The Inn at Narrow Passage

31 Mar

Inn at Narrow PassageFinding a place to spend the night  in western Virginia can be challenging; especially for a family with children.  Most of the chain hotels are located in the larger towns and are of the discounted variety that lack amenities such as breakfast.  The smaller inns and bed & breakfasts can be hard to find and/or not kid friendly.

The Inn at Narrow Passage, in Woodstock, Virginia is both easy to find and kid-friendly!  This restored Inn located on the Shenandoah River was built in 1740 and is a comfortable place to stay as well as a great history lesson.  Once a haven against Indian attacks on the Virginia frontier, during the Valley Campaign of 1862 it was Stonewall Jackson’s headquarters.

Ellen and Ed Markel, the Inn’s owners welcome visitors with open arms and treat you like a valued member of their family.  The Inn’s rooms are spacious, charming, updated and affordable.  We called the Inn as we traveled down I-81 and our accommodations were secured in a matter of minutes.  Our 2nd floor residence featured a queen size poster bed with comfy bedding along with a twin size bed, spacious sitting area, clean private bathroom and a warm fireplace.

The Inn sits on 5 acres overlooking the river allowing for lots of “running room” for children who have been in a car for a while.  The included hot breakfast is delicious and served with the same warm hospitality.

Here is a link to the Inn’s brochure.  You can also call them at:  800-459-8002 or reach by email:

Tina’s tips:  there are so many places in this area that are kid-friendly.  Give yourself plenty of time to relax and explore.  Luray and Shenandoah Caverns are within a 20 minute drive, along with the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory, American Celebration on Parade and many other attractions.

Even on a cloudy day it is beautiful

Even on a cloudy day it is beautiful

Playing checkers in the main building by the fire

Playing checkers in the main building by the fire


2 Responses to “The Inn at Narrow Passage”

  1. Blog February 12, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Great post, keep up the good work.


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