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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” ( 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



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



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

Water, Water, Everywhere

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The heat in Virginia has already been stifling this summer. What better way to cool off than at a Virginia water park or at a water-themed festival?

Water Country USA, Williamsburg, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include A Boxwood Inn of Williamsburg, A Williamsburg White House, Bentley Manor Inn, Colonial Capital B&B Inn, Magnolia Manor, Newport House B&B, Liberty Rose B&B Inn, and The William Miller House.)

Ocean Breeze Waterpark, V
irginia Beach, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, Cape Charles House, and A Williamsburg White House.)

Waterworks at Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include, Grace Manor Inn, Maury Place at Monument, and Kensington B&B.)

SplashDown Waterpark, Manassas, VA
(Nearby BBAV inns include Manassas Junction B&B and Bennett House B&B)

Great Waves, Alexandria, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Foster Harris House, Middleton Inn, and South Court Inn B&B.)

Randolph Waterpark, Dublin, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Rockwood Manor Inn, Clay Corner Inn, Beliveau Estate, The Oaks Victorian Inn, Huffman House at Creekside Farm, Inn at Riverbend, and Trinkle Mansion.)

Splash Valley Water Park, Roanoke, VA
(Nearby BBAV inns include the King George Inn, the Inn on Campbell, Serenity’s Inn! Romantic Cottages, Beliveau Estate, Stoneridge B&B, 1868 Magnolia House Inn, and Wolf Creek Farm.)


August 31-September 1 – Beach Party, Abingdon, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Shepherd’s Joy, Summerfield Inn, and Inn on Town Creek.)

August 17 – Beach Bash, Virginia Beach(Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, and Cape Charles House.)

August 20-26, 50th East Coast Surfing Championships, Virginia Beach (Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, and Cape Charles House.)

Looking for a B&B that wasn’t included above? Search through our entire list of BBAV member inns here.


By Tara Stoll

Summer Festivals in Virginia

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Are you considering a family vacation this summer, but you’re not sure where you would like to go? Perhaps we can help. There is a huge variety of festivals taking place this summer, particularly during the month of July. These events encompass a wide range of subjects, including wine, music, horses, cars, and arts and crafts. And wherever there is a festival, there is a nearby B&B.

July 14- Black Dog Wine & Music Festival, Floyd, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Dutchies View B&B, Mountain Rose Inn, Beliveau Estate, and Clay Corner Inn.)

July 28-August 5 – Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Shepherd’s Joy, Summerfield Inn, and Inn on Town Creek.)

July 14 – BoxerWoodstock Music Festival, Lexington, VA (1868 Magnolia House Inn, A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Brierley Hill B&B, Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking, House Mountain Inn, and Stoneridge B&B.)

July 14 – The Horse and Hound Wine Festival, Bedford, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Lovestone Inn.)

July 21 – James River Raft Race and Summer Festival, Gladstone, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Orchard House B&B.)

July 6- Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Wintergreen, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Mark Addy Inn, Afton Mountain B&B, and Orchard House B&B.)

June 29-August 4 – Pony Swim and Auction, Chincoteague Island, VA (Nearby BBAV member inns include 1848 Island Manor House, Channel Bass Inn, Miss Molly’s Inn, The Watson House,Garden and Sea Inn, Inn at Onancock, Baywatch Inn at Franklin City.)

July 7 – Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion, Virginia Beach, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, Cape Charles House, and A Williamsburg White House.)

July 20-21 – Norfolk Jazz Festival, Norfolk, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Page House Inn, Freemason Inn, and the Patriot Inn.)

By Tara Stoll

Cherokee Week, Williamsburg, VA

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Williamsburg, Virginia is well known for its history, particularly the history surrounding Virginia’s colonial time period: For 81 formative years, from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political, cultural, and educational center of what was then the largest, most populous, and most influential of the American colonies. It was here that the fundamental concepts of our republic — responsible leadership, a sense of public service, self-government, and individual liberty — were nurtured” (

A huge portion of Virginia history includes the Native Americans, and coming up in July, Colonial Williamsburg will be celebrating a specific event in the cultural heritage of the Cherokee people: “Colonial Williamsburg and the Eastern Band of Cherokee commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the journey of Cherokee leader Ostenaco and Virginian Henry Timberlake from the capital of the Cherokee nation to Williamsburg and London in search of a lasting peace. Join us for a stirring performance of Beloved Woman, featuring Guest Artists Wes Studi and Irene Bedard, and delve into the world of the 18th-century Cherokee.”

(If the names “Wes Studi” and “Irene Bedard” sound familiar, they should! Both are well-known actors. Wes Studi has been seen in films such as “The Last of the Mohicans,” “The New World,” and “Avatar.” Irene Bedard not only voiced the title character of Disney’s “Pocahontas,” but she was also the physical inspiration for the iconic figure. You have the chance to see and hear them in person during Cherokee Week.)

Quick Facts:

Where: Williamsburg, VA

When: July 18–22

BBAV Lodging:

Boxwood Inn

A Williamsburg White House

Bentley Manor Inn

Colonial Capital B&B Inn

Magnolia Manor

Newport House B&B

Liberty Rose B&B Inn


©A Williamsburg White House (


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

2012 Virginia Renaissance Faire

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Attention, Lords and Ladies, Noblemen and Serfs, Royals and Peasants,

Your presence is requested one month from now for the 11th Annual Virginia Renaissance Faire to be held for five weekends from May 12, 2012- June 10, 2012. Polish your broadswords, break out your tankards of ale, and plan your trip to Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania, Virginia. This year, the theme will be the many scientific inventions and discoveries of the Elizabethan Era, and activities include archery displays, jousting tournaments, music, shopping, a showcase of period costumes, hands-on crafts, a myriad of re-enactments, and, of course, a wealth of food and drink to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

Do you know the proper way for a knight to suit up before a joust? Do you know the steps to a Maypole dance? Do you know what all occurred in the Court of Common Pleas? These are only a few of the historically-based activities in which you can partake at the Virginia Renaissance Faire. For any child (or adult) who so wishes, he or she can also become knighted during a ceremony with the Queen. Each weekend will also have a different theme, so if you are interested in a particular 16th century subject, you may have the chance experience it.

© Virginia Renaissance Faire


May 12 and 13: Opening Weekend with a theme of Science and the Renaissance

May 19 and 20: Pirate Invasion Weekend (also Dear Awareness Weekend, with “a discounted admission and interpreters for the deaf.”)

May 26 and 27: Military History Weekend with demonstrations of pike handling, black powder weapons, and more. Active and reserve service members receive free admission with military-issue I.D.

June 2 and 3: Celtic Weekend

June 9 and 10: Closing Weekend

© Virginia Renaissance Faire


Admission: $9 and FREE for children five and under.


Phone Number: 703-508-5036

BBAV Lodging:

Ginger Hill Bed and Breakfast

Littlepage Inn


By Tara Stoll

12th Annual International Children’s Festival, Hampton, VA

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The United States is oftentimes called the “melting pot” because of the extreme diversity in heritage. Coming up on April 21, 2012 is a celebration that explores the wonderful cultural difference of thirty-eight different countries around the world.

The 12th Annual International Children’s Festival is a free family event that features ethnic foods, expos, and a number of live performances:  “As the technology of the new millennium brings the world closer together, it becomes increasingly important for us to have some knowledge and understanding of people and cultures other than our own. This is especially true of our children who will truly live and work in a global community. The International Children’s Festival provides a unique opportunity for children and their families to experience the sights, sounds, and cuisine of distant places right in their own backyard” (

Many individuals absorb information more efficiently by means of hands-on activities rather than simply reading presented material. This is one benefit of the International Children’s Festival, particularly in regards to the education of children. This festival presents the beauty and fun of being different by immersing participants in international sounds, sights, and tastes: “With the sensual aspects of dance, music, art and food, children and adults not only learn about other ways of life, but they experience them. In the diversity of cultures that make up America, there is also a diversity learning styles.”

Participating countries include Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, France, England, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Norway, India, Thailand, Russia, and many, many more.

Where: Hampton, VA

When: April 21, 2012

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BBAV Lodging:

Lady Neptune Bed and Breakfast

Magnolia House Inn



By Tara Stoll