The Inn at Vaucluse Spring
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The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is a fifteen room bed and breakfast spread throughout a small village of six guest houses surrounding a large limestone spring in Virginia's fabled Shenandoah Valley. Set amidst 100 scenic acres in rolling orchard country, the Inn is ideally located between the historic sites of Winchester and the outdoor activities near Front Royal and Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive. Choose from a wide variety of accommodations, from the elegance of the historic Vaucluse Manor House to the log and stone warmth of an 1850's log house, to the privacy of individual cottages.
Come discover why Washingtonian Magazine and American Historic Hotels both named it one of their "Top 10 Most Romantic Inns".
Spacious guest rooms indulge your senses with Jacuzzis, fireplaces, queen and king beds, and bucolic views. Sitting rooms, porches, and outdoor seating abound, providing plenty of nooks for intimate conversation and daydreaming. The Inn's modern Southern cuisine uses the best local ingredients, including herbs, heirloom tomatoes and wild watercress from the inn's gardens and grounds and fruit from nearby orchards.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Barry and Neil Myers for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most are looking for a place to get away from it all. The prompting event may be an occasion like a birthday, anniversary or a romantic interlude, but the underlying need we meet is to take a break from the daily treadmill. The Inn and its spring provide an oasis of tranquility for couples seeking a private, romantic refuge in the country.
What are you best known for?
We are best known for our warm hospitality, great food, and beautiful setting.
What makes your inn unique?
We have a wide variety of rooms (everything from individual cottages to rooms in the historic manor house) that allows us to host groups of 2, 3, 4 or 6 couples without impinging on the romantic getaway of other individual couples. We have a large amount of common space (five sitting rooms and two porches), 100 acres of pastures and woods to roam, and a very relaxed atmosphere.
What do you love most about your inn?
What we love most of all is the Vaucluse Spring itself. There’s something magical about water that just spontaneously flows from the earth. At The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, the sight and sound of two million gallons of sparkling water flowing over a waterfall each day is enchanting
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Shenandoah National Park is a must see, not only for hikers and nature lovers, but also for those who are happy to watch the scenery along the park’s famous Skyline Drive from the comfort of their automobiles.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The best compliment we receive is the large number of repeat guests. There are lots of places to choose from, and we know that when guests return again and again, they are happy here. And it makes us feel good!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester is a jewel of a museum that not enough people know about. It is a well-endowed, well-designed introduction to the Valley’s history, culture, and people. In addition to the museum itself, there is a historic house and beautiful gardens to tour.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visiting Virginia wineries is a must. We have one winery only 5 minutes from the inn and another 6 that are 30 – 45 minutes away. Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Virginia as one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations (in the world!). For outdoor enthusiasts, we recommend canoeing the Shenandoah River, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, bicycling the back roads through our rolling orchard country, or horseback riding at one of the nearby stables. For history buffs, the Shenandoah Valley, Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg have well-interpreted Civil War sites. A day-trip through the Middleburg area horse country takes guests past grand country estates and charming small towns.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Down our country road there are cattle, apple orchards, views of the mountains in the distance and plenty of fresh air.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Maybe we are just biased, but we believe dining here at the inn is the best! Favorite local foods are the local May asparagus, August peaches, fall apples including the local cider and local apple butter from Rinker’s Orchard.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Besides ours (an extensive "What to Do" page, beyond the itinerary)
Actually, our website has a very comprehensive listing of area attractions with links. In addition, we recommend: www.guidetosnp.com/web - Guide to the Shenandoah National Park, our favorite (unofficial) guide to enjoying the park www.virginiawine.org - Official guide to Virginia’s wineries, lots of good information.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 12 guest rooms in 3 different buildings plus 3 individual 1-bedroom cottages, for a total of 15 accommodations.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
Dining at the Inn
Come experience modern American cuisine using the finest regional ingredients from the Valley. Upon arrival, Afternoon Tea is the first clue that you are in for culinary pampering. In fall, hot or chilled local apple cider from a nearby orchard. In winter, made-from-scratch hot chocolate with whipped cream you can pile on high. Warm weather, lemonade and iced tea served with mint julep syrup. All seasons, our own homemade cookies, warm from the oven. In the morning, a decadently delicious Three-Course Breakfast is included with your overnight stay.
Breakfast and dinner are fixed menus. With advance notice, we are happy to adjust meals to accommodate special dietary needs/dislikes. Please let us know at the time you make your reservation of any special needs.
Enjoy a deliciously seasonal three-course Friday dinner. Reserve a table at least by the preceding Wednesday (two days in advance). Open seating (with a reservation) any time between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. $39.50 per person plus tax and 18 percent gratuity. The evening's featured wines are available by the bottle or glass for an additional charge.
The culinary highlight of the week. Following a social gathering featuring sangria or mulled wine, dinner's five-course bill of fare is introduced by the chef. Reserve a table at least by the preceding Wednesday (three days in advance). Social gathering at 6:30; single seating and announcement by the chef for dinner at 7:00 p.m. $62.50 per person plus tax and 18 percent gratuity. The evening's featured wines are available by the bottle or glass for an additional charge.
Special Event Dinners
Each year the Inn hosts a series of Vintner's Dinner Weekends. Working with the evening's vintner, we develop a special menu, and paired wines are selected. During the serving of each course, the vintner provides a brief description of the characteristics of the wine chosen to accompany each course.
The Inn can host Private Dinner Parties for 12 to 40 guests on weeknights (Sunday through Thursday nights) on a space available basis. Please call us with your thoughts and ideas and we would be delighted to help plan your party.
Our historic Federal Manor House, gracefully landscaped grounds and large limestone spring can provide the perfect setting for your wedding and reception.
With 15 guest rooms, sleeping up to 34 guests, the Inn can accommodate immediate family and provide a relaxed setting for becoming better acquainted. Consider a Friday evening rehearsal dinner/picnic/barbecue around our pool. For indoor events, two Manor House dining rooms can accommodate up to 40 people total. With its own private cottage garden and patio at water's edge, the Mill House Studio is the quintessential honeymoon cottage.
Only 90 minutes from Washington, DC, and only 75 minutes from Dulles International Airport, the Inn is ideally located for easy access by your guests -- just 3 miles off Interstate 81 and 4 miles off Interstate 66.
Rental of all 15 guest rooms for two nights is required. Room rates are based on double occupancy. Two rooms can each sleep one additional person and the Mill House Studio can accommodate an additional two persons on a sleep sofa. There is a $25 per person per day charge for a third or fourth person in the room.
Please contact us for the facility fee for weekend weddings for 2011. This fee allows you and your guests the exclusive use of The Inn from check in beginning at 3:00 on Friday afternoon, through check out at 11:00 on Sunday morning. Our kitchen is available to licensed caterers, by previous arrangement, for heating and plating food that has been prepared by the caterer off premises.
The Inn can accommodate indoor wedding ceremonies with up to 30 persons in a standing room only setting. Both the Manor House and Chumley Homeplace have suitable common rooms for ceremonies. Both houses have a first floor powder room.
Large lawns accommodate tented events up to 90 people. The Inn can provide indoor dining for up to 40 persons in the two manor house dining rooms. Meals for groups larger than that must be prepared and served by a licensed caterer approved by The Inn. An additional 176 guest rooms are available within a 3 mile radius at 3 national chain motels plus additional rooms at area Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns.
If you need more information or we can help in any way, please don't hesitate to let us know.