Best Places to Stay Near the Blue Ridge Parkway

April 10, 2023
Outdoors

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in the country. Running along the ridgeline, it stretches from Shenandoah National Park near Waynesboro, Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. There are so many views to photograph, trails to hike, and wildlife to see, you’ll never do it all in one day. Here are our recommendations for cabins, bed and breakfasts, and resorts near Waynesboro and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

 

Shenandoah Valley Cabins    

 

Iris Inn

You can’t beat the Iris Inn for its privacy and panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley. Its location just seven minutes away makes it an ideal place to stay near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park. The inn boasts luxurious rooms, cabins, and cottages with private balconies, hot tubs, and modern amenities. Breakfast is served in your room each morning and you can enjoy a gourmet meal in your room or in the dining room. Unwind with a massage or skin treatment from the onsite spa and check out a range of optional packages for honeymooners, hikers, chocolate lovers, and more.

Grey Pine Lodge

Grey Pine Lodge is a boutique motel located on 33 acres just three minutes from the entrances to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park. This secluded retreat offers cozy rooms with memory foam mattresses, fire pits, a lighted patio, and the on-site Pine Brush hiking trail. There’s even hi-speed internet and space to work if you need to catch a quick Zoom with the office. Tackle the nearby Blue Ridge Tunnel hiking trail or zip down to Waynesboro for a bite to eat or a beer at Basic City Beer Co. The lodge is pet-friendly, so you can bring Fido along!

Love Ridge Mountain Cabins

The cabins at Love Ridge Mountain Lodging are perched high on the mountain, and their location at MP 16 makes them an excellent place to stay along the Blue Ridge Parkway. A range of houses and cabins in various sizes lets you share an intimate stay with your love, a vacation with your kids, or a getaway with ten of your besties. Surrounded by nature, you’ll be able to disconnect and relax, although there’s access to Wi-Fi if you need it. Enjoy grills, firepits, hot tubs, views, and the wonder of nature. Specials and add-ons include e-bike rentals, romance packages, and star-gazing packages.

 

Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfasts

 

Heritage Hill

Heritage Hill Bed and Breakfast is a charming bed and breakfast located six miles from where the Skyline Drive meets the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just outside Waynesboro, the 8-acre property offers privacy and views of the Blue Ridge as well as easy access to the city conveniences of dining, shopping, and entertainment. Relax in a comfortable room furnished with both antiques and modern amenities like Bluetooth sound machines and remote-controlled candles. In the morning, enjoy a tasty breakfast made with local ingredients, and start exploring! Make the stay extra special by adding a celebration package or picnic package with a gourmet meal for two.

Bowman House

The Bowman House is an easy walk from Waynesboro’s downtown dining, entertaining, shopping, and green spaces like the South River Greenway Trail. This distinguished home features historic architecture, classic decor, and a breakfast made with fresh ingredients and vegan options. Chill in the comfortable common areas before retiring to one of four guest rooms. These range from a private suite to a budget-friendly resting space for A.T. hikers or solo travelers. An elevator makes upper floors wheelchair accessible.

Cider House

Cider House Bed and Breakfast was built in 1790 on an apple orchard farm. It’s now a 20-acre organic farm with fields of hay, a small orchard, pollinator gardens, mown walking paths, and donkeys and alpacas to pet. The historic home retains its traditional charm but has been updated for comfort with modern baths and air conditioning. Guests will enjoy a full gourmet breakfast made with local ingredients, anytime tea and pastries, and the option to purchase picnics, fruit and cheese plates, local wine, and site-made hard-cider and mead. This lodging is a short drive from both Waynesboro and the Blue Ridge Parkway, but with firepits, croquet, horseshoes, and badminton, there’s plenty to keep you busy on the farm!

 

Resorts Near Shenandoah National Park

 

Massanutten

You’ll never get bored at Massanutten Resort, a fun, four-season resort with no end to amenities and activities. Lodgings range from streamlined condos to sprawling family getaways, so it’s suitable for groups of all sizes. In the winter, the mountain will test your ski, snowboarding, and snow tubing skills. When the snow melts, the slopes open for lift-served mountain bike trails and summer tubing. The resort has hiking trails, golf courses, a spa, a half dozen restaurants, three escape rooms, and a family adventure park with ziplines and climbing walls. The popular indoor/outdoor waterpark is open for fun all year round.

Wintergreen

Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, picturesque Wintergreen Resort is one of the best places to visit in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 11,000-acre, four-season resort helps visitors escape from the hustle and bustle with serene natural surroundings and luxurious accommodations. Stay in a cozy cabin or condo or rent an upscale home with room for the entire extended family. Come in the winter to play on 24 slopes serviced by state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment. When the weather warms, enjoy a system of hiking trails, two golf courses, swimming, tennis, and pickle ball. There’s mini golf, a climbing tower, and gem mining for kids. Dine at your choice of eight restaurants.

 

With so many options so close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Waynesboro, you can be sure to find the best lodging to suit you. Be sure to check out Waynesboro's calendar of events when you plan your trip so you won't miss out on any of the fun!

 

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