The Inn At Narrow Passage

P. O. Box 608 30 Chapman Landing Road, Edinburg, Woodstock, Virginia 22664
Innkeeper(s): Ellen & Ed Markel
  • Insider Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to (Innkeeper) for sharing (their) own secrets with!

    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are so 1 1/2 hours from Washington, D.C., but miles away in atmosphere. People come to enjoy the history, the friendliness of the local people, and the fresh air!

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

    Our inn is over 250 years old, with lots of history. We love the warmth and charm of the log construction.

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

    Woodstock and Edinburg are two miles from Interstate 81, but have a small town, friendly feeling. In the last few years, many people have come to visit the growing number of vineyards in the area--at least five within 15 minutes.

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

    Guests say they love it here so much, they don't want to go home!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    All the things to do close by: hiking in the national forest, horseback riding, wine tasting, ballooning, good restaurants, the Brewhouse, antiques, summer music festival, and historic sites and battlefields. All from five minutes to 30 minutes away.

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

    Visit the historic sites: Belle Grove, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, battlefields of New Market and Cedar Creek; vineyards; hiking; shopping; and visiting the Route 11 potato chip factory! A lot of people bring bikes and have great days riding the country roads.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Guests walk to fishing in the Shenandoah River, about 100 yards from our door. It is especially known for its small mouth bass.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    It depends on the day! There are so many choices within two miles: Mexican, Italian, casual, a steakhouse, American pub, and a Brewhouse!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have twelve guest rooms, most with fireplaces and all with at least one queen bed and private bath. 

    Do you accept pets? (if not do you have any suggestions for local pet motels or alternatives for pet owners?)

    We do not take pets, but there are several facilities close by that do., including "Just Like Home Kennels".


  • Introduction

    The Inn at Narrow Passage is located in the Shenandoah Valley, between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Alleghenies in Woodstock, Virginia.

    Our bed and breakfast is a wonderful place to tranquilize and take in the beauty of the Valley. We welcome all travelers seeking lodging with comfort and friendly hospitality.

    The Inn at Narrow Passage is a haven of five private acres besides the Shenandoah river that offers guests a country atmosphere.

    This historic 1740 inn encompasses 12 guestrooms decorated in the colonial style, a meeting room equipped for executive retreats, common areas, and lush outdoor areas that are perfect for special events.

    In the main building, guests can enjoy the large common room, with its gleaming pine floors, wing chairs and massive limestone fireplace. A hearty, fireside breakfast is served in the paneled dining room, with fine restaurants nearby for other meals.

  • Facilities for Meetings and Special Events

    The Inn's facilities make it the perfect place for executive conferences. With a peaceful setting for a productive meeting and lots to do after the work is done, the inn is just the right size for a group of up to 25. A conference room, dining rooms, and gathering rooms for breakout sessions are available for your needs. Just call us with your ideas or questions. We also are able to host small weddings and receptions. Please call to talk to us about your wedding plans.

  • Activities

    Woodstock, Edingburg and the whole Shenandoah Valley is riddled with history, outdoor activities, attractions and events. Below is an abbreviated list of events, attractions and events you can participate in while staying at Narrow Passage. For more details, please visit the "Activities" page of our website.

    • New Market Battlefield
    • Cedar Creek Battlefield
    • Re-enactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek at historic Belle Grove Plantation
    • Shenandoah River
    • Stocked mountain trout streams
    • Fly Fishing
    • Canoeing and tubing
    • Antique shops
    • Caverns
    • Shendoah Vineyards
    • North Mountain Vineyard
    • Horseback Riding with Fort Valley Riding Stable
    • Hiking trails in the National Forest. Maps available at the Inn
    • Hot air ballooning with Valley Ballooning in Woodstock
    • Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes for gourmet coffees, special lunches, and unique shopping
    • Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in the village of Orkney Springs
    • Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
  • History

    True Colonial Inns were built along the major trails and toll roads of Early America. So it is with the Inn at Narrow Passage. Its oldest section was built about 1740. The Inn at Narrow Passage has been welcoming travelers along the Great Wagon Road (now U.S. Route 11) for over 250 years.

    The Inn's sturdy log walls made it a safe haven against Indian attacks at the "narrow passage"- where the roadbed was only one wagon wide and traveling was very dangerous. Later, it became important as Stonewall Jackson's headquarters during the Valley Campaign of 1862. Historians like to note that it was here General Jackson commanded Jedediah Hotchkiss to "Make me a map of the Valley."

    From settlers seeking refuge from Indians to present day travelers looking for a haven against the stresses of modern life, the Inn at Narrow Passage has kept its promise of comfort and hospitality, continuing to be a welcome sight to travelers from all over the world.

  • Recognition

    Recognized for "Excellence in Preservation 2007" by the Shenandoah Preservation League

    Selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of 150 hotels and inns in North America that "Celebrate their Sense of Place"

    The Inn at Narrow Passage Inspected & Approved BBAV MemberThe Inn at Narrow Passage Virginia Living Best of VA 2012