502 South Main

502 S Main St , Lexington, VA 24450 USA (Show map)


Just a short walk from historic Lexington's town center, 502 South Main is the discerning traveler's choice: finely appointed accommodations, close to restaurants, shops, galleries and the colleges. Offering 3 Guest rooms/1 Suite allows the owners at 502 South Main to provide First Class, personalized service in a gracious and relaxing atmosphere. Each morning guests look forward to a 3 course gourmet breakfast. Wifi access, homemade cookies, assorted beverages and tasty snacks are complimentary during your stay.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Wonderful Get-away!

5 on July 31, 2015

A Great Place to Relax: 502 South Main is a wonderful place to go to clear your mind, forget the rest of the world and relax. The Innkeepers, Mary and Russ, provide true southern hospitality from sharing local information to very tasty breakfasts. The Inn is beautiful and very clean. We would recommend 502 South Main and hope to return.

Not too late for a Great Review!

5 on August 26, 2014

Got to this review a little late as I continue to travel too much! This trip was special as it wasn't for work, but was for a trip to the wonderful University nearby with my son. Ron and Mary Stuart certainly made the entire experience a memorable one. From the moment we arrived to the day of our departure, we were made to feel like we were VIP guests. Their depth of knowledge of the area and the highest level of customer service I've experienced in quite a long time made this stay a special one. Thank you again Ron & Mary Stuart, and on a side note, my son sent in his application yesterday!

Great hosts, location, rooms, and food!

5 on May 28, 2014

My husband and I just returned from a 2-night weekend stay at 502 South Main. It was WONDERFUL. The B&B is located in a prime spot just south of the historic downtown area. We walked everywhere all weekend and only moved the car to go find a nice nature trail down by the Maury River that Mary Stuart recommended. Mary Stuart and Russ, the owners, are top-notch. They are friendly and give you enough attention without being overbearing. They greeted us with limeade and freshly-baked (delicious) cookies. We were shown to the North Room, which was lovely. It was spacious and modern and had a small fridge, which I LOVE when B&Bs have. The amenities were great and the room had its own climate-control, another key for this 25-weeks pregnant mama. The bed was a king (well, two twins pushed together, but who would ever know?) and super, super comfy. The linens felt expensive and nice. Now, onto the most important thing...the FOOD. The breakfasts were above and beyond. The first morning we started with a very fresh yogurt/fruit parfait, followed by a delicious ham and cheese quiche (huge slices). It was served with yummy toast and her homemade strawberry jam and apple butter. It was scrumptious. Russ and Mary Stuart are great hosts and very generous with the coffee, juice, extra bread, etc. You will NOT leave there hungry and will likely skip lunch. All in all, we are truly happy we stayed here. We are a pretty young couple, but we've stayed in a lot of B&Bs in the 7 years we've been married. I do a lot of research when my husband and I go on trips but I'm still always a bit nervous that a place won't meet our expectations. This one far exceeded them. If you're headed to Lexington, you really ought to enjoy Russ and Mary Stuart's hospitality. You will be so happy you did!

Just what we wanted!

5 on September 03, 2013

Carol and I have stayed at B&B's for 40+ years, and we rate 502 S Main as our new Number 1. Elegant accommodations, great hospitality, and a killer breakfast; what more could we ask? Don Caudle

The perfect place to stay!

5 on August 18, 2013

My son and I took a motorcycle trip through Shenandoah and down the Blue Ridge Parkway. We decided to visit Lexington and try our first B&B stay. Our experience at 502 was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Mary was wonderful! She treated us like family or long time friends. The house was spotless and charming. The rooms were very comfortable. Breakfast was amazing! Fresh and delicious. I would drive 6 hours back for more of the blueberry scones! :-) Do you want the perfect stay? Look no further. I would not even consider staying anywhere else! Thank you for making our trip to Lexington so great!

Our Best Ever B&B Experience

5 on July 14, 2013

502 Main is an immaculate property, full of warmth and comfort. The inn is beautifully and tastefully decorated (the website photos do not do it justice). It is ideally located in a quiet residential neighborhood that is a 5 block walk from shops and restaurants. If you are a foodie, as we are, you will enjoy the generous full breakfast and snacks offered. Our charming hosts, Russ and Mary Stuart, made us feel right at home. We highly recommend this B&B for business or pleasure. Sincerely, Elizabeth and James S.

Excellent B&B

5 on July 07, 2013

Dear Mary Stuart and Russ, Michael and I thank you kindly for our visit to 502 South Main! We had a great time. Below is the review that I will be posting. I hope that you approve and find it helpful. Any time we are in town we hope you will have availability for us. We will be back. As an administrative item: We hadn’t planned on Reganne and Ava staying with us and recognize that you would normally charge a fee for additional guests. If you’d like to add a charge to the credit card that I provided, please do so. All our best, Lisa and Michael This B&B is absolutely fabulous! The décor is up to date and luxurious. The location is conveniently located walking distance from downtown Lexington. The owners and hosts, and when I say hosts that means every proper contention of the word, are amazing. The breakfast was fantastic and the conversation with Mary Stuart and Russ was better! We had eggs benedict, a tomato and avocado with high quality balsamic accompaniment, and a starter of homemade granola and (mostly likely organic by the quality) fruit. I thought about it the e-n-t-I-r-e drive back to Alexandria, VA. We stayed in the South room which is spacious and comfortable at the same time. The canopy bed is so very comfortable and in keeping with the home's luxurious décor. The only item of note I would say regarding this review is; it is with selfishness that I say, don't go... that way there is always a room for me! No seriously, GO, you wont regret it! The hosts are the best that can be offered. The breakfast are DC-worthy 5 star rated. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The bathrooms are up to date with marble surrounds. Signed, Lisa M. and Michael M. (and the unintended guests of Reganne and Ava M.)

Great B&B

5 on December 10, 2012

We went for an overnight while my son went on an official athletic visit at W&L. The room was great and the food was outstanding! Excellent B&B and was so relaxing. We loved it and hope to return soon.

Nice place with great hosts

5 on August 01, 2012

Stayed 07/29/12. 502 is a very clean and well maintained B&B. The location is well within walking distance to most all Lexington attractions. Mary Stuart and Russ went way beyond the call to make sure our stay in Lexington was all it could be. This is a perfect place to get away. In our case my wife's 50th birthday. If you are going to Lexington, stay here.


5 on July 09, 2012

502 South Main is lovely. The food is delicious, the rooms comfortable and cozy, the hosts wonderfully gracious.

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Location Type

Shenandoah Valley, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Roanoke, VA (ROA) 55 miles

Directions to property:

I-81 North to Exit #180, Rte 11N (Natural Bridge). Go Left at the exit and travel approx 9 miles on Rte 11North to Houston St. Make a Right on Houston. Parking is directly behind the B&B, immediately on your Right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Blue Ridge Parkway, Washington and Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, Southern Virginia University, Virginia Horse Center, Lime Kiln Theater, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Vineyard

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Piano, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 12 and over are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on Weekends between April 15 and November 15
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: A deposit of one night’s accommodation plus tax is required at the time of booking. Seven days notice of cancellation or change of date (thirty days in May and October) is required for refund of the deposit, less a re-booking/cancellation fee of $25. Rates are subject to change and exclude taxes.



Russ and Mary Stuart Harlow

Languages spoken

English, French

About the innkeepers

Russ and Mary Stuart are former airline employees and have traveled extensively. Russ graduated from VMI and is a history buff. Mary Stuart is a trained chef and avid gardener. Their mission is to offer their guests a chance to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect in a peaceful and gentle setting.

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  • Time Served: 9 - 10am
  • Serving Location: Guest room with advance notice, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian