By the Side Of the Road Inn & Cottages

491 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
Innkeeper(s): Dennis & Janice Fitzgerald & Anna Fitzgerald Bergey
  • The Fitzgerald Cottage bedroom with a Kind Size Bed

    The Fitzgerald Cottage bedroom with a Kind Size Bed

 
  • Introduction to our Shenandoah Valley Inn

    Welcome to The B&B lodging destination in Harrisonburg (Rockingham County) in Virginia's central Shenandoah Valley. Whether staying one night or more, our luxurious Shenandoah Valley lodging is legendary. Guests return time and again to experience the comfort and intimacy of our four Main House Suites and three Luxurious Cottages.

    Indulge yourself with a soak in our over-sized whirlpool spa tubs located beside the fire. Rest on a cloud atop our firm mattresses with four-inch feather ticks. Arise in the Shenandoah Valley to the aroma of only the best Columbian coffee and a truly gourmet breakfast. Explore our exciting surroundings at Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Treasure hunt for antiques. Ski Massanutten. Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains. Walk the James Madision University campus. Be Entertained at the American Shakespeare Center. Dine in Continental or Country style.

    We have it all at By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast and we can't wait to meet you! Our 5,000 square-foot Manor House, built in 1789, offers four elegant and distinctly different accommodations, each with private luxury bath and all separated by thick interior walls to insure quiet and privacy. Fireplaces, featherbeds and a memorable gourmet breakfast in our historic, yet cozy environment prepare for a day of pleasant experiences in our beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

    Come be pampered in charming Harrisonburg at By The Side Of The Road Bed & Breakfast Inn. Make our Suites and Cottages your preferred lodging for all your Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia adventures.

     
     
    Our Rooms

    All four are appointed with CableTV/VCR or DVD, featherbeds atop firm mattresses, fireplaces (either gas-log or candle-lit), ice buckets, coffeemakers, hairdryers & alarm clocks. Available to all guests are WIFI, wine glasses, corkscrews, refrigerator storage, ice, movie selection and use of all the beautiful common areas of the Main House. And, of course, our spectacular gourmet breakfast is included in the tariff.

    Our Cottages

    The ultimate luxury private cottage accommodations in the Shenandoah Valley - All three have oversized, 110 gallon heated whirlpool tubs, WIFI, flat-panel cable TV/DVD, CD players, featherbeds atop firm mattresses, Seasonal fireplaces (9/15 - 4/30), refrigerators, microwave ovens, ice buckets, wine glasses, corkscrews, ice, coffeemakers, hairdryers & alarm clocks. Bring your favorite CDs & DVDs. And, every morning your special gourmet breakfast basket is delivered to your door.

  • 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 Dennis & Janice Fitzgerald for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most come to stay with us for leisure. They are often from the DC Metro area and decide to come to the country for a couple days. Harrisonburg is no longer as rural as it used to be but it does still feel like an escape for those who live in the "city." There is so much to do in our area that it is easy to stay entertained but in the relaxed atmosphere of the Shenandoah Valley.

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

    Our inn is known for the privacy we offer. We strive to create an oasis for our guests. We make ourselves readily available without being seen or a bother. A unique thing we offer is breakfast delivered to your door each morning to enjoy in the privacy of your own suite or cottage. Guests enjoy not having to get up, get dressed and sit with other guests whom they do not know for breakfast.

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

    To go up on Skyline Drive and see the colors in the Fall. We have plenty to do once you are here but often, that is what gets folks to our area. Harrisonburg has a plethora of restaurants worth trying, we have a new performing arts center on the campus of JMU and a rich civil war history and much, much more!

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

    We recently had a guest stay at our inn who had said they were giving up on B&Bs. They had had too many inconsistent experiences and felt more comfortable with the experience you get at a hotel. They decided to try a B&B one more time and stayed in our Mountain Laurel Suite located in our Spring Water Cottage. They loved it and said our B&B would be the only one where they'd come back. Repeat visitors are the highest compliment you can receive because it means you've done something right to get them back in your door again.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We have Parade magazine's second best caverns in the country, Grand Caverns. It is often overlooked because we are also in close proximity to Luray Caverns.

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

    Skyline Drive, Massanutten Water Park, Antiquing, relaxing in our well-appointed suites or cottage, Civil war sites, farmers markets, hiking, caverns, biking and maybe even fishing. We have Mossy Creek within 15 minutes which is known for its fly fishing.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are a mile and a half from Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg. We have had guests walk there before but more often than not, they drive. We have sidewalks that run the length of Garber's Church Road which is pleasant to take a stroll. Our inn is also situated on approximately 9 acres with some areas of the property suitable for a leisurely walk.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We have been partnering with a new local Irish restaurant called Corgan's Publick House. They have wonderful food, service and atmosphere. A staple in our area is The Blue Stone Inn which has a long family owned history beginning back in 1949.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Our local tourism office has a great website with an event calendar and things to do. VisitShenandoah.com is also a helpful resource for our area.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 Suites in our Manor House, 3 Luxury Cottages and 2 Suites within one building called our Spring Water Cottage-- so, 9 rooms total.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, we don't accept pets. We do refer people to a local animal shelter if they want to bring their pet so it isn't far from them. Most opt to board their pets at home.

     

  • Our Cottages

    THE ultimate luxury private cottage accommodations in the Shenandoah Valley--All three have oversized, 110-gallon heated whirlpool tubs, WIFI, flat-panel cable TV/DVD,iPod docks,CD players, featherbeds atop firm mattresses, seasonal fireplaces (9/15-4/30), refrigerators, microwaves, wine & champagne glasses, corkscrews, ice, coffeemakers, hairdryers & sound machines/alarm clocks.  Bring your favorite CDs & DVDs. And, every morning your special hot gourmet breakfast is delivered to your door.

    Quill Cottage

    Cottages at our Virginia innLocated steps from the Main House, yet a world away, this unique accommodation was designed with your comfort and total privacy in mind. The 500 square-foot suite boasts a 16 foot ceiling, dual-sided gas-log fireplace, adjacent to your oversized heated whirlpool in your bathroom and beside the bed in your bedroom. Picture yourself soothed by the tub jets as they continuously warm your water and you relax to your favorite sounds via the ensuite iPod dock/CD player. Enjoy a favorite movie or television program on the 32" LCD flat-panel TV, central heat/AC, equipped with cable & DVD. A refreshment center has a refrigerator-freezer, microwave & coffeemaker. We provide robes, snacks, water and a hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. A lovely front porch with chairs overlooking the lawn and pond completes this fabulous setting.

    Shenandoah Valley lodgingFitzgerald Cottage

    Located 25 paces from the Main House, this very sweet two-story limestone cottage (circa 1840) has a king-sized featherbed, leather club chairs, 32" LCD Flat Panel Cable TV/DVD in the bedroom. Follow the half spiral stairway down to a 350 square-foot bathroom and prepare to relax. Imagine soaking in your huge whirlpool where the water is reheated when the air jets are on and you can feed the wood-burning fire from the tub! Robes, His & Hers vanities, a bidet and a handheld shower.  A refreshment center has a refrigerator-freezer, microwave & coffeemaker. We provide snacks, water and a hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. Surrounded by our apple trees and your very own porch with rockers, of course! Views of the lawn and pond make this the perfect getaway retreat.

    Cottage comfort in VirginiaBergey Cottage

    Located steps from the Main House, yet a world away, this unique accommodation was designed with your comfort and total privacy in mind. The 500 square-foot suite boasts a 16 foot ceiling, dual-sided gas-log fireplace, adjacent to your oversized whirlpool tub in your bathroom and beside the bed in your bedroom. Picture yourself soothed by the tub jets as they continuously warm your water and you relax to your favorite sounds via the ensuite iPod dock/CD stereo. Enjoy a favorite movie or television program on the 32" LCD flat-panel TV equipped with cable & DVD. A refreshment center has a refrigerator-freezer, microwave & coffeemaker. We provide snacks, water and a hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. A lovely front porch with chairs overlooking the lawn and pond completes this fabulous setting.

  • Around the Shenandoah Valley

    Within minutes of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, American Museum of Frontier Culture, Massanutten Mountains, Old Order Amish Market, Historic Districts of Staunton and Lexington, campus activities of JMU, EMU and Bridgewater College, numerous antique malls and shops, Civil War landmarks and museums, Luray and Shenandoah Caverns, restaurants, theaters, wineries and more.

    An ideal stopover as you commute via I-81 from northern locations to events of Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and Roanoke College. We are approximately a two-hour drive from Washington D.C. (south) and Richmond, Va. (west).

    History & Heritage
    Valley Brethren Mennonite
    Heritage Center

    Theatre & The Arts
    Bard Guide
    Arts Council of the Valley
    Virginia Quilt Museum
    Court Square Theater
    Blackfriars Playhouse
    Harrisonburg Children's Museum

    Canoe Rentals
    Massanutten River Adventures
    Shenandoah River Trips

    Civil War
    The Civil War Traveler
    The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

    Farmers Market
    Harrisonburg Farmers Market

    Unique Valley Shopping
    Dayton Farmers Market
    Shenandoah Heritage Market

    Golf
    Heritage Oak Golf Course
    Packsaddle Golf Course
    Lakeview Golf Course

    Hiking & Fishing, Bicycling
    Shenandoah National Parks     
    Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
    Shenandoah Bicycle

    Horseback Riding, Caverns, Balloon Rides
    Grand Caverns
    Keezlenutten Farms
    Luray Caverns
    Endless Caverns
    Blue Ridge Balloon

     

    Restaurants
    Beyond
    Clementine
    Dave's Taverna
    Joshua Wilton House
    Taste of Thai
    L'Italia Restaurant & Lounge
    Blue Stone Inn
    Local Chop & Grill House

    Personal Care            
    Tangles Day Spa
    The Beauty Spa
    Willow Springs Spa
    The Studio

    Horsedrawn Carriage Rides
    Classic Carriage Rides
    Tandem Hill Farm
    Royal Coachman

    SPECIAL SALES & CURRENT EVENTS
    Green Valley Book Fair
    Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale

    Valley Overview & Events
    Harrisonburg/Rockingham Historical Society
    Shenandoah Valley Interactive Travel Guide
    ShenValleyTravel Assn.
    Harrisonburg Visitors Bureau
    ShenandoahValley.com
    Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce

    Wineries, Pottery, Farms, Coffee
    Virginia Wines
    Blue Stone Vineyard
    Cave Ridge Vineyard
    Shenandoah Vineyards
    Wolf Gap Vineyard
    Nan Rothwell Pottery
    White Oak Lavender Farm
    Lucas Roasting Co.

    Kennels
    Harrisonburg Animal Hospital
    All-Phase K-9