In 1950, James and Margaret Clifton purchased the property where the The Virginia Cliffe Inn is now located in order to build a family home. The property on Mountain Road held a landmark farmhouse built in 1840. James who was a general contractor, dismantled the farmhouse, reclaimed the materials, and modeled the new home after George Washington’s former military headquarters Newburgh, NY.
After raising their four children, Margaret and James Clifton opened their Georgian-style home as a Bed and Breakfast in 1997.
“My family considered recycling before it became the mainstream thing to do. The Virginia Cliffe Inn is constructed from wood reclaimed from an old farmhouse built on the property in the late 1800’s."
– Janice Clifton, Proprietor
Meet Our Team
The Virginia Cliffe Inn is Janice’s childhood home. She and her family have owned it since 1950. Janice loves to welcome all our guests and wedding couples and make them feel like part of the family. She learned the business of hospitality alongside her parents, working as the business administrator since 1998. Janice took over as CEO in 2007 and established the Inn as one of the region’s best loved wedding and event venues.
Janice also served for many years as director of St. Joseph’s Villa. Her passion is creating an excellent experience for each customer. Janice is very active in the local community and enjoys sharing The Virginia Cliffe Inn with our community partners.
Owner and CEO
Director of Marketing
and Customer Relations
Amanda joined The Virginia Cliffe Inn in November 2019 and takes care of all of our marketing, customer relations and social media needs. She meets and tours all wedding couples, handles their contracts and answers all their questions to guide them towards the solution that best addresses their needs. Amanda handles scheduling and the creation of our online presence and postings, working alongside our PR and Web agency to update our websites for the Inn and for our annual craft fair Christmas at Granny’s.
Laura learned wedding coordination while working at a winery over 10 years ago. After leaving the winery she decided to continue on her own. Laura fell in love with being able to help make the couple’s big day the absolute best day possible by helping to add special personal touches and helping to take the stress off of them and their family so they can better enjoy the day. She considers one of her specialties to be staying calm in stressful situations and being able to think outside the box to come up with ways to fix issues and get things done. Laura’s motto is to “be Gumby”, flexible and adaptable to all sorts of situations and scenarios.
Jennifer “Jen” Clifton was born and raised in the Richmond, VA area, and started working weddings at The Virginia Cliffe Inn when she was 16. Upon graduation from high school, she realized event planning would be a good fit given her attention to detail. Jen enjoys meeting and working with new clients, ensuring their celebration runs smoothly, the fact that every event is different, and that weddings make people smile! She started planning and coordinating weddings at the venue in her mid-twenties and to further her knowledge of elements that factor into events, she studied and has experience in floral design, has worked for a professional caterer, and other companies in the event industry.
Rachael, the owner and president of Riverwood Events and Catering has been in the wedding world since her high school days. However, it wasn't until 2015 that Riverwood was launched with the help of her husband Dan. This dynamic duo have been serving brides and grooms for well over 5 years now. Rachael's passion falls within wedding coordination, and helping brides pull their very lengthy Pinterest board into a concise theme within their budget. Along the years Rachael has also cultivated some amazing relationships with vendors, venues and other service providers in the area to ensure that her clients are truly working with some amazing vendors.
Pride in Customer Service and Attention to Detail
When planning for a Richmond wedding venue or corporate training event, the most important thing is to have someone in your corner you can reach out to and communicate with. We understand your concerns and feel that this is where we excel.
More than just corporate event space or wedding sites, event planners often help people find space for relaxing personal retreats. Even city planners often choose annual retreats. The Virginia Cliffe Inn is surrounded by nature, making a serene space.
One Point of Contact Saves Time and Frustration
Richmond area event planners will never be faced with wondering which person to call at the Virginia Cliffe Inn. When we book your event, we assign one and only one contact person for your convenience and peace of mind.