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3 B&B Specials to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Did you know that June is Great Outdoors Month? And did you know that Virginia and its B&Bs are celebrating this recognition of the outdoors? With our forests, mountains, rivers, and beaches, Virginia is an absolutely ideal destination for all lovers of the great outdoors. Check out these InnVirginia specials that will make your Great Outdoors getaway one to remember:

  1. Outdoors – Fresh Air, Fun, and Relaxation, Corner Stone Farm, Red Oak, VA: Corner Stone Farm is ready to offer its visitors a taste of the outdoors with nature walks, bird-watching, horseback riding, goat packing and fishing. Grab a picnic lunch and let nature refresh you from the exhaustion of the real world.
  2. Stay & Ride, Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast, Waynesboro, VA: What is a better way to observe Great Outdoors Month than will a three-hour horseback ride? After a three-course B&B breakfast, you’ll traverse a number of Virginia’s hills, streams, and vistas, enjoying a saddlebag lunch and then return to Belle Hearth for wine and cheese.
  3. Bird Watching Travel Package, Mountain Rose Inn, Floyd, VA: Whether you’re a dedicated bird-watcher or you just like to casually observe the feathered friends outside your window, this package will have you enjoying and appreciating the many varieties of birds that make their home in Virginia.

Click here for more information and a full list of our Outdoor Package Specials.

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more.” -Lord Byron

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with these Mother-Daughter Duos!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Mother’s Day will be here shortly, and for most individuals, mothers and maternal figures are held with unparalleled high regard as irreplaceable role models for their daughters. For a couple of InnVirginia members, these family dynamics transfer over into the world of hospitality, where mothers and daughters work alongside each other as innkeepers in a balance of responsibilities and familial enjoyment.

Uphill House: Whether they’re serving you a freshly prepared breakfast or tending to the greenery along their Gordonsville, Virginia property, Suzanne Solomon and Samantha Darling are a dynamic mother/daughter duo. According to Sam, “My mom and I have always been close and things like cooking, decorating, and being crafty were always things we enjoyed doing together, so the B&B naturally fit into our relationship. Before the B&B, we were living in different states and now she’s right down the stairs – I do not think we’ve tried so many new recipes in our life! She has always been so supportive and it has been fun getting to work with her as a business partner as well (it’s nice to have back up when my husband decides he needs to put a tractor into his maintenance budget!).”

Holladay House: For Sharon Elswick, her mother-in-law Kathy is an invaluable part of the daily operations of Holladay House in Orange, Virginia. Sharon says, “When my husband and I bought our inn, we were incredibly lucky his mom and dad were 110% committed to helping us succeed.  They jumped right in, filling the gaps in our knowledge base and being our cheerleading section.  My mom-in-law helps me with anything ‘house,’ gently lending her smarts, support and laughter.  This inn — and my psyche — would not be the same without her. This place shines with her touch.”

These mother/daughter duos are ready to welcome you to their B&Bs. What better gift is there for Mother’s Day than a relaxing Virginia getaway? (Plus, if you can’t schedule a vacation right on Mother’s Day, you can always offer the gift of an InnVirginia gift card!)

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Four Cleaning Tips From an Innkeeper

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Innkeepers work hard at presenting the best and cleanest establishment possible. Recently, Association Director, Amy Hager, got to “play” innkeeper for the day at Waypoint House B&B in Berryville, VA. After a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs with ricotta cheese (get the recipe here) Innkeeper Rachel Worsley taught Amy how to flip a room and prepare it for the arriving guests. Here are four tips that you can use when you are cleaning your bedroom or bathroom this spring.

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Clean natural pine hardwood floors

    1. Sal Suds (a bio-degradable cleaning solution that is created with naturally derived surfactants) is a great “green cleaning solution” that can be used in the bathroom, to mop floors and in the kitchen. It is great on the natural pine hardwood floors at Waypoint House B&B because it doesn’t create a waxy build up like Murphy Wood Cleaner or other wood waxes. The cleaner has no preservatives and no added color.
    2. Rachel kept saying “A dry bathroom is a clean bathroom.” After using the Sal Suds and a hospital disinfectant cleaning solution with a wet cloth, she wipes down all the surfaces with a drying towel to prevent any opportunity for moisture to sit and cause ugly water spots or stains on the clean bathroom (also, mildew would have nowhere to grow.)
    3. Cotton Duvet Covers are great to preserve and protect your down comforter, but can get wrinkly sitting in the closet. Once the cover is on the comforter, pull it tight and lightly spray it with a water bottle to get the wrinkles out. In 5 to 10 minutes the winkles will disappear.

      Before and After

      Before and After

Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets

Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets

  1. Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets to make it easy to make the bed alone. Watch this video of how Rachel does it. Here are the basic steps:
  • Fold the sheet or blanket in half, bottom to top, with the “good” sides facing each other.  Your tag edge, or stitched edges will be the ones you see facing out after this first fold.
  • Fold the sheet or blanket in half again, this time from side to side.  The item is now in quarters.  This is important when you go to make the bed.
  • Keep folding into halves until you get the sheet the size you need to fit in your storage area.
  • To make the bed, unfold the sheet or blanket until it is at its quarter size.  Line it up with the top of the bed and place the folded side on the centerline of the bed.  Flip the cloth out from one side of the bed to the other, then pull the top edge down to the bottom of the bed.

One really unique tool at Waypoint House B&B is an Ironite from the 1940s. Rachel is able to use this machine to iron sheets, table placemats, cloths and more! The automatic ironer owner’s manual states you can “Take a holiday from hand ironing… for the rest of your life!” Rachel claims the Ironite has saved her hours of hand ironing and is easy to use. She demonstrated on a table place mat, but basically you use your knees to manage the controls, keeping your hands free to guide the garment into the wheel and press out all the wrinkles.

1940s Ironite

1940s Ironite

Overall, Rachel at Waypoint House B&B maintains a fresh, clean, modern B&B. Go here to check out the profile and book a room today (PS, The Shore Room with the blue wall is the one Amy stayed in she LOVED it)

12 Girlfriend Getaways in Virginia That You Need to Book Right Now

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Between work, school, children, significant others, and general life responsibilities, you may be surprised to realize how much time has passed since you’ve seen your girlfriends. If you feel the need for a quick vacation along with a twinge of nostalgia for your schoolgirl slumber parties, then you may need a girlfriend getaway! TheLaLa.com recently presented a great article entitled “12 Girlfriend Getaways You Need to Book Right Now,” but as we read it, we noticed something missing…there were no Virginia getaways! We’ve decided to remedy that with our very own list: 12 Girlfriend Getaways in Virginia.

  1. Vintager Inn, New Kent. $225 – $225/nightvintagerinn

 

  1. Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles, Cape Charles. $165 – $200/night

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  1. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa. $165 – $395/night

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  1. Ebenezer House B&B, Madison. $129 – $159/night

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  1. Mountain Song Inn, Floyd. $159 – $169/night

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  1. Grey Swan Inn, Blackstone. $99 – $189/night

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  1. River Terra Retreat, Colonial Beach. $150 – $210/night

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  1. High Meadows Vineyard Inn, Charlottesville. $125 – $350

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  1. Holladay House, Orange. $149 – $249/night

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  1. The Iris Inn, Waynesboro. $149 – $299/night

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  1. Magnolia House Inn, Hampton. $115 – $240/night

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  1. Uphill House Bed & Breakfast, Gordonsville. $140 – $215/night.

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Click here to browse InnVirginia’s full list of Girlfriend Getaway Packages.

 

Enjoy National Park Week in Virginia

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Spring is when the world comes alive again. As warmth in the air emerges, so does a wash of green over the natural world, and there is no better place to immerse yourself in springtime than in the National Parks of Virginia. April 18-19, 2015 is the opening weekend of National Park Week, “America’s largest celebration of national heritage.” The opening weekend will offer FREE admission into every National Park, which is the perfect excuse for a quick getaway to visit some of Virginia’s historic outdoor playgrounds.

Shenandoah National Park: “Five hundred miles of trails, consisting of 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail, lead visitors to waterfalls, panoramic views, protected wilderness and preserved human history in the Shenandoah Valley.” (InnVirginia Lodging: A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Waypoint House B&B, Foster Harris House.)

Colonial National Historical Park: “It began on the swampy marshes of Jamestown in 1607. It ended on the battle scarred landscape of Yorktown in 1781.” Beauty and history collide at this historic park. But no description will do this place justice, so you’ll just have to visit for yourself! (InnVirginia Lodging: Boxwood Inn, Newport House B&B)

Petersburg National Battlefield: From the movies and exhibits in the Visitors Center to the driving tour of the battle sites, this National Park provides peaceful views dotted with remnants of past conflict: “Petersburg, Virginia, became the setting for the longest siege in American history when General Ulysses S. Grant failed to capture Richmond in the spring of 1864.” (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, Grace Manor Inn)

Booker T. Washington National Monument: “Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience firsthand the life and landscape of people who lived in an era when slavery was part of the fabric of American life.” Tour this park’s exhibits, farms, films for a peek at the past and a view of Virginia scenery. (InnVirginia Lodging: King George Inn, The Inn on Campbell)

Click here for a full list of Virginia’s National Parks. Click here to view all of our member inns.

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A Celebration of Music and the Arts with InnVirginia

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Virginia is known for its history, its scenery, and more recently its wine, but these aren’t the only aspects of the Commonwealth that make it culturally rich. Its citizens are also patrons of the arts, both celebrating and participating in musical performances, theatrical production, and artistic exhibits. Check out these upcoming events, and don’t forget to book your room at a nearby B&B:

9 to 5—The Musical, Fredericksburg: Not only will you get to enjoy a fantastic meal of salmon-stuffed tilapia, manicotti, Shepherd’s Pie, or fried chicken, but this Riverside Center Production will also bring you the theatrics of actress Sally Stuthers, whom you may know as Gloria from All in the Family and Babette from Gilmore Girls. (InnVirginia Lodging: Richard Johnston Inn, Lavender Heights B&B, Braehead Manor)

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella,” Fairfax: Indulge in an evening of dance at George Mason Universities Center for the Arts. “With Russia’s finest dancers, Prokofiev’s exuberant music, sumptuous costumes, lush scenery, and comical stepsisters, this performance is a treat for audiences of all ages.” (InnVirginia Lodging: Manassas Junction B&B, Bennett House B&B)

Virginia Hot Glass Festival, Staunton: Glassblowing is a fascinating process with a stunning outcome. Join fellow art admirers for the 13th year of this annual festival, which will include hot glass demonstrations, wine tasting, stone carving, and even a fire-breathing dragon. (InnVirginia Lodging: The Buckhorn Inn, Middle Ridge B&B, Montclair B&B)

Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival, Chincoteague Island: “Local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their work at this Chincoteague Island tradition.” This annual Chincoteague event presents craftsmanship at its finest. You’ll enjoy all sorts of carvings, photography, and artwork, as well as the much-anticipated hand-carved, hand-painted Easter eggs up for auction. (InnVirginia Lodging: 1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn, Miss Molly’s Inn)

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Blacksburg: “Renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra embodies the vibrant, adventurous, youthful, and inquiring spirit of Australia.” You won’t want to miss the energy of this talented group of musicians! (InnVirginia Lodging: Clay Corner Inn, Beliveau Estate, The Oaks Victorian Inn)

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Historic Garden Week Inn VA

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Springtime means warmth, greenery, flowers, outdoor excursions, and fun getaways. For those seeking an activity that includes all of these aspects, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week is a fantastic idea: “Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during ‘America’s Largest Open House.’” Top off your tour with lodging at a Virginia inn, and you’ve got yourself the epitome of a spring getaway.

House and garden tours take place April 18-25, 2015 and include everything from waterside tours of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to historic plantations in Goochland County:

  1. James River Plantations: “Open together for the first time in over a decade, three historic properties located along scenic Route 5 celebrate Historic Garden Week on three consecutive days.” These three Charles City properties include Westover Plantation, Shirley Plantation, and Berkeley Plantation. (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, Museum District B&B)
  2. Eastern Shore: “The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a peninsula nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Its history is as old as Captain John Smith and as new as rockets heading for the moon. It is home to the oldest continuous court records in the United States, the freshest seafood and where ponies run wild.” Experience the history and modernity of the Eastern Shore at one or all of the four participating cities– Cape Charles, Exmore, Onley, and Chincoteague. (Nearby B&B lodging: Fig Street Inn, 1848 Island Manor House, Miss Molly’s Inn)
  3. Winchester: “Winchester, founded in 1744, is the oldest Virginia City west of the Blue Ridge Mountains… This tour in the historic district features three private homes and gardens of distinctive architectural styles, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, and the gracious historic home and 6-acre idyllic garden of Winchester’s founder.” (Nearby B&B lodging: Old Waterstreet Inn, Pembroke Springs Retreat, L’Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast Inn)

These are only a few tour options for Historic Garden Week. Click here for a full tour itinerary. (And click here to check out all of our InnVirginia members.)

Happy spring!

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Meet the Furry Innkeepers of InnVirginia

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Last week, Examiner.com published a fantastic article entitled “A Guest’s Best Friend: 5 Furry and Feathered Innkeepers Who Make B&B’s Complete.” For innkeepers, their pets not only become mascots of their B&B but also assistants of their establishment, greeting guests, offering a friendly warmth, and then bidding them goodbye at the end of a getaway. Now meet a few of InnVirginia’s furry innkeepers, who look forward to seeing you on your next Virginia vacation:

bbavholladayhouseshadowShadow Elswick, Holladay House: If you ever decide to take a trip to The Holladay House in Orange, VA, you will have the privilege of meeting Shadow, a beautiful cat with a vibrant personality that shines in the Holladay House blog. Shadow is a longtime visitor of Holladay House and more recently became a permanent resident. Now she sits on the porch and awaits the arrival of guests, bemoans the fact that her humans won’t feed her pizza, and charms all who meet her with nuzzles and meows.

 

bbavbrierleyhilltuckeranddueceTucker and Deuce, Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast– There’s no doubt that dogs are man’s (and woman’s!) best friend, and Brierley Hill B&B’s canine pair epitomize this like no other. Tucker and Deuce, a golden retriever and a Bernese mountain dog, are the happy, friendly, and playful animal innkeepers at this Lexington, VA B&B. One of their favorite spots in the veranda, so if you happen to be out on the sun porch, you just might have a couple of canine companions to keep you company.

 

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Bonnie and Niko, Oak Grove Plantation B&BNine-year old Bonnie and two-year old Niko are two beautiful Standard Poodles who run things around Oak Grove Plantation. Between entertaining guests, watching over their humans, and walking the trails around the property daily, they keep pretty busy. These two pooches especially love it when they are able to meet and play with guests’ dogs!

 

 

 

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McNally, Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking-We bet you’ve never found lodging with llamas before. Applewood Inn’s llamas are more than just pets, though; they accompany guests on two-hour hikes along picturesque trails. All of Applewood’s llamas—Jonas, McNally, Pepe, Chaos, Happy, Jack Frost, Stryker, and Spunky—are curious, adventurous, and well-behaved, making them the perfect travel companion.

 

 

 

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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