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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, info@innvirginia.com or (434) 878-2269, or click here.

Fall Travel Tips with InnVirginia

Friday, August 21st, 2015

While we’re technically still in the midst of summer, the weather in Virginia has been hinting of autumn, and now is the time when many begin to plan their fall foliage travels.  With all of your planning and packing, it may be easy to overlook a few necessary things to help you enjoy your fall getaway to its fullest, so check out our handy travel tips to help you make the most of your Virginia vacation:

  1. Book your room in advance. While some B&Bs may have rooms open for walk-ins, chances are, everything will be booked up with other fall foliage travelers.
  2. Be sure to have your camera. Whether it’s a point-and-shoot, a professional DSLR, or a simple camera on your phone, you’ll want to be ready to capture all of the brilliance of the upcoming fall foliage.
  3. Bring your hiking boots. The best autumn views are, of course, outdoors, and sometimes it may require a bit of effort to reach them.
  4. Dress in layers. Fall weather in Virginia is capricious, and the day can offer anything from hot sunshine to a cold rainstorm. Check the weather forecast and bring layers of clothing for your convenience.”
  5. Stay up-to-date with autumn in Virginia by calling the “Fall Foliage Hotline” at 1-800-424-LOVE.
  6. Coordinate your getaway with specific fall festivals. There are numerous autumn festivals all across Virginia, so plan your vacation around a festival and enjoy the array of fall colors as an added bonus.

Ready to book your room? Check out a list of our Inn Virginia members. Also, don’t forget to follow Inn Virginia on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. (If you take photos of the fall foliage, feel free to share them with us on our social media sites!)

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Photo by Glenn Martin, The Iris Inn

Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month with InnVirginia

Monday, August 17th, 2015

 

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“I ordered a beer and then I ordered another beer, because why finish one when I can finish two?” — Jarod Kintz, Xazaqazax

Picture yourself sitting on the front porch of a luxurious bed & breakfast. The heat of summer’s end is in the air, and though the morning hinted of autumn, the day has quickly grown muggy, and you’ve found yourself parched. Luckily for you, you’re only a few minutes away from a local Virginia microbrewery where you can quench your thirst with sips of carefully-crafted and award-winning brews.

Did you know that August is Virginia Craft Beer Month? Sounds like a great excuse for a brewery excursion! Whether you’re heading down the Brew Ridge Trail, the LoCo Ale Trail, the Red, White, and Brew Trail, or Nelson 151, there’s a Virginia brewery out there to suit your tastes. As Virginia.org says, “It appears that Virginians and visitors passing through our beautiful Commonwealth are enjoying the liquid love on tap.”

The Trails:

Nelson 151 Trail– This scenic brewery trail (which also includes wine, hard cider, and a distillery) features three breweries with award-winning beverages: Blue Mountain Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. (InnVirginia Lodging: http://www.innvirginia.com/central-region-virginia.html.)

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Beerway– Enjoy a self-guided tour at one or more (or all!) of the eight breweries along this trail. The Beerway is also offering a number of prizes, gift certificates and merchandise in honor of Virginia Craft Beer Month. (InnVirginia Lodging: http://www.innvirginia.com/blue-ridge-highlands-region-virginia.html)

LoCo Ale Trail– This Loudon County trail features fourteen breweries and some absolutely beautiful scenery for your enjoyment. Click here to check out the breweries’ upcoming events with everything from murder mysteries to live music. (InnVirginia Lodging: http://www.innvirginia.com/northern-region-virginia.html)

We look forward to seeing you during Virginia Craft Beer Month! Don’t forget to book your reservation at one of our member B&Bs!

 

Fall INN LOVE with Virginia

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Love plays a big part in Virginia getaways. You’ve probably seen “Virginia is for Lovers” paraphernalia floating around, but it’s more than just a motto; it’s become a way of life. Our beautiful state has set out to “prove that ‘love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation’ in a BIG way by having giant ‘LOVE’ artworks pop up in many different and unexpected places across Virginia (including our very own InnVirginia member Ma Margaret’s House, which became the site of a LOVEwork display a couple years ago).

1. Cape Charles– Every letter in the Cape Charles LOVEwork display illustrates a piece of this idyllic bayside town: “The L is made of sea glass and seashells to represent the bayside community. The O is a tractor tire to represent agriculture. The V is made of kayaks to represent outdoor adventure activities and the E is made of crab pots to represent aquaculture.” (Click here for Cape Charles lodging.)

2. Veritas Vineyard– LOVE at this Afton, VA vineyard and winery reflects the viticulture of both the area and of the Commonwealth as a whole. “Each letter of the word love is nearly six feet tall and made up of hundreds of corks,” hanging over the wine bar to greet visitors. (Click here for Afton lodging.)

3. Norfolk International Airport– Welcome to Virginia, travelers! “As a celebration of Virginia’s travelers and a love for adventure, the Norfolk International Airport has constructed a giant LOVEwork to resemble different types of luggage.” (Click here for Norfolk lodging.)

4. Chincoteague– “Find LOVE, this time in the form of giant Adirondack chairs on Chincoteague Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.” At 10 feet tall and 500 pounds, four chairs spell out a proclamation of “LOVE” on Chincoteague Island, welcoming travelers to this tranquil Virginia paradise. (Click here for Chincoteague lodging.)

Next time you’re taking a much needed Virginia getaway, find a LOVEwork display near your chosen B&B, and stop for a photo. Already have a LOVEwork photo? Share it on our Facebook page, and be sure to tag it with #LOVEVA!

 

Photo by Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles

Photo by Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles

 

 

 

 

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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