Archive for the ‘Southern Virginia’ Category

Free Workshop: How to Host Agritourism Farm Tours

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Today’s travelers have a growing interest in farm tours and farm stays. They’re a great way to introduce families to the day-to-day operations of a real working farm. In many agricultural regions of Virginia, the number of business offering these tours is increasing.


Come to the Holston Hill Community Golf Course on December 8, 2014 to take part in an agritourism workshop hosted by the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Department. They will be working in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Service, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide training on how to host a farm tour, marketing, and promising practices for developing a B&B farm stay.

This free workshop will take place from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM on Monday, December 8th. Amy Hager of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia and Cicile Gorham of Market Central will be among the contributors. Register by Wednesday, December 3rd by calling Smyth County at 276-783-3161, emailing, or registering online at

Please contact Dr. Martha A. Walker of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 434-766-6761 or e-mail at to learn more about agritourism programs in our state.

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The Red Chair travels to Virginia B&Bs!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


The Red Chair

The Red Chair

The Red Chair was born at the Woods Hole Inn, where proprietor, Beth Colt, took a snapshot that would change the simple red chair into The Red Chair that now travels the nation. “I took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole last winter,” she says. “I posted it on Facebook and my computer lit up with ‘likes.’” Julie Cramer, a California-based photographer, came across the photo and was inspired. Cramer’s own picture of The Red Chair solidified the object as, what Colt describes, “A symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries.”

Now, The Red Chair travels to B&Bs of different regions in the U.S., and B&B owners chronicle the Chair’s travels with pictures that are then posted on the Red Chair’s website. From Sept. 23-Nov. 10, 2013, the Red Chair visits B&Bs in Virginia, 12 of which are  InnVirginia members.

Celeste Borel, Innkeeper of L’Auberge Provencale, White Post, VA, expresses her excitement at being a part of the Chair’s movement. “It makes me think that guests can envision themselves sitting in the chair,” she says, “enjoying the view and appreciating the countryside.” She and Humminbird Innkeepers, Patty and Dan Harrison, welcome anyone to come see the Chair at their establishments, even non-guests.

These Innkeepers, in addition to those of the Arcady Vineyard Inn, Charlottesville, VA, have specific plans for the Chair, including: a wine tour, a carriage ride, a photo-op at the tomb of Robert E. Lee, the overlook on Skyline Drive, and so much more! Samuel and Sharon Elswick, of the Holladay House, say: the “Red Chair will experience everything our guests experience – and take photos of everything just like they do! A comfortable room, at the breakfast table with a locally-sourced meal, sneaking homemade cookies from the cookie jar, and the classic photo every one of our brides and grooms take: on our portico with our historic house in the background and the sign waving in the wind.”

The Red Chair has become an icon of hospitality for B&Bs across the east coast, and will continue to be so for B&Bs it has yet to visit across the nation. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the Red Chair’s journey!

Follow the InnVirginia Facebook page to see the photos of The Red Chair as it travels Virginia.

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

Southern Hospitality Goes a Long Way at Spring Church Bed and Breakfast

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Spring Church Bed and Breakfast of Skippers, VA, has become the newest member of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV), fulfilling a dream of the owners Candace and Ed Pitts.

This membership was particularly important to innkeeper, Ed Pitts, as he said “The membership gives guests that added comfort, knowing that we are an “Inspected” B&B that has to maintain standards. “  After attending many workshops and conventions, Ed and Candace knew they would want to be “listed with other State B&B’s under the strict guidelines of the Association.” When asked, BBAV President Heidi Lanford stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Spring Church Bed and Breakfast to the BBAV family. Since Spring Church has passed inspection, we are confident that visitors will be treated with the service BBAV patrons have come to expect.”


Located just a few miles from the North Carolina boarder, right off Interstate 95, Spring Church Bed & Breakfast is a veteran owned business and welcomes guests enjoy their Southern style and hospitality. Local residents are encouraged to explore Spring Church’s Atrium, Living Room, Dining Room, Great Room and Kitchen for Retreats, Birthdays, Recitals, Catered Brunch, Luncheons, Dinners, Small Weddings or Business Parties.


Occoneechee State Park

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Occoneechee State Park is located just outside of Clarksville, in Southern Virginia. It’s a wonderful area, and one that is frequently visited by guests of Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts.

OC Buggs Island Lake

Buggs Island Lake, near Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts.

What can one do in Occoneechee State Park?

  • Hike nearly 20 miles along the shores of the lake and through forests.
  • Go Horseback riding.
  • Bike on trails and roads.
  • Fish.
  • Boat

In addition to these outdoor activities, guests of Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts may find it interesting to learn about the history of Occoneechi Indians, who lived on a nearby island until 1676, and the Occoneechee Plantation, built in 1839.

Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts are about an hour north of Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They are a wonderful destination for a weekend getaway. Lodge in comfort and style while taking advantage of a wonderful resource: Occoneechee State Park.

The Amish of Southern Virginia

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Amish Lad

A young Amish lad.

The Amish Community of Southern Virginia has grown substantially over the past five years, but is still relatively small. The community that has developed north of South Boston, in the area around Nathalie, was founded in 2005 by an “Old Order Amish” group from Dover, Delaware. They were drawn to the fertile, open land of Southern Virginia.

The Amish culture is fascinating. As American society becomes increasingly dependent on technology and, some would argue, increasingly distanced from the land, the Amish maintain their historically “simple” way of life. Their homes have no televisions, or even phones. They don’t use the internet. The children don’t play computer games. What, then, do they do? How do they live? It’s intriguing.

Guests of South Boston Virginia Bed and Breakfasts may notice horse drawn buggies clip clopping along the road, carrying simply clad men, women, boys, and girls. It is not unusual for children to stare and wave as cars pass – after all, with no television, radio, or internet, “English” culture is as strange to them as the Amish culture may be to you.

While traveling through Halifax Country, absorbing the beauty of Amish and “English” farmland, keep an eye out for Amish businesses. As a rule, Amish people are polite and friendly, and when the occasion arises, they are happy to chat with outsiders. The best way to do this is in a shop. Ask your Southern Virginia Bed and Breakfast innkeepers if they know of local Amish businesses or farmer’s markets. The Amish are superlative craftsmen, and their goods, from furniture to quilts to jams and baked treats, are appreciated by one and all.

Country Inns in Southern Virginia

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Like the rest of the state, Southern Virginia has a long and rich history. Tobacco was the mainstay of the economy here for generations, and the area remains primarily agricultural. If you are looking to stay in a VA Country Inn, you are sure to find one in Southern Virginia.

Fall is harvest time, and numerous festivals throughout Southern Virginia celebrate it. Visiting harvest festivals is a wonderful way to experience new communities. Listen to the music of local bands, see arts by local artisans and craftspeople, and discover regional food specialties.

Tobacco Flower

Learn about tobacco while meandering through Southern VA.

Kings Grant Fall Festival takes place in Martinsville on Saturday, September 18, 2010. That evening, relax to live bluegrass music by Mark Templeton & Pocket Change at the Martinsville Historic Rives Theatre. The charming, historic town of South Boston has its Harvest Festival on September 25 – the same day Martinsville hosts its annual Oktoberfest.

The Danville-Pittsylvania County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds from September 17 – 25, 2010. If you have never been to a county fair, you’ll find it a fascinating and fun experience. Check out unusual poultry and Rosaire’s Bears – The Big Bear Show. Also in Danville, the Affair on the Square Concert Series will feature several bluegrass bands from 6 to 10 pm on September 23.

Exploring small towns is just part of a holiday in Southern VA Country Inns. Equally important is experiencing peaceful evenings on wide porches, awakening to the sounds of songbirds, and indulging in a breakfast fit for a hardworking farmer.