We took ownership of Inn at Riverbend on November 30th, 2010, after a journey which started in the beginning of 2009 to discover “what we wanted to do when we grow up.” Janet had spent over 21 years in the Bio/Pharmaceutical industry in Government Affairs, with almost weekly travel around and across the U.S. Jimm’s career included being a geophysicist and being a principal in a software consulting company. The journey had begun to pursue our passion for all things outdoors and an effort to simplify our lives.
Finding the right inn was a little like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – we started our search in the Northwest (we lived in Vancouver, WA), moved across to the Northeast, and finally landed in Giles County, Virginia. We knew we would know the “right” inn when we saw it. Many were too big or too small and Inn at Riverbend was “just right”!
Our passion now as Innkeepers is to make each guest's stay individualized; whether it is catering to special dietary requests or helping you plan the perfect itinerary for your stay, to helping you plan extra special touches for special occasions. You are our number one priority!
Janet hails from Dublin, Ireland, and loves cooking, decorating, hosting, as well as her passions of downhill skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking and doting on Gaby and Zoey, the resident greeters.
Jimm is from Detroit, Michigan and Jimm's passions are bicycling, kayaking, hiking, cross country skiing and is hoping to learn how to fly fish and play the mandolin (look out, his mandolin has arrived. We aren't sure about his skills though). Jimm loves to share the unspoiled gem of Giles County with guests and will happily provide suggested hikes, day trips, tailored maps or anything else that help you find adventure in Giles County.
Our children Lisa and Nick, and our grandchildren Trey and Tristen, live in sunny Southern California and love visiting the Inn for “those extra special breakfasts!”
No story would be complete without a little history on our Inn Greeters – Gaby and Zoey, our Shih Tzu’s. Gaby is 5 years old and we have had her since she was 8 weeks old. Gaby is not a morning person so she usually curls in her bed in the office until around 10:30am. In the afternoon she is happy to greet you and may bring you Spotty, her soft toy which is almost as big as she is. Zoey, who is almost 6, joined our family in April of 2011. She is a very sweet and bubbly rescue dog, and is very focused on pleasing everyone. We believe in a former life she worked for TSA as she insists on sniffing every tire that parks at the inn! Gaby and Zoey are never allowed in any guest rooms or in our kitchen and learned the rules from Jackson, the previous owner’s dog.
Questions? For more information, please email us at stay@innatriverbend