We’ve had a huge variety of guests visit the Iris Inn during our time as innkeepers, and one of our latest visitors has served to further that diversity. The Red Chair stayed with us during the latter part of October, when the fall foliage was in full force and the nearby scenery was at its most glorious. Despite Red’s somewhat wooden sense of humor, we found him to be an enjoyable guest, a willing tourist of the Shenandoah Valley, and a newfound friend for our border collie, Katie.
As a seasonal celebration, we took Red to such Valley attractions as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, Ravens Roost Overlook, Crabtree Falls, and the Appalachian Trial suspension bridge over the Tye River. Red was quite proud of the way his painted hue complemented the fall leaves, and we had to agree. Autumn is definitely his season, and he is quite the photogenic subject!
Red’s legs were a bit tired after all of the outdoor exploration, so we grabbed a bite to eat at the Green Leaf Grill in downtown Waynesboro. We also found out that he had visited numerous breweries and wineries on his journey, but not so many cideries, so he was delighted to try a glass of local Bold Rock Hard Cider over lunch. Next, Red visited the P. Buckley Moss Museum and enjoyed viewing some local artwork. (He also thought he would look pretty stunning as a P. Buckley painting.)
A further highlight of Red’s trip to the Iris Inn was his interview with a local newspaper. We’re sure he feels like a celebrity after all of the press coverage he’s received during his travels, but he retained a sense of humility during the interview.
Red possesses a unique charm, and we were pleased to host him—however briefly—on his Virginia vacation. We wish him the best as his journey continues.