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By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages
Ranked #2 of 4 Harrisonburg B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

My colleagues gave me a gift certificate to By The Side of the Road as a retirement gift. My husband and I spent two nights in the Mountain Laurel suite and it was like our own private world. The suits are away from the main house, delicious breakfasts were delivered to our door in a basket, and the location was nearby downtown Harrisonburg. We are from the Washington, DC area, and this was a lovely 3-hour drive from there through some beautiful Virginia scenery. Our suite was contemporary -- the shower was divine, and the small refrigerator was stocked with local wine (for purchase) and water. The suite was well-appointed with glassware, dishes, utensils and a coffeemaker (and coffee). Our bed was extremely comfortable -- the sheets were sooo soft! Highly recommended! We were a bit confused by all of the remotes for the TV, VD, CD player, but one of the innkeepers very kindly came to our suite to show us how to work them!

Room Tip: Our only experience is with the Mountain Laurel suite which was lovely for the two of us -- it overl...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

Zoehart: Thank you for your kind review. We're so glad you had a nice time and even more happy your co-workers decided to send you to us in the first place! We enjoyed your visit and talking briefly at check-out. We wish you the best in your retirement and your future business endeavors! -Anna

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

By the side of the Road is a 1790s era manor house with cottages as well on the property. Tucked away on a relatively quiet street in Harrisonburg, Virginia, (surprisingly quiet since the road adjoining the inn is four lanes - but residential), this inn offers friendliness form the owners, restaurant suggestions, as well as a very nice breakfast brought o your door each morning with a quiet knock. If you seek calm and peace, this may be the place for you.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

JohnKMiamiLakes: Thank you for your review! W hope you'll be back to visit us again in the future when you need a quiet getaway. We appreciate the feed back and wish you all the best. -Anna

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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We spent a weekend in their new Mountain Laurel Suite. A roomy suite with separate sitting area with comfy leather loungers and flat screen tv with DVD player and free wifi. The spa shower was fabulous. Our room had a snall refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Guinness and frosted glasses were waiting for us. The inn is by the side of the road but Garber Church Road is not a busy road and we never heard ant traffic noises in our room. Our room had a covered deck overlooking a small pond. Breakfast was delivered each morning in a picnic basket with a delicious gourmet meal. There was a $25 off voucher for an Irish pub nearby which turned out to be a wonderful meal with generous portions and great service. Our inn hosts could not have been more gracious and welcome.

We enjoyed the quiet and a great weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

Gagga: Thank you for posting this review. We truly appreciate the feedback! We're so glad you enjoyed our Suite and the breakfasts delivered to your door. We are big fans of Corgan's Irish Pub as well! They do have wonderful service and food! We hope you'll stay with us again for your next visit to Harrisonburg! -Anna

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Stayed here for business one Thursday night in June. The bed was comfortable along with the sitting room day bed. Due to an early work appointment didn't have breakfast but was provided with a continental one in the fridge outside my room. It was plenty - grapes, croissant, hard boiled egg, yogurt, and OJ. My only suggestion would be a night light for the hallway from the bedroom to the bathroom as there are two steps to go down. Luckily, i remembered that when i got up at 2am and didn't fall down.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

Novagirl2: Thank you for your review. We were happy to have you for your quick business trip here in Harrisonburg! We're so glad you enjoyed the continental breakfast. We don't like to send anyone away hungry! And, there is now a nightlight by those steps in the hall. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! Please come again the next time you are in the area. We look forward to having you back! -Anna

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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We had a fantastic 10th anniversary getaway in the Mountain Laurel Suite. The privacy and seclusion of this suite was exactly what we needed and the promptly delivered breakfast (right to our door) was a feature we will look for in the future. We really appreciated some of the attention to detail (i.e. music playing when we came in and a personalized welcome) and the private balcony overlooking the pond was just perfect for long conversations. The accommodations were a perfect blend of modern and quaint which is not easy to do well. We will definitely look for another opportunity to visit in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

Ashley L.: Thanks so much for your review. What a compliment that you will look for breakfast delivered to your door as a feature in the future! If you can't find it, you'll know where to come! ;) We look forward to having you back - hopefully for more anniversary celebrations in the future.
All the best to you! -Anna

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Reviewed 31 May 2013

This was truly a relaxing and nice experience from the moment we arrived! The owners and family were very sweet and kind people that have they're guests interests and comfort in mind. They had soft music playing as we entered the door, and a welcome sign bearing our names. They made it very clear that if we had any questions, concerns, or requests that all we had to do was call them. Everyone was very approachable and friendly.
With a quick knock on the door, each morning we found a picnic basket holding a delightful and filling breakfast to start our day with. From then on, we could sit on the porch and rock in the rocking chairs or explore the sites of the area.
The beds were amazing, with the most comfortable sheets and pillows I have ever layed on! There was also a flat screen TV and DVD player complete with a selection of movies to watch.
Overall it was a very pleasant experience and we plan to return, maybe in the winter so we can enjoy the fireplace too :)

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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by the side of the road, Manager at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2013

Dear David: Thank you for taking your time to share your experience at By the Side of the Road! We appreciate all your kind words and especially happy you enjoyed the bed, sheets and en suite breakfasts! We'd love to have you back in our colder months when the fireplaces are available -- Sept 15 - April 15 -- We hope to see you again soon! -Anna

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Reviewed 30 May 2013 via mobile

We got a living social deal to stay in one of the cottages across the lake with another couple for three nights. The cottages were very nice & well decorated, with an awesome shower in the bathroom. The bed & sheets were also very comfy. Breakfast was good but not great, i will say they were very accommodating for my wife who has a gluten allergy. The road was a little too close to have a relaxing time sitting on the porch, but you cant change much there. Overall a great experience & the owners were nice. I would recommend it if you get a deal but not at full price.

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Additional Information about By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages

Address: 491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-8409
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Region: United States > Virginia > Harrisonburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Harrisonburg
Price Range: £152 - £256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our Inn, located in Harrisonburg in Virginia's central Shenandoah Valley. Whether staying one night or more, our one-of-a-kind Shenandoah Valley lodging is legendary. Guests return time and again to experience the comfort and intimacy of our four Main House Suites and five Luxurious Cottages. We hope to meet you soon! ... more   less 
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