whole team, I wanted to thank you for this very honest and kind review about your stay with us at The Inn and Tavern at Meander. Thank you for being understanding of the difficult situation we have found ourselves in with the pandemic. Your friendly words about the potential you see in our inn is exactly the reason we work earnestly every day. We are on the path to get there, and honest and kind feedback from people like you are what push us to improve. Thanks for taking the time to leave this review for us. We will be working on getting screens and refurbishing the outside, and will ensure we keep our historical roots and friendly staff - a staple of the Meander experience. We hope to welcome you, Mr. Bradley Coooper, back to our inn again soon. With best wishes, Chris Seek, Owner & Managing Director and the rest of the Meander team
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Melvin wrote a review Sep 2021
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We booked our weekend getaway for our 10 year anniversary with the Inn at Meander. They had availability for us a week out, so we booked the Washington Cottage and purchased the wine weekend getaway package. The photos and website are very well done. The grounds area is very nice, but the conditions of the inn do not match the photos. My two star review falls into "it could've been better". Mostly for the price we paid for the room, ~$300 per night, I would have expected top notch amenities and service. The inn and our room in particular are run down and in need of some maintenance. There was clearly a towel rack repair in progress in the bathroom. The blinds were cheap and in poor condition including a few slats missing pieces. The light switch hardware was top of the line in the 90's and is now old and missing pieces. The chairs on our private patio were missing back cushions making them uncomfortable. We did see other identical chairs with pads on the back so this was an opportunity for the Inn to have their grounds in order. I am confident had we brought it to the attention of the staff, they would have fixed it, but that's not the point. We arrived for breakfast at rush hour when several other groups had just sat down. We were served a yummy yogurt and fruit dish and coffee, then waited our turn in line. After 40 minutes we received our omelets and toast which was nothing fancy. We inquired about the picnic basket and expressed our desire to head out about 10:30 for a hike then hit some wineries. The picnic basket isn't provided until noon, so the ingredients can be made fresh. I think that is a great idea, but the staff missed an opportunity to point that out in the website, check in or welcome email. We could have set expectations. Mostly I feel for the price point, our expectations were higher. It's the little things that make a weekend getaway like this great and the Inn at Meander is missing those. If you are looking for luxury, perhaps this place isn't for you.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Chris Seek, Owner at The Inn & Tavern at Meander
Responded Sep 24, 2021
Hi Virginia Wine Taster, Though it’s never easy hearing we’ve disappointed one of our cherished visitors, we appreciate you taking the time to share where we fell short, so we can improve going forward. We are fixing the problems you highlighted immediately. The tip about the lunch baskets is particularly useful and we are making a point to include that in our messaging. Thank you. In response to your comment about waiting times, we can assure you that our goal is always to seat and feed guests a delicious breakfast in a timely manner, but sometimes there are other circumstances beyond our control. When you visited, our executive chef was out on an emergency. We do everything we can – from staff scheduling changes and better communication across departments – so these situations don’t happen too often, but when they do, it’s frustrating for everyone involved. We are sorry you caught us in this situation. Should you decide to give us another chance, and we sincerely hope you do, please reach out to us at +1 540-672-4912 so we can give you an extra special experience to make things right‌. You absolutely deserve a 10 year anniversary memory you can cherish forever. Thank you again for taking the time to share your feedback with our team – we take all reviews seriously and will use them in our continuous improvement efforts. Sincerely, Chris Owner of the Inn and Tavern at Meander
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$220 - $290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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inn at meander plantation hotel locust dale
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Inn at Meander Plantation
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United StatesVirginiaLocust Dale
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Nearby attractions include Cedar Mountain Battlefield (4.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Inn & Tavern at Meander?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Inn & Tavern at Meander?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Inn & Tavern at Meander?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Inn & Tavern at Meander?
Conveniently located restaurants include Crooked Run Tavern at Meander, Sunny's Seafood and Deli, and War Craft Brewery.
Are pets allowed at The Inn & Tavern at Meander?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Inn & Tavern at Meander?
Many travelers enjoy visiting James Madison's Montpelier (9.0 miles).