Hotel at a Glance: Killahevlin Bed & Breakfast
Killahevlin is an Irish-themed bed and breakfast housed in a restored Edwardian mansion in Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley. Stained-glass transom windows, reproduction 19th-century Irish wallpaper, and a private Irish Pub will make you feel like you're staying in the heart of the Emerald Isle.
- Heaping Irish breakfast: The included daily Irish breakfast features fresh-ground coffee or a pot of tea, a fruit dish, and a daily entree, such as the signature Eggs Killahevlin—poached eggs, Canadian bacon, and hollandaise sauce atop a homemade Southern biscuit
- In-room amenities: Most rooms and suites come with antique furniture and whirlpool tubs
- Grab a pint: The private Irish pub offers complimentary draft beer or wine
- Your sherry welcome: You'll find a decanter of sherry in your room upon arrival
- History: Killahevlin Bed & Breakfast is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Front Royal, Virginia: Shenandoah Valley Wines, National Parks, and Caverns
The mysteriously named city of Front Royal has been attracting a new crowd of late. Mixing in with longtime north western Virginia residents is an influx of Washingtonians, who make the 70-odd mile commute to the capital every morning. The advantages to living that far from the city? Front Royal sits in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, home to the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains , and the entrance to Shenandoah National Park.
The park is worth a day trip. There, visitors can survey the scenery from their car on the 105-mile long Skyline Drive, which runs the entire length of the park along a mountain ridge. Skyline Drive is especially popular in the spring when the redbud and dogwood trees are in bloom. If you're interested in hiking, there are more than 500 miles of trails, including a 101-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail that meanders through the park.
For an underground look at the Shenandoah Valley's natural beauty, head to the nearby town of Luray. It's famed for the Luray Caverns, a National Natural Landmark popular for its stalactite walls and the Great Stalacpipe Organ. The organ is consider one of the world's largest instruments, and it plays music by striking calcified formations across 3.5 acres of caverns.