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The Red Chair travels to Virginia B&Bs!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

 

The Red Chair

The Red Chair

The Red Chair was born at the Woods Hole Inn, where proprietor, Beth Colt, took a snapshot that would change the simple red chair into The Red Chair that now travels the nation. “I took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole last winter,” she says. “I posted it on Facebook and my computer lit up with ‘likes.’” Julie Cramer, a California-based photographer, came across the photo and was inspired. Cramer’s own picture of The Red Chair solidified the object as, what Colt describes, “A symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries.”

Now, The Red Chair travels to B&Bs of different regions in the U.S., and B&B owners chronicle the Chair’s travels with pictures that are then posted on the Red Chair’s website. From Sept. 23-Nov. 10, 2013, the Red Chair visits B&Bs in Virginia, 12 of which are  InnVirginia members.

Celeste Borel, Innkeeper of L’Auberge Provencale, White Post, VA, expresses her excitement at being a part of the Chair’s movement. “It makes me think that guests can envision themselves sitting in the chair,” she says, “enjoying the view and appreciating the countryside.” She and Humminbird Innkeepers, Patty and Dan Harrison, welcome anyone to come see the Chair at their establishments, even non-guests.

These Innkeepers, in addition to those of the Arcady Vineyard Inn, Charlottesville, VA, have specific plans for the Chair, including: a wine tour, a carriage ride, a photo-op at the tomb of Robert E. Lee, the overlook on Skyline Drive, and so much more! Samuel and Sharon Elswick, of the Holladay House, say: the “Red Chair will experience everything our guests experience – and take photos of everything just like they do! A comfortable room, at the breakfast table with a locally-sourced meal, sneaking homemade cookies from the cookie jar, and the classic photo every one of our brides and grooms take: on our portico with our historic house in the background and the sign waving in the wind.”

The Red Chair has become an icon of hospitality for B&Bs across the east coast, and will continue to be so for B&Bs it has yet to visit across the nation. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the Red Chair’s journey!

Follow the InnVirginia Facebook page to see the photos of The Red Chair as it travels Virginia.

Music in the Virginia Highlands

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Music infuses the mountains of the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands. Indeed, all travelers to the Blue Ridge Highlands should listen to live music at least once. The good news is that there are many opportunities to do so.

The best mountain music is likely to be found in small venues and jam sessions. There is a good chance your Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands Bed and Breakfast innkeepers will have their finger on the pulse of the local music scene; if so, they will surely be able to make knowledgeable recommendations.

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Friday Night Jam Sessions at the Floyd Country Store.

 

Read on for a list of weekly live music in the Virginia Highlands:
Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam at the River City Grill in Radford. Unparalleled bluegrass and old-time mountain music, Mondays 7-10 p.m.
Mountain Music Jam at the Courthouse lawn in Independence. Sit close to the music every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m.
The Pickin Porch at the Bristol Mall. Enjoy a great variety of local and national performers play bluegrass, old-time, and Americana music. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree: Bluegrass Gospel music gives way to regional bluegrass and old-time music that is sure to make your feet move. Fridays, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Carter Family Fold Weekly Music: continuing the music the Carter Family helped create. Saturdays from 7:30-11 p.m.

 

If you have a mind to pick up a banjo, guitar, or fiddle yourself, join the Pickin’ Parlor Jam Sessions in Weber City, Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Phone: 276-386-2654). Or head to the Floyd Country Store on a Sunday afternoon.

There are so many opportunities to listen to live music in the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands that you are sure to find something your schedule will accommodate. Plan to hop from one venue to the next, and one inn to the next. You’ll find many inns located near great live music: Floyd VA B&Bs; Abingdon VA B&Bs; Radford VA Inns, and more.

Beartown Wilderness Area

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Virginia is a remarkable state. In its northeast corner sits cities such as Arlington and Alexandria, which border the country’s capital. In the southeast are the Blue Ridge Mountains and some of the most rugged wilderness on the east coast. Beartown Wilderness Area is located here – a welcome respite from hectic schedules and busy lives. Marion and Wytheville VA Bed and Breakfasts are close enough to the Wilderness Area to enjoy its attractions, and provide comfortable lodging for folks not interested in sleeping in a tent.

Beartown Wilderness is comprised of more than 5,600-acres; it is populated with trees, mountains, valleys, and wildlife. At this time of year, snows tend to be deep and the quiet pervasive. It’s a wonderful time to explore the wilderness, provided you have warm clothing and energy.

Snowshoes are the best means of transportation in the winter. A stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the Beartown Wilderness Area, along with many other excellent trails. Elevations range from 2,300 feet where the Roaring Fork River merges with Laurel Creek, to about 4,400 feet. If you can make it to the top of a ridge, you’ll stand among northern spruce and fir trees as you admire views of the surrounding area.

After a day in the snow and wilderness, you’ll be relieved to return to the comfort of a Blue Ridge Highlands VA Bed and Breakfast. Wytheville and Marion VA Bed and Breakfasts are all a short distance from the Beartown Wilderness Area. A hearty breakfast in the morning will provide energy for exploring the wilderness, and a soak in a Jacuzzi or hot tub will ease sore muscles in the evening.

For more information about the Beartown Wilderness Area, please visit the Wythe Ranger Station or call (540) 228-5551.

Holidays in the Blue Ridge Highlands

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December is a lovely time to travel to Bed and Breakfasts in the Blue Ridge Highlands, Virginia – a festive place any time of year. Music infuses these mountains, called the birthplace of Country Music. With music comes a certain joie de vivre that is so welcome during the holidays.

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Listen to the music in the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands

Find something special for the music lovers in your life in quaint, historic towns such as Bristol and Floyd. The Floyd Country Store features barrels of candy and some of the rarest and best Old-Time and Bluegrass CDs in the country. In Bristol, where the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Ernest “Pop” Stoneman were discovered, there are a number of interesting shops. If possible, swing by the Pickin Porch at the Bristol Mall on Thursday evenings, when local, regional, and even national performers take the stage and do their best to put everyone in a good mood.

You’re sure to find something unique at the Damascus General Sore, be it handmade quilts, scarves, or homemade jewelry. In addition, fantastic Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music musicians take the stage every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Dance while you shop and then relax while you listen.

Enjoy these last weeks as you prepare for the holidays. Get away for a few days and visit interesting old towns in the Blue Ridge Highlands; while there, enjoy lodging in Virginia Bed and Breakfasts and gift hunting for friends and family.

The Virginia Highlands Festival

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The first Virginia Highlands Festival took place in Abingdon in 1948. It was born out of a desire to preserve and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Virginia’s Appalachia Mountains region. And what a culture it is!

Appalachia is considered the birthplace of old time, country, mountain music. In fact, the Carter Family Memorial Music Center is less than 40 miles west of Abingdon, in Hiltons, VA. Central to the Virginia Highlands Festival is traditional Appalachian old time and bluegrass music. Each year, we look forward to hearing music by folks who spend a whole lot of time pickin’ on the porch, and this year is no exception. The Bearded, Houser & Co., and Wolf Creek are just a few of the musicians featured this year. In addition to mountain music, the Virginia Highlands Festival now brings in musicians from around the globe, making this a truly exciting musical event.

The Virginia Highlands Festival, in Appalachia. Photo by Festival Photographer Claude Kelly.

The festival is more than music, of course. It also features antiques and arts and crafts from Appalachia. There are literary events (including a creative writing day), performing arts, and living history events. Abingdon is a charming town, with a large historic district, stunning examples of Federal and Victorian architecture, and brick sidewalks; it feels like living history just to walk down the street.

The Virginia Highlands Festival runs Saturday July 24 through Sunday, August 8, 2010, from 10 am to 6 pm. It is located at Virginia Highlands Community College and in historic Abingdon. For more information, visit the festival website. Lodge in a Virginia Appalachia bed and breakfast during the festival for a truly authentic experience.

The Virginia Appalachia region is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Once you glimpse its charm, you’ll need to return again and again. Virginia Appalachia bed and breakfasts will welcome you every time.