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4 Ways to Celebrate Spring with InnVirginia

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that we’re all very tired of this frigid winter weather, but luckily for all of us, spring is only a few weeks away. As we watch the snow fall and wait for it to melt, we can dream of all of the ways that we’ll enjoy the warmer springtime weather. Here are four of our favorite ways to celebrate spring at a Virginia B&B:

  1. Bird Watching: You may be an experienced avian observer, or perhaps you’re a recent watcher. Whatever the case, Virginia has some extraordinary birds. From cardinals to chickadees to hummingbirds to hawks, many of our feathered friends begin to re-emerge as spring does. Observe and enjoy the sights and sounds of Virginia’s birds with a Bird Watching Travel Package with Mountain Rose Inn . You package includes a three-night stay, a welcome basket, picnic lunches, and various birding destinations.
  2. Horseback Riding: What better way is there to explore springtime in Virginia than by horseback? With Belle Hearth B&B’s Stay & Ride package, you’ll enjoy a two-night getaway, a peaceful and picturesque trail ride through Shenandoah National Forest, and a delicious saddlebag lunch.
  3. Golfing: Warm weather, beautiful greens, and relaxing scenery…you can’t go wrong with a Virginia gold course, especially when it’s part of a B&B package. Whether you’re indulging in a Hole in One Gold Escape with Stonewall Jackson B&B, a Golf Vacation Package with Mayhurst Inn, or a Golf, Wine & Whine special with Prospect Hill Plantation, you’ll definitely be enjoying your golfers’ getaway.
  4. Fishing: Picture yourself relaxing on the shores of a Virginia river, the waters moving gently at your feet, and a fishing pole grasped firmly in hand. A number of our B&Bs offer Fishing Packages for all of you anglers out there. Enjoy a Fishing Frenzy at Corner Stone Farm with a stocked fishing pond available to their B&B guest. Try your hand at fly fishing with The Collins House Inn or A B&B at Llewlelyn Lodge. And you won’t want to miss out on the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival on April 11-12 in Waynesboro, VA!

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4 Fun Spring Break Activities in Virginia

Friday, February 13th, 2015

When you think “Spring Break,” you usually picture rowdy college kids, crowded beaches, and out-of-the-country getaways. Virginia probably isn’t the first destination that comes to mind as you’re planning our Spring Break vacation, but we’re here to tell you that is should be! Here are 4 fun Virginia activities to help you welcome in springtime:

  1. Spring Break at King’s Dominion- What sounds better than Spring Break at an amusement park? King’s Dominion is known for its roller coasters like the Anaconda, the Berserker, and the Shock Wave, as well as its live entertainment. “The park will be open April 6-10 for the most thrilling Spring Break in the Mid-Atlantic” (kingsdominion.com). (Nearby lodging: Shady Acres Bed & Breakfast, Grace Manor Inn, Museum District B&B.)
  2. Virginia Beach- When you picture Spring Break, there’s usually water involved, so how about a popular East Coast beach destination? From fishing piers to ice cream parlors to parasailing, there is a wealth of activity to keep you entertained during the day. At night, explore comedy clubs, night clubs, and then rest easy at a nearby InnVirginia B&B. (Nearby lodging: Page House Inn, Barclay Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast.)
  3. A Wine-Tasting Trail Ride- Not only does Indian Summer Guide Service offer wine tasting in the heart of Albemarle County, but it also provides transportation by horseback. Choose from four different award-winning wineries, including Glass House Winery, King Family Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, and Veritas Vineyard and Winery. Seriously, does it get any better than wine and horses? (Nearby lodging: Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast, Le Bleu Ridge B&B.)
  4. Southeast Expeditions Kayak Tour- Spend your Spring Break gliding across the waters of Virginia’s stunning Eastern Shore. Whether you’re paddling as a beginner or a more advanced kayaker, you’ll find adventure, enjoyment, and fond memories to take home with you. (Nearby lodging: Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles, Cape Charles House, Chesapeake Bay View.)

 

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Falling “Inn” Love: Romantic B&B Packages for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

You have a little over a week until Valentine’s Day. Don’t be that guy (or girl) who waits until the last minute and then rushes out to buy a half-wilted roses and a box of generic chocolates. Instead, plan ahead and surprise the love of your love with one of the romantic gifts possible—a bed & breakfast getaway in Virginia. Luckily for you, InnVIrginia offers a number of Valentine’s Day specials to facilitate your romantic retreat. (Just in case you can’t make it over Valentine’s Day, an InnVirginia gift card always makes a wonderfully romantic gift as well!)

Inn at Tabbs Creek: This Romantic Waterfront Getaway includes everything you could possibly think of for a perfectly amorous getaway—a dozen red roses, chilled champagne, gourmet chocolates, and even gift certificates to The White Dog Bistro, Southwind Café, and Merroir. Plus you’ll have to days to relax with your sweetheart at The Inn at Tabbs Creek in Mathews, VA.

Carriage House Inn B&B: Carriage House Inn knows how to celebrate romance! Choose a Romantic Rendezvous, including a two-night stay, a dozen roses, a bottle of Prosecco, handmade truffles, and an ornamental stained glass heart. Pick the One Night Love Affair if you’re short on time, and enjoy a single day of romance, complete with a rose, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a bottle of Prosecco. For the full effect of a truly romantic getaway, enjoy the Total Eclipse of the Heart Package—roses, Prosecco, a basket of chocolates, cheese and crackers, downtown dining, and a couples massage.

Tree Streets Inn: The Shenandoah Valley is the perfect location for this Romantic Valentines Getaway. Treat your significant other to two nights at Tree Streets Inn, delicious hors d’oeuvres on Friday evening, and a candlelit dinner on Saturday evening.

Hummingbird Inn: With the Be My Valentine package at Hummingbird Inn, you and your sweetie will be treated to the finest of romantic specials. Indulge in gourmet chocolates, chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate martinis (hey, everyone loves chocolate, right?), mimosas with breakfast, and beautiful roses. “Dont just say Be My Valentine -SHOUT IT OUT!”

For a full list of our Valentine’s Day specials and packages, click here.

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Where to Stay During Virginia Wine & Dine Month

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

March is Virginia Wine & Dine Month, and while you may be saying, “That’s still over a month away,” it’s never too early to start planning. “Love by the Glass is a celebration to showcase Virginia wines at restaurants & wine shops across the Commonwealth,” so there are a huge number of wine-based activities to fill your Virginia itinerary. The only question now is where you should stay. InnVirginia just so happens to offer a number of wine tasting specials and packages that are perfect for Virginia Wine & Dine Month:

Mark Addy Inn, Nellysford: Wine Lovers’ Scavenger Hunt- This package includes everything from a tour of four local wineries to a trail of clues (plus a prize at the end for those who bring back all their clues). Explore beautiful Central Virginia, enjoy two bottles of wine, gourmet chocolates, and a romantic two-night stay at Mark Addy Inn. Be sure to mention this special when making your reservation.

Arcady Vineyard B&B, Charlottesville: Travelin’ Thru Package- If you want a winery getaway but are short on time, then this is the package for you. Spend a day and a half touring Charlottesville’s wine country, accompanied by a one-night stay at the picturesque (and appropriately themed) Arcady Vineyard B&B.

Vintager Inn, New Kent: Ultimate Winery Tour Getaway-This fantastic wine package offers you award-winning vintages along the Colonial Wine trail, vineyard tours, a $50 gift certificate to the Rose & Crown Tavern, and a quiet, romantic, two-night stay at the Vintager Inn.

Orchard House B&B, Lovingston: Chauffeured Wine Tours- What could be better than a five-hour tour of four different wineries, chauffeured by an experienced viticulturist? Orchard House B&B offers this and more with their Chauffeured Wine Tours package, which also includes a “Finding Your Favorite Wine” class as well as a CD of photos of your tour.

Enjoy your vino adventures!

Cozy Cottage Joins InnVirginia Family

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Cedar Hill Cottage

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The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes Cedar Hill Cottage to its list of inspected and approved B&Bs. The owners and innkeepers are appreciative of the assistance that the association provides and note that, “BBAV offers support to innkeepers with educational programs, information on current trends, and a friendship and camaraderie outlet for its members.” It also provides standards that are helpful in placing their benchmarks for every facet of the business.

Most BBAV members have multiple guest rooms, but Cedar Hill offers a singular cottage experience.  The owner turned the property into a retreat that is beautiful all year ‘round because they thought, “mother’s cottage is just too nice to let it sit empty.” It brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘sharing is caring’. As is the case with many members of BBAV, Cedar Hill takes particular delight in providing a special place that their guests will remember long after departing.

Cedar Hill’s ranch and farm-style architecture takes any visitor back to an earlier era where things weren’t quite so rushed. Located near the popular destination of Charlottesville, guests enjoy a beautiful and well-tended garden, which provides a three season spectacle of blooming flora wrapping about the cottage. In winter, the gas fireplace is the centerpiece to enjoy within the spacious interior that has all the comforts of home and none of the worries about maintenance.

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Relax out in the gardens

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Enjoy the large porch

 

Cabin in the Woods: InnVirginia’s Forested Resorts

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

The 2014 holiday season has come and gone. Your family has departed, your Christmas decorations have been put back in their boxes, and you’ve returned to your normal schedule, somewhat weary after your frenzied holiday activities. It sounds like you’re in need of a vacation. Picture yourself in a forested, Virginia retreat, resting in a cozy cabin, relaxing under the hands of a masseuse, or feasting on a hearty breakfast. This may be hypothetical, but it isn’t unrealistic; reserve your room at one of the following InnVirginia members for wooded luxury:

Scents of Cedar Bed & Breakfast is, according to one TripAdvisor reviewer, a “hidden gem with awesome hospitality.” Constructed of cedar and nestled in the woods of Petersburg, VA, innkeepers Bill and Kathy Parsley are ready to provide you with peaceful pond, an isolated Cabin the Woods, a pool to cool off on hot summer days, and a veranda where you can simply sit and watch the natural world around you.

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Cedar Spring Inn & Spa in Advance Mills, VA not only offers its guests a luxurious getaway from the real world, but it also boasts a variety of onsite activities as well. Take a dip in the pool during the hotter months, or ease your tired muscles in hot tub, steam room, or sauna available throughout the year. Burn off your hearty morning meal with a hike around the property or in the exercise room. Judith McBee welcomes you to her inn and spa.

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Pembroke Springs Retreat is convergence of Virginia and Japan right in Star Tannery, VA. Resting on 175 acres of forest, a visit to the retreat will immerse you in nature without making you compromise luxury. Enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast with “grilled fish, rice, seaweed, vegetables, egg, miso soup, and fruit.” Soak away your cares in one of Pembroke’s two Japanese baths, which use heated natural spring water. Sleep deeply in one of the five suites or relax with a book and a cup of tea in the common room.

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Enjoy your stay at one of these beautiful InnVirginia retreats. Click here to take a look at our other B&Bs.

Ring in 2015 with InnVirginia

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Can you all believe that 2014 is coming to a close? Sure, you still have Christmas to celebrate, and by the point, you’re plans are more than likely already in place (at least we hope so). Sometimes the lull in between Christmas and New Year’s is used to plan your New Year’s Eve get-togethers, and this year, we’ve done the work for you. Ring in 2015 with a Virginia event and a relaxing night or two at an InnVirginia member:

An Aqua New Year’s Eve, Cape Charles, VA: “Ring in the New Year at Aqua! ‘The Heard’ from Virginia Beach returns to help you dance the night away and countdown to 2015.” Join your fellow attendees for live music, dancing, a Prix Fixe dinner, party favors, and a New Year’s Eve toast.
Lodging: Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles, Chesapeake Bay View, Fig Street Inn

Le’Masque: Night at the Museum, Richmond, VA: “Le’Masque is Virginia’s ultimate New Year’s Eve Masquerade Gala. This awe ­inspiring, over-the-top Event and nightlife excursion is to raise awareness of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF).” Break out your costumes for this energetic masquerade and historical figures costume party. It’s the time to let loose and celebrate the final hours of 2014.
Lodging: Grace Manor Inn, Museum District B&B, Shady Acres, Scents of Cedar B&B

Cocktails + Confetti New Year’s Eve Party at Piedmont Arts, Martinsville, VA: “Rock into the wee hours with music and dancing, snacks and a cash bar featuring beer, wine, signature cocktails and a Champagne toast at midnight.” Enjoy an evening of trivia questions and prizes, a scavenger hunt, a resolution wall, and more.
Lodging: Mountain Rose Inn

First Night Winchester, Winchester, VA: “This is the largest, safest, family-friendly, non-alcoholic, budget-friendly, non-profit New Year’s Eve celebration in the Shenandoah Valley. We offer entertainment for nearly every age and taste: musicians, dancers, arts and crafts, magicians, comedy, and more…”
Lodging: Old Waterstreet Inn, L’Auberge Provencale, Killahevlin B&B

Happy (Almost) New Year from InnVirginia!

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BBAV’s Upcoming Annual Conference

Monday, December 15th, 2014

It’s almost that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s Day; we mean the Annual Conference of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia. This upcoming February 2015 conference is shaping up to be three fantastic days of education, exploration, and companionship.

So, what sort of activities can you expect to find at the 2015 conference? We’re so glad you asked: You’ll learn how to use the internet to build your brand in 2015, how to start and run a social media, how to find balance in your life as an innkeeper, and more. You’ll have the chance to hear key note speakers like Marcus Sheridan of the Sales Lion and Jay Karen, Chief Executive Officer of Select Registry. But don’t think it’ll be all work and no play! There will also be a fun “dine around” event, a pizza and karaoke party (for BBAV members only), and a cooking contest, and of course, you’ll also be able to indulge in breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your fellow innkeepers.

Need 10 reasons to go? Click here.

Fast Facts

Where: The Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA

When: Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cost: $229 ($209 for second individual from the same property)

Lodging: The Fredericksburg Hospitality Hotel, Lavender Heights B&B, Braehead Manor, Richard Johnston Inn

Registration: Click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Fredericksburg! Have any questions? Email Amy at info@innvirginia.com.

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5 Reasons InnVirginia Gift Cards Are Perfect for the Holidays

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”  –Washington Irving

If you haven’t guessed by the twinkling lights, the festive décor, and the emergence of eggnog-flavored everything, December is here, and Christmas is coming. And with the arrival and passing of Black Friday, the holiday shopping season is in full force. We have a way for you to beat the crowds and to procure a fantastic gift for the loved ones in your life, and that is by making use of an InnVirginia gift card.

So, why should you buy an InnVirginia gift card? Check out the following reasons:

  1. They make great stocking stuffers big getaway gifts: “Gift Cards may be purchased for any amount between $25 and $800, in increments of $25.”
  2. These gift cards NEVER EXPIRE, and they never lose their full value, so there’s no rush to use them.
  3. They can be used at ANY of our current member inns.
  4. They’re easy to wrap. You may be thinking that this a ridiculous reason to purchase a gift card, but just remember how busy you’re going to be wrapping gifts for everyone! This will just make your job a little bit easier.
  5. It’s a gift that suits everyone. Whether it’s a present for your parents, your best friend, your significant other, or your hard-to-buy-for office acquaintance, it will surely be appreciated.

 

We’re offering a special rights now, and if you purchase a gift card from this link, you’ll receive it with no shipping and handling charges.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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7 Holiday Hacks: Decorating Tips and Ideas from InnVirginia

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The holidays are almost here, and many people start decorating for Christmas right after Thanksgiving, if not before. Spruce up your usual seasonal décor with these handy holiday “hacks,” tips, and ideas from InnVirginia:

  1. “This is a great time of year to go to the craft stores and stock up on beautiful ribbon. Hobby Lobby, for instance has an amazing selection. Don’t be afraid to go a little outside of your comfort zone. Last year I decorated my tree with red and gold, which was absolutely stunning. I used a double sided ribbon, as well as red accent leaves that stuck out of the top of the tree.” – Jami Carlton Photography. Click here to read more of Jami’s tips.
  2. “Don’t be afraid to overdo it! Oh, and command strips! Durable and easy to remove.” –The Richard Johnston Inn
  3. Extend your decorating creativity to the food. This Italian bread with Asiago, parsley and mushroom cream from Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast is every bit as festive looking as any holiday décor.

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  4. Use your mantel as an easy focus piece. Check out how Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern used theirs. You can almost feel the warmth from the fireplace!

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  5. Go vintage! “One of the great pleasures of the holiday season at the Middleburg Country Inn is the opportunity to transform our home with vintage Christmas decorations” (Visit Loudon). You can always find vintage pieces at thrift stores and antique shops, so grab a friend or family member, and go on a holiday hunt.

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  6. Use upside down wine glasses with votive candles on top to make a beautiful, unique centerpiece. You can always decorate the wine glass with ribbons, or paint them with festive designs for an added flare.

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  7.  “Keep it simple—unless you’re obsessive—then it’s full decor ahead.” -Jim Hasbrouck, Grey Swan Inn