Petersburg, Virginia, site of a 292-day Civil War siege, has a number of lodging choices because of the presence of Fort Lee and the city’s proximity to Richmond and Interstate 95. The surrounding area, steeped in early American and Civil War history, is home to restored antebellum plantations and quaint country inns.
Fort Lee Regency
Located near the attractions of Old Towne, the Fort Lee Regency in downtown Petersburg offers hotel rooms with single king or two queen beds. Military personnel receive deeply discounted rates. The hotel, a Ramada before its purchase by the Magnuson hotel group, has only minimal upgrades but offers a convenient location for visitors to Fort Lee or travelers on the Interstate. Full breakfast is served daily, and a bar is outfitted with big screen televisions with satellite reception.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Hopewell
Fairfield Inn & Suites, in Hopewell to the northeast of Petersburg, offers the Nickelodeon Your Stay package for kids. Younger guests receive an activity book, special keycard and a bracelet that’s used with an online game. Several restaurants, a bowling alley, playground and shopping center are within walking distance. Single and double rooms and the hotel’s nine suites have standard hotel amenities including Wi-Fi and cable television. This hotel also offers deep discounts to military personnel.
Winterham Plantation, just outside Amelia, is a restored antebellum mansion on the National Register of Historic Places that served as a Confederate hospital. Rooms at the inn, decorated with antiques and fine art range in size from standard single rooms to large two-room suites. A self-contained, 1,500-square-foot, lower-level suite has a covered private terrace. Honeymooners stay in a private cottage with a four-poster bed and porch overlooking a lake. A gallery on the property displays and sells reasonably priced paintings and textiles.
Hotel Amelia and General Store
The historic village of Amelia Court House, site of a Civil War battle just days before Lee’s surrender, is about 40 miles west of Petersburg. Hotel Amelia is within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants. A country store on the first floor of the hotel sells lunch and dinner, as well as groceries and sundries. Upstairs, a single room and a two-room suite have private baths with claw-foot tubs. A large front porch, furnished with rocking chairs invites guests to sit a spell.