Archive for the ‘Northern Virginia’ Category

Shepherd’s Corner Farm Passes BBAV Inspection

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Shepherd’s Corner Farm of Purcellville, Virginia can be found nestled in the hills of Loudoun County . This authentic cabin, estimated to be built in 1785, blends the unique history of the property with modern accommodations. Innkeepers, Rebecca and Dennis Brouwer have dedicated years toward renovation and restoration in order to keep and incorporate many of the materials found on the grounds. Most of the woodwork on the property is crafted from the trees that once provided its scenery, creating a rustic and earthy feel. Guests can enjoy the beauty of nature inside the property as well as out. “Our purpose in restoring the cabin and turning it into a guest house was to create an experience that people could share and appreciate. Combining wine-country tourism with our historic property enables visitors to have an authentic Loudoun County experience,” Explains Rebecca. Shepherd’s Corner Farm is located near 3 vineyards, each just 5 minutes away!

Shepherd's Corner Farm

Shepherd’s Corner Farm

This truly unique historical property has survived the test of time, embracing a bright future. “The coolest feature of our property is the way in which we have been able to blend the old and new, which enables our guests to enjoy the latest in modern conveniences in our 1780’s-vintage cabin,” Rebecca says “Once the cabin was restored and expanded and we began to rent it out as a guest house, we found that the guests who enjoy it the most are people who fall in love with the experience of staying in a log cabin, and appreciate the design, architecture and seamless blending of old and new.” The Brouwer’s offer guests more than a calming cabin getaway. The two are certified in Leadership Circle Profile and Leadership Culture Survey offering Leadership retreats. Creating a wealth of possibilities for guests aligns with the core business goal of the Brouwer’s, “We wish to establish ourselves as the perfect location for a quiet, high-quality, relaxing getaway” they explain. Come unwind at Shepherd’s Corner Farm!

Guest House

Guest House

Back Inn Time “Keeps Going and Going”

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Welcome to Back Inn Time

Welcome to Back Inn Time

Former Energizer (yes.. the ‘bunny’) Mechanic and Quality Control employees, now own Kilmarnock, VA’s Back Inn Time. The couple have kept “going and going” to pass the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia inspection.  Back Inn Time is just 3 hours outside of the nation’s capital. The Inn is owned by Lisette and John Raymond,  who “got into Innkeeping because we decided to retire early and we wanted a new adventure in our live.  We both were working for Energizer, yes the Bunny, my husband was a master mechanic and I was in quality control, after 35+ we decided to change our life style.” The couple explained that they are very happy to have their property pass the BBAV inspection, and become members of the Association as they believe it will help give their business more exposure. Back Inn Time offers a lovely home like atmosphere for it’s guests, with rooms featuring private baths, and high speed internet, as well as other modern room amenities. Lisette boasts the Inn’s best feature as it’s gourmet breakfast. The Inn fits in well in Kilmarnock, which offers many local attractions for guests to enjoy such as antique shops, art galleries, historic homes and churches, and much more. Kilmarnock is also located near historic Williamsburg and Jamestown.

Lisette stated that she loves being a B&B owner because she enjoys “meeting such nice people” who “praise our breakfast, bedding and [we] enjoy their company.”

When asked about Back Inn Time’s new membership with the BBAV, President Heidi Lanford expressed excitement for the Raymonds: “I’m very please that Back Inn Time will now be a part of the BBAV. We hope their membership with us will help with their future goals of running a B&B.”

Family Friendly Vacation in Fredericksburg

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Looking for a week long family vacation for under $2,000? InnVirginia has put together two different ideas for families to take advantage of this summer, and not only do they include a stay at a high-quality Virginia inn, they also include dining options, entertainment venues, and nearby activities. Keep reading for the first idea below, and stay tuned to our blog—the second vacation suggestion will be posted in a couple days!

The first getaway option is in Fredericksburg, VA with lodging at the Richard Johnston Inn. This inn is “the only Bed and Breakfast in Fredericksburg that allows children and pets.” Bonnie DeLelys, the inn’s manager, says, “Children are interested in the Civil War and love to explore our shops looking for relics and historical finds. The children also love to feed our fish in our Koi pond and will remember this when they return home.” Fredericksburg, VA offers plenty to do in the way of family fun. Enjoy hands-on activities at Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center or visit the alpacas on a tour of Maranatha Alpaca Farm. Fredericksburg is contently located right off Interstate 95, 50 miles South of DC and 60 miles North of Richmond. Once you’ve finished your day’s excursion, return to the comfort of your B&B room, and borrow a family movie from the video library. If you’d like to contact the Richard Johnston Inn, give them a call at 877-557-0770, or email them at

Cost: (two adults, two children) under $1600 for a full week of fun!

Room Rate and Breakfast at Richard Johnson Inn: $750
Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center: $18
The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library: $12
Maranatha Alpaca Farm: $22
Kayak Ely’s Ford: $110
Picnic and beach at Aquia Landing: Free (packed lunch cost approximately $15)
Spend a day at the pool at Dixon Park: $24
Riverside Center Dinner Theater: $240 (Dinner and show. This is a splurge, but well worth the visit)
Kids Walking Tour of Old Town: Free
Explore Miller Farms Market: Free
Carl’s Froze Custard Treat: $24
Go Roller Skating: $24

Places to Eat:
Five Guys Dinner: $25
Quaker Steak & Lube: $30 (Kids eat free on Mondays)
Ledo Pizza: $30 (Kids eat free on Tuesdays)
Hometown Grill:$30 (Friday usually has free live music)
Carlos o Kelly’s Mexican Grill: $30(Tuesday Night is Kids Night. Meals are $2.50 each for kids.)
Firehouse Subs: $16 (Get two kids subs on Tuesday for free with purchase of one adult sub)
Amy’s Café: $30
Hardtimes Café: $30
Friendly’s: $25
Sam’s Pizza and Subs: $14 (buy one, get one free deals)
Spirits: $15

The Richard Johnston Inn, Fredericksburg, VA

The Richard Johnston Inn, Fredericksburg, VA

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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.

Waypoint House is Feeling All is Right in the World

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Waypoint House B&B in Berryville, VAWaypoint House Bed and Breakfast has earned the honor of joining the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) after only being open less than a year.  Rachael Worsley, Waypoint House Owner and Innkeeper, said.  “As much as guests may rely on national directories when looking for accommodations, I think there is added power and credibility in the regional sites which can provide the traveler with more detailed information on the local area they are visiting.” 

Owning a bed and breakfast was a longtime dream of Worsley, and after 11 years, that dream came true when they purchased The Lost Dog Inn and reopened the property as Waypoint House Bed and Breakfast on June 15th, 2012. Her husband, Jonathan, acts as the groundskeeper. Completing their inn’s family are their two cats, Marlowe and Tahoe. These cats are rarely spotted, though Marlowe is fond of singing at times when he feels all is right in the world. According to the B&B website, this event is a unique occurrence. Because the Worsleys are fans of pets, they welcome their guest’s pets at no additional charge.

“Like all other members of BBAV, an inspection process is completed to ensure the best quality in the member inns and B&B’s and Waypoint has passed with flying colors,” stated BBAV President, Heidi Lanford.

The importance of this process to the innkeepers is expressed by Worsley,I think a BBAV inspection is important because travelers have a lot of options these days and they can turn to multiple sites for reviews and opinions on a property. They want to know that where they are staying will meet their expectations and give them a good experience. Having a standard to meet by being inspected assures guests that that expectation will be met.”

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Monday, March 21st, 2011

There are many interesting historic sites in Northern Virginia, making it an interesting destination for a weekend excursion from the Washington D.C. area. Of particular note are the several historic homes, plantations, and museums near Paris Virginia Bed and Breakfasts.

One of the most interesting historic sites and museums near Paris Virginia Bed and Breakfasts is the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. It encompasses the Glen Burnie Historic House, the Glen Burnie Gardens, and the Museum of Shenandoah Valley itself. It easy to spend several days exploring these three venues; indeed, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley houses four large gallery spaces within its 50,000 square feet.

The Four Galleries of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley: (more…)

Northern Virginia Dining

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Northern Virginia Dining encompasses extremely different cuisines. Virginia sits at the crossroads of three different regions: the East Coast, the Midwest, and the South. Throw in cosmopolitan and international influences from Washington D.C., and you’ve got the makings for some fine food. The next time you plan a holiday in a Northern Virginia bed and breakfast, pack your loosest clothes and bring your appetite.

Try a restaurant that specializes in one geographic area or type of food: The Stable in Culpeper, VA, makes Monumental Sandwiches. Or try a place with more than one tradition within the same four walls: Jack’s Cafe in Bowling Green offers fine Thai cuisine and good old fashioned southern fare. At Jack’s Cafe, diners may follow their traditional Thai meal with a dessert like banana cream pie, all the while looking out windows at historic downtown Bowling Green – a favorite stopping point for troops during both the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Try Bistro Bethem, a Fredericksburg, VA restaurant which serves “seasonal modern American cuisine with a Southern accent”. Like most bistro fare, portions are generous, prices are reasonable, and wines perfectly accent the flavors. Or travel to Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill, where pub favorites like Shepherds Pie and Fish n’ Chips satisfy.

Culpeper’s reputation as a destination for Northern Virginia Dining is well earned. Indeed, the Washington Post has written “In Vogue – A Civil War Town Becomes A Destination for Chic Dining and Farm-Fresh Products”. Sit down for a meal at one of the thriving restaurants, or pick up fixings for a picnic at the various specialty markets, such as Frenchman’s Corner.

Northern Virginia Dining experiences range from casual to formal, traditional to modern. Try as many restaurants as you can during your stay at a Northern Virginia bed and breakfast.

Romantic Weekend Getaways in VA

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
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Enjoy a romantic hot air balloon ride in Northern Virginia.

How’s this for romantic: gliding over a valley in a hot air balloon with the person you love?

The 14th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival in the Shenandoah Valley is an ideal destination for folks craving a romantic weekend getaway in VA. Book your Northern Virginia bed and breakfast now for the weekend of October 15 – 17, 2010. The festival takes place in Long Branch, VA, from 1 – 8pm on the 15th, and from 7am to 4pm on the 16th and 17th. Balloonists arrive from all over the country and wineries from all over the state to participate in this fun, colorful event.

Friday evening as night falls, fires from hovering hot air balloons will light up hundreds of carved pumpkins, grinning ghoulishly on land. The atmosphere is sure to put everyone in an autumnal frame of mind.

On Saturday and Sunday, hot air balloon rides will be available at dawn and dusk, and tethered rides throughout the day. Being in a hot air balloon is like nothing else – it’s an ethereal way to travel. Gaze down at trees ablaze in fall color; hover over fields and farmland, and soar over the Rappahannock River. Share this magical experience with the person you love for a truly romantic weekend.

Virginia Wine tasting will also be available throughout the weekend. A wide selection of Virginia wineries will be represented, and with the purchase of a tasting glass, visitors may sample as many wines as they like and purchase a bottle to share back at a bed and breakfast Northern Virginia. Enjoy watching colorful balloons floating in the sky while sipping Virginia wine with your sweetie. A selection of locally brewed beer will also be on hand.

Spend a Romantic Weekend Getaway in VA at the 14th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival. In addition to the activities mentioned above, there will be live music, tasty food booths, and a variety of handcrafted items.

For more information about the Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival, please visit their website.