Stately 19th-Century Mansion with Presidential History
As sunlight falls on the wooden floors and rich red walls of Historic Rosemont Manorâ€™s grand foyer, itâ€™s hard to imagine the august space looked better when President Johnson gazed upon itâ€”or President Kennedy before him, or Presidents Eisenhower and Roosevelt before him. This Georgian-style mansion, the former home of Virginia governor and US senator Harry Byrd Sr., has racked up an illustrious guest list that includes several political luminaries as well as Albert Einstein and Charles Lindbergh. It was even recently featured as a setting for CBS’s Undercover Boss. Built in 1811 as a wedding gift, Historic Rosemont Manor only opened to the public after a renovation in 2010, but it has stood as a testament to southern hospitality for 200 years and counting. Appropriately, you’ll be treated to a welcome reception upon arrival.
Guest roomsâ€”named after some of its prestigious visitorsâ€”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, one of several upscale amenities. For maximum seclusion, book the Byrd’s Nest, a romantic standalone cottage with a kitchenette, a soaking tub, and a wood-burning fireplace.
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 and its local vineyardsâ€”this deal includes passes to two nearby wineries. You can also use your credit for spa services (amount differs depending on treatment).
Berryville, Virginia: Southern Charm and Outdoor Adventures
About 90 minutes from Washington, DC, Historic Rosemont Manor is nestled near the town of Berryville, on a picturesque knoll looking eastward over the Shenandoah Valley. Gardens cover the manorâ€™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. Another nearby highlight is the Cedar Creek Battlefield, where you can learn about one of the Civil War’s most crucial battles at an onsite museum.
There are several ways to explore the valley’s rolling hills. Since this is Virginia Horse Country, you’ll find a handful of local stables offering horseback rides. If you’d rather soar over the Blue Ridge Mountains, consider chartering a hot-air balloon ride, which offers pristine views of the landscape.
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