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Cider Week Virginia

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


Besides pumpkin spice, apple is the most popular seasonal fruit of autumn. From pick-your-own apple orchards to hot, sweet apple pie, this fruit dominates much of our culinary endeavors, including our beverages.

Cider Week Virginia will be taking place on November 13-22 in a statewide celebration of everyone’s favorite fall apple drink. We’re not talking about your typical cider though; Virginia is known for its delicious hard cider and even became the first state with an official Cider Week declared by its governor. So during this upcoming week of tastings, pairings, dinners, workshops, and more, visit Virginia and join in the celebratory events:

Old Hill Cider and food pairings all week long at Bella Luna Woodfired Pizza, November 13-22, Harrisonburg, VA: If you’ve never tried homemade, wood-fired pizza paired with locally crafted hard cider, then you’re in for a Cider Week treat at Bella Luna!
(Click here for Virginia lodging in Harrisonburg.)

Richmond Cider Celebration, November 14, Richmond, VA: Your $20 ticket will offer you tastings from 12 participating cideries, live musical performances, educational workshops, and more.
(Click here for Virginia lodging in Richmond.)

Blue Bee Tap Cider Takeover at Birch, November 18, Norfolk, VA: Birch Bar, which holds the reputation of “Norfolk’s finest craft beverage bar,” will be providing entire flights of Blue Bee Cider from both the keg and the bottle.
(Click here for Virginia lodging in Norfolk.)

Castle Hill Cider Open House, November 21, Keswick, VA: From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., taste your way through Castle Hill Cidery. You’ll explore the grounds and orchards, the qvevri (“buried terra cotta fermenters”), and end at the outdoor tasting bar.
(Click here for Virginia lodging near Keswick.)


We look forward to seeing you at an InnVirginia B&B during your Cider Week getaway!


Awesome Autumn: Oktoberfest Celebrations in Virginia

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Along with the much anticipated fall foliage, fall fashion, and pumpkin spice lattes, there another part of fall that many individuals look forward to as well—Oktoberfest. Complete your autumn Virginia adventure with a stay at one of our InnVirginia B&Bs and a visit to one of these upcoming Oktoberfest festivals:



Oktoberfest 2015, Martinsville, October 3

Uptown Martinsville has been celebrated this free annual event for 36 years now! Get ready for a day of live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and more. (InnVirginia Lodging: Mountain Rose Inn)



Oktoberfest – Reedville
, October 10

“Bratwursts, brews, and oompah-pahs will spice up the waterfront village of Fleeton just outside of Reedville.” What can you expect to find at Reedville’s Oktoberfest? Sizzling German sausage, frothy German brews, Bavarian music, polka dancing, corn hole, and baked goods for sale. (InnVirginia Lodging: Fleeton Fields B&B, Ma Margaret’s House)



restonoktoberfestOktoberfest Reston, October 10-11

Oktoberfest Reston is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival and promises German food, live music, beer tasting, and a Pumpkin 5K race. Don’t miss these two days of fall run at the Reston Town Center! (InnVirginia Lodging: Bennett House Bed & Breakfast, Middleburg Country Inn)




richmondoktoberfestRichmond Oktoberfest, October 16-17

“German customs and culture have thrived here for decades and still do.” Richmond, VA’s Oktoberfest celebrations happen to be part of the “largest German / American Oktoberfest festival in the state of Virginia, playing host to nearly 5,000 people over the two day indoor event.” From the live music to the bratwurst and potato pancakes, you’ll love this celebration of autumn and Germany. (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, The Tinder Guest House)


Happy Oktoberfest!


Enjoy National Park Week in Virginia

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Spring is when the world comes alive again. As warmth in the air emerges, so does a wash of green over the natural world, and there is no better place to immerse yourself in springtime than in the National Parks of Virginia. April 18-19, 2015 is the opening weekend of National Park Week, “America’s largest celebration of national heritage.” The opening weekend will offer FREE admission into every National Park, which is the perfect excuse for a quick getaway to visit some of Virginia’s historic outdoor playgrounds.

Shenandoah National Park: “Five hundred miles of trails, consisting of 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail, lead visitors to waterfalls, panoramic views, protected wilderness and preserved human history in the Shenandoah Valley.” (InnVirginia Lodging: A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Waypoint House B&B, Foster Harris House.)

Colonial National Historical Park: “It began on the swampy marshes of Jamestown in 1607. It ended on the battle scarred landscape of Yorktown in 1781.” Beauty and history collide at this historic park. But no description will do this place justice, so you’ll just have to visit for yourself! (InnVirginia Lodging: Boxwood Inn, Newport House B&B)

Petersburg National Battlefield: From the movies and exhibits in the Visitors Center to the driving tour of the battle sites, this National Park provides peaceful views dotted with remnants of past conflict: “Petersburg, Virginia, became the setting for the longest siege in American history when General Ulysses S. Grant failed to capture Richmond in the spring of 1864.” (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, Grace Manor Inn)

Booker T. Washington National Monument: “Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience firsthand the life and landscape of people who lived in an era when slavery was part of the fabric of American life.” Tour this park’s exhibits, farms, films for a peek at the past and a view of Virginia scenery. (InnVirginia Lodging: King George Inn, The Inn on Campbell)

Click here for a full list of Virginia’s National Parks. Click here to view all of our member inns.



A Celebration of Music and the Arts with InnVirginia

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Virginia is known for its history, its scenery, and more recently its wine, but these aren’t the only aspects of the Commonwealth that make it culturally rich. Its citizens are also patrons of the arts, both celebrating and participating in musical performances, theatrical production, and artistic exhibits. Check out these upcoming events, and don’t forget to book your room at a nearby B&B:

9 to 5—The Musical, Fredericksburg: Not only will you get to enjoy a fantastic meal of salmon-stuffed tilapia, manicotti, Shepherd’s Pie, or fried chicken, but this Riverside Center Production will also bring you the theatrics of actress Sally Stuthers, whom you may know as Gloria from All in the Family and Babette from Gilmore Girls. (InnVirginia Lodging: Richard Johnston Inn, Lavender Heights B&B, Braehead Manor)

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella,” Fairfax: Indulge in an evening of dance at George Mason Universities Center for the Arts. “With Russia’s finest dancers, Prokofiev’s exuberant music, sumptuous costumes, lush scenery, and comical stepsisters, this performance is a treat for audiences of all ages.” (InnVirginia Lodging: Manassas Junction B&B, Bennett House B&B)

Virginia Hot Glass Festival, Staunton: Glassblowing is a fascinating process with a stunning outcome. Join fellow art admirers for the 13th year of this annual festival, which will include hot glass demonstrations, wine tasting, stone carving, and even a fire-breathing dragon. (InnVirginia Lodging: The Buckhorn Inn, Middle Ridge B&B, Montclair B&B)

Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival, Chincoteague Island: “Local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their work at this Chincoteague Island tradition.” This annual Chincoteague event presents craftsmanship at its finest. You’ll enjoy all sorts of carvings, photography, and artwork, as well as the much-anticipated hand-carved, hand-painted Easter eggs up for auction. (InnVirginia Lodging: 1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn, Miss Molly’s Inn)

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Blacksburg: “Renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra embodies the vibrant, adventurous, youthful, and inquiring spirit of Australia.” You won’t want to miss the energy of this talented group of musicians! (InnVirginia Lodging: Clay Corner Inn, Beliveau Estate, The Oaks Victorian Inn)


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.”


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.


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.


“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 or 757-789-7711, or contact Carol Evans at or 757-331-4920.


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


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
Margie and Guy Vlasits

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.)


By Tara Stoll