In 1968, a Holiday Inn was built along the Blue Ridge Parkway on Afton Mountain. The hotel boasted unparalleled views and outstanding accommodations for travelers to this part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just west of Charlottesville. Open in all seasons, it had both a swimming pool and ice skate rink overlooking the scenic Rockfish Valley. In the mid-1990s the Holiday Inn closed and the property became The Inn at Afton, continuing to cater to tourists enjoying the mountain scenery here and visiting Shenandoah National Park. Over the past two decades the hotel has fallen into disrepair.
Recently, photographer Rick Stillings visited the old hotel and brought back these images.
Once home to Aberdeen Barn Restaurant (when the property was under Holiday Inn’s management), it was thought to be one of the best places in the area to dine, with a beautiful panoramic view of the Rockfish Valley.
In addition to his photography, Rick Stillings works full-time in UVA’s Computer Science Department. Primary Photography interests: Nature, Wildlife, Urban Exploration, Live Music, Equestrian and Abstract.