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Inn’s Gardens and Guests Bring Glee to New Owners

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

The Collins House Inn, located in Marion, VA is the newest addition to join the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV), and the Inn was recently purchased by Mike and Sue Edwards. Originally built in the 1920s by George A. Collins. who opened the Collins Brothers Department store in Marion in 1898, the Inn sits in the middle of historic Marion, and is within walking distance of many of the town’s attractions. There are five guest rooms, each with modern amenities and a private bath. The Edwards purchased the Inn after they “fell in love with the house and the area.” Sue Edwards says that her favorite feature of Collins House Inn is the house’s grounds: “Mike & I are currently in the process of investigating putting a gazebo in our beautiful side garden and landscaping the area in preparation to start offering wedding, elopement, and vow renewal packages. There is nothing like this in Marion, and we have the perfect place to do this.”
When asked what the importance of being a BBAV member was, owner Sue stated that the BBAV allows Mike and her  “to become acquainted with those who have been in the industry and learn the ‘ins & outs.’” She also emphasized how the BBAV’s approval and property inspection “tells your guests that this inn is a special inn and when you stay there as a guest, you are staying at the very best.” Sue’s favorite aspect of being a B&B owner is the opportunity it presents to meet people. “We have had guests from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. We just had our first international guests from the United Kingdom. It is fun just listening to guests carry on conversations around the breakfast table talking about their experiences; guests giving other guests information about the area and places to go and things to do.”
Aside from admiring the Inn’s grounds, while staying at Collins House Inn, guests may venture out to Hungry Mother State Park or Grayson Highlands State Park for a scenic hike and finish off their day by heading out to the Davis Valley Winery to sample some delicious Southern Virginia wines. Marion, VA also is home to The Lincoln Theater, where guests may watch many different live performances. The Collins House Inn is also a short drive to Bristol Speedway, a favorite for NASCAR and racing fans alike.
BBAV President Heidi Lanford is excited to add Collins House Inn to the list of BBAV members, saying, “Collins House Inn is a great addition to our members list! It is located in such a fun area of Virginia and we are so happy to welcome them to the BBAV.”

The  Collins House Inn

Ribbon Cutting at The Collins House Inn

Holidays in the Blue Ridge Highlands

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December is a lovely time to travel to Bed and Breakfasts in the Blue Ridge Highlands, Virginia – a festive place any time of year. Music infuses these mountains, called the birthplace of Country Music. With music comes a certain joie de vivre that is so welcome during the holidays.

music wall

Listen to the music in the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands

Find something special for the music lovers in your life in quaint, historic towns such as Bristol and Floyd. The Floyd Country Store features barrels of candy and some of the rarest and best Old-Time and Bluegrass CDs in the country. In Bristol, where the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Ernest “Pop” Stoneman were discovered, there are a number of interesting shops. If possible, swing by the Pickin Porch at the Bristol Mall on Thursday evenings, when local, regional, and even national performers take the stage and do their best to put everyone in a good mood.

You’re sure to find something unique at the Damascus General Sore, be it handmade quilts, scarves, or homemade jewelry. In addition, fantastic Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music musicians take the stage every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Dance while you shop and then relax while you listen.

Enjoy these last weeks as you prepare for the holidays. Get away for a few days and visit interesting old towns in the Blue Ridge Highlands; while there, enjoy lodging in Virginia Bed and Breakfasts and gift hunting for friends and family.