Ridgeside Bed and Breakfast is your doorstep to the outdoors.

 

Our homestead-style bed and breakfast is located on a spacious, 21-acre rural retreat with gardens, woods, meadows, and creeks. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.

 

Breakfasts are crafted with fresh and local ingredients, featuring homegrown produce, eggs from our chickens, and humanely raised meats.

Guest bedrooms are cozy, inspired by nature, and furnished with a mix of contemporary and antique furniture, and our mountain home is solar-powered.

Ridgeside is only minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, along with numerous award-winning wineries, breweries, and farms.

Join us for a getaway in the mountains for some fresh air, adventure, and comfort.

OUR MISSION

To offer a rich and real hospitality experience to guests that inspires a connection with nature, explores a sustainable lifestyle, and promotes relaxation.

FOOD

We serve American homestead classic dishes that are simple, delicious, and balanced with a focus on quality ingredients and fresh preparation for service, and we’re proud to present delicious breakfast options for guests with food allergies or dietary requests. Seasonal vegetables, herbs, and fruits are grown onsite, and our chickens provide us with fresh eggs for breakfast. We enjoy small-scale homesteading, foraging, permaculture gardening, and food preservation - we’d love to share our harvest with you!

 

Other produce, ingredients, and products are sourced from Virginia farms and local businesses. Guest favorites include the locally roasted, organic coffee from Trager Brothers, breads from Albemarle Baking Company, and maple syrup from Frostmore Farm.

OPERATIONS & UTILITIES

Ridgeside’s solar system produces electricity for the bed and breakfast, and our water is limestone-filtered, delicious mountain well water. We encourage guests to enjoy the water during their stay and while out-and-about with reusable water bottles to reduce single-use plastic.

We utilize re-usable and sustainable products for cleaning, cooking, and projects around the property whenever possible, and we compost food scraps, recycle all recyclable materials, and reduce waste whenever possible.
 

Corinne makes our natural soap onsite, and guests receive their own personal guest-soap during their stay. These products are plant-based and effective, often crafted from herbs grown and foraged on our property.

GUEST EXPERIENCE

The Ridgeside property is maintained in a wild-natural state with a mix of intentional gardens, permaculture plantings, and wild forest. Stroll the property, hike the trail, practice yoga on the platform in the woods, or sit around a fire at the fire pit.

 

Rockfish Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains offer countless opportunities for outdoor experiences. To help you navigate options, we’ve compiled a guidebook with maps and trail details of our favorite local hikes, including both little known and not-to-be missed local favorites. Take a look through the binder during your stay, and ask us for recommendations.

 

There are many wonderful spots to sit outside with a glass of wine, pick seasonal fruits, or sample a beer tasting alongside mountain views here in Nelson County and surrounding counties. We’re so proud of Virginia’s wine-country and agri-tourism, and we’re happy to help you find the local gems along Nelson 151.

 

For a full list of locations, activities, and attractions, please visit our Things to Do page.

ABOUT THE INNKEEPERS

Josh and Corinne McVeigh are your Ridgeside Bed and Breakfast innkeepers. They are both outdoor and nature enthusiasts and look forward to sharing Afton and the surrounding community with you.

 

Josh has a culinary degree and loves food preservation, homesteading, and everything fermented. He also enjoys outdoor adventure sports like rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and paramotoring. He is responsible for all the beautiful renovation work in the bed and breakfast.

Corinne is an avid crafter who likes to knit and quilt, and she's sewn many of the things in the bed and breakfast such as the curtains, throw pillows, and the entryway quilt. She has a passion for herbalism, is a tea enthusiast, loves animals, and is a fan of bluegrass music. She makes plant-based, cold process soap for the bed and breakfast.

LOCAL PARTNERS, ARTISANS, AND FARMS

We serve lots of great local food and ingredients in our breakfasts and feature local artists and artisans in our home. Here is a selection of these wonderful businesses:

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