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Applewood Inn & Llama Trekking

242 Tarn Beck Lane P O Box 1348, Lexington, VA 24450 USA (Show map)
111 Reviews
$125 - $165
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Minutes from Lexington, yet in another world, with only woods, hillside pastures filled with llamas, and mountain views greeting the eyes.The drive from Rte. 11 to Applewood is only 1 1/2 m. but on that drive you will wind along the scenic Buffalo Creek, enter Donald's Hollow, pass a horse farm, then enter the inn's lower meadow which follows a babbling brook. The passive solar construction provides huge enclosed porches from which to observe this piece of heaven. Most rooms have gas log fireplaces and either hot-tub or jacuzzi tub. Lavish full breakfast. Special diets accommodated. Llama trekking available on site.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Services4.5
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.3

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3.6 on July 11, 2014

If you are looking for peace and quite as well as something off the beaten track then Applewood Inn is such a place. Room was nice; the setting was great;. the Llama were a bonus. It was easy enough to drive into Lexington and have an enjoyable dinner.

Llamas & Us

5 on June 25, 2014

A lovely place to spend the weekend. Linda and Chris are the "Best." We enjoyed everything that Applewood Inn had to offer.

Ending May

4.4 on June 04, 2014

We found our trip, the last weekend in May to be fabulous. the location and scenery at Applewood is sure to take the morning Llama Trek! We were able to picnic, swim and hot tub without leaving the property - and the driving distances to downtown Lexington, Natural Bridge, AT and the Drive in movie theater were short and sweet. Highly recommend this property

Wonderful place to stay.

5 on May 18, 2014

Nice quiet and clean. Lovely hosts we stayed in the Blue Ridge room. There was plenty of room for 3 of us. The breakfast was very good. We received good tips for visiting Lexington. I would stay here again.

Lovely llamas and friendly hosts on a scenic property

3.8 on May 02, 2014

Linda and Chris were very welcoming hosts. I felt like they really cared about their guests' enjoyment. Chris is very knowledgeable about his animals and his house, and I am sure a great many other things. The llamas were the draw for us. I won't nitpick things like the comfortability of bedroom furniture, because we were there for llamas and to just hang around town. We stayed on a glorious Spring weekend with just about perfect weather. Nearby Lexington provides just enough to do for one quiet weekend, including some delicious dining options in old town – but don't expect urban nightlife excitement. It's a buttoned-up military academy town, apparently. There's a lot of nature to go out and see if you're interested. The nearby Natural Bridge attraction is actually really impressive and worth visiting (it doesn't take long).

What an AWESOME weekend!

5 on April 28, 2014

We had such a fantastic time at Applewood. Our hosts, Linda and Chris, were wonderful and warm. They made us feel at home. And walking with the llamas was so much fun! I even bonded with mine, Happy, who was willing to allow me to feed him by hand! We can't wait to go back and hopefully even share with other family members! Deb and Bob

Great stay

4.2 on April 21, 2014

Very relaxing and fun! The llama trekking was also really unique. Would like to return!!!!

Applewood Inn April 2014

3.6 on April 19, 2014

The Applewood Inn was a lovely and peaceful place to stay on our trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway through VA on the way to Shenandoah NP. We stayed only one night in the European Room which allowed us to bring our dog. The room and was very clean and nicely decorated. There was an attached porch that we did not get to use because the weather was unseasonably cold, and a second outer room with a hot tub that we enjoyed. The grounds were lovely for walks with the dog, affording beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. We did not have time to try Llama-trekking, but enjoyed seeing the llamas graze in the field. Breakfast included fresh fruit, pumpkin pancakes with sausage, coffee and juice. Thanks Linda and Chris. We hope to come back someday.

Great Experience!

5 on March 29, 2014

Chris and Linda were great hosts, and everything about Applewood was fantastic. The hot tub was relaxing, everything was clean, and the food was delicious. My fiancee and I trekked with Spunky and Striker and it was a brand new, awesome experience!

Overnight Romantic Stay

4.4 on February 06, 2014

Applewood Inn is set in the Shenandoah Mountains and such a wonderful, peaceful setting that we found it a wonderful retreat from out busy lives! Highly recommend!

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Wine country


Roanoke, VA (ROA) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Take Rte. 581 to I-81 North approximately 42 miles to exit 180. Exit onto route 11 going north. Proceed 3.5 miles. Make left onto Buffalo Bend Road; go 1.2 miles. Make left onto Tarn Beck Lane. Follow signs up the hill (approx .5 miles) to the house.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Historic Lexington, Natural Bridge, VA Horse Center, Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee University, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Pantry and kitchen available for snacks, beverages or meal preparation.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Jacuzzis, Llama treks., Swimming pool, hot tub, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 4 PM - 11 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Children 8 yrs. or older in Quilters Room or Blue Ridge Room
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited In any room. $20 for first night, $10 subsequent nights.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights in season week-ends, 3 nights on a few selected weekends.
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's rate.
  • Cancellations: 3 weeks notice for refund, less $25 cancellation fee. After 3 weeks, deposit refunded if room is rebooked.



Linda & Chris Best

Languages spoken

English, German

Resident Pets

1 Cat , 2 Dogs , 6 llamas Others

About the innkeepers

Chris is former electrician, sign painter. Linda is watercolorist & gardener. Both sing and were innkeepers for 18 yrs in Massachusetts. They moved to Virginia so that they could offer year-round llama trekking from the Inn. They love the abundant wildlife and wildflowers that surround them in their new home.

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  • Time Served: 8:30AM flexible
  • Serving Location: Porch, pool side, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Peach/Oatmeal Souffle
A healthy but delicious and filling souffle which can be adapted to the fruit of the season.


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242 Tarn Beck Lane , P O Box 1348, Lexington, VA 24450 USA (Show map)

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