Fall is one of Virginia’s most romantic seasons. Crisp air makes you reach for the warmth of another, while explosions of red, gold, and orange foliage set the stage for a memorable time away together. Make the most of it by staying somewhere that’s warm, comfortable, and showcases the best of the season, both in flavor and in views. Consider these five-star* romantic bed and breakfasts for your fall getaway.
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— THE INN AT VAUCLUSE SPRING | STEPHENS CITY —
A collection of six private guest houses add to the romantic attraction of The Inn at Vaucluse Spring. One hundred rolling acres will put on a fanciful fall show. Enjoy it with a cup of locally roasted Black Dog Coffee. Breakfast may include homemade breads and pastries along with locally-sourced fruits and a a farm-fresh egg entrée.
Millhouse Studio overlooking Vaucluse Spring at Inn at Vaucluse Spring
— 502 SOUTH MAIN | LEXINGTON —
This beautiful home in Lexington’s historic district is surrounded by mature hardwoods that are simply stunning during autumn. The breakfast at 502 South Main features eggs from Broadview Ranch, cheeses from Mountain View Farm, and coffee from Lexington Coffee Roasters. Local fruits and veggies are incorporated as well, and your mouth will water for the breads and pastries. They’re handcrafted by the innkeeper, Mary Stuart, a trained pastry chef.
Russ and Mary Stuart Harlow, 502 South Main. Photo by Tony Giammarino.
— TRINKLE MANSION BED & BREAKFAST | WYTHEVILLE —
Four-post beds, clawfoot tubs, a gracious old home, and a private garden cottage. That’s some of what you’ll find when you stay at Trinkle Mansion, a grand dame on Main Street in Wytheville. The amenities are fine, but the atmosphere is decidedly low-key for your comfort. The food is homemade with love (don’t skip Patti’s cinnamon rolls!) and the area shines best when dressed in fall colors.
Patti and Bernie Pizinger, Trinkle Mansion Bed & Breakfast.
— PINEY HILL BED & BREAKFAST AND COTTAGES | LURAY —
Hailed among the Top 10 Best B&Bs in the United States by TripAdvisor, Piney Hill sits on a hilltop with commanding views of the area. Shenandoah National Park is just a few-minute drive away. A hearty farmhouse breakfast greets you in the morning, or you can dine light with yogurt or fruit. Ask about the cottages!
The view from Piney Hill Bed & Breakfast and Cottages
— IRIS INN | WAYNESBORO —
Whether you choose the main inn, a cottage, or a cabin, it’s all about the mountain views at Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast. Flavors of the season are incorporated into your breakfast, so you can expect an offering of Heidi’s pumpkin pancakes and banana nut muffins to start your day.
Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast
— MOUNTAIN SONG INN | WILLIS —
The Blue Ridge Mountains are fully on display with panoramic views from Mountain Song Inn. While you’re sure to love that, it’s the overall hospitality that has landed this gem in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, an award given to properties rated five stars for five consecutive years.
The view from Mountain Song Inn
— FORT LEWIS LODGE | MILLBORO —
More than 3,000 acres are at your disposal when you choose Fort Lewis Lodge. Extensive hiking and mountain biking trails show off abundant wildlife and the incredible scenery of the Alleghany Mountains. You’ll be quite comfortable here, and you’ll really enjoy Chef’s menu for breakfast and lunch, both included with your stay.
Hiking at Fort Lewis Lodge
— BLACK’S FORT INN BED & BREAKFAST | ABINGDON —
Private porches and a pond teeming with wildlife are key attractions at Black’s Fort Inn, plus the activities of downtown are just minutes away. Scratch-made breakfast will get you well on your way for whatever the day may hold.
— THE OAKS VICTORIAN INN | CHRISTIANSBURG —
A beautifully photogenic Queen Anne Victorian, The Oaks, is an acclaimed reprieve and one that should be considered for your romantic fall getaway. It’s a AAA four-diamond award winner for 20 consecutive years and features a three-course breakfast with a fresh, in-season fruit course (peaches through October, we hear).
Julia Pierce room at The Oaks Victorian Inn
— INN AT OLD VIRGINIA | STAUNTON —
The rooms at The Inn at Old Virginia are well-appointed, spacious with private en suite bath, and feature a soothing color palette for your relaxation. Two suites are within the main house while eight more are found in the renovated barn, featuring accent timbers, wainscoting, and whimsical barn doors.
Inn at Old Virginia
— THE COLLINS HOUSE INN | MARION —
The great outdoors of southwest Virginia are just outside your door when you choose to stay at The Collins House Inn. Mount Rogers and Hungry Mother State Park are close to this AAA three-diamond award winner, as are historic downtown Marion dining, shopping, and entertainment.
— MOUNTAIN ROSE INN | WOOLWINE —
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains with Rock Castle Creek running in front of it, Mountain Rose Inn has long been considered a romantic destination. Just eight miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway, views, wine, and 100 acres of land are yours for the exploring.
Mountain Rose Inn
— STONEWALL JACKSON INN | HARRISONBURG —
Within walking distance of downtown Harrisonburg is the Stonewall Jackson Inn, an 1885 Queen Anne-style mansion with ten guest suites. There are many architectural delights to seek out and appreciate in this home, and a delicious breakfast to enjoy as well. The innkeepers all it “a breakfast to remember,” and we believe you surely will.
— LAUREL POINT RETREAT | MONTEREY —
The 18th century log house at Laurel Point offers sweeping views from atop Jack Mountain in “Virginia’s Little Switzerland,” Highland County. A full country breakfast awaits you each morning, and the room choices are far from cookie-cutter. The Mountain View delivers sweeping views while the Large and Small Log rooms both offer fireplaces and can be booked together as a family suite.
Imagine this view from Laurel Point Retreat in autumn.
— NESSELROD BED AND BREAKFAST | RADFORD —
The New River courses below Nesselrod and the on-site gardens are a treasure in any season. Five themed suites are comfortable and inviting with heated towel bars, robes, Frette Italian linens, and antiques. Try something new and book the Oriental Lily Room. It features a private entrance and Japanese garden, sunken waterfall soaking tub, and loft sleeping area.
This is part one of a series. Please see Virginia.org for many more options.
*As rated by TripAdvisor users.