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After spending a considerable amount of time researching for a quick getaway, my fiance and I decided to book a week night at Once Upon A Mountain. Actually, we just got back a few hours ago! We had a wonderful time!! The inn turned out to be a beautiful large log home up on a mountain. Yes, the views from the house were truly breath-taking! Christa, our hostess, was very kind and accomodating. She is also very bright (check out all the books around the house!). She has two dogs, Mr. Mack and Willie that are so friendly. You will love them! We stayed in the Queen's Suite which had a very comfortable sleigh bed, a two-person bath tub and a private entrance to the deck. We didn't do much except shopping in Luray, but it was very nice to come back to the inn. After a romantic dinner at a restaurant of her suggestion, we spent a quiet half hour in the hot tub. It was so relaxing and made the trip from Fairfax totally worth it. The next day we woke up to a pot of terrific coffee and tea. Christa made for breakfast: yogurt granola parfait as the first course, then a plate of fritata, sausage and fresh fruit for the main course. It was -so- delicious! The worst part of the trip was leaving. My fiance and I will come back in a few weeks. Once Upon A Mountain is less than a 2 hour drive from Washington DC and I highly recommend it! Christa, I know you are reading this and wanted to say thank you so much for your hospitality and we look forward to coming back soon!
A Magical Place!
My wife and I got married on Once Upon a Mountain. This is a magical place. Quiet, beautiful, and clean. We could not have asked for more. I highly recommend it.
Yea, this place is GOOD!
This place is FANTASTIC! First of all, the Shenandoah valley in the fall in gorgeous, and this house does the valley justice! We had a room which overlooked the valley. In addition, there is a hot tub open year-round with the same fantastic view. My wife and I were relaxed after 10 minutes. Would we come back, ABSOLUTELY!
A Wonderful and Tranquil Retreat...
My boyfriend and I went to Once Upon a Mountain to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. There we were greeted by the B&B's wonderful host, Krista, and her adorable dogs. The view was breathtaking, and stargazing in the hottub was an ethereal experience. Krista's breakfasts were delicious and she knew how to keep us happy. We will definitely come back here again.
We just returned from a wonderful stay at Once Upon A Mountain, and can't recommend it highly enough!
When we arrived, Christa (the Innkeeper) greeted us warmly, gave us a tour of the beautiful house, and we had nice conversation with her over freshly brewed ice tea. It's obvious that Christa really likes people, and that her warmth is genuine.
We also had some fun visiting with Christa's dogs, Willie and Mr. Mack. They are both a real joy - just as friendly as can be (and also very well behaved!)
The house itself is a beautiful log home. Rather than being rustic, it manages to be elegant and even majestic while still having a warmth and coziness that is instantly appealing. This is a refreshing change from some of the lacy, flowery, Victorian decor found in other B&Bs in the area. And of course the mountaintop setting is extraordinary; excellent views can be had from almost anywhere in the house, especially the long deck that runs the entire length of the back of the house.
We stayed in the Queen's Suite, but Christa showed us all the rooms when we arrived, and they were all very nice; each one with its own unique features. Special touches were abundant: the bed and bath linens were top-notch, including luxurious bath robes which came in handy for our night-time visit to the outdoor hot tub. There was also a nice snack basket waiting for us, and a wall full of books and movies in our room.
The best special touches, however, were in the superlative service Christa provided. We came back from an excellent dinner (at a cafe called A Moment To Remember; a great recommendation from Christa!) to find our bed turned down with chocolates on the pillows. When we awoke the next morning, we found fresh coffee waiting outside our door, which went well with the fresh morning air we enjoyed from the lounge chairs on our own private deck. And when we emerged for breakfast, we were treated to a delightful and delicious meal.
It was an altogether wonderful getaway, and we'll definitely return!
I was a little bit nervous because I had never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, but this place was wonderful. Christa, the hostess, is an absolute delight. We loved coming home to our sheets turned down, and chocolates placed on our pillows. We stayed in the Queens Suite, with a wonderful (huge) jacuzzi bathtub. The candles that Christa placed around the bathtub were definitely a nice touch, as were the plush bathrobes for both of us. I particularily loved the breakfasts- interesting and delicious items I had never had before, and beautifully presented. Christa also puts a beverage of your request outside of your room about an hour or two before breakfast, and I requested blueberry tea- which was a fantastic luxury to wake up to! The house is large, yet comfortable, and the view gorgeous. We also had a great time in the surrounding area: horseback riding, tubing, and visiting Luray Caverns. We had a decadant dinner at the Jordon Hollow Inn one night, and visited a local Italian place another. The scenery is gorgeous, and it was a very relaxing break from the real world. I was sad to leave, but am looking forward to finding an excuse to go back. Thanks again Christa for such a wonderful stay!
A Beautiful Escape!
For my birthday surprise, my wife took me to the Once Upon A Mountain Bed & Breakfast. A long, winding, gravel drive leads you to Christa Le Clere's beautiful hide-away, high up in the hills, set right in front of an astonishing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Imagine my bewilderment as we transitioned from the fast hustle & bustle of Washington D.C. to the consuming peace of the Shenandoah Valley!
Christa brought us into her mountain lodge for an immediate tour. The house has a comfortable spaciousness while keeping the cozy warmth necessary to feel at home. The landscape is breathtaking and the wonderful array of windows allow you to experience the scenery. The house has all the accommodations one would need - a luxury bath, shaded deck & patio, satellite TV, DVD & CD player, fireplaces, comfy furniture, and a wide range of reading material and games. Be sure to enjoy the outdoor hot tub!
Christa cooked a marvelous breakfast that was worth the trip alone! Her warmth and hospitality was obviously genuine. It was easy for us to feel welcome at her B&B. We highly recommend Once Upon A Mountain!
A Home Away From HOme
I absolutely loved the weekend we spent at Once Upon A Mountain, and am looking forward to staying there again!
The mountain location is very peaceful and relaxing. Christa made us feel at home right from the beginning. Besides the great food and wonderful atmosphere, I feel like I've made a new friend.
Thank you, Christa, for a wonderful weekend!
The ultimate luray get away
Once Upon a Mountain Bed and Breakfast is a great place to spend a relaxing weekend. My wife and I have enjoyed a stay there twice so far, and will undoubtedly return again.
Convenient to the famous Luray Caverns, there are plenty of activities to entertain including hiking, horse back riding, antiques and a couple of good restaurants. There is the historic town of Luray, a zoo, antique car museum, nearby Skyline Drive and even the famous Garden Maze. Maybe you laugh when you read "garden maze" but it took us a good 45 minutes to find our way out. OK, so keep laughing.
So maybe you just want to relax and really get away? Once upon a mountain B&B is a perfect hide-a-way with a great scenic view of the mountains, hot tub, out-door fireplace and an incredible innkeeper (Christa).
Christa creates the perfect breakfast, which is a work of art in itself. The house (lodge) is very impressive, beautifully decorated with an international theme and perfectly nested high up on the side of a mountain. You will not be disappointed.
The house doggies Mr. Mack and Willie will quickly become your best friends.
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Spectacular Mountain View!
My husband and I decided to go to Lurray for our honeymoon. Neither of us had been there before and I insisted on staying at a Bed and Breakfast. So we searched for a few bed and breakfast places online and decided upon "Once Upon A Mountain". We read the description and saw some photographs on the website and it seemed to match our criteria.
However, what we did not expect was to be so mesmerized by the place. The mountain view is absolutely stunning, the house is beautiful with a fire pit and hot tub outdoor in the garden area, and the host was so gracious! We recommend "Once Upon a Mountain" not just for honeymooners but for anybody who needs a getaway! This place is perfect for that. We're already making plans to go back at the end of the year! Visit: -----------
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