326 MAY/JUNE 2019 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
BY CHRISTINE KOUBEK
SET IN VIRGINIA’S HEARTLAND near Longwood
University and Hampden-Sydney College, Hotel
Weyanoke sits in the center of Farmville, a college
town that has an abundance of small-town charm.
Opened last May, the 70-room boutique hotel occupies
a historic brick building and a new “Cumberland”
wing. All guest rooms and suites feature midcentury
modern furnishings, Kingsdown mattresses, downlike
mattress pads and blankets, and oversize showers. ;e
43 Cumberland wing rooms also include a full-size desk,
hardwood floors and a private balcony. Several rooms in
the historic building, while smaller, overlook Longwood
University’s elegant brick buildings.
Catbird, the rooftop bar, o;ers cozy outdoor seating
and sweeping views of town and Longwood University.
Sassafras, a gourmet co;ee shop, and E;ngham’s, an
eatery with coal-fired pizzas, panini and salads, are also
on the property. ;e wine bar and modern Italian fare at
Campagna make for a lovely date-night dinner.
You can walk or bike (rentals are available in the
lobby) a few blocks from the hotel to an entrance for
High Bridge Trail State Park that leads to the iconic High
Bridge, a converted rails-to-trails bridge that spans the
Appomattox River and is part of the 31-mile trail. Other
nearby o;erings include Longwood Center for the Visual
Arts and the Green Front Furniture market (housed in
four former tobacco warehouses and several North Main
Street storefronts), where you can purchase the same
furnishings and mattresses found in the hotel. Rates
begin at $129 per night for historic rooms; $139 for the
Hotel Weyanoke, 202 High St., Farmville, Virginia; 434-