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Experience Fourth of July with InnVirginia

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Freedom’s natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones

It’s no doubt that the Fourth of July is a favorite holiday among Americans, not only because it celebrates our rich history and our independence as a nation, but also because it always includes a number of festive activities—cookouts, barbecues, parades, and of course, fireworks.

  1. Blacksburg, VA: Wave your flags at a downtown Blacksburg parade from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Then don’t miss a FREE movie (“The Lorax”) at The Lyric Theatre. The evening will provide live music and then culminating is a fantastic fireworks display, which starts at 9:30. InnVirginia Lodging: The Oaks Victorian Inn, Beliveau Estate, Clay Corner Inn.
  2. Virginia Beach: With a name like “Stars & Stripes Explosion,” you know that this festival will be bringing the patriotism! This celebration includes tribute bands, Broadway showtunes, folk music and more, all climaxing with oceanfront fireworks. InnVirginia Lodging: Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast, Page House Inn, Barclay Cottage Bed & Breakfast.
  3. Charlottesville: Not only does Monticello’s Fourth of July celebration take place at the home of Thomas Jefferson, it also includes an annual Naturalization Ceremony to welcome new US citizens from around the world. (Tickets to this events are free but are claimed quickly and early, so be sure to reserve yours now!) InnVirginia Lodging: Cedar Hill Cottage, Inn at Monticello, Dinsmore House Inn.
  4. Lexington: Have you ever celebrated Independence Day with a balloon rally? Well, now’s your chance! Held on the grounds of the Virginia Military Institute, you can enjoy everything from piloted or tethered balloon rides, food vendors, an antique car show, and live music. But one day of celebration isn’t enough for Lexington, VA; these festivities take place July 2-5. InnVirgina Lodging: House Mountain Inn, Herring Hall Bed & Breakfast, Brierley Hill B&B.

These are only a few of the many Fourth of July festivals coming up in Virginia. Click here to see a more extensive list, and don’t forget to top off your celebrations with a stay at an InnVirginia B&B!


Going Green with Oak Grove Plantation

Thursday, May 7th, 2015




Luxurious getaways and environmental friendliness are certainly not mutually exclusive, and no B&B exemplifies this better than Oak Grove Plantation in South Boston, Virginia. recently named Oak Grove as one of the 14 most eco-friendly B&Bs in the entire United States.


Oak Grove’s innkeeper Pickett Craddock has already previously made headlines for the plantation’s impressive solar panel display, which generates clean energy and illustrates the merging of a historic location and modern solar-generated energy. As Pickett says in the article, “Our guests will be able to sip lemonade on the front porch as my ancestors once did, then tour the 25×10-footlineup of solar panels in the back field.”


These solar panels aren’t the only green efforts that Oak Grove’s innkeepers are making, however. The south side of the property will soon see low-emissivity, energy-efficient storm windows, which reflect infrared heat back into the home, thus improving the windows’ insulation abilities. Also, Oak Grove’s guests who arrive in a hybrid vehicle will receive a free third night at the B&B.


Congratulations to Oak Grove Plantation on their current and continuing efforts in environmental friendliness! Check out these other Certified Virginia Green B&Bs for an InnVirginia getaway that will leave you relaxed while reducing your carbon footprint:

1. Shady Acres Bed & Breakfast, Hanover, VA

2. Inn on Poplar Hill, Orange, VA

3. Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast, Afton, VA

4. Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast, Arrington, VA

5. 200 South Street, Charlottesville, VA

6. Back Inn Time, Kilmarnock, VA

7. Bay View Waterfront B&B, Bell Haven, VA

8. Cedar Post Inn Bed & Breakfast, Big Island, VA

9. Flint Hill Public House Restaurant & Inn, Flint Hill, VA

10. The Inn at Tabbs Creek, Port Haywood

11. Stonewall Jackson Inn Bed and Breakfast, Harrisonburg, VA

12. Grey Swan Inn, Blackstone, VA

13. Applewood Inn & Llama Trekking, Lexington, VA

14. Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Beach, VA


Historic Garden Week Inn VA

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Springtime means warmth, greenery, flowers, outdoor excursions, and fun getaways. For those seeking an activity that includes all of these aspects, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week is a fantastic idea: “Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during ‘America’s Largest Open House.’” Top off your tour with lodging at a Virginia inn, and you’ve got yourself the epitome of a spring getaway.

House and garden tours take place April 18-25, 2015 and include everything from waterside tours of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to historic plantations in Goochland County:

  1. James River Plantations: “Open together for the first time in over a decade, three historic properties located along scenic Route 5 celebrate Historic Garden Week on three consecutive days.” These three Charles City properties include Westover Plantation, Shirley Plantation, and Berkeley Plantation. (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, Museum District B&B)
  2. Eastern Shore: “The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a peninsula nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Its history is as old as Captain John Smith and as new as rockets heading for the moon. It is home to the oldest continuous court records in the United States, the freshest seafood and where ponies run wild.” Experience the history and modernity of the Eastern Shore at one or all of the four participating cities– Cape Charles, Exmore, Onley, and Chincoteague. (Nearby B&B lodging: Fig Street Inn, 1848 Island Manor House, Miss Molly’s Inn)
  3. Winchester: “Winchester, founded in 1744, is the oldest Virginia City west of the Blue Ridge Mountains… This tour in the historic district features three private homes and gardens of distinctive architectural styles, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, and the gracious historic home and 6-acre idyllic garden of Winchester’s founder.” (Nearby B&B lodging: Old Waterstreet Inn, Pembroke Springs Retreat, L’Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast Inn)

These are only a few tour options for Historic Garden Week. Click here for a full tour itinerary. (And click here to check out all of our InnVirginia members.)

Happy spring!




Historic B&Bs of InnVirginia

Monday, January 19th, 2015

“Historic preservation clearly does much more than preserve bricks and mortar. It recognizes that our built history connects us in tangible ways with our past and provides context for the places we occupy and the world we live in.” –Craig Potts

Virginia is history. No, not in the sense that it’s over and done with, but rather that it is the embodiment of the past. From the settlement at Jamestown to Colonial Williamsburg to Monticello and the various Civil War battlefields, Virginia is a portrait of those who came before us. Further embodying our rich past are InnVirginia’s historic B&Bs. Now, historic doesn’t always mean Colonial or Victorian. There are types of historic inns that are very different from each other, and we’ve found that there is a unique, historic home for everyone:

Back Inn Time is a 1908 Southern Manor located in Kilmarnock and boasting charming décor, a homey feel, and beds that “feel like sleeping on a soft cloud,” as one TripAdvisor reviewer said. But don’t think that the inn’s historic status means that you have to sacrifice any amenities; they have all the modern conveniences that you could want or need.


1848 Island Manor House is situated on the picturesque island of Chincoteague, standing a window into the past while offering seaside lodging to the modern day traveler. As innkeepers Lin and Sam Mezza say, “The story…begins in the 19th Century at a time when two young gentlemen, a doctor and a postmaster, pooled their resources to build a grand manor house on a beautiful barrier island along Virginia’s Eastern Shore.”


Caledonia Farm-1812 in Flint Hill is a “beautifully restored federal-style farmhouse” and stands as both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a member of the National Register of Historic Places. Visit Caledonia, and you’ll have the chance to admire historic pieces like the flint-lock rifle belonging to the first owner, who used it during the Revolutionary War. And speaking of the Revolutionary War, it was the Hessian soldiers who crafted the B&Bs window wells and mantels. If you have any interest in this period of history, then you won’t want to miss a stay at Caledonia Farm.


Want to check out more of our historic inns? Click here for a list of members.



Black History Month in Virginia

Friday, February 21st, 2014

As you’re probably already aware, this month is Black History Month, and Virginia has been presenting its history in a variety of displays, exhibitions, and festivities. Though February will be over soon, many of these displays last until the end of the month, so if you’re interested in delving into the African-American history of the Commonwealth, book yourself a room at a bed & breakfast, and take in an exhibit or two.

Enjoy a unique Black History Tour from your very own Segway. This two hour, 8-mile tour with take you through the history of Richmond’s African-American population and “the rise of the ‘Birthplace of Black Capitalism in America’” (RiverCitySegs). (Richmond B&Bs: Scents of Cedar B&B, Maury Place at Monument, and Museum District B&B.)

Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are three of the most well-known historic sites in Virginia, and now they will take you back in time with a gallery exhibit for Black History Month:  From Africa to Virginia. “The parent culture of Africans brought to Virginia in 1619 is portrayed in a diorama that includes a full-scale dwelling and artifacts from the Ambundu culture of Angola” (HistoryisFun). From outdoor interpretive programs to guided gallery tours, you’ll find yourself wonderfully immersed in Commonwealth history. (Williamsburg B&Bs: Magnolia Manor, Marl Inn B&B, and Jasmine Plantation.)

Lastly, we have Thomas Day. “Long before the Civil War–long before slaves were free—an African-American quietly emerged as a titan of the Southern furniture manufacturing industry. When trailblazers are honored during Black History month in February, this entrepreneur is often overlooked” ( Thomas Day was a businessman who became known for his unique furniture, and his crafts are now displayed at various locations such as our very own Inn Virginia member, Oak Grove Plantation B&B. Don’t miss the Thomas Day Tour, of which Oak Grove Plantation is a sponsor.

Thomas Day's designs at Oak Grove Plantation

Thomas Day’s designs at Oak Grove Plantation

Curl Up in a Cozy Virginia Cottage

Monday, November 18th, 2013

There is a chill in the air that will soon turn frigid, leaving many to wish that they could hibernate with the bears. Sadly though, life does not leave enough time for hibernation, which means that we have to weather the cold in other ways. One such particularly pleasant way to fight the chill is by means of a cozy Inn Virginia cottage, nestled in the warmth of a soft, queen-sized bed, sipping a cup of cocoa by a fireplace, and wrapping up in a fuzzy robe.

Soak away the seasonal frost in the bubbling Jacuzzi waters one of the Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm in Dyke, Virginia. These cottages—Creek House, Pines, Ridge, and Laurelwood—offer forested views, secluded romance, and quiet warmth that promises unperturbed relaxation.

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm

Besides the manor house of Middleton Inn in Washington, VA, the establishment also provides both a cozy cottage and a cabin for its guests. With a historic charm that dates back to the 1800s, Middleton Inn’s cottage and cabin displays pastoral elegance the assurance of solitude.

Middleton Inn

Middleton Inn

Looking for coziness in Petersburg, VA? Then you’ll love the wooded charm of Scents of Cedar B&B. Resting next to a quiet pond, Scents of Cedar’s cabin is the epitome of a rustic retreat. From the wood walls to the handcrafted quilts, there is no place that boasts a cozier ambiance.

Scents of Cedar B&B

Scents of Cedar B&B

And speaking of wood walls, the frame of Sugar Tree Inn in Vesuvius, Virginia is comprised of 175-year old logs, reused from historic buildings in the Shenandoah Valley. Cuddle up next to a wood-burning fireplace and enjoy a brief respite from the “real world.”

Sugar Tree Inn

Sugar Tree Inn

A final cozy cottage option is Woodward House on Manor Grade in Front Royal, Virginia. Woodward House’s Sunrise Cottages are the ideal location for a cozy escape. Fully furnished with Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces, you’ll find warmth, rest, and renewal in this Shenandoah Valley setting.

Woodward House on Manor Grade

Woodward House on Manor Grade


By Tara Stoll

The Jefferson Heritage Trail

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is yet another reason to come and visit the state of Virginia. The Trail, which begins in Charlottesville and ends in Lynchburg, is the perfect excursion for history buffs and patriots alike, as it focuses on the life, legacy, and home state of one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. After spending the day visiting historical sites like Monticello and the Oak Ridge Estates, travelers have the opportunity to indulge in a drink or two at one of the seven wineries located on the Trail.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is the 5th largest wine region in the country, so spending an evening wine tasting and catching up with friends along the Trail is a must for any Virginia vacation. Or, for a more family friendly activity, look into attending a live theater production at Endstation Theater Company, Lynchburg College, or Live Arts.


Check out the list below to see all of Inn Virginia’s inspected and approved properties along the Jefferson Heritage Trail.

Lynchburg, VA:

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Federal Crest Inn

Amherst, VA:

Crumps Mountain Cottage

Arrington, VA:

Harmony Hill Bed and Breakfast

Lovingston, VA:

Orchard House Bed and Breakfast

North Garden, VA:

Inn at the Crossroads

Charlottesville, VA:

200 South Street

Dinsmore House Inn

Inn at Court Square

The Inn at 400 West High

Inn at Monticello

Foxfield Inn

Arcady Vineyard B&B

The Quarters

High Meadows Vineyard Inn

Indulge in the Historic Homes of Inn Virginia

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Much of the charm of an Inn Virginia bed and breakfast lies in its history and the stories of the innkeepers. These historic homes include inns like Caledonia Farm 1812, the Inn at the Crossroads, and North River, each possessing its own rich past and unique origin.

Caledonia Farm in Flint Hill, VA is celebrating its 200th year of history, having been constructed in 1812. The name “Caledonia” is a Latin moniker “given by Romans to the land in today’s Scotland” (Wikipedia). It is possibly a reference to the Caledonii, a Scottish tribe, or to Sìdh Chailleann, the “fairy hill of the Caledonians.” Obviously, Caledonia Farm is rooted in history, from its name to the Scottish immigrants who settled the area.

Caledonia Farm 1812

Originally called “Crossroads Tavern,” The Inn at the Crossroads in North Garden, VA is an establishment that dates back to 1818. As a National Historic Place and Virginia Historic Landmark, Crossroads gifts its guests with a feel of the 1820s, when travelers would bide their time at taverns for lodging. Crossroads is further linked to the past by means of the writings of C.G. Sutherland, who owned the tavern in the 1850s. Sutherland’s books are filled with fascinating records, such as using whiskey and cider as payment to rent the property.

Inn at the Crossroads

North River Inn in Gloucester, VA is comprised on three English-style country houses each of which is reminiscent of the 18th and 19th century.  North River’s Creek House is modeled after the “British colonial homes in the West Indies,” while Toddsbury Cottage displays the decorations and furnishings of 18th Century romance. The Toddsbury Guest House, too, is a portrait of history in its private elegance. (Besides the historic buildings themselves, North River is also located close to the “Historic Triangle,” which includes Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg.)


Click here for a full list of Inn Virginia’s historic homes.



By Tara Stoll

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

Inn’s Gardens and Guests Bring Glee to New Owners

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

The Collins House Inn, located in Marion, VA is the newest addition to join the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV), and the Inn was recently purchased by Mike and Sue Edwards. Originally built in the 1920s by George A. Collins. who opened the Collins Brothers Department store in Marion in 1898, the Inn sits in the middle of historic Marion, and is within walking distance of many of the town’s attractions. There are five guest rooms, each with modern amenities and a private bath. The Edwards purchased the Inn after they “fell in love with the house and the area.” Sue Edwards says that her favorite feature of Collins House Inn is the house’s grounds: “Mike & I are currently in the process of investigating putting a gazebo in our beautiful side garden and landscaping the area in preparation to start offering wedding, elopement, and vow renewal packages. There is nothing like this in Marion, and we have the perfect place to do this.”
When asked what the importance of being a BBAV member was, owner Sue stated that the BBAV allows Mike and her  “to become acquainted with those who have been in the industry and learn the ‘ins & outs.’” She also emphasized how the BBAV’s approval and property inspection “tells your guests that this inn is a special inn and when you stay there as a guest, you are staying at the very best.” Sue’s favorite aspect of being a B&B owner is the opportunity it presents to meet people. “We have had guests from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. We just had our first international guests from the United Kingdom. It is fun just listening to guests carry on conversations around the breakfast table talking about their experiences; guests giving other guests information about the area and places to go and things to do.”
Aside from admiring the Inn’s grounds, while staying at Collins House Inn, guests may venture out to Hungry Mother State Park or Grayson Highlands State Park for a scenic hike and finish off their day by heading out to the Davis Valley Winery to sample some delicious Southern Virginia wines. Marion, VA also is home to The Lincoln Theater, where guests may watch many different live performances. The Collins House Inn is also a short drive to Bristol Speedway, a favorite for NASCAR and racing fans alike.
BBAV President Heidi Lanford is excited to add Collins House Inn to the list of BBAV members, saying, “Collins House Inn is a great addition to our members list! It is located in such a fun area of Virginia and we are so happy to welcome them to the BBAV.”

The  Collins House Inn

Ribbon Cutting at The Collins House Inn