We follow COVID-19 Cleaning Procedures and allow at least two days to elapse between guests.
We’re open year-round including winter, when many birders see Golden Eagles and Rough-legged hawks. However, a large variety of feathered friends are visible year-round. For more info on Virginia bird species, visit the VSO website!
Quiet Roads & Paths
Highland County is known for its quiet roads, which offer cyclists and motorcyclists many scenic, low-traffic, winding routes. The Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge occurs every August and has become a very popular event.
Artists and photographers absorb the incredible landscapes and rural scenes, capturing Highland County’s intense beauty. Perfect for a solo retreat or a small group getaway. Don’t miss our annual Artists’ Weekend or simply indulge in your own solo retreat!
Patti Reum, owner of Eagle Annie’s Cottage, is an avid birder, who can direct you to all the great birding hotspots in the county. The Blue Grass Valley, where our cottage is located, is on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Patti “Eagle Annie” Reum
I moved to Highland County in 2001. As a teacher and biologist, I have been involved in many interesting projects – bird surveys, field trips, and a nesting box project for the American Kestrel. I am also a professional musician and play in a contra dance band.
I enjoy meeting new friends and offer oodles of information on things to do and places to go in the area, so if you would like any recommendations, just ask!
Please use these directions as GPS is not dependable.
FROM Monterey: Head north on Rt. 220. At Forks of Water (Ginseng Mt. Store), take a left onto Rt. 642. Continue on this road until you reach Blue Grass (3-way stop sign). At this point, the route number changes to Rt. 640 (Blue Grass Valley Rd.) Continue straight (you are heading southwest) for about 1 mile until you reach the village of New Hampden (there is no sign for this). You will see an Episcopal Church on the right. Immediately across the street is Eagle Annie’s Cottage.
It is a good idea to bring a Virginia map with you.