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Hot Honeymoon Locations at Virginia B&Bs

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The ceremony has ended, your guests have departed, and now you’re ready to relax on your first few days as a newly married couple. To make those post-nuptial days as special as possible, you’ll want an amorous getaway with romantic lodging, and luckily for you, we’re here to help you out. While any of our member inns would be a fantastic option for your honeymoon, we have a few to highlight to make your search a bit easier:

A honeymoon package at Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA includes your selected room in the mansion, an assortment of snacks, strawberries, and chocolates, and a chilled bottle of Prosecco wine awaiting your arrival. Awake to a four-course breakfast with options like brown sugar bacon, a peach pie smoothie, baked cheese grits, and berry gazpacho.

The Boxwood Inn in Newport News, VA also offers a honeymoon package for the newly married couple. Celebrate your honeymoon in one of the Boxwood Inn’s guest rooms—The Captain’s Quarters, Miss Nana’s Room, The Politician’s Suite, or General Pershing’s Suite—and look for a special surprise from your innkeepers. For Honeymoon Package pricing, please call 757-888-8854.

The Black Horse Inn in Warrenton, VA offers a Bed of Roses Massage Package. Present your new spouse with a brilliant bouquet of flowers. Sip a glass of Virginia wine, and relax under gentle hands with a couples’ massage. Then before bed, indulge in an after-dinner cookie night cap tray.

Another romantic package option to celebrate your honeymoon is the Bubbles, Berries, and Blossoms Special at the Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg. Choose either a bottle of Freixenet Brut Blanc du Blanc sparkling wine or Virginia Alpen Glow Apple sparkling cider, and either a bouquet of flowers or a bouquet of balloons.

For other romance specials, click here.

Congratulations on your marriage, and happy honeymoon!


Recently Renovated Retreat on the Riverfront

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
River Terra Retreat

Newly renovated, 4 rooms in Colonial Beach

Forget the 3 Rs, this Recently Renovated Retreat on the Riverfront focuses on providing guests more than just Rest, Relax and Recharge.

River Terra Retreat is the newest member to join the Bed & breakfast Association of Virginia, and has passed the BBAV’s property inspection. Also referred to as the Cator House, River Terra Retreat is located in Colonial Beach, VA close to the Potomac River. It is now owned and operated by Kristine Guido who took over the house in the 1980s. The property has been in Ms. Guido’s family since it was originally purchased in the 1920s. When asked about why she started the bed & breakfast, Guido said she had started B&B “because I didn’t know anything about B&Bs.  I thought it would be easier than taking another run at a corporate gig, which I had done for 30 years.  Here’s what I learned – visiting a B&B is fun; operating a B&B is work –a lot of work. But I enjoy every minute of it!”

The Retreat has been recently renovated, and offers guests five different unique bedrooms to stay in, as well as Carlotta’s Cottage, which acts as a meeting space or overnight room. Of the five rooms, River Terra Retreat has one suite, the Riverview Suite, which features incredible views of the Potomac River. This suite is Guido’s personal favorite aspect of the House.

River Terra Retreat also features fenced grounds, where guests may enjoy events such as oyster roasts and picnics. Guido states that her favorite part of running a bed & breakfast is the interaction she has with her guests, and “creating a positive experience for that guest.”

Guido feels that a property inspection by the BBAV’s “is a one-stop, holistic view of how my B&B compares to a standard of excellence in the industry.  Inspection brings together the health, safety, practical side of the business with the amenities and specialties that guests value.”

When asked about the importance of becoming a member of the BBAV, Guido explained that membership with the BBAV “is a way of ‘continuing education’ to improve my business and a resource when I need advice or guidance.  It’s a win-win for me and my guests, who reap the benefits of what I learn in BBAV.”

    In the future, Guido hopes to “be recognized by the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce as the Business of the Year in 2014.”

    BBAV President Heidi Lanford is pleased the River Terra Retreat has passed the BBAV property inspection, exclaiming “we are very happy to have River Terra Retreat as a BBAV member. It has passed our property inspection, and is a great example of the high standards we hold here at BBAV.”

Healthcare Career Leads to a Fresh Start in Hospitality

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

New owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn are excited for their new adventure


Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

The Historic Manor sites on 40-acres of land

Prospect Hill Plantation is the newest establishment to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s property inspection (BBAV). Prospect Hill, set outside historic Charlottesville, VA was originally an 18th century plantation. It is now owned by Dr. Bobby and Paula Findley, who bought the Plantation in the search for a new and exciting lifestyle to follow Dr. Findley’s 25 year long career in chiropractic healthcare. The property itself includes 40-acres of land as well as the historic Manor House, which boasts eleven guest rooms and cottages complete with modern amenities. Prospect Hill prides itself on its vast history, as another one of the guest rooms is the “original cabin, built in 1699, is still used for housing overnight guests… some 314 years later” according to owner Dr. Frindley.


Dr. Bobby & Paula Findley, owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

When asked why membership with the BBAV was important, Dr. Findley stated “All inns are unique in their own way and offer a compelling experience to their guest… what separates one inn from another, though, is the level of quality… both in the experience and in terms of cleanliness. Being inspected simply helps us stress that we value our guests’ experience over everything else.”

Aside from offering unique guest rooms and a lavish setting by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prospect Hill Plantation also offers a wonderful culinary experience in the form of a 4 course prix-fixe dinner for it’s guests and members of the Charlottesville community.

    Dr. Findley explains that his favorite aspect of being a bed and breakfast owner is the opportunity to meet the interesting guests that are constantly staying at Prospect Hill. For the future, Dr. Findley notes that he hopes to “restore Prospect Hill to its former glory as one of the premier dining and lodging destinations in central Virginia!”

    BBAV President Heidi Lanford is extremely happy about Prospect Hill’s addition to the Association. When asked about her thoughts regarding Prospect Hill, Lanford explained “it is so wonderful to have such a historic, and beautiful property pass our property inspection. Prospect Hill is another great example of the impressive establishments that are associated with BBAV.”

Relax on Historic Jefferson Property

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Snowdonia2Built on property, which was originally owned by Thomas Jefferson’s father, is the historic Snowdon.  The adjacent Snowdonia on the James is a quiet retreat for guests to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the area (and maybe the deer and other animals on the grounds).  The property offers a handicapped accessible cozy cottage and an expansive River Bluff Suite with spectacular views perfect for all occasions.  The River Bluff Gazebo offers an intimate wedding setting for guests hoping to tie the knot in a beautiful and relaxing location. Near Monticello and Montpelier, as well as many Virginia Wineries, Snowdonia on the James is a great location for guests to explore the Charlottesville area and all that it has to offer.

When asked about the importance of joining BBAV, innkeeper, Teresa Radford said, “The BBAV inspection for me is a ‘Gold Seal’ of approval.  Prospective guests will know that I strive to provide high quality standards in every area of our business and service.”

President, Heidi Lanford is pleased to have another addition to BBAV, stating “collaboration with state and local B&B owners is highly valuable. Teresa can utilize our expertise and resources as a way not only to increase her marketing efforts but also to improve the service she provides to guests.”


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.


Places to Get Married in Virginia

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Many Virginia bed and breakfast are ideal locations for weddings. They’re warm and inviting, in lovely historic or new buildings. They’re in the heart of town, by the sea, or out in the country. In short, you are sure to find a bed and breakfast Virginia to fulfill your wedding dream.


Make your wedding unique: host it at a Virginia bed and breakfast.

Some innkeepers cater weddings themselves, while others have good relationships with local photographers, caterers, and officiants. This may be your first wedding, but it probably isn’t their first wedding, and you will find them both helpful and reassuring.

One of the best reasons to have your wedding at a Virginia bed and breakfast is that the wedding party can lodge at the wedding venue. The entire wedding party can sleep under the same roof the nights before and after the wedding. Host your rehearsal dinner at the inn, as well as the reception, and don’t worry if you toast the nuptials often – you just need to walk to your room at the end of the evening.

A few good places to get married in Central Virginia: Mayhurst Inn, a 1859 Italianiate Victorian Manor in Orange, VA; Winterham Plantation, an antebellum manor on 14 acres near Richmond, VA; and Longacre Bed and Breakfast, a lovely brick Tudor home in Appomattox.

A few good places to get married in Southern Virginia: Maysville Manor. a federal manor in Buckingham, VA; The Three Angels Inn at the historic Sherwood Plantation, near Lawrenceville, VA; and Cooper’s Landing Inn in historic Clarksville on the Lake.

Wedding Venues in Virginia

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
The Kiss

Happily ever after in Virginia.

It’s no secret that Virginia is for lovers, so it stands to reason that Virginia is a fine place to host a wedding.

Wedding venues in Virginia are as diverse and wonderful as the state itself. Whether you dream of a beach wedding or a mountain wedding, a rural wedding or an urban wedding, a grand, upscale wedding or an intimate, casual wedding, your dream can be realized here.

The Virginia Wine Country has many idyllic settings in which to host a wedding. There are well over one hundred wineries in fifteen Virginia Wine Regions – deciding between them will be the biggest problem.

If you dream of hosting your wedding at a grand historic property, you’ll find many wedding venues in Virginia. The Old Rose Garden at Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas is a lovely setting for an outdoor wedding. The Boyd Tavern, a national historic landmark near South Boston, is another charming location for a wedding reception.

There are also unique and unforgettable wedding venues in Virgina. Consider a ceremony in the Endless Caverns of Shenandoah Valley. Avid hikers may want to say their vows on the Appalachian Trail. It’s your wedding – you get to decide.

Wedding Venues in Virginia

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Chesapeake Bay

Start your life together by the Chesapeake Bay.

If you’re looking for Wedding Venues in Virginia, you have many options. Virginia is not a large state (it’s the 35th largest in the country), but it is diverse. There are gorgeous mountains, fertile fields, and over 100 miles of coastline. There are remote islands, charming seacoast towns, and grand historic homesteads. Once you’ve both said yes, you’ll need to settle on a wedding venue in Virginia.

If you are drawn to the mountains, consider a wedding in the Blue Ridge Highlands. Hope Springs Farm, in picturesque Floyd County, sits on 100 lovely acres, and Rockwood Manor, 45 minutes west of Roanoke, specializes in weddings and receptions. If you prefer to hear the sound of the surf in the background as you say your vows, host your wedding on the Virginia Eastern Shore; the Bay View Waterfront Bed and Breakfast overlooks Occohannock Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. The Essex Inn, by the Chesapeake Bay, dates back to 1705 and was one of the first homes on the Tappahannock.

Planning for a wedding is an exciting time, whether you’re the bride, the groom, a member of the family or a good friend. There really is no bad choice of wedding venue in Virginia – the most important thing is the commitment.

Virginia Bed and Breakfast Weddings

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Host your special day at a Virginia bed and breakfast.

Do you dream of being married in the ornate gardens of a historic home? Do you dream of walking down a long, elegant staircase to join your beloved? Are you looking forward to hosting you wedding in the same place you and closest friends and family are staying, so you don’t have to worry about traveling anywhere after the reception?

Consider the benefits of being married at a bed and breakfast Virginia:

They are found throughout the state, in small towns and large cities, in the mountains and by the sea, in historic buildings and modern structures.

Virginia bed and breakfast specialize in romance.

They can accommodate large, lavish ceremonies and receptions, and small, intimate events; not every inn can do both, of course, but there is an inn for every event.

Virginia bed and breakfast innkeepers have experience hosting weddings. Many have close working relationships with local caterers, florists, photographers and officiants.

Hosting your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception where you stay minimizes travel time. It is also safer, since there is no need to get behind the wheel after numerous toasts.

Breakfast will be delicious.

Many of our member inns offer Virginia wedding specials. These may include two nights’ lodging for the wedding party, a rehearsal dinner, and champagne. See specific inns for details.
Take advantage of the fact that bed and breakfasts Virginia are popular locations for weddings, and tap-into the innkeepers’ experience. That way, you and your beloved, and your friends and families, can focus on each other.