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“WOW-What a Great Down Home Kinda' Place!!”

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The Red Lantern Inn
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Winchester, Virginia, United States
1 review
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“WOW-What a Great Down Home Kinda' Place!!”
Reviewed 4 June 2012

Clifton Forge is a sleepy mountain town tha is coming alive again after many years. The inn is a perfect addage to this re-awakening. Nature abounds in the surrounding mountains. It's a 35 minute ride over the Clifton Forge Mountain to go to the Jefferson Pools near the Homestead for an amazing minreal soak. The Dauthat State Park is one of the most beautiful, scenic place n the USA. It is an amazing combination of beach, lake, and forest with boating and swimming, hiking, etc. It is a great acitivity adjunct to the staythat we had.

The Inn itself is a beautifully arrayed and decorated small Bed and Breakfast. It is actually somewhere between a B & B and a very nice hostel. You serve yourself a continental breakfast and snacks as you are free to use the generously stocked kitchen. There is a lovely famiy-style decorum of antiques from americana to asian--and everything, including the renovation is nothing short of top class. They really outdo themeslves during your stay and are helpful in every way imaginable.

Quiet--Country--Helpful--Heartfelt--True "InnKeepers!!" Two nights felt like four!!

Very reasonably priced for the generous offerings...

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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DeWitt, Michigan
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

.....than the mountain highlands in spring. And no better "base of operations" than the Red Lantern. It's a combination of staying at your aunt's place and a well-run, efficient, small hotel. As operated by JoAnn Gideons, it is a clean, warm, friendly place to stay, and at a very competitive price. From the Red Lantern, one can enjoy all that Clifton Forge and the mountains have to offer.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Herndon, VA
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Two friends and I arrived in Clifton Forge to research the C&O Railroad Archives, and to visit the "Congressional Bunker", at the Greenbriar Resort, in nearby White Sulpher Springs, WV.The Inn is owned byJo Ann Carter Gideons, who was a wonderful host to the three of us. The Inn is located in downtown Clifton Forge, and not hard to find. Just look for what looks like a former funeral home.

The Inn is spotlessly clean, and VERY comfortable. Breakfast is continental style, with a wide variety of breakfast foods available for self-service in a large and cheery kitchen. The Inn is well maintained by Ester, the housekeeper.

The Clifton Forge Area has a number of pleasant delis, pubs, and restaurants with good food, and VERY friendly employees, who will make your stay enjoyable. Thank you, Jo Ann for making our visit wonderful!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Clifton Forge, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 4 May 2012

The location, price, and management of this Inn make the Red Lantern Inn the perfect place to stay for a short or longer-term visit. Walking distance to the C&O Historical Society, biking distance to Douthat State Park, a short drive to Lexington, Roanoke, Warm Springs, VA - even West Virginia (with the Greenbriar and Lewsiburg) is within striking distance of this lovely little Inn. JoAnn Gideons runs a great establishment, bringing a wealth of local information as well as an international flair to her business. Spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and great coffee to boot!!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great, but the front room with private bath would be perfect for a honeymoon/an...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

We recently stayed at the Red Lantern Inn in April for my 40th. This B&B is like a home away from home. Fortunately for us, we were the only ones booked in for 3 nights, so had the whole place to ourselves. The service was wonderful, everything you could possible need and more was avaliable to use. The furnishing were interesting and comfortable. We spent our 4 days mountainbiking at the nearby Douthat State Park, and the Inn was a welcome retreat after a long day of biking. It is also conveniently located downtown. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a place to get away too but still feel like you are in your own home.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, VA
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

We loved our room, it was charming and comfortable with a first rate bath. The ambiance of the whole Inn was warm and inviting. We would stay there again and recommend it highly.

Room Tip: I mistakenly rated the Swimming pool and there is none! Great for traveling with our small dog
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

It's hard to find the words to say just how great the Red Lantern Inn is. It's beautifully furnished and decorated, and extremely comfortable - just what I needed after a long day walking. As a solo traveller, I was made to feel very welcome - like I was part of the family! This is the first review I've written on Trip Advisor, but since this place is so good (the best place I've ever stayed in) I thought I should share. If you ever stay near Clifton Forge, I hope they've got a room free for you!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Property: The Red Lantern Inn
Address: 314 Jefferson Ave, Clifton Forge, VA 24422-1749
Region: United States > Virginia > Clifton Forge
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Clifton Forge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual overnight accommodations in downtown Clifton Forge, VA within walking distance restaurants, shops, C&O Heritage Center, Arts & Crafts Center, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, Masonic Amphitheater, and the Amtrak station. Guests can take the Amtrak to Clifton Forge for the weekend and enjoy a quiet weekend in a small VA town. The Masonic Amphitheater has events every weekend from May until October. Outdoor activities in the area include: hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming. A short drive away is Douthat State Park which has miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming beach with snack bar, boat and bicycle rentals, more than 40 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails, an amphitheater, playgrounds, picnic areas, tent and trailer camping, a restaurant overlooking the lake, and nature and history programs. ... more   less 

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