We have just returned from a two night stay at Le Bleu Ridge b&b. Everything about this experience was perfect, from our clean, well-decorated room (we stayed in the cottage) to the delicious--and healthy!--breakfasts prepared by Danielle, to the delightful hosts who were so welcoming. We chose the cottage because of its separation from the main house, but also because it offers a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffeepot, plus a king-size bed and very nice tv (not that we watched much tv--too much to do!). The cottage has its own bathroom with a standup shower, and bed/bath linens smell so clean and fresh, and are fantastically soft and cozy (also all the soaps and shampoos smell wonderful and very spa-like). The cottage also has its own deck with an amazing view of the mountains which, when we were there, were peaking with fall color. The breakfasts are served in the main house dining room, and when we were there included offerings such as fresh fruit, homemade muffins, crepes, frittatas, and poached eggs in a spinach cream sauce. Everything was fantastically well-prepared, and made with healthy, often locally-sourced, ingredients. The coffee was locally roasted, the eggs were from down the road, and the baked goods were created with thoughtfulness and attention to going "above and beyond" the norm (for instance, using spelt flour, flax seed, buckwheat etc.). As others have mentioned, there is a winery literally steps from your door (Flying Fox).
Hosts Danielle and Marcel were charming, gracious, helpful and always eager to see that your every need was met. They seemed well-equipped to handle any type of dietary concerns or restrictions, and asked us when we arrived if we had any such requests (we didn't--we eat everything!).
Almost as great as the b&b is its location in Nelson County on Rt. 151--we were just about in the middle of the array of great wineries, craft breweries, and cideries in the area. Try them all! We especially enjoyed Afton Mountain winery (gorgeous views and great wine) and Devil's Backbone brewery. A new cider company had opened while we were there (Bold Rock) and it was great to chat with the people there and share in their enthusiasm for their great adventure. Also nearby is a very nice cheese and wine shop (Basic Necessities) and a small grocery that features many locally-grown products.
This weekend was exactly what we needed to unwind from a stressful work life. We're already making plans to go back at least twice--once with friends, and another time all by ourselves to attempt to recreate the great great experience we had. Probably hard to do, but you can't blame us for trying! Thank you so much Marcel and Danielle for making this one of the best short getaways we've ever had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We will be delighted to welcome you at Le Bleu Ridge Bed and Breakfast: “Your Healthy Homey Hospitality in the Virginian Blue Ridge Mountains”. We offer organic and comfy beds in the cute Mankin House cottage, the romantic Blue Moon Room, or the Sunset Room, and delicious breakfasts made with fresh, organic local and seasonal ingredients. Our holistic approach extends to all elements surrounding our guests’ stay: whether it is the mattress you dream in, the wood floor you walk on, the water you drink, etc. We cater to everyone, but we distinguish ourselves in our ability to accommodate guests with special dietary needs, such as diabetes, gluten allergies, food and environmental sensitivities. Le Bleu Ridge is located inside the former Page House Estate, 1840, on the Nelson County 151 trail in Nelson County. Our neighbors include The Flying Fox Tasting Room, wineries, breweries, local restaurants, and local farmers. Virginia is for Lovers… Le Bleu Ridge is where they sleep! ... more less