Archive for the ‘Bed & Breakfast Assoc VA’ Category

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 innkeepers, 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!

Braehead Manor

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.

 

 

Shady Acres B&B

Shady Acres B&B

Inn Virginia’s Renovated B&Bs

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Our member bed & breakfasts like to stay at the very top of their game, reflecting the standards of quality that we hold as an association. One way of doing so is with room renovations, fresh coats of paint, and updated décor. It’s amazing how fresh and new you can feel after a renovation!

Three of our member inns, Clay Corner Inn, Waypoint House B&B, and Holladay House, have made recent renovations that have taken them from excellent to extraordinary:

Clay Corner Inn in Blacksburg, VA is a “boutique hotel” with “charm, space, and tranquility,” and it was already rated the #1 B&B in Blacksburg. Needless to say, it has a lot to live up to, and owners Rick and Nicky Aymes-Arevalo found that the way to keep their inn fresh was to revamp the dining room, the Cascade Room, the Zen Garden, and one of the rooms of the Dogwood House.

Clay Corner Cascade Suite Before and After

Clay Corner Cascade Suite Before and After

Clay Corner Dining Room Before and After

Clay Corner Dining Room Before and After

Clay Corner Dogwood House Room Before and After

Clay Corner Dogwood House Room Before and After

Clay Corner Zen Garden Before and After

Clay Corner Zen Garden Before and After

Waypoint House B&B in Berryville, VA strives to break the mold of dated, “knick knack stuffed” rooms. Owners Jonathan and Rachael Worsley decided that their modern retreat needed a bit of a makeover, including new paint, new rugs, and new furnishings in their Shore Room, Traveler’s Retreat, and Traveler’s Retreat bathroom.

Waypoint House, Travelers Retreat Before and After

Waypoint House, Travelers Retreat Before and After

Waypoint House, Travelers Retreat Bath Before and After

Waypoint House, Travelers Retreat Bath Before and After

Waypoint House, Shore Room Before and After

Waypoint House, Shore Room Before and After

Holladay House in Orange, VA recently refreshed their room Helen’s Haven, formerly known as the “Green Room.” With the new color scheme, the historically appropriate Japanese accents, and the 20th century furnishings, innkeepers Sam and Sharon Elswick have provided the perfect blend of history and modernity.

Holladay House Helen's Haven Before and After

Holladay House Helen’s Haven Before and After

What better time is there to visit these renewed establishments than spring, when nature is completing its own renovations? Visit our website for a full list of our member inns, and don’t forget that we offer gift certificates to be purchased at your leisure.

The Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast: 81st Historic Garden Week Selection

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Speckled Trout B&B, a BBAV Inn, selected to be on the 81st Historic Garden Week; The Garden Club of Virginia’s unique, state-wide home and garden tour. Saturday May 3, 2014 (10a.m.–5 p.m.).

“Each spring visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day, statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members”.

The Speckled Trout B&B, located in Waynesboro’s historic Tree Streets neighborhood, has been selected as one of two homes in Waynesboro, Virginia, to be toured on the 2014 Garden Club of Virginia’s home and garden tour. The B&B, decorated in the Virginia Hunt Country Style, opened in 2011.

Alaskans for 30 years, the owners have returned to Virginia and have successfully blended traditional furnishings and antiques with sporting culture that conveys a refined sense of comfort and adventure.

The home reflects the many travels and expeditions that this couple have enjoyed together not only in Alaska but around the world. The home is decorated throughout with fly-fishing related art and historic artifacts, including an exquisitely etched family genealogy spanning back to 1525.

The Speckled Trout is the designated VIP Home for the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival each year and host home of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Many notable fly fishermen, authors and artists from around the country have overnighted here in the luxurious guest rooms and have enjoyed the privacy of informal gardens on the rear brick patio for morning coffee and complimentary evening desserts.

Open for the first time for Historic Garden Week, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Heafner, owners.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens.

See more at: http://www.vagardenweek.org

Congratulations, The Speckled Trout B&B!

Congratulations, The Speckled Trout B&B!

The Inn at Vineyards Crossing

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes the Inn at Vineyards Crossing to its list of inspected and approved members! Built in 1787 as Barbee’s Tavern, the B&B originally served as a haven for Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. This Tavern Building remains a unique element of the Inn at Vineyards Crossing as it features original chestnut logs and stone mortar along with three original fireplaces.

The Inn at Vineyards Crossing was open in order to “provide a superior B&B which entails tight partnerships with local wineries, hunt clubs, and other local attractions.” These partnerships allow the Inn at Vineyards Crossing to serve guests with not only an upscale stay experience but with amenity options that turn the area from a ‘place to stay’ into a ‘destination.’

A BBAV membership allows Vineyards Crossing’s innkeepers to “comply with a set of basic standards, which are all minimum basics in the hospitality industry,” thereby “giving the consumer confidence in booking a stay.” In other words, membership with BBAV allows Vineyards Crossing to provide guests with the best experience possible, helping Innkeeper, Josh Haugh to provide a superior stay experience.

“Having the ability to interact directly with our guests, building relationships with our guests and creating memories for them, giving them a reason to return.” And so, the Inn at Vineyards Crossing provides the ideal destination for those looking for an interactive, welcoming, and memorable experience away from home.

Welcome to BBAV, The Inn at Vineyard Crossing!

Welcome, The Inn at Vineyard Crossing!

Crepes Come out Victorious: Danielle Savard Wins Conference Cooking Competition

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Things heated up at the 2014 Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) Annual Conference Cooking Competition. After the fierce competition, Danielle Savard of Le Bleu Ridge B&B in Afton, Virginia was declared the winner with her breakfast creation of crepes.

This was no ordinary competition, however. Along with the time restriction and miniature cooking accommodations, (lots of toaster ovens to be seen!) the chefs and innkeepers were also under the limitation of designing a gluten, vegan or dairy free dish. Though a number of breakfast foods meet this criteria, (fruits, meats) to stray beyond the norm can prove challenging.

Victor, Savard, took a gluten-free approach, skillfully using gluten free flours, seeds meal, vanilla, milk and eggs to achieve her delicious crepe batter. Three other contestants also chose to accommodate this allergy.

Les Cooper of Coopers Landing Inn in Clarksville, Virginia whipped up miniature egg spinach casseroles. Chef Dunalap of the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia created a poached egg centered dish. Finally, Nickie Aldridge of Tree Streets Inn in Waynesboro, Virginia presented coconut pancakes.

With new and innovative gluten-free breakfast dishes, contestants rose to the occasion. The final contestant, Rachel Worsley of the Waypoint House in Berryville, Virginia, heightened the challenge even more however, creating a Tofu Scramble, which accommodated all three dietary needs.

The competitors were seen chopping, whisking and dicing their way through the time, pausing in moments of calm to share tips and inspirations with the admiring audience. As the minutes dwindled, wide arrays of dishes were starting to form.

After time was up, the dishes were sent to the judge’s table where they were to be ranked on three key components: taste, appearance/presentation and originality. After some tough deliberation, Savard was named the winner.

Savard and her competition inspired the audience (and judges) to think outside the box when it comes to cooking for guests with dietary restrictions. BBAV properties now have some helpful tools to cook up tasty and allergy-accommodating meals!

Congratulations to Danielle Savard!

Congratulations, Danielle Savard!

 

Danielle in her new Chef's Jacket (Thank you DNJ Specialties for providing the jacket)

Danielle in her new Chef’s Jacket (Thank you DNJ Specialties for providing the jacket)

 

Black History Month in Virginia

Friday, February 21st, 2014

As you’re probably already aware, this month is Black History Month, and Virginia has been presenting its history in a variety of displays, exhibitions, and festivities. Though February will be over soon, many of these displays last until the end of the month, so if you’re interested in delving into the African-American history of the Commonwealth, book yourself a room at a bed & breakfast, and take in an exhibit or two.

Enjoy a unique Black History Tour from your very own Segway. This two hour, 8-mile tour with take you through the history of Richmond’s African-American population and “the rise of the ‘Birthplace of Black Capitalism in America’” (RiverCitySegs). (Richmond B&Bs: Scents of Cedar B&B, Maury Place at Monument, and Museum District B&B.)

Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are three of the most well-known historic sites in Virginia, and now they will take you back in time with a gallery exhibit for Black History Month:  From Africa to Virginia. “The parent culture of Africans brought to Virginia in 1619 is portrayed in a diorama that includes a full-scale dwelling and artifacts from the Ambundu culture of Angola” (HistoryisFun). From outdoor interpretive programs to guided gallery tours, you’ll find yourself wonderfully immersed in Commonwealth history. (Williamsburg B&Bs: Magnolia Manor, Marl Inn B&B, and Jasmine Plantation.)

Lastly, we have Thomas Day. “Long before the Civil War–long before slaves were free—an African-American quietly emerged as a titan of the Southern furniture manufacturing industry. When trailblazers are honored during Black History month in February, this entrepreneur is often overlooked” (ThomasDayHouse.org). Thomas Day was a businessman who became known for his unique furniture, and his crafts are now displayed at various locations such as our very own Inn Virginia member, Oak Grove Plantation B&B. Don’t miss the Thomas Day Tour, of which Oak Grove Plantation is a sponsor.

Thomas Day's designs at Oak Grove Plantation

Thomas Day’s designs at Oak Grove Plantation