A Bed & Breakfast at Llewellyn Lodge
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Lexington's Best B&B Experience For Over 31 Years
A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge is celebrating its 31st year of outstanding hospitality in 2016. The outstanding convenience, comfort, value and Blue Ribbon full breakfasts from a menu bring many a repeat visitor. Guests find its great in-town location the perfect home base for exploring Historic Lexington and all the surrounding countryside. Parking is free off-street in our large lighted lot. The walk from the Lodge to Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, museums, historic sites, shops, Visitor Center and restaurants is most pleasant as you walk down tree-lined Main by many historic homes. . The campuses of both colleges join the layout of the town is perfect for walking. Lexington has tons of Civil War history, it's a must see town for its historians. The Historic District is well preserved.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to John and Ellen Roberts for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
IN- Town onvenience, Blue Ribbon breakfasts, hiking & outdoor opportunities, college visits & tours, referrals from friends
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We have been providing guests with outstanding hospitality for over 31 years. Host, John is a Lexington native. Our bedding, (Kingsdown), is the best in the business. Our Blue Ribbon breakfasts are served fresh from a menu using local products henavailable and they bring many repeat visitors. Our long history of providing guests with a comfortable place to stay and sharing the very best local info with them is what we are most proud of. Guests return when these things are provided along along with a great location. The breakfast conversation of our guests who come from all over the world is always a favorite of ours. Being a small part of people's happy times over all these years is as good as it gets from our side of things. A guest couple in 2015 was plesantly surprised to find us still in business fter they had stayed with us back in 1988. We remain dedicated to our profession as fll time innkeepers
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Enjoy one of the Shenandoah Valley's most historic and friendly small towns, great food and drink,Civil War history, hiking, Canoeing & other outdoor activities, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"Hospitality like we have never experienced before."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The friendliness of the local people who will speak to you on the street. Our gests love the slower pace of our small town.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Use the Lodge as your homebase to explore the many downtown historic sites which include Lee Chapel where General Robert E. Lee is buried, Stonewall Jackson House & Cemetery, VMI & George C. Marshall Museums. Branch out the next day to explore the county to see the Blue Ridge Parkway, Natural Bridge,2 antique malls, 3 wineries, 2 micro pubs, an historic working mill and the state's most beautiful natural area, Goshen Pass. Branch out the next days doing an outdoor adventure or 2 which may include a hike, canoe trip, intro to flyfishing trip, sightseeing trip to Staunton, The Homestead Resort or Greenbrier Resort, Charlottesville, Appomattox or other.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We are within walking distance to all of the sites downtown including the restaurants, colleges, shops and museums. Our guests love the 8-12 minute stroll down tree-lined Main Street.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Bistro, Nikkos Greek, Southern Inn, Foohll Mama's Bar-B-Que,NapaThai Café Matsmoto Jpanese,
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We have a very complete website - www.LLodge.com that has updates on the many local activities Your host John is an expert flyfishing guide - www.vatrout.com
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 6 rooms with private baths and 1 short or long term stay unit.
Do you accept pets?
We don't accept pets, but the Blue Ridge Animal Clinic is vet attended and has A/C.
Before moving to Lexington, Ellen received her hospitality experience in the airline, travel, hotel and restaurant business. She is a gourmet cook and guarantees that you will not leave the breakfast table hungry; in fact, many say they don't need lunch after one of her breakfasts.
Breakfast is served family style and served from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast is taken very seriously here at the Lodge and we truly aim to please all our guests special requirements.
There is a full menu from which you might choose one of her Fabulous Overstuffed Omelets, Farm Fresh Bth County Eggs, Belgian Waffles served with Virginia Maple Syrup and a selection of meats including sausage, bacon, famous Virginia and Smithfield hams. A selection of juices, Colombian Coffee, a large selection of regular and herbal teas, and our famous "killer hot chocolate". There are Eggbeater Omelets and hot and cold cereals for those requesting a special diet. Fresh fruit of the season rounds out the perfect breakfast.
Spinach and Boursin Cheese Soufflé
Historic Lexington, Virginia
Lexington is heralded by many as the best small town in the Shenandoah Valley, most are amazed at the well preserved state of this 19th century college town. Your host, John Roberts was born here, his local knowledge is sure to help you get the most out of your trip here. One favorite of Lodge guests is the walk down the tree-lined streets to the museums, colleges or restaurants. The Lodge sets in a quiet neighborhood with lots of older historic homes, which make an interesting study of architecture. The town has 7,000 population; you don't get lost in the shuffle here. Lexington is a must see town for Civil War buffs, famous Confederate Generals Lee and Jackson are both buried. Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute are a "hop and a skip". The Lodge is recommended by the Princeton Review for visiting college campuses, both admission houses are 2 minutes drive away. VMI offers guided cadet tours of the Institute most days.
The City of Lexington has one of the finest and most helpful Visitor Centers in the country. Jean Clark and her staff have many years of service and it shows just about the time you start though their door. An always favorite Historic Lexington Tour starts at the center with a detailed brochure; lots do the self guided tour around the museums, old homes and universities. Lexington is fortunate to have some many of our guests love to do day trips from Lexington. Natural Bridge, Appomattox, Charlottesville, Lewisburg W.Va., The Homestead New Market and many more can make for a very pleasant day. Make sure you allow enough space in your travel plans to see as much as possible.
Walkable from the Lodge
- Historic District - Small town America at its best
- Lee Chapel - Final resting place of Robert E. Lee
- Fine Restaurants - Finish a nice day with a walk to one downtown. We have menus
- Specialty Shops- Offering lots of diverse shopping opportunities
- Washington & Lee and Virginia Military Campuses - Walk from one campus to another- feel the history
- Stonewall Jackson House - Birthplace of your host, the only home "Stonewall" ever owned
- Guided Walking Tours
- VMI Museum - History of the school, Civil War, see "Stonewall's" stuffed horse
- VMI Full Dress Parades - On many Fridays, Aug-May
- Horse Carriage Rides - Daily in season, pass through historic neighborhoods, hear local folklore
- George C. Marshall Museum- Salutes the famous World War II General
- Stonewall Jackson Cemetery - Final resting spot of Lee's "right arm" General
- Reeves Center - Fine collection of Chinese porcelain
- Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts - Hosting theatre and concerts
- Beer and Wine Tasting
- Ghost Tours - A candlelight tour of the town at night, (May-Oct)
- Blue Lab Microbrewery-Beer tasting just up the street.
Blue Ridge Parkway · Natural Bridge and Caverns, Safari Park Drive Through Zoo,
Goshen Pass Natural Area · Virginia Horse Center · Southern Virginia College,Appalachian Trail, Blue Grass and Mountain Music,
· Lime Kiln Outdoor Theater Vineyard and Historic working mill Canoeing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fly-fishing, Tennis,Golf
Trans-America Bike Route · Antiquing · Cyrus McCormick Farm
Lake Robertson Homestead and Greenbrier Resorts · Bath County
Distances from Large Cities
Washington, DC 3 - hrs · Asheville, NC - 5 hrs · Greensboro, NC - 3 hrs
Charlottesville, VA - l hr · Louisville, KY - 6 hrs · Atlanta, GA - 8 hrs
Roanoke, VA - 45 min · Cincinnati, OH - 7 hrs · Richmond, VA - 2 hrs
New York, NY - 8 hrs · Williamsburg, VA - 3 hrs
Guests to the region are always amazed at the countless number of outdoor opportunities that the Lexington area offers. John, your host, is the regional expert on outdoor activities, which include all of these listed below. His specialized local knowledge has helped guide many, many people to tons of enchanting and enjoyable outdoor activity areas and pursuits in his over 28 years of lodging hospitality, and lifetime outdoorsmanship. He has over 57 years of fishing experience, his guided fly fishing trips are stress free, fun and very educational. Many guests return time and again, there's always new ground to explore here, the Lodge is in the epicenter of it all. The surrounding Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains are some of the most beautiful area in America.
John's Guided Flyfishing Trips for Troutwww.vatrout.cominclude Introduction and Instruction to Flyfishing. These trips were featured in Southern Living magazine Discovery Channel television, the Angling Report by Jim Cassada and several other outdoor publications. Equipment is provided, the streams are always scenic and the wildlife viewing is usually exceptional. Half day and All days trips are options, streamside lunches are provided on the all day excursions. Gift certificates for fishing are popular with those wanting to give the gift of a lifetime. One stream is 8 minutes away, the Jackson River is just over an hour away and is legendary as far as Virginia trout streams go. One trip covers small mountain streams where you will come away with a new perspective on the native Brook trout, John's favorite. First timers need to come away with a great first time experience, John's goal is to
make you not want to leave the stream at days end. E-mail him for any questions. These flyfishing outings are great experiences for father -son, mother- daughter, etc. And can make for a lasting memory. We also offer corporate packages.
Hiking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, tennis, skeet, birding and much more are offered. These are all possible within a short walk or drive. Books for Wildflower Study and Birding are provided. John will help guide you to the best areas for these pursuits with plenty of good maps. He has identification booklets for you to take along on the trail as well packs for lunch. We have a nice deli close by that will prepare a super box lunch for your outing. We have a nice fitness center close by as well as modern SPA, which offers outstanding massage, body wraps and numerous other body treatments.
About the Innkeepers
Your hosts, John and Ellen Roberts, have excelled at B&B hospitality for 31 years, the Lodge was founded in 1985. John, a Lexington native, was born in the "Stonewall" Jackson House, formerly the town's hospital, now a museum with daily tours. He is a veritable treasure trove of information on the local area. His extensive and detailed Hiking and Trail Guide is sure to give you tons of ideas for exploring area trails and outdoors. Guests have logged many thousands of trail miles from the special, personalized guidance that he offers. Scenic drives and special interest destinations are also covered. His guided trout fishing trips with Instruction leave lots of lifetime memories. Trips are available from the Introductory to Expert level, some of Virginia's best trout streams are close by. Lodging with fishing packages are popular choices with guests. The Appalachian Trail is only a short scenic drive away.
Ellen is an avid golfer and is known for her culinary skills in the region. She won a recent Blue Ribbon for best Omelet maker in Virginia. Her breakfasts and hospitality have bought many, many repeat visitors. Unlike most B&Bs you are given menu with many selections to choose from as you enjoy the best breakfast around..Both of your hosts always take time to go over all the local information while you enjoy a cool summer drink on the porch swing or a warm winter drink in front of a roaring fire.
Llewellyn Lodge in Lexington · A Bed & Breakfast at Its Best
Well-behaved kids over 10 are most welcome at the Lodge.
Historic Lexington is truly "small town America" at its best, as you enjoy its sites you will also enjoy its
people. Everything is pretty compact here; walking to everything is most enjoyable. Many of our guests who find us wish they would have discovered the finest town in the Shenandoah earlier. The famous Confederate Generals, "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee are both buried here. Horse drawn carriage rides are offered to give you an historical glimpse of the town. Our General's package features guided historical tours of the town. Lexington is located at the intersection of I-64 and I-81; the Blue Ridge Parkway is 11 miles away. Natural Bridge is 10 minutes away. The town sets in the Valley surrounded by the very scenic Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Some of the finest trout fishing water www.vatrout.com in the country may be found in them. Our Lodge and guided trips have been featured on the Discovery Channel, Southern Living magazine, Blue Ridge Country magazine, the Angling Report and many other publications.
Stonewall Jackson House
Fantastic Hiking Guided Trout Fishing Trips, Appalachian Trail
Washington & Lee University
Lee Chapel Virginia Military Institute 2 Vineyards, Working Mill
Blue Ridge Parkway
Natural Bridge Devils Backbone Brewery,Blue Lab Brewery George Marshall Museum
Safari Par- Dive through Zoo
Lime Kiln OutdoorTheatre
VMI Museum, Marshall Museum