Blue Ridge Mountains
Take a Skyline drive in Virginia

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Rock on the porch, take a dip in the swimming pool, and stroll the grounds. At the Inn at Vaucluse Spring, 200 years of Northern Virginia history are enhanced by a bucolic setting and the warm hospitality of innkeepers Neil and Barry Myers. The homey tone is set by Neil's first-rate Friday- and Saturday-night suppers, served to overnight guests only. Cruise part of the nearby Skyline Drive, along the Blue Ridge Mountains, or visit the four water-carved limestone caverns. There's also the gardens at Glen Burnie, historic Winchester's intriguing shops, and Violino restaurant, a local favorite. "A meal without wine is like breakfast," they say, so visit Linden and Oasis wineries to taste the local vintages.

The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is a five-hour drive from New York City (doubles from $140; 800-869-0525 or; Violino (540-667-8006).