Wytheville is home to one of the nation’s top bed and breakfasts. So says international travel website TripAdvisor, which this week named the Trinkle Mansion Bed and Breakfast No. 8 on its list of Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States.
“I’m just blown away by this,” said Patti Pizinger, who owns and operates the bed and breakfast with her husband, Bernie. “There are so many fabulous properties throughout the U.S. and some have chefs cooking more elaborate meals that I cook. It makes me ask what it is about us to put us at No. 8 … My love for this house and the people we serve; I guess that is what it is. We just try to take care of our guests.”
The 2019 Travelers’ Choice award winners were based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers.
The Trinkle Mansion, which opened in February 2007, has received 407 ratings – all of the maximum of five stars.
“We have stayed in many Bed & Breakfasts over the years, and the Trinkle Mansion is our absolute favorite,” one reviewer wrote. “The property is inviting, well maintained and elegant, and the staff and innkeepers are amazing.”
Wytheville Tourism Director Rosa Lee Jude said local officials were “thrilled” to learn that the Pizingers were recognized for their hard work.
“From the beginning, Trinkle Mansion Bed & Breakfast has been an outstanding facility offering beautiful luxurious accommodations and outstanding service to their customers,” she said in an email. “When you think about the thousands of B&Bs that exist in the United States, it is an incredible honor for Trinkle Mansion to be recognized in the Top Ten by TripAdvisor and shows how high of a standard that this business is meeting. This honor will certainly bring positive attention to Wytheville and help solidify our position as an enjoyable and sought-after destination in Virginia.”
The stately home’s history dates back to the early 20th century when prominent Wytheville resident William Trinkle built the mansion for his family. Construction of the classical revival home began in 1910 and was completed two years later. Nearly a century later, the Pizingers purchased the home. Patti Pizinger moved to Wytheville in 2006 to begin the property’s complete renovation. The home was gutted, taken down to the studs and re-built with modern amenities.
Operating a bed and breakfast has been Patti Pizinger’s dream since she was a little girl and memorized Sam Walter Foss’ poem “The House by the Side of the Road,” which includes the line “Let me live in a house by the side of the road, and be a friend to man.”
“That poem always stayed in my heart; I wanted a house by the side of the road,” she said. “So when the idea of bed and breakfasts came along, I said that’s what I want to do. Fortunately, my husband agreed. We asked God to bless us, and He has richly blessed us.”
Both Pizingers are retired from the postal service.
“We feel so fortunate to land in this sweet little community because this sweet little community is just perfect for us,” Pizinger said. “When we retired, we only wanted to be marginally successful. This is anything but retired; we immediately were busy and we’ve been busy ever since. We are humbled that people would select us for this award. We feel so fortunate.”
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