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By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages
Ranked #1 of 4 Harrisonburg B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

As me and my girlfriend are making the B & B circuit (Poconos, Dutch country, etc.) I found this nice spot in VA.(the pictures online were nice) and decided to bring her for her birthday. We stayed in the Quill Cottage, It was quaintly decorated and provided a little bit privacy. However, the actual living quarters were smaller than I thought it would be. The bathroom is HUGE(its the same size as the living quarters) so if you dig big bathrooms and soaking tubs go right away! The Quill cottage does keep you separated from whatever amenities the primary house offers and while they have 24 hour service we didn't really know about it, but I will take some blame for that in not reading all of the rules and regs before settling in. There isn't tons to do...the farmers markets were lacking in my estimation compared to the Dutch country. The breakfast was ok...the portions were small and (pancakes and 2 sausage links the first day and a small souffle sitting on a sausage pattie the second) You have to try for yourself...I wasn't overwhelmed by the B&B or the area. I have been to worse B&B's thats for sure.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2014

Hi, Delano, As we stated in response to your identical review on b&b.com, we fondly remember meeting you and your lovely girlfriend at check out on Sunday. Learning that your stay didn't equal your expectations is distressing. We wish you had joined us for Happy Hour on Saturday evening and perhaps we could have helped make it a better weekend. As a prolific reviewer, we know you understand how opinions differ. Please read the February 3 post below for an entirely different perspective of a guest in Quill Cottage and the Harrisonburg area. Since we are known as the "Friendly City, we wish Laurel's birthday celebration had been more enjoyable for you both. Nevertheless, we are glad you are choosing the B&B alternative and hope you will not be deterred by your stay at By the Side of the Road.

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Reviewed March 31, 2014

What a superior B&B experience at the By the Side of the Road Inn and Cottages! We stayed in one of the lovely suites upstairs and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful room with its romantic fireplace and whirlpool tub! We were in Harrisonburg to attend a wedding but honestly just wanted to hang out in our room the whole weekend! The breakfasts were a phenom with the apples being cut into the shape of a swan and the most yummy praline pancakes ever!...all delivered to your door with a gentle tap! We had the good fortune to be able to spend some time with the B&B interns who were delightful!

Although the inn is a bit oddly located on the edge of a housing community, it was very clear that the Inn was there LONG before the houses were and the houses had slowly encroached on the majesty of the Inn! How dare they! The Inn was stocked with everything you could possibly want....including DVD's, popcorn, champagne, a decanter of sherry, wine and champagne glasses, a makeup mirror, coffee maker and a thermostat controlled by the guests!

Great check in and check out experience too...with wonderful, warm, GENUINE hospitality! I would highly recommend this experience!...and we will be back!

Room Tip: Enjoyed the Inn room but would have LOVED to have gotten a look at the cottages! They looked amazin...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2014

We loved the photos that accompanied your review. Sipping wine by the fire, you look so beautiful. Thanks for taking time to write about your experience. We sincerely appreciate it and hope that whenever in the "Burg, you'll come stay with us again! Best regards...

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Reviewed March 31, 2014

My husband and I stayed at By the Side of the Road as a weekend away. We felt welcomed immediately by the cute electric fireplace having been "lit" and the music playing softly in the background. Entering the Water Lily felt like entering a personal spa! The bedding is amazing, the shower is incredible, there were instructions on how to use all the electronics, information about Harrisonburg was carefully laid out, breakfast was promptly delivered and delicious both mornings, and I could go on! I loved the Water Lily b/c it allowed us to not have to see anyone all weekend as with a traditional B&B. We could eat in our PJs and at our leisure. We chose a weekend with poor weather but it didn't matter in the long run. The place felt so homey that we just settled in, watched movies all day, and emerged only for great meals at one of the local restaurants. (highly recommend Clementine's!) The staff is very friendly and we would recommend By the Side of the Road in a minute!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2014

We are so delighted that our "rainy" weekend didn't spoil your romantic getaway and truly appreciate your taking time to share you experience with TA readers. Please come again and we'll order up some sunshine so you can relax on the private balcony and enjoy the pond. We hope that will be soon!

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

My boyfriend found this place on Groupon, and we decided to go with a cottage. OMG, it was amazing. The whirltub, the dual fireplace, the decoration, the breakfast, so clean, Anna is so super friendly, informative and nice. I can't wait to come back. It has a coffee maker, microwave, refridge. We also went to Bluestone Vineyard, very nice and free tasting as we were guests at the cottage. Just say you are a guest. Great wine! I included pictures too!

Here are some food place recommendations that are in the Old Town Harrisonburg area (definately do some walking here, so pretty). "Beyond", asian flare, delish. The Cuban Burger (an absolute must place to go, so freaking good), Corglish English Pub - we had the lamb shank and salmon, so super yummy with the wedge salad.

walking around it's beautiful with all the churches, the JMU campus is beautiful to take a drive through.

Overall, I couldn't of been happier. we stayed here for three days, two nights. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE. I will definately come back.

Room Tip: GET THE QUILL COTTAGE.....all are nice, but we loved this one. :)
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2014

Nothing is better than learning your weekend was all you hoped for. Taking time to post your experience is most appreciated. We can't wait for your return!

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

My wife, our newborn baby and I stayed at By the Side of the Road a few months ago as a special getaway before my wife returned to work after maternity leave. Even though I failed to find a place for us to go before the week before, By the Side of the Road had a room available - during peak leaf season - and was one of the few such establishments in the Harrisonburg area that had accommodations for children. The hospitality was wonderful. Even though we only stayed one night, everything was ready when we arrived to check in, and the staff was warm, friendly and helpful. This was our first experience with a B and B, and we will definitely back. From help picking an appropriate restaurant, to suggestions on things to see on our way back to Northern Virginia, to the the wonderful breakfast, we couldn't have asked for more, especially at such a reasonable price. Like I wrote earlier, we will definitely be back for a longer stay!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2014

It's great to have a suite located in the manor house that accommodates children but is separate from the other suites. We always say the baby can cry and laugh, etc., without disturbing others guests AND parents can relax knowing that! Please do come again and thanks for sharing your visit on TA.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

What a beautiful stay! The cottage was everything I could have imagined and more. The details were exquisite, from the prompt delivery of amazing breakfasts to the sherry in the room in the evening. Make sure you buy one of their signature mugs! :D

Room Tip: The Bergey Cottage was fabulous and secluded!
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2014

What fun to photograph your breakfast plates and post them here. We loved that. Thank you so much. We are delighted that all was well with your visit and hope we can fulfill your expectations upon a return visit. Best regards!

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

After several B&B adventures, I recommend By the Side of the Road for the location, cottages, and amenities. Our private cottage included a comtemporary shower, view of the pond, wonder room layout, very comfortable bed and an exception breakfast that is brought to your door. The area includes many attractions within a very short drive.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Manager at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

Hi James P:
Thank you for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed one of our Spring Water Suites and found some great things to do in our area! We certainly hope to have you back in the near future. Taking the time to write a review is much appreciated and we wish you all the best!

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Address: 491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-8409
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Location: United States > Virginia > Harrisonburg
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Harrisonburg
Price Range: $220 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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Welcome to our Inn, located in Harrisonburg in Virginia's central Shenandoah Valley. Whether staying one night or more, our one-of-a-kind Shenandoah Valley lodging is legendary. Guests return time and again to experience the comfort and intimacy of our four Main House Suites and five Luxurious Cottages. We hope to meet you soon! ... more   less 
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