The Boar's Head
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Ryan has a once a month poker game with several guy friends and it was his turn to host it. It was held in the big tree house that he built. Since he knows that Betsy plays Texas Hold'em on occasion, he asked her to join them. They have a local rule that the game goes until one person has finally won all the chips. I think the buy-in was $10 or 20 dollars. Betsy said that the men were very solicitous, patiently telling her about big and little blinds and all the ...
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This is one of the most beautiful drives I have ever seen. We drove from Boyce, VA to Charlottesville. The most incredible was just as we headed south from Front Royal, Va and the fall colors, the farm land, and the mountains framing it all was stunning. There was definitely a feeling of driving into the tall peaks of the southern Appalachians, many of which are the tallest in the Appalachian chain. Next week we are headed to ...
We done a day trip to the historic village of Harpers Ferry which borders 3 states. A great little place for lunch and packed with tourists.
The next day we took a quick ride up to West Virginia so I could tick another state off on my bike then we headed for Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive.
Had an amazing ride along the ridge of the mountains with stunning fall scenery. Even saw a couple of baby bears in a tree which caused the usual 'bear jam'. ...
We had to change our planned route slightly because the government closure meant all federal parks, statues, monuments, museums etc were closed. As such, instead of visiting the Wright brothers monument in North Carolina, our next stop was in Charlottesville, Virginia where we did an historic tour of the University of Virginia and had burgers at a place called Five Guys.
That evening we had ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Boar's Head Charlottesville
This is a motel
This is NOTHING like what they describe themselves as....This is Motel 6 quality with Ritz pricing. After perusing their website we had expected a glorious resort in the mountains, what we got circa 1960's motor lodge!
Perhaps a call to the better business bureau is in order for false advertising!
Great weekend at the Boar's Head
We spent the 4th of July weekend at the Boar's Head and thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere. Our room, located in the main building, was very pleasant and the bed was incredibly comfortable -- making afternoon naps irresistable. We enjoyed walks around the pond, reading by the quiet pool, exploring the antique shop and a great dinner in the Old Mill Room.
Our only negative experience of the weekend was the attitude of the staff at the Monday morning brunch. While our waitstaff on Sunday evening was friendly and attentive, we found just the opposite when we returned Monday morning. The hostess completely ignored us for at least 5 minutes and then kept us waiting another 10 minutes with "I'll-be-with-you-in-a-moment" gestures. If the dining room had been unusually busy, I would have understood and tolerated the delay, but that was not the case. The hostess was just wandering aimlessly around the dining room chatting with those fortunate enough to already be seated. There were plenty of empty tables and others just decided to seat themselves instead of waiting in the ever-increasing line. After we were finally seated, we had to flag down our waitress repeatedly for coffee, sugar, juice, etc. The morning staff could take a few lessons in friendliness and customer service from the evening staff!
Although the brunch ended our weekend on somewhat of a sour note, I would definitely return to the Boar's Head Inn. It's a great escape from the hustle and bustle of DC. I can't remember when I've had a more relaxing weekend! I'll just have breakfast elsewhere.
Nice Setting, UnScenic Room
I stayed at the Boars Head Inn for 2 nights to attend a nearby wedding. Although the Front Desk was courteous and friendly--one in particular named Justin was very well spoken and informative,
my fiance and I were a little surprised that the "Scenic View" room we were promised and was noted on our reservation was located at the tail end of the grounds on the ground floor and looked out onto the road about 15 feet away from the room's sliding glass doors and was situated very close to neighboring residences. In addition, we were not informed that there would be a series of stairs, no elevator access, to and from the room. This room was definitely not one for a person with knee or walking problems (my fiance has the former).
The air conditioning unit was quite loud and droned on all night. We wanted to open the sliding doors to sleep with fresh air, but as we could not have locked the screen doors and were in an area easily accessed from the road in an isolated spot at the end of the resort on the ground floor, we were not able to.
The furnishings in the room were nice, a dark mahogany, and the hunting motif lamps were a nice added touch. Unfortunately, we did not see the coffee maker, safe or refrigerator that were hidden at the back of the TV armoire until the morning we checked out. It would have been helpful to have a bellman bring our bags to the room in the first place and show us these things...
The bathroom was a little confining, but the soaps and shampoo were of a good quality, more towels would have been welcome. Although the room was clean, the toilet dispenser was covered in dust and, amazingly, cobwebs. We wondered if we were given a little-used room because we made a reservation through Expedia.
The ground floor hallway and rooms are on the damp side--It also seemed to be the last place the housekeeper came to. After a pre-wedding brunch, we came back to the room at 2:30 to find the room had not been cleaned. The few hours we had to relax before the wedding were spent in an un-made room.
We ate at the main restaurant once for lunch and most of the food was cream-based or lacked flavor. The service was good. We also had a late dinner at the Bistro and found the angus hamburger unbearably salty, almost unedible. Most of the other foods on the menu were vinegar-based. Both places could stand to have more varied menus.
The grounds were lovely, with a big pond with ducks, a couple of gift shops, pool, tennis. While the employees were friendly, the same could not be said for fellow guests, who seemed very uptight, professorial types who did not crack a smile or a give a simple hello on any of the walks we took.
It would have been helpful to have a more comfortable business center as well. The one we saw was off-putting and cramped.
Although the employees were friendly and the grounds were nice, this would not be enough to justify a return to the Boars Head Inn.
Great 3 day stay
Our interest was piquied by the various reviews that I read prior to March 2, 2004, particularly the one of the demand for a "featherless room". My perception was that no place place could be quite that bad.
While we have stayed in first class hotels, from the St. Regis in NY, the Willard Inter-Continental in Washington, the Inn at the Park in London, we have also stayed at many country Inns thruout the East Coast. We found the Boar's Head to be very reasonably priced, relatively intimate, friendly, and well-staffed. The people at the front desk were extremely accomodating. The bartenders were cordial and friendly. The king-size bed was one of the most comfortable that we have had the pleasure of sleeping upon. We may order one of the same brand for our home.
We played golf at the nearby course and were pleasantly surprised by its diversity of holes. I have since read a few subsequent reviews, all of which were quite positive-- with genuine justification.
Great Escape in VA!
Great Inn. first time vistiing the area and we fell in love with it.Upon arriving the frotn desk was not only friendly, informative, but very welcoming. We were even given an upgraded package since it was our first stay (free breakfast). The hotel even had experienced and well trained bellmen (something you dont see much of nowadays) who gladly took our bags and showed us to our room. The bellman even explained the features of the room.I made a special request for chocolate covered strawberrys upon arrival and the wonderful lady at the front desk went out of her way to fulfill my request as they were delivered to our room shortly.The room we stayed in was simple, but had all the modern amenities. We overlooked the lake and were even greeted by some hungry ducks in the morning who walked up to our sliding glass door and quacked away! We didnt mind the wake up call and gladly fed them (I think they are trained to do this).The spa was very nice. My wife and I had a couples massage. The facilities were modern, clean, and the staff was great.Dinner in the resturaunt was a nice treat adn good value. I had the 5 course dinner with a flight of their VA wines. The waitress was not very knowledgable on the wines, but she did a nice job of serving us and meeting our needs. Nice dining room that was romantic and quaint. Food was 4 out of 5 stars, but was well within the price range for quality.We had breakfast the next morning and once again the meal was more than enough. Quality was very good.The overall faciltities of the hotel were clean and well kept. There was a gym we did not use, but the grounds were beautiful. A short drive to UVA and local tourist attractions adds a full weekends worth of activities.The Boars Head Inn is a wonder escape and a very romantic pace to take a loved one any time of the year.
Wonderful Weekend at the Boar's Head!
Just got back from a girls' weekend at the Boar's Head to celebrate a friend's 40th. We had an absolutely wonderful time. I was a bit nervous after reading some of the negative reviews here, but I must say we were pleasantly surprised. Yes, the inn is old, but so what? The main building dates back to 1805--we didn't expect, nor want modern sleakness. The front desk staff was friendly and welcoming. Our room had a view of a little lake (more like a pond) and the inn's grounds--beautiful. The room was large with two double beds that were incredibly comfortable. We had two easy chairs, as well as two chairs outside on the deck so plenty of room for R&R. Our rooms was spotless too. A little touch up paint may be in order, but certainly did not detract. We booked their "girls getaway package," which included one night's accomodations, a massage, choice of spa service, and a pedicure. This package is a great deal. And, their spa is wonderful too. We spent the entire weekend looking at each other proclaiming how nice this place was. We had dinner in the formal dining room--great service, great food and a great wine list. Had brunch on Sunday and again, everything was wonderful.Given that this inn is only a two-hour drive away, I will definitely go back. Enjoy!
Great place,great town and beautiful countryside
I find it hard to believe the bad comments that I read on the Boar's Head Inn. It is one of my favorite places to go and we have stayed there on many occasions and have never been disappointed with any aspect of the Inn. The food in the Old Mill Room is outstanding and their breakfast is unmatched. The grounds are superbly maintained and most inviting for a walk around the pond. We honeymooned there 8 yrs ago over Thanksgiving in a room with a fireplace that was most romantic. The Thanksgiving dinner in the Old Mill Room was excellent with touches of times gone bye. We have reservations there over the Christmas holidays... can't wait!
Problem with young people
I will keep this brief. I think the Boar's Head Inn's staff discriminates against young, professional adults. My advise to the staff would be to remember that we will grow up and incomes will rise.
However, the Boar's Head Inn will not be a recipient. My memory is good, and I won't soon forget the poor treatment, and lack of even the most common of courtesy - the apology.
When my husband, another couple, and I walked up to the check-in desk, the first question was "are you all in one room?" This was the first of many blunders and mistakes on their part. There are actually too many to list on this website.
I will not be going back anytime soon.
Boar's Head Inn....Country Inn Gem!
When it came time for my oldest son to head off to college, my family and I decided to turn his "southern swing" into a little history tour/family escape.
We did some research and talked to some friends and the recommendations kept coming back to Charlottesville and The Boar's Head Inn.
And after a wonderful two-day stay, we couldn't be happier with the decision. The Boar's Head is the perfect place to explore Virginia's rich history...located as it is in historic Charlottesville and being one of the state's historic landmarks all on its own.
Boar's Head has a classic country inn feel, sitting on acres and acres of gorgeous land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gazing out at the views from the fine Birdwood golf course (home to the University of Virginia golf and a fine University course at that) one realizes just how Mr. Jefferson came to fall in love with the remarkable countryside!
The Boar's Head staff was helpful and gracious from the time of our arrival (we hit some traffic on our way and limped in several hours later than anticipated). The front desk clerk immediately arranged for one of the restaurants to stay open a little late for us and the late afternoon luncheon absolutely hit the spot!
Our accommodations were cozy and comfortable...rustic in the very best of ways and exactly what I am looking for in an upscale country inn experience.
That evening we headed out to explore a bit and my wife and I returned to enjoy a truly first class meal at the Old Mill Room restaurant. Sitting right in the heart of the historic building (which dates back to the mid-1800's when it got its start as a working mill), you feel like you've taken a wonderful step back in time. This was a meal to savor...the Seafood Ravioli was truly out of this world!
The next day before heading out to traverse the state's fine educational offerings, my wife and son and I headed over to check out the Sports Club, having read brochure information in our room. Let me just say that I travel often for my job...and this is a long way from your average resort workout facility! My wife enjoyed an outstanding aerobics class in a fitness room that featured, she reports, a stunning mountain view. Meanwhile, my son and I exercised in the spacious and state-of-the-art workout area and were even able to squeeze in a set of tennis at the extensive tennis facility (we counted nearly 20 courts!).
Both mornings we were there we enjoyed an outstanding breakfast highlighted by the Inn's acclaimed (always a good sign when you see the locals streaming in!) Sunday brunch.
All in all, we have found ourselves a home away from home and look forward to returning often in the coming years after Brian is accepted at Mr. Jefferson's University. (I'm his Dad...have to be confident in these matters!)
Boar's Head One Star Motel and Private Club, Charlottesville, Virginia
The Boar's Head Inn, owned by the University of Virginia touts itself on its webpages as an exclusive and beautifully furnished atmospheric inn with a four star restaurant, day spa, antiques shop, gift shop, health club, golf club and launching pad for balloon flights over the lovely Charlottesville area. It prices reflect its four star aspirations. And I've got to admit we bought the idea of staying there, with friends, on the reputation of the restaurant, for what was supposed to be a carefree, quiet elegant holiday. We booked for two nights two months in advance at what were supposed to be deeply discounted corporate rates, paying for a suite whose rack rate came in at $350 a night, $250 a night in advance. As one of us is highly allergic to feathers, the reservationist was told to make sure the suite came feather free and reminded of the fact a week before arrival, in case the information had been misplaced. Arriving in the afternoon, we asked whether the suite was, indeed feather free and were told that there was no notice of the fact on the housekeeping sheet. So we asked it be ascertained. After a half hour of being told that no one in housekeeping was available to ask, we suggested someone without an allergy go to the suite and take a look. Another fifteen minutes passed without anything happening. Meanwhile, the three of us sat on a bench outside the inn while our jeep full of luggage stayed at the entrance as well. At the forty-five minute mark, we suggested again that someone take a look and further suggested that we be brought coffee or tea while waiting as we were missing their formal tea. The suite was, reportedly, furnished with feather duvets on the beds and for the pull out sofa and feather pillows. "What shall we do," the desk staff asked?
"How about removing the feathers, vacuuming the bedding and the room and putting in feather free bedding," we suggested. A fellow came with a tray of tea and coffee, and although we still had no apology, we were at least shown to the tea room where family also gathered, esconced in their rooms and dressed for tea. We were still in jeans and shirts from the trip, only dreaming of changing into something nice and freshening up. The tea grew cold while we waited and waited around. Two young women in a double arranged to be moved to another room because a door in their suite was off its hinges. Meanwhile, I went to the dining room, which I had been informed needed reservations, and was glad to note that less than a third of its tables were occupied. At least we could enjoy some of that four diamond shouthern cooking! Mais non! THe Maitresse D' informed me that she would not provide reservations as I was inappropriately dressed. Explaining the situation (waiting for the room to be cleaned and aired out before entering), I suggested that by the time I was seated, I would be appropriately dressed. No dice! It seems that the normal conversational level of people in the tea room had indicated that we should not be given reservations becue we might "talk to each other in the dining room." Suggesting that we were all professionals and knew how to deport ourselves in a dining room and besides, we were guests of the Inn was to no avail. It was growing late when a number of us went off to the only other venue at the isolated Inn for food, their terrace cafe. After braving the only inhabitants of the Inn interested in us, the numerous resident Tiger Mosquitoes, we took a rather long walk outside to the health facility to the Terrace Cafe where at inflated prices we were able to purchase sandwiches and quesadillas with extremely tired ingredients. The cubed chicken pieces that formed the basis of much of the fast food cuisine had that matte gloss that ony comes from excessively long refrigeration
limp. A nacho dish came only with pedestrian melted cheese over supermarket tortilla chips liberally covered in jalapeno slices. The meager wine choices at 5:50 and up a glass replicated what was available at a nearby gas station minimart for 8 dollars a bottle, overpriced at that and there were no microbrews among a beer selection that would have done a cheap truck stop proud. A few celophane wrapped cookies and one tired brownie was available for dessert. We were informed that the Cafe was doing us all a special favor by staying upon late to feed us. We tried hard to balance our wine glasses on cast aluminum tables with open work tops in the open air, swatting off the flies and mosquitos. We were told to leave as soon as we had all finished as the staff had done us the great favor of staying open longer than usual and repaired to the hotel lounge in the main building, where we were actually allowed to sit and order flat 12 dollar versions of coctails we normally enjoyed at less than half that price at DC 4 star restaurants. Even these took a lot of negotiation and walking up to the bar to order. The expected dishes of barnuts were not available at our particular seating area of stained living room furniture, and two reminders finally got them produced.
When we finally finished our social obligations and were able to repair to our luxury suite, we noted that what goes for 350 dollars rack rate consisted of quite ordinary motel furniture, a couple of uncomfortable double beds, a sofa bed with a very old and very used thin innerspring mattress, an ordinary stained tub with no jacuzzi and a low flow shower head, barely a towel per person, peeling paint on the doors to the small balcony, a mini fridge that did not cool located in the unit that enclosed the television, and a "kitchenette" that consisted of a working dishwasher with no available soap, a microwave, twelve plates but only two bowls and two cups. We discovered the coffee maker only on the day we checked out, hidden in the same television cabinet. Room service had brought us a minifridge to take the place of our non working unit, which itself was broken but at least cooled. This was placed in the way in the small living area. A promised replacement matterss for the hurtful tired one on the soaf bed never materialized. We've stayed at 50 dollars a night accommodations in Virginia that were better furnished than this Inn.
The next day, hoping to make the best of it, we all enjoyed a relatively good buffet breakfast which at around $14 was almost as good as some local ones offered for $5. No smoked Virginia ham, either, but there were three kinds of muesli. We all changed to go to the only one of the three pools on the premises that we had been able to find and happily swum until it rained and the pool was closed. A visit to the heath club was disappointing as there are no lockers for guests, and as the health club is distant from rooms, changing and showering was difficult. Sent to a family changing area near the pool, the shower there was completely rusted, the sinks and toilets child sized. MOreover, i was personally grilled by an employee about why I had been allowed to use the dressing room, as it was intended for the hcildren of health club members alone. The health club itself was relatively full of local members. Our attempt to eat lunch at the pool cafe when the pool closed was thwarted when the staff decided that the rain (no thunderstorm that, just a gentle sprinking) might somehow affect them too in their totally enclosed kitchen. Several of us tried to convince the cafe staff to just make us hamburgers or hot dogs anyway, as the glass service windows were closed in our faces, but we were informed that, despite twelve people present and ready to order, that with the pool closing, they had just decided to close early. We had made reservations locally for dinner, since we had no access to the Inn dining room. We were pretty hungrey by the time we actually ate, but there were no other alternatives, especially when we noticed that the ingredients that comprised the sandwiches for the outdoor Cafe were the same as the previous evening, only one day more antique. Speaking of antiques, the antique shop and gift shop were closed due to having failed air conditioning systems.
And speaking of failed air conditioning systems, our suite's AC was, when set on "low" completely frigid and extraordinarily loud. Haven't heard a motel AC like that since a Motel 8 experience ten years ago in North Carolina. We alternated between turning the thing off in order to be able to sleep and waking up sweating like pigs, only to turn it on again. Actually, the AC at the Motel 8 wasn't quite that loud, come to think of it, and even had had furnishings that were not mass produced predistressed insults to antiques, and at 12 bucks a night was endurable in the sense that under 12 dollar circumstances, you can chide yourself for not having paid a bit more for a tad more luxury. THe only thing luxurious about the Boar's Head Inn is its prices. Not only were we charged 250 dollars a night for the room, somehow additional charges of 25 dollars an 8 dollars showed up as well, never negotiated or discussed in advance, and then there was the tax. The final insult came on checkout when we noticed that people were checking in at rates of 40-50 dollars a head for our same "discounted" accommodations. And we left, with a strong sense that the Boar's Head Inn only exists as a restaurant and membership health club for locals. Guests are quite intolerable to this Inn's snooty staff.