As shafts of sunlight fall across the wooden floors and rich red walls of Historic Rosemont Manor’s grand foyer, it’s hard to imagine the august space looked any better when President Johnson gazed upon it—or President Kennedy before him, or Presidents Eisenhower and Roosevelt before him. The Georgian-style mansion, the former home of a governor and US senator, has racked up an illustrious guest list over its two centuries in business, a roster that includes political luminaries as well as Einstein and Lindbergh. Built in 1811 as a wedding gift, Historic Rosemont Manor only opened to the public in 2010, but it has stood as a testament to southern hospitality for 200 years and counting.
Guest rooms overlook the countryside and Rosemont's 60 manicured acres. Intricate oriental rugs line the floors in the airy rooms, and many bathrooms feature original claw-foot tubs. In the morning, a lavish southern breakfast features hearty fare and can be customized to any dietary restrictions. Later in the day, feel free to explore the Shenandoah Valley with passes for two to local vineyards.
Berryville, Virginia: Southern Charm and Outdoor Adventures
About 90 minutes from Washington, DC, Historic Rosemont Manor is nestled atop a picturesque knoll looking eastward over the Shenandoah Valley. Gardens cover the manor’s expansive grounds, and nature lovers venturing off the property can visit the nearby State Arboretum of Virginia, which offers free admission every day of the year. At Cedar Creek Battlefield, an attached museum details one of the Civil War's most crucial battles. A handful of local stables offer horseback rides, and chartered hot air balloons fly like majestic eagles or mutant birdmen as they soar over the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering pristine views of the landscape.
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