Posts Tagged ‘Bed and Breakfasts’

Two-day Workshop for Aspiring Innkeepers in Southwest VA

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is excited to host a two day event in Abingdon to help aspiring innkeepers achieve their dream of opening a bed and breakfast. Topics will cover current trends and best practices for the industry, including demonstrations on the most efficient ways to turn over a room. The intensive workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about running a successful small lodging in any state.

The two day workshop on September 21st and 22nd at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa in Abingdon will include educational training from the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia and networking event plus a tour of the city by Visit Abingdon. A full schedule of events is located on BBAV’s website. Registration will close on September 11 for the event.

Designed for anyone looking to join the small lodging industry or improve their knowledge, whether it’s a farm stay, a vacation rental by owner (VRBO), a cottage or cabin, or a traditional bed and breakfast, cost of registration is $99 for a single attendee or $150 for a couple, and the two-day workshop includes refreshments, reception, breakfast and a complimentary membership in BBAV for a year. Special lodging rates have been arranged at several Abingdon properties.

The Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is a non-profit trade association celebrating its 25th year of serving members statewide. BBAV offers trainings, professional networking opportunities, publicity and advocacy for the small lodging industry in Virginia.

For more information or to register, contact Amy Hager at the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia, or (434) 878-2269, or click here.

Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

The newest B&B to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s inspection into membership is the Daughter of the Stars B&B in Stanley, Virginia. Patrick Burns the owner, decided to have a BBAV inspection in order to help them connect with BBAV’s experienced knowledge base, and thus provide a better experience for their guests, as well as to set their B&B against an outside standard of inspection that ensures guests of the B&B’s high quality.


Daughter of the Stars began as an endeavor to “to do something interesting, unique, enjoyable and memorable” while “creating a unique, interesting, educational, fun, and successful travel experience” for guests. Indeed, this B&B does all of the above with its specialization in “The lesser known stories of the Shenandoah Valley”, which allows guests to celebrate and explore the history of foods, cultures, and customs native to the valley. Innkeeper, Misty Henderson, will delight guests with her cooking, and hospitality.


Civil War currency

Civil War currency

“In our Authentic Art and Artifacts Gift Shop,” Patrick described, “we have items like real Civil War currency and authentic Native American art and artifacts for sale. This way our guests not only hear the History, but they can touch it and own a piece of it. All of the Native American artifacts are from tribes that are known to have been in the Shenandoah Valley.”


Every guest room contains a private baths with Whirlpool tubs, queen-sized beds, and fireplaces that combine to create a romantic and comfortable atmosphere. Thus, guests looking for a vacation with a significant other or friend, or some alone time, the Daughter of the Stars B&B is perfect for a uniquely cultural and relaxing experience in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

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

Weddings on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Spring and summertime often mean weddings. If you are a soon-to-be bride or groom, consider hosting your wedding on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Many Virginia Eastern Shore Bed and Breakfasts make lovely wedding venues and innkeepers have lots of experience hosting weddings. They can put you in touch with local caterers and officiants, or they may make many arrangements for you.This may be your first wedding, but it isn’t their first wedding.

Situated as it is between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Eastern Shore of Virginia is as picturesque a location as one could want. Enjoy a small quiet wedding, or share the day with family and friends. One advantage to hosting your wedding at a Virginia Eastern Shore Bed and Breakfast is that the wedding party may stay on site.


Host your wedding on Virginia's Eastern Shore.


Christmas on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Quaint harbor towns and quiet villages make up the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a narrow stretch of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Natural beauty is everywhere here – in miles of deserted beaches, remote Tangier Island, and the wild ponies of Assateague.

Assateague to Chincoteague

The wild horses of Assateague.

There is something marvelous about spending Christmas at a Virginia Eastern Shore Bed and Breakfast.

Village streets invite shopping. Chilly beach walks are the perfect excuse to snuggle by a crackling fire. Fresh oysters adorn holiday tables. It’s the perfect place to get away from hectic holidays and embrace the spirit of Christmas with someone you love.

Check out the following holiday events during your stay at a Bed and Breakfast Virginia Eastern Shore:

  • The Onancock Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 18. Complete with Santa.
  • A SWING Nutcracker Ballet performance at Nandua High School in Onley, VA, December 17 – 19, 2010. You’ve never seen the Nutcracker until you’ve seen this version.
  • Party at the Palace (December 19, 2010) in Cape Charles, VA. The Stage Door Gallery hosts this popular Christmas Open House, where visitors may shop for gifts and watch It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen.