On Wednesday November 10th, I was fortunate to spend a free evening at the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farms as part of B&B for Vets. I pulled into the Inn and were greeted at the door by Dick Cabell, one of the owners and inn keepers, along with his wife Hayden. I got a short tour and had an opportunity to talk to Dick about B&B for Vets and his own prior service in the U.S. Army.
The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farms is just miles away from the Shenandoah National Park and has wonderful mountain views on all four sides. While they do have Wi-Fi internet access, cell phone reception is mostly absent so it is a great place to get away from the world. I stayed in the Woodland Room in the ‘Main Inn’ that Dick and Hayden constructed on the 70 acre property in 1995. There is also the Farmhouse Inn which has three more rooms as well as the self-contained Shenandoah Suite (with its own private entrance and porch). The Farmhouse is the original house for the property.
The room had a private fireplace that I fired up immediately while enjoying a bottle of Octagon 2006 from Barboursville Vineyard. I then ventured to the main floor to enjoy some of the common spaces. The Inn has a sunroom, a large living room with fireplace and picture windows, the dining room, and a TV room. There is a decent selection of books, board games, and game books to enjoy.
I woke early and took a walk on the property and just stared at the surrounding mountains, full of Virginia fall colored leaves. Dick and Hayden did not do the bare minimum as part of B&B for Vets, they instead made six rooms available to veterans! Included were two active duty soldiers, one from Ft. Hood and one from Military District Washington (MDW). There were also two retired Marines (with their wives) and a very nice non-veteran couple at breakfast. It was a lot of fun meeting fellow veterans and talking about our experiences. It culminated in the innkeeper, Dick, walking out with his last set of US Army fatigues from the 1960s.
I want to thank the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farms and the many other B&Bs and Inns across America that generously donated their rooms and hospitality to the Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors this Veteran’s Day. I hope that readers will choose these Inns when planning their vacations (a list of participants can be found at the B&B for Vets website). I also encourage all veterans and active duty military to take advantage of this program next year… you are all deserving of this gift!