Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Stonewall Jackson Inn, Harrisonburg, Va.

The Stonewall Jackson Inn is located on Market Street in Harrisonburg, Va. I was, as usual, attracted by the name of this inn. Stonewall Jackson is such an iconic figure in the South and as one of his legion of admirers, it was a no-brainer. Luckily, this inn is incredible and everything is done to make sure you have a comfortable and carefree visit.

The first thing you will need to do is to pick your room. The north side of the house has rooms named after northern figures and the south side, yes you guessed it, southern figures. I was attracted both by the room and the figure so chose the dashing JEB Stuart.

This particular room has a king-sized bed and is located on the second floor in the southwest corner. It is spacious and has a nice-size bathroom with shower. The room also has a desk and chair as well as a mini fridge in the room. If you are looking for some works of art, the ones on the wall are for sale.

The Appomattox Room on the first floor is the public space. You can relax on the sofas or at the table and if you would like you can enjoy a fire in the fireplace. The kitchen is open to guests and you can grab a cup of tea or a cold drink.

Before you arrive, you will be contacted by one of the innkeepers to ask about any needs that you may have. You can pick your breakfast time as well as reveal any allergies you may have so that breakfast will be perfect.

If you have difficulty with stairs there are several rooms on the first floor.

The Inn was built around 1885 in the Queen Anne style which has been tastefully adapted to the New England Cottage Stone and Shingle Style by architects Richardson and Emerson. The staircase is quite impressive and especially, at the time of our visit, still decorated for Christmas, is excessively charming.

The grounds are extensive but at this time of the year are not at their most gorgeous. In the warmer weather, there are roses blooming and breakfast can be taken on the rear deck. We awoke to a dusting of snow on the deck.

Every room has a charm of its own and you will no doubt find one that suits your style and needs. You will notice the gleaming wood floors throughout the house. The restoration of this historic building was undertaken as a labor of love by Dr. Wayne Engle, professor emeritus of psychology at James Madison University.

When you arrive, you will be given the grand tour and everyone who works here is very proud of this lovely house. Your every need will have been thought of and provided for. You will be escorted to your room, your luggage carried up for you and you can feel free to have a wonderful night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast.

If you are attracted to homes with a history, this one has just enough to provide the possibility of a resident ghost. If you would welcome a visit, ask for one of the ghost-friendly room signs and hope that Audrey, who was an artist, decides to visit. You can see her pictures which are on display in the house. Ask any member of staff, they will be happy to point them out. One, in particular, a nude self-portrait is located over the fireplace in the foyer.

At check in one of the questions is when you would like breakfast. The time chosen on this occasion was 8:30 a.m. Coffee is self-serve and the fresh fruit cup with a dollop of yogurt and granola arrived shortly. Four types of juice are offered including orange.

The main course was orange croissant French toast with a scrambled egg, bacon and sautéed apples. Needless to say, you will not leave the table hungry. The recipe for the French toast is offered on their website if you want to recreate it at home.

While we were eating, Wayne came down to say hello and chat a little. He is an interesting man and an expert on the local area.

If you are looking to stay at a lovely bed and breakfast with a staff who will be happy to pamper you and provide a delicious breakfast I highly recommend the  SStonewall Jackson Inn

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