Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains

Hotels in Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains

While a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway will probably involve a good amount of meals eaten at rest stops, it’s worth visiting the handful of fantastic farms and restaurants in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the way. Those driving through North Carolina looking for Blue Ridge Mountains restaurants will want to stop off at The Admiral in Asheville or the Knife & Fork in nearby Spruce Pine. The latter specializes in delicious farm-to-table fare with dishes like pulled pork and mustard green sandwiches and seared rabbit loin with chestnuts and carrots. There’s also the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, VA, which features a wonderful charcuterie program, and Zynodoa in Staunton, VA, which specializes in “inspired Southern cuisine.” Finally, gastronomes will find that there are even more great Blue Ridge Mountains restaurants in the large and small towns throughout the region as well as great local farms and agricultural projects. It’s only a matter of keeping an eye out for road signs leading to the next culinary adventure.

Drift off to sounds of nature in one of the Outfitters’ secluded riverfront cabins that sleep six; most have private hot tubs and decks with water views. Sign up for the dinner-and-canoe package and chow down on steaks char-grilled by an open campfire.

A country doctor’s 1913 home is now an inn, an easy tree-lined walk away from downtown. The quietly refined guest rooms come with plush bathrobes and cashmere blankets; the backyard has a pitching area for playing horseshoes.

Using the same interior designer as English royal houses, the five-star Inn at Little Washingon occupies a white-frame structure in the Virgina Blue Ridge foothills.

The old-fashioned mountain camp has rustic wood-paneled rooms and a playground for kids.

The 1766 Homestead is the uncontested grande dame of the Allegheny Mountains, set 180 miles west of Richmond.

Try the delicious grilled cheese on buttermilk bread served at the Country Store’s lunch counter. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, don’t miss the brunch, which verges on gluttony: eggs Benedict, shrimp and oysters, stands of prime rib, and omelettes.

Owners Linda and Bill Willoughby happily arrange everything from picnics to fly-fishing along the Rappahannock River. It’s an enchanting place.

At the intimate Clifton Inn, the decadent rusticity of the rooms—claw-foot tubs, Mascioni linens, fireplaces, but nary a ruffled window treatment in sight—is echoed in the innovative comfort food of its chef, Dean Maupin, who pairs perfectly seared quail with espresso-poached pears, and orange wi

The foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, south and west of Washington, D.C., are a playground for the city’s old guard, their horses, and their beagles. With its laird-of-the-manor grandeur, no place evokes the regional esprit like Keswick Hall.

Rugged outdoorsy types and buttoned-up golfers will feel equally at home here, in one of the three spacious fairway cottages set on a 12,000-acre estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Relax in a double Jacuzzi then tuck yourself into an elegant four-poster bed.