Nothing is more relaxing than a roaring fire in a cozy inn or resort, and it doesn’t have to be a long flight across the country to find just the right spot. Enjoy a roaring fire while relaxing and taking a break in several locations from the Eastern Panhandle of W.Va., south in the Shenandoah Valley, and east towards Washington, D.C.
Dreading the drudgery of cold weather and tired of the day-to-day chores at home, then book a weekend or mid-week visit at one of several amazing locations in the area. Take advantage of great deals as well as many amenities at the sites, such as in-room fireplaces, spa servicse, delicious meals, and much, much more. A few of these amazing places are described below from a cozy bed and breakfast to an extensive resort.
Ashby Inn and Restaurant
At the cross roads of highways 50 and 17 in the historic village of Paris, Va., the Ashby Inn and Restaurant includes ten guest accommodations on three acres of landscaped grounds that provide a view of Paris Mountain, Ashby Gap and Sky Meadows State Park.
To totally relax in a comfortable setting, five guest rooms have fireplaces – four are wood burning and one is gas. In addition, the library has a gas fireplace as well as the bar area, and upper dining room.
The inn offers a special winter fireplace package for one night with a bottle of wine, dinner, and breakfast included from Dec. 1 to March 31. Visit ashbyinn.com.
Goodstone Inn and Restaurant
Set on a 265-acre estate in the heart of Middleburg’s wine and hunt country, Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is a Virginia country inn and award winning French restaurant. It features six historic guesthouses, decorated in English and French Country décor, and 18 guest rooms and suites.
The Carriage House offers a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone wood-burning fireplace. This focal point is always decorated to reflect the season. Each of the luxury residences (Bull Barn, French Farm Cottage, Dutch Cottage, and Spring House) has its own fireplace either gas or wood-burning, but everyone can enjoy the Carriage House bar area as well as the three wood-burning fireplaces in the Manor House.
Package deals are available mid-week as well as on the weekend during the winter months. Visit Goodstone.com.
Hillbrook Inn & Spa
Situated on George Washington’s first land purchase in 1750, Hillbrook Inn, historic Charles Town, W.Va , has more than 30 acres divided among three separate properties. It offers dining, spa services, and much more. The inn that has operated for more than two decades has 18 guest suites, equipped with modern amenities from rooms at the Main House to decorated suites and common areas at companion properties.
Visitors may enjoy a fireplace with gas logs in the Sunset Suite at the farm house, in the cottages, the Gatehouse rooms, and Hawthorne Estate rooms as well as the tavern area of the Main House.
Wood burning fireplaces are also located at the inn. Guests in the Bamford Room will have a wood-burning fireplace to enjoy, and all visitors may take advantage of wood-burning fireplaces in the two dining spaces, all in the Main House. In addition, a fire pit in the back yard may be enjoyed by all the guests.
Special package deals are offered throughout the season. Visit hillbrookinn.com.
Joshua Wilton House
A restored Victorian home, the Joshua Wilton House, 412 S. Main St., occupies a corner of the historic Old Town district in Harrisonburg, Va. Five guest rooms offer a variety of amenities, including one room with a wood-burning fireplace, and special package deals.
Other places at the inn to relax and enjoy a roaring fire are the two dining rooms and the lounge area. Open year-round, the house built, built in 1890, conveys a feeling of warmth and hospitality as in bygone eras. It is about 24 miles from Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
The restaurant is known for its use of seasonal local products to enhance the menu offerings. Visit joshuawilton.com.
Salamander Resort and Spa
Salamander Resort and Spa is a 340-acre equestrian estate, located at 500 North Pendleton Street, Middleburg, in Virginia’s horse country.
The resort features 168 rooms and suites (67 have gas fireplaces), a luxury spa, full-service equestrian center, Virginia Piedmont-inspired dining, a dedicated cooking studio, wine bar, billiards room, and a unique array of conference and banquet facilities.
In addition to gas fireplaces in many of the rooms, guests may enjoy two fireplaces in the living room, one in the library, and one in the wine bar as well as two fire pits outdoors. The amenities are numerous and structured to meet all needs of guests. Visit salamanderresort.com.
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