June 2nd was my wife, Carol's, 50th birthday. I asked her what she wanted to mark this exciting milestone and she said she wanted to see the Shenandoah Valley and take a hot air balloon ride. I knew then that what would make or break this celebration was the B&B we would stay in. We searched online and looked at dozens of choices. We finally settled on "Once Upon a Mountain" hoping it would be as nice as it looked on the website. Well, we have to say it was beyond our wildest expectations! We stayed in the "Sleeping Beauty" room which is one of three very nice rooms. We liked that there were only three rooms so there wouldn't be too many people. We wanted something intimate and quiet. We were blown away by the beautiful cabin architecture and the spectacular view of the valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. While my wife doesn't drink coffee, I do. I was treated to a piping hot pitcher of savory java awaiting me each morning right outside our door. Just outside the glass doors of our room facing the mountains was a deck where we sat and relaxed taking in the view. We had plenty of space and the bed was quite comfortable. The breakfasts were fantastic - delicious with a nice variety from morning to morning. The owner, Christa, made us feel completely welcome and at home. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and her friends who stopped by one evening. They even invited us to join them for a glass of wine! We couldn't have felt more welcome. As it turned out, our hot air balloon ride was cancelled due to high winds. So my wife's big birthday request didn't work out. But our stay at "Once Upon a Mountain" more than made up for it! Thanks, Christa (and Mike) for making Carol's 50th birthday one we'll never forget! See you again soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and experience the magic, serenity, and peace of one of Shenandoah Valley's most unique and stylish log house bed and breakfast accommodations. Once Upon a Mountain is luxury without pretension; service without intrusion; and a location offering amenities amidst solitude. Come and enjoy the fairytale magic! Wir sprechen auch deutsch. ... more less