One of my former students alerted me that his aunt and uncle were opening a new bed and breakfast, the Ivycrest Inn Bed and Breakfast in Christiansburg, Virginia, and that I might want to visit it. I contacted proprietors Linda and Jim Salyers and they graciously invited me for a one-night, complimentary stay on May 31, 2012. The property dates back to 1900 and was the Salyers’ family home purchased and renovated in the mid-1990s. Recently both retired from their previous careers and wanted to make good use of the empty rooms and space, and Linda told me she hates just cooking for one or two people. Therefore, a few months ago, Ivycrest Inn Bed and Breakfast was born.
The inn is a large, gorgeous, and meticulously clean Victorian-style home. A combination of antiques, dolls made by Linda Salyers in her workshop behind the inn, Amish quilts, and French country- and Victorian-style furnishings fill the parlor, the bedrooms, the kitchen, the dining room, and the upstairs sitting room. Even the recently remodeled bathrooms are decorated down to last detail and include soap, toiletries, and towels. But don’t let the classic décor fool you, the inn also boasts complimentary Wi-Fi and some of the rooms have flat-screen televisions. Each stay includes complimentary snacks in each bedroom, non-alcoholic beverages available from the kitchen refrigerator, coffee, tea, and a wonderful breakfast made by Linda Salyers every morning. My breakfast consisted of a bottomless coffee cup, orange juice, French toast made with fresh apples in a casserole dish (think homemade apple pie with thick bread instead of crust!) and a wonderful breakfast quiche.
If you find yourself headed to or through the Blacksburg/Christiansburg area of Virginia, the Ivycrest Inn Bed and Breakfast is a must-stay property. For more information, please visit the inn’s website and Facebook page, or contact Linda and Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 382-0964. You may also view more photos at my public Facebook link.
As the website says, Although reservations are preferred when possible, the weary traveler will not be turned away, if accommodations are available. Nothing could be more welcoming than that.