Weclome to The Red Lantern Inn

The Red Lantern Inn is a 100 year old building in downtown Clifton Forge that has been totally renovated into casual overnight accommodations.   In addition to the 7 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, guests will share several common areas – living room with cable TV,  media room with cable TV and bar, fully stocked kitchen with coffee available, courtyard with gas grill, upstairs sun room,  front porch, laundry facilities  and WiFi.


Cozy Cottage

In addition to The Red Lantern Inn, a Cottage with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms is also available for short and long term rental. For short term rentals, the cottage is fully furnished including linens, appliances and paper products, Cable and Wifi.  Pets are welcome for an additional $20 per pet.   There is a minimum of two nights and the rate is $165+tax.  The cottage is also available for long term rentals and include electric, gas, water/sewer, cable and Wifi.  The cottage has hosted many traveling nurses, doctors, engineers and other guests who need several months accommodations.  Long term rentals may require a security deposit and contract.



King Bedroom #1

King Bedroom 2nd Floor
with Private Bath + TV – $115

Queen Bedroom #3

Queen Bedroom #2

Queen Bedroom 2nd Floor Center – $95


King Bedroom #3

King Bed 2nd Floor
Back+TV – $95



Jo Ann Carter Henson


"The Red Lantern Inn was renovated and opened in 2010. and since that time has welcomed over 3,000 guests from 32 states and 10 countries.   Some guests have arrived by Amtrak to spend a weekend away from the city, touring the country by train, to visit relatives, to visit their hometown or to volunteer at the C&O Historical Society.   The entire Inn has been reserved for Family Reunions, Weddings, Graduations, Parties and Homecoming and Mid Winter Formals at VMI.  Since we don’t live on site, we encourage the guests to make themselves at home.

I am still excited about bringing overnight accommodations back to downtown Clifton Forge and hope that you will stop by and see us when you are in the area."


Dennis G

Atlanta, GA

This was our first time visiting the area and we hit a home run by booking the Red Lantern Inn! Very clean, comfortable, and welcoming. The building itself is old, but has been updated in all the right places and none of the wrong ones. All the systems (HVAC, plumbing, electric) are modern and efficient, but the character of the building wasn't sacrificed during the remodel. The owner has done a great job making the Red Lantern an oasis that is well worth a trip to Clifton Forge just to stay and chill for a few days. We will return!


Washington, DC

This is our second visit in two years. We love the concept of this place. A comfortable “B and B” Where you have run of of a lovely and comfortable house, including the kitchen all for a reasonable price. Breakfast is “make your own” and more like continental. Lots of interesting natural sites to visit nearby with a car too—parks, Humpback Bridge, waterfalls, etc. worth a visit!


Orlando, FL

My wife grew up in Clifton Forge and wanted to return after many years away. This was our first opportunity to stay in a B&B in the area and it was a fabulous experience. This restored and elegant property was full of interesting antiques and artifacts from the area and was conveniently located in the center of town. The staff was so pleasant and they went out of their way to make sure all our requests were accommodated.


Red Lantern Inn

Virginia Green Travel Alliance Announces the Winners of the 2021 Virginia Green Travel Star Awards

Red Lantern Inn
has received the Green Inn of the Year award!