The Inn at the Olde Silk Mill was the base for the Fredericksburg VT Meet in October 2010. It is well-situated, not far from the Interstate and just outside the city centre.
The Inn itself is over 80 years old and has 30 rooms which are elegantly decorated in historical styles. It offers a bed and breakfast service with room rates including a (slightly disappointing) continental-style buffet breakfast with cereals, pastries, coffee, tea, juice and fresh fruit.
I shared a twin room which was adequate and decorated with historical references.
The Inn also has a conference room, on-site shops and a hair and nail salon.
Unique Quality: Each room at this inn is unique, decorated in its own style with accessories from the history of the inn.
Planning a VT meeting is a difficult job. Finding suitable and affordable accomadations for the group is a tricky job at times. VT member Zanzoonie did an excellent job finding The Inn At the Olde Silk Mill for our use. The Inn is beautiful inside. The rooms are large and very comfortable. Each room is decorated with antiques and colonial style furniture. The staff is extremely helpful and polite. I could not have asked for a nicer experience. A delicious breakfast is served each morning. And you can find coffee and tea in the large parlor in the lobby of the inn all day and all night.
This lovely bed and breakfast inn is housed in a building that dates back to the 1930’s when it was the third largest motor inn between Maine and Florida. The rooms are appointed with antique furniture and the lobby features a grand staircase, a small lounge and a proper old fashioned parlor where you sit under the gaze of Robert E. Lee. The 27 rooms all have nice private baths, TV, refrigerator and free wifi. They also have a conference room that accommodates 50 where we had a great evening for our VT group meet. It is located within a 10-15 minute walk from the old downtown area as well as a wealth of restaurants, shops and historic attractions.
The name of the inn derives from a late 19th Century silk “throwing mill” which spun raw silk into thread. The mill was in a building behind the inn but went out of business after a fire in 1934. The inn is in the process of renovating this old brick building for an events space. I looked in and think it will be a marvelous space once they get it done.
A continental breakfast is provided in a splendid room and the parlor always has tea and cookies, and sometimes coffee available. I found the staff most knowledgeable, helpful and cordial –really good people.
Most of the attendees of the VT meet stayed at the "Inn at the Old Silk Mill," situated on the edge of old, downtown Fredericksburg. This 80 year-old Inn with just 27
rooms, each uniquely furnished, began life as one of the largest motor lodges of its time, hence the exterior length of the building. The current owners have renovated the property turning it into a gracious Victorian-style bed & breakfast inn filled with antiques and special pieces relating to Fredericksburg's Confederate history.
It was difficult to imagine that the graciously appointed, antique-filled lobby could ever have been part of a motor lodge. Its many comfortable pieces of furniture served as a gathering place for VT'ers before and after events. The grand staircase at the center of the lobby led us up to the lovely breakfast room where many of us began each day. Breakfast in the lovely second floor morning room consisted of muffins, bagels, English muffins, jam, fruit, coffee, and a few other items. It was enough to get you started, but usually Americans like more substantial breakfasts with hot items. (After the half hour or so it took to walk downtown, I was already getting hungry again as was my husband.) The morning room was filled with a large table, lovely antiques, an other items such as a bust of Robert E. Lee, and a case filled with antique china plates, etc. Although a little on the tight side, I really liked this room and most everyone was very congenial in the morning.
Just off the lobby was a sitting room where coffee, tea, and shortbread cookies were always available for a late afternoon or evening snack.
Our room, named the "King Edward Room" was unbelievably large and was filled with antique-reproduction Victorian furniture. It came with a HIGH King bed, chairs, nightstands, TV, and small refrigerator. Lovely toile curtains, jewel-colored comforter and Oriental rugs made the room very cozy. The bathroom was equally large with beautiful sink, mirror and lighting with a good shower and tub.
I was slightly disappointed that the room did not have a desk, and no coffee or tea maker. However, as mentioned before, coffee and tea were always available in the sitting room off the main lobby.
Rooms run from $89 to $169 per night based and come with WiFi, mini-fridge, private bath, and continental breakfast is included in the price.
Unique Quality: Although the decor was a little electic, I enjoyed the antique furnishings or Victorian reproductions that our room had which was very comfortable. I particularly liked all the Civil War-related pieces that the Inn had displayed because Fredericksburg is steeped in Civil War history itself.
The Inn's proximity to old, downtown Fredericksburg was also a plus for us -- it is reachable by walking if you consider yourself a good walker. The Inn's website states that it is minutes away from I-95, the Amtrak Railway Station, and the VRE.
As an added bonus, the inn has several shops on site.
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