Housed in a former turn-of-the-century shoe factory (once the fifth-largest footwear company in the world), the Craddock Terry Hotel leaves reminders of its past throughout the 44-room property. You can’t miss the larger-than-life red pump above the main entrance, but you’ll also discover a vintage shoe collection displayed throughout the boutique hotel, framed high-heeled photos hanging in the rooms, complimentary breakfast delivered to your room in an old-fashioned wooden shoeshine box and a red-heeled cookie at turndown service. The shoe-themed décor is a playful touch at the historic hotel, which also keeps an industrial look with exposed brick and wooden beams.
After a day exploring the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains or quaint downtown Lynchburg, stop into the hotel’s Jefferson Street Brewery — the city’s only microbrewery — for a craft beer. And if you’re hungry, just head downstairs to Waterstone for a fire-roasted thin-crust pizza. For a more formal meal, opt for Shoemakers American Grille, which serves steakhouse fare (try the Kona filet, a cut that’s rubbed with Kona coffee and topped with blue cheese and a cheese sauce).
While all staff members offer plenty of Southern charm and big smiles, our favorite is Buster Brown — of course, another shoe reference — the hotel’s resident pup and official greeter. If you feel the same, you’re welcome to take the wire fox terrier on a walk. Our suggestion: Go on a morning stroll behind the hotel along the James River — the view is hard to beat.