This boutique hotel is on Main Street in Lexington, a charming college town with fascinating history, lots to see and do, and with great places to eat. The hotel is named for the general that commanded the Confederate army in the American Civil War and who spent his last years in Lexington as the president of what is now called Washington and Lee University (his house, with the doors to his horse Traveller’s barn remaining open, is a short walk away).
There are 39 guestrooms at the Robert E. Lee. Each has dark wood furniture and high ceilings and there are lovely views of the historic town and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains out every window. The top floor provides the most luxe rooms — the spacious penthouses. Staff provide southern hospitality and go out of their way to ensure you have a good stay.
Be sure to spend time in the Rocca Bar Ristorante. Bartenders know their way with classic and inventive cocktails (try the Icebox Lemon Pie or the refreshing Adeline’s Pastime) and you can sit in the lovely bar or on their sunny patio overlooking the quaint town. I enjoyed a five-course dinner in the beautiful dining room featuring locally-sourced ingredients and fresh Italian dishes created by Rocca’s new chef, who trained in Parma, Italy.