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Cozy Cottage Joins InnVirginia Family

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Cedar Hill Cottage

Cedar Hill Cottage

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.

Relax out in the gardens

Relax out in the gardens


Enjoy the large porch


Uphill House Gains New Innkeepers

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Uphill House Bed and Breakfast of Gordonsville, VA is now owned by Samantha (Sam) and Scott Darling. The pair agreed it was time for a change and began browsing BBAV resources. After a year and a half of searching, the couple fell in love with the Uphill property. Sam and Scott are eager to uphold the high standards set in place by the previous innkeepers. “They created a wonderful reputation for the inn that we are honored to continue.” they explained. “Quiet.Natural.Simple” This is the Uphill Motto. While traveling to or through Gordonsville, guests of The Uphill House are sure to appreciate the privacy and peacefulness that the surrounding woods provide the 11 acre property. This secluded sanctuary is complete with fire pit and multiple decks, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee.

Samantha and Scott Darling

Samantha and Scott Darling of Uphill House B&B

Sam and Scott offer a warm atmosphere, a friendly smile and optional breakfast times for guests who aren’t exactly early birds. “We absolutely love welcoming people into our home and spoiling them!” Sam says “As a B&B owner we get to do that multiple times a week and it’s extremely rewarding to know that we helped someone relax, that they enjoyed our hospitality and had an opportunity to experience the local flavor!” Sam and Scott own an impressive music library with a large selection of LP albums, speakers and turntable. “Pink Floyd fans, we have you covered!” Scott said.

Check out the turntable and music library

Check out the turntable and music library

To learn more about The Uphill House and book your stay today, Click Here.


BBAV Welcomes Historic Brethren Industrial School!

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The Rosebrook Inn, of Stanardsville, VA, is now an inspected and approved member of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV). With amenities such as a “Coca-Cola Kitchen” and memorable Chinese Room, the historic Rosebrook Inn strives to uphold BBAV’s high standards and aims to provide guests with a comfortable, yet extraordinary B&B experience.

Originally the historic Church of the Brethren Industrial School, built in 1923, the property contained a schoolhouse, boardinghouse, and several outbuildings – all of which the now innkeepers, Cory and Mike, inherited when they purchased the property. They turned the boardinghouse into their private home and used the rest of the buildings for work and storage space until they were asked by the Greene County Historical Society to open the property for tours.

Rosebrook Inn

Rosebrook Inn

“Everyone who visited wanted to know what our ultimate plan was for the schoolhouse,” says Cory. “That got us thinking about restoration with the goal of making the building useful. Because the property has historical significance in the county we wanted to be able to share its history, and that gave us the idea to restore the schoolhouse into a B&B.”

Along with the general historical value of the property, guests enjoy the B&B’s “Coca-Cola Kitchen”, which showcases Coca-Cola memorabilia from over thirty years of collecting, and the Chinese Room, which features a 265 year-old, antique Chinese bed among other Chinese antiques.

Coca-Cola Kitchen featuring 30 years of memorabilia

Coca-Cola Kitchen featuring 30 years of memorabilia

Furthermore, beyond the services provided for overnight guests, this B&B utilizes a 30 by 60 foot Pavilion for hosting large events, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, etc. Cory and Mike enjoy working with guests to plan events, which usually involves multiple meetings over weeks or months, allowing them to go from being acquaintances with guests to friends.

It’s no doubt that the Rosebrook Inn provides guests with an enjoyable and unique experience. Now, with its membership to BBAV, this already charming B&B further pettiness its high quality.

Dreama Travis: InnVirginia Member of the Year

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Steve and Kathi Walker present Dreama Travis with the 2014 Member of the Year Award.

Steve and Kathi Walker present Dreama Travis with the 2014 Member of the Year Award.

On the evening of Feb. 23, Dreama Travis of the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast in Graves Mill, Virginia was awarded the Bed and Breakfast Member of the Year, an honor to be added to her many recent accomplishments.

Travis, a nine-year member of BBAV and the Inns at Montpelier, has shown her fellow innkeepers the true meaning of perseverance, proving to be an inspiration.

Four years ago, Travis was diagnosed with Stage IV Endometrial Cancer. Inoperable and incurable, Travis was given limited time to live. Wanting to get the most out of life, she embarked in a holistic approach to battle the disease.

Travis’ lifestyle changes proved helpful, but unfortunately could not stop the inevitable. After months of sporadic operation, the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast eventually closed, a decision Travis thought would be permanent.

Even with the devastating loss of her business, Travis was not ready to quit and began defying odds. Feeling strong enough, Travis found herself attending a mission trip to Nigeria where she provided medical care and educational support to natives.

Locally, Travis stated a support program called the First Responders Cancer Team. The team aims to provide support to newly diagnosed cancer patients. To be a team member, one must have cancer or be a cancer survivor. Initially, they were reaching out to patients in surrounding countries, but are now counseling patients around the globe.

“Being an innkeeper has afforded me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world,” Travis said. “Sometimes guests will go home after a stay at The Old Mill House and later learn about a friend or loved one being diagnosed with this most dreaded disease. They call and ask if I will talk with them. Sharing my success story gives them hope where there was no hope before.”

Although Travis still battles cancer, she has already overcome tremendous obstacles, most recently in the re-opening of the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast, which is now back in full swing.

Congratulations Dreama on all your hard work!

Congratulations Dreama on all your hard work!

Travis was proudly awarded her honor at the 2014 Annual Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia Conference in Richmond, Virginia where she was accompanied by a standing ovation of fellow colleagues. The room was evidently full of great admiration for this outstanding member, not only with her Bed and Breakfast, but life.

1845 History Brought to Modern Day Guests at Bud’s Inn at the Chester Plantation

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Bud’s Inn at the Chester Plantation - Located just 10 minutes off of I-295 just south of Richmond

Bud’s Inn at the Chester Plantation – Located just 10 minutes off of I-295 just south of Richmond

Bud’s Inn at the Chester Plantation, Disputanta, VA, is the newest B&B to be inspected and approved for The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) membership. Purchased in 2007 by the now innkeepers, John and Brenda Gilliam, the Greek revival home and accompanying acreage has a history dating back to 1845. The Chester Plantation passed from Colonel Williamson Simmons, the original owner, to his family until Remmie Arnold, owner of the Arnold Pen Factory in Historic Petersburg, purchased it in the late 1940s. After that, in 1963, the land was purchased by B.B. Baugus and turned into the Prince George Country Club Estates.

John and Brenda Gilliam add to the long history of the Chester Plantation by turning the home into a bed and breakfast while maintaining aspects of the property’s past – such as referencing the Chester Plantation in the name and keeping the original door on the home. Bud’s Inn at the Chester Plantation maintains this historical charm with its winding staircase and old-fashioned décor as well as the fact that guests have the opportunity to partake in the Prince George Golf Course, legacy of B.B. Baugus, and of their deck which overlooks a pond.

The Bud’s Inn Innkeepers sought a BBAV membership because “the inspection goes beyond what the local health department requires and is a higher standard to ensure that our customers are receiving the very best quality in health and safety standards that we can provide.” Not only does BBAV membership help enhance Innkeepers education and information, but it helps guide Innkeepers to provide the best service possible for guests.

Pond at Bud’s Inn at the Chester Plantation

Pond at Bud’s Inn at the Chester Plantation

John and Brenda Gilliam started their B&B so they could do something fun together while “meeting people and making them feel welcome and “at home” while being away from their homes”. Now, with the inspection and approval of BBAV, these Innkeepers can further establish themselves as a high-quality B&B.

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.

Healthcare Career Leads to a Fresh Start in Hospitality

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

New owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn are excited for their new adventure


Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

The Historic Manor sites on 40-acres of land

Prospect Hill Plantation is the newest establishment to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s property inspection (BBAV). Prospect Hill, set outside historic Charlottesville, VA was originally an 18th century plantation. It is now owned by Dr. Bobby and Paula Findley, who bought the Plantation in the search for a new and exciting lifestyle to follow Dr. Findley’s 25 year long career in chiropractic healthcare. The property itself includes 40-acres of land as well as the historic Manor House, which boasts eleven guest rooms and cottages complete with modern amenities. Prospect Hill prides itself on its vast history, as another one of the guest rooms is the “original cabin, built in 1699, is still used for housing overnight guests… some 314 years later” according to owner Dr. Frindley.


Dr. Bobby & Paula Findley, owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

When asked why membership with the BBAV was important, Dr. Findley stated “All inns are unique in their own way and offer a compelling experience to their guest… what separates one inn from another, though, is the level of quality… both in the experience and in terms of cleanliness. Being inspected simply helps us stress that we value our guests’ experience over everything else.”

Aside from offering unique guest rooms and a lavish setting by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prospect Hill Plantation also offers a wonderful culinary experience in the form of a 4 course prix-fixe dinner for it’s guests and members of the Charlottesville community.

    Dr. Findley explains that his favorite aspect of being a bed and breakfast owner is the opportunity to meet the interesting guests that are constantly staying at Prospect Hill. For the future, Dr. Findley notes that he hopes to “restore Prospect Hill to its former glory as one of the premier dining and lodging destinations in central Virginia!”

    BBAV President Heidi Lanford is extremely happy about Prospect Hill’s addition to the Association. When asked about her thoughts regarding Prospect Hill, Lanford explained “it is so wonderful to have such a historic, and beautiful property pass our property inspection. Prospect Hill is another great example of the impressive establishments that are associated with BBAV.”

Relax on Historic Jefferson Property

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Snowdonia2Built on property, which was originally owned by Thomas Jefferson’s father, is the historic Snowdon.  The adjacent Snowdonia on the James is a quiet retreat for guests to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the area (and maybe the deer and other animals on the grounds).  The property offers a handicapped accessible cozy cottage and an expansive River Bluff Suite with spectacular views perfect for all occasions.  The River Bluff Gazebo offers an intimate wedding setting for guests hoping to tie the knot in a beautiful and relaxing location. Near Monticello and Montpelier, as well as many Virginia Wineries, Snowdonia on the James is a great location for guests to explore the Charlottesville area and all that it has to offer.

When asked about the importance of joining BBAV, innkeeper, Teresa Radford said, “The BBAV inspection for me is a ‘Gold Seal’ of approval.  Prospective guests will know that I strive to provide high quality standards in every area of our business and service.”

President, Heidi Lanford is pleased to have another addition to BBAV, stating “collaboration with state and local B&B owners is highly valuable. Teresa can utilize our expertise and resources as a way not only to increase her marketing efforts but also to improve the service she provides to guests.”


The Virginia Festival of the Book, 2012

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” ― Stephen King

Although we are in an age of technology, books still retain their inherent esteem (though they can now be read via technological devices, common ground between tradition and innovation). Furthermore, good writers are still highly celebrated, and Virginia is one of those places that not only spends time celebrating authors, but also puts aside five whole days to do so. The Virginia Festival of the Book offers seminars, presentations, meet-and-greets, and a myriad of other events in order “to bring together writers and readers and to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture” (

With the exception of the luncheons, the Authors’ reception, the Leadership Breakfast, and specific theatre and musical performances, all events at this festival are free and require no tickets or registration. Click here for the festival’s page of frequently asked questions.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Where will I stay during this five-day festival?” Since you are reading a blog entry for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia, surely you must know the answer to your question. Continue reading below for a list and links to some of our wonderful Charlottesville, VA inns. Books and bed and breakfasts—sounds like a perfect week!

Introductory Video from the 2011 Festival:


Where: Charlottesville, VA

When: March 21-25, 2012

BBAV Lodging: Dinsmore House Inn

The Inn at Court Square

The Inn at 400 West High

The Inn at Monticello

Foxfield Inn

Arcady Vineyard B&B

High Meadow Vineyard Inn

By Tara Stoll

Central VA in the Spring

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
A Host, of Golden Daffodils

Walk among the daffodils, April 13 at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.

It’s spring in Virginia, which means flowers are in bloom, music is in the air, and beer and wine is flowing. Several upcoming events are well worth packing a bag and spending time at one of the charming Central Virginia Bed and Breakfasts outside Harrisonburg, VA. Garden walks, carriage rides, and beer and wine festivals will ensure that visitors have a blooming good time.

Upcoming Central Virginia events:

  • April 13, 2011, is the Annual Daffodil Walk at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a paradise of more than 125 colorful acres.
  • April 23, 2011 is the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival in downtown Harrisonburg. Virginia breweries will be joined by breweries from New York to San Francisco; many of the brews are not widely distributed, so this is a rare treat indeed for lovers of fine ale.
  • Mother’s Day Carriage Rides at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. When was the last time you and your mother spent a weekend together? Do so this year, at a Central Virginia Bed and Breakfast, and treat mom to a luxurious carriage ride through the forest. May 7 and 8, 2011.
  • ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival in McGaheysville, Memorial Day Weekend, 2011. Enjoy live music while sampling a wide variety of Virginia Wine.

Winter is past, summer not yet arrived. In other words, it’s an ideal time to travel to Virginia Bed and Breakfasts.