Lynchburg Virginia is located in southwestern Virginia about 40 miles from Roanoke. I am very familiar with this city and the surrounding areas but it had been some time since my last visit. If you have never made a visit to Lynchburg or the surrounding areas you may want to plan your visit. The state of Virginia is beautiful and so much history around every corner.
When I was a kid, like most cities, visiting ‘downtown’ was not very popular. For the most part this section of town was abandoned and replaced by malls. Now, whats old is new again as Lynchburg’s downtown area is back in full force with Ice Cream Shops, galleries, shopping, cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels.
The Craddock Terry Hotel was a no brainer when I realized they allowed pets as I have 2 girls that made the drive with me. During the early 1900’s, the hotel buildings served as a Shoe Factory and housed Tobacco. Lynchburg is known as the Seven Hills City. There a hills in this city that give you a roller coaster feel that’s worth a try.
The Craddock Terry is very charming and everyone was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. I recommend booking directly via their website or calling. There entry level lobby is full of southern charm and textures- exposed beams, brick, wood and leather. There is even a live-in Terrier onsite. We actually saw 2, one was a puppy.
Our room was spacious, again with lots of texture. The ceilings were probably 50 ft. high and the bathroom was very large.
The property sits a top a hill, over looking the James River and the River Walk. The hotel has a stand alone restaurant but I did not have a chance to check it out. It was very busy for dinner and I noticed the customers wore jackets and women in dresses. No doubt a busy local happy hour spot. Parking was no problem since they had a dedicated lot but it does fill up early. Plenty of places to eat within walking distance for breakfast lunch and dinner.
My favorite spot was Dukes Diner.