History meets southern hospitality at this Virginia Wine Country Inn. In this blog I’m sharing three of the many reasons you need to book a stay at the Inn at Meander. So grab a glass of wine or cider and come find out what makes this rustic Inn in Locust Dale, Virginia so special.
In April 2023 I was lucky enough to stay at The Inn at Meander which is composed of 12 cottages and guest rooms. During my stay I stayed in the Shearer Suite a tribute to former owners, the Shearer sisters. This room has a beautiful spacious balcony overlooking the patio and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
History of The Inn at Meander
Circa 1766 this tavern and Inn merge the perfect mix of history and hospitality. The Inn at Meander’s history links it to several famous visitor’s including Thomas Jefferson and General Lafayette. The building is full of history and maintains a historic design with creaking hardwood floors, vintage fixtures and period colors.
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains the property comprises 80 acres. The Inn at Meander, has multiple trails for exploring, gardens, and natural beauty to take in satisfying both the adventurous and those seeking peace and quiet. The trail to the river is especially beautiful and ends with a bench overlooking the water.
In addition, The Inn at Meander has a large game room complete with a pool table. This is one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever seen to play billiards in. It was lovely to have dinner and retire to the fireplace in the parlor, have a couple of beers and then play a few games.
Dinning and Hospitality at The Inn at Meander
One of the many perks of staying at the Inn at Meander is being able to have your food brought to your room or having a picnic on the grounds. On my spacious balcony overlooking the garden patio and the beautiful Virginia mountains set the perfect picturesque setting for a memorable dinner. The food was delicious and the views and ambiance unmatched.
Imagine drinking chilled sparkling wine from a local vineyard and taking in the sounds of the crickets and sheep mewing from a nearby farm. As you watch the evening grow darker and put all cares aside. Soaking in the moment with the one you love or in your own peaceful solitude. These are the type of memories and moments that the Inn at Meander gives.
The dinner menu by Chef Jenae Jenkins has a great variety and can be purchased as a 3 Course Dinner option or a la cart. During my stay the first course incuded a spring mix salad: cucumbers, feta, sunflower seeds, and basalmic vinaigrette, the second course salmon with spring greens sauce, basmati rice pilaf and roasted asparagus and for the third course the chocolate lava cake with whipped cream. The portion size of food was very large and everything was very flavorful and delicious.
The dinning room of the Crooked Run Tavern is intimate and inviting. I enjoyed the special touch of fresh flowers on the tables. The fireplace made the room look and feel cozy. I couldn’t think of a better way to end a Virginia wine country day than a relaxing meal at the Crooked Run Tavern. Even if you’re not staying at The Inn at Meander and in the area you should make a reservation and check them out.
Breakfast which is included with your stay was amazing with beautiful mountain views from dining on the patio. The breakfast menu includes so many breakfast favorites including French toast and omelets. Everything is fresh and made to order. On the weekends brunch is served in the Crooked Run Tavern past the normal week breakfast time. Weekend brunch is also, open to the public with reservations.
Proximity to Virginia Wine Country
Nearby The Inn at Meander is a variety of award winning wineries to visit including Barboursville in Orange, Virginia. The ruins of the once magnificent home of James Barbour, Virginia’s 18th governors still stands today to be marveled at. The house was designed by Thomas Jefferson and built in 1814. Sadly it burned on Christmas Day 1884 leaving only ruins.
On top of seeing the ruins at Barboursville its vineyards and winery are beautiful as well. My interest was peaked to this location because I had tried the Barboursville Prosecco at The Inn at Meander during dinner and then decided to visit the Barboursville winery. A charcuterie in the 1812 Library and a glass of Pino Grigio at Barboursville made for a lovely lunch overlooking their vineyard.
The dessert wine Philéo was also, a refreshing choice and I enjoyed how light this wine was. You’ll want to pick up a bottle or two of wine to take back with you. The staff at The Inn at Meander can even provide an ice bucket for you to chill your wine in your room to enjoy. In addition to brining your own The Inn at Meander has a large list of local wine for purchase.
Besides it’s close proximity to Virginia wineries and breweries The Inn at Meander is near the famous Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park and Montpelier; home of our 4th President James Madison and, “Father of the Constitution”. The grounds, gardens and museum at Montpelier are worth visiting and a true national treasure.
There was so much to explore on the ground of Montpellier including a guided tour of the house. If you enjoy your visit you can also, become a member and come back for return tours. Membership includes free daily tours, discounts and special member activities as well. The membership is well worth the price in my opinion and helps preserve President James Madison and Dolley’s home for future generations.
All these choices can be overwhelming, but The Inn at Meander has several packages to assist with your activities during your stay. You can inquire more about these special packages when you make your booking. Visits to local wineries, Montpellier, Inn picnics, dinners and more can be prearranged for you. I would highly recommend having dinner in your room at The Inn at Meander or a picnic on the grounds during your stay.
Why Stay at The Inn at Meander?
The true gems of The Inn at Meander are the staff I met including Chef Jenean, Rhonda, Susan, Karen and Aaron. These individuals go above and beyond their duties and I watched them make everyone have the best experience possible at The Inn at Meander. In addition if you are planning a special event or looking for a venue to get married you should definitely check out Meander. While at The Inn at Meander, I saw both a lovely wedding and a bridal luncheon take place complete with special table settings.
Staying at The Inn at Meander, truly is a relaxing and calming experience. Making memories and having experiences is what this beautiful Inn is about. The Inn at Meander, reminds visitors to be in the moment and enjoy what they are partaking in. The worries of the outside world truly disappear in these #meandermoments if you let them. The history, hospitality and the close proximity to Virginia Wine Country with all it has to offer makes The Inn at Meander a unique and memorable destination.
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