Historic Lexington Virginia, population 7000, is the most beautiful, charming and interesting town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. You may want to kick yourself for not getting here sooner if you have not experienced Lexington. Hopefully in your visit here you sense some of the same enjoyment as host John has in over 60 years of living here. Visitors are amazed at the well preserved state of the town; the easy walk from the Lodge takes you down tree lined Main Street by many other architecturally interesting homes as well as the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. The two colleges here, Washington and Lee University-c. 1749, and Virginia Military Institute founded 1839 have beautiful adjoining campuses and both are steeped in history.
There are many historical ties with Civil War study most interesting. Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson taught at VMI until the war and General Robert E. Lee came to Lexington after the War to become President of what is now Washington & Lee University. The college had $67 in its checking account the day Lee arrived. Both are buried in the town they both loved. The Lee Chapel and museum pays honor to General Lee. President George Washington was the first major donor to what is now Washington and Lee University.
Lexington is small-town America at its best and you will find its people very friendly. The abundance of history, wildlife and natural beauty cap off the appeal and you will get lots of ideas from John and Ellen in making your trip here most memorable. Make sure you allow enough time in planning your trip to see as much as possible. We've listed a few of the must-sees below:
Guided Trout Fishing Trips- www.vatrout.com
VMI Cadet Tours- 12 Noon- Most Days 1 only VMI Museum-
Carriage Tours Begin 10 a.m. From The Visitor Center- Apr-Oct
Ghost Tours on the weekends in Memorial day weekend-Oct
Walkable from the Lodge Overview
- Lexington Historic District - A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge has been a favorite for Lexington visitors for over 30 years and its prime location is one of the big reasons. Many of our guests have been traveling for several hours in a car or plane and most welcome a fantastic short walk down to the restaurants after check in. Stretch your legs as you head downtown from the lodge to a nice restaurant, everything is casual dress in our town. We keep current copies of the local restaurant menus and we will help you review them over refreshments upon check in. The very friendly and helpful Lexington Visitor Center is a 10 minute walk, open 9am - 5pm most days. You can pick up a walking guide and toodle around to all the older homes, colleges and museums. Our Generals Packageis available with a personalized guide in period costume and you may be interested in the other special places listed on the page.
- Take in the Historic Campuses- Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute as described above are an easy walk, full dress parades at VMI on many Fridays at 4:35 pm while school is in session are most inspirational. Our college tour visitor’s start with a great breakfast, the trip to both Admission houses is 2 minutes away by car. Tours of the VMI post are offered daily from the VMI post, lead by a VMI cadet.
- Lee Chapel & Museum -pays honor to famous Civil War General.
- Tour Stonewall Jackson House Home of the South's's famous Generals. Museum has daily tours, your host John was born there when it was the town hospital.
- Horse drawn carriage rides starting from the Lexington Visitor Center start at the Lexington Visitor Center . and run from Apr-Oct and give special insight into the town of Lexington, Virginia. Ghost walks are available from May-Oct. We can also provide a special guide who does motor trips to surrounding towns and historic sites, we will be happy to assist in arrangements-airport pickups.
- Specialty shops downtown carry several Virginia products. Book stores, art galleries, craft, old fashion barber shops and antique shops can make for an interesting day of enjoying Lexington.
- Fine Restaurants- Guests’ favorites include the Southern Inn-(540)-463-3235, Bistro-(540)-464-4888, Nikkos Greek-(540)-464-9499, Napa Thai Cuisine- 540-461-8133 ,Red Hen Organic, Roccas Italian, Haywoods Piano Bar, Matsumoto Sushi Bar-(540)-464-8196 , Dheridan Livery- 540-464-1888The Palms (540)-463-7911, Machados(-540)-464-8200, Healthy Foods Cafe- Organic-, Hilliel House, Cool Springs Organic Market, Tong Dynasty-(540)-463-2002, Frank's Pizza, Salernos Pizza. We have all the menus to help you select. Most of these are a delightful walk away from Llewellyn.
Stonewall Jackson Cemetery- Final resting spot of the famous Conderate General.
- Historic Lexington Tour-by reservation only -2 hours long $25 hourly
VMI Museum- includes Stonewall's horse and uniforms and large gun collection
Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts- Hosting theatre and concerts.
- George C. Marshall Museum- honors the famous WWII General, a VMI grad.
- Rockbridge Historical Society - Virginia's oldest with a small museum. Free
- Reeves Center- Collections of Chinese porcelain, Japanese Tea room.
- Ghost Tours -May- Oct Explore Lexington by candlelight - 1 1/2 hour walk
- Geocaching- Maps and Units on loan from the Lexington Visitor Center
- Fitness Center & Jogging Trail - Very close and the trail will give you a nice workout whether running or walking.
- Libraries Public, Colleges and Washington & Law school -providing lots of info for the genealogists and other students of history .
- Horse Carriage Rides- Pass through historic neighborhoods, hear local folk lore.
- VMI Full Dress Parades - Fridays when school is in session Sept-May
- Beer Tasting- Blue Lab Brewery micro is a hop and a skip away.
- Coffee Shops - Learn how to brew a great cup of coffee.
- Guide Tour Services- 1 Outstanding guide service will give special insight into the history of Lexington- Doc's Guide Service can also do motor guided tours.
- Lexington Limo Service www.lexingtonlimo.net - offers transportation to and from the airports, weddings and special events. 540-461-1117
- Enterprise Car Rental is just at the edge of town on Nelson Street -540-463-4679