A Bed and Breakfast with amazing views
With Covid-19 still hanging around, it was hard by the Spring of 2021 for two people who love to travel to sit still. We have missed traveling to Germany and knew it wasn’t possible yet. So, I went on a search for a taste of Germany that was relatively close to home.
A search for a Germany Bed & Breakfast in Roseland, VA was the first place I found. I did a little checking on their website and was impressed with how they transformed their property to look like a Germany village. Their rooms had amazing views of the mountains. So, knowing a trip would not be complete without a good German meal, I sent them a message asking if there was a German restaurant close by. Sure enough, about 30 miles away was, in fact, a German restaurant.
I promptly went online to reserve a room at the B&B and found it difficult to find a long weekend in the Spring. There was, however, two nights available for Monday through Wednesday. Perfect. Now to choose which room to stay in. I chose the room with the best possible view, floor to ceiling windows that looked out over three mountains.
The Fenton Inn sits high up in heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains between the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and the Ski slopes of Wintergreen Mountain. Their hand-crafted works of art provide the quality of a quaint German village. The woodwork thoughout the hotel were hand made using wood from the Poplar forest on their property and surrounding area. Wallking down through this village, you find cobblestone walkway, half-timber buildings along with an amazing view of scenic mountains. The entire facility makes you feel like you are in the middle of a village in Bavaria, right down to the European colors of the building’s exterior.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, social distancing and the safety of both staff and guests, they offered contactless checkin. Prior to our arrival, we received an email confirming our reservation and the combination to the lockbox where we would find our key.
Walking into the building, you find gorgeous woodwork, a gorgeous lobby area with a fireplace, hand-made bench, couches and a coffee station. With 5 different guestrooms to choose from, I chose The Swallow’s Nest.
The Swallow’s Nest is a sizeable room with a queen sized bed, TV, Fireplace, a large modern bathroom with a two-person shower, a small balcony with a table and chairs and 3 large floor-to-ceiling windows with views of George Washington National Forest and Wintergreen Mountain.
Under “normal” circumstances, breakfast is held in the Bakery in the village. Instead, again due to Covid-19 restrictions, breakfast is chosen the night before, along with the time you would like to eat. Then, at the time you chose, breakfast is brought to your room. The staff will knock on your door and breakfast will be found on trays right outside your room. After breakfast, the trays were returned to the table for collection. We had gorgeous weather during our stay that enabled us to enjoy our breakfast on our balcony, enjoying the sunshine and amazing view.
Our first night, we had dinner at the Wild Wolf Brewing Company. We were able to sit outside in the biergarten and enjoy a good German beer and great meal. The drive to Wild Wolf Brewing showed us several distilleries that would be interesting to visit if we had more time. From the top of the mountain to our dinner destination was a beautiful drive with great weather.
Our second night was the night we chose for our German dinner. But not before the short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Ravens Roost Overlook. Even if you’re afraid of heights, it is an amazing view. The evening ended with our dinner at the Edelweiss Restaurant in Staunton, Virginia. They had a great selection of German beers and authentic German meals to choose from. It was hard to choose what to eat from the selection on the menu. We both had wished we had enough room to try another meal.
On day three, it was time for the drive home. We have a favorite diner in Virginia and chose to take a slight detour over to Warrenton, VA to have lunch at Frost Diner. We drove several miles across the Blue Ridge Parkway until we reached Route 64 to head toward Warrenton. The perfect end to a great trip.
If you’re looking for hiking trails, skiing or just want to enjoy some time in the mountains, The Fenton Inn Bed and Breakfast should be on your list. You will not be disappointed!