Posts Tagged ‘Appalachian Trail’

Beartown Wilderness Area

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Virginia is a remarkable state. In its northeast corner sits cities such as Arlington and Alexandria, which border the country’s capital. In the southeast are the Blue Ridge Mountains and some of the most rugged wilderness on the east coast. Beartown Wilderness Area is located here – a welcome respite from hectic schedules and busy lives. Marion and Wytheville VA Bed and Breakfasts are close enough to the Wilderness Area to enjoy its attractions, and provide comfortable lodging for folks not interested in sleeping in a tent.

Beartown Wilderness is comprised of more than 5,600-acres; it is populated with trees, mountains, valleys, and wildlife. At this time of year, snows tend to be deep and the quiet pervasive. It’s a wonderful time to explore the wilderness, provided you have warm clothing and energy.

Snowshoes are the best means of transportation in the winter. A stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the Beartown Wilderness Area, along with many other excellent trails. Elevations range from 2,300 feet where the Roaring Fork River merges with Laurel Creek, to about 4,400 feet. If you can make it to the top of a ridge, you’ll stand among northern spruce and fir trees as you admire views of the surrounding area.

After a day in the snow and wilderness, you’ll be relieved to return to the comfort of a Blue Ridge Highlands VA Bed and Breakfast. Wytheville and Marion VA Bed and Breakfasts are all a short distance from the Beartown Wilderness Area. A hearty breakfast in the morning will provide energy for exploring the wilderness, and a soak in a Jacuzzi or hot tub will ease sore muscles in the evening.

For more information about the Beartown Wilderness Area, please visit the Wythe Ranger Station or call (540) 228-5551.

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.

The Shenandoah National Park

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Sunset at Appalachian Trail

Sunset on the Appalachian Trail

The great Wagon Road was once a principal travel route for early American settlers heading south from Philadelphia. A portion of it traverses the length of the Shenandoah Valley, where Virginia bed and breakfasts have been welcoming travelers for centuries.

Today, the Shenandoah Valley welcomes visitors from around the world, many of whom travel here to visit the nearby Shenandoah National Park. Less than two hours from the nation’s capital, the Shenandoah National Park offers scenic drives and a plethora of outdoor activities. It’s impossible to experience all the park has to offer in just one day. They best way to experience it is to take up residence at a Virginia bed and breakfast near the Shenandoah National Park for a while, and take your time exploring it.

Over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through the Shenandoah National Park, along with hundreds of miles of other trails. It’s possible to enjoy a short, easy hike to a pretty waterfall or scenic overlook, or a long, strenuous hike deep into the back woods; know your capability, and bring lots of water and snacks with you. In addition to hiking, it’s possible to explore the park on horseback or bicycle. Innkeepers at bed and breakfasts Virginia near the park are a wonderful resource – ask them how they most enjoy the Shenandoah National Park.