4.5
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What We Love

  • A three-course breakfast daily is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Sylvan surroundings are lush green in summer, with fantastic leaf-peeping come fall
  • Breakfast is a notch above standard B&B fare, with homemade baked goods
  • Simmons Westbury mattresses and Comphy linens make for insanely comfortable beds
  • All rooms face south and have huge windows with spectacular views of the river
  • Tea, coffee and soda are free, as are owner Janet’s amazing homebaked cookies
  • In-room massages and other “romance” packages are available with 72 hours notice

What To Know

  • Kids under 9 aren’t allowed at the inn
  • A railway line runs alongside the river, so you might hear trains
  • The friendly resident shih tzus are the only dogs allowed, but the owners will help you arrange to put up your pup at a kennel 10 miles away
  • Dinner is served at the inn on Fridays and Mondays, but other decent restaurants are a drive. Many open only for summer, and most are closed on Mondays
  • Smoking is prohibited on the deck, as well as in the rooms, and there’s a $300 cleaning charge for those who break the rule
  • Three of the seven rooms have whirlpool tubs

Amenities

  •  Parking On Site
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Overview

The Review

In a verdant Appalachian valley in southwestern Virginia sits the sweet little Inn at Riverbend, a Southern-style two-story house that manages to avoid all the overbearing bed-and-breakfast clichés. All seven rooms face south over the New River and are individually decorated in understated modern decor (no country tchotchkes or lace doilies here). The owners are welcoming, but they live in a separate cottage at a slight remove, meaning you never feel hovered over.

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This is a rambling, easygoing corner of the country, with small farmsteads dotting the valleys and horses gamboling in scenic meadows. But there’s plenty to do, especially for active sorts. I opted for a gentle two-mile hike to a picturesque waterfall. Later on I intended to visit a winery, or maybe rent a kayak from one of the local outfitters, yet somehow, stopping back at my room to freshen up, I ended up back in that rocking chair, gazing out at the curving New River, glass of wine in hand. At that moment, I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend a spring afternoon.

How to Get There

Inn at Riverbend
125 River Ridge Drive
Pearisburg, VA 24134 United States

Reviews

Rude staff
HokieChuck30

I was a guest of a person staying at the property. The unpleasant lady working the desk told me that if I wasn't a paying customer that I had to wait outside in the cold. I wouldn't recommend anyone staying at that place unless you like getting treated like crap. Save your money and just call your ex-wife and let her be rude to you.

The other reviews talk about how nice the innkeepers are, those were written by the innkeeper.

Poor hospitality
VaLucy1966

I genuinely hate to give a negative review, but in this case I feel it is in the best interest of the management and/or owner's of the business. The property is extremely nice and well maintained, probably the nicest one in the area, but the hospitality was extremely poor, borderline insulting. The property is advertised as a location for many things, including a wedding or wedding party, but the hospitality from the staff was very unwelcoming to our entire group. We had all or almost all of the rooms rented specifically for our event, and we were treated like we were a burden. Following are a few of the unexceptable experiences we encountered; 1) we were told that we couldn't take wedding pictures on the property without a waiver, we agreed to sign a waiver, but the staff couldn't/wouldn't provide one, 2) we are a group of very long time friends and simply wanted to sit together for breakfast and catch up with each other. We were told we couldn't move the chairs to another table, 3) we are a wedding party and were told that we could have guests over after the wedding reception to hang out in the common area, 4) the guests who were told they were not welcome, were told to wait outside in the 20 degree weather at 10 o'clock at night while we reorganized. There wasn't anyone being unruly, or drunk, and there isn't anything saying we couldn't have guests, 5) we were told there is no alcohol allowed on the property, although the website has alcohol in the advertisements.

We are a group with the average age in our mid 50's who are far from any partying days, and we were told we couldn't use the common area and have a few drinks with each other and a few guests. On the website, it advertises the common areas as an amenity, and welcomes groups.

In 30+ years of traveling I've never been treated so poorly.

On a positive note, the property is great, and it will only take a few adjustments to make this an outstanding place to visit.

A Super Place to Stay
841williamw

We checked out earlier today, with a certain sadness... We had checked in Tuesday and were the only guests for the first two nights. We thoroughly enjoyed having Jeanne and John all to ourselves. They are wonderful innkeepers and even better people. The facility is without a doubt the nicest we have stayed in, as far back as we can recall. The common spaces on both levels have a "warm and inviting look," a perfect place to relax on a rainy day or after a strenuous day exploring the area surrounding the Inn. The setting affords magnificent views of the River and the valley, complimenting the amazing breakfasts on all three days. On our second day, we were hiking and had a "little mishap;" John was so very responsive in providing care and advice. In conclusion, we would give the Inn at Riverbend a six-star rating on a five-star scale. We are already trying to figure a time to return. B&B