The Hummingbird Inn

30 Wood Lane P.o. Box 147, Goshen, Virginia 24439
Innkeeper(s): Sandra and Jeff Shaffer
  • Introduction

    The Hummingbird InnEnjoy a romantic setting and warm country hospitality in our unique Lexington, VA area bed and breakfast, a pet friendly Victorian Carpenter Gothic Inn situated in the small village of Goshen. Centrally located just west of scenic Goshen Pass on the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the town of Goshen sits in a small triangle defined by Lexington, Staunton, and Warm Springs / Hot Springs.

    Guests enjoy our casual, comfy, informal bed and breakfast for its relaxed country atmosphere. Nestled in a little railroad town, (Train lovers can be guaranteed a train will pass in front of the inn sometime during their stay.) The Hummingbird Inn is close to Lexington, VA and the many things to do in Rockbridge and Bath counties. We invite you to relax at our B&B, to celebrate a special occasion - a honeymoon, anniversary, or romantic weekend - or simply to amble about the spectacular countryside of western Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and Alleghany mountains.

    The Hummingbird Inn-Rustic DenThe five-guest-room Hummingbird Inn is perfect for family gatherings and reunions of friends - with lots of space to spread out and enjoy visiting with one another. We welcome small weddings, elopements, and renewal of vows - call us to discuss your ideas. We will help you plan hikes and we can provide you with maps and directions for your excursions.

    First built in 1780 and expanded in 1853 to its current size, our historic bed and breakfast even hosted Eleanor Roosevelt in 1935. Architectural features include wraparound verandas on the first and second stories, original pine floors throughout the house, a rustic den with a working stone fireplace, a comfortable living room, a spacious dining room, and a solarium. A deck, next to our old barn, which was once the town livery stable, overlooks Mill creek, a wide trout stream.

    Whether you're looking for peace and quiet, cozy and comfortable surroundings that feels like home, we welcome you to our Inn. Come for a getaway, kick back in front of our fireplace, stroll around our acre of gardens, take your motorcycle on Scenic Byway 39, go for a hike, ride your bicycle on back roads, visit the local vineyards, fish in the Maury River, see why our guests return time and again.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Sandra for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    To decompress and enjoy the natural beauty that abounds in all directions from our location.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Warm country hospitality. The Home’s History that dates back to 1780. Remote location.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Area Natural Beauty and Goshen Pass.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Other guests telling first time B&B guests not to expect the same high standards at other B&B’s.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Natural Beauty, Peaceful.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Easily, there is so much available in the Shenandoah Valley it would depend on their interests. Many of our Guests extend their stay either to see/do as much as they can or to rest. Outdoor Mountain and Water activities in abundance, Museums, Farms, Wineries, Breweries, Antiquing, Shopping, Art, Dining…however, many guests love relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Country Restaurant, Produce Market, Mill Creek, Calf Pasture River and Goshen’s Historic Truss Bridge built in 1890.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Local sourced food and incredible chefs at Café Michel in Clifton Forge VA, Red Hen in Lexington VA, The Shack, Zynodoa, both in Staunton VA and Water Wheel Restaurant at Grist Mill Square in Warm Springs VA.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    5 – soon to be 6. Our newly built cabin on Mill Creek is planned to open August 2016.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, we have one pet friendly room with private access and over 1.5 acres of land.


  • Among the Many Comforts You Will Enjoy

    The Hummingbird Inn - Goshen, VirginiaEnjoy an acre of landscaped grounds and gardens surrounding the Inn, offering a peaceful getaway and the chance for a quiet stroll. Secluded benches are found among the trees and flowers, many native to Virginia. A wide trout stream flows behind the property, just beyond the old livery stable. Relax on the deck and watch the stream flow past below. Fishermen might want to drop a line and test their luck. On cool evenings, light a fire in the chiminea and listen to the gentle sounds of Mill Creek. For hikers and kayakers, nearby Goshen Pass is a veritable vacation paradise, with dozens of miles of hiking trails and one of VA's most challenging rivers. Country drives, mountains and lakes, the Shenandoah Valley at its best, small historic towns, the local vineyard - you're going to need more than a day or two to explore this part of Virginia! Our collection of maps and written directions will help you plan the perfect day.

  • Small, Intimate Weddings, Elopements, Commitment Ceremonies & Renewal of Vows

    The Hummingbird Inn is the perfect setting for those couples wishing a small, casual celebration with a personal touch. We strive to make your day exactly what you want, with warm memories to last you in the years to come. We offer a beautiful, relaxed setting in which to take your vows. Our large living room and lovely gardens give you a choice of sites for the ceremony. We welcome ALL couples, and will work with you to personalize and customize your special day. If you wish, we can arrange for a local minister or officiate.

    Just Us Two Package

    • The Hummingbird Inn-CoupleTwo night stay in choice of room with whirlpool tub or double shower for two

    • Marriage, renewal of vows, or commitment service with minister or officiate
    • Ribbon-tied bridal bouquet
    • Groom boutonniere
    • Small wedding cake
    • Bottle of champagne or sparkling cider for toasts
    • Full country breakfast served in dining room each morning
    • $50 Gift toward your wedding dinner at the restaurant of your choice
    • Fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries in your room
    • Bride and Groom gifts
    • Ceremony held indoors or out, your choice of site

    Total cost, taxes included: $930. This package must be reserved in advance and requires a $100 non-refundable deposit, payable at time of reservation. Remaining balance due 2 weeks before event date.

    Small, Intimate Wedding Package

    • Two-night rental of the Inn; 5 guest rooms and all common areas for a total of 10 guests including the bridal couple

    • Marriage, renewal of vows or commitment service with minister or officiate

    • Ribbon-tied bridal bouquet, groom boutonniere
    • Two-layer wedding cake with your choice of cake and icing flavors
    • Champagne or sparkling cider for toasts
    • Full country breakfast for 10 served in dining room each morning
    • Wedding dinner for 10 served in the dining room
    • Fresh flowers in all guest rooms
    • Bride and Groom gifts
    • Ceremony held indoors or out, your choice of site

    Total cost, taxes included: $3900.  This package requires a $500 non-refundable deposit, payable at time of reservation. Remaining balance due one month before event date.



    For larger weddings, up to 75 guests, please contact us for custom pricing to use the Hummingbird Inn and Grounds as your Wedding Venue.


  • How To Find Us

    For GPS: Longitude: 79.4979377876124 Latitude: 37.987405050252

    Interstate 81 runs north/south through the Shenandoah Valley. It can be accessed directly from I-64 (Norfolk, VA -“ Charleston, WV), I-66 (from Washington D.C.), and I-77 (Charleston, WV- Charlotte, NC).

    Paralleling I-81 are the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, scenic routes through portions of the George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests, and the Shenandoah National Park. These roads are maintained and run by the U.S. National Forest Service. If time is not of paramount importance, these roads offer a spectacularly beautiful alternative to the Interstate highway. You can exit from either road at a number of points to connect with I-81 for the final portions of your trip.

    From I-81

    Easiest route, scenic mountain views:

    1. From I-81 at Lexington, VA (coming from the south or coming east from WV on I-64)
    2. Take I-64 West 12.5 miles to exit 43, Rt. 780 north
    3. Take Rt. 780 north 9.5 miles to Goshen, following signs
    4. Rt. 780 ends at Rt. 39 in Goshen. Turn left onto Rt. 39
    5. Take Rt. 39 1 mile into Goshen. Bear left on Alt. Rt. 39
    6. Take Alt. Rt. 39 around corner and across railroad tracks
    7. Immediately turn left onto Wood Lane
    8. The Inn is the 4th house on the right

    From I-81 at Staunton, VA (coming from the north or coming west from Richmond on I-64):

    1. Take Exit 220, just south of Staunton. onto Rt. 262 West
    2. Take this road to the Parkersburg Pike exit, Rt. 254
    3. Turn left onto 254 West, which will become 42 South in Buffalo Gap
    4. Take 42 all the way into Goshen
    5. Turn left after passing the BP station, onto Alt. Rt. 39 at Mill Creek Cafe
    6. Just before the railroad tracks, take the first right, which is Wood Lane
    7. The inn is the 4th house on the right

    Most scenic but slow route:

    (This route takes you through Goshen Pass, a spectacular rocky gorge. Not for night driving!)

    1. From I-81 North or South at Lexington, VA
    2. Take I-64 West 1/2 mile to Exit 55, Rt. 11 North
    3. Take Rt. 39 West 19 miles to Goshen. (Caution: slow, winding road.)
    4. In Goshen, bear left on Alt. Rt. 39 around corner and across railroad tracks
    5. Immediately turn left onto Wood Lane
    6. The Inn is the 4th house on the right