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The Best Fall Views in Virginia

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

If you haven’t guessed from the red and orange décor, the pumpkin spice lattes, and the emerging chill in the air, fall has arrived. Our Inn Virginia members have some of the best autumn views, and we’ve pulled together a lodging list of inns that you’ll definitely want to visit this season:

Snowdonia on the James- Immerse yourself in autumn at this Scottsville cottage. Walk the banks of the James River and pause for a photo op in the Riverbluff Gazebo. Snowdonia’s Eryri Cottage is nestled in the forests, which means that fall views will be right outside your window.

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Inn at Gristmill Square- This rustic yet elegant B&B features a “prime location deep within the ancient mountains of the George Washington National Forest in the Allegheny Highlands. Lush forests, quiet back roads, and ancient mineral springs.”

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Mayneview B&B- This Inn Virginia member is located “in the heart of Virginia’s lush Shenandoah Valley” and “nestled between the Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest.” You know what that means—a wooded escape with mountain views.

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Ginger Hill B&B- This B&B is a “country home, located on fourteen and a half secluded, wooded acres in Central Virginia.” These trees are awaiting your autumn arrival.

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Inn on Town Creek- This beautiful B&B offers two creeks, “landscaped with the rock gardens, tiered brick walls, patios, rhododendrons, dog woods, pines and dawn redwoods which add to the tranquility.” Sounds like a fall paradise, doesn’t it?

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Click here for a full list of our Inn Virginia members.

The Best B&B Beds

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

One of the most important features of a B&B is the bed. (After all it’s literally half of the name.) From antique, four poster frames to sleek, modern designs and soft, there is a bed for everyone, and we like to think that our Inn Virginia members offer the best. Check out a few of our beds that are just waiting to grant you rest and relaxation:

1. You have a number of fantastic beds to choose from at the Black Horse Inn. Rest easy in the four-posted mahogany bed of the Hunt Box Suite or the wrought iron queen size canopy bed of The Fox & The Grape. You’ll feel like a king in Hunters Haven with its four-poster Chippendale canopy bed or a queen in the Rosemont with its “ornate queen-sized hand-carved, canopy bed with privacy curtains.”

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2. Herring Hall provides its guests with both comfort and history. In the General Room, you’ll find a beautiful walnut bed that is original to the Herring family. The Keydet Room “boasts an antique high backed walnut queen size bed” with a memory foam mattress that guarantees a night of deep relaxation.

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3. The beds at Longwood Bed & Breakfast embody the word “class.” For example, in the Jarman Room, you can rest your head on in a canopied full bed that complements the accompanying hand carved, mahogany furniture set. Meanwhile, the Grant Room features a “features a hand carved lacquered antique queen bed.”

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4. Maysville Manor present a variety of beds. Try the antique double sleigh of the Thomas Jefferson Room. Get your rest in the 1850s antique double rope bed in the Thomas May Room, or slumber in the Garden Room’s cannonball queen-sized bed.

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5. Strathmore House B&B on the Shenandoah is furnished with beds that “bring to mind royalty, elegance, and refinement,” and you’ll no doubt feel as though you’re sleeping in a fairy tale. Sleep well in the Imperial’s romantic four-poster bed, the Belgravia’s four-poster iron bed, or the Maychild’s classic, Victorian iron bed.

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“Fall” in Love with a Virginia Hike

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, we’re on a countdown to the first day of fall. Here in Virginia, autumn is breathtaking. The dark green of summer gradually fades and then bursts into shades of red, orange, and yellow, and the best way to view these seasonal hues is on a hike:

B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Lexington- This B&B is near a number of fantastic hikes. Muster up the strength to enjoy the challenging 5.6 miles of Jump Mountain Trail. Brushy Hills Hike offers a more moderate trail through former logging roads. For an easy but just-as-beautiful stroll, enjoy the Buena Vista River Walk, or the Chessie Nature Trail. Click here for a list of trails near Lexington.

Maysville Manor, Buckingham- Maysville Manor is close to a gorgeous portion of Virginia known as Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. There are numerous trials that wind themselves through this state forest, along with opportunities to hunt, fish, geocache, and bike.

Beaver Glen Bed & Breakfast, Meadows of Dan- Beaver Glen is close to a short, half-mile loop hike called the Round Meadow Trail. This is perfect for those who want to venture outdoors to see the autumn scenery, but don’t want to commit to a long day-hike. Another Meadows of Dan hike is the Mountain Industry Trail. This trail is also an easy half-mile hike, unique in its passage through old farm buildings, a whisky still, mountain crafts, and other relics of rural life in the early 1900s.

Cross House Garden Inn, Weyers Cave- Cross House Garden Inn is only a short drive away from some gorgeous hikes. If you like waterfalls, then hike the 3.2 miles of Doyles River, or make a day of it and trek across the 9.8-mile loop of the Riprap Trail in Crozet.

Doctor’s Inn, Galax- Galax, Virginia offers the New River Trail, part of New River Trail State Park, for your autumn adventure. The entire trail is 52-miles long and runs along an abandoned railroad line. With the gentle hiking trails comes the New River, gift shops, horseback riding, biking, and canoeing. Explore as much as you like, then return to the Doctor’s Inn to refresh after your excursion.

For a full list of our B&Bs near hiking trails, click here.

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Happy Hiking!

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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