Kick back at a Shenandoah Valley farm inn

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Kick back at a Shenandoah Valley farm inn

Kick back at a Shenandoah Valley farm inn
Question: I live in Washington and am looking for an inn or bed-and-breakfast within about two hours of Washington. It can be either on the coast or inland, but I'd like it to be a relatively romantic, quaint place that has plenty of good hiking nearby. My upper price is about $150 per night.

Jim Sitrick
Washington, DC

Adventure Adviser: Location-wise, it's hard to top Jordan Hollow Farm Inn in Stanley, Virginia, about two hours from Washington and smack dab in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Prepare yourself for plenty of country charm in the 20 double rooms (each with private bath) and miles of horse trails out the back door. Jordan Hollow is a working farm, with a stable full of horses and 45 acres of pastures, paddocks, and outbuildings to explore on foot. And no need to fear the unexpected canter: Guests interested in trail rides are separated by ability level.

Farther afield, Shenandoah National Park and its 500-plus miles of hiking trails is a quick 15 miles up the road, as is the canoe-friendly Shenandoah River. Plan on working up a big appetite, because the farmhouse kitchen serves up everything from fresh rainbow trout to roasted quail; after dinner, there's a pool table in the pub and plenty of deep chairs in the library. Double rooms start at $75 per night and the one suite will cost you $95 per night. To find Jordan Hollow from nearby Luray, follow Virginia 340 south six miles to a left turn onto Virginia 624 and left again on 689 and then a quick right on Virginia 626. For details and reservations, call 540-778-2209.

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