Family Reunions at the Iris Inn

The Iris Inn serves as a meeting place for business groups, scrapbookers, wedding parties, and various other get-togethers. This also includes family reunions, and we are happy to have a reunion experience story directly from one of our former guests: My mother Helen, and her sister Pat make it a point to take a sister trip once a year and always spend a few days and nights at the Iris Inn. So when they decided there needed to be a mini-family reunion, what better place than the Iris Inn? Those of us who could make it spent three days and nights at the Iris Inn this past May. My cousin and his wife booked Hawk’s Nest with the hot tub, and the rest of us booked the four rooms on the second floor. This meant we had the second floor deck all to ourselves. We all arrived at different times on a Friday afternoon from Nebraska, Missouri, Georgia, and Northern Virginia. Dave and Heidi gave us a big welcome and guided each of us to our rooms. We caught up on the latest news with them especially the excitement of the cabins soon to be built. My mother and aunt have already planned to spend a few nights in one of the cabins after they are finished. Each morning we gathered for one of Heidi’s superior breakfasts consisting of juice, fruit, muffins, eggs prepared differently each morning along with breakfast meats, coffee and tea. While Dave served us, he answered any questions we might have regarding our outings each morning. He is a wealth of knowledge for the best restaurants in the area, how to get to the various vineyards and breweries, plus local sights of interest. The best parts, however, were the evenings! We rocked away on the upper deck’s rockers watching the sunset behind the mountains of Virginia. We shared family stories and laughed while enjoying a local glass of wine and snacks. Before we knew it, it was midnight. My aunt said she had never seen her son laugh so much as he did those evenings with his wife, sister, me and my new husband, his parents, and my mom. Dave and Heidi are very friendly and go out of their way to make their guests feel at home. They feel like a part of our family and we’re always excited to see them. The cookie jar is always full for those late night snacks before heading to bed. We were all very sad to leave that following Monday morning. Not only were we leaving each other, but we were also leaving the comfort of the Iris Inn. My cousin wanted to know who would cook her breakfast every morning. Before leaving, Heidi had us gather on the upper deck for one last family photo before departing. My mother and her sister are planning their sister trip for August, and of course, for three nights in one of their favorite rooms at the Iris Inn.”