By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging

491 Garbers Church Road , Harrisonburg, VA 22801-8409 USA (Show map)

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Celebrating 18 years of service, By the Side of the Road Inn and Cottages is Harrisonburg's award-winning luxury bed and breakfast travel destination. Our former American Civil War field hospital offers FOUR LUXURY SUITES, all with private bath AND FIVE UNIQUE COTTAGES with oversized, heated whirlpool tubs or fabulous doorless shower rooms with multiple jets and private pond-side porches. Eight beautifully manicured acres just minutes away from I-81, James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University and Bridgewater College are truly an OASIS IN THE CITY! Visit out website for a full description of all this unique property has to offer--including WIFI, Seasonal Fireplaces, Private Baths, Luxury Showers, Featherbeds, Cable TV/DVD, Oversize Whirlpool Tubs and true Southern Hospitality. We can't wait to meet you!

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Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Rejuvenating weekend

5 on June 11, 2018

I surprised my husband with a weekend away to rest and enjoy one another without our two young children. I chose By the Side of the Road Inn based on its location and the amenities listed online. I anticipated a nice weekend but received something even better. Dennis was pleasant and welcoming upon our arrival. Our suite (the ardor of hope) was even more charming in person than I was expecting. Having purchased the shenandoah valley wine package add-on, there were extra touches in our room that just made us feel like royalty. Breakfast was phenomenal both mornings and something so small as an in room DVD player gave us an extra opportunity to relax and rent a redbox. I hope this review does justice to how enjoyable a weekend here can be.

Innkeeper Response
Wow, what a lovely review! It made our day knowing your surprise was a success. Nothing makes us happier than learning your experience was a good one. We hope you will come again some day soon! Best to you, Janice & Dennis

- Janice (innkeeper)


Fly Fishing Trip

4.8 on May 21, 2018

Extremely happy with all aspects of our two nights. Great Location.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking time to share your positive experience at By the Side of the Road. It was great to have you as our guests!

- Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald, Owner/Innkeepers (innkeeper)


Lovely Place

5 on April 26, 2018

We enjoyed our stay at this lovely B&B. It is just a short drive from downtown Harrisonburg, close to good restaurants and in a lovely, quiet neighborhood. Loved the charming decor, comfy bed and delicious breakfast served to our room.

Innkeeper Response
Sometimes we refer to our location as an "oasis in the City" because the grounds offer peace & quiet, yet we're minutes from Court Square and center-city. Thank you taking time to review your stay. We are so please you enjoyed it! Please come see us again. Best regards, Janice & Dennis

- Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald (innkeeper owners)


Beautiful historic Home

5 on April 20, 2018

This was our second stay at the By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages. The intimate setting of breakfast in our room was wonderful. Food is excellent. I would recommend to spend some time there. You will not be disappointed.

Innkeeper Response
Returning for another visit is the highest compliment you can pay to us and taking time to share you experience with others is even more thoughtful. We can't thank you enough and, of course, and hope you will return to our new "brand" - By the Side of the Road Vacation Lodging - when we make that transition in July 2018. Best regards, Janice & Dennis

- Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald (innkeeper owners)


Great Place Tucked Away in Harrisonburg

5 on February 20, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in one of the cottages (Mountain Laurel). The lovely breakfast delivery in a basket — with a knock to your door (but you don’t have to answer, which is nice if you still have “bed head”) — is fabulous. And the food was delicious! We hope to visit By the Side of the Road again.

Innkeeper Response
Our En Suite Breakfast Service was created for the exact reason your describe! ;-) Isn't it great to have a lovely hot breakfast delivered w/o even having to dress!? We sincerely appreciate your taking the time to share your experience and look forward to your return! Best Regards, Dennis & Janice

- Janice Fitzgerald (innkeeper/owner)


Great stay

5 on February 12, 2018

A wonderful stay and great breakfast. Got this as a surprise for my girlfriend, and it turned out AWESOME. Thanks to the owners for working with me. Greg

Innkeeper Response
Greg,So glad your surprise worked out for you and you had a great time. Hope to see you again. Dennis & Janice

- DennisFitzgerald (innkeeper)


Review for the roadside inn and cottages

5 on December 31, 2017

Service and breakfasts were outstanding. Room was so beautiful and comfortable, that we never left the room. Will make this B&B visit a family tradition.

Innkeeper Response
We are very grateful for your complimentary review and love becoming a Family Tradition. Thanks for taking time to let others know about your experience "By the Side of the Road!"

- Janice Fitzgerald (innkeeper/Owner)


Wedding Night Stay

5 on December 05, 2017

My new husband and I stayed in the Fitzgerald cottage on our wedding night! It was the perfect place to turn off phones, unwind, and take in everything from our perfect wedding day!! The fireplace is amazing! Breakfast was delicious and we couldn't have been any more pleased with our stay! We are going to use this place as a anniversary trip every year!!


By the Side of the Road Inn and Cottages

5 on November 11, 2017

Best B&B experience ever. Attention to detail and unbelievable breakfast delivered to your door. Definitely will come back. Warm and friendly Innkeepers.

Innkeeper Response
Being the "best ever" is what we aspire to be; thank you so much! Our En Suite breakfast is enjoyed by so many guests because you can relax in the privacy our your suite, no hurry to dress...We're delighted you enjoyed it! Please do come again soon. We can't wait for your return. Best regards, Janice & Dennis

- Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald (owner/innkeepers)


Great stay

4.8 on October 24, 2017

From the moment we arrived we were impressed. The cottage felt like home it was quiet even though it was a duplex no sounds could be heard except the music from the CD. The only regret is we could not stay a day or two more.


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Rooms & Rates

Fitzgerald Cottage

Located 25 paces from the Main House, this very sweet two-story limestone cottage (circa 1840) has a king-sized feather bed, leather club chairs, Flat Panel Cable TV/DVD in the bedroom. Follow the half spiral stairway down to a 350 square-foot bathroom and prepare to relax. Imagine soaking in your huge whirlpool where the water is reheated when the air jets are on and you can feed the seasonal wood-burning fire from the tub! Robes, His & Hers vanities, a bidet and a handheld shower. A bidet and hand-held shower device, rather than a separate shower, enhance this space. A refreshment center that includes a small fridge/freezer combo, microwave, coffeemaker, glassware and utensils for light fare are provided for your pleasure. Self check-in, no time required. A charming en suite dining table awaits your hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door daily. Rates are based on double occupancy using one bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Quill Cottage

Wouldn't you love an escape from the ordinary rush of daily life? Quill Cottage can provide a romantic escape to what feels like a world apart to you and your partner. Located steps from the Main House, yet a world away, this unique accommodation was designed with your comfort and total privacy in mind. The 500 square-foot suite boasts a 16 foot ceiling, dual-sided seasonal gas-log fireplace, adjacent to your oversized heated whirlpool in your bathroom and beside the bed in your bedroom. Picture yourself soothed by the tub jets as they continuously warm your water and you relax to your favorite sounds via the en suite iPod Dock/CD player. Enjoy a favorite DVD movie or television program on the flat-panel TV, equipped with cable. Self check in, no time required. A charming en suite dining table awaits your hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door daily. Rates are based on double occupancy using one bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Bergey Cottage

Couples who travel together report increased levels of intimacy with their partner. And what better way to increase those feelings than with a private, intimate, and very romantic stay at Bergey Cottage? Located steps from the Main House, yet a world away, this unique accommodation was designed with your comfort and total privacy in mind. The 500 square-foot suite boasts a 16 foot ceiling, dual-sided seasonal gas-log fireplace, adjacent to your oversized whirlpool tub in your bathroom and beside the bed in your bedroom. Picture yourself soothed by the tub jets as they continuously warm your water and you relax to your favorite sounds via the en suite IPod Dock/CD player. Enjoy a favorite movie or television program on the flat-panel TV, equipped with cable , DVD. Self check in, no time required. Enjoy a favorite movie or television program on the flat-panel TV, equipped with cable , DVD. Self check in, no time required. A charming en suite dining table awaits your hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door daily. Rates are based on double occupancy using one bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Mountain Laurel Suite

The Mountain Laurel Suite of Spring Water Cottage is part of our 2012 expansion. A cozy sitting room includes a wet bar, electric fireplace, wall mounted flat-panel LCD TV, basic cable, DVD player, IPod Doc/CD player, small fridge/freezer combo, microwave, glassware and utensils for light fare. French doors from the bedroom lead to your private balcony. The bathroom features a large, heated shower ?room? equipped with multiple jets, a rain shower and a wand. A charming en suite dining table awaits your hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door daily.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Water Lily Suite

The Water Lily Suite of Spring Water Cottage is part of our 2012 expansion. A cozy sitting room includes a wet bar, electric fireplace, wall mounted flat-panel LCD TV, basic cable, DVD player, IPod Doc/CD player, small fridge/freezer combo, microwave, glassware and utensils for light fare. French doors from the bedroom lead to your private balcony. The bathroom features a large, heated shower ?room? equipped with multiple jets, a rain shower and a wand. A charming en suite dining table awaits your hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door daily.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country

Airport

Washington DC, DC (IAD-Dulles) 100 miles

Directions to property:

Interstate 81 to Exit 247-B, Harrisonburg (Route 33 West). Proceed west on Route 33 (Market Street) around Court Square,proceed for 1.5 miles to Garbers Church Road. Turn left. Go 4/10ths mile to inn on right. Parking in front.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, GOLF, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage

On-site amenities

Board games

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Civil War Battlefields, University Theater, Antique Malls/shops, Historic Towns nearby, Quilting Center, Amish Farmers Market, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Video Arcade

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On porches, balconies and grounds
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Family suite available, call for details.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends, two nights preferred. Also
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's room rate paid in full or $199.00 of total stay by major credit card.
  • Cancellations: Should you need to change your plans, your deposit (minus a $50 service charge) will be refunded if notice is provided by telephone within 14 days of your scheduled arrival time. Special Event/Holiday Bookings - weekend deposits are Non-Refundable. Cancellations that occur within 45 days of scheduled arrival time will be responsible for the entire balance of their stay.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Finding and restoring old and/or historic properties worthy of renovation led to the business of innkeeping. Janice & Dennis both are Turner Class Movie afficianados. Grandchildren that live nearby are the center of our universe. We close the inn for short trips to historic sites of interest and quiet respite in our downtime after caring for guests

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:45 - 9:00 am
  • Serving Location:

Signature Dish

Country Pancakes with Orange Cardomom Syrup
Freshly ground cardomom and Orange juice are made in heaven for each other and blend with the rich buttery flavor of our country pancakes to thrill the palate and satisfy the hungriest breakfast appetite!


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