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The 89th Annual Pony Swim, Chincoteague Island

Monday, July 21st, 2014

“On the shores of Chincoteague the people pressed forward, their faces strained to stiffness, as they watched Assateague Beach. ‘Here they come!’ The cry broke out from every throat.” –Marguerite Henry, Misty of Chincoteague

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For over eighty years now, people from all over have flocked to Chincoteague Island for the Pony Swim and Pony Penning Day, an annual tradition that was made popular in Marguerite Henry’s book Misty of Chincoteague. Now in its 89th year, you have the opportunity to attend Pony Penning Day for yourself:

On July 26-27, 2014, the Pony Round-Up will commence, where Saltwater Cowboys will herd around 150 wild ponies into corrals along Assateague Island.

On July 28, the Cowboys will walk the ponies from the northern corral to the beachfront to the southern corral, beginning at 6 a.m. for those who wish to watch.

July 30, 2014 is the Pony Swim, where the Saltwater Cowboys move the herd from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. (If you’re interested in owning a pony of your own, the first foal to swim to shore will be named King or Queen Neptune and will be given away at a raffle later in the day.)

And finally, on July 31, 2014, the Pony Auction will take place, benefitting the islands as a fundraiser and also as a source of size control for the pony herd.

Pony Penning Day is a source of excitement for all who attend, whether you’re there to bid on a pony or simply watch these beautiful animals swim the Assateague Channel.

Need lodging suggestions? Try out these fantastic Inn Virginia members—1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn, and Miss Molly’s Inn. (Trivia: Marguerite Henry actually stayed at Miss Molly’s in while she was writing Misty of Chincoteague.)

Photo by Bonnie Gruenberg

Photo by Bonnie Gruenberg

Aspiring Workshop Class

Monday, July 14th, 2014

If you’re looking to gain some hands on guidance and expand your B&B knowledge, then the September 2014 workshop class is the valuable experience for you! Join The BBAV and B&B Team at The Page House in Norfolk, VA, September 12,13 and 14th. Clarifying questions, such as “How to Run a B&B”, no matter how big or small remains our goal. This weekend class will provide aspiring members the opportunity to observe the Innkeeper at The Page House prepare and serve breakfast as well as “flip” a room! Additional activities include; networking opportunities, guided instructional sessions, presentations and more. Previous attendees have found the workshop to be a priceless preliminary element when it comes to running and maintaining their B&Bs. “very professional and led well,  was exactly what we were looking for and realized that they are the best in the industry”- Lee Ramelle, 2013. ”informative, well organized, wealth of information, shared and pointed out resources for follow up”- Gloria Thomas, 2013.  The deadline to register for the 2014 workshop is September 1st.

2014 Aspiring class Schedule

Friday, September 12
Check-in 3-5
5-6 Opening Session with The B&B Team
6:30 “Getting to know you” dinner (location TBA)

Saturday, September 13
7:30-8:30 Breakfast 101 (breakout into groups – for attendees that are staying at The Page House only)
8:30-Noon The B&B Team Sessions
Noon-1pm Lunch (if weather allows we might sit outdoors and enjoy the weather
1-5:30 The B&B Team Sessions
6-7 Networking Reception at The Page House (open to all attendees) with other innkeepers, Inns for Sale and industry contacts
7:30 Dinner (location TBA and open to all attendees)

Sunday, September 14
7:30-8:30 Breakfast 101 (breakout into groups – for attendees that are staying at The Page House only)
8:30-9 Check-out
9:00-10:00 The basics of cleaning and flipping a room
10:00-1 The B&B Team Sessions
1:00-5 Tour Norfolk and are B&Bs (open to all attendees)
5:00-7 Regional BBAV Meeting and Dinner with current Innkeepers and Members

The Best Breakfasts in Staunton, Virginia

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

If you read our previous blog entry, you’ll know that one of our newest members, Thornrose House at Gypsy Hill, offers a fantastic breakfast in Staunton, VA, but did you know that there are three other Inn Virginia B&Bs that complete the list of best breakfasts in Staunton?

Middle Ridge B&B is ready to present its guests with hearty breakfasts that one TripAdvisor reviewer describes as “far superior and plentiful to any [they] have been presented with.” Sink your teeth into fluffy pancakes, hot, scrambled eggs, and fresh fruit. If you have dietary restrictions, then have no fear, as owners Rodney and Sue Knight are more than ready to accommodate your culinary needs.

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Your mouth will water at just the thought of breakfast at The Inn at Old Virginia. Owner Eve Carter welcomes you to her inn, where you can indulge in crispy bacon, perfectly powdered French toast, fluffy quiche, and more, all served in an English-style conservatory to complete your dining experience. As one reviewer put it, “Breakfast is served in a beautiful atrium with nearly 360 degree views of the country side and the food is absolutely delicious!”

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Breakfast is served at Montclair B&B! Innkeepers Sheri and Mark Bang specialize in egg dishes, and one reviewer even calls Mark an “Eggsperts (that is, he has taken classes in Egg preparation.” Enjoy a mushroom omelet, eggs Benedicts, or just good old-fashioned scrambled eggs. Don’t worry if you don’t really have a taste for eggs, as they have a wide selection of other hearty, homemade breakfast food as well.

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Hotels vs. B&Bs

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

You’ve figured out your destination, picked your vacation, and made arrangements for your pets and plants while you’re away. Now comes the big question—where are you going to stay? As you research your lodging choices, it may come down to a choice between a hotel and a bed & breakfast, and if you’re wondering about the differences between the two, Inn Virginia is here to enlighten you:

  1. B&Bs offer a more personal, unique experience. Hotels are oftentimes part of a chain, and everything from the furnishings to the personnel are standard and routine. B&Bs, on the other hand, are usually independently owned, offering personalized service, interaction with the innkeepers, unique décor, and a general “home away from home, but better” experience. From modern to historic, B&B styles are vastly different but equally inviting.
  2. The emphasis placed on breakfast is significant at a B&B and limited at a hotel. Many hotels offer continental breakfasts that include light fare such as cereal, yogurt, muffins, and bagels. At a B&B, you’ll feast on gourmet cuisine, oftentimes made with local ingredients from area vendors. Multiple morning meal courses will include everything from fresh fruit to pancakes to bacon and sausage. And if you have specific dietary restrictions, innkeepers are happy to accommodate you.
  3. Hotels will charge you for certain amenities which are free at B&Bs. Not all hotels are guilty, but many require a fee for parking, internet access, phone calls, water bottles, and any items in the excessively-priced mini-bar. B&Bs, however, offer these same amenities (and more!) without charge.

Overall, the main difference between hotels and B&Bs lies in customized luxury. Hotels may be an efficient means of lodging, but inns tailor to your individual needs, ensuring that you have the most comfortable and fulfilling getaway possible.

Click here to browse our member inns, and find the perfect B&B for your Virginia vacation.

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Glamping: Luxury Camping at a Virginia B&B

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Are you a fan of camping, but hesitant to sacrifice comfort for a chance to experience the great outdoors? Then “glamping” just might be for you. Glamping, or “glamorous camping,” offers you all of the sights and sounds of the natural world while still providing luxury accommodations, and our member inns take glamping to a Bed & breakfast level:

The cabins at Fort Lewis Lodge in Millboro, VA are cozy, wooded, hand-hewn log cabins, perfect for the luxury camper. Fort Lewis Lodge offers four cabins for your glamping adventure—The Walatoola Cabin, The Uplands Cabin, The Tall Timbers Cabin, and the John Lewis Cabin. Instead of trekking through the woods to collect firewood for kindling, light a fire right in your own cabin fireplace. Rather than waking with a sore back after a night on the hard ground, greet your morning refreshed in a comfy queen-sized bed. While nature is right outside your door, comfort is right inside.

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Brightwood Vineyard and Farm Cottage B&B is a woodland retreat that utilized natural materials, natural lighting, and forested scenery. Brightwood’s newly renovated cottage features everything from a gourmet kitchen to a wraparound porch that overlooks the Robinson River. This cottage B&B epitomizes glamping with its incorporation of nature into its deluxe accommodations—the cottage floors are made of reclaimed, 100-year old chestnut boards, the porch railings are cedar trunks from Brightwood’s property, and the main support beam for the cottage is a beautiful tree.

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The Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm occupy a small portion of 200 mountain acres and include four lodging options—Creek House Cottage,    LaurelWood Cottage, Pines Cottage, and Ridge Cottage. Instead of charring a hotdog over a campfire, grill your meal on the back deck of your cottage. You could always wave through stream waters while camping, but wouldn’t you rather soak your cares away in a Jacuzzi? Rest with fans and air conditioning in the heat of summer, and cool off in Chesley Creek’s pool after a long hike on one of the many nearby trails.

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Indulging in nature doesn’t mean forgoing comfort, so check availability at our B&Bs, and reserve your glamping getaway.

Robert E. Lee Even had Breakfast Here!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes Braehead Manor, Fredericksburg, VA, to its list of inspected and approved B&Bs. Originally built in 1859, this historic manor house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, and developed into a B&B by current innkeeper

s, Warren and Karen Bane, in 2011. This only describes a small fraction of the manor’s unique and longstanding history as it became a popular spot during the Civil War and stands within the limits of the Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park. Robert E. Lee even had breakfast there!

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Braehead Manor’s life as a B&B only adds to its already remarkable past, allowing guests to experience Fredericksburg’s history while adding to the manor’s cultural heritage in the present by creating experiences of their own.

Now, this B&B serves residents and travelers alike, interested in history and a high quality stay experience—which is why Braehead’s innkeepers sought a membership with BBAV. It’s important to have the property inspected, Karen Bane says, “In order to maintain high standards and safety for guests.” Furthermore, the membership itself is valuable because it allows their B&B “to be promoted on BBAV’s website.”

Although Warren and Karen Bane opened Braehead Manor in order to provide a historical landmark for residents and tourists of the area. These initial goals have grown into their current goals of “expanding the B&B into a wedding venue and creating more activities and events to allow citizens to become familiar with the historic property.”

Modern Virginia B&Bs

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

When many people think of bed & breakfasts, they still have the image of doily-covered rooms with miscellaneous trinkets and baubles on every spare shelf and table.  Thanks to Better Way to Stay’s humorous “NO Doily!” campaign, many B&Bs are updating their décor. At our members inns, you’ll find modernized comfort for a contemporary getaway:

Magnolia House Inn may be historic B&B, but that doesn’t mean it’s dated! Check out the Ellington Suite with its spa room, Bain Ultra Thermomassage tub, massage offerings, and sitting room with comfortable, leather chairs.

Cedar Spring Inn & Spa is celebrating its 10th year as a luxurious retreat designed by an architect from Charlottesville, Virginia. Each unique, modern room offers everything from flat screen TVs to high speed Wi-Fi to elegant furnishings. No old-fashioned décor here!

Maury Place at Monument is a luxury bed & breakfast with four stylish suites. Relax with heated tile floors, multi-nozzle rain head showers, flat screen TVs, and decorations that are “both sophisticated and refreshingly modern.”

The Hope and Glory Inn is a picture of modernized history, a boutique inn with all of the up-to-date amenities needed for a lavish getaway. The Hope and Glory also specializes in spa treatments and therapies, so if you’re looking for a Shiatsu massage, a maternity massage, aromatherapy, or cranial sacral therapy, you’ve found the right place.

Museum District Bed & Breakfast brings tradition and innovation to a sophisticated meeting point. Take, for instance, Judge Rhea’s Suite—a two-person shower/steam room, black and white marble floors, dimmer light switches for a candlelight effect, and a flat screen TV. Does it get any better than that?

Foster Harris House is at your service with a wealth of modernity. With its spa showers, marble floors, Italian tile, and lighted makeup mirrors, and chic furnishings, you’ll find yourself in relaxing luxury.

The William Cox Inn offers a modern, North Wing addition to their 18th century B&B. Relax in the North Oak Room, the White Oak Room, The Redbud Room, or the Tulip Poplar Room, each which its own classy accoutrement.

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The Best Places to Stay in Cape Charles, VA

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Cape Charles, Virginia is an idyllic town on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. From the town’s mile-long beach to the restaurants, museums, and shopping destinations, Cape Charles promises adventure both on and off the water. And after a day of kayaking with SouthEast Expeditions, horseback riding with Pfeiffer Riding Stables, or fishing with Cape Charles Water Sports, you’re going to need a place to rest your head and relax your body. That’s where Inn Virginia comes in:

Fig Street Inn is a “boutique style” B&B with the perfect blend of history and modernity. Built in 1899, Fig Street offers everything from antique décor to modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and Blu-ray players. Innkeepers Donna and Greg Kohler invite you to make yourself at home in one of their elegant rooms—The Barnegat Room, The Narragansett Room, the Chesapeake Room, and the Boston Harbor Suite—and to indulge in a breakfast which TripAdvisor reviewers have labeled as “delicious,” “amazing,” and “to die for.” (The homemade muffins are a guest favorite, so you won’t want to miss them.)

Innkeepers Bruce and Carol Evans are ready for your arrival at Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast. This 1912 Colonial Revival inn boasts five historically elegant rooms—The Julia Wilkins Room, the Thomas Dixon Room, The William L. Scott Room, The B.F. Kellogg Room and The Alexander Cassatt Room.  Your accommodations include a full gourmet breakfast and complimentary wine, cheese, tea, and sweets. As one TripAdvisor reviewer promises, “these very special innkeepers will leave you feeling refreshed, pampered, well fed, and you will not want to leave without making a return reservation.”

With its view of Occohannock Creek, its rich history, and its exceptionally warm innkeepers, Bay View Waterfront B&B is an ideal lodging option just down the road from Cape Charles. Mary Will and Wayne Browning are ready to welcome you to their 19th century establishment, a “beautiful, peaceful getaway with warm hospitality and splendid views of the bay” (TripAdvisor). Kick back and relax on the dock, sink your teeth into sweet potato cakes, fresh fruit, and baked French toast, and relax in the comfort of The Allison Room, The Brooke Room, or The Elizabeth Room.

Want to check out our other Eastern Shore B&Bs? Click here.

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Farm. Fresh. Pledge

Monday, May 19th, 2014

You could win a gift card to stay at one of InnVirginia’s properties when buying at your local farmer’s market!

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend and peak farmers’ market season, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announces the 2014 “Farm. Fresh. Pledge!” program. VDACS and the Virginia Food System Council are bringing back the popular promotion for its second year to encourage Virginians to support their local farmers’ markets and buy fresh-from-the-farm Virginia Grown products this summer.

Consumers who shop at a local farmers’ market and track their purchases with a “Farm. Fresh. Pledge!” punch card will have the chance to win. Each time you spend $10 at the market, ask to have your punch card punched. Once you fill up all 14 slots on your card, hand it over to the market manager at a Virginia’s Farmers’ Market and your card will be entered into a monthly drawing for a chance to win a Virginia Grown/Virginia’s Finest® prize pack valued at up to $200. To celebrate Virginia Farmers’ Market Week in August, there will be a special drawing for a Virginia Grown/Virginia’s Finest® prize pack and a gift certificate for a Virginia bed & breakfast getaway courtesy of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia. Complete “Farm. Fresh. Pledge!” promotion details are posted on VirginiaGrown.com.

At the end of the summer, a special prize will be awarded to the Virginia farmers’ market with the most completed entries. Virginians are also invited to show their farmers’ market pledge online and watch the pledges rise through the Virginia Food System Council’s pledge webpage.

As the demand for Virginia products has increased, so has the number of farmers’ markets. Today, Virginia has more than 240 farmers’ markets statewide. Research by Virginia Cooperative Extension has shown that if each household in Virginia spent just $10 a week on locally grown agricultural products, consumers would invest an additional $1.65 billion back into the local economy each year.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) maintains a list of Virginia farmers’ markets by region on VirginiaGrown.com. Virginians can find markets in rural and urban communities across the Commonwealth. Farmers’ markets are a great place to find fresh Virginia Grown tomatoes, corn, squash, peaches, melons, berries, flowers and so much more, all harvested at their peak of flavor, freshness and nutrition. Click here to view a calendar of fruit and vegetable availability in Virginia.

Shady Acres Bed & Breakfast, Hanover, VA

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Shady Acres, a small country B&B in Hanover, VA, has been inspected and approved for membership with BBAV.

Innkeepers Gail and Ralph Olberg opened Shady Acres due to their love for hospitality. Gail says, “It’s fun! My husband and I love having company. Our home has always been where people gather for holidays and other events…We used to live in an area where the Chamber would put out a request for people to open their homes to accommodate tourists throughout the year, such as, parent’s weekend at colleges, foliage season, marathons and other events. We met so many wonderful people with such interesting stories from places like Oregon, Texas, New Mexico and Canada, etc.” Shady Acres allows Gail and Ralph to carry on this tradition of hospitality through their business, having fun while they do it.

Part of what makes them love being innkeepers is that they get “to provide a relaxing family-like experience for guests, where they will want to return and share their experience with their friends, family and acquaintances.” In other words, For Gail and Ralph, Shady Acres is a home away from home, where guests stay as family and leave as friends.

Gail and Ralph sought BBAV inspection and approval in order to work and connect with other B&Bs, sharing experiences and information, as well as gaining access to the wealth of information and resources provided by the association. Gail says, “I have found it to be the more knowledge I acquire the better experience I can provide for my B&B guests. Whenever I have had a question BBAV has provided an answer either directly, through their members or through one of their many online webinars.” She continues to describe the BBAV membership as “like a seal of quality” in that BBAV has a high-standard of quality that must be met for membership.

Shady Acres is more than just a place for Gail and Ralph to host guests like family and friends. The inn treats its visitors to a small-town country atmosphere made possible by both Gail and Ralph’s hospitality and amiability as well as the gardens and hens on the property. Gail bakes pies made with fresh fruits from the yard, and she uses fresh eggs for breakfast each morning. These hens, too, are part of the family at Shady Acres, with their own names and personalities. Gail says, “They all come running when it’s time for their daily treat! Some of their favorites are fresh blueberries, watermelon and grapes.”

Come visit Gail and Ralph at Shady Acres, where you’ll find a relaxing, country atmosphere and some great company, too.

 

 

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Shady Acres B&B