High Laurel Inn

51 Horsehead Road, Grottoes, Virginia 24441
Innkeeper(s): Helen and James Madison
  • Introduction

    High Laurel Inn - Grottoes, VirginiaHigh Laurel Inn offers panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley from several decks. The private and secluded (20'x20') appointed suites include queen beds with sitting areas, stocked in-room refrigerators, ceiling fans, gas-log fireplaces and private decks to enjoy the sunsets and sunrises. Large private baths include step-in showers. Enjoy our 6-person Sundance® hot tub with gorgeous views year-round. Adjoining the Shenandoah National Park and hiking trails, we are just a few steps away from a nature walk. Paines Run Trail ends at the bottom of the hill from High Laurel Inn.

    Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville boast an eclectic mix of restaurants, vineyards and microbreweries and antique shops...all an easy drive. Grand Cavern, listed as one of "America's top cavern adventure spots", is just minutes away.

    Each morning, wake to aHigh Laurel Inn-Breakfastdelicious full breakfast including a bounty of fresh-baked muffins or scones and a full entrée course of stuffed French Toast, Layered Egg Casserole or something else delightful Helen has created. Local fresh berries in-season and orange juice greet you in the morning. Flavorful, rich coffee can be enjoyed early at the main house or on several decks overlooking the Shenandoah Valley.

  • 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 Helen and James Madison for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our proximity to the Shenandoah National Park, hiking and for relaxation.

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

    Being located in the Shenandoah Valley. The view of the Shenandoah Valley. Meeting people from all over the world.

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

    Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

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

    The large spacious rooms and our hospitality.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Grand Caverns located here in Grottoes.

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

    After hiking visit the many vineyards and microbreweries located nearby with great restaurants too.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Shenandoah National Park is literally right out our front door with its many hiking trails.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The Mill Street Grill.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?


    How many rooms does your inn have?

    2 spacious suites

    Do you accept pets?

    No pets.

  • Meet the Inkeepers

    High Laurel Inn-SunsetHelen is an administrative secretary at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. Among her many hobbies are cooking and flower gardening. Helen enjoys swimming, hiking and biking. James is a graduate of William & Mary College and retired to the Shenandoah Valley and acquired what is now High Laurel Inn.

    During the month of October a two-night minimum is required (Friday and Saturday nights apply) and will be non-refundable.

    Gift Certificates are available as a Great Gift for all occasions. Email your request to [email protected]

  • Local Points of Interest

    • High Laurel Inn-SunsetThe National Park Service with hiking literally at our doorstep
    • Kings Family Vineyard and Afton Vineyard are within an easy drive
    • Shenandoah National Park
    • Grand Caverns
    • Blackfriars Shakespearean Playhouse
    • Queen City Brewery
    • Monticello- Home of Thomas Jefferson
    • Numerous restaurants and pubs
    • Colleges:
      • Bridgewater College
      • Eastern Mennonite College
      • James Madison College
      • Mary Baldwin
      • University of Virginia
  • How to Find Us

    Traveling on I-81

    1. Exit #235 Route 256 at Weyers Cave, East to Route 340 intersection
    2. Right onto 340 South for 3 miles
    3. Left onto Harriston Road, Route 778 for 1.8 miles
    4. Right onto Horsehead Road for 1 mile
    5. Inn entrance on left at #51 stone driveway & entrance

    From Interstate 64

    1. Exit #99 at Afton Mountain onto Route 250 West for 3 miles
    2. Intersects with Route 340, turn right heading North for 11 miles
    3. Right onto Harriston Road, Route 778 for 1.8 miles
    4. Right onto Horsehead Road, 1 mile
    5. Inn entrance on left at #51 stone driveway & entrance