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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.)

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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.

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!)


Photo by Glenn Martin, The Iris Inn

Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month with InnVirginia

Monday, August 17th, 2015



“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 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:

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:

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:

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.


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)



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!