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5 Reasons InnVirginia Gift Cards Are Perfect for the Holidays

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”  –Washington Irving

If you haven’t guessed by the twinkling lights, the festive décor, and the emergence of eggnog-flavored everything, December is here, and Christmas is coming. And with the arrival and passing of Black Friday, the holiday shopping season is in full force. We have a way for you to beat the crowds and to procure a fantastic gift for the loved ones in your life, and that is by making use of an InnVirginia gift card.

So, why should you buy an InnVirginia gift card? Check out the following reasons:

  1. They make great stocking stuffers big getaway gifts: “Gift Cards may be purchased for any amount between $25 and $800, in increments of $25.”
  2. These gift cards NEVER EXPIRE, and they never lose their full value, so there’s no rush to use them.
  3. They can be used at ANY of our current member inns.
  4. They’re easy to wrap. You may be thinking that this a ridiculous reason to purchase a gift card, but just remember how busy you’re going to be wrapping gifts for everyone! This will just make your job a little bit easier.
  5. It’s a gift that suits everyone. Whether it’s a present for your parents, your best friend, your significant other, or your hard-to-buy-for office acquaintance, it will surely be appreciated.

 

We’re offering a special rights now, and if you purchase a gift card from this link, you’ll receive it with no shipping and handling charges.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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“Inn” Love on Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 7th, 2014

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day, then your usual activities probably include something like dinner and a movie, roses, chocolates, and maybe a new piece of jewelry. While this is all well and good, perhaps you’re looking for something a bit different this year, like a quick bed & breakfast getaway. That’s where Inn Virginia comes in with our selection of Valentine’s Day Specials and Packages:

Summerfield Inn, Abingdon, VA: Spend a special Valentine’s Weekend at Summerfield Inn, including a two-night stay, chocolates, a fantastic gourmet breakfast, and two tickets for the Barter Theatre (where you can take in a production of either “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell,” or “Man of LaMancha”).

Orchard House  B&B, Lovingston, VA: Orchard House’s Valentine’s Day Special includes a two-night stay, a full, hearty breakfast, an in-room snack basket, flowers in a vase, and chocolates. (See? You still get your flowers and chocolate, plus the added bonus of a B&B getaway!)  Want to add more to your stay at Orchard House? Take your sweetheart on a romantic Chauffeured Wine Tour, or add the Winelovers’ Package to your stay.

Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern, Clarksville, VA: During the entire month of February, Cooper’s Landing Inn offers their Valentine’s Day Special. From the crackling of a warm fire to the decorative long-stemmed roses, you will be immersed in elegant romance. This special also includes a one-hour, in-room massage, a candlelit dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and hand-blown goblet glasses.

Corner Stone Farm, Clarksville, VA: Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to take advantage of a Special Day Package at Corner Stone Farm. Spend two nights in a peaceful, rural setting where you’ll be treated to flowers, chocolates, cider, a cheese and cracker platter, and a balloon bouquet. This package also includes not only a delicious country breakfast, but also a light lunch, and a full dinner as well.

See all of our Valentine’s Day Specials and Packages here.

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Winter Activities in Virginia

Monday, December 9th, 2013

There’s no doubt that winter in Virginia is beautiful, and the chilly weather certainly doesn’t mean that you’re trapped indoors until spring! Whether you’re skiing on snow-capped mountaintops or whale watching on a brisk boat trip, there is much to explore and experience during winter in the Commonwealth. Check out our list of suggestions below, and consider a Winter Special at one of our Inn Virginia members:

  1. Wintergreen and Massanutten: If you’re looking for winter sports, then these resorts are the perfect fit. With skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and ice skating, you most certainly won’t be bored. Nearby B&Bs include Afton Mountain B&B, The Iris Inn, The Mark Addy Inn, and Old Massanutten Lodge.
  2. A Winter Seafari: Take a Winter Wildlife boat trip with the Virginia Aquarium or Southeast Expeditions. Bundle up in your winter gear, grab a friend and a kayak, and drift down the waters of Virginia. Nearby B&Bs include Barclay Cottage B&B, Magnolia House Inn,
    1890 Spinning Wheel B&B, and Miss Molly’s Inn.
  3. Llama Trekking: Yes, you read that correctly. One of our member B&Bs, Applewood Inn, is known not only for its cozy location and wonderful innkeepers, but also for its resident llamas. As long as the weather conditions aren’t hazardous, llama treks are available year round, offering two hour hikes with these animal companions.
  1. Wineries: If you’re a wine enthusiast, then Virginia is definitely the perfect winter getaway for you! Stay warm at one of the Commonwealth’s huge number of vineyards and wineries, sipping on award-winning libations and then returning to the comfort of your B&B room with a bottle of wine to take back home. We have some excellent Wine Tasting Specials and Packages, so peruse the list at your leisure, and find your perfect winter wine getaway.

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By Tara Stoll

Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks in Virginia

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Independence Day in the United States in less than a week away, and you’re probably already starting to make plans for family barbecues, grilling outdoors with friends, and bringing out the red, white, and blue décor. One favorite Fourth of July activity is, of course, the enjoyment of fireworks, a grand reflection of our anthem’s “rockets’ red glare.” With so many displays of fireworks, it may be difficult to choose which ones to attend, so we’ve compiled a couple of our innkeepers’ favorite places to watch Fourth of July fireworks:

Cynthia Bruce, innkeeper at High Meadows Vineyard Inn, recommends Scottsville for a “small town old-fashioned parade and HUGE fireworks show over the James River.” Scottsville’s Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. with other festivities such as vendors, bounce houses, and live music occurring throughout the day. The fireworks are lit at dusk, and the celebration goes out with a literal bang.

Carol Baker, innkeeper at Huffman House at Creekside Farm suggests Blacksburg, VA as a great venue for watching fireworks. Fourth of July festivities in Blacksburg begin with a downtown parade at 2 p.m. Enjoy live music at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and then finally, a fantastic demonstration of fireworks at 9:30.

Ann and Mark Hempen, innkeepers at Manassas Junction B&B praise their hometown for its Fourth of July fireworks: “Manassas has some of the most impressive fireworks displays in the state!”  After a day of carnival rides, an apple pie baking contest, and face painting, Manassas festivities end with fireworks at 9:15.

Already have a B&B room booked for Independence Day? Then check out Virginia is for Lovers’ interactive map of fireworks around the Commonwealth to see what activities are nearby your B&B lodging.

By Tara Stoll

Innkeeping Mothers and Daughters

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Mother’s Day will be here shortly, and for most individuals, mothers and maternal figures are held with unparalleled high regard as irreplaceable role models for their daughters. For a few InnVirginia members, these family dynamics transfer over into the world of hospitality, where mothers and daughters work alongside each other as innkeepers in a balance of responsibilities and familial enjoyment.

Joyce and Lynn Russenberger are the mother-daughter innkeepers at the Uphill House B&B. Innkeeping has been a lifestyle for women in the Russenberger family for numerous generations. Lynn states, “I am ‘4th’ generation B&Ber with my Mother having one when I was younger, my grandmother had hers just down the road from us, a great grandmother ran one and a great aunt ran a hotel at a holiday resort.”

Lynn and Joyce at Uphill House B&B

Joyce and Lynn at Uphill House B&B

Nancy and Cynthia Bruce are the mother-daughter team at High Meadows  Vineyard Inn According to Cynthia, the best part of their innkeeping lifestyle is the close bond they share: “We both get to do a job we enjoy and live in a beautiful house we normally would never be able to…Because we live together, the relationship between my children and my mother is EXTREMELY close.”

Cynthia and Nancy at High Meadows Vineyard Inn

Cynthia and Nancy at High Meadows Vineyard Inn

Taeko and Lisa Floyd are the mother-daughter duo at Pembroke Springs Retreat. Taeko and Lisa’s teamwork blends together the cultures of America and Japan, while working with their different personalities. Lisa, who works as Pembroke’s full-time Manager, states, “I would say that we play off each other’s strengths – we are almost complete opposites.”

Lisa and Taeko at Pembroke Springs Retreat

Lisa and Taeko at Pembroke Springs Retreat

One final mother-daughter team is Ruth and Betsey Pritchard at Smithfield Farm B&B. Innkeeping has been in the Pritchard family for generations, and Ruth and Betsey’s family has owned their manor house for around 200 years. Like mother, like daughter!

Need a gift for your mother? Why not purchase an InnVirgina gift card that can be used at one of our locations anywhere in Virginia?

By Tara Stoll

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

On select days from November 23 through December 31, 2012, a holiday world explodes across Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. From the array of dazzling lights to the magnificent, 50-foot Christmas tree, Christmas Town is a seasonal wonderland. Sit back and enjoy a lavish show, or grab a cup of Busch Garden’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. And what fantastical Christmas experience would be complete without the holly, jolly man himself? Santa will be available to meet at his workshop, where you can also make some wonderful gift purchases.

Another event that coincides with Christmas Town is the Christmas Town Dash 8K on December  2, 2012. The warm-up begins at 7:30am, and at 8:00am, you have the pleasure of viewing the Running of the Chick-fil-A cows. The 8k itself begins at 8:30 and ends at 10 am, which is when the Awards Ceremony will take place. It promises to be an exciting, energy-filled morning, and each registered runner will receive a single day ticket to Busch Gardens, a long-sleeved shirt, a finisher’s medal, a Christmas Town coupon, and hot chocolate. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the 8k.

Need a place to stay during your Busch Gardens excursion? Check out our nearby BBAV inns.

 

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!”
–Anonymous

By Tara Stoll

Staunton Ghost Tours

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

 “Ghost hunting has grown in the past two decades from a little-known hobby to a much more popular pursuit. Ghost hunters say that, judging from the number of ghost-hunting organizations with Web sites, there are hundreds of groups with thousands of members in the United States.” –SF Gate

Halloween will be here shortly, and perhaps you are looking for something different than the usual parties, cheesy costumes, and pseudo-creepy decorations. Perhaps, then, you should brave the cold fingers of the otherworld and participate in a ghost tour of Staunton, VA.  (Cue thunder sound effect.)

During the month of October, there is a ghost tour of historic Staunton, Virginia every Friday and Saturday evening, beginning promptly at 7pm. Ghost Box tours are also available every Friday and Saturday evening, beginning at 9pm. (“A ghost box is a communication tool used by some investigators to speak to the other side. Typically, a ghost box is a modified portable AM/FM radio that continuously scans the band. When on, it is believed to create white noise and audio remnants from broadcast stations that entities are able to manipulate to create words and even entire sentences.”) On Halloween evening, there will only be one tour at 7pm.

So, what happens on these so-called “ghost tours?”  I’m delighted you asked. If you’re expecting to be scared, or you’re anticipating a ghostly sighting, you will probably be disappointed. (Having said that, though, ghost box tours can be pretty creepy.) These tours “blend science, history, paranormal and legend together.”  They explain the stories behind all of the ghost sightings around Staunton, such as the ghost of Charlotte, who hurled tools at the construction workers that were remodeling her old house.  However, the tours are not limited to the paranormal. They also give explanations of the exquisite architecture around the Queen City.

Some quick notes:

-The tour is not recommended for small children.

-It is a 90-minute to 2-hour tour, so be prepared to walk a lot.

-There are very few public restrooms along the tour.

-Need lodging? How about a BBAV member inn.

 

By Tara Stoll

Beer Steins, Sauerkraut, and Lederhosen: Oktoberfest in Va

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The arrival of autumn elicits a myriad of festivals that celebrate the changing colors of the leaves, the harvest, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and Halloween. Arguably, none of these are as well-celebrated as Oktoberfest.

The name “Oktoberfest” probably conjures up images of lederhosen, sausage, sauerkraut, and huge steins of frothy beer. These are relatively accurate (with the possible exception of lederhosen) to Virginia’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Oktoberfest may have “October” in the name, but many of the festivities in Virginia actually begin mid-September, which is appropriate and reminiscent of the original Oktoberfest, which is “a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.”

Overall, Oktoberfest not only revels in the accomplishments of breweries near and far, but it also a celebration of German heritage—traditional dances, traditional food, traditional clothing, etc.. Also, many of the festivals have kid-friendly activities, making them an excellent option for the entire family. Whether you are a lover of beer, a prideful member of the German people, or simply an individual who likes a good festival, then you can certainly find a Virginia Oktoberfest to oblige your beer-based merrymaking:

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest International Arts and Crafts Festival, Martinsville, VA

October 6, 2012, Octoberfest at Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania, VA

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest 2012, Vienna, VA

October 26-27, 2012, Richmond Oktoberfest, Richmond, VA

“Oktoberfest is a celebration, and craft brewers in the U.S. have earned the respect of the world. Brewers make special beers to fit the occasion.” –Ray Daniels

(Need lodging? How about a bed and breakfast?)

By Tara Stoll

Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, February 20th, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day may be a month away, but that just means that there is plenty of time to start planning your bed and breakfast getaway. Whether you’re Irish by blood or simply someone who enjoys a good, celebratory holiday, you can certainly find St. Patrick’s Day enjoyment at any of our BBAV inns!

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, it most likely conjures a flash of green, the color that is traditionally representative of Ireland. So, to coincide with the color of the holiday, we’re promoting “going green” in Virginia, and we are lucky to have some excellent establishments with an eco-friendly emphasis.  In fact, quite a few of them have made a pledge to Virginia Green, “Virginia’s program to encourage green practices throughout the state’s tourism industry” (Virginia is for Lovers).

As stated on our website, “more and more Virginia Bed and Breakfasts are going Green. Some are certified Green Bed and Breakfasts, while others practice Green living where able. These inns feature environmentally friendly cleansers and bath products. They use locally grown produce and products in their cooking. Some offer the use of electric cars, while others offer a special price for folks traveling in a hybrid car. Every little bit counts – whether it’s a freshly laid egg or spinach from a nearby farm. If Green Travel is important to you, stay in Green Virginia Bed and Breakfasts when visiting this state.”

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA- With energy efficient windows, composting, and recycling, you can be sure that you’re staying at a green B&B when you relax at the Carriage House Inn. Gain a greater appreciation of nature by getting outdoors and exploring the area attractions.

Cornerstone Farm, South Boston, VA- Stay green at Cornerstone Farm by utilizing and appreciating natural resources.  Many of the activities surrounding this inn are based in nature. Go fishing at Kerr Lake, walk the farm paths and visit the animals, or relax on the front porch and admire the surrounding scenery.

Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking, Lexington, VA- Stay at this eco-friendly B&B, and get close to nature by walking trails near the Blue Ridge Mountains, fishing at Buffalo Creek,  or going on a two-hour hike with the lovely trekking llamas.

Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Beach, VA- Enjoy a green vacation at the beach! Bike along the boardwalk, go for a swim in the ocean, or take a boat or kayak tour.

(These are only a few of the BBAV inns that have partnered with Virginia Green. Browse through our list, and visit the inns’ personal websites. Virginia Green inns will have the logo on their page.)

By Tara Stoll