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Adult Day-Trips in Virginia

Thursday, September 10th, 2015


With school having started and the dog days of summer coming to a close, you may find yourself distressed that the next holiday isn’t until Thanksgiving. And that’s where InnVirginia comes in. Nothing says you can’t take a B&B vacation right now, and if you can’t slip away for an entire week-long getaway, then one of these Virginia day-trips may be perfect for you:

  1. Brew Ridge Trail: You hear a lot about Virginia wine, but that’s not the only libation making a name for itself in the Commonwealth. Our microbreweries have been winning awards for years, and you have the chance to trek the Brew Ridge Trail, visiting a number of local breweries along Virginia’s breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. (InnVirginia Lodging: Afton Mountain B&B, Foxfield Inn)
  2. Busch Gardens: Virginia’s very own theme park is ready and waiting, and if you make a day-trip in the fall, you’re in for fewer crowds and cooler weather! Defy gravity with the 63-mile an hour “Tempesto.” Browse the Wolf Haven or Eagle Ridge for a chance to glimpse the lives of these beautiful animals. Grab a bite to eat at one of the park’s fantastic restaurants or attend of their much anticipated events like their upcoming Bierfest. (InnVirginia Lodging: Bentley Manor Inn, Newport House B&B)
  3. McAfee Knob: If you’d rather spend your day hiking in the great outdoors, then this gorgeous day-hike may be of interest to you. As one of the most photographed spot along the Appalachian Trail, this 7.5-mile hike will take you along the Catawba Valley and culminate in a stunning view from its famous rock ledge. (InnVirginia Lodging: King George Inn, The Inn on Campbell)
  4. Tangier Island: Indulged in the unspoiled natural beauty of Chincoteague, then catch the ferry to Tangier: “That’s the charm of Tangier Island.  It’s a place where the inhabitants are completely authentic, and their way of speaking hasn’t changed much since Capt. John Smith discovered Tangier in 1608.” Enjoy the Museum and Visitors Center, rent a bicycle or a gold cart, or take a 45-minute tour of a working crab shanty. (After all, Tangier Island is the “Soft Shell Capital of the World.”) (InnVIrginia Lodging: 1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn)

Beer Steins, Sauerkraut, and Lederhosen: Oktoberfest in Va

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The arrival of autumn elicits a myriad of festivals that celebrate the changing colors of the leaves, the harvest, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and Halloween. Arguably, none of these are as well-celebrated as Oktoberfest.

The name “Oktoberfest” probably conjures up images of lederhosen, sausage, sauerkraut, and huge steins of frothy beer. These are relatively accurate (with the possible exception of lederhosen) to Virginia’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Oktoberfest may have “October” in the name, but many of the festivities in Virginia actually begin mid-September, which is appropriate and reminiscent of the original Oktoberfest, which is “a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.”

Overall, Oktoberfest not only revels in the accomplishments of breweries near and far, but it also a celebration of German heritage—traditional dances, traditional food, traditional clothing, etc.. Also, many of the festivals have kid-friendly activities, making them an excellent option for the entire family. Whether you are a lover of beer, a prideful member of the German people, or simply an individual who likes a good festival, then you can certainly find a Virginia Oktoberfest to oblige your beer-based merrymaking:

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, VA

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest International Arts and Crafts Festival, Martinsville, VA

October 6, 2012, Octoberfest at Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania, VA

October 6, 2012, Oktoberfest 2012, Vienna, VA

October 26-27, 2012, Richmond Oktoberfest, Richmond, VA

“Oktoberfest is a celebration, and craft brewers in the U.S. have earned the respect of the world. Brewers make special beers to fit the occasion.” –Ray Daniels

(Need lodging? How about a bed and breakfast?)

By Tara Stoll

First Annual Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” –Czech Proverb

“Virginia will be serving up love on tap for the first-ever Virginia Craft Beer Month this August. For beer lovers this means August is a great time to visit Virginia for true local flavor at more than 40 craft breweries and restaurants and bars who have local love on tap” (Virginia is for Lovers).

Virginia may be more well-known for its wine than its beer, but this is a month to celebrate the excellent local breweries. The celebration eventually leads up to the first annual Virginia Craft Brewers Fest: “Presented by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the 2012 Virginia Craft Brewers Festival is designed to bring together all qualified and interested Virginia Craft Breweries as an opportunity to promote the Virginia Craft Brewing Industry and the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.”

Enjoy the Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition, beer tastings, band performances, delicious food, and mountainous views.

Quick Facts:

When: Saturday, August 25, 2012 (Rain date: August 26, 2012)

Where: Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Nelson County, VA

Time: 2pm-8pm

Lodging: A BBAV inn

By Tara Stoll