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Fort Lewis Lodge
Bed and Breakfast and Restaurant

603 Old Plantation Way
Warm Springs / Millboro, Virginia 24460

(540) 925-2314
Fax: (540) 925-2352

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Hosts: John and Caryl Cowden

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Fort Lewis LodgeB&B and Restaurant
603 Old Plantation Way
Millboro, VA 24460
(540) 925-2314
Fax: (540) 925-2352

Fort Lewis Lodge near Warm Spring in the Allegheny Highland of Virginia is a rare combination of unpretentious elegance and exceptional comfort with a variety of lodging choices where every room has a view.

photo of view of Fort Lewis Lodge Bed and Breakfast and Restaurant, Millboro, Virginia

Hosts John and Caryl Cowden dreamt of creating an inn to provide the finest accommodations for their guests, yet reflect the natural beauty of the area. In 1986, they made their dream a reality on the richness and sheer beauty of the land that led Colonel Charles Lewis to settle here more than two centuries ago. His vast 3,200-acre mountain farm, once known as Fort Lewis Plantation, has remained relatively unchanged over its two hundred year history.

The Main Lodge and Silo centers on a warm, welcoming gathering room and offers 8 cozily decorated guestrooms with locally hand-crafted shaker styled furniture. The attached glazed-tile silo has been renovated with a spiral staircase leading to 3 very private bedrooms-in-the-round. There's even a lookout on top for expansive views of rolling meadows and rugged cliffs towering above the river.

Cabins: For the ultimate romantic getaway, guests can choose an historic, hand-hewn log cabin. These one and two bedroom cabins feature Bob Timberlake-style furnishings, as well as large stone fireplaces, rocking chair porches, plus extra amenities like refrigerators and coffeemakers. All accommodations have access to the relaxing hot tub located on one of the lodge's many spacious decks.

The Riverside House, which is on the Lodge's upper tract, is a secluded location with 5 spacious bedrooms and numerous porches. All this plus the Shenandoah Mountains on the horizon and the river down below...what a way to get away from it all!

Fort Lewis Lodge's estate of mountains and forests, fields and streams offers you countless activities outside the front door. Make a splash in the summer in one of Virginia's most beautiful rivers, the Cowpasture. The lodge's "swimming hole" brings back memories of innocent bygone days. Float downstream in an innertube, or just dangle your feet from the deck and breathe the clean mountain air. For the serious fisherman or weekend angler, the lodge offers miles of clean river teeming with fish. The Cowpasture holds a large population of smallmouth bass, and there are also rock bass just right for kids to catch. Rainbow Trout are stocked in the early spring, making the lodge a fisherman's paradise

There are miles of trails through these wooded mountains, some gentle, some more vigorous. Limestone caves entice the intrepid spelunker. If bicycling is your passion, you will enjoy taking the winding roads through this rural countryside. Mountain trail bikers can tackle logging roads into the wilder country. There's a lot more to do nearby, including Warm Springs, Virginia, the soothing octagonal mineral baths designed by Thomas Jefferson, only thirty minutes away. Five miles further is Hot Springs, and the world famous Homestead Resort. Hot Springs boasts Garth Newel Chamber concerts, wonderful shopping at the Cottage Row shops and superb golf at The Cascades, one of the finest courses in the south.

Serious photographers, artists and nature watchers will discover a natural paradise at Fort Lewis. That's because wildlife management practices are devoted to enhancing the natural habitat of a variety of woodland creatures. A pheasant release program has brought these beautiful long-tailed birds into the corn field stubble. Ruffed grouse startle trail walkers with their sudden flight and hawks (red tails and ospreys ) are a common sight. If you are lucky, you might spot an eagle. Wood ducks nest along the Cowpasture river and, sometimes, on chilly fall mornings, you'll hear the ghost-like honking of Canada geese. Fox, deer, wild turkey, bobcat, and mink abound, and, every so often, someone comes across an old black bear scuffling a tree stump for ants. These are the gifts that nature bestowed Fort Lewis.

A few steps from the lodge is the magnificently restored nineteenth-century Lewis Grist Mill, where a most delightful surprise awaits you: a cuisine that rivals the finest restaurants in the largest cities. "There are no boundaries. "I'm doing what I want to do with influences from all over," says Caryl Cowden of her contemporary American style cooking.

This vibrant mix of fresh tastes and interesting menus is enhanced by numerous side dishes comprised of vegetables just-plucked from the farm's own gardens, fresh breads and sumptuous desserts that have developed a reputation of their own among inn-goers.

Anticipation begins during social hour at Buck's Bar on the porch overlooking the twilight landscape. Guests enjoy ice cold beer and wine while comparing notes on fishing and hiking. John tends marinated beef, chicken, ribs or fresh seafood sizzling on the grills while heavenly aromas waft from the kitchen. Finally, the dinner bell announces the time has come to indulge in culinary delight in the congenial atmosphere of the informal dining rooms's eclectic decor. In the morning, guests gather again to indulge in a full breakfast, proving with every mouth-watering bite to be a successful start to the day.

The lack of urban distractions plus the extraordinary beauty and recreational opportunities make Fort Lewis Lodge a perfect stay for all seasons; make your reservations soon.

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