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“A hidden gem in Lexington”

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Sheridan Livery Inn
Ranked #10 of 19 Lexington B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 9, 2013

We recently made our fourth trip to Lexington, Virginia, a wonderful small town in the Shenandoah region that often is described as one of the best places in the country to retire. For history buffs, there is a lot of it, from Stonewall Jackson's home and gravesite, to the Lee Chapel on the Washington & Lee campus where Robert E. Lee is buried, to Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and the George C. Marshall library and museum. For accommodations during our three-day stay in Lexington, we decided to try something new. Sheridan Livery Inn on Main Street was highly recommended by Frommer's and Fodor's so we opted to give it a shot. We certainly weren't disappointed. Everything the travel experts said about it was true and then some. For location, there is nothing better. From the front door, you can walk to all of the historical sites. The Jackson house is in the backyard. Washington & Lee and Lee Chapel are across the street and up the hill. VMI is just around the corner. Jackson's cemetery is a refreshing morning walk down Main Street. Who could ask for more? The room was large and comfortable with a high ceiling. As a bonus, Sheridan Livery Inn has an outstanding but little publicized restaurant that got us up and going at breakfast and filled our appetites at dinner. Built in 1887 as a stable, the building was renovated and converted to a hotel in 1997. Hospitality is a plus. The owners are hands-on in the restaurant and always eager to please. The nightly specials are to die for. More people ought to be aware of this restaurant, which also offers outside patio dining. There is no elevator and there are 25 steps leading to the second floor. So if you don't like climbing stars, request a first-floor room. Credit young chef Franky Benincasa, son of co-owners Ugo and Gina Benincasa, and his wife Meredith for turning the kitchen and dining room into a four-star delight. He specializes in South Carolina Low Country style--he sold his restaurant in Charlottesville to come here--such as shrimp and sausage over cheese grits and grilled rainbow trout. Whatever he does, he does it right.

Room Tip: Request a first-floor room if you don't want to climb 25 steps (no elevator) to the second floor...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

I have been here several times when visiting my parents from Princeton, NJ. This restaurant has great food and good drink selections. The waitstaff has always been extremely nice. I come here whenever visiting my parents. Their chicken salad is awesome!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is our fourth trip to the Livery and once again it did not disappoint. Park your car in the parking lot and you won't need it again until you are ready to leave. The people that run the Livery are wonderful, treat you like family. Breakfast is very simple but if you want more there are several great places in town to grab a bite.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank mary k
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

After a long day's motorcycling (from DC), we weren't even sure we wanted to stop in Lexington, I am SO glad we did. We found out about the hotel from the lovely lady at the tourist board, and it was just perfect - great price, comfortable well presented rooms, really excellent dinner (for about $20 the New York Strip was amazing, as were the local cocktails to celebrate my birthday!), decent breakfast choice (included in the price), and a decent bar over the street. Stonewall Jackson's grave and the General Lee memorial church were unexpected highlights and the whole town just had a great vibe (this is June remember so when VMI and the university are in full swing it must only get better!)

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

We recently stayed as part of a larger group and found the accommodations very disappointing. We arrived to orange cones in our parking space that my husband had to get out of the car to move during a downpour. We then waited in the lobby for a while until someone came to the window to help us- though I use the term "help" loosely. There is no elevator and there is also no one willing to help carry your luggage upstairs. The rooms were clean and spacious but in need of some serious updating, including an overhaul of the heating ducts that blow like gale force winds on and off while you are trying to sleep! But the most disappointing part of the stay was the "continental breakfast." Not only was this a pitiful selection of foods, it was served by a very grumpy woman who stood and ate her breakfast and made the request for ice water seem like a request to move a mountain. Overall - not worth the money and we will not return.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed November 6, 2010

My wife and I went to Lexington to visit our niece, who attends W&L University. We stayed At Sheridan Livery Inn. It was fabulous, the room was clean, roomy and comfortable. We ate both lunch and dinner at the restaurant, the food was superb, and the service was great. The location in the heart of Lexington added to our enjoyment. Gina and her staff were pleasant, helpful and made us feel like family. When we return, we can't think of staying anywhere else. Thank you

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2015, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sheridan Livery Inn

Address: 35 N Main St, Lexington, VA 24450-2520
Location: United States > Virginia > Lexington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Lexington
Price Range: $135 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sheridan Livery Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of picturesque Lexington, Virginia, The Sheridan Livery Inn is within walking distance to Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee University, and all of the downtown shops and restaurants. We are approximately ten minutes from the Virginia Horse Center and Lime Kiln Outdoor Theater. The twelve room inn features seven double rooms (queen and full bed in each), three suites (king bed and separate living room with a queen sofa bed), and two single rooms (one king bed)- all rooms have private baths, wireless internet access, and an iron. Off street parking is available for inn guests and a continental breakfast is included with your stay along with access to the offsite fitness center at the Robert E. Lee Hotel, and the offsite pool at the Lexington Golf and Country Club. ... more   less 
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