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Virginia Wine and Dine Month

Monday, March 10th, 2014

So, friends of Inn Virginia, guess what month it is? Yes, it’s obviously March, but furthermore, that means that it’s Virginia Wine and Dine Month, a time of year when wineries, restaurants, and retailers celebrate the award-winning Virginia vines that have become internationally known.

Va wine and dine monthIn honor of Virginia Wine and Dine Month, why not explore some viticulture with a bed and breakfast Wine Package or a Virginia wine event:

Learn the basics of food and wine pairing at Little Washington Winery’s Wine Bootcamp in Washington, VA. Bootcamp will cover everything from chocolate and cheese pairing, aeration perfection, tasting room etiquette, geography, and more. End your educational session by “building the perfect molecular pairing sandwich.” (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes Foster Harris House and Middleton Inn.)

Would you like some theatrical mystery with your wine tasting? Then you’ll be delighted to partake in a Murder Mystery Dinner at CrossKeys Vineyard in Mt. Crawford, VA. Clever By Half Productions presents “Til Death Do Us Part,” a wedding-themed murder mystery accompanied by a full gourmet dinner and a glass of red or white wine. Who doesn’t love a bit of entertainment with their wining and dining? (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes Bridgewater Inn and Cottage and Old Massanutten Lodge B&B.)

March is a busy month for Williamsburg Winery, as they offer three notable events that will make your mouth water. Try the best of their 2010 vintage wines on March 15, or join them for five-course dinner paired with the 2010 Adagio (an award-winner at the 2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup). Or taste four vintages of Adagio wine at the winery’s March 29 Vertical Tasting. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes the Vintager Inn and Bentley Manor.)

Happy Wine and Dine Month!

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.

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By Tara Stoll

The Jefferson Heritage Trail

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is yet another reason to come and visit the state of Virginia. The Trail, which begins in Charlottesville and ends in Lynchburg, is the perfect excursion for history buffs and patriots alike, as it focuses on the life, legacy, and home state of one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. After spending the day visiting historical sites like Monticello and the Oak Ridge Estates, travelers have the opportunity to indulge in a drink or two at one of the seven wineries located on the Trail.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is the 5th largest wine region in the country, so spending an evening wine tasting and catching up with friends along the Trail is a must for any Virginia vacation. Or, for a more family friendly activity, look into attending a live theater production at Endstation Theater Company, Lynchburg College, or Live Arts.

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Check out the list below to see all of Inn Virginia’s inspected and approved properties along the Jefferson Heritage Trail.

Lynchburg, VA:

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Federal Crest Inn

Amherst, VA:

Crumps Mountain Cottage

Arrington, VA:

Harmony Hill Bed and Breakfast

Lovingston, VA:

Orchard House Bed and Breakfast

North Garden, VA:

Inn at the Crossroads

Charlottesville, VA:

200 South Street

Dinsmore House Inn

Inn at Court Square

The Inn at 400 West High

Inn at Monticello

Foxfield Inn

Arcady Vineyard B&B

The Quarters

High Meadows Vineyard Inn

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.

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By Tara Stoll

Drink and Be Merry at Epicurience Virginia

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” –Aristophanes

This weekend, August 30- September 2, 2013, is Epicurience Virginia, a “wine and food festival two hundred years in the making” that takes place in various parts of Loudon, VA. Now, you may be wondering about the name of this debut festival: Epicurience. If you’re not familiar with the word, don’t feel bad, as it’s entirely made up. Epicurience Virginia is a “festival so unique that no existing name quite fit” (EpicVirginia.com). So the event creators took the epic occurrence and mashed it together with the epic experience promised to all attendees, and “Epicurience” was formed.

That’s a great deal of festival build up, so what can you expect to find during the weekend activities? In the briefest of summaries, you’ll find wine tastings, seminars, culinary demonstrations, live music, and “wine swag” for sale. (Click here for a full list of daily activities. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.)

After a long day of enjoyment, you’ll most likely need a place to rest your head and recover for either another day of festivities or the journey home. In either case, a nearby Inn Virginia member will complete your Epicurience weekend:

Briar Patch B&B

Goodstone Inn

Middleburg Country Inn

Berryville Inn

The Ashby Inn and Restaurant

 

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By Tara Stoll

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.

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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.”

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.

Of Inns and Vineyards

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Our association not only includes inns with close proximity to wineries and vineyards, but also several B&Bs with their very own vineyards— Beliveau Estate in Blacksburg, VA, Arcady Vineyard in Charlottesille, VA, and High Meadows Vineyard Inn in Scottsville, VA

Beliveau Estate is an award-winning “65 acres of serenity and rolling blue ridge mountains located in the Catawba Valley.” Not only do they offer lavish lodgings at their B&B Maison Beliveau, but owners Yvan and Joyce Beliveau also produce red and white wines in their own vineyards, first planted in 2009. The Estate “currently offers white wines which include three Vidal Blancs made in different styles and a white traminette. Reds include Cabert Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Landot Noir, Red Zinfandel, and special house blends” (Beliveau Estate). Join them on the second and fourth Thursday of the month for “Thursday Wine and Tapas,” and until the end of September, enjoy their “Sunday Specials.”

Arcady Vineyard is “the only B&B in Charlottesville with a working vineyard, offering guided wine tasting tours with transportation to dinner.” Arcady Vineyard offers peaceful luxury in the midst of Virginia’s lush wine country, and every evening sees a serving of their own port-styled dessert wine. As a member of the Virginia Vineyards Association, Arcady Vineyards “acquires the advice and training from Tony Wolf, Professor of Viticulture, and his associates at Virginia Tech” (Arcady Vineyard). Needless to say, Erika and Chris Goodell, owners of Arcady Vineyard, know their wine and they know how to treat their wine-loving guests!

High Meadows Vineyard Inn is a beautifully renovated farmhouse on thirteen acres of “gardens, woodlands, and meadows,” and it boasts its own Pinot Noir vineyard. Nancy and Cynthia Bruce, the mother-daughter duo that owns and runs the inn, offer several different wine packages, including a tour of three or four different local wineries, and a Virginia wine and cheese plate.

“The Spirit of Wine
Sang in my glass, and I listened
With love to his odorous music,
His flushed and magnificent song.”
- William Ernest Henly

 

 By Tara Stoll

The BBAV and the Virginia Wine Expo, 2012

Friday, February 10th, 2012

“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.”

- Homer, “The Odyssey”

If you are a devoted lover of wine, a partaker of the occasional glass, or simply an admirer of the vineyard lifestyle, then you cannot miss the Virginia Wine Expo, February 24-26, 2012 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center: “The 5th Annual Virginia Wine Expo (VWE) is Virginia’s premier wine event, exclusively featuring Virginia wine.” (www.virginiawineexpo.com) For three days, you can enjoy luncheons, seminars, conversations with wine makers, casual socializing, and of course, wine tasting with samples from over  70 different Virginia wineries.

Visit the Virginia Wine Expo website (www.virginiawineexpo.com) for general event information, tips, a detailed schedule, and a list of participating wineries.

We here at the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia are happy to offer you a promotional discount for the Saturday and Sunday of the event. When staying at a BBAV inn, you will receive the code for a $5.00 discount off of your Walk-Around Grand Tasting tickets. (Ask your innkeepers for the code.) Furthermore, by “liking” our BBAV Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bbavirginia), you have a chance to win free tickets to the event, which will be given away over the next few weeks.  So if you are not yet a fan of our page, head over to Facebook, and click “like.”

Grab a friend, family member, significant other, and/or designated driver, and start planning your wine weekend now.  There are some fantastic BBAV inns in and around Richmond, Virginia, and honestly, what could be more fun than a wine festival and a vacation at a bed and breakfast?

 

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By Tara Stoll

Celebrate Scotland, Italy, and Wine, 2011!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

By now you’ve probably already felt a certain crispness in the mornings, swiftly replacing the thick humidity of these past summer months. Indeed others have noticed that the green hue of one or two leaves has already begun to dissipate, melting into red or gold. There is no doubt that autumn is near, approaching silently without ostentation or fanfare.

But I’m certain that you’re not reading this to hear me prattle on about the poetical nature of autumn. No, you would rather hear what sorts of activities in which you can participate during this upcoming fall season, and since you’re being so incredibly insistent, I suppose I shall tell you.

Although there are many, many, many, many autumn festivals and celebrations around Virginia, I’ll focus on three fantastic ones that you can find in and nearby Williamsburg, Virginia:

The Williamsburg Scottish Festival and and Celtic Celebration, September 30-October 1- It’s time for kilts, haggis, and bagpipes! This event includes Irish stepdancing, a golf tournament, a parade, and lots of vendors with pretty, shiny things!

The Yorktown Wine Festival, October 1- This festival includes 21 wineries, 8 of which will participate in a wine dinner at the Riverfront Restaurant. The music also looks to be fantastic with a drum and fife band, reggae, pop, rock, acoustic, electric, and Celtic.

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Ciao Williamsburg Festival, October 8-9- Celebrate your Italian heritage, or, if you’re not Italian, pretend to be for a couple days! This festival promises amazing food, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and some excellent entertainment.

By Tara Stoll