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Waynesboro Fly Fishing
WE loved the accomadations, the inkeepers, the dog and the breakfast was first class. The inn is nesteled on a mountaintop overlooking the town of waynesboro, only a five minute drive to urban trout fishing that is easily accesable via the constitution park in downtown waynesboro, wading the south river is easy. This stream is being renovated with help from the local trout unlimited chapter. Ten miles up the mountain is lake sherand park, a nice day trip. plenty of local wineries abound in the region and the blue ridge pkwy is always a pleasant diversion. The innkeepers are committed to making their guest feel at home.
The Iris Inn is FANTASTIC!!!
Our stay at the Iris Inn was absolutely wonderful! The accommodations were perfect, food fantastic, the location great and the innkeepers (Heidi and Dave) were the perfect hosts. We felt so at home and can't sait to stay at the inn again.
I would highly recommend this bed and breakfast.
Heaping More Praise on the Iris Inn
Believing in research and appreciating the candid comments (and photos) posted on this site, I quickly narrowed down the bounty of B & B choices in the central Virginia countryside to the Iris Inn. Could the near unanimity of applause by those who have stayed here previously overstate the case for Heidi and Dave? As we found out, the answer is a resounding "no." We were two couples traveling the wine country who booked two rooms in this contemporary purpose built bed and breakfast, and we could not have been more pleased. Our room, Pine, was spacious and every bit as impressive as pictured on the very helpful Iris Inn website (it is always more comforting selecting from among a number of unique rooms when one is able to view it in advance).
Heidi is a master in the restaurant quality kitchen, and gladly shared two recipes with us from among the bounty of breakfast items prepared. Dave tended to all needs, and held court at "Dave's Bar" during the early evening wine and cheese gatherings. The gathering room, by the way, is a large room with soaring ceiling that resembles more an Aspen ski lodge than the typical B & B parlor.
While our hosts have been in the B & B business for less than a year, their personalities and skills make them natural innkeepers. It takes talent and healthy instincts to assess the level of interaction different guests want (or need), and Heidi and Dave managed to be welcoming without being intrusive. As cliche as it is to report, Heidi and Dave (and dog Katie) make one feel like a guest staying at a friend's home. When we arrived at a local restaurant one night for dinner, glasses of Prosecco were poured for the four of us compliments of Heidi and Dave.
If you want comfort, convenience to highways and a couple who have the talent for making guests feel privileged, you will find all this and more at the Iris Inn.
A terrific choice for B&B
We don't take much time for vacation, so when I booked two nights at the Iris Inn I hoped I would be satisfied.
My expectations were easily surpassed. Starting with the easy-to-navigate web site, the whole experience was pleasant. I was able to reach Dave and Heidi by phone to ask questions, and when I made my reservation I got quick email confirmations.
It was already late to book for a holiday weekend but they juggled things around so we could get two nights at the B&B - one night in the Wildflower Room upstairs and one night in the first floor, handicapped-accessible Duck Room.
Both rooms were beautifully appointed. Both had porch access (don't underestimate this!!), and comfortable large beds. Duck had an extra daybed and Wildflower had soft comfy chairs and a sofa. We sure did enjoy the whirlpool bath in Wildflower! Duck had both a tub (with shower) and a separate stall shower with built-in seat, to provide extra options for older or differently-abled guests.
Breakfasts were terrific, the common areas comfortable and inviting, and Heidi and Dave were full of information and resources for local wineries, restaurants, and sites, all of which we took advantage of. And Katie the border collie was a pleasant addition and knew the rules!
If we vacation in the Shenandoah Valley again we're likely to return for another terrific experience.
One of the best weekends we've had in a long time. This Inn should receive the highest rating! The innkeepers were friendly and very helpful in planning our stay. The room we stayed at (Garden Path Suite) was every bit as gorgeous as the pictures on their website... and more, since it didn't show the lovely wooded views all around. The breakfast was elegantly presented and absolutely delicious. They served a mixed fruit cup with homemade lemon-poppy muffins for starters, then offered an egg casserole with asparagus, ham, cheese and hash browns; blueberry waffles; and biscuits and gravy. You won't need to eat again until dinner! I will definitely recommend this inn to anyone looking for a romantic getaway near Charlottesville.
A beauty in the Blue Ridge
I do want to say that the Inn is geared as a comfortable and elegant little getaway for adults. Couples with very young children, should leave the kids with grandma & grandpa, and think of the Inn as a chance for a romantic getaway. The room pricing is more than fair; in fact for the comfort, decor and superbly homemade breakfasts, it's a doggone bargain! The Duck Room is handicapped accessible, too.
This was our fifth or sixth stay at the wonderful iris Inn. We were very fond of the previous owners, so I had a little trepidation, wondering what Dave & Heidi might have chosen to modify, and what the atmosphere would be like. I needn't have worried. They retained cook Cindy, who has been the creative mastermind behind the exquisite breakfasts since before our first-ever visit. The updating Dave & Heidi have done, has improved the property inside and out, without sacrificing the spirit and beauty of the Inn. Kate, their mellow, intelligent border collie, will make you feel right at home (chase the ball, Katie!)
They've added the supreme convenience of not only, being able to book the room online, but even to advance order an extra or two - we added a fantastic little picnic lunch for two (mini cooler included) used during a day's tour of the house and grounds of nearby Montpelier, and tacked on 2 bargain priced pounds of smooth, rich whole bean Columbian coffee from Escalera Roasters, which we picked up as we were leaving. It's the same great coffee served at the Inn.
The Inn's location, between the lovely Skyline Drive (a ticket purchase for the Skyline will allow a week's travel up and down that historic scenic drive) and the no-toll, eye-soothing Blue Ridge Parkway. These are some of the most scenic routes in the US, if not the whole world. There is access to multitudes of hiking trails for all skill levels off either drive. You can even catch a trek on a piece of the granddaddy of 'em all - the storied Applachian Trail.
I recommend a nearby restaurant. Right down the road is the South River Grill - nice memorabilia for horse lovers - and good food too. If Ray is your waiter, you WILL be entertained and well served.
Many cultural and historic sites: Monticello, Montpelier, Ash Lawn, Charlottesville and the Jeffersonian-conceived University of Virginia, are a short drive away. Right across I-81, check out Staunton, Va. The Mill Street Grill, an old mill turned restaurant, often has on site entrtainment, and the food is excellent. You may enjoy the American Shakespeare Center, designed to mimic the accomodations of the Globe Theatre. Rent a pillow, or bring your own. The seating is medieval, but the young players are enthusiastic, and the place is great fun. Then there are the many local vineyards to tour as well.
The Iris Inn is Wonderful!
The Iris Inn is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing B&Bs we've ever visited. The innkeepers are friendly and very helpful, but not intrusive. Breakfasts are superb, rooms are spacious, very clean and comfortable.
The inn is located right off the road where the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway meet. So it's a wonderful place to stay if you want to take day hikes or simply drive along the parkway and see the spectacular vistas.
We've recommended this inn to many friends and family.
It Was Like Visiting Old Friends
The Iris Inn is excellent in every respect. The well designed, nicely furnished Inn is very modern, clean and comfortable. It's located in a quiet wooded area away from noise and traffic, but only minutes away from shopping, restaurants, Skyline Drive, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The food is great, with a variety of gourmet dishes, and the innkeepers, Dave and Heidi Lanford, are the icing on the cake. They make you feel so comfortable and welcome that it's like visiting old friends.
We loved the Iris Inn
Without a doubt one of the best weekends we have had is with Dave and Heidi at the Iris Inn. They made our stay at the Inn relaxing and pleasurable with great food and excellent service. The presentation and quality of the breakfast surpasses anything I have had at any of the highest rate restaurants I’ve ever been to. The Inn itself is warm and relaxing with an air of elegance that only someone that is dedicated to your comfort can achieve. The room was spacious and comfortable with an excellent view of the surrounding woods that puts you at ease. And you can tell that they care just by the little things that they do for you that other establishments would over look. Their knowledge of the surrounding area attractions and restaurants is excellent and their recommendations are always on the money. I can not think of a single thing that I would change about the Iris, and that in itself says everything.
deserves its number one rating
absolutely lovely, relaxing, clean, comfortable, charming, beautiful inn. last day of our trip and it was such a nice way to end it. innkeepers are friendly. you will not regret staying here. highly recommended