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A Walk in the Woods: Virginia in the Movies

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


“I gained a profound respect for the wilderness and nature and the benign dark power of woods. I understand now, in a way I never did before, the colossal scale of the world. I found patience and fortitude that I didn’t know I had. I discovered an America that millions of people scarcely know exists. I made a friend. I came home.” — Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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There is a new film that was released this past September called “A Walk in the Woods,” starring the well-known talent of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte: “In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine.”

As an Appalachian Trail destination, Virginia also happens to play a part in this biopic. After all, 544 miles of the AT pass right through our beautiful Virginia!

If you’re at all familiar with the scenery of Virginia, you just might recognize the mountainous location in the movie trailer and on the promotional poster—McAfee Knob, a “popular Appalachian Trail destination near Catawba, Virginia” (IMDB). InnVirginia is, of course, thrilled to see our breathtaking mountains depicted through Hollywood, and furthermore, we invite you to visit them, explore them, and photograph them for yourself.

If you intend to see and climb McAfee Knob in person, then you’ll need a place to rest your head in Roanoke. Here are a couple of our member inns to welcome you to the Star City– King George Inn and The Inn on Campbell.

Click here to read more about hiking trails in and around Roanoke, VA. We’d love to see photos of your visit! Feel free to share them on our Facebook page:


Adult Day-Trips in Virginia

Thursday, September 10th, 2015


With school having started and the dog days of summer coming to a close, you may find yourself distressed that the next holiday isn’t until Thanksgiving. And that’s where InnVirginia comes in. Nothing says you can’t take a B&B vacation right now, and if you can’t slip away for an entire week-long getaway, then one of these Virginia day-trips may be perfect for you:

  1. Brew Ridge Trail: You hear a lot about Virginia wine, but that’s not the only libation making a name for itself in the Commonwealth. Our microbreweries have been winning awards for years, and you have the chance to trek the Brew Ridge Trail, visiting a number of local breweries along Virginia’s breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. (InnVirginia Lodging: Afton Mountain B&B, Foxfield Inn)
  2. Busch Gardens: Virginia’s very own theme park is ready and waiting, and if you make a day-trip in the fall, you’re in for fewer crowds and cooler weather! Defy gravity with the 63-mile an hour “Tempesto.” Browse the Wolf Haven or Eagle Ridge for a chance to glimpse the lives of these beautiful animals. Grab a bite to eat at one of the park’s fantastic restaurants or attend of their much anticipated events like their upcoming Bierfest. (InnVirginia Lodging: Bentley Manor Inn, Newport House B&B)
  3. McAfee Knob: If you’d rather spend your day hiking in the great outdoors, then this gorgeous day-hike may be of interest to you. As one of the most photographed spot along the Appalachian Trail, this 7.5-mile hike will take you along the Catawba Valley and culminate in a stunning view from its famous rock ledge. (InnVirginia Lodging: King George Inn, The Inn on Campbell)
  4. Tangier Island: Indulged in the unspoiled natural beauty of Chincoteague, then catch the ferry to Tangier: “That’s the charm of Tangier Island.  It’s a place where the inhabitants are completely authentic, and their way of speaking hasn’t changed much since Capt. John Smith discovered Tangier in 1608.” Enjoy the Museum and Visitors Center, rent a bicycle or a gold cart, or take a 45-minute tour of a working crab shanty. (After all, Tangier Island is the “Soft Shell Capital of the World.”) (InnVIrginia Lodging: 1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn)

Fall Travel Tips with InnVirginia

Friday, August 21st, 2015

While we’re technically still in the midst of summer, the weather in Virginia has been hinting of autumn, and now is the time when many begin to plan their fall foliage travels.  With all of your planning and packing, it may be easy to overlook a few necessary things to help you enjoy your fall getaway to its fullest, so check out our handy travel tips to help you make the most of your Virginia vacation:

  1. Book your room in advance. While some B&Bs may have rooms open for walk-ins, chances are, everything will be booked up with other fall foliage travelers.
  2. Be sure to have your camera. Whether it’s a point-and-shoot, a professional DSLR, or a simple camera on your phone, you’ll want to be ready to capture all of the brilliance of the upcoming fall foliage.
  3. Bring your hiking boots. The best autumn views are, of course, outdoors, and sometimes it may require a bit of effort to reach them.
  4. Dress in layers. Fall weather in Virginia is capricious, and the day can offer anything from hot sunshine to a cold rainstorm. Check the weather forecast and bring layers of clothing for your convenience.”
  5. Stay up-to-date with autumn in Virginia by calling the “Fall Foliage Hotline” at 1-800-424-LOVE.
  6. Coordinate your getaway with specific fall festivals. There are numerous autumn festivals all across Virginia, so plan your vacation around a festival and enjoy the array of fall colors as an added bonus.

Ready to book your room? Check out a list of our Inn Virginia members. Also, don’t forget to follow Inn Virginia on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. (If you take photos of the fall foliage, feel free to share them with us on our social media sites!)


Photo by Glenn Martin, The Iris Inn

InnVirginia Guests Give Back

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

InnVirginia offers a unique stay at over 200 inspected and approved B&B locations and now InnVirginia has something more to offer guests and their local community members. “Fighting Hunger withINN Virginia” as they partner with the Virginia Federation of Food Banks. The Virginia Federation of Food Banks is comprised of seven locations that donated roughly 137 million pounds of groceries and supplies in 2013 alone. This great way to give back to the local community can be done in many ways simply by kicking back at your favorite B&B.

FightingHungerWithInnSeveral locations have jumped at the opportunity to support their local food bank this summer when supplies and donations are low, while demand runs high. Foxfield Inn of Charlottesville, VA has created a donation jar, reminding guests that each dollar donated helps provide 4 meals. Holladay House Bed and Breakfast and the Inn at Westwood Farm each plan to donate $1 per breakfast served during the month of August. Contributions made this season alone will assist over 1 million Virginians in need. Check out a B&B near you to see how you can help combat hunger!

Modern Virginia B&Bs

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

When many people think of bed & breakfasts, they still have the image of doily-covered rooms with miscellaneous trinkets and baubles on every spare shelf and table.  Thanks to Better Way to Stay’s humorous “NO Doily!” campaign, many B&Bs are updating their décor. At our members inns, you’ll find modernized comfort for a contemporary getaway:

Magnolia House Inn may be historic B&B, but that doesn’t mean it’s dated! Check out the Ellington Suite with its spa room, Bain Ultra Thermomassage tub, massage offerings, and sitting room with comfortable, leather chairs.

Cedar Spring Inn & Spa is celebrating its 10th year as a luxurious retreat designed by an architect from Charlottesville, Virginia. Each unique, modern room offers everything from flat screen TVs to high speed Wi-Fi to elegant furnishings. No old-fashioned décor here!

Maury Place at Monument is a luxury bed & breakfast with four stylish suites. Relax with heated tile floors, multi-nozzle rain head showers, flat screen TVs, and decorations that are “both sophisticated and refreshingly modern.”

The Hope and Glory Inn is a picture of modernized history, a boutique inn with all of the up-to-date amenities needed for a lavish getaway. The Hope and Glory also specializes in spa treatments and therapies, so if you’re looking for a Shiatsu massage, a maternity massage, aromatherapy, or cranial sacral therapy, you’ve found the right place.

Museum District Bed & Breakfast brings tradition and innovation to a sophisticated meeting point. Take, for instance, Judge Rhea’s Suite—a two-person shower/steam room, black and white marble floors, dimmer light switches for a candlelight effect, and a flat screen TV. Does it get any better than that?

Foster Harris House is at your service with a wealth of modernity. With its spa showers, marble floors, Italian tile, and lighted makeup mirrors, and chic furnishings, you’ll find yourself in relaxing luxury.

The William Cox Inn offers a modern, North Wing addition to their 18th century B&B. Relax in the North Oak Room, the White Oak Room, The Redbud Room, or the Tulip Poplar Room, each which its own classy accoutrement.



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 Virginia Wine Month at a Bed and Breakfast

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Imagine yourself sitting on the outdoor patio of a Virginia winery, immersed in the surrounding autumn colors and the serene, vineyard scenery. You sip a glass of your favorite wine while your significant other drinks his or hers alongside you. Once you’ve indulged in your fill of the winery experience, picture yourself returning to the lavish comfort of a bed and breakfast. Luckily for you, this imagined scenario can easily become a reality, and since October is Virginia Wine Month, it’s is the perfect excuse to escape and enjoy the establishments of innkeepers and vintners alike.

Jefferson Vineyards in Charlottesville is the product of its namesake, Thomas Jefferson. The vineyards were first planted in 1774 but were eventually destroyed by the Civil War. Replanting began in 1981, and now the winery produces 6,000 to 8,000 cases of wine every year. Jefferson’s wine is fully Virginian, and the majority of the fruit ingredients are not only grown onsite, but were also hand-selected by Thomas Jefferson himself. (Click here for nearby Inn Virginia lodging options.)

Fabbioli Cellars in Leesburg is a family owned and operated winery that was founded by Doug and Colleen Fabbioli. From the Una Pera off-dry wine to the citrus, vanilla and oak aromas of the 2012 Chardonnay, you’re certain to find a quality red wine that appeals to your senses. The Fabbioli family strives to use environmentally friendly methods of cultivating grapes that blend both traditional approaches with more modern innovations. (Click here for nearby Inn Virginia lodging options.)

Chatham Vineyards in Machipongo is an Eastern Shore winery and a historic farm that was patented in 1640. Their vineyards are “high-density, European-style,” and they contain “32,000 Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot vines.” (Click here for nearby Inn Virginia lodging options.)

These are only three of the many fantastic Virginia wineries and vineyards. if you’re interested in our Inn Virginia members’ winery specials and packages, click here.

Virginia wineries and vineyards


By Tara Stoll

Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog and Take a Vacation

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

This October, The Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) and the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies (VFHS) partner to celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. These two organizations are offering anyone who adopts a pet, from any of VFHS’s shelters or rescue groups, the chance to win an gift card.

Debra Griggs, President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, and her dog, Fred

Debra Griggs, President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, and her dog, Fred.

VFHS aims to “end the unnecessary euthanasia of cats and dogs and advance animal welfare throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.” Through this promotion, VFHS enacts upon this goal by providing an incentive for people to adopt from a wide variety of pets, all of whom are in need of loving homes.

BBAV’s list of inspected and approved Inns consists of 26 pet-friendly destinations across the state that would be perfect for a family and its new furry friend. From a getaway at the beach to a hike in the mountains, there is a total of 170 destinations that the new owner of a pet could choose from.

VFHS’s motto, “Serving People Saving Animals” is a perfect way to describe this partnership. BBAV aids B&B owners in serving their guests in the same way the VFHS helps shelters and rescue groups in saving and adopting pets. Combined through their Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month offer, BBAV and VFHS serve people and save animals.

Click to see a list of participating shelters.

The Old Massanutten Lodge: Then & Now

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Margie and Guy Vlasits

Margie and Guy Vlasits celebrate 10 years at The Old Massanutten Lodge

The Old Massanutten Lodge celebrates ten years as a B&B, and even longer as a place of personal and community strength.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Old Massanutten Lodge B&B, in Keezletown, VA. However, before Margie and Guy Vlasits purchased the property in the early 1990s, the lodge served as a day-resort for visitors and locals from the mid-1920s through the 60s, providing a place of relaxation and entertainment for its guests. Now, almost a century later, the Vlasits have restored the property and successfully provided a similar atmosphere.

“We wanted to give the property back to the community,” says Margie, the property’s primary caretaker. Indeed, the Vlasits successfully opened their doors to guests in 2003 as a place of rejuvenation, nourishment, and celebration for those near and far. Soon after, in 2005, Margie faced another life-changing situation: the onset of cancer. This didn’t keep her from serving the B&Bs many guests.

The Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown, VA

The Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown, VA

Although she couldn’t advance the business during this time, she maintained it to the best of her ability with the help of others. The business “helped me get through the treatments,” she says. The Vlasits opened the B&B as a place to “renourish guests’ souls,” she continues, and “at the same time it did the same for me.” For eight of the ten years that the B&B has been in service, Margie battled cancer and won. Her own story further enriches that of the property and the community surrounding it.

“We love to host people from all over the world with great cultural and personal diversities,” Margie says. Many guests come from just a couple hours away looking for rest from the daily grind. Others come for adventure and entertainment to an area rich in history, culture, nature, and just plain fun.  Old Massanutten Lodge’s quiet rural location is a pleasant change from the noise and activity of urban areas.

The last weekend in October, the Old Massanutten Lodge celebrates the property’s extensive past in conjunction with its tenth anniversary as a B&B through a story-telling event and concert. The Vlasits plan to invite anyone with a history at the lodge to come and tell his/her story while showcasing local folk artists. All in all, the Old Massanutten Lodge focuses on the past, present, and future as memories in the making. Come make memories at the Old Massanutten Lodge, entwining your history with that of this historic local landmark.

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.