As you enter the drive to the Iris Inn, it happens. The quiet peacefulness and natural beauty embrace you. This Inn is truly unique with its charming porches nestled within the tranquil Shenandoah National Forest. A three-story lookout tower is located on the south side of the inn. Enjoy the soft mountain breezes that sweep away the stress and hurried nature of modern life on the towers third level.
Carefully conceived and built to bring people and nature together---and respectful of the needs of both---the Iris Inn hearkens back to simpler times when the gathering of family and friends constitutes an event. The Great Room offers such a gathering place. The room features a 3-story stone fireplace and an expansive hand painted Shenandoah Woodlands canvas by Clara Thompson. French doors lead to the back deck where you can watch the birds feeding asthe squirrels and chipmunk scamper by.
Overlooking the Great Room is a loft library where you can get to know the seasons bestseller or play a favorite game. The Iris Inn is a world away, yet minutes from the cultural hub of Charlottesville.
The Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast serves as your lodging base to explore the best of hiking and wine tasting in Virginia. The Inn is located only 3 miles from two of the most expansive hiking areas in the state---the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located within 20 minutes of the Iris Inn, there are 9 vineyards, making visiting wineries easy and fun!
The Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast is nestled on 11 wooded acres, on the west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. The purpose built inn was architecturally designed for comfort and for the mountain views and woodsy feel. All rooms have private access to outdoor decks with plenty of seating to enjoy the scenery, read a book or take a snooze.
Located in Waynesboro, the Iris Inn offers the closest entry point to both Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. With easy access three miles east of Waynesboro at Rockfish Gap, Skyline Drive proceeds north and the Blue Ridge Parkway proceeds south. Winding alone the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, both roadways offer break taking panoramic vistas and access to miles of hiking trails through forested hills, hollows and slopes that often encounter pristine waterfalls descending from ancient granite summits.
Travel and Leisure Magazine rated Virginia as
one of five up-and-coming wine destinations in the world. Wind your way through Virginias countryside with 9 wineries within 20 minutes of your base at the Iris Inn. One of these nine wineries, King Family Vineyard, was recently featured by Wine Business Monthly, as among the Hottest Small Brands in 2007.
Among the ten brands listed, not only was King Family the only Virginia mention, it was the only winery on the East Coast named! The 2006 Viognier was specifically mentioned, saying Viognier is one vinifera grape that seems to do very well in Virginia, a state that has grown from 110 wineries four years ago to 149 wineries today. "