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Virginia Water Parks & Swimming Holes

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

It is hot out there, Virginia! The mid-summer weather is sweltering and muggy, leaving many to hide away indoors with the relief of their air conditioning. But of course, that’s far from fun when you want to be outdoors enjoying your summer break. Luckily for you, we have an enjoyably aquatic way to keep cool here in Virginia—water parks and swimming holes.

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Moormans River, Crozet, VA: With a meandering hiking trail along several different waterfalls and swimming holes, this is a picturesque location to stay cool and enjoy a swim.
(InnVirginia Lodging: The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm)

Huntington Park, Newport News, VA: Escape the heat of the day with the designated swimming area at this picturesque park.
(InnVirginia Lodging: Boxwood Inn)

Pony Pasture Rapids, Richmond, VA: Dive into the rapids, catch some rays on the boulders in the river, or simply dip your feet into the shallow waters of the shoreline.
(InnVirginia Lodging: Grace Manor Inn, Museum District B&B)

 

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Water Country USA, Williamsburg, VA: Virginia’s largest water park awaits! Enjoy the waves and water of the Surfer’s Bay Wave Pool, the Jet Scream, the Colossal Curl and more.
(InnVirginia Lodging: Bentley Manor Inn, Newport House B&B)

Massanutten WaterPark, Massanutten, VA: Wade in the three-foot waves of White Caps, race your friend down the Rockingham Racer, or surf down “The Pipeline,” the first and biggest FlowRider in Virginia!
(InnVirginia Lodging: Cross House Garden Inn, Stonewall Jackson Inn B&B)

Great Waves Waterpark, Alexandria, VA: With speed slides, tube slides, and body surfing, this waterpark is a fantastic respite from the summer heat.
(InnVirginia Lodging: Manassas Junction Bed & Breakfast, Bennet House Bed & Breakfast)

Charge your electric vehicle at an InnVirginia member!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

“Select Registry is participating in the Tesla Destination Charging program, which gives Tesla and other electric vehicle drivers the freedom to charge wherever they want to travel by replicating the charging convenience owners are accustomed to at home (adding 58 miles of range per hour and completing a full charge — 265 miles of range — in just a few hours).” –Select Registry

You may be wondering that this has to do with InnVirginia. A good number of our member inns just so happen to be Select Registry properties. Of these Select Registry properties, we have seven B&Bs who offer electric car charging stations as part of Tesla’s Destination Charging program.

So if you’re an electric car owner and you’re hesitant to take your vehicle on a long getaway, grab a room at one of these fantastic Virginia inns, and enjoy the convenience of charging your car right onsite:

Brierley Hill, Lexington, VA- Offers Telsa-only charging station in a designated area that is both well-lit and covered.

Steeles Tavern Manor, Steeles Tavern, VA- Offers both a Tesla charger and a non-Tesla electric car charger.

Inn at Onancock, Onancock, VA- Offers one Tesla Connector that charges up to 80A and a universal EV charger. (Their chargers are also the first public electric vehicle charging stations on Virginia’s Eastern Shore!)

Inn at Riverbend, Pearisburg, VA- Offers both a Tesla Connector and a non-Tesla EV connector.

The Iris Inn, Waynesboro, VA- Offers both an 80A Tesla wall connector and a non-Tesla electric car charger.

L’auberge Provencale, White Post, VA- Offers both a Tesla charger and 40A universal EV charger.

Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville, VA- Offers both a Tesla charger and a universal Clipper Creek charger.

Ready to start you electric vehicle vacation? Our inns await your arrival!

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VA Farmers Markets

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

 

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There is a reason that farmers markets are so prevalent, particularly this time of year when produce is flourishing. These markets not only support local farmers and local communities, but they also provide delicious fresh fruits and vegetables grown and picked at the very peak of their flavor. Virginia offers some fantastic farmers markets with a wide away of colorful fruits, veggies, herbs, and more, and the best part is that all of them are only a short way away from InnVirginia lodging. Furthermore, there is a movement to support local farmers markets in Virginia—Farm.Fresh.Pledge!—and by visiting and enjoys these farmers markets, you are helping Virginia Grown reach their goals and getting to enjoy some farm fresh produce as well!

  1. South of the James Market, Richmond: This popular year-round market is located in the beautiful Forest Hill Park of Richmond, VA. Not only will you find lush, leafy, and tasty produce, but you’ll also discover handmade items created by local artisans.
    (InnVirginia Lodging: Museum District B&B, Grace Manor Inn)

 

  1. Galax Downtown Farmer’s Market, Galax: Bright, ripe tomatoes, warm baked bread, and plump, juicy raspberries…these are only a few offerings at this Galax, VA downtown farmers market. Don’t miss out on these good eats at the “Bluegrass Capital of the World.”
    (InnVirginia Lodging: Doctor’s Inn)

 

  1. The Onancock Market, Onancock: This Eastern Shore market will have your mouth watering as you browse the homemade salsa, peaches, honey, and fruit & nut raw bars.
    (InnVirginia Lodging: Inn at Onancock, Channel Bass Inn)

 

  1. City of Manassas Farmers Market, Manassas: This Northern Virginia farmers market was voted as one of the best in the area by readers of Prince William Living Magazine, and it’s easy to see why. With an incredible assortment of vendors, you’ll have a fantastic time browsing and sampling. (InnVirginia Lodging: Manassas Junction B&B, Bennett House B&B )

Budget Friendly Family Getaways in Virginia

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

For many people, summer is synonymous with vacation. Whether you’re looking to bury your toes in the sand at the beach or climb into the solitude of the mountains, summer is definitely the time to do it. Summer vacations don’t necessarily have to drain your savings, though! If you’re looking for some budget friendly options for your family’s getaway, then InnVirginia is here to help:

  1. Family Fun in the Sun at Prospect Hill Plantation: Leave your technology behind, and experience an old-fashioned getaway, complete with horses, volleyball, horseshoes, a swimming pool, nature trails, hammocks, and a fishing dock. (Plus, if you mentioned BBAV when making your family’s reservation, your extra person fee will be waived!) July 1, 2015- August 8, 2015 
  2. A DAY-cation at Corner Stone Farm: Do you only have one short day to take a vacation from the real world? Corner Stone Farm has your covered! Customize your own package with horseback riding, guided bird watching, stargazing, bonfires, and more. Check out Corner Stone Farm’s Featured Activities, and plan your budget friendly day-trip now! Now-July 24, 2015 
  3. Only $137 at Carriage House Bed & Breakfast: This is the 137th anniversary of the Carriage House B&B, and in honor of this, any 2-night stay in the mansion is only $137! Treat your family to a historic stay in this 19th century inn and explore fun activities around Lynchburg, VA. Now through September 2, 2015

These are only three of many B&B options for your budget friendly family getaway! Check out more Family Fun Specials here and family travel inns here.

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InnVirginia’s Farm-to-Table B&Bs

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka

We seem to be hearing a lot about farm-to-table dining, not only because of the health benefits of farm fresh food, but also because food that comes directly from the grower is always tastier! A lot of the farm-to-table coverage is limited to restaurants, but did you know that a number of InnVirginia bed & breakfasts offer locally sourced food as well?

Meadowbrook Farm Bed & Breakfast: Not only does this Suffolk, VA inn provide fresh-from-the-farm locally grown products, but a lot of their ingredients are grown right on the B&B premises—eggs from the Meadowbrook chickens, garden vegetables, apples, peaches, plums, berries and more.

Foxfield Inn: At this Charlottesville, VA bed & breakfast, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy top quality cuisine during your stay! With eggs and pork from a local organic farm and herbs picks right from Foxfield’s garden, their emphasis on FLOSS (fresh, local, organic, seasonal, and sustainable) is evident and delicious.

The Inn at Vineyards Crossing: Jillian, innkeeper at this Hume, VA B&B, says, “We were delighted to partner with Valley View Farms to supply us with local farm to table produce. This year, we were able to plant a garden there specifically for the Inn and food is delivered the night before it is prepared. All of our eggs also come from this farm and are delivered right to our door. By providing farm to table meals it takes the dining experience to a whole other level. Guests are excited to learn about the local community and to support it, and farm to table meals are an incredible way to fulfill this while also creating incredible dishes.”

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Experience Fourth of July with InnVirginia

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Freedom’s natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones

It’s no doubt that the Fourth of July is a favorite holiday among Americans, not only because it celebrates our rich history and our independence as a nation, but also because it always includes a number of festive activities—cookouts, barbecues, parades, and of course, fireworks.

  1. Blacksburg, VA: Wave your flags at a downtown Blacksburg parade from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Then don’t miss a FREE movie (“The Lorax”) at The Lyric Theatre. The evening will provide live music and then culminating is a fantastic fireworks display, which starts at 9:30. InnVirginia Lodging: The Oaks Victorian Inn, Beliveau Estate, Clay Corner Inn.
  2. Virginia Beach: With a name like “Stars & Stripes Explosion,” you know that this festival will be bringing the patriotism! This celebration includes tribute bands, Broadway showtunes, folk music and more, all climaxing with oceanfront fireworks. InnVirginia Lodging: Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast, Page House Inn, Barclay Cottage Bed & Breakfast.
  3. Charlottesville: Not only does Monticello’s Fourth of July celebration take place at the home of Thomas Jefferson, it also includes an annual Naturalization Ceremony to welcome new US citizens from around the world. (Tickets to this events are free but are claimed quickly and early, so be sure to reserve yours now!) InnVirginia Lodging: Cedar Hill Cottage, Inn at Monticello, Dinsmore House Inn.
  4. Lexington: Have you ever celebrated Independence Day with a balloon rally? Well, now’s your chance! Held on the grounds of the Virginia Military Institute, you can enjoy everything from piloted or tethered balloon rides, food vendors, an antique car show, and live music. But one day of celebration isn’t enough for Lexington, VA; these festivities take place July 2-5. InnVirgina Lodging: House Mountain Inn, Herring Hall Bed & Breakfast, Brierley Hill B&B.

These are only a few of the many Fourth of July festivals coming up in Virginia. Click here to see a more extensive list, and don’t forget to top off your celebrations with a stay at an InnVirginia B&B!

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Father’s Day with InnVirginia

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

We recently highlighted a few of our B&Bs run by mother/daughter duos, and now it’s time to give some credit due to our innkeeping patriarchs just in time for Father’s Day! Between taking reservations, providing B&B maintenance, helping the kids with homework and attending baseball games and dance recitals, our innkeeping dads stay more than busy. We’d like to recognize two of these InnVirginia dads as well as all of you fathers and father-figures out there who just might need a break from reality. If that’s the case, then treat him to a stay at one of our member inns, or promise him a future vacation with an InnVirginia gift card.

Buckhorn Inn: Garlan Yoder, innkeeper at the Buckhorn Inn in Church, VA says, “Finding a balance is not what we do well at all, period. What has become easier over the past 8 years since we have been Innkeepers is learning that it’s okay to tell and show the guest that our children come first. And we have gotten great compliments from the guest for that. I believe if you are a parent, being a parent always should come first.” When asked about the most rewarding part of being a father and an innkeeper is, Garlan said, “For me it is seeing my children’s world continue to grow as they meet more new Guest from all over the world. For example: last night we had guest from Germany here. The Children got to see on the world map where Germany is and then get to hear firsthand the different language as well as learn of their culture. The experiences the children get here at the Inn we could not possibly give to them in any other way.”

Fig Street Inn: According Greg Kohler, innkeeper at Fig Street Inn in Cape Charles, VA, “Becoming an Innkeeper was a choice I made with my wife so we could raise our children together. We thought we would become innkeepers ‘later in life,’ but the opportunity presented itself, and now I get to be home every day with our children. I’ve been there for the milestone moments and watched them grow, and I couldn’t have done that if I was working an office job.”

Happy Father’s Day from InnVirginia!

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3 B&B Specials to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Did you know that June is Great Outdoors Month? And did you know that Virginia and its B&Bs are celebrating this recognition of the outdoors? With our forests, mountains, rivers, and beaches, Virginia is an absolutely ideal destination for all lovers of the great outdoors. Check out these InnVirginia specials that will make your Great Outdoors getaway one to remember:

  1. Outdoors – Fresh Air, Fun, and Relaxation, Corner Stone Farm, Red Oak, VA: Corner Stone Farm is ready to offer its visitors a taste of the outdoors with nature walks, bird-watching, horseback riding, goat packing and fishing. Grab a picnic lunch and let nature refresh you from the exhaustion of the real world.
  2. Stay & Ride, Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast, Waynesboro, VA: What is a better way to observe Great Outdoors Month than will a three-hour horseback ride? After a three-course B&B breakfast, you’ll traverse a number of Virginia’s hills, streams, and vistas, enjoying a saddlebag lunch and then return to Belle Hearth for wine and cheese.
  3. Bird Watching Travel Package, Mountain Rose Inn, Floyd, VA: Whether you’re a dedicated bird-watcher or you just like to casually observe the feathered friends outside your window, this package will have you enjoying and appreciating the many varieties of birds that make their home in Virginia.

Click here for more information and a full list of our Outdoor Package Specials.

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more.” -Lord Byron

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with these Mother-Daughter Duos!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Mother’s Day will be here shortly, and for most individuals, mothers and maternal figures are held with unparalleled high regard as irreplaceable role models for their daughters. For a couple of InnVirginia members, these family dynamics transfer over into the world of hospitality, where mothers and daughters work alongside each other as innkeepers in a balance of responsibilities and familial enjoyment.

Uphill House: Whether they’re serving you a freshly prepared breakfast or tending to the greenery along their Gordonsville, Virginia property, Suzanne Solomon and Samantha Darling are a dynamic mother/daughter duo. According to Sam, “My mom and I have always been close and things like cooking, decorating, and being crafty were always things we enjoyed doing together, so the B&B naturally fit into our relationship. Before the B&B, we were living in different states and now she’s right down the stairs – I do not think we’ve tried so many new recipes in our life! She has always been so supportive and it has been fun getting to work with her as a business partner as well (it’s nice to have back up when my husband decides he needs to put a tractor into his maintenance budget!).”

Holladay House: For Sharon Elswick, her mother-in-law Kathy is an invaluable part of the daily operations of Holladay House in Orange, Virginia. Sharon says, “When my husband and I bought our inn, we were incredibly lucky his mom and dad were 110% committed to helping us succeed.  They jumped right in, filling the gaps in our knowledge base and being our cheerleading section.  My mom-in-law helps me with anything ‘house,’ gently lending her smarts, support and laughter.  This inn — and my psyche — would not be the same without her. This place shines with her touch.”

These mother/daughter duos are ready to welcome you to their B&Bs. What better gift is there for Mother’s Day than a relaxing Virginia getaway? (Plus, if you can’t schedule a vacation right on Mother’s Day, you can always offer the gift of an InnVirginia gift card!)

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Four Cleaning Tips From an Innkeeper

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Innkeepers work hard at presenting the best and cleanest establishment possible. Recently, Association Director, Amy Hager, got to “play” innkeeper for the day at Waypoint House B&B in Berryville, VA. After a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs with ricotta cheese (get the recipe here) Innkeeper Rachel Worsley taught Amy how to flip a room and prepare it for the arriving guests. Here are four tips that you can use when you are cleaning your bedroom or bathroom this spring.

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Clean natural pine hardwood floors

    1. Sal Suds (a bio-degradable cleaning solution that is created with naturally derived surfactants) is a great “green cleaning solution” that can be used in the bathroom, to mop floors and in the kitchen. It is great on the natural pine hardwood floors at Waypoint House B&B because it doesn’t create a waxy build up like Murphy Wood Cleaner or other wood waxes. The cleaner has no preservatives and no added color.
    2. Rachel kept saying “A dry bathroom is a clean bathroom.” After using the Sal Suds and a hospital disinfectant cleaning solution with a wet cloth, she wipes down all the surfaces with a drying towel to prevent any opportunity for moisture to sit and cause ugly water spots or stains on the clean bathroom (also, mildew would have nowhere to grow.)
    3. Cotton Duvet Covers are great to preserve and protect your down comforter, but can get wrinkly sitting in the closet. Once the cover is on the comforter, pull it tight and lightly spray it with a water bottle to get the wrinkles out. In 5 to 10 minutes the winkles will disappear.

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      Before and After

Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets

Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets

  1. Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets to make it easy to make the bed alone. Watch this video of how Rachel does it. Here are the basic steps:
  • Fold the sheet or blanket in half, bottom to top, with the “good” sides facing each other.  Your tag edge, or stitched edges will be the ones you see facing out after this first fold.
  • Fold the sheet or blanket in half again, this time from side to side.  The item is now in quarters.  This is important when you go to make the bed.
  • Keep folding into halves until you get the sheet the size you need to fit in your storage area.
  • To make the bed, unfold the sheet or blanket until it is at its quarter size.  Line it up with the top of the bed and place the folded side on the centerline of the bed.  Flip the cloth out from one side of the bed to the other, then pull the top edge down to the bottom of the bed.

One really unique tool at Waypoint House B&B is an Ironite from the 1940s. Rachel is able to use this machine to iron sheets, table placemats, cloths and more! The automatic ironer owner’s manual states you can “Take a holiday from hand ironing… for the rest of your life!” Rachel claims the Ironite has saved her hours of hand ironing and is easy to use. She demonstrated on a table place mat, but basically you use your knees to manage the controls, keeping your hands free to guide the garment into the wheel and press out all the wrinkles.

1940s Ironite

1940s Ironite

Overall, Rachel at Waypoint House B&B maintains a fresh, clean, modern B&B. Go here to check out the profile and book a room today (PS, The Shore Room with the blue wall is the one Amy stayed in she LOVED it)