Finding a place to stay in Lancaster County won't
be a problem. But choosing among the many available options might be. From
clean, quiet accommodations for the budget-conscious traveler to luxury resorts
where the fine art of pampering has been raised to a whole new level, Lancaster
County has it all.
Fine dining. Great golf. Spa treatments to reanimate sagging spirits. Everything
you'll find at the Greenbrier or Homestead plus one element both lack. Water.
Water for cruising. Water for fishing. Water to splash in. Water to watch
till the sun goes down. And Lancaster County gives you a choice of not just
one, but two waterfront resorts, one on the Chesapeake Bay and the other
nestled into a bend of beautiful Carters Creek, right where it flows into
the Rappahannock River.
Lancaster County's bed and breakfast inns are anything but run-of-the-mill.
Stay in one of the last antebellum mansions built in Virginia or an old schoolhouse
transformed into one of "the 101 best hotels in the world" (Tatler/Cunard
Travel Guide). Combine soft pillows
and pampering with a vigorous rowing regimen on a private freshwater lake.
Or surround yourself with surprises—an outdoor shower, funky folk art,
lampshades that, upon closer inspection, turn out to be silly hats. Go for
it. You'll never have to stand around scratching your head, trying to remember
just where it was that you stayed when you spent that wonderful weekend in
the Northern Neck.
Perfect for a house-hunting weekend or as a base camp for exploring the
area, Lancaster County's budget motels are clean, quiet, comfortable and come
complete with the friendly, personal service that has become a Northern Neck
hallmark. And the accommodations are anything but Spartan. Expect cable TV
swimming pools, complimentary continental breakfast, a full range of business
services and more (like, say, a fruit bowl or plate of cookies in the lobby).
And one that defies categorization
It's on the grounds of Belle Isle State Park, one of the quietest, least-crowded
(unless eagles, osprey and deer constitute a crowd) parks in the state system.
But it's not a campsite. And it's most definitely not a cabin. The Pollard
Mansion is a fully furnished reproduction Colonial mansion with four bedrooms,
a kitchen, laundry room, library and maid's room. (No maid, though. Hey, you
can't have everything.) It's surrounded by 733 acres of wildlife habitat bordered
by two creeks and the Rappahannock River. And it's yours for weddings, family
reunions, graduation celebrations or just to get away for awhile from the pressure
of life in the fast lane.