Inn and Gardens

Gay Street Inn is an 1850s farmhouse on the edge of town, with mature trees and views of the mountains from its half-acre. Earlier owners added a sunroom and innkeeper's quarters to the original house. Restored and redecorated, the inn maintains a casual sense of comfort in a fine country house.


The library is a wainscoted first-floor room with wood-burning fireplace, and comfortable furniture for reading, chess, or cards. In the evenings, port and chocolates are served here – enjoy them in the company of other guests or take them to your room. Click to see Images  


The sunroom overlooks our yard and flower beds and is drenched in morning light. Breakfast is served here, and the room is available throughout your stay for game-playing, visiting or just plain sitting. Click to see Images  

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The front porch is an old-fashioned American original, with comfortable chairs and a peaceful western view of Jenkins Mountain and Shenandoah National Park. Because Gay Street ends in front of our house, the porch is always quiet, making it the perfect spot for morning coffee or an afternoon nap. Click to see Images


Our gardens, like most, are works in progress, and they include the plants you'd expect to find in a country garden – daffodils, tulips, irises and lilies, as well as mature pine trees, aged boxwoods and other less common species. Our rear yard is comprised mainly of a large lawn, with several inviting seating areas perfect for reading a good book, enjoying a glass of wine, or simply basking in the afternoon sun. Click to see Images


Breakfast at Gay Street is meant to make you feel like family – but family on a holiday. A homemade, hot breakfast is served between 8:30 and 9:30. The entrée changes daily, but ranges from special cornmeal pancakes to cream cheese-stuffed French toast, egg soufflés, fresh fruit and locally roasted coffee. For those who want to start their day early (or sleep in late), a self-serve continental breakfast also is available between 7:30 and 10:30 – featuring home-baked muffins or rolls, fresh fruit, and coffee and teas. Enjoy the continental breakfast while you read the paper, then join us later for the full breakfast! We will gladly accommodate any special dietary needs with advance notice.check recipes