With over 400 bed and breakfast lodging options around Virginia, planning a spring getaway could get a little complicated. And when you begin crafting an itinerary, you may want to take into account whether you’re searching for a luxury retreat, a serene haven away from the city, or simply a place to rest your head between outdoor adventures. But if a gorgeous view and exemplary hospitality are on your agenda, consider staying at one of these 14 stunning Virginia B&Bs.
The Abigail Inn—Lexington
You would never guess that the Abigail Inn was originally constructed in 1928 as a fraternity house for Washington & Lee students. Over the years, the inn has undergone extensive remodeling, retaining the essential historic character of the building and adding modern amenities that one would expect in an upscale bed and breakfast as well as a private bath in each suite.
Beliveau Estate Bed & Breakfast—Blacksburg
Beliveau Estate Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located only minutes from Virginia Tech, but if the Hokies aren’t your cup of tea, there is an on-site winery adjacent to the inn that draws guests looking for a peaceful weekend. Stay comfy during cooler spring days with the in-room fireplaces and heated bathroom floors. Several of the rooms have luxurious air jet tubs, while others feature private outdoor decks that open to lovely views of the mountains. Get closer to nature with a quiet walk down the inn’s private trails or a visit to the fragrant lavender farm.
Braehead Manor Bed and Breakfast—Fredericksburg
History lovers will undoubtedly relish a stay at the Braehead Manor Bed and Breakfast, known for serving General Robert E. Lee breakfast before he marched out to the First Battle of Fredericksburg. This pet-friendly B&B is only a few minutes from downtown Fredericksburg’s numerous boutique shops and much-loved restaurants (FoodE comes to mind). Bring your dog along with you, as Braehead Manor is a pet-friendly bed and breakfast.
Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast—Cape Charles
For a sumptuous stay on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, book a room at the Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast, located in the historic district of this southern shore town. Seen on HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk”, the Colonial Revival-style bed and breakfast features a wraparound porch, grand foyer, and a staircase framed by ornate Corinthian columns. Each room is decorated with curated antiques, Oriental rugs, and custom window drapes. Looking for things to do while you’re in Cape Charles? Borrow beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas from the staff and spend the day soaking up the sun on the beach, just a short walk from the property, or take a kayak tour to nearby Chatham Vineyards to savor some Virginia wines. For a discounted Spring Break getaway, book two nights during April 1-30 and get a third night at half the price.
Cedar Spring Inn—Ruckersville
Panoramic mountain views surround this Ruckersville retreat, as well as 36 acres of shady woodlands and wildflower meadows that are perfect for a spring stroll. Inside Cedar Springs Inn, you’ll find every comfort you need for a tranquil getaway, including a pool, spa, sauna, and steam room. Each guest room has a varied selection of amenities for guests, from private patios and entrances to double jetted tubs and cozy fireplaces. The final selling point to Cedar Springs Inn? It is in the perfect location for nearly every activity, with extensive restaurant selections in Charlottesville, scenic Shenandoah National Park, and countless wineries along the Monticello Wine Trail, all within easy driving distance.
Grand View Bed and Breakfast—Reedville
For an overnight adventure on the Northern Neck of Virginia, head to the Grand View Bed and Breakfast near the historic fishing village of Reedville. You’ll experience waterfront views from every room in the inn, and can even enjoy a closer look from the private pier that stretches onto the Chesapeake Bay. If you’re interested in trying your hand at fishing, there are several local fishing charter companies available for booking, or you can explore the natural beauty of the Bay region with a cruise tour. Wheelchair access to two rooms on the first floor allow for handicapped visitors.
Joshua Wilton House Inn—Harrisonburg
Filled with handcrafted antiques, the Joshua Wilton House Inn exudes opulence from every square inch. This beautifully restored Victorian mansion in downtown Harrisonburg is only 30 minutes from a Shenandoah National Park entrance and within walking distance to many of Harrisonburg’s notable restaurants (try Jack Brown’s Burgers, ranked #11 on Insider’s Top 50 Burger Joints in America, or a selection of small plates from Food.Bar.Food). While there are plenty of incredible places to eat lunch or dinner near the inn, the breakfast at Joshua Wilton House is unbeatable, with an assortment of fresh scones, croissants, and pastries baked each day in-house.
Longacre Bed and Breakfast—Appomattox
Housed in a Tudor-style, renovated home in downtown Appomattox, Longacre Bed and Breakfast creates an inviting aura with elaborate yet warm décor. During spring months, the property stuns with the lush surrounding gardens, and an indoor pool makes swimming possible any time of year. Each room has a private bath and several are pet-friendly. If history is on the agenda, check out the long list of attractions close to Longacre Bed and Breakfast.
Pembroke Springs Retreat—Star Tannery
Pembroke Springs Retreat is a truly unique B&B in Virginia, offering guests an immersion in Japanese culture during their stay with authentic décor, food, and experiences. On 175 acres of gorgeous rural grounds in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the property has a spectacular view of the mountains and is close to antique shops, wineries, caverns, and a variety of other nearby activities. The grounds contain a tennis court, fishing ponds, and miles of hiking trails for guests to discover. Traditional Japanese baths located on the lower floors contain spring water, high in beneficial minerals, are heated to 104 degrees for a soothing soak. Get rid of any remaining stress when you book a massage or reflexology at Pembroke Springs Retreat.
Sans Souci at Smith Mountain Lake—Huddleston
Sans Souci, French for “care free”, is a European-style chalet on Smith Mountain Lake. Stay on land and take in the 270 degree waterfront views, or head out on the water for swimming, sailing, kayaking, fishing, and wakeboarding. Start each day with a made-to-order breakfast eaten on the scenic patio, then get outside and explore the cultivated gardens and surrounding lakeside grounds.
Smithfield Inn Bed and Breakfast—Smithfield
Older than the Alamo or Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Smithfield Inn Bed & Breakfast has a distinctive history, with first President George Washington even staying a night at the B&B. With over 250 years of experience in caring for guests (built in 1752), Smithfield Inn does up southern hospitality with a softer, more modern look. If you’re staying in the region, be sure to try the famous hams and peanuts, both made right down the road in Smithfield and often incorporated in the breakfast menu at the inn.
Brunswick Mineral Springs Bed & Breakfast—Lawrenceville
Created in 1785 on 28 acres in Brunswick County (the birthplace of Brunswick Stew, no matter what Georgia claims!), Brunswick Mineral Springs Bed & Breakfast has both private rooms and a standalone cottage next to the main house that can be booked individually. Century oaks, magnolias, and crepe myrtles along the grounds add to the genteel southern air felt at the bed and breakfast. Pets are welcome at Brunswick Mineral Springs, and the nature trails winding through the property allow you to extensively explore the grounds with your four-legged friend. Looking to stay active but the weather won’t cooperate? Take a dip in the indoor salt water pool or utilize the exercise equipment available for guests.
Copper Lantern Inn—Abingdon
Check out the Copper Lantern Inn, a Georgian Colonial that evokes a laid back yet elegant nature, for an overnight stay near Abingdon. Built in 1873, the building has undergone extensive renovations and updates, adding modern comforts to the original structure. Start the day with a cup of coffee in a rocking chair as you sit on the wraparound front porch and enjoy the blissful peace and quiet found in the small town. Sit in the same place with a glass of sweet tea at dusk and you’ll truly feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
Estillville B&B—Gate City
For a restful weekend retreat, check in to the Estillville Bed and Breakfast, located in Southwest Virginia near the Carter Family Fold and Natural Tunnel State Park. The home was built in the 1800s and decorated with antiques and replicas to create an authentic historic experience. Wake up hungry at the B&B, as the hosts cook up huge, hearty portions of your favorite southern foods, including biscuits, eggs, and sausage. Like the name implies, Gate City acts as a “gateway” to activities, from beautiful mountain hikes to local music events.
Plan a spring vacation and stay at a charming bed and breakfast for an unforgettable Virginia getaway.
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