Lodging in the Heart of Shenandoah Valley
Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on 50 picturesque acres lies Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast and Alpine Hideaway Cottages. Innkeepers Melissa and Ray Alexander invite you to our property located in a peaceful country setting with a spring-fed pond, walking grounds, babbling creek and mountain views. Ideally situated midway between the country’s “Best Small Towns” of Staunton and Lexington, guests can visit many attractions such as Crabtree Falls and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Historic Lexington, Staunton’s theatre, renowned Central Virginia wineries, The Virginia Horse Center, Natural Bridge, antique shops, and championship golf which all are within twenty to thirty miles of our property.
BED & BREAKFAST. Our 1916 built Virginian Manor Home has been converted to a lovely Bed & Breakfast with modern amenities. The Inn offers five spacious guest rooms and suites each with gas or electric fireplaces, private baths with double Jacuzzi tubs, and modern amenities. The Inn’s decor offers a warm, relaxing environment and has a wine theme throughout the rooms with each guest room named for wine varietals native to Virginia. Guests are welcomed with Melissa’s STM Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies. YUM! Start your day with our early morning coffee before enjoying our hearty, first-class plated breakfasts made with many local ingredients. Our breakfast sausage and cheeses are from Mountain View Farm located in nearby Raphine. Our bacon and other meats are bought fresh from Donald’s Meat Processing in Lexington. We purchase our fruits, vegetables, and breads from local Farmers Markets in season. And our cinnamon raisin bread used in French Toast is delivered to us from our “local’ Bakery in Pittsburgh PA.
COTTAGES. The Cottages are romantic “Hideaways”. They are spacious each having cathedral ceilings, pine walls and ceilings that give it a cozy comfort feeling as soon as you walk through the door. Each features outdoor hot tubs on private decks, double Jacuzzi tubs in the bathroom, gas fireplaces, WiFi, flat screen TVs with Direct TV service, full kitchens, and gas grills. Two romantic cottages perch atop the Blue Ridge overlooking the Shenandoah Valley’s green fields and blue mountains. The third cabin which is dog friendly nestles against a fishing pond and mountain pastures. Guests have the option to enjoy breakfast at Steeles Tavern Manor for an additional fee. See Breakfast section for more details.
Your day can include one or more activities in our area, or you may roam the grounds to enjoy views of our pond, cattle grazing in our hillside pasture, the rolling stream, or our in-ground swimming pool. After your day’s activities, please join us at the Wine Bar in our Social Room to enjoy a glass of Virginia wine or local microbrews and snack on some local cheese from Mountain View Farms (Raphine) or The Cheese Shop (Stuarts Draft). Relax and enjoy the warm hospitality. Feel free to share the experiences of your day with Melissa and Ray along with the other guests. Top the evening off with dinner at one of the many restaurants just minutes away in Lexington or Staunton. We can help with making recommendations or reservations at any restaurants in our area. Our guests feel pampered during their stay and well rested when their visit has ended.
MESSAGES from the MANOR :
Color and foliage. Put them together and you have autumn. The green of summer turns into the beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the 2013 peak season for this area is October 12 through the end of October. So here are some things to do here in the Shenandoah Valley this fall………
1. October is Virginia Wine Month and fall is the perfect time to visit wineries when grape picking and festivals are happening:
- Visit Rockbridge Vineyards during their annual Harvest Festival on October 3 and listen to live music on Sundays.
- Barren Ridge Vineyards stay open every Friday & Saturdays till 8:30pm to view the beautiful sunsets, listen to live music, and sip on great wine!
2. Taste Oktoberfest at our local breweries:
- Devil’s Backbone Outpost Brewery in Lexington is where the beer is brewed and honest pints are poured daily in the Tap Room and Bier Garden.
- Blue Lab Brewery in Lexington has our favorite Oktoberfest brew on tap> Enjoy live music in the brewery on Friday nights.
- Enjoy Oktoberfest at the Frontier Culture Center in Staunton on October 3-4 weekend.
3. Outdoor activities that allow you to enjoy the Fall scenery:
- McCormick Farm’s Fall Farm Day – October 3.
- Pump’tober Fest at Sunspots Pavilion – October 10.
- Wades Mill’s Annual Apple Butter Festival – October 17.
- Farmer’s Markets in Lexington & Staunton on Wednesdays & Saturdays.
Come enjoy Fall in the Shenandoah Valley!