Three Virginia inns earn top industry designation
Select Registry announced this week that three Virginia inns have joined its portfolio of celebrated B&Bs. The properties are Iris Inn & Cabins, Waynesboro; Glen Gordon Manor, Huntly; and Inn on Campbell, Roanoke.
“We’re delighted to welcome these outstanding properties,” says Phil Jenkins, executive director, Select Registry. “Of the 20,000 inns in North America, only 350 have earned this prestigious designation.
“Gaining admission to Select Registry is no easy task,” Jenkins continues. “Each property must pass rigorous, unannounced inspections to qualify and then to maintain its membership. We set the bar extremely high. Our goal is to give guests the assurance of knowing that when they check into a Select Registry inn, they’re in for an exceptional experience.”
Select Registry properties combine the charm of B&Bs with modern comforts like free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfasts featuring contemporary gourmet cuisine. Located throughout the United States and Canada, they offer a range of getaways, from adventure travel to romantic escapes. Following are the new Select Registry members in Virginia.
* Iris Inn & Cabins, Waynesboro, Va. – High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Iris Inn takes guests a world away, not far from the cultural hub of Charlottesville. This 11-acre retreat is nestled deep within the Shenandoah National Forest. In contemporary cabins, guests can watch the sun set over the Shenandoah Valley from a two-person jetted hot tub on a private screened porch. Guests gather in the Great Room for complimentary evening wine tastings and breakfast made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The ambiance here is welcoming and serene, thanks to a three-story stone fireplace and back deck overlooking the Appalachian Mountains.
Just three miles away, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway offer gorgeous scenery and access to miles of wooded hiking trails. Enjoy wine tastings at scores of nearby vineyards. Take in Charlottesville’s vibrant arts and culinary scenes. Tour Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Or, stay at the inn and treat yourself to an in-room massage and picnic lunch. Iris Inn & Cabins is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Virginia Living magazine’s 2013 Most Welcoming Bed and Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley and TripAdvisor’s 2010 – 2012 Certificates of Excellence.
* Glen Gordon Manor, Huntly, Va. – This 45-acre manor overlooking Shenandoah National Park has hosted members of the British Royal Family and set the scene for memorable hunts and galas. Originally built in 1833 as a stagecoach stop, the main house was expanded in the early 1920s to serve as an aristocratic hunting lodge. Today, the mansion combines modern and historic touches: a fire-lit entry hall, baronial oak hunt room with minstrel gallery and stone wine cellar. Outside are stables and a swimming pool, all surrounded by farmlands and mountains.
Glen Gordon Manor has five luxurious guestrooms and suites. Cottage suites come with deep soaking tubs and iPads with Bose speaker systems. For families, the Gordon Mews has two bedrooms, living and dining areas and fully equipped kitchen. Guests savor hearty breakfasts and five-course dinners at the inn, where the seasonal menu features products grown in the Manor’s extensive garden and orchard. Bring your own horse or ride one of the inn’s. There are trail rides, hunts with local clubs and lessons with the manor’s on-site instructor. Not far away, guests find wineries, shops, restaurants, art galleries, rivers, lakes and outdoor activities from kayaking and fishing to hiking and hot air ballooning.
* Inn on Campbell, Roanoke, Va. – This chic urban inn is a short stroll to shops restaurants, galleries, theater and businesses. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the circa 1906 Inn on Campbell has three elegant guest suites. The romantic Palladian Suite features a fireplace, canopy bed, original local artwork, a huge Palladian window with stained glass arch and a chandelier above a two-person soaking tub. Guests gather mornings in the dining room for a candlelit gourmet breakfast of nouveau Southern cuisine with savory vegan and gluten-free options.
Nearby are music venues, historic sites, street festivals, winery tours, and more. Roanoke Farmer’s Market serves up fresh produce and local color as Virginia’s oldest, continuously operating market. For outdoors enthusiasts, hiking trails, whitewater sports, kayaking and fishing are all within easy reach.
Select Registry has inns throughout Virginia, including: Foxfield Inn, Silver Thatch Inn and Prospect Hill Planation Inn, all in Charlottesville; Wedmore Place, Williamsburg; Fort Lewis Lodge, Millsboro Springs; The Oaks Victorian Inn, Christiansburg; Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast, Orange; Inn at Onancock, Onancock; The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, Stephens City; Inn at Warner Hall, Gloucester; Doctor’s Inn Virginia, Galax; Frederick House, Staunton; L’Auberge Provencale, Boyce; Inn at Riverbend, Pearisburg; Sugar Tree Inn, Vesuvius; Hope and Glory Inn, Irvington; The Ashby Inn & Restaurant, Paris; and Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast, Lexington.
About Select Registry
Select Registry is a collection of North America’s premier inns. Only 350 of the 20,000 inns and bed and breakfasts in North America have qualified to join this “best-of-the-best” collection. Member properties must pass rigorous, unannounced quality inspections to gain and maintain admission. Many of these inns are recipients of coveted industry awards for both service and ambiance, including: Best Small Hotels in the U.S., Top Ten Romantic Inns, Best Breakfast in America, Best Places To Watch the Sun Set, and World’s Best Adventure Lodges. To explore Select Registry inns across North America, visit http://www.selectregistry.com.