Whenever traveling on an overnight trip through Virginia, you probably do a quick Google search and book a well-known hotel branch that is close to the road. But if you’re looking for an experience rather than just a room to get your eight hours of sleep, skip the boring standard hotel and plan your stay at one of these interesting accommodations around the Commonwealth.
The Tree House at White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat—Stanardsville
Price: From $100/night
This rustic tree house branches out with 300 feet of catwalk to the lunar sauna, main house, and gazebo. The grounds surrounding White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat are secluded, with ponds, trails, and an organic vegetable farm that is open for tours by appointment. During your stay, take a canoe out on the water, go swimming in the pool, or just enjoy the scenery from the pond’s floating dock. This mountain getaway promotes eco-friendly lodging, with 100% LED lighting, all-natural flooring, and energy efficient windows. The produce harvested from the farm is available for purchase and organic coffees and teas are available to guests free of charge.
Price: $15/person for camping, $30/person for twin bed
is the first hostel in Luray, providing affordable shelter for outdoor enthusiasts, especially hikers through the Appalachian Trail and in the Shenandoah National Park. The owner remodeled her 1930’s Craftsman-style house to accommodate eight people in three separate bedrooms. Guests can use the kitchen area and the showers free of charge, and laundry facilities are available for a nominal fee. Another perk of staying at Open Arms? Well-behaved, clean dogs are permitted in the main building (as long as they play well with the resident cats!) and the hostel even has dog shampoo for pets that have had a little too much fun playing in the dirt along the trails.