Housed in a former shoe factory—which you'll see nods to almost everywhere—Lynchburg, Virginia's Craddock Terry hotel is as good of a homecoming you can get without having ever gone home. Each guest is greeted at the door by Buster Brown, the hotel's resident wirehaired fox terrier—he's also available for guests to take on walks/runs on trails through the surrounding historic district. Mixing turn-of-the-century architecture with stylish, and a bit eclectic, décor, Craddock Terry is a tranquil escape at the front door of the Blue Ridge Parkway and some of the most idyllic countryside a city-weary heart can think up.
The 44 spacious guest rooms have vaulted ceilings, granite bathrooms with oversized tubs or walk-in showers, and a warm, rich styling palette. Each come with unique elements that were kept in the renovation from factory to hotel: think beamed ceilings, brick or stone accent walls, and oversized windows that dominate much of the exterior wall space. But not to worry, thick, double-tiered curtains can cause a near black-out for a mid-day nap. Each morning, guests receive breakfast in bed via an old wooden shoebox left outside of the door the previous night. The lobby, antiquated and soothing, proves a welcome retreat after a day spent traveling. Rest in the opulent surroundings overlooking the James River, and when the weather turns chilly, a sparking fireplace adds to the ambiance of rich woods, luxurious fabrics, and remnants of Craddock Terry's shoe-sational past.
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