The weather is growing colder, no doubt, but that doesn’t mean you’re trapped indoors until the first signs of spring. Gather up your gloves, hats, and scarves, and brave the chilly beauty of the natural world.
As you can imagine, the Blue Ridge Parkways is steeped in rich history, and one particular area with physical evidence of the past is the Old Logging Railroad Overlook near Yankee Horse Ridge at Milepost 35. As the legend goes, Yankee Horse is the spot where a Union soldier’s horse fell and had to be put down. (It’s not exactly the most enthralling of legends, but it’s still interesting nonetheless.)
Further interest can be found in the Old Logging Railroad. Construction on the railroad began in 1918 and was completed in 1920, with the entirety of the railroad at 50 miles. As you can probably guess by the name of the track, it was built to haul lumber during the pre-parkway logging days, and it used to be known as the Irish Creek Railway. In a document from 1918, one individual reported, “At present, however, a logging railroad is being built up Irish Creek to a point near Irish Creek post-office, and this would make transportation somewhat easier” (Henry G. Ferguson). Click here if you’re interested in reading the entire document.
Although the use of the railway for logging has long since been forgotten, it now makes for a beautiful complement to the surrounding scenery. If you’re staying at the Iris Inn and heading for a hike at Crabtree Falls, consider visiting Yankee Horse Ridge, as it’s only a short distance away.
Thank you to Deborah Scannell Photography for this stunning photo!
The holiday season is just now beginning, and you may already be feeling stressed out. Why not have something restful to look forward to once your Christmas decorations are put away, your New Year confetti is swept up, and family members have departed back home? We’re once again offering Do Nothing Weekends at the Iris Inn!
Friday: Join us at the Inn anytime between 3pm and 9pm. We will have a light dinner—soup, salad, and fresh bread—ready for you from 6-9pm, and then at 9:00, you are welcome to partake in dessert and coffee.
Saturday- The day is your to do with what you will! Sleep in, play some board games, chill in front of the television, or get a massage. If you’re feeling a bit restless with all the relaxation, there are numerous hiking trails around the area as well as some great shopping destinations in Waynesboro as well as in Staunton and Charlottesville. Meals for the day include a 9am brunch and a full dinner at 6:30pm (salad, entree, dessert, and wine).
Sunday- Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at 9am before checking out around 11am. Hopefully by this time you will be will be well rested!
January 11-13, 2013
February 22-24, 2013 (with an Everything Chocolate theme)
March 1-3, 2013
March 8-10, 2013
March 29-31, 2013
Price: Minimum 2 night stay. Rooms will be discounted 5% and food costs will be an additional $99.00 for two persons. A couple may take advantage of Friday only for $40.00, or Saturday only for $60.00.
Click here to book your room now!
The holiday season is upon us, and even if you’ve forgotten, the stores certainly haven’t. (Poor Thanksgiving seems to have become the forgotten middle child in between Halloween and Christmas.) If you’re struggling to think of a gift to give this season, allow the Iris Inn to help you out. We offer gift certificates to be purchased and given at your leisure. In case you need convincing, feel free to peruse this list of five reasons why you should purchase an Iris Inn gift certificate for the holiday season:
1. You will undoubtedly be the most envied of all gift-givers at your holiday party. Seriously, can a pair of socks, however fuzzy, compete with a contribution toward a bed and breakfast getaway? I think not.
2. You don’t have to fight the Black Friday crowds to buy your gift. In fact, you don’t have to fight any crowds, since the gift certificates are available for purchase online.
3. You’ll have a huge head start on shopping for gifts. Knowing what to buy someone is half the battle, so this will make it easier on you as the days progress.
4. We have brand new cabins! Although all our rooms are positively fabulous (though we may be a bit biased in our opinions), we are particularly fond of our new cabins, and they make a most tempting incentive to plan an Iris Inn getaway. Further that incentive by giving a gift certificate.
5. You’re giving someone something much more than a physical gift. Gifts are often used and then forgotten, but a B&B getaway creates memories that will be cherished in the future.