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.

This 1903 farmhouse has been decorated with period furnishings, and the expansive master baths have claw-foot soaking tubs.

Reopened in October 2010 after a complete renovation.

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.

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

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.

Built by a master carpenter on the edge of the University of Virginia campus in 1817, the eight-room hotel retains its Federal-era charm with carved fireplace mantels and four-poster beds.

The restored interior of this intimate inn’s Georgian villa, in Virginia’s burgeoning wine region 20 miles from Charlottesville, is a refined mix of damask, oil paintings, four-poster beds, and claw-foot tubs.

Scarlett O’Hara would feel at home at this elegantly restored antebellum plantation with original Italianate windows and marble fireplaces.