The Beloved Dogwood

The white flowering dogwood is a common deciduous tree occurring throughout the eastern half of the United States. It is the state tree of Virginia. The tree provides showy white flowers in spring, rich green foliage in summer, bright red leaves in fall and red berries relished by birds and animals all winter.

The white petals of the dogwood flower are actually leaf-like growths called bracts rather than true petals. The actual flowers are in the cluster at the center of the dogwood bloom. The showy bracts can attract pollinating insects to the flowers. Wild dogwood trees normally bloom in white, but pink and red varieties also occur.

Here at the Inn we have a couple of different varieties of the dogwood and right now they are in magnificent bloom!

Posted on April 21, 2017 .

Spring Has Sprung

It may only be February, but spring is off to an early start this year. We are seeing significant blooms on our Hellebore and Witch Hazel.  In record bloom time, we currently have daffodils and crocus in full bloom and our Quince bushes are full of vibrant pink flowers. At this rate, the family garden and Inn herb garden will be planted in March provided the lovely warm weather holds. Peas and lettuce, here we come!

Posted on February 25, 2017 .

Farewell to 2016

The winter solstice has passed and as the days start to slowly get longer we take a moment to reflect on another year of inn-keeping.  As always we are grateful to our wonderful guests who continue to inspire us. Here's to another fantastic year in the making! 

Posted on December 30, 2016 .

Glorious Autumn

Autumn has been upon us for several weeks now and we have been enjoying some of the warmest weather for the season. While the weather has been pretty spectacular, the fall foliage has not been as colorful as in years past. This is due in part to the heat but also the decidedly sparse rainfall. But nature makes up for it in her own way - the sunrises and sunsets have been extra colorful. As we enjoyed yet another lovely sunset, we are looking ahead to our first real cold snap of the season set to arrive on Sunday. Time to put away the warm weather gear and break out some mittens!

The sunrise during an early morning run on Plank Road. 

The sunrise during an early morning run on Plank Road. 

Posted on November 17, 2016 .

It's All About Those Apples

Apple season is upon us and in full swing. We have been watching the commercial apple trucks go by the Inn loaded with fruit for a couple of weeks now. While we don't use truckloads of apples, we have been known to over indulge in Jefferson's favorite fruit now and again. There are several fantastic orchards in the area all selling very different varieties of apples and apple picking experiences. If cider is your thing, Albemarle Ciderworks and Vintage Virginia apples is your destination (and they are really convenient to the Inn!). Carter Mountain Orchard is another favorite; besides many varieties of apples, you can also find cider baked goods, local wine tasting and the best view around. This year, we are using local apples for several breakfast recipes and of course, an apple pie or two. 

Posted on October 21, 2016 .

Dog Days of Summer

Summer is still upon us as we endure more 90+ degrees of summer heat. But that doesn't stop the flowers from continuing to bloom nor the grass to keep on growing. Festivals abound this month in Charlottesville. Each weekend explore a new event or visit some of our enduring standbys like Fridays after Five.

Posted on September 13, 2016 .

Happy Fourth of July

We are thankful that our historic property lives to tell its tale and that we get to share it with our wonderful guests. Take a moment this Fourth of July holiday weekend to reflect on the great words of wisdom from Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Posted on July 2, 2016 .

Our Garden

As spring turns the corner into summer, we look forward to a beautiful garden full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In fact, we often use our strawberries and melons in our morning breakfast at the Inn!

Posted on May 10, 2016 .


Don’t forget to check out and “like” our Facebook page under “Inn at the Crossroads.” We post often about events and deals, and we post new photography of the inn every time it comes around.

Posted on May 3, 2016 .


In addition to the outdoor attractions near the inn, we have great breakfast. One of our favorites to make is our original ham and cheese waffles, accompanied with natural maple syrup and fruit topped with yogurt and granola.

Posted on April 26, 2016 .

Hiking & Skyline Drive

If you’re in to hiking or taking a scenic drive, you’ve come to the right place. Virginia is abundant in wildlife and trails to wander down. We encourage you to check one out and spend your day outside! For a short and scenic hike, try Humpback Rock or Crabtree Falls. For a longer and more strenuous hike, but still incredibly beautiful, try Old Rag Mountain or Mcaffe Knob. Or- if you are not into hiking- simply take a drive fifteen minutes up the road to Virginia's infamous Skyline Drive!

Posted on April 18, 2016 .


If you stay at the Inn, you may encounter this little guy at some point. He is our friendly companion, and you can expect to be welcomed by him during your check in! He loves walking, running, and especially his red frisbee, and he is a great model for photos!

Posted on March 21, 2016 .


The chickens have been surely enjoying this warm weather, and more sun means more fresh eggs! We have Barred chickens here at the Inn, and they lay beautiful brown eggs. We love them!

Posted on March 16, 2016 .

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, roughly fifteen minutes from the inn, is another wonderful outdoor attraction. A nature filled area for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, walking, or simply sitting and enjoying the weather, Walnut Creek is a great place to spend the day here in North Garden. Enjoy the Virginia water and air...

Posted on March 3, 2016 .

Crabtree Falls

Some people think hiking is only fun in the summertime, but Crabtree Falls offers a nice day hike with beautiful views. Free of charge and located in the George Washington National Forest, Crabtree Falls offers some of the most beautiful waterfalls you can find in Virginia. Our Inn is amidst many great hikes, and this happens to be one of our favorites. Not only is it short and sweet, it's incredibly beautiful year round. If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, try booking a room and drive only 45 minutes for a fun and nature-filled day!

Posted on February 23, 2016 .


Here are a few photos of the ice and snow from last weekend. Luckily, it looks like warm weather might be coming our way!

Posted on February 18, 2016 .

A Sweet Treat

The Inn at the Crossroads is wishing you a happy Valentine's Day and President’s Day. Sit back and enjoy the snow, and consider spending another weekend with us this February! Enjoy our Sweets and Treats Package, or cuddle up by the woodstove in the Summer Kitchen Cottage. Take a romantic drive down through the Skyline Drive, or enjoy a nice dinner in downtown Charlottesville!

Posted on February 15, 2016 .

January Snow

A few weeks ago, we got a huge snow storm, and boy, it was beautiful! Two feet of snow meant lots of shoveling for us, but it was worth it; stuck inside for a few days, we had plenty of time to snap some great photos. The question now is whether or not we’ll get a February snow, or even a March snow! Only time will tell, but will fifty degree weather, we will have to see!

Posted on February 7, 2016 .

Winter Sunsets

The days are still short, but the sunsets are getting more and more beautiful here at the Inn, although perhaps just a prerequisite for all of the crazy snow we just received. 

Posted on January 27, 2016 .