Quiet Country Inn Minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway
In 2010, Dave and Darlene Juliana converted their home of more than 30 years into the Blue Ridge Manor Bed & Breakfast. The white house sits on a private, 36-acre estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills. Stop by for a visit, and the Julianas will make you feel like part of the family. Darlene whips up homemade country breakfasts to serve in the dining room, and Dave–when available–will escort guests along the onsite walking trails, with the couple's German Shepherd, Zeus, in tow.
Individually decorated guest rooms offer homey comforts such as free movies and complimentary WiFi. Darlene's elaborate three-course breakfasts usually include omelets, meat casseroles, and sweet breads. The meal is served family-style around a big dining table that seats eight. Offerings such as french toast and pancakes are often spruced up with peaches, apples, and cherries taken from the orchards onsite. (The property also has a 13-acre walnut farm.) The kitchen stays open all day long, and guests can help themselves to snacks and family photos affixed to the refrigerator.
The inn sits only 4 miles from an entrance to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs through the heart of the surrounding mountains. There's also plenty to do on the property. Take a stroll along moss-covered walking trails, cast a line into the stocked fishing ponds, or savor panoramic mountain views from a front-porch rocking chair.
Highlights of Blue Ridge Highlands
- America's Most Scenic Drive: This town of Cana is only a few miles from the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the country's most popular scenic drives, a 470-mile road that winds past wildflower meadows and farmlands along the Blue Ridge Mountain's lavender crest.
- Where to stop along the way: The Parkway takes you to hiking trails, picnic spots, and Mabry Mill, a beautifully restored grist- and sawmill where workers demonstrate old-time skills such as seat caning and basket weaving.
- Birthplace of country music: The highlands region is home to a legendary music scene rooted in traditional bluegrass and folk.
- Live music: Head to the Blue Ridge Music Center (located about 20 miles west of the inn) for live jamboree performances.
- Wine Country: Cana is also an ideal base for exploring the dozens of vineyards that make up Virginia's award-winning wine region. Click here to learn more.