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Ah, the Twin Bridges Marriott - plenty of us (older timers) have reminisced about that classic property... I consumed (or, should I say gorged upon) far too many Sunday brunches there....
Interesting background - I did not recall it was (at the time) the nation's largest motor hotel...
Good morning to you as well. Yes, the ranch serves as a B & B and can actually be booked by calling 1-540-364-2627. The property is on Marriott.com listed as Marriott Ranch Bed and Breakfast, Hume, Va. There are a lot of pleasant wineries nearby and the pretty Virginia mountain/hillside. It's near the Oasis Winery, which was an enjoyable place to grab a sandwich and spend a few hours - unfortunately, it's tied up in litigation with Tareq Salahi (remember them, the White House gatecrashers) and is somewhat in limbo, but there are other nice wineries nearby.
Back in the day when Marriott wasn't the Intergalactic Powerhouse it is today, our annual company picnic was held out at the farm, the various Marriott family members (including Sr. and Miss Alice) would all chat and play picnic games - (and eat Pappy Parker's fried chicken, Mighty Mo burgers, and Teen Twist/ham and cheese sandwiches) wow!
Appreciate the information, erc. I frequent a FI in Strasburg, VA, on my way to visit my son outside of Philly and someone there told me about the Marriott Ranch in Hume. I would love to visit it someday. Before retiring I did years of Management Education and Training and held up Marriott Corp as a model for Management Development. I am a great admirer of Mr. Marriott.
I came across this post when looking for information on the Marriott Ranch. I did notice on the Marriott website that you must call for reservations. Have you ever stayed there?
Also, do you know if they participate in MR in terms of earning points and nights credit? The below post from 2010 seems to indicate they do not.
I was very disappointed that the Marriott Ranch in Hume, VA does not participate in the Marriott Rewards program. It is owned by Marriott and displays the M logo. Why is it not included? reference http://www.marriottranch.com
I have stayed there and it's pleasant enough. Four or five years ago a group of us went out there and hit the various wineries and even did some horseback riding, so we had a very nice time, it's just about 45 minutes from our home. I'm more of a hotel type guy. I don't know if I'm up for meeting folks of the B & B nature .
I don't remember about the points (heck, I can barely remember who won the Series). The Rewards office is of course closed on the weekend (bankers' hours) and the property's phone number is a tape directing us to a web site (which is where the number came from - sheeesh). With its quirky structure I wouldn't be shocked if it doesn't earn points (a handful of Marriott properties don't participate in the Rewards program and this could well be one of them). We went because we live close by and were a bunch of former Marriott folks that remembered JW and Miss Alice hosting the company picnic, so it was for nostalgia as much as anything. You should check on points, because if they don't, that might be a deal killer (meaning the property is nice, but nothing special vs. scores of other properties in the foothills and valleys of the Blue Ridge).
By sheer coincidence I received an offer from Travelzoo.com this morning for a deal at the Marriott Ranch.
Raising my curiosity, I called Rewards and NO you do not receive points for a stay at this property. They said it was a special Bed and Breakfast.
Well since you can't earn points anyway, then booking thru a third party is no problem. Because I'm not clever enough to share the link without also sharing my first born's social security number (trust me, I've tried three frustratingly crazy times), here's the info (w/o photos) for the deal thru April. Go to Travelzoo.com and browse around (if you're not a member, I recommend joining, excellent deals on restaurants, activities like kayaking, bike riding, tours etc and hotels in non-Marriott cities) and check it out.
Marriott Ranch - Hume, Va. - POINTS/NIGHTS ARE NOT EARNED
1957 first Marriott hotel. 1959 Marriott began construction on GemPrincess' local fave, Key Bridge, that's when they switched to Marriott Hotels. 1970 ssindc begins his illustrious career as Marriott guest, leading to eventual fame as Insider photographer, to include this photo of anadyr during his theological matriculation hanging out at The Tombs in Georgetown circa 1970 something .
Ok, I'm truly hitting the Beltway onto 270 out to the Maryland hinterlands. Be kind to me and Merry Christmas to all.
According to one of the bedside books (Spirit to Serve I think), Bill Marriott Senior had his wife and son working on hanging pictures, etc., before the two bridge Marriott's opened. Also memory serves that no alcohol was served when TB opened. Someone at corporate could verify that.
jakeal bringing me back to this post, reminded me that I wanted to add a 6th fact seldom known (or remembered) about Marriott, they used to be in Senior Living Communities Marriott Senior Living Services (they sold to Sunrise in 2002)