Sharon feels a connection to the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast Sharon Elswickand the long history tucked within it. After achieving success in marketing, sales, and advertising in Washington, D.C., Sharon was ready for a lifestyle change. She sought the challenge of owning her own business while at the same time embracing a traditional Main Street experience. 

Prior to becoming an innkeeper, Sharon worked at a Virginia Winery and is well-versed in Virginia’s world-class wine industry (for more information on Virginia Wine, Winery Tours in Virginia, Winemaker Dinners, and Virginia Vineyards, see our Virginia Wine page). Of course, fine Virginia Wine is an exquisite pleasure in and of itself, but there’s nothing like an ice-cold Virginia beer to slake the thirst and sooth the soul after a rough day’s work or a hard commute. The Virginia Craft Beer industry is taking off, and Sharon loves helping her guests select the perfect beverages to suit their mood and wash away the day’s cares and concerns.

She also has a passion for the Constitution, so she lives in the right place!  A college internship at the Supreme Court of the United States sparked her interest, but she has continued to develop it while living three miles away from James Madison’s Montpelier. As often as possible, Sharon and her husband attend the thought-provoking lectures and symposiums offered by the Center for the Constitution at Montpelier. This is a great way to keep her natural intellectual curiosity fresh!

An avid baker, Sharon’s chocolate chip cookies have become well known in Orange, and her scones have received accolades from any guest who has tasted them (here’s a secret: print out Sharon’s buttermilk biscuit recipe and watch how excited your next dinner guests become when they smell these golden beauties come out of the oven!). Sharon loves being close to food sources and creating seasonal meals that use the freshest local ingredients. Most of the food served at the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast uses ingredients from regional producers, including the innkeeper’s own gardens! If guests like breakfast so much that they want to sample more of what Orange County can offer, Sharon is happy to direct them to a number of Pick-Your-Own farms, Farm tours, and other nearby local food producers!

As a lover of history and the arts, Sharon has served on the Executive Board of the Orange Downtown Alliance, occasionally writes an article for the Orange County Review, has been on the Board of Directors for the James Madison Museum, is an active supporter of the Arts Center in Orange, sat on Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and is President of our local trade association, the Inns at Montpelier


Sharon laughing while discussing small weddings in Virginia with a group of wedding planners, wedding vendors, wedding cake bakers, wedding venues, and other wedding service providers during the highly buzzed Orange County Wedding Tour. Without question, Orange County is a premier wedding destination in Virginia, and the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast is happy to help you craft your most cherished memories. 


Sharon holding an award from the University of Georgia for her nationally-acclaimed buttermilk biscuits. In March 2011, the Holladay Family Buttermilk Biscuit recipe  was chosen from thousands of recipe submissions for the University of Georgia Food Services Loyal E. Horton Special Event Menu Competition. One of only 36 recipes chosen for their “Sunset Breakfast” competition menu, the biscuit recipe was adapted to feed over 8300 participants in its four dining commons! Georgians know good biscuits, so this was the best compliment Sharon could possibly receive!