Are you one of those non-camping Rallygoers who prefers motels, hotels or a local roadside inn? Consider stepping up your game and stay at the Belle Grove Plantation—not only known for its historical significance, but as a well-appointed Bed and Breakfast (B&B) with four rooms featuring numerous period antiques. Belle Grove Plantation is situated along the Rappahannock River just 32 miles from the rally site.
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I've stopped at Belle Grove Plantation on numerous occasions during our Presidents Ride, which visits the various birthplaces of U.S. presidents born in Virginia. James Madison was born at Belle Grove Plantation, but it was only a rest stop on our rides and I only had a brief look at the inside of the plantation house, but was impressed enough with the location, grounds and what I saw of the interior that I vowed to someday stay there.
My wife and I often celebrate our anniversary by staying at a B&B during our travels, and Belle Grove Plantation did not disappoint. It was like living in the past. Michelle, the owner, made it her mission to make Belle Grove as authentic and true to the period as possible, from the antique furnishings, curtains to the color pallet of the walls and trim.
What made our stay at Belle Grove even more special was the food that Michelle—also a chef—prepares for her guests. Her meals are a foody's delight and I hope the pictures entice you to visit and partake of her gastronomical offerings.
Another Belle Grove feature I will recommend is their Formal Afternoon Tea Service. Aren’t we a high-brow bunch of motorcyclists, spending money on expensive machines, clothing and accessories? Why shouldn’t we also partake in an elegant pastime and have a gentile discussion of the best oil and tires for our rides, all the while extending our pinkie as we raise a cup, sip our tea and nibble a pastry.
For more information about house tours and to reserve a room, meal or tea service, visit Belle Grove Plantation B&B's website.