Original manufacturing-era details: old Diebold safe, exposed timbers, soaring wood-paneled ceilings
Capacious guestrooms and huge tiled bathrooms with oversize showers
Varied views are charmingly small-city, picturesque-pastoral or industrial-derelict, depending on the direction
What To Know
Ask for earplugs at the front desk: Trains pass by the hotel day and night
Lynchburg’s grand history is evident in its architectural wealth, but the present is still undergoing revitalization
The continental breakfast includes yogurt, a fresh baked croissant, Ile de France brie, fresh cut fruit and fresh squeezed orange juice
Parking on site
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Artfully adapted shoe factory in a former mill town combining Southern warmth with industrial cool
Hotels in converted industrial spaces are common, but the Craddock Terry is a standout. Once a Victorian-era footwear factory, the ever-present foot puns can feel gimmicky, but the hotel’s reverence for its roots makes for great design. The well-preserved architectural heritage includes 12-foot ceilings and nine-foot windows, rugged granite walls on the lower levels and polished wood floors. Stylish modern accents update the look: a stiletto-shaped chair, antique shoemaking artifacts adorning the lobby and guestrooms. The result is a successful marriage of form, function and legacy.
Bed and Bath
The enormous guestrooms have space for kingsize beds, velvet sofas, dark wood desks, entertainment consoles and even separate foyers. The ample tiled bathrooms feature oversize glass-encased showers and separate marble vanities stocked with lovely Gilchrist and Soames toiletries. In contrast to the public spaces, in the guestrooms the industrial design is softened with Southern comforts, from walls of stitched faux leather and colorful curtains to cushioned russet headboards and beige carpeting. In-room Keurig coffeemakers are welcome extras.
With few good dining options in Lynchburg, the Craddock Terry’s two restaurants and brewery attract a lively mix of locals and guests. The Waterstone restaurant dishes up brick oven pizzas and draft beers (including sampler flights) from the upstairs Jefferson Brewery, while Shoemaker’s Grill offers more upscale eats, including excellent surf-and-turf and a Virginia-centric wine list. Locals agree it’s the best dinner experience in town. All three outlets are housed in a former tobacco warehouse adjacent to and in the same industrial-chic style as the Craddock Terry building.
In the Area
Lynchburg made its money milling wood for the railroad during the 19th century, and the relics of this boom period are immediately evident on a walk (or hike — this is Blue Ridge hill country, after all) around downtown’s gorgeous red-brick fixer-uppers. Among the small businesses on quiet Main Street, the gems are White Hart and Blackwater, a coffee roaster and café with nightly music, and Dish tapas. Explore the handsome waterfront on the James River Heritage Trail, crossing over to Percival’s Island, a natural area dotted with industrial-era ruins. A 10-minute drive away is Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s octagonal vacation home.
Craddock Terry Hotel
1312 Commerce Street
How to Get There
Flights are available to Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH) via connecting flights from from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from LYH, about seven miles away, are free for up to three passengers and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from LYH are approximately $25, each way. If you’re renting a car or driving, self-parking is free.