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Healthcare Career Leads to a Fresh Start in Hospitality

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

New owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn are excited for their new adventure


Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

The Historic Manor sites on 40-acres of land

Prospect Hill Plantation is the newest establishment to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s property inspection (BBAV). Prospect Hill, set outside historic Charlottesville, VA was originally an 18th century plantation. It is now owned by Dr. Bobby and Paula Findley, who bought the Plantation in the search for a new and exciting lifestyle to follow Dr. Findley’s 25 year long career in chiropractic healthcare. The property itself includes 40-acres of land as well as the historic Manor House, which boasts eleven guest rooms and cottages complete with modern amenities. Prospect Hill prides itself on its vast history, as another one of the guest rooms is the “original cabin, built in 1699, is still used for housing overnight guests… some 314 years later” according to owner Dr. Frindley.


Dr. Bobby & Paula Findley, owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

When asked why membership with the BBAV was important, Dr. Findley stated “All inns are unique in their own way and offer a compelling experience to their guest… what separates one inn from another, though, is the level of quality… both in the experience and in terms of cleanliness. Being inspected simply helps us stress that we value our guests’ experience over everything else.”

Aside from offering unique guest rooms and a lavish setting by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prospect Hill Plantation also offers a wonderful culinary experience in the form of a 4 course prix-fixe dinner for it’s guests and members of the Charlottesville community.

    Dr. Findley explains that his favorite aspect of being a bed and breakfast owner is the opportunity to meet the interesting guests that are constantly staying at Prospect Hill. For the future, Dr. Findley notes that he hopes to “restore Prospect Hill to its former glory as one of the premier dining and lodging destinations in central Virginia!”

    BBAV President Heidi Lanford is extremely happy about Prospect Hill’s addition to the Association. When asked about her thoughts regarding Prospect Hill, Lanford explained “it is so wonderful to have such a historic, and beautiful property pass our property inspection. Prospect Hill is another great example of the impressive establishments that are associated with BBAV.”

Relax on Historic Jefferson Property

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Snowdonia2Built on property, which was originally owned by Thomas Jefferson’s father, is the historic Snowdon.  The adjacent Snowdonia on the James is a quiet retreat for guests to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the area (and maybe the deer and other animals on the grounds).  The property offers a handicapped accessible cozy cottage and an expansive River Bluff Suite with spectacular views perfect for all occasions.  The River Bluff Gazebo offers an intimate wedding setting for guests hoping to tie the knot in a beautiful and relaxing location. Near Monticello and Montpelier, as well as many Virginia Wineries, Snowdonia on the James is a great location for guests to explore the Charlottesville area and all that it has to offer.

When asked about the importance of joining BBAV, innkeeper, Teresa Radford said, “The BBAV inspection for me is a ‘Gold Seal’ of approval.  Prospective guests will know that I strive to provide high quality standards in every area of our business and service.”

President, Heidi Lanford is pleased to have another addition to BBAV, stating “collaboration with state and local B&B owners is highly valuable. Teresa can utilize our expertise and resources as a way not only to increase her marketing efforts but also to improve the service she provides to guests.”


Experience the feeling of an earlier time with modern amenities

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is pleased to announce Goodstone Inn and Restaurant has become a new member. BBAV President, Heidi Lanford, states, “Inspected properties of BBAV act with integrity and professionalism in all their business practices. We welcome Goodstone Inn and Restaurant as they have exhibited the standards that we request from all our members.”

The eighteen room inn is situated on 265 acres in six separate restored residences and is located in the heart of horse and wine country in Virginia and has been welcoming guest since 1998. “I love talking and interacting with our guests. My main goal is to give the absolute best customer service I can and elevate the level of service presented by my staff. My first hotel I worked at had a sign ‘the guest is our reason for being.’ This is something I have taken with me and promote to my staff.”  Innkeeper, Matt Daubenspeck, affectionately states,  “Without the guest, there is no us.  Without exceptional guest service, there is no guest.”

With mountain views, rolling acres of pastures and the beauty of the historic buildings, Goodstone Inn provides guests with the opportunity to experience the feeling of an earlier time with modern amenities.  It is also a favorite of former first daughter, new mother and NBC reporter Jenna Bush Hager.

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.

Tammy and Jim Holloway

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.”

Madison, Montpelier, and a 262nd Birthday

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

March 16, 2013 will be the 262nd birthday of James Madison, our very own fourth President of the United States and Father of the Constitution, who just also happened to be a Virginia native. Madison made his home at Montpelier in Orange County, VA, and in honor of his birthday, there will be a celebration and ceremony at the estate:  “Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Madison in their home throughout the day, and attend a poignant wreath presentation ceremony in the Madison Family Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.” (

And now, in honor of James Madison, we present to you a few “fun facts” about this former president:

–          Madison was only 5’4, and he never weighed more than 100 pounds. (James Madison)

–          Madison was the first president to hold an Inaugural Ball. (James Madison)

–          Madison was once arrested with Thomas Jefferson for violating the laws of Vermont and taking a carriage ride on a Sunday. (The Health of the President)

–          Madison was 1 of 12 children. (Facts)

–          James and his wife Dolley never had children of their own, but James helped raise Dolley’s son from her previous marriage. (Facts)

–          Madison was the first president to wear trousers instead of knee breeches. (Facts)

–          Madison’s inaugural jacket was made of wool from the sheep that resided at Montpelier. (Facts)

If you’re searching for accommodations in Orange, VA, then look no further, as we have a number of InnVirginia B&Bs only a short drive away from Montpelier:

Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Holladay House
Inn on Poplar Hill
Inn at Westwood Farm
Mayhurst Inn
The Inn at Willow Grove

By Tara Stoll

Giving of Thanks in 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Turkey, and mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, oh my! Thanksgiving is approaching with great rapidity, and if you are looking for something a bit different than the usual holiday get-together, consider some of the following events:

“On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 settlers, led by Captain John Woodlief, arrived at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia, from Bristol, England. On the banks of the James River the Englishmen proclaimed ‘We ordaine that the day of our ship’s arrival at the place assigned for plantacon, in the land of Virginia, shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God’(Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.) In keeping with the tradition of this first official Thanksgiving, you too can celebrate at the very same site where these travelers first held their own feast—Berkeley Plantation. On November 4, 2012, delight in a day of food and drink, games, historic costumes, tribal dancers, and parades at the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.

But that, my dear reader, is not the only celebration of so-called “Turkey Day” in which you can partake. On November 22, 2012, enjoy a Decadent Thanksgiving Feast at BBAV member Cooper’s Landing Inn, or indulge in the 7th Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Holladay House.

And now, I leave you with a Thanksgiving blessing:

“May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!”

By Tara Stoll

Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

If you’ve ever seen a viewing of Disney’s Pocahontas or the 2005 film The New World, then you already have a visual of  Jamestown, Virginia in the 17th Century. But neither movie nor history book can replace an in-person visit to the town that was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas: “In 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, a group of 104 English men and boys began a settlement on the banks of Virginia’s James River. They were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, whose stockholders hoped to make a profit from the resources of the New World.”

Williamsburg, Va’s Jamestown Settlement allows for the opportunity to experience the original colony portrayed through gallery exhibits, introductory films, replica ships, and re-creations of a colonial fort and a Powhatan village.

Make the most of your visit to Jamestown Settlement with daily demonstrations and optional guided tours.Throughout the day, visitors can see demonstrations of matchlock musket-firing, leatherworking, woodworking and blacksmithing in the fort, cooking and tool-making in the Powhatan Indian village, and cargo handling at the ships’ pier. Optional guided tours of the outdoor areas are offered at 10 and 11 a.m. and 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Artillery demonstrations are held daily at 11 a.m. on the ships’ pier, 2:45 p.m. in the riverfront discovery area, and at 4:15 p.m. in the re-created fort.” – History is Fun

(NOTE: Thank you to the individual who pointed out that Jamestown Settlement is an educational opportunity and is not to be confused with the site of the original colony. For more information about the original site, Historic Jamestowne, click here.)


BBAV Lodging:

A Boxwood Inn of Williamsburg

A Williamsburg White House

Bentley Manor Inn

Colonial Capital B&B

Magnolia Manor

Newport House B&B

Liberty Rose B&B

Marl Inn B&B

York River Inn B&B


By Tara Stoll