Posts Tagged ‘Blue Ridge Mountains’

“Steele” Away to a B&B

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Steeles Tavern Manor is a “Shenandoah Valley B&B at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” It exudes rural elegance and stands as a proud facade with a corresponding mountainous backdrop. However, had you seen the manor in years gone by, it would have looked quite different from its current appearance.

Activity at the manor commenced in the 1780s, and the manor shifted from housing passers-by to becoming the Virginia Tourist Home to becoming a private home, and finally, to becoming a bed & breakfast currently owned by Ray and Melissa Alexander. Melissa says, “The previous owners closed the Bed and Breakfast in 2005. Therefore it needed some renovations before we opened our doors in July 2012. The floral wallpaper was stripped and fresh warm paint colors were applied. The colors of ecru, soft greens, and soft plums match the wine décor of the Inn. The red wall to wall carpet was removed to unveil the original hard wood floors of the 1916 Virginia Manor House … After weeks of hard work these floors were restored to their original beauty. The multi-layered window treatments were replaced…to brighten the inside and retain the southern style of the house.”

With their renovations, the Alexanders have managed to merge both past and present. While the manor retains the historical elegance of its predecessors, it also boasts the height of modern conveniences.

Ray and Melissa, who began their B&B journey by attending a BBAV Aspiring Innkeepers class as well as the B&B Team’s seminar, have future renovation plans for the inn as well, “focus[ing] on the outside to improve the walking grounds, pond and pool area.” Click here to book your room now and see these renovations in person!

By Tara Stoll

The Mountains of Virginia

Monday, August 16th, 2010
Appalachia Fall Foliage

Fall color in Appalachia.

Virginia’s western border is mountainous, for the Appalachian Mountains stretch from Pennsylvania to Tennessee. The Appalachians include the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Allegheny Mountains along the West Virginia border, the Shenandoah Mountains stretching north, and even the Great Smoky Mountains, along the border with Tennessee. No matter what you call them, they are beautiful, and share the wonderful, rich culture and history of Appalachia.

If time permits, take your time while traveling through this part of the state. Plan to stay in more than one Virginia Mountains bed and breakfast between Winchester and Norton. You’ve heard of “island time”? Well, it’s time to experience “mountain time” – though there is no need to adjust your clocks.

Keep an eye open and an ear tuned to local festivals as you travel the region throughout the year. The Chilhowie Community Apple Festival, in southwest Virginia, has been a tradition for over 50 years. Stop by for the parade, live music, and apple butter (watch it made). Nearby, the Whitetop Mountain festival features fiddling and a Ramp Eating Contest – not the ramp you drive on, but the local wild leek. And the Virginia Mountain Music Festival will keep your toes tapping. Up north in Shenandoah County, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival is one of the most established music festivals in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, you’ll be thrilled by the breadth of opportunities available in the Virginia Mountains. Scenic drives through the Appalachian Mountains – along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive – reveal one trailhead after another. Hike to Hogback Overlook, Humpback Rocks, or along the Apple Orchard Falls Trail to Petites Gap. You can thoroughly plan your itinerary, or be more whimsical, asking the innkeepers at various Virginia Mountains bed and breakfasts for suggestions as you go.

The mountains of Virginia are lovely any time of year, in the heat of summer, dressed in fall colors, blanketed in snow or when coming back to life in the spring. Travel here as soon as you can, and return again and again.

Virginia Romantic Getaway – It’s Time

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Don’t let another summer pass without making time for a Romantic Getaway in Virginia.

If summer romance means water and sun, head to a Virginia Bed and Breakfast near the Chesapeake Bay or the Virginia coast. Woe your sweetie with a moonlit canoe trip, or an afternoon sailing adventure. Share a bottle of Virginia Wine that you select after touring the region’s wineries. Watch the sunset while holding hands as you walk along the beach.

If summer romance means cool wooded trails and mountains, head to the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in search of the perfect scenic overlook to share a picnic. Go horseback riding in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Sleep late, eat an amazing breakfast at your Virginia Bed and Breakfast, and spend a day poking through antique shops in search of treasures.

If summer romance means late nights in the city, head to Northern Virginia and enjoy excursions into the nation’s capitol. Spend days exploring the many historic sites of the region, and then dress up and go to the city for dinner and entertainment.

No matter what defines romance for the two of you, you’ll find it in Virginia. For inspiration, check out our Virginia travel packages and specials page; many inns offer romance packages that can help make any holiday cause for celebration.