Walden Hall opened in 2015 as a family venture among three generations. Parents and kids had come from around the world to build what what has quickly become one of central Virginia's most renowned small resorts.

With only five guests suites, the feel is high-end and intimate, but the activities are endless. 

A saltwater pool features a poolside grill for cookouts, and Adirondack chairs surround a firepit for evening nightcaps. The inn overlooks a stocked two-acre pond (ask to borrow a fishing pole), and picnic tables, vegetable garden, fruit trees and outdoor games dot the 11-acre property. 

Rainy days are no problem at Walden Hall. In fact, you might hope for a little downpour so you can spend time at The Club, complete with billiards, air hockey, darts, or indoor hoops. An arcade room is a throwback to the 70's, with black lights and the original Pac-man. A media room seats 9 for movies, and there's even a gym.

Guest rooms are furnished in 19th-century style, an homage to the venue's namesake, Henry David Thoreau, and generous common areas include a lounge centered around a large fireplace, and a wraparound porch overlooking Walden Pond. 

A full breakfast is served in the dining room or the veranda, or ask for a breakfast box to-go if you'd like an early start.

The Banquet Barn can host 200 guests for weddings or special events. 

Nearby wineries include Old House Vineyards, Mountain Run Winery, and Prince Michel