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BBAV’s Upcoming Annual Conference

Monday, December 15th, 2014

It’s almost that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s Day; we mean the Annual Conference of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia. This upcoming February 2015 conference is shaping up to be three fantastic days of education, exploration, and companionship.

So, what sort of activities can you expect to find at the 2015 conference? We’re so glad you asked: You’ll learn how to use the internet to build your brand in 2015, how to start and run a social media, how to find balance in your life as an innkeeper, and more. You’ll have the chance to hear key note speakers like Marcus Sheridan of the Sales Lion and Jay Karen, Chief Executive Officer of Select Registry. But don’t think it’ll be all work and no play! There will also be a fun “dine around” event, a pizza and karaoke party (for BBAV members only), and a cooking contest, and of course, you’ll also be able to indulge in breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your fellow innkeepers.

Need 10 reasons to go? Click here.

Fast Facts

Where: The Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA

When: Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cost: $229 ($209 for second individual from the same property)

Lodging: The Fredericksburg Hospitality Hotel, Lavender Heights B&B, Braehead Manor, Richard Johnston Inn

Registration: Click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Fredericksburg! Have any questions? Email Amy at info@innvirginia.com.

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5 Reasons InnVirginia Gift Cards Are Perfect for the Holidays

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”  –Washington Irving

If you haven’t guessed by the twinkling lights, the festive décor, and the emergence of eggnog-flavored everything, December is here, and Christmas is coming. And with the arrival and passing of Black Friday, the holiday shopping season is in full force. We have a way for you to beat the crowds and to procure a fantastic gift for the loved ones in your life, and that is by making use of an InnVirginia gift card.

So, why should you buy an InnVirginia gift card? Check out the following reasons:

  1. They make great stocking stuffers big getaway gifts: “Gift Cards may be purchased for any amount between $25 and $800, in increments of $25.”
  2. These gift cards NEVER EXPIRE, and they never lose their full value, so there’s no rush to use them.
  3. They can be used at ANY of our current member inns.
  4. They’re easy to wrap. You may be thinking that this a ridiculous reason to purchase a gift card, but just remember how busy you’re going to be wrapping gifts for everyone! This will just make your job a little bit easier.
  5. It’s a gift that suits everyone. Whether it’s a present for your parents, your best friend, your significant other, or your hard-to-buy-for office acquaintance, it will surely be appreciated.

 

We’re offering a special rights now, and if you purchase a gift card from this link, you’ll receive it with no shipping and handling charges.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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7 Holiday Hacks: Decorating Tips and Ideas from InnVirginia

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The holidays are almost here, and many people start decorating for Christmas right after Thanksgiving, if not before. Spruce up your usual seasonal décor with these handy holiday “hacks,” tips, and ideas from InnVirginia:

  1. “This is a great time of year to go to the craft stores and stock up on beautiful ribbon. Hobby Lobby, for instance has an amazing selection. Don’t be afraid to go a little outside of your comfort zone. Last year I decorated my tree with red and gold, which was absolutely stunning. I used a double sided ribbon, as well as red accent leaves that stuck out of the top of the tree.” – Jami Carlton Photography. Click here to read more of Jami’s tips.
  2. “Don’t be afraid to overdo it! Oh, and command strips! Durable and easy to remove.” –The Richard Johnston Inn
  3. Extend your decorating creativity to the food. This Italian bread with Asiago, parsley and mushroom cream from Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast is every bit as festive looking as any holiday décor.

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  4. Use your mantel as an easy focus piece. Check out how Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern used theirs. You can almost feel the warmth from the fireplace!

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  5. Go vintage! “One of the great pleasures of the holiday season at the Middleburg Country Inn is the opportunity to transform our home with vintage Christmas decorations” (Visit Loudon). You can always find vintage pieces at thrift stores and antique shops, so grab a friend or family member, and go on a holiday hunt.

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  6. Use upside down wine glasses with votive candles on top to make a beautiful, unique centerpiece. You can always decorate the wine glass with ribbons, or paint them with festive designs for an added flare.

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  7.  “Keep it simple—unless you’re obsessive—then it’s full decor ahead.” -Jim Hasbrouck, Grey Swan Inn

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with InnVirginia

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Small Business Saturday is on its way. Are you ready to shop local, support your neighbors, and get all of your holiday shopping finished before the rush hits?

On November 29, 2014, establishments around the country will be participating in Small Business Saturday: “In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.”

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So, what are some small businesses that you can benefit (along with benefiting yourself!)? We’re so glad you asked:

Depot Lodge- This Paint Bank, VA B&B is a peek into history that includes lodging, a general store, and the Swinging Bridge Restaurant. This train depot offers four upstairs rooms, a master suite, and a unique bedroom in a renovated Norfolk & Western Caboose. If you’re a train aficionado, you won’t want

Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast- This waterfront B&B is ready to provide you with a Chesapeake Bay retreat. Relax in the Garden Suite, the Victorian Suite, or the Tidal Pond Suite, and let the elegance, charm, and tranquility help you escape from the upcoming holiday clamor.

Fountain Hall- This inn stands as Culpeper, VA’s first B&B and boasts not only a historic structure but a historic location as well.

Shepherd’s Joy- “Situated in the Historic District of Abingdon Virginia (the oldest incorporated town west of the Blue Ridge), Shepherd’s Joy offers an opportunity to experience the rare Victorian charm of an in-town farm.”

Wyndie Crest Bed and Breakfast- This Franklin, VA B&B is a “turn-of-the-century stately Georgian manor that features 5 luxuriously decorated bedrooms and a guest cottage. Built in 1919, this B&B has been meticulously restored to its former state of grandeur with an appreciation for historical accuracy.”

Whether you’re supporting these B&Bs with your own special getaway, or you’re choosing to give a friend or family member the gift of a getaway, there’s no better time to do it than Small Business Saturday.

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Wine and Brine with Oyster and Wine Lovers Weekend

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

You’ve heard of Virginia Wine & Dine Month, but how about Virginia’s Eastern Shore Wine & Brine Month?

“November has been recently established as Virginia’s Eastern Shore Wine & Brine Month to introduce, and continually promote awareness of, an epicurean experience that is unique in the world.” Two of our Inn Virginia members, Cape Charles House B&B and The Inn at Onancock, are celebrating this seaside celebration with a fun collaboration—Oyster and Wine Lovers’ Weekend.

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“Guests at both inns will enjoy exclusive activities highlighting this new designation. Featured during these weekends are local heirloom Sewansecott oysters paired with award-winning wines from Chatham Vineyards as well as tickets to oyster roasts, wine and oyster tastings, discounts on specially created oyster dishes at restaurants, tours of aquaculture farms and more. In addition, the third night at either of these inns offers a 50% discount.” Sounds like fun, right?

So, what activities will these weekends hold?

October 31 – November 2, 2014: Star Spangled Oyster and Wine Weekend

November 7-9, 2014: Merroir, Terroir & Boudoir

November 14-16, 2014: Oyster and Wine Invitational

November 28-29, 2014: Art Studio Wine Tour and Oyster Roast (Cape Charles House only)

Click here for more information from Cape Charles House and here for more information from The Inn at Onancock. Have any questions about this upcoming event? Contact Lisa LaMontagne at info@innatonancock.com or 757-789-7711, or contact Carol Evans at stay@capecharleshouse.com or 757-331-4920.

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Ghostly Lodging: Haunted Inn Virginia B&Bs

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Halloween is oftentimes associated with all things that go bump in the night. Whether it’s a sudden chill up and down your spine, misplaced objects around the house, or odd creaks and whispers through the rooms, most people like a good, otherworldly thrill. If you’re one of these people, then you just might enjoy a stay in one of our haunted B&Bs:

Black Horse Inn in Warrenton, VA boasts not one, but FOUR ghosts on the premises, and with its history as a Civil War hospital, one can see how it could be haunted by the past. The first ghost is a woman believed to have been a Civil War nurse in the hospital, and she has been known to laugh in the ears of gentlemen, perhaps trying to comfort them as she did her patients. The second ghost leaves an impression on the bed in the Burgundy Room every once in a while. The third, the “Ghost of Christmas,” knocked over the Christmas tree three years in a row, breaking all of the ornaments every time. And finally, the fourth ghost is called “the Dancer,” because of the lively tapping heard at night at the top of the staircase. (Thanks to BedandBreakfast.com for this collection of ghost stories from Black Horse Inn.)

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Mayhurst Inn in Orange, VA dates back to 1859, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a historic figure or two would still be roaming the grounds: “folks have reported some strange happenings. There is a general feeling of being watched, and in the Madison Room, some have found the windows to open by themselves” (hauntedplaces.org). The inn was also featured in Virginia Lifestyle Magazine’s article “Haunted Places to Read About…and Visit.”

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Boxwood Inn in Newport News, VA offers up some paranormal activity of its own: “The gentle spirit here is said to be one of Nannie Curtis. Harmless activity is the norm, such as doors opening and closing on their own. She is also said to enjoy knocking on doors in the morning. Sleeping in is apparently not her idea of fun for this world. There is also an elderly gentleman, holding a cane, who appears on occasion” (VirginiaGhosts.com).

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Think these B&Bs are haunted? Make a reservation, and find out for yourself!

The Best Fall Views in Virginia

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

If you haven’t guessed from the red and orange décor, the pumpkin spice lattes, and the emerging chill in the air, fall has arrived. Our Inn Virginia members have some of the best autumn views, and we’ve pulled together a lodging list of inns that you’ll definitely want to visit this season:

Snowdonia on the James- Immerse yourself in autumn at this Scottsville cottage. Walk the banks of the James River and pause for a photo op in the Riverbluff Gazebo. Snowdonia’s Eryri Cottage is nestled in the forests, which means that fall views will be right outside your window.

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Inn at Gristmill Square- This rustic yet elegant B&B features a “prime location deep within the ancient mountains of the George Washington National Forest in the Allegheny Highlands. Lush forests, quiet back roads, and ancient mineral springs.”

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Mayneview B&B- This Inn Virginia member is located “in the heart of Virginia’s lush Shenandoah Valley” and “nestled between the Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest.” You know what that means—a wooded escape with mountain views.

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Ginger Hill B&B- This B&B is a “country home, located on fourteen and a half secluded, wooded acres in Central Virginia.” These trees are awaiting your autumn arrival.

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Inn on Town Creek- This beautiful B&B offers two creeks, “landscaped with the rock gardens, tiered brick walls, patios, rhododendrons, dog woods, pines and dawn redwoods which add to the tranquility.” Sounds like a fall paradise, doesn’t it?

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Click here for a full list of our Inn Virginia members.

The Best B&B Beds

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

One of the most important features of a B&B is the bed. (After all it’s literally half of the name.) From antique, four poster frames to sleek, modern designs and soft, there is a bed for everyone, and we like to think that our Inn Virginia members offer the best. Check out a few of our beds that are just waiting to grant you rest and relaxation:

1. You have a number of fantastic beds to choose from at the Black Horse Inn. Rest easy in the four-posted mahogany bed of the Hunt Box Suite or the wrought iron queen size canopy bed of The Fox & The Grape. You’ll feel like a king in Hunters Haven with its four-poster Chippendale canopy bed or a queen in the Rosemont with its “ornate queen-sized hand-carved, canopy bed with privacy curtains.”

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2. Herring Hall provides its guests with both comfort and history. In the General Room, you’ll find a beautiful walnut bed that is original to the Herring family. The Keydet Room “boasts an antique high backed walnut queen size bed” with a memory foam mattress that guarantees a night of deep relaxation.

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3. The beds at Longwood Bed & Breakfast embody the word “class.” For example, in the Jarman Room, you can rest your head on in a canopied full bed that complements the accompanying hand carved, mahogany furniture set. Meanwhile, the Grant Room features a “features a hand carved lacquered antique queen bed.”

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4. Maysville Manor present a variety of beds. Try the antique double sleigh of the Thomas Jefferson Room. Get your rest in the 1850s antique double rope bed in the Thomas May Room, or slumber in the Garden Room’s cannonball queen-sized bed.

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5. Strathmore House B&B on the Shenandoah is furnished with beds that “bring to mind royalty, elegance, and refinement,” and you’ll no doubt feel as though you’re sleeping in a fairy tale. Sleep well in the Imperial’s romantic four-poster bed, the Belgravia’s four-poster iron bed, or the Maychild’s classic, Victorian iron bed.

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“Fall” in Love with a Virginia Hike

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, we’re on a countdown to the first day of fall. Here in Virginia, autumn is breathtaking. The dark green of summer gradually fades and then bursts into shades of red, orange, and yellow, and the best way to view these seasonal hues is on a hike:

B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Lexington- This B&B is near a number of fantastic hikes. Muster up the strength to enjoy the challenging 5.6 miles of Jump Mountain Trail. Brushy Hills Hike offers a more moderate trail through former logging roads. For an easy but just-as-beautiful stroll, enjoy the Buena Vista River Walk, or the Chessie Nature Trail. Click here for a list of trails near Lexington.

Maysville Manor, Buckingham- Maysville Manor is close to a gorgeous portion of Virginia known as Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. There are numerous trials that wind themselves through this state forest, along with opportunities to hunt, fish, geocache, and bike.

Beaver Glen Bed & Breakfast, Meadows of Dan- Beaver Glen is close to a short, half-mile loop hike called the Round Meadow Trail. This is perfect for those who want to venture outdoors to see the autumn scenery, but don’t want to commit to a long day-hike. Another Meadows of Dan hike is the Mountain Industry Trail. This trail is also an easy half-mile hike, unique in its passage through old farm buildings, a whisky still, mountain crafts, and other relics of rural life in the early 1900s.

Cross House Garden Inn, Weyers Cave- Cross House Garden Inn is only a short drive away from some gorgeous hikes. If you like waterfalls, then hike the 3.2 miles of Doyles River, or make a day of it and trek across the 9.8-mile loop of the Riprap Trail in Crozet.

Doctor’s Inn, Galax- Galax, Virginia offers the New River Trail, part of New River Trail State Park, for your autumn adventure. The entire trail is 52-miles long and runs along an abandoned railroad line. With the gentle hiking trails comes the New River, gift shops, horseback riding, biking, and canoeing. Explore as much as you like, then return to the Doctor’s Inn to refresh after your excursion.

For a full list of our B&Bs near hiking trails, click here.

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Happy Hiking!

A Virginia Bucket List: 5 Restaurants to Visit Before You Die

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Many of you may have read through HamptonRoads.com’s recent article “The 30 places to eat in Virginia before you die,” so we’ve decided to compile a list of our very own, based on recommendations from a few of our Inn Virginia members. Virginia offers a huge range of fantastic, top-notch restaurants, so remember that these are only a few of our favorite eateries:

Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, VA: Step back in time with this historic restaurant, which is only a short drive away from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. You’ll get a taste of the 18th century with traditional southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw and corn bread. (Nearby lodging options): Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm, Ebenezer House B&B, Ginger Hill B&B, B&B at Mountain Valley Farm)

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Something Different, Urbanna, VA: This aptly-named restaurant comes with the tagline “specializing in fine Neanderthal cuisine,” so you know you’re in for a unique experience. Try an applechain hotdog, a pork BBQ sandwich, or some homemade premium ice cream. (Nearby lodging options: Atherston Hall B&B, Bethany Inn at Leafwood)
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Buffalo and More, Riner, VA: This restaurant provides casual dining and a host of hearty meal options. Feast on a buffalo burger quesadilla, a brisket platter, or a buffalo bratwurst platter. You certainly won’t go hungry here! (Nearby lodging options: Ivycrest B&B, Oaks Victorian Inn)

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Cristina’s Café, Strasburg, VA: Owned and run by sisters, Wendy and Cristina, Cristina’s Café offers delicious food with a “Buy Fresh—Buy Local” emphasis. The café provides everything from beet risotto to grass-fed sirloin burgers to kale & quinoa salad. (Nearby lodging options: Inn at Narrow Passage, Old Waterstreet Inn)

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The Ashby Inn and Restaurant, Paris, VA- Not only is this B&B an Inn Virginia member, but, as its name suggests, it’s also a restaurant, and a high-quality one at that. Northern Virginia Magazine named The Ashby Inn as one of their “50 Best Restaurants,” labeling one meal as “stunning, with flavors as nuanced as its design.”

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