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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with InnVirginia

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Small Business Saturday is on its way. Are you ready to shop local, support your neighbors, and get all of your holiday shopping finished before the rush hits?

On November 29, 2014, establishments around the country will be participating in Small Business Saturday: “In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.”

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So, what are some small businesses that you can benefit (along with benefiting yourself!)? We’re so glad you asked:

Depot Lodge- This Paint Bank, VA B&B is a peek into history that includes lodging, a general store, and the Swinging Bridge Restaurant. This train depot offers four upstairs rooms, a master suite, and a unique bedroom in a renovated Norfolk & Western Caboose. If you’re a train aficionado, you won’t want

Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast- This waterfront B&B is ready to provide you with a Chesapeake Bay retreat. Relax in the Garden Suite, the Victorian Suite, or the Tidal Pond Suite, and let the elegance, charm, and tranquility help you escape from the upcoming holiday clamor.

Fountain Hall- This inn stands as Culpeper, VA’s first B&B and boasts not only a historic structure but a historic location as well.

Shepherd’s Joy- “Situated in the Historic District of Abingdon Virginia (the oldest incorporated town west of the Blue Ridge), Shepherd’s Joy offers an opportunity to experience the rare Victorian charm of an in-town farm.”

Wyndie Crest Bed and Breakfast- This Franklin, VA B&B is a “turn-of-the-century stately Georgian manor that features 5 luxuriously decorated bedrooms and a guest cottage. Built in 1919, this B&B has been meticulously restored to its former state of grandeur with an appreciation for historical accuracy.”

Whether you’re supporting these B&Bs with your own special getaway, or you’re choosing to give a friend or family member the gift of a getaway, there’s no better time to do it than Small Business Saturday.

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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 about 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 89th Annual Pony Swim, Chincoteague Island

Monday, July 21st, 2014

“On the shores of Chincoteague the people pressed forward, their faces strained to stiffness, as they watched Assateague Beach. ‘Here they come!’ The cry broke out from every throat.” –Marguerite Henry, Misty of Chincoteague

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For over eighty years now, people from all over have flocked to Chincoteague Island for the Pony Swim and Pony Penning Day, an annual tradition that was made popular in Marguerite Henry’s book Misty of Chincoteague. Now in its 89th year, you have the opportunity to attend Pony Penning Day for yourself:

On July 26-27, 2014, the Pony Round-Up will commence, where Saltwater Cowboys will herd around 150 wild ponies into corrals along Assateague Island.

On July 28, the Cowboys will walk the ponies from the northern corral to the beachfront to the southern corral, beginning at 6 a.m. for those who wish to watch.

July 30, 2014 is the Pony Swim, where the Saltwater Cowboys move the herd from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. (If you’re interested in owning a pony of your own, the first foal to swim to shore will be named King or Queen Neptune and will be given away at a raffle later in the day.)

And finally, on July 31, 2014, the Pony Auction will take place, benefitting the islands as a fundraiser and also as a source of size control for the pony herd.

Pony Penning Day is a source of excitement for all who attend, whether you’re there to bid on a pony or simply watch these beautiful animals swim the Assateague Channel.

Need lodging suggestions? Try out these fantastic Inn Virginia members—1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn, and Miss Molly’s Inn. (Trivia: Marguerite Henry actually stayed at Miss Molly’s in while she was writing Misty of Chincoteague.)

Photo by Bonnie Gruenberg

Photo by Bonnie Gruenberg

The Old Massanutten Lodge: Then & Now

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
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Margie and Guy Vlasits celebrate 10 years at The Old Massanutten Lodge

The Old Massanutten Lodge celebrates ten years as a B&B, and even longer as a place of personal and community strength.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Old Massanutten Lodge B&B, in Keezletown, VA. However, before Margie and Guy Vlasits purchased the property in the early 1990s, the lodge served as a day-resort for visitors and locals from the mid-1920s through the 60s, providing a place of relaxation and entertainment for its guests. Now, almost a century later, the Vlasits have restored the property and successfully provided a similar atmosphere.

“We wanted to give the property back to the community,” says Margie, the property’s primary caretaker. Indeed, the Vlasits successfully opened their doors to guests in 2003 as a place of rejuvenation, nourishment, and celebration for those near and far. Soon after, in 2005, Margie faced another life-changing situation: the onset of cancer. This didn’t keep her from serving the B&Bs many guests.

The Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown, VA

The Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown, VA

Although she couldn’t advance the business during this time, she maintained it to the best of her ability with the help of others. The business “helped me get through the treatments,” she says. The Vlasits opened the B&B as a place to “renourish guests’ souls,” she continues, and “at the same time it did the same for me.” For eight of the ten years that the B&B has been in service, Margie battled cancer and won. Her own story further enriches that of the property and the community surrounding it.

“We love to host people from all over the world with great cultural and personal diversities,” Margie says. Many guests come from just a couple hours away looking for rest from the daily grind. Others come for adventure and entertainment to an area rich in history, culture, nature, and just plain fun.  Old Massanutten Lodge’s quiet rural location is a pleasant change from the noise and activity of urban areas.

The last weekend in October, the Old Massanutten Lodge celebrates the property’s extensive past in conjunction with its tenth anniversary as a B&B through a story-telling event and concert. The Vlasits plan to invite anyone with a history at the lodge to come and tell his/her story while showcasing local folk artists. All in all, the Old Massanutten Lodge focuses on the past, present, and future as memories in the making. Come make memories at the Old Massanutten Lodge, entwining your history with that of this historic local landmark.

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.

Vintage Route 1 Tour and Downtown Community Day

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

U.S. Route 1 in Virginia dates all the way back to 1918, and in an effort to commemorate this piece of history, downtown Fredericksburg provides a Community Day that overflows with celebratory activities—tours, displays, exhibits, vintage cars, and more. “Historical images, text, newspapers and in-depth research will show you a side of Fredericksburg that you may have not known was there” (Vintage Route 1).

Tours of the route take attendees down places such as Lafayette Boulevard, Princess Anne Street, and Riverfront Park, while exhibits will educate viewers about the Civil Rights Movement in Fredericksburg, the nearby tourist homes and drugstores, eating establishments, and, of course, Classic Cars.

The tours are not the only part of Community Day, however. There are a number of other activities for both children and adults alike. Stop by Virginia Partners Bank for free coffee and donuts, or try a Root Beer Float Special at Fizzlebottom Café. Made in Virginia will be offering free food and wine tasting, and Jabberwocky will provide fun and fascinating archaeology activities for kids.

And what celebration would be complete without live entertainment? Enjoy Willie Nelson Favorites by Lou Rosgen, music and hula hoop demonstrations at Populuxe, a vintage fashion show, and live radio broadcasts.

Start and end your Vintage Route 1 festivities at a nearby Inn Virginia B&B such as Lavender Heights. (If you’re interested in other Route 1 B&Bs in Virginia, we recommend Grace Manor Inn in Richmond and Scents of Cedar B&B in Peteresburg.)

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By Tara Stoll

Drink and Be Merry at Epicurience Virginia

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” –Aristophanes

This weekend, August 30- September 2, 2013, is Epicurience Virginia, a “wine and food festival two hundred years in the making” that takes place in various parts of Loudon, VA. Now, you may be wondering about the name of this debut festival: Epicurience. If you’re not familiar with the word, don’t feel bad, as it’s entirely made up. Epicurience Virginia is a “festival so unique that no existing name quite fit” (EpicVirginia.com). So the event creators took the epic occurrence and mashed it together with the epic experience promised to all attendees, and “Epicurience” was formed.

That’s a great deal of festival build up, so what can you expect to find during the weekend activities? In the briefest of summaries, you’ll find wine tastings, seminars, culinary demonstrations, live music, and “wine swag” for sale. (Click here for a full list of daily activities. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.)

After a long day of enjoyment, you’ll most likely need a place to rest your head and recover for either another day of festivities or the journey home. In either case, a nearby Inn Virginia member will complete your Epicurience weekend:

Briar Patch B&B

Goodstone Inn

Middleburg Country Inn

Berryville Inn

The Ashby Inn and Restaurant

 

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By Tara Stoll

Celebrate Warner Heritage at Ancestral Homecoming Weekend

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Inn at Warner Hall is a confluence of historical figures, namely George Washington, Robert E. Lee and Meriwether Lewis, all of whom are direct descents of Augustine Warner, founder of the inn. (Even the Queen of England herself, Elizabeth II, is a Warner relative. According to innkeepers Troy and Theresa Stavens, “In England, Warner Hall is referred to as ‘the home of the Queen’s American ancestors.’”)

With family members like these, who wouldn’t want to celebrate such heritage? The Inn at Warner Hall is doing just that from July 26-28, 2013 at their Ancestral Homecoming Weekend. The celebratory reunion begins on the evening of July 26 with a buffet dinner where long lost family members can either reconnect or meet for the first time. Following dinner, two archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation, David Brown and Thane Harpole, will be making a presentation about Warner Hall in the 18th Century. (These two archaeologists also happen to be the author of a book entitled “Warner Hall: Story of a Great Plantation.)

Saturday’s activities will include a private tour of Colonial Williamsburg, a tour of White Marsh Plantation, and an 18th century dinner, and presentations by Richard Weaver.

Sunday will include a private service at Jamestown Memorial Church and a trip to Poquoson for a guided tour of “the site of Augustine Warner I’s first land grant” (Inn at Warner Hall).

If you are a Warner descendent who would like to indulge in your familial history, then give the Inn at Warner Hall a call at 800.331.2720 or send them an email at info@warnerhall.com.

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By Tara Stoll

55th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” –Ernest Hemingway

The festival of oysters is upon us! For the fifty-fifth year in a row, the “slightly off the beaten track tidewater town of Urbanna, Virginia” will be hosting the state’s official Oyster Festival. This eastern shore celebration includes a parades, waterfront educational activities, wine tasting, an oyster shucking content, and, of course, a plethora of food to fill your hungry bellies: “The beloved oyster is always available in ample supply and in a variety of presentations: raw, roasted, fried, smoked, steamed, in fritters or in a stew. In addition, one can enjoy clams, crabs, shrimp, Philly Steak, Oriental, hamburgers, hot dogs, roast beef and other goodies too numerous to mention.”

The Saturday Parade of the Urbanna Oyster Festival is arguably the most anticipated feature, and according to the website, it “has become the focal point of the weekend…Many grand marshals have led the parade, including state officials, beauty queens, and lately, community leaders whom the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation wishes to honor.”

Quick Facts:

Where: Urbanna, VA

When: November 2-3, 2012

BBAV Lodging: Click here for nearby B&Bs.

 

By Tara Stoll

First Annual Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” –Czech Proverb

“Virginia will be serving up love on tap for the first-ever Virginia Craft Beer Month this August. For beer lovers this means August is a great time to visit Virginia for true local flavor at more than 40 craft breweries and restaurants and bars who have local love on tap” (Virginia is for Lovers).

Virginia may be more well-known for its wine than its beer, but this is a month to celebrate the excellent local breweries. The celebration eventually leads up to the first annual Virginia Craft Brewers Fest: “Presented by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the 2012 Virginia Craft Brewers Festival is designed to bring together all qualified and interested Virginia Craft Breweries as an opportunity to promote the Virginia Craft Brewing Industry and the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.”

Enjoy the Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition, beer tastings, band performances, delicious food, and mountainous views.

Quick Facts:

When: Saturday, August 25, 2012 (Rain date: August 26, 2012)

Where: Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Nelson County, VA

Time: 2pm-8pm

Lodging: A BBAV inn

By Tara Stoll