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Wine and Brine with Oyster and Wine Lovers Weekend

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

You’ve heard of Virginia Wine & Dine Month, but how Virginia’s Eastern Shore Wine & Brine Month?

“November has been recently established as Virginia’s Eastern Shore Wine & Brine Month to introduce, and continually promote awareness of, an epicurean experience that is unique in the world.” Two of our Inn Virginia members, Cape Charles House B&B and The Inn at Onancock, are celebrating this seaside celebration with a fun collaboration—Oyster and Wine Lovers’ Weekend.

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“Guests at both inns will enjoy exclusive activities highlighting this new designation. Featured during these weekends are local heirloom Sewansecott oysters paired with award-winning wines from Chatham Vineyards as well as tickets to oyster roasts, wine and oyster tastings, discounts on specially created oyster dishes at restaurants, tours of aquaculture farms and more. In addition, the third night at either of these inns offers a 50% discount.” Sounds like fun, right?

So, what activities will these weekends hold?

October 31 – November 2, 2014: Star Spangled Oyster and Wine Weekend

November 7-9, 2014: Merroir, Terroir & Boudoir

November 14-16, 2014: Oyster and Wine Invitational

November 28-29, 2014: Art Studio Wine Tour and Oyster Roast (Cape Charles House only)

Click here for more information from Cape Charles House and here for more information from The Inn at Onancock. Have any questions about this upcoming event? Contact Lisa LaMontagne at info@innatonancock.com or 757-789-7711, or contact Carol Evans at stay@capecharleshouse.com or 757-331-4920.

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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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Winter Activities in Virginia

Monday, December 9th, 2013

There’s no doubt that winter in Virginia is beautiful, and the chilly weather certainly doesn’t mean that you’re trapped indoors until spring! Whether you’re skiing on snow-capped mountaintops or whale watching on a brisk boat trip, there is much to explore and experience during winter in the Commonwealth. Check out our list of suggestions below, and consider a Winter Special at one of our Inn Virginia members:

  1. Wintergreen and Massanutten: If you’re looking for winter sports, then these resorts are the perfect fit. With skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and ice skating, you most certainly won’t be bored. Nearby B&Bs include Afton Mountain B&B, The Iris Inn, The Mark Addy Inn, and Old Massanutten Lodge.
  2. A Winter Seafari: Take a Winter Wildlife boat trip with the Virginia Aquarium or Southeast Expeditions. Bundle up in your winter gear, grab a friend and a kayak, and drift down the waters of Virginia. Nearby B&Bs include Barclay Cottage B&B, Magnolia House Inn,
    1890 Spinning Wheel B&B, and Miss Molly’s Inn.
  3. Llama Trekking: Yes, you read that correctly. One of our member B&Bs, Applewood Inn, is known not only for its cozy location and wonderful innkeepers, but also for its resident llamas. As long as the weather conditions aren’t hazardous, llama treks are available year round, offering two hour hikes with these animal companions.
  1. Wineries: If you’re a wine enthusiast, then Virginia is definitely the perfect winter getaway for you! Stay warm at one of the Commonwealth’s huge number of vineyards and wineries, sipping on award-winning libations and then returning to the comfort of your B&B room with a bottle of wine to take back home. We have some excellent Wine Tasting Specials and Packages, so peruse the list at your leisure, and find your perfect winter wine getaway.

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By Tara Stoll

Eastern Shore Inns Have Recovered from Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Virginia was one of the places affected by Hurricane Sandy’s October of 2012, and the Commonwealth’s Eastern Shore rested directly in the path of destruction. The hurricane hit numerous InnVirginia B&Bs, but they managed to recover, rebuild, and are still open for business with enthusiastic welcome.

When Sandy and Hank Mayer, innkeepers at the Chesapeake Bay View B&B, first heard the predicted path of the hurricane, they set about putting away anything that could be swept up by the wind. During the worst of the storm, Sandy and Hank stayed at their rental cottage a few blocks away from their B&B. Sandy says, “I put on high boots and waded back to the house to check on everything next day. Lots of water and crazy wind but no damage…We were incredibly fortunate to miss the eye of the storm.”

Another InnVirginia member affected by Hurricane Sandy was Channel Bass Inn. Innkeepers Barbara and David Wiedenheft were overseas in France during the worst part of the hurricane, and they returned home to a flooded cellar and water heaters knocked off their pedestals as well as well as one of their 60-foot redwood trees having moved “about 10 degrees towards the inn.” Barbara says, “Ultimately, we were very, very fortunate and are thankful.”

Now, close to seven months after the storm, the Eastern Shore has rebuilt what was destroyed, and it is as beautiful and inviting as ever. Book a room at Chesapeake Bay View, and explore the numerous activities around Cape Charles. Stay at Channel Bass Inn, and indulge in the beauty and history of Chincoteague Island. Between swimming, sailing, wine tasting, and sightseeing, there is no shortage of exploration on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

For a full list of our Eastern Shore B&Bs, click here.

Have questions or comments? Feel free to join in the discussion on our Facebook page!

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By Tara Stoll

Loving and Running a Virginia B&B Go Hand in Hand

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles has officially been inspected and approved by the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV). Heidi Lanford, BBAV President, adds, “As members of BBAV, innkeepers strive to provide the highest quality experience to guests. Because the Bay Haven Inn has taken the time to go through our inspection and obtain all the licenses, certificates and permits, it goes to show dedication to operate their B&B as a legitimate business.”

The owners, Tammy and Jim Holloway, most recently from northern Virginia, escaped the rat race of the nation’s capital to create a “haven” on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  They have always believed that B&Bs were a romantic experience, and as eHarmony’s Virginia Couple of the Year 2006, they are no strangers to romance. The couple reminisces about how they fell in love at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. “In fact it was at this time of year when I packed a picnic for us to enjoy as we took in the magical beauty of the blossoms surrounding the tidal basin,” said Jim. He reflects on how he introduced his chocolate ganache sauce to Tammy through the triple chocolate brownies he baked for the picnic that spring day. Now a guest favorite at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles, the infamous chocolate ganache is the delectable topping to their Peanut Butter Banana Waffles.

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Tammy and Jim Holloway, owners of Bay Heaven Inn of Cape Charles

The B&B is housed in the historical Wilson House in Cape Charles, built in 1906, and was restored and transformed into a bed and breakfast in 1995. The Holloways bought the inn in 2011 and continue with restoration and preservation of the historic home. Opening their B&B at the end of 2012, the Holloways have truly enjoyed running the business, fulfilling the need for a romantic haven to escape busy life. “Earning the BBAV seal of approval was an important step in the process of opening a B&B, passing the inspection is seal of approval that says we have met the quality standards developed by our peers in the industry,” said Tammy. “It says to our future guests that you have been inspected by an objective person and have met the high standards of Virginia B&Bs.”

A Box Full of Love: Romance at the Boxwood Inn

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

“One who walks the road with love will never walk the road alone.” – C.T. David

With February being celebrated as the month of love, we have another bed & breakfast wedding story to share with you all. The Boxwood Inn is a “family-run B&B” in Newport News, VA. Over the years, the inn has seen many instances of love, be it from their romantic packages, intimate dinners, anniversary getaways, or wedding celebrations. The latter instance includes not only guests, but also the family that runs the inn.

The Boxwood Inn’s Executive Chef married his love, Rebekah, in October of 2009 at the beautiful B&B which also happens to be their place of employment. Rebekah says, “We feel very blessed to not only work together, but also to get to be in the place where ‘it all started’ every day. We have a great love for our inn and we were honored to be able to share that with our family and friends as we celebrated our love for each other.”

Not only is the Boxwood Inn a perfect venue for upcoming nuptials, but it is also a wonderful spot for other romantic instances such as anniversaries, honeymoons, and couples getaways: “The inn is the perfect place for romance! Guests can complete their romantic evening with an overnight stay and a bottle of champagne…Guests can also really wow their sweetie with a Romance and Relaxation package, featuring a 60-minute couples’ massage.”

Click here if you’re interested in booking a room.

By Tara Stoll

OpSail 2012

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The Tall Ships are coming to Virginia! “From June 1 -12, 2012, the Port of Virginia will once again host an impressive fleet of tall ships, navy and military war ships representing the world. OpSail 2012 Virginia is planned to illuminate the community with spectacle and festivity, and will place our Commonwealth front and center on the world stage.”

Join in this history-based, family-friendly celebration of these beautiful sea-faring vessels. Besides viewing the ships themselves, events will include free deck tours, historical re-enactments, film festivals, fireworks, concerts, educational programs, Adopt-a-Ship opportunities, and, of course, the much anticipated Parades of Sail. Participating cities include Cape Charles, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Onancock, Portsmouth, Tangier Island, Virginia Beach, and Yorktown.

“On the horizon lies a historic American milestone, an extraordinary occasion for the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia… the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, planned together with the spectacle of OpSail 2012. …. OpSail 2012 Virginia is a collaboration between Operation Sail Inc. (OpSail) national, the United States Navy, Norfolk Festevents, and hundreds of national, state and local organizations.”

 

Need a place to stay? Book your room at a BBAV member inn:

Cape Charles, VA

Hampton, VA

Norfolk, VA

Onancock, VA

Portsmouth, VA

Virginia Beach, VA

Yorktown, VA

 

By Tara Stoll

Spring Break in Virginia, 2012

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” –Robin Williams

For many individuals, Spring Break will be here within the next few weeks, and it’s a time to flee from studying, escape to the beach, and relax with friends and family. Virginia not only offers some beautiful beaches and islands, but also some beautiful bed and breakfasts at which you can relax after your daily events.

There is an unlimited amount of activities along Virginia’s Eastern Shore and on Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Visit wineries and vineyards, take a kayak tour, explore a lighthouse, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply lounge on the beach and perfect your tan.

Make your Spring Break absolutely perfect by booking your room at a BBAV inn:

Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Beach, VA- Rest, relaxation, and romance!

Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Beach, VA- “Voted #1 Spa Bed and Breakfast in America.”

1848 Island Manor House Inn, Chincoteague, VA- “Island beauty, coastal charm, unbeatable hospitality.”

Channel Bass Inn, Chincoteague, VA- “A Romantic Hideaway selected by The Discerning Traveler.”

Miss Molly’s Inn, Chincoteague, VA- “Appreciate the genuine charm of an old fashioned inn, as did Marguerite Henry, whilst she wrote her famous book Misty of Chincoteague.”

The Watson House, Chincoteague, VA- A romantic retreat in historic Chincoteague.

Garden and Sea Inn, New Church, VA- “Escape to the Garden and Sea Inn for an elegant, yet casual respite.”

Inn at Onancock, Onancock, VA- “Experience our get-away-from-it-all style in laid back luxury.”

 

By Tara Stoll

 

Howl-O-Scream, Williamsburg, VA

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Everywhere you look in Virginia, you will find some sort of Halloween party or harvest festival during this time of year. While you’re making yourself at home at one of our cozy bed and breakfasts, perhaps you will want to attend one of these celebrations. If you have children, there are some spectacular family-friendly opportunities.

One such event is the fabulously scary Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Traverse through the foggy gloom of the Fear Fair. Explore the vampire-laden “Bitten” house. Rock out to Monster Stomp Revamped. Sneak through the woods of New France while trying to avoid the Widow Makers. If you enjoy that heart-pounding rush of adrenaline brought about by fear, then Howl-O-Scream is certainly the event for you! However, if the kiddies aren’t so keen on monsters popping out at them, you can visit Busch Gardens during the day for plenty of non-scary fall fun. Once 6pm hits, though, the park becomes a haven for horror! *cue thunder sound effects*

Howl-O-Scream is hardly the only Halloween celebration in Virginia, so click here for a lovely little list that highlights different events based on region and city.

Be smart and safe, everyone! (And parents, kindly refrain from adorning yourselves with costumes that would severely embarrass your children…)

Lastly, I feel that no Halloween blog would be complete without this classic tribute to all things that go bump in the night:

 

By Tara Stoll

Celebrate Scotland, Italy, and Wine, 2011!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

By now you’ve probably already felt a certain crispness in the mornings, swiftly replacing the thick humidity of these past summer months. Indeed others have noticed that the green hue of one or two leaves has already begun to dissipate, melting into red or gold. There is no doubt that autumn is near, approaching silently without ostentation or fanfare.

But I’m certain that you’re not reading this to hear me prattle on about the poetical nature of autumn. No, you would rather hear what sorts of activities in which you can participate during this upcoming fall season, and since you’re being so incredibly insistent, I suppose I shall tell you.

Although there are many, many, many, many autumn festivals and celebrations around Virginia, I’ll focus on three fantastic ones that you can find in and nearby Williamsburg, Virginia:

The Williamsburg Scottish Festival and and Celtic Celebration, September 30-October 1- It’s time for kilts, haggis, and bagpipes! This event includes Irish stepdancing, a golf tournament, a parade, and lots of vendors with pretty, shiny things!

The Yorktown Wine Festival, October 1- This festival includes 21 wineries, 8 of which will participate in a wine dinner at the Riverfront Restaurant. The music also looks to be fantastic with a drum and fife band, reggae, pop, rock, acoustic, electric, and Celtic.

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Ciao Williamsburg Festival, October 8-9- Celebrate your Italian heritage, or, if you’re not Italian, pretend to be for a couple days! This festival promises amazing food, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and some excellent entertainment.

By Tara Stoll