Does your life seem ruled by meetings, phone calls, emails, text messages and occasionally an overwhelming sense of being just a little too “accessible”? Would you like to have a couple of days to just jump off life’s hamster wheel and catch your breath? Does the idea of a comfortable, relaxing, pampering and pressure-free getaway sound inviting to you? Then treat yourself (and your special someone) to a weekend at The Collins House Inn bed and breakfast in Marion, VA.
We’re conveniently located just off of I-81 (at Exits #44 and #45) about 45 miles north of Bristol, TN/VA and about 65 miles south of Roanoke, VA and only 30 miles south of the intersection of I-81 and I-77 in Wytheville, VA.
No, you won’t find a Saks Fifth Avenue or Macy’s here, nor will you find loud nightclubs and bumper-to-bumper beltway traffic. What you will find is a quiet, friendly small town, several really nice restaurants within easy walking distance of our inn (1-1/2 to 3 blocks), an abundance of natural beauty with a bunch of “outdoorsy” kinds of activities (We ARE in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest VA!) and just a very, V-E-E-R-RY slow pace. Marion is home to The Lincoln Theatre in case you’d like to take in a show. Visit their website at www.thelincoln.org for a complete list of upcoming performances.
As for our inn, we renovated and designed it with guests in mind. The furnishings are warm, comfortable and elegant – in a non-pretentious way. The color scheme and soft background music throughout the common areas invoke a sense of relaxation the minute you walk in the door. All of our guestrooms have in-room private baths, reading chairs with ample lighting (in case you decide to curl up with a book), TVs with DVD players, and luxuriously comfortable beds with memory foam toppers and high thread count linens. We also have wired and wireless Internet access in all of our guestrooms, as well as, wireless throughout the common areas – just in case you absolutely HAVE to check your email.
When you’re a guest at The Collins House Inn, you can be as sociable or private as you want to be — this is the “pressure-free” part. We have ample common areas and designed our dining area to allow guests to have their own table. Even though B&Bs are known for encouraging guests to interact during breakfast (thus often times providing only one large table at which everyone is seated) we realize that not everyone who chooses a B&B is a “morning” person. I know, that’s maybe a hard one to believe, but it’s true. So, we opted to give our guests some space while still making it easy for everyone to visit and socialize if they so choose.
Natural beauty abounds in this part of Virginia and provides several terrific places for hiking, biking, and scenic drives. Hungry Mother State Park is just 5 miles from our inn and has a beautiful lake surrounded by hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as a swimming beach. Paddleboat and canoe rentals are also available. Grayson Highlands State Park and Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area are also nearby. You can make a full day’s outing with a hike to the top of Mt. Rogers (the highest peak in Virginia). If the weather doesn’t cooperate for outdoor activites, we’ve got you covered! We have books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, cards, board games, crossword puzzle books, and a small but evolving DVD movie library to name a few. Bottom line, coming to The Collins House Inn is all about comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
So the next time you’re looking for a quick getaway, we hope you’ll think of The Collins House Inn and Marion. If getting away from a hectic day-to-day pace is what you are after, you won’t be disappointed.