Weekend Getaway? A Look Inside the Historic Ashby Inn in Paris, VA

Looking for a quick getaway just over an hour from downtown DC? Here’s a look inside the historic Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia. It’s easy to escape the rush of city life and slow down in this idyllic small town.

The Ashby Inn and Restaurant was first a residence in 1829, later purchased by the prominent Ashby Family of the area, which also ran a general store. The adjacent schoolhouse is also now part of the Inn, providing suite-style guest rooms.


The Ashby Inn is known as one of the best restaurants in Northern Virginia

The Ashby Inn invites guests looking to unwind and enjoy wineries and local attractions — as well as those who just want to porch sit and take in the area’s history. (For example: Civil War General Stonewall Jackson is said to have slept on the Inn’s front porch in 1861 on his way to the Battle of Manassas.)

Inside the main house of the Inn are six rooms. The schoolhouse has four additional suites with larger spaces and views of the Chef’s garden. Rooms are furnished with 19th-century pieces including four poster beds and colonial chairs, whimsical artwork or historic portraits — but don’t worry, updated bathrooms have all of the modern conveniences and great toiletries!

The Inn has common areas as well, like a cozy library, a side porch where breakfast is served, a tap room, and multiple dining areas.

The author in Ashby Inn’s Victorian Room

And you won’t want to miss dining here. In fact, The Ashby Inn is known as one of the best restaurants in Northern Virginia! It’s great for celebratory gatherings or intimate dinners with upscale seasonally inspired menus and a highly recommended tasting menu with Chef Jonathan Martin.