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Address: 901 Cool Spring Ln, Berryville, VA 22611-2700
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Holy Cross Abbey, the Retreat is the Lifestyle

A visit to Holy Cross Abbey, in passing, is to the fleet of foot a seemingly tiny outpost of brethren. When you live nearby and abide near and next to those who are your... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 April 2015
Teresa H
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Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Loved seeing it and I know monks are peaceful people but I wish there was even a plaque about the battle here from the Civil War time. Monk however very friendly and the chapel and house the latter seen from the outside very attractive and inspiringly tranquil.

Thank Reffoodie
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

Literally, this has to be heaven on earth! The beauty of God's work (scenery), the peacefulness, the ability to be still and mediate. Visit for a weekend, stop for awhile after work, go when you just need peace around you.

Thank SeeTheWorld008
Charleston, South Carolina
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

This is a "silent" retreat that allows you to read, meditate and relax without any structure or meetings to go to. Evening meals always had a reading by one of the Monks and was welcomedas we ate in silence. food was simple and good. The surroundings are lovely and perfect for solitutide. I took my camera and took many photos... More 

1 Thank sks61
Centreville, Virginia
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

Perfect place to reflect. Did not come for reflection though, but to shop the gift shop manned by a gentle Trappist priest. Bought two fruit cakes, biscotti, port wine jelly and some religious materials. A truly beautiful and peaceful spot.

1 Thank Mary Kay D
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

A visit to Holy Cross Abbey, in passing, is to the fleet of foot a seemingly tiny outpost of brethren. When you live nearby and abide near and next to those who are your neighbors, you start to understand why even the cats adore them. The bookstore, the weekly mass, the walks, and the birds all congregate to celebrate the... More 

2 Thank Teresa H
Cinnaminson, NJ
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15 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

On our way back from Luray, we stopped by to visit the abbey. They have a nice gift store. Buy the chocolate covered fruit cake - delicious. The Jellies are good too. Books, statues, candy, ceramics are some of the other items for sale. The chapel is open for you to visit as well as the prayer times of the... More 

Thank Tom1955
Silver Spring MD
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45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015

I was nervous about spending a weekend in silence among the monks, especially since my traveling companion is a devout Catholic and I am not. But the complete lack of agenda, the peaceful setting and the spiritual nature of the place provided the most refreshing weekend I have ever experienced. Brother James greeted us and explained that there were no... More 

5 Thank EvaSC
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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351 reviews
207 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2014

approximately 90 minutes west of the urban jungle of DC through the suburban sprawl of Northern Virginia is an oasis in space and time... well worth the side trip. wander the grounds, enjoy the quiet, punctuated by the calls of birds. sit on the bank and watch the Shenandoah River flow by and again, relish the quiet. respect the monks... More 

3 Thank uckbuck
Arlington, Virginia
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

I stayed three nights over a weekend. The reviews you read are just visitors and tourists (to be fair, yes, I was a tourist, but in a different way). In my opinion, they write more than they will ever see. "Beautiful place to pop in for a visit". "A cute little visit". "Not a fruit cake person and their choc.... More 

6 Thank MarkieM30242
Owings Mills, Maryland
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514 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

We were seeing the sights of Berryville, VA area and we stopped the Abbey's gift shop. It is a lovely ride to the Abbey and we did not travel beyond the shop to see the Abbey building. We spoke with the Monk who was minding the store. It was a cute little visit!

1 Thank Judy J

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