Greetings from England.
We are planning a last minute (by our standards!) 9 night trip flying into Dulles on October 18th. We have three nights in DC and then another three along the eastern shore (probably St Michaels) before heading your way.
Charlottesville was suggested to us but the B&B's I glanced at seemed at bit "townie" and I came across the Mayhurst Inn in Orange which looks like it might fit the bill. It looks like it is both peaceful, not too large and a good base to explore with a couple of restaurants within a short drive. We head back to Dulles for an evening flight so could drive up Skyline Drive that day. Reviews are good although there are maybe too many "one post wonders" for my liking.
Any thoughts or alternative suggestions welcome. Our budget is no more than $200 per night and we prefer smaller properties in small towns but with eating places within a short drive.
Thanks in advance.