Luray VA Bed & Breakfast, Cottage Rentals – Piney Hill Bed & Breakfast and Cottages Piney Hill Bed & Breakfast and Cottages is a Luray,Virginia bed & breakfast providing lodging accommodations including two luxury rental cottages in the Shenandoah Valley near Luray Caverns, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA Wineries. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:07:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 South River Falls Hike Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:40:33 +0000 Click on image to view the full size slideshow.

Hank and I played hooky today and went up to Skyline Drive for a hike. We hiked South River Falls located between milepost 62 & 63.

The 2.6 mile round trip hike is moderately strenuous from the picnic area to an observation point of the 83 foot waterfall.

We thought the downhill was a little steep so instead of retracing our steps we opted to take the fire road to the AT which made it a 3.3 mile circuit.

Just use the “Lewis Mountain Area Road and Trail Map” that the guard at the entrance to the park can provide if you ask for it.

The observation point is a great spot for a picnic lunch!  Don’t forget a bottled water.


Mary’s Rock Hiking Trail on Skyline Drive Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:34:22 +0000 Yesterday; Monday, September 29, 2014 we had the opportunity to take in a hike. It looks as though we are going to have an earlier fall season this year as the colors are already visible.

Mary’s Rock hiking trail has 2 options. You can either park at the upper parking area which is located at Milepost 31, park towards the back of the parking lot at the bathroom area.  From this start point the trail is 3.7 miles round trip; difficult with outstanding views.  For the second option you park at the Meadow Springs parking lot located at Milepost 34 and cross the road to start the trail; moderately difficult to outstanding views.  You will see a concrete pillar, read the metal band which will have an arrow with the mile length of the trail.

We went with option 2; 2.8 miles round trip which starts off a little steep, but shortly levels out a bit. You will have two spots during the hike where the trail meets another and you have to read the metal bands on the concrete pillars which will point you in the right direction.  Before you get out to the beautiful view at the top you will see a couple of places that veer off to large rocks with awesome views.  They are easy to detect.

Once you get to the very top you’ll want to have your camera ready for some spectacular views of multiple mountain ranges.

You might consider stopping at West Main Market or Gathering Grounds on Main Street in Luray for a picnic lunch.  There are a few spots along the way or at the top to have lunch and soak up the views that Mother Nature has provided.  Have a great time!  Don’t forget your bug stray, bottled water and sun screen.


Mill Prong Trail via Rapidan Camp Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:16:43 +0000 Mill Prong Trail to the Rapidan Camp

We enjoyed a very nice hike on Skyline Drive called the Mill Prong Trail .  The trail head is located between milepost 52 & 53.  You park at the Milam Gap parking lot, cross the road and start the trail turning left almost immediately.  The trail is about 4 miles round trip.  You will see a concrete post that has a metal band with arrows that directs you on the correct path.

The trail is so scenic with ferns, streams, waterfalls and rock beds before arriving at the Rapidan Camp.  Rapidan Camp was President Herbert Hoover and first Lady Lou Henry’s retreat from 1929-1932.  We enjoyed a nice history lesson and a tour of the cabin by a very nice gentleman.   This is a great hike to pick up a picnic lunch in town at either West Main Market or Gathering Grounds before heading up to the mountain for the hike.  Don’t forget to include a bottle of water!


DSCN0789 DSCN0772 DSCN0769 DSCN0750 Mill Prong Trail Map




Wisteria Farm & Vineyard Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:07:44 +0000 DSCN0663 DSCN0664 DSCN0668 DSCN0697I enjoyed an amazing evening with friends at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard for their 5 year Anniversary Celebration.  The perfect weather, the live reggae music and the fantastic wines made for a memorable evening for everyone!

Upon arrival Saturday, I noticed quite a few bikes on cars and realized that some participants of the Luray Triathlon made their way to Wisteria to enjoy some great wine and music under the arbor.  Once inside the tasting room I was greeted by Sue; one of the owners and a couple of her tasting room attendants who helped me to choose my wine of choice for the evening.  After sampling several of their creations, I decided on the “Ashtaroot” which was a blend from 2013.  Suited my pallet perfectly!  I also had a little of the “Velvet” which seemed to be a favorite of many of my friends.

I then made my way out to the members patio where I was greeted by several folks I know.  We laughed and talked and met new guests as they arrived.  The crowd continued to build before the music got started.   At 5:00 p.m. we were surrounded with the wonderful sounds of Island Reggae music by Greg Ward.  I had never heard him play before but he was fantastic.  It really made it feel like a party!

I then wandered around snapping some photos of all the guests enjoying some great wine and music.  Everyone seemed to be relaxed and happy, enjoying the wonderful atmosphere Sue and Moussa have created on the property.

Before heading back to the B&B which is less than 10 minutes from Wisteria, my friend John asked if I had toured the vineyard.  So with wine in one hand and camera in the other we walked the property with the many free range chickens and several sheep that call Wisteria home.  It was a beautiful property shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains.   The evening sun glistened on the grapes hanging abundantly from the vines.  What a perfect evening here in the valley.

Thank you, Sue and Moussa Ishak for providing us with a magical vineyard right here in our back yard.  I can’t wait to return next month for the harvest!!   Be sure and check out their website for upcoming events so you too can enjoy great wine and beautiful scenery right here in the Shenandoah Valley!!!!


Horseback Riding at Jordan Hollow Riding Stables Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:26:40 +0000 Jordan Hollow Riding Stables in Stanley, VA

Jordan Hollow Riding Stables in Stanley, VA

We just recently took a private sunset ride with Lisa at Jordan Hollow Riding Stables. They are located about 10 minutes from the Bed and Breakfast.

During the ride we enjoyed beautiful weather in the low 70’s which is so unseasonable for August.  The views during the ride were amazing and Lisa and her guides are so knowledgeable.  They go out of their way to make sure that everyone has the best riding experience possible.

We give our riding experience  5 stars!

Whether you are a beginning or experienced rider Jordan Hollow Stables has something for everyone. They even offer rides up in the Shenandoah National Park up on Skyline Drive.

If you need to board your horse or horses they have Bar M Stables.

With the beautiful weather and upcoming Fall Season I would highly recommend that you start setting up your advance reservations now.

I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley on a horse.


A Spring Hike on Stonyman in Shenandoah National Park Mon, 06 May 2013 12:26:00 +0000 Hank and I went up to Skyline Drive in between Check INs and Check OUTs with a couple of friends on Saturday, May 4, 2013.  This spring is starting out beautiful with temperatures in the high 60’s, low 70’s.  I hope that it continues for another month or so.  🙂

We choose to hike the Stony Man trail; a 1.6 mile gradual hike to a spectacular view of the Page County area.  What a beautiful day it was, especially with good friends to share it with.

Spectacular Views from Stony Man Trail

Spectacular Views from Stony Man Trail

Stony Man trail is the second highest peak in the Shenandoah National Park.  Viewed from the North, Stony Man Mountain resembles the face of a bearded man.

  • Stony Man is located between Milepost 41&42.
  • Turn in to the Skyland Lodge entrance
  • The trail is located directly to the right.

This hike is perfect for all ages.   Afterwards you might enjoy lunch or dinner at Skyland Lodge.

Enjoy this hike and many others while exploring the Shenandoah National Park.  The ranger located at the guard gate is more than happy to offer advice on other hikes depending on your physical abilities.

Plan a Fall Visit Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:06:40 +0000 The Fall Foliage Season is almost here!. If you are visiting in the Luray Page County area, there will be lots to see and do. Even after colors peak on the tops of the mountains, there will still be plenty of color at lower elevations and in the valleys. Come and enjoy the fall season with us!  Enjoy the slide show our friend El created from her fall color photos.

Here are some other ideas of things to do when you are visiting the area.

You don’t want to miss the caverns, and the new Luray Valley Museum gives you a peek into our history.

Hiking / Enjoy Nature

Visit some of our favorite nearby wineries

Hello From Piney Hill B & B Sat, 19 May 2012 13:53:35 +0000 Welcome to Piney Hill Bed & Breakfast. We hope you will like the look and functionality of our new web site. We look forward to hosting you in our home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia near Luray Caverns and Skyline Drive.