Stonewall Jackson Inn Bed and Breakfast
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Welcome to our Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast!
The Stonewall Jackson is the top-rated Inn by TripAdvisor for the central Shenandoah Valley. Read our reviews there! Our guests will tell you how that we consistently full fill our mission statement is “A Night’s Delight & A Breakfast To Remember” as an unforgettable experience. Our breakfast were selected by www.DailyBread.com as one of the top 20 breakfast offerings of all the Inns/Hotels in the nation as published in USA Today News. Our lively Historical Downtown location makes for an easy walk evening to great restaurants, shops, entertainment and James Madison University and our memory foam mattresses complete the “Night’s Delight” experience. For the romantic getaway, our house masseuse will do a great couples massage in the privacy of your room. All is very moderately priced and affordable for a great B&B stay in a beautiful setting with a comfortable, warm and friendly ambiance that shouts “Southern Hospitality”!
We are a Certified Virginia Green, 3-Diamond Inn and were named a 2012 Virginia Guest Favorite by BnBFinder!
A little about the Inn...
STONEWALL JACKSON INN, a (circa 1870) Queen Ann mansion, sits on "Nob Hill" overlooking the Historic District of downtown Harrisonburg. Our Harrisonburg, VA bed and breakfast is within walking distance of many fine restaurants, shops, and boutiques.
We have ten well-appointed rooms, each with FREE WiFi, individual climate control, and private bathroom with shower. We also have the most friendly and knowledgeable hospitality team in the Valley. They make certain that your Stonewall Jackson Experience will be relaxing, comfortable, and fun.
It is an easy walk from the Inn to The Historic District, The Old Confederate Cemetery, fine restaurants, museums, shops and theater venues. We are centrally located in respect to James Madison & Eastern Mennonite Universities as well as Bridgewater College, Interstate 81 and the City Center.
The Inn is well located just off Interstate 81 (Exit 247B) on the edge of Historic Old Town Harrisonburg, VA, minutes from James Madison University, and a short drive to many Shenandoah Valley attractions.
"A Breakfast to Remember"
We cater to all breakfast appetites, whether delicate or hearty. Our chef utilizes the finest Virginia staples such as Turner House Ham and locally custom produced sausages and apples. Our daily gourmet breakfast includes mouth watering presentations such as Eggs Nova Scotia, Croissant French Toast, Brie Breakfast Souffle, and Eggs Orleans. We serve these seasonally with the freshest fruit, a variety of teas and juices, and freshly brewed coffee.
Virginia Getaway Packages
A few of our most popular packages are shown below. View the full list: Getaways in Virginia & Vacation Packages
Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail
Explore distingished Shenandoah Valley’s wineries (with complimentary tastings) before returning to your beautiful & cozy queen room, complete with two dozen roses. Experience our famous “Breakfast to Remember” each morning (package includes two night stay).
More info: Virginia Wine Tasting
Honeymoon in the Shenandoah Valley
Searching for that cozy intimate getaway spot for your honeymoon? Enjoy an unforgettable three nights in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at our charming bed and breakfast overlooking Harrisonburg's lively downtown histric district.
More info: Virginia Honeymoon
Shakespeare & Staunton, VA Bed and Breakfast Getaway
Venture out to Historic Staunton, VA with tickets to a Shakespeare at the Blackfriars Playhouse and a museum of your choice. After your day of arts and culture, return to a charming queen room and start experiencing our signature “Night’s Delight & Breakfast to Remember.”
More info: Staunton, VA Bed and Breakfast Getaway
A little Stonewall History...
Historically called Rocktown, Harrisonburg played a central role in the Civil War as it was the supply and distribution depot for General Lee's major campaigns. General Stonewall Jackson was on the faculty of the famous Virginia Military Institute, knew the Valley well, and was General Lee's first choice to be the "Valley's Defender". His Army, the Second Virginia, consisted of Shenandoah Valley men who held Jackson in almost sacred reverence as a commander. Being usually outnumbered, Jackson used surprise as a brilliant battle strategy, such as hiding his army and cavalry in caverns and appearing suddenly. Thus, the "Stonewall Brigade" was tagged as "Jackson's Ghost Army" by Union Commanders. There were 11 assaults, but the city was never taken until he was killed. His Headquarters for his brilliant 1863 summer campaign was just outside the city.
A valley in the Mountains, which are covered with hardwood forests, is brilliant in the fall, flowering in the spring, green with streams and waterfalls in the summer, with beautiful downhill and cross-country skiing in the wintertime. Eighty percent of the mountains are either State or National Parks or preserved Wild National Forests. Canoeing, White Water rafting, fishing, hiking, biking, or a lazy beautiful motor trip over the Scenic Continental Divide's Skyline Drive are just some of the activities. The Shenandoah is truly a four seasons destination and the Stonewall Jackson Inn is ideally located right in the middle of all this!
Why stay in the same, tired Harrisonburg, VA hotels when you can enjoy old world elegance?
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Wayne Engel for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most people select us because of three things: First, Trip Advisor reviews, with our website being a close second, the third defining one is our lively Downtown Historical location. We are in walking distance of 40 fine restaurants and 75 boutiques and shops, the Visitors Center, and Historic walks, sites and Museums. Our Inn is a City Landmark with spacious well-manicure grounds and off street parking right in the gateway to the Old City Center. We are a city of about 55K; with the Universities in session about 85K.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our informal and comfortable ambiance, our daily “Breakfast to Remember” & our friendly and helpful staff are long remembered by most guests. We are unique in our proximity to James Madison and Eastern Mennonite Universities, fine dining, stage and theater entertainment, shopping, and Civil War Battlefields and History.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Harrisonburg is a vacation destination to enjoy Vineyards and Wineries, Shenandoah National Park & the scenic Skyline Drive, as well as all outdoor activities and sports. (Skiing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, caving, etc.) The city is located right in the center of the Shenandoah Valley, making a great lodging for day trips in all directions. It is also the Food, Wine and Beer making Valley hub with Breweries, Wineries with great and moderately priced fine dining and ethnic restaurants.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We are frequently complimented on our food and service; but really the many repeat guests we have is most gratifying. The record is held by a couple that has stayed with us 35 times, but on the average, 30% of our guests return as loyal Stonewall Jackson Family members and stay with us frequently.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The best kept secret of the area is the many things that on can “See and Do” here along with the moderate prices. Food, admissions, attractions, entertainment and our lodging rates are about 30% less than a larger metropolitan area. Also it is easy to get around, low traffic, courteous drivers with everything being within a radius of 1 hour of the city.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Extended stay folks will certainly want to visit several of the beautiful wineries in the countryside, enjoy the scenic Skyline Drive with runs the continental divide of the Blue Ridge Mountains, right through the Shenandoah National Park, at least one of the 7 Caverns/Caves and one the many Civil War Battlefields/Museums. As well, one should take time to relax and enjoy the Historic District’s fine food, shops Museums. We are lucky to have Organic, Lavender, Horse, and many other Recreational Farms to enjoy.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The old Historical Part of the City starts at our Inn; it is a 5 minute walk to the City Center. Also, we are located between James Madison and Eastern Mennonite Universities. Being Professor Emeritus Faculty at JMU, I used to walk to my office and often walk through the old Confederate Woodbine Cemetery to dinner in the downtown district.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
My favorite restaurant is Clementine Café which has great pub food and drinks. Giving you 4 more that I frequent because of consistently good food and value are; Joshua Wilton House, Local Chop and Grill House, The Capital Ale House and L’Italia. For a great down home Southern Barbeque, take a scenic 10 mile drive across the Valley floor to Hank’s Smoke House for an authentic locally owned “scratch” southern smokehouse. All of these are heavily patronized so let us make reservations for you. Check em out on Google.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The very best source of information for the area and Valley is our Visitor’s Center. Open every day it is staffed with docents and local guides. Their website is www.visitharrisonburgva.com.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 10 rooms, four with two beds, 3 Queen and 3 King.
Do you accept pets?
We have two Pet Friendly rooms, but there are restrictions. Please call us before making a reservation. There is a $30 daily pet fee.
How to Find Us
We are very easy to find, just minutes off I-81, on the edge of Harrisonburg's lively Historic District and the City's Center. You can walk to more than forty restaurants, shops, and museums, and don't forget to stop by the outstanding Visitor's Center. Our lovely Inn provides exceptional lodging. It is in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of historic western Virginia betwixt the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountain ranges. A stay at the Stonewall Jackson Inn in Harrisonburg, VA will provide you with a wonderful alternative and a welcome change from the conventional hotel or motel accommodations.
After a peaceful night's sleep in an antique bed and a hearty breakfast in the morning, you'll be ready to enjoy the local historical sites and attractions. We're centrally located amid the Skyline Drive, Civil War Battlefields; and both James Madison and Eastern Mennonite Universities. Massanutten and Bryce Ski Resorts are an easy, scenic drive from our location. The Shenandoah Valley is among the top tourist destinations in the east because of its natural beauty, recreational facilities, historic sites and aesthetic orientation.
Directions from Interstate 81
Traveling both North and South, you will see us identified as a Historic Attraction at Exit 247. Take the "B" option, you will enter East Market Street going west on US Rt. 33 (Market Street) toward the Downtown Historic District of Harrisonburg. The Inn is on this street one mile from the exit; there are no turns. Continuing on East Market Street, following the big Blue & Gold Signs toward the Historic District/Visitors Center. Go through 3 traffic lights; as you come over the hill merge in the left lane. On the right, you will see a curb mounted dual blinking caution light.
Stonewall Jackson Lane is on the left, across from this light. Also you will see our large stone marquee and a flag pole flying a 12'x24 "Old Glory" with the Confederate First National below it. At the coach light, Turn left into our Stonewall Jackson Lane, go straight ahead, it will loop right into our free parking area. Welcome to the our famous "Stonewall Jackson Experience ~ A NIGHT'S DELIGHT~A BREAKFAST TO REMEMBER"
Virginia Quilt Museum - 0.6 mile
James Madison University - 1.0 mile
Eastern Mennonite University - 2.5 miles
Bridgewater College - 7 miles
Dayton Farmers Market - 4 miles
Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club - 8.4 miles
Cross Keys and Port Republic Memorial Battlefields - 10 miles
Massanutten 4-Season Resort & Water park - 15.0 miles
New Market Battlefield Historical Park/Hall of Valor - 20.7 miles
Shenandoah Caverns and American Celebration on Parade - 25.2 miles
The Frontier Culture Outdoor Museum - 25 miles
Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace/Home Museum - 26 miles
Shenandoah/American Shakespeare Theater - 27.9 miles
Shenandoah National Park-Skyline Drive - 28.4 miles
Meet the Stonewall Jackson Innkeepers
Owner & Master Innkeeper
In 1999, Wayne with his son (a chef and trained chatelain Innkeeper), opened the Inn with boldly branding the promise-guarantee of “A Night’s Delight ~ A Breakfast to Remember!” Mission accomplished, as it has now become the Shenandoah Valley’s legacy inn, well known for its hospitality, food, comfort, and value, operating as a landmark and community focal point of downtown Harrisonburg’s Historic District. As Professor Emeritus Faculty at James Madison University, he is well known for being involved and active in the Valley’s academic and community life. A resident of 40-some years (and residing at the Inn), he is the ideal personal concierge and is eager to share what there is to “see and do” in the Shenandoah Valley. An avid traveler and amateur chef, he is also a storyteller and reads palms (and yes, your future does have you staying at the Inn and experiencing the legendary “Stonewall Jackson Promise”!).
Hailing from California but in Boston since 2005, you’ll meet Jonathan on the other side of the front door. As sous chef to Wayne and chief people person, he brings enthusiasm, skill, and a make-yourself-at-home feel to the team. His background is in acting and teaching (he majored in Communications and completed coursework for an educational Master’s program), and if you visited Boston in the past few years you may have met him in costume leading tourists around the Freedom Trail. Now, he’s brushing up on his Civil War history. (We’re still working on getting him a Stonewall Jackson outfit...)
The other half of the J&J duo, Julie comes to the Inn with a background in writing and editing with experience at leading private sale shopping startups in the Boston area. A Mainer by birth, she loves seeing the country, decorating projects, and design. After their wedding in September 2012, she’s enjoying the opportunity to learn the B&B business and all its various marketing aspects alongside her husband.
Photographer and Web Marketing Intern
The #1 thing a hospitality location can do to boost its business is have good photos, and Michael brings incredible visual and technical expertise to the team. Not only is he the talent behind the shots you see on the website, but he’s also assisting with IT and web marketing while he finishes up his studies at Eastern Mennonite University. Another friendly face, you may be lucky enough to get the chance to meet him during your stay!