Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

“Fall” in Love with a Virginia Hike

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, we’re on a countdown to the first day of fall. Here in Virginia, autumn is breathtaking. The dark green of summer gradually fades and then bursts into shades of red, orange, and yellow, and the best way to view these seasonal hues is on a hike:

B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Lexington- This B&B is near a number of fantastic hikes. Muster up the strength to enjoy the challenging 5.6 miles of Jump Mountain Trail. Brushy Hills Hike offers a more moderate trail through former logging roads. For an easy but just-as-beautiful stroll, enjoy the Buena Vista River Walk, or the Chessie Nature Trail. Click here for a list of trails near Lexington.

Maysville Manor, Buckingham- Maysville Manor is close to a gorgeous portion of Virginia known as Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. There are numerous trials that wind themselves through this state forest, along with opportunities to hunt, fish, geocache, and bike.

Beaver Glen Bed & Breakfast, Meadows of Dan- Beaver Glen is close to a short, half-mile loop hike called the Round Meadow Trail. This is perfect for those who want to venture outdoors to see the autumn scenery, but don’t want to commit to a long day-hike. Another Meadows of Dan hike is the Mountain Industry Trail. This trail is also an easy half-mile hike, unique in its passage through old farm buildings, a whisky still, mountain crafts, and other relics of rural life in the early 1900s.

Cross House Garden Inn, Weyers Cave- Cross House Garden Inn is only a short drive away from some gorgeous hikes. If you like waterfalls, then hike the 3.2 miles of Doyles River, or make a day of it and trek across the 9.8-mile loop of the Riprap Trail in Crozet.

Doctor’s Inn, Galax- Galax, Virginia offers the New River Trail, part of New River Trail State Park, for your autumn adventure. The entire trail is 52-miles long and runs along an abandoned railroad line. With the gentle hiking trails comes the New River, gift shops, horseback riding, biking, and canoeing. Explore as much as you like, then return to the Doctor’s Inn to refresh after your excursion.

For a full list of our B&Bs near hiking trails, click here.

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Happy Hiking!

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

Fall Travel Checklist

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

It may still technically be summer, but the weather in Virginia has been hinting of autumn, and now is the time when many begin planning 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. Thus, we have compiled a checklist for your convenience:

  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!)

 

By Tara Stoll

Finally Fall Foliage!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

“Come,” said the Wind to the Leaves one day.
“Come over the meadow and we will play.
Put on your dresses of red and gold.
For summer is gone and the days grow cold.”

An Autumn Greeting

There is a reason that autumn has inspired thousands and thousands of poems throughout the ages. As thick waves of green burst into flames of red, orange, and yellow, one cannot help but to feel a poet when presented with such poignant beauty. (See? Even the BBAV can speak a bit poetically!)

Virginia’s fall foliage rivals (and some say surpasses) that of New England. If you’re planning a B&B getaway in the fall, perhaps you wish to know when these colors are at their peak. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, “Peak colors are expected in the mountains during mid to late October; the Piedmont and Coastal Plain are expected to peak during late October.” The department also reports that currently, “foliage conditions throughout the state are still predominantly green. Slight color changes among some tree species, such as poplars, sweet gum, dogwood and maple, can be seen in higher elevations and some rural areas.”

If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest botanical changes of fall, visit the U.S. Forest Service webpage, the Virginia Department of Forestry webpage, or call the Fall Foliage Hotline at 1-800-424-LOVE. Don’t forget to book your room at a BBAV member inn for the full fall experience!

By Tara Stoll

Autumn Apple Crisp

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Besides pumpkins, apples are one of the most used ingredients in autumn recipes, and with all of the orchards around Virginia, we are certainly in no short supply of this delicious fruit. There is a humongous variety of apple-based recipes floating around the world wide web, so perhaps you’re having difficulty in locating the perfect dish. To lessen your stress and shorten your search time, enjoy one particularly delectable recipe (which can be found in Bob Greene’s The Get With the Program! Guide to Good Eating) that we’ve selected for the delight of your taste buds:

 

Ingredients:

2 cups apples (preferably Granny Smiths), peeled, cored, and sliced

2 tbsp sugar or sugar substitute

1/4 cup apple juice

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

Topping Ingredients:

1/2 cup walnuts or almonds, finely chopped

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 tbsp softened butter

Preheat the oven to 350.  Stir apples, sugar, apple juice, lemon juice, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined.  Set aside.

To make the oatmeal topping, mix together the walnuts or almonds, oats, brown sugar, flour, and butter.

Place the apple mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish.  Sprinkle the topping over the apples and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and the topping is browned.  Serve with cool whip or vanilla ice cream.

By Tara Stoll

Virginia Harvest Celebrations, 2011

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

 

Along with the ever-growing crispness of the weather and the emerging tones of red, brown and gold, autumn also brings forth a myriad of harvest festivals. Each festival retains a common theme while managing to be entirely unlike all of the others, so if you enjoy the spicy scent of apple cider, the rustic charm of hayrides and corn mazes, and the jaunty tunes of bluegrass bands, then proceed to the lovely little list below:

 

Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon- This is a wonderful family event with horse-drawn wagon rides, a straw maze, colonial games, and demonstrations of candle making.

 

Carter Mountain Orchard Apple Harvest Festival, Charlottesville, Va- This festival features apples, cider, homemade donuts, pumpkins, apple butter and bluegrass and is located near Monticello.

 

Fall Farm Festivals at Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, Va- Celebrate the harvest with living history demonstrations, corn mazes, and a pumping patch!

 

Fall Festival at Massanutten, McGaheysville, Va- Reach your party destination with free chairlift rides, and then enjoy crafts, wine tasting, a beer garden, and plenty of children’s activities!

 

Fall for Fairfax KidsFest, Fairfax, Va- Enjoy juried crafters, ethnic foods, music and kids’ crafts!

 

These are only a few of the long list of harvest festivals and celebrations coming up in Virginia. For a more complete list, click here!

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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