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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.

The Shenandoah Scramble 2012

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

It is nearing that time of year when the heat of summer cools, the lush green fades, and a familiar crispness drifts about in the air. Autumn is not too far off, and Virginia will soon see an eruption of fall colors, a sea of red, gold and orange to take the place of summer green. Many choose to venture up into the mountains for hiking during the fall foliage season, and this year, the Shenandoah National Park Trust is offering a new way to explore and observe the changing of the leaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

September 22, 2012 will see the First Annual Shenandoah Scramble to welcome the first official day of autumn: “Participants will gather for a light breakfast and then head out to hike with their group and hike leader (each hike can accommodate up to 20 hikers). Our leaders are CPR/First Aid or Wilderness Safety certified. They know and love Shenandoah National Park and will provide a wonderful experience. Participants reconvene for refreshments after their hikes.”

Your hike will include one of six trails, a Shenandoah Scramble t-shirt, a chance to win gear and getaways, and a fundraising pledge to benefit the Shenandoah National Park.

Register here, and don’t forget to book your room at a BBAV inn to relax after a day of the great outdoors.

 

By Tara Stoll

Shenandoah National Park 75th Anniversary, Luray, Va, June 25, 2011

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

June 25, 2011 is the 75th anniversary of the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, and so in honor of that, I present to you a compiled list of random facts about this area. Enjoy!

– Congress authorized the creation of the park of May 22, 1926

-. The park was officially established on December 27, 1935

– Many of the roads and trails were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

–. There are over 200 different species of birds in the park

– The park contains over 1,300 species of vascular plants, 50 species of mammals, and 27 species of reptiles.

– The park encompasses 197,411 acres total

– 40% of the land in the park is protected by the National Wilderness Preservation System

– Shenandoah National Park is featured in a video game called Tom Clancy’s EndWar.

– This park has the densest population of black bears in the entire U.S.

– This park is the only known location in the world where you can find the Shenandoah Salamander.

© 2011 VisitShenandoah.com

© 2011 VisitShenandoah.com

As you can tell, the Shenandoah Nation Park is fascinating, beautiful, historical and overall fantastic, and there is going to be a lovely celebration of its 75th anniversary in Luray, VA. I know you want to check it out, and I also know that you’ll be needing a place to chill while you celebrate the gloriousness of the Shenandoah National Park. Luckily for you, there are some wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area! Try the Mayneview B&B and GreenTree Inn or the South Court Inn Bed and Breakfast.

(Facts are courtesy of NationalParked.com and MountainTVGuide.com)

By Tara Stoll

Blue Ridge Parkway Lodging Packages

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
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Rediscover romance in Virginia Bed and Breakfasts

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, which sparks thoughts of romantic getaways. This year, take advantage of Blue Ridge Parkway Lodging Packages that help cultivate love.

Maison Beliveau in Blacksburg is offering a Love, Sweet Love romantic package. Enjoy champagne and chocolates in your room upon arrival. Once settled, join the complimentary wine and cheese social hour, or relax in your room by the fireplace or in the jetted tub. You’ll love the four course gourmet dinner, complete with bottle of wine, in this French Country Inn’s intimate dining room.

Floyd’s Mountain Rose Inn is featuring a Winter Weekend Getaway Special through May 8, 2011, that is sure to spark romance in any couple. Find a half dozen roses in the room when you arrive, along with a bottle of Foggy Ridge First Fruits Hard Cider and chocolates. Be treated to a gourmet meal at The Chateau Morrisette, the local, award winning Virginia Winery. Spend two or three nights in the winter wonderland that is the Blue Ridge Highlands.

Tree Streets Inn in Waynesboro invites you to spend Valentine’s Day with them. Enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight in front of a crackling fire on Saturday February 12, and a full breakfast in the morning.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are glorious in the winter. Romp in the snow with your sweetie, then curl up together by the fire. Lovely. Look for Blue Ridge Parkway Bed and Breakfast Packages this winter. Travel for less, and travel often.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage is peaking right now – mid through late October. Make sure the batteries in your camera are fresh or charged, hop in the car, and spend a few days at Virginia bed and breakfasts Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Meander along the Blue Ridge Parkway this fall.

Get in the spirit of Halloween with a walking tour of historic Abingdon VA. Abingdon Spirit Tours depart at 7:30 p.m. and last about two hours. Plan to walk about a mile (often on cobblestone streets and sidewalks, which can be bumpy) and delve into centuries of history. Guide Donnamarie Emmert has researched the haunts of Abingdon rigorously, and the results are both fascinating and entertaining. She is an expert storyteller, and often spins yarns at festivals when not roaming about Abingdon on October evenings. Expect to be astonished, amused and amazed by what you hear. Additional information about Abingdon Spirit Tours may be found at the website.

Autumn means brilliant fall foliage, but it also means harvest time. For many, the most anticipated harvest of the season is the grape harvest, for it brings promise of Virginia wine. Enjoy a taste of autumn at Château Morrisette, which serves lunch daily through October between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. After feasting and perhaps touring the winery, return to a Floyd VA bed and breakfast and enjoy Blue Ridge Fall Foliage from the comfort of a porch chair. For directions to the winery, visit Château Morrisette.

Stop by Williams Orchard Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 for fall festival fun. Hayrides, corn maze, and fields of pumpkins are surrounded by glorious fall foliage. Freshly pressed apple cider, Indian Corn, fall decorations, and pumpkins await those who stop by this Wytheville VA farm.

There is much to do this fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the brilliant Blue Ridge Parkway foliage makes a glorious background.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
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Wonderful views from the Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Blue Ride Parkway runs almost the entire length of Virginia. It joins the Skyline Drive just east of Waynesboro, VA, in the Shenandoah Mountains, and it slowly meanders its way for nearly 475 miles to Cherokee, Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway is the type of road that requires a leisurely pace. Time slows down on the Blue Ridge Parkway if you let it. The views will take your breath away, whether they span valleys and mountains or reveal a small, almost hidden waterfall. As you travel, plan on staying at a number of Virginia bed and breakfasts near the Blue Ridge Parkway – that way, you’ll have plenty of time to fully enjoy each leg of your journey.

Virginia bed and breakfasts near the Blue Ridge Parkway have much to offer. Aside from being a place to sit and enjoy great views, they are great bases for exploring the area. The innkeepers can be your local insiders – people who know the area well and who can provide priceless travel tips.

Take advantage of your stay by heading out to listen to mountain music; opportunities for this include the Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree, Pickin’ Porch, and several festivals throughout the year. Spend a day or two visiting Blue Ridge Parkway area wineries, sampling wines produced in the fertile valleys. Vow to stop at every antique shop you see.

Travel the Blue Ridge Parkway when flowers are in bloom. the parkway website handily provides a Bloom Schedule, so you’ll know when your favorite trees, flowers and shrubs are at their most beautiful. These times can be ideal for hiking the trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ask bed and breakfast Virginia innkeepers about favorite hikes near their inns.

You are sure to enjoy your time traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially if you treat yourself to lodging in Virginia bed and breakfasts.