Staying Here

The Buchanan Rail Car Inn

128 Fifteenth Street
(540) 460 – 1932;
(540) 463 – 2575

A vintage 1934 Hiawatha Dining Car (later converted to an exclusive railcar) houses this one-of-a-kind inn, located in Buchanan. The car is richly appointed with fine furnishings and inlaid woods shined to a soft patina and harkens to an era when a journey was more than just a means to get from place to place, but an event to be savored by those fortunate enough to travel in first class luxury.

The James River House Inn

19837 Main Street: (540) 261-7334

This historic inn dates back to 1870 and has been completely renovated to provide a unique lodging experience. The inn features 5 guest rooms, each with their own private bathrooms. The inn also includes a formal living room, dining room, court yard, and kitchen. Located in historic downtown Buchanan on Main Street, the inn is less than one block away from Twin River Outfitters’ canoe livery, it is within walking distance to several restaurants, the swinging bridge and numerous shops. The inn is available for rent on a room-by-room basis or for the entire house.

Mount Joy Manor

17749 Main Street; (540) 254-1858 

Enjoy the comfort and warmth of our historic B&B. Mount Joy is an historic manor home originally built in 1804 by a Revolutionary War Veteran Mathew Harvey. Later owned by Col. John Anderson and burned by the Union in 1864. Later the home was rebuilt on the original foundation in 1906. Mount Joy is listed on the Virginia Civil War Trails and features an interpretive sign at the foot of the property for travelers to learn about the property’s history. The house is set on a majestic hill with views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains as well as Looney’s Creek just outside of the quaint village of Buchanan. The guest bedroom is large (17’x15′) with a gas log fireplace. The guest bath has a deep Jacuzzi tub and a separate tiled shower.

The Overlook

481 First Street; 540-291-3295  or 540-254-1060 The Overlook

Lovely renovated two-story home with 5 bedrooms (4 upstairs and master bedroom downstairs) and 2 full bathrooms. Stunning views and roomy screened-in back porch with ceiling fans and 2 tables with plenty of extra seating to enjoy the view. Spacious living room with brick fireplace and raised hearth. Large kitchen with adjoining dining area. Fully furnished with modern appliances including dishwasher. All new furniture. Large parking area for 4 vehicles. Covered front porch with seating and porch swing. Cable TV. Short walking distance to town on swinging bridge over James River. Many attractions in town including restored movie theater, numerous shops for antiques and collectibles, the famous Natural Bridge and Caverns, the Roanoke Transportation Museum, O Winston Link Museum, the Taubman Art Museum, national forests, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, fantastic views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, local wineries and micro-breweries to tour. Visit the Natural Bridge Zoo or Mill Mountain Zoo and the Natural Bridge Safari Park. Explore the James River with Twin River Outifitters right in Buchanan.

The Squirrels Nest

19857 First Street; (540) 597 – 3188001

The Squirrels Nest is a quaint, historic log cabin overlooking the James River in Buchanan,  Virginia. The home originally set high upon the Blue Ridge Mountains and during construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway was moved to its current location on First Street in the heart of the community.  The historic home features three bedrooms and two baths accommodating up to six (6) guests.  The Kitchen is fully equipped and there is a large flat screen TV in the living room.  Covered picnic area at the rear of the property which overlooks the James River providing panoramic views of the historic Town of Buchanan and surrounding mountains. The Squirrels Nest is located near many local attractions that are within walking distance such as Antiques shopping, the swinging bridge, fishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking on the James River.  Other attractions not too far away include The Natural Bridge, Safari Park, and Zoo.  The Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail and numerous hiking or biking trails.  We are located thirty minutes from Downtown Roanoke and Downtown Lexington.