We had been planning a short trip to VA wine country for awhile, but our hectic schedules coupled with spotty weather kept us from committing in advance. We even purchased a Livingsocial deal to Bear Meadow Lodge, and when they were unable to accommodate our dates-we began to think our trip wasn't going to happen this fall. Well as things turned out we saw a small window of opportunity yesterday and took off. No reservations, no real plan, just a lot of Tripadvisor and online research. After we got into the area, I phoned Dana on the chance she might have a room. Normally they require a two night minimum, but the website said to call and check just in case...well as luck would have it, there were two rooms available and we grabbed one -the Dogwood room. Dana told us to go on and enjoy the winery, she'd check us in when we got there. Interestingly enough, we met another couple from Maryland who had booked at the last moment and taken the last room while at the tasting room!
Dennis met us in the garden and he and his wife Dana welcomed us into the parlor and gave us a short history of their Inn. The hosts were very personable and offered dinner recommendations in both Harrisonburg and Staunton (about 15 min each). We discussed breakfast timing, special dietary concerns, offered coffee,tea and cookies and shown to our rooms. We had the opportunity to see both the Dogwood room and the Garden Room. Both had crisp, clean Victorian decor, en room baths, lace canopies and a wonder scent that reminded me of childhood visits to my grandmother's. I later found out that all bath amenities were supplied by a nearby business, The Lavender Farm. The Garden Room (king bed)overlooks the garden while the Dogwood room (queen bed overlooks the fields and mountains nearby.
The room was comfortable, not soundproof though. Bed was a pillow top,there were high ceilings, crown moulding, setee, antique washstand, hand quilted blanket, small tv, pocket doors led to the bathroom. Dana had placed granola bars and magazines as well as various thematic books and novels around for the guests to enjoy. We slept well.
Breakfast was waiting for us when we arrived downstairs. Coffee and tea was self serve. Dennis greeted us and brought us breakfast course by course. Today's offering was a berry/granola yogurt parfait followed by an entree of apple/pear soufflé served with bacon and asparagus spears. Our breakfast companions who had eaten the day before said Dana had made a French toast dish with homemade sauce that was divine. After everyone was served, Dana sat and visited with us while we ate.
At one point we walked through the garden area. There is a koi pond as well as various heirloom rose bushes, box woods and many other plants. There are tables with umbrellas if you choose to enjoy a glass of wine or a meal out there.
The Inn pup, Brin (Brindle) seemed happy to meet all the new people and behaved well-even though Dana is nursing a shoulder repair compliments of Brin;-)
Checkout was a breeze and we all walked out together to exchange hugs (girls) and goodbyes. Would we return? Yep, sure would. In the words of the Dos XX guy, I don't always choose to stay in a B&B, but if I do in VA, it will be at the Cross House Garden Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visit us for a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy a stay at Cross House Garden Inn. We are just 15 minutes away from Harrisonburg and 20 minutes from Staunton. Enjoy Shenandoah Valley cooking accompanied by true, Southern hospitality at Cross House Garden Inn. We are a spacious, Victorian inn located in the heart of Shenandoah Valley with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our rooms are beautifully appointed and our grounds offer lovely, English gardens. Located on one acre in the quaint village of Weyers Cave, Virginia, our bed and breakfast is reminiscent of a country home from another era with its English gardens and koi pond. ... more less