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A Few Reasons We’re Thankful

Monday, November 23rd, 2015


Not only is November the month of thankfulness, but social media has taken the celebrations a step further with daily postings of gratitude under the hashtag “30DaysofThanks.” We’re a bit late for daily gratefulness posts, but that doesn’t mean we’re not immensely thankful. Keep on reading for a few highlights of said gratitude:

  1. Our member inns. Without the bed & breakfasts that comprise our organization, we’d have nothing! Each member inn brings such a unique personality and establishment to the association, for which we are incredibly thankful. We love our innkeepers and appreciate everything you bring to InnVirginia.
  2. Virginia. What would InnVirginia be without this extraordinary Commonwealth? From history to winemaking to trails through the mountaintops, it is a cultural hub with an incredible diversity of people and activities. Speaking of activities, we’re also thankful for all of the happenings around Virginia—historic festivals, theme parks, natural wonders, beaches, downtown shopping, theatre, and a whole lot more.
  3. Breakfast. Of course a B&B association has to be thankful for breakfast! No one does it better than an InnVirginia B&B. Our members create, share, and enjoy some of the best Southern fare you’ll ever try. We get to share the indulge of pancakes and waffles, eggs benedict, fresh seasonal fruit, homemade muffins, juicy sausage, crispy bacon, and a whole lot more. (We’re also thankful for those B&Bs who offer alternatives for those with dietary restrictions!)

What are you thankful for this holiday season? We’d love to hear about it! Feel free to share on our Facebook page. Happy Holiday Season!

B&B Thanksgiving Recipes

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Although the holiday décor in retail stores seems to be favoring Christmas, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We all love Thanksgiving food, right? Turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and stuffing. But maybe you need some new recipes for your 2015 Thanksgiving repertoire, and if that’s the case, InnVirginia can help. (After all, who does food better than a B&B?)

  1. Colman’s Mustard Dip from Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast
    3 eggs
    2/3 cup Colman’s Mustard (dry mustard in yellow tin)
    1 cup sugar
    2/3 cup cider vinegar

    Click here for the full recipe.


  2. Potato Pancakes (Latkes) from The Oaks Victorian Inn

    4 large or 6 medium potatoes
    1 large or 2 small egg(s)
    1 small or half large onion
    Flour or matzo meal (rice flour for gluten free)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Click here for the full recipe.


  3. Curried Rice and Chicken Salad Veronique from Oak Grove Plantation B&B

    1 ½ cup uncooked brown rice
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 chicken bouillon cubes
    1 teaspoon curry powder
    1 cup finely chopped parsley
    4 cups cooked chicken diced
    1 cup seedless grapes
    1 cup sliced almonds
    ¾ cup canola oil
    ¼ cup Tarragon vinegar
    1 clove crushed and chopped garlic
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise

    Click here for the full recipe.


  4. Mayhurst Inn Baked Apples from Mayhurst Inn
    6 Gala or Fiji apples (They don’t get mushy or fall apart when cooked)
    1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
    1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg

    Click here for the full recipe.



Shopping Local for the Holidays

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Small Business Saturday will here on November 28, and it’s the perfect time to support your local businesses. It probably comes as no surprise to you that the InnVirginia wholeheartedly supports shopping small and buying locally, since this includes InnVirginia gift cards as well as getaways to our beautiful member inns. However, our support goes beyond these more obvious reasons. The benefits of buying locally are many, and we’ve narrowed it down to the few following advantages:

  1. The re-circulation of money within the local economy. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community” (Independent We Stand).
  2. Job opportunities.  Local businesses provide much-needed jobs, and so long as these businesses are supported, particularly during the busy holiday season, then these job opportunities will remain.
  3. A greener way to shop. It’s fairly obvious that less driving means less auto emissions, and therefore a lesser negative impact on the environment. There are many areas in Virginia where small, locally-owned shops are close to each other, meaning walking or biking would be an even healthier option (for you and the environment)!
  4. Unique purchases. One of the best things about small, locally-owned business is the unique items that they offer for purchase. Whether it’s food, jewelry, books, or clothing, you’re sure to find a special gift that is much more unique that the mass-produced items of retail stores.

Click here if you’re interested in one of our gift cards, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and of course, the upcoming holiday season.




Cider Week Virginia

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


Besides pumpkin spice, apple is the most popular seasonal fruit of autumn. From pick-your-own apple orchards to hot, sweet apple pie, this fruit dominates much of our culinary endeavors, including our beverages.

Cider Week Virginia will be taking place on November 13-22 in a statewide celebration of everyone’s favorite fall apple drink. We’re not talking about your typical cider though; Virginia is known for its delicious hard cider and even became the first state with an official Cider Week declared by its governor. So during this upcoming week of tastings, pairings, dinners, workshops, and more, visit Virginia and join in the celebratory events:

Old Hill Cider and food pairings all week long at Bella Luna Woodfired Pizza, November 13-22, Harrisonburg, VA: If you’ve never tried homemade, wood-fired pizza paired with locally crafted hard cider, then you’re in for a Cider Week treat at Bella Luna!
(Click here for Virginia lodging in Harrisonburg.)

Richmond Cider Celebration, November 14, Richmond, VA: Your $20 ticket will offer you tastings from 12 participating cideries, live musical performances, educational workshops, and more.
(Click here for Virginia lodging in Richmond.)

Blue Bee Tap Cider Takeover at Birch, November 18, Norfolk, VA: Birch Bar, which holds the reputation of “Norfolk’s finest craft beverage bar,” will be providing entire flights of Blue Bee Cider from both the keg and the bottle.
(Click here for Virginia lodging in Norfolk.)

Castle Hill Cider Open House, November 21, Keswick, VA: From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., taste your way through Castle Hill Cidery. You’ll explore the grounds and orchards, the qvevri (“buried terra cotta fermenters”), and end at the outdoor tasting bar.
(Click here for Virginia lodging near Keswick.)


We look forward to seeing you at an InnVirginia B&B during your Cider Week getaway!


A Walk in the Woods: Virginia in the Movies

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


“I gained a profound respect for the wilderness and nature and the benign dark power of woods. I understand now, in a way I never did before, the colossal scale of the world. I found patience and fortitude that I didn’t know I had. I discovered an America that millions of people scarcely know exists. I made a friend. I came home.” — Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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There is a new film that was released this past September called “A Walk in the Woods,” starring the well-known talent of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte: “In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine.”

As an Appalachian Trail destination, Virginia also happens to play a part in this biopic. After all, 544 miles of the AT pass right through our beautiful Virginia!

If you’re at all familiar with the scenery of Virginia, you just might recognize the mountainous location in the movie trailer and on the promotional poster—McAfee Knob, a “popular Appalachian Trail destination near Catawba, Virginia” (IMDB). InnVirginia is, of course, thrilled to see our breathtaking mountains depicted through Hollywood, and furthermore, we invite you to visit them, explore them, and photograph them for yourself.

If you intend to see and climb McAfee Knob in person, then you’ll need a place to rest your head in Roanoke. Here are a couple of our member inns to welcome you to the Star City– King George Inn and The Inn on Campbell.

Click here to read more about hiking trails in and around Roanoke, VA. We’d love to see photos of your visit! Feel free to share them on our Facebook page:


The Spectacular Supernatural: Haunted Hangouts in Virginia

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

October has arrived, and InnVirginia’s B&Bs are celebrating the harvest season with pumpkin décor, spiced drinks, and of course, nearby Halloween festivities. Virginia is the perfect place to experience a frightfully good time, so check out these upcoming and current haunted houses, ghost walks, and creepy farm tours, and don’t forget to complete your Halloween getaway with a stay at a Virginia bed & breakfast!


devilsdenThe Devil’s Den, Winchester: Sometimes there’s nothing scarier than our own history, and The Devil’s Den is rooted in the past. “Come visit the home of one of America’s worst serial killers.” (Note: Google states that this attraction is permanently closed, but that’s incorrect! They’ve simply moved to a new location: 537 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA.)

Click here for Winchester Lodging


darkwoodmanorDarkwood Manor House, Luray: This 15-year old Shenandoah Valley attraction combines high-quality theatrical makeup, fantastically scary actors, and detailed sets to give you all the chills you could want from a haunted house. “This isn’t your father’s old spook house!”

Click here for Luray Lodging



Colonial Ghosts
, Williamsburg: If you’re fascinated by supernatural history but not so fond of the sometimes gruesome aspect of haunted tours, then you may enjoy this historic ghost walk (rated one of the top 10 ghost tours in the US!)

Click here for Williamsburg Lodging




hauntedhuntHaunted Hunt Club Farm, Virginia Beach: It’s time for the 26th annual Haunted Halloween Festival, “featuring The Village of the Dead, Field of Screams & Hampton Roads’ Best Haunted Hayride!” (The farm also offers events like Military Appreciation Night, Zombie Prom Halloween Night, and a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.)

Click here for Virginia Beach Lodging



Awesome Autumn: Oktoberfest Celebrations in Virginia

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Along with the much anticipated fall foliage, fall fashion, and pumpkin spice lattes, there another part of fall that many individuals look forward to as well—Oktoberfest. Complete your autumn Virginia adventure with a stay at one of our InnVirginia B&Bs and a visit to one of these upcoming Oktoberfest festivals:



Oktoberfest 2015, Martinsville, October 3

Uptown Martinsville has been celebrated this free annual event for 36 years now! Get ready for a day of live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and more. (InnVirginia Lodging: Mountain Rose Inn)



Oktoberfest – Reedville
, October 10

“Bratwursts, brews, and oompah-pahs will spice up the waterfront village of Fleeton just outside of Reedville.” What can you expect to find at Reedville’s Oktoberfest? Sizzling German sausage, frothy German brews, Bavarian music, polka dancing, corn hole, and baked goods for sale. (InnVirginia Lodging: Fleeton Fields B&B, Ma Margaret’s House)



restonoktoberfestOktoberfest Reston, October 10-11

Oktoberfest Reston is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival and promises German food, live music, beer tasting, and a Pumpkin 5K race. Don’t miss these two days of fall run at the Reston Town Center! (InnVirginia Lodging: Bennett House Bed & Breakfast, Middleburg Country Inn)




richmondoktoberfestRichmond Oktoberfest, October 16-17

“German customs and culture have thrived here for decades and still do.” Richmond, VA’s Oktoberfest celebrations happen to be part of the “largest German / American Oktoberfest festival in the state of Virginia, playing host to nearly 5,000 people over the two day indoor event.” From the live music to the bratwurst and potato pancakes, you’ll love this celebration of autumn and Germany. (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, The Tinder Guest House)


Happy Oktoberfest!


Adult Day-Trips in Virginia

Thursday, September 10th, 2015


With school having started and the dog days of summer coming to a close, you may find yourself distressed that the next holiday isn’t until Thanksgiving. And that’s where InnVirginia comes in. Nothing says you can’t take a B&B vacation right now, and if you can’t slip away for an entire week-long getaway, then one of these Virginia day-trips may be perfect for you:

  1. Brew Ridge Trail: You hear a lot about Virginia wine, but that’s not the only libation making a name for itself in the Commonwealth. Our microbreweries have been winning awards for years, and you have the chance to trek the Brew Ridge Trail, visiting a number of local breweries along Virginia’s breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. (InnVirginia Lodging: Afton Mountain B&B, Foxfield Inn)
  2. Busch Gardens: Virginia’s very own theme park is ready and waiting, and if you make a day-trip in the fall, you’re in for fewer crowds and cooler weather! Defy gravity with the 63-mile an hour “Tempesto.” Browse the Wolf Haven or Eagle Ridge for a chance to glimpse the lives of these beautiful animals. Grab a bite to eat at one of the park’s fantastic restaurants or attend of their much anticipated events like their upcoming Bierfest. (InnVirginia Lodging: Bentley Manor Inn, Newport House B&B)
  3. McAfee Knob: If you’d rather spend your day hiking in the great outdoors, then this gorgeous day-hike may be of interest to you. As one of the most photographed spot along the Appalachian Trail, this 7.5-mile hike will take you along the Catawba Valley and culminate in a stunning view from its famous rock ledge. (InnVirginia Lodging: King George Inn, The Inn on Campbell)
  4. Tangier Island: Indulged in the unspoiled natural beauty of Chincoteague, then catch the ferry to Tangier: “That’s the charm of Tangier Island.  It’s a place where the inhabitants are completely authentic, and their way of speaking hasn’t changed much since Capt. John Smith discovered Tangier in 1608.” Enjoy the Museum and Visitors Center, rent a bicycle or a gold cart, or take a 45-minute tour of a working crab shanty. (After all, Tangier Island is the “Soft Shell Capital of the World.”) (InnVIrginia Lodging: 1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn)

Let’s Go Leaf-Peeping in Virginia!

Friday, September 4th, 2015

If you read one of our latest blogs, then you know we’re excitedly preparing for the upcoming fall season. But as you start planning a fall foliage getaway to Virginia, you may be wondering about the best places for seasonal leaf-peeping, where you can get the most brilliant front-row seats to the changing of the leaves. We’re here to help you out, so keep reading to learn about some of Virginia’s best leaf-peeping destinations:

  1. Skyline Drive: Of course this scenic route has to be on the list! These roads run through the heart of Virginia’s mountains, dazzling drivers, hikers, and cyclists who pass along the winding paths. (InnVirginia Lodging: Click here.)
  2. Virginia’s Eastern Shore: Although many head to the mountains during autumn, the mountains don’t have a monopoly on the fall foliage! Visit the Eastern Shore for a seaside or bayside view of the fall foliage. (InnVirginia Lodging: Click here.)
  3. Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Take your leaf-peeping a step further with wildlife viewing among the fall foliage. (InnVirginia Lodging: Essex Inn Bed & Breakfast)
  4. Manassas National Battlefield Park: If you’re a fan of both history and fall foliage, then take your leaf-peeping to a site of historic proportions. (InnVirginia Lodging: Manassas Junction Bed & Breakfast)
  5. New River Water Trail, Pearisburg, VA: This 37-mile long trail in Giles County, VA will take you on an autumn adventure by means of canoe, kayak, or raft. There are also plenty of spots for some fall hiking and fishing amidst the autumn colors. (InnVirginia Lodging: Inn at Riverbend)


Check out our members’ Fall Foliage Specials here. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Virginia inns!

Two-day Workshop for Aspiring Innkeepers in Southwest VA

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is excited to host a two day event in Abingdon to help aspiring innkeepers achieve their dream of opening a bed and breakfast. Topics will cover current trends and best practices for the industry, including demonstrations on the most efficient ways to turn over a room. The intensive workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about running a successful small lodging in any state.

The two day workshop on September 21st and 22nd at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa in Abingdon will include educational training from the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia and networking event plus a tour of the city by Visit Abingdon. A full schedule of events is located on BBAV’s website. Registration will close on September 11 for the event.

Designed for anyone looking to join the small lodging industry or improve their knowledge, whether it’s a farm stay, a vacation rental by owner (VRBO), a cottage or cabin, or a traditional bed and breakfast, cost of registration is $99 for a single attendee or $150 for a couple, and the two-day workshop includes refreshments, reception, breakfast and a complimentary membership in BBAV for a year. Special lodging rates have been arranged at several Abingdon properties.

The Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is a non-profit trade association celebrating its 25th year of serving members statewide. BBAV offers trainings, professional networking opportunities, publicity and advocacy for the small lodging industry in Virginia.

For more information or to register, contact Amy Hager at the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia, or (434) 878-2269, or click here.