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A Virginia Bucket List: 5 Restaurants to Visit Before You Die

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Many of you may have read through HamptonRoads.com’s recent article “The 30 places to eat in Virginia before you die,” so we’ve decided to compile a list of our very own, based on recommendations from a few of our Inn Virginia members. Virginia offers a huge range of fantastic, top-notch restaurants, so remember that these are only a few of our favorite eateries:

Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, VA: Step back in time with this historic restaurant, which is only a short drive away from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. You’ll get a taste of the 18th century with traditional southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw and corn bread. (Nearby lodging options): Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm, Ebenezer House B&B, Ginger Hill B&B, B&B at Mountain Valley Farm)

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Something Different, Urbanna, VA: This aptly-named restaurant comes with the tagline “specializing in fine Neanderthal cuisine,” so you know you’re in for a unique experience. Try an applechain hotdog, a pork BBQ sandwich, or some homemade premium ice cream. (Nearby lodging options: Atherston Hall B&B, Bethany Inn at Leafwood)
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Buffalo and More, Riner, VA: This restaurant provides casual dining and a host of hearty meal options. Feast on a buffalo burger quesadilla, a brisket platter, or a buffalo bratwurst platter. You certainly won’t go hungry here! (Nearby lodging options: Ivycrest B&B, Oaks Victorian Inn)

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Cristina’s Café, Strasburg, VA: Owned and run by sisters, Wendy and Cristina, Cristina’s Café offers delicious food with a “Buy Fresh—Buy Local” emphasis. The café provides everything from beet risotto to grass-fed sirloin burgers to kale & quinoa salad. (Nearby lodging options: Inn at Narrow Passage, Old Waterstreet Inn)

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The Ashby Inn and Restaurant, Paris, VA- Not only is this B&B an Inn Virginia member, but, as its name suggests, it’s also a restaurant, and a high-quality one at that. Northern Virginia Magazine named The Ashby Inn as one of their “50 Best Restaurants,” labeling one meal as “stunning, with flavors as nuanced as its design.”

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Best Places to Stay in Williamsburg, VA

Monday, August 18th, 2014

As we all know, Virginia is chock full of history. From Jamestown to Monticello to Chincoteague, the Commonwealth is rich with the past, offering museums, re-enactments, guided tours, preservations, and restorations. One such place that delights the history buff in us all is Williamsburg with its colonial historic and its inclusion in the Historic Triangle along with Jamestown and Yorktown. Tour the Mariners’ Museum, the Sherwood Forest Plantation, or the Virginia Living Museum. Step through time at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield, or the Yorktown Victory Center.

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Williamsburg isn’t all history, however, and you’ll find plenty of other activities as well. Spend a day at the ever-popular theme park Busch Gardens or Water Country USA. Take a boat out with Yorktown Sailing Charters or sip your way through Williamsburg Winery.

Once you’re worn out from a day of discovery, you’ll need a place to rest and recharge for another day, and that’s where Inn Virginia comes in. We have some of the best places to stay in Williamsurg, and they’re just waiting for your arrival:

Newport House B&B- Newport House is “Williamsburg’s most historically authentic B&B.” Innkeepers You are invited to relax in their 18th century-themed inn, complete with Tuesday evening colonial dancing in the ballroom. Rest well in either the New England Chamber or the Philadelphia Chamber, both of which provide historic aesthetics and modern accoutrements.

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Jasmine Plantation- This plantation home is a restored 18th century farmhouse with modern day elegance. Take advantage of one of their seven guest rooms and explore the reflecting pool, the Magnolia Terrace, the footbridge and the miniature waterfall. You won’t want to miss out on these picturesque accommodations. (They’re also especially known for their weddings, so if you’re looking for a wedding venue, here’s our recommendation!)

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Bentley Manor Inn- Bentley Manor is an establishment that dates back to the 1700s and also happens to be within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg. Immerse yourself in hearty, country breakfasts, quiet scenery, nearby history, and overall relaxation. Whether you’re walking the local streets or enjoying a show on the flatscreen TV in your room, you’ll find what one reviewer calls “the 3 Cs—comfort, convenience, and charm.”

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For a full list of our Williamsburg B&Bs, click here.

InnVirginia Guests Give Back

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

InnVirginia offers a unique stay at over 200 inspected and approved B&B locations and now InnVirginia has something more to offer guests and their local community members. “Fighting Hunger withINN Virginia” as they partner with the Virginia Federation of Food Banks. The Virginia Federation of Food Banks is comprised of seven locations that donated roughly 137 million pounds of groceries and supplies in 2013 alone. This great way to give back to the local community can be done in many ways simply by kicking back at your favorite B&B.

FightingHungerWithInnSeveral locations have jumped at the opportunity to support their local food bank this summer when supplies and donations are low, while demand runs high. Foxfield Inn of Charlottesville, VA has created a donation jar, reminding guests that each dollar donated helps provide 4 meals. Holladay House Bed and Breakfast and the Inn at Westwood Farm each plan to donate $1 per breakfast served during the month of August. Contributions made this season alone will assist over 1 million Virginians in need. Check out a B&B near you to see how you can help combat hunger!

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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