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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!


Father’s Day with InnVirginia

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

We recently highlighted a few of our B&Bs run by mother/daughter duos, and now it’s time to give some credit due to our innkeeping patriarchs just in time for Father’s Day! Between taking reservations, providing B&B maintenance, helping the kids with homework and attending baseball games and dance recitals, our innkeeping dads stay more than busy. We’d like to recognize two of these InnVirginia dads as well as all of you fathers and father-figures out there who just might need a break from reality. If that’s the case, then treat him to a stay at one of our member inns, or promise him a future vacation with an InnVirginia gift card.

Buckhorn Inn: Garlan Yoder, innkeeper at the Buckhorn Inn in Church, VA says, “Finding a balance is not what we do well at all, period. What has become easier over the past 8 years since we have been Innkeepers is learning that it’s okay to tell and show the guest that our children come first. And we have gotten great compliments from the guest for that. I believe if you are a parent, being a parent always should come first.” When asked about the most rewarding part of being a father and an innkeeper is, Garlan said, “For me it is seeing my children’s world continue to grow as they meet more new Guest from all over the world. For example: last night we had guest from Germany here. The Children got to see on the world map where Germany is and then get to hear firsthand the different language as well as learn of their culture. The experiences the children get here at the Inn we could not possibly give to them in any other way.”

Fig Street Inn: According Greg Kohler, innkeeper at Fig Street Inn in Cape Charles, VA, “Becoming an Innkeeper was a choice I made with my wife so we could raise our children together. We thought we would become innkeepers ‘later in life,’ but the opportunity presented itself, and now I get to be home every day with our children. I’ve been there for the milestone moments and watched them grow, and I couldn’t have done that if I was working an office job.”

Happy Father’s Day from InnVirginia!


Celebrate Mother’s Day with these Mother-Daughter Duos!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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 couple of 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.

Uphill House: Whether they’re serving you a freshly prepared breakfast or tending to the greenery along their Gordonsville, Virginia property, Suzanne Solomon and Samantha Darling are a dynamic mother/daughter duo. According to Sam, “My mom and I have always been close and things like cooking, decorating, and being crafty were always things we enjoyed doing together, so the B&B naturally fit into our relationship. Before the B&B, we were living in different states and now she’s right down the stairs – I do not think we’ve tried so many new recipes in our life! She has always been so supportive and it has been fun getting to work with her as a business partner as well (it’s nice to have back up when my husband decides he needs to put a tractor into his maintenance budget!).”

Holladay House: For Sharon Elswick, her mother-in-law Kathy is an invaluable part of the daily operations of Holladay House in Orange, Virginia. Sharon says, “When my husband and I bought our inn, we were incredibly lucky his mom and dad were 110% committed to helping us succeed.  They jumped right in, filling the gaps in our knowledge base and being our cheerleading section.  My mom-in-law helps me with anything ‘house,’ gently lending her smarts, support and laughter.  This inn — and my psyche — would not be the same without her. This place shines with her touch.”

These mother/daughter duos are ready to welcome you to their B&Bs. What better gift is there for Mother’s Day than a relaxing Virginia getaway? (Plus, if you can’t schedule a vacation right on Mother’s Day, you can always offer the gift of an InnVirginia gift card!)

Happy Mother’s Day!


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!


“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.



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.


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

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!”

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