Posts Tagged ‘Charlottesville’

InnVirginia Guests Give Back

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

InnVirginia offers a unique stay at over 200 inspected and approved B&B locations and now InnVirginia has something more to offer guests and their local community members. “Fighting Hunger withINN Virginia” as they partner with the Virginia Federation of Food Banks. The Virginia Federation of Food Banks is comprised of seven locations that donated roughly 137 million pounds of groceries and supplies in 2013 alone. This great way to give back to the local community can be done in many ways simply by kicking back at your favorite B&B.

FightingHungerWithInnSeveral locations have jumped at the opportunity to support their local food bank this summer when supplies and donations are low, while demand runs high. Foxfield Inn of Charlottesville, VA has created a donation jar, reminding guests that each dollar donated helps provide 4 meals. Holladay House Bed and Breakfast and the Inn at Westwood Farm each plan to donate $1 per breakfast served during the month of August. Contributions made this season alone will assist over 1 million Virginians in need. Check out a B&B near you to see how you can help combat hunger!

Dreama Travis: InnVirginia Member of the Year

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Steve and Kathi Walker present Dreama Travis with the 2014 Member of the Year Award.

Steve and Kathi Walker present Dreama Travis with the 2014 Member of the Year Award.

On the evening of Feb. 23, Dreama Travis of the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast in Graves Mill, Virginia was awarded the Bed and Breakfast Member of the Year, an honor to be added to her many recent accomplishments.

Travis, a nine-year member of BBAV and the Inns at Montpelier, has shown her fellow innkeepers the true meaning of perseverance, proving to be an inspiration.

Four years ago, Travis was diagnosed with Stage IV Endometrial Cancer. Inoperable and incurable, Travis was given limited time to live. Wanting to get the most out of life, she embarked in a holistic approach to battle the disease.

Travis’ lifestyle changes proved helpful, but unfortunately could not stop the inevitable. After months of sporadic operation, the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast eventually closed, a decision Travis thought would be permanent.

Even with the devastating loss of her business, Travis was not ready to quit and began defying odds. Feeling strong enough, Travis found herself attending a mission trip to Nigeria where she provided medical care and educational support to natives.

Locally, Travis stated a support program called the First Responders Cancer Team. The team aims to provide support to newly diagnosed cancer patients. To be a team member, one must have cancer or be a cancer survivor. Initially, they were reaching out to patients in surrounding countries, but are now counseling patients around the globe.

“Being an innkeeper has afforded me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world,” Travis said. “Sometimes guests will go home after a stay at The Old Mill House and later learn about a friend or loved one being diagnosed with this most dreaded disease. They call and ask if I will talk with them. Sharing my success story gives them hope where there was no hope before.”

Although Travis still battles cancer, she has already overcome tremendous obstacles, most recently in the re-opening of the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast, which is now back in full swing.

Congratulations Dreama on all your hard work!

Congratulations Dreama on all your hard work!

Travis was proudly awarded her honor at the 2014 Annual Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia Conference in Richmond, Virginia where she was accompanied by a standing ovation of fellow colleagues. The room was evidently full of great admiration for this outstanding member, not only with her Bed and Breakfast, but life.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is yet another reason to come and visit the state of Virginia. The Trail, which begins in Charlottesville and ends in Lynchburg, is the perfect excursion for history buffs and patriots alike, as it focuses on the life, legacy, and home state of one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. After spending the day visiting historical sites like Monticello and the Oak Ridge Estates, travelers have the opportunity to indulge in a drink or two at one of the seven wineries located on the Trail.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is the 5th largest wine region in the country, so spending an evening wine tasting and catching up with friends along the Trail is a must for any Virginia vacation. Or, for a more family friendly activity, look into attending a live theater production at Endstation Theater Company, Lynchburg College, or Live Arts.

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Check out the list below to see all of Inn Virginia’s inspected and approved properties along the Jefferson Heritage Trail.

Lynchburg, VA:

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Federal Crest Inn

Amherst, VA:

Crumps Mountain Cottage

Arrington, VA:

Harmony Hill Bed and Breakfast

Lovingston, VA:

Orchard House Bed and Breakfast

North Garden, VA:

Inn at the Crossroads

Charlottesville, VA:

200 South Street

Dinsmore House Inn

Inn at Court Square

The Inn at 400 West High

Inn at Monticello

Foxfield Inn

Arcady Vineyard B&B

The Quarters

High Meadows Vineyard Inn

The Red Chair travels to Virginia B&Bs!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

 

The Red Chair

The Red Chair

The Red Chair was born at the Woods Hole Inn, where proprietor, Beth Colt, took a snapshot that would change the simple red chair into The Red Chair that now travels the nation. “I took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole last winter,” she says. “I posted it on Facebook and my computer lit up with ‘likes.’” Julie Cramer, a California-based photographer, came across the photo and was inspired. Cramer’s own picture of The Red Chair solidified the object as, what Colt describes, “A symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries.”

Now, The Red Chair travels to B&Bs of different regions in the U.S., and B&B owners chronicle the Chair’s travels with pictures that are then posted on the Red Chair’s website. From Sept. 23-Nov. 10, 2013, the Red Chair visits B&Bs in Virginia, 12 of which are  InnVirginia members.

Celeste Borel, Innkeeper of L’Auberge Provencale, White Post, VA, expresses her excitement at being a part of the Chair’s movement. “It makes me think that guests can envision themselves sitting in the chair,” she says, “enjoying the view and appreciating the countryside.” She and Humminbird Innkeepers, Patty and Dan Harrison, welcome anyone to come see the Chair at their establishments, even non-guests.

These Innkeepers, in addition to those of the Arcady Vineyard Inn, Charlottesville, VA, have specific plans for the Chair, including: a wine tour, a carriage ride, a photo-op at the tomb of Robert E. Lee, the overlook on Skyline Drive, and so much more! Samuel and Sharon Elswick, of the Holladay House, say: the “Red Chair will experience everything our guests experience – and take photos of everything just like they do! A comfortable room, at the breakfast table with a locally-sourced meal, sneaking homemade cookies from the cookie jar, and the classic photo every one of our brides and grooms take: on our portico with our historic house in the background and the sign waving in the wind.”

The Red Chair has become an icon of hospitality for B&Bs across the east coast, and will continue to be so for B&Bs it has yet to visit across the nation. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the Red Chair’s journey!

Follow the InnVirginia Facebook page to see the photos of The Red Chair as it travels Virginia.

Healthcare Career Leads to a Fresh Start in Hospitality

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

New owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn are excited for their new adventure

 

Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

The Historic Manor sites on 40-acres of land

Prospect Hill Plantation is the newest establishment to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s property inspection (BBAV). Prospect Hill, set outside historic Charlottesville, VA was originally an 18th century plantation. It is now owned by Dr. Bobby and Paula Findley, who bought the Plantation in the search for a new and exciting lifestyle to follow Dr. Findley’s 25 year long career in chiropractic healthcare. The property itself includes 40-acres of land as well as the historic Manor House, which boasts eleven guest rooms and cottages complete with modern amenities. Prospect Hill prides itself on its vast history, as another one of the guest rooms is the “original cabin, built in 1699, is still used for housing overnight guests… some 314 years later” according to owner Dr. Frindley.

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Dr. Bobby & Paula Findley, owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

When asked why membership with the BBAV was important, Dr. Findley stated “All inns are unique in their own way and offer a compelling experience to their guest… what separates one inn from another, though, is the level of quality… both in the experience and in terms of cleanliness. Being inspected simply helps us stress that we value our guests’ experience over everything else.”

Aside from offering unique guest rooms and a lavish setting by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prospect Hill Plantation also offers a wonderful culinary experience in the form of a 4 course prix-fixe dinner for it’s guests and members of the Charlottesville community.

    Dr. Findley explains that his favorite aspect of being a bed and breakfast owner is the opportunity to meet the interesting guests that are constantly staying at Prospect Hill. For the future, Dr. Findley notes that he hopes to “restore Prospect Hill to its former glory as one of the premier dining and lodging destinations in central Virginia!”

    BBAV President Heidi Lanford is extremely happy about Prospect Hill’s addition to the Association. When asked about her thoughts regarding Prospect Hill, Lanford explained “it is so wonderful to have such a historic, and beautiful property pass our property inspection. Prospect Hill is another great example of the impressive establishments that are associated with BBAV.”

Girlfriend Getaways at Virginia B&Bs

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Between work, school, children, significant others, and general life responsibilities, you may be surprised to realize how much time has passed since you’ve seen your girlfriends. If you feel the need for a quick vacation along with a twinge of nostalgia for your schoolgirl slumber parties, then you may need a girlfriend getaway at an InnVirginia member:

Middleburg Country Inn offers quiet, small-town relaxation for your group of girlfriends. Innkeepers  JoAnn and Kevin Hazard call their inn the “ultimate escape from everyday life,” a description that is close to perfect for you ladies who are looking for rest, relaxation, and a renewal of friendship.  Lodging at Middleburg also means that you’ll be within close distance of some excellent girls’ day out activities—horseback riding, hot air balloons, vineyards and wineries.

If you’re looking for an Eastern Shore retreat, then Kris and Lisa LaMontagne invite you to the Inn at Onancock, which they describe as “a short drive to far away.” One particular favorite at the Inn at Onancock is Wine-Down hour, a good time to relax, socialize, and taste an array of wines from around the world. Really, can it get any better than a group of close friends, a beautiful view and a glass of wine?

The Inn at 400 West High provides lodging in Charlottesville, a destination of award-winning wineries, theatrical productions, and eclectic shopping. Innkeeper Carolyn Polson McGee is always ready and willing to offer her inn for a ladies’ getaway: “I LOVE having an Inn full of girlfriends! The laughter and love shared is always memorable for all! I have a sign that always goes up that says ‘What happens with the girlfriends, stays with the girlfriends!’”

Click here to browse InnVirginia’s list of Girlfriend Getaway Packages.

Photo by The Inn at Onancock

Photo by The Inn at Onancock

By Tara Stoll

“Inn”spiration for Aspiration: BBAV’s Aspiring Innkeepers Class

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

There are individuals who consider pursuing a career in innkeeping, but are unsure of how to begin the process, how to finalize the many details, or whether or not innkeeping is the right path for them. The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV), along with the B&B Team, is offering a day and a half a class for aspiring innkeepers to help jump start the innkeeping journey and enhance the work that has already been done.

Already, numerous individuals are looking forward to the commencement of the class. One aspiring innkeeper, Corinne McVeigh says, “We decided to join BBAV and begin taking courses because we want to learn more about the business and practical details of running a bed and breakfast. We also want to connect with others involved in the bed and breakfast industry, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.” Another aspiring BBAV members, Lisa Jenkins, states, “We are eager to learn how to be great B&B owners and hosts.”

Josh and Corinne McVeigh

The BBAV class will be held June 8-9, 2013 in Charlottesville, VA, and it promises to be a fully informative day and a half with wonderful, likeminded individuals. Sign up, and be prepared for a “comprehensive overview of starting a bed and breakfast from Amenities to Zoning” (B&B Team).

Scott and Lisa Jenkins

Scott and Lisa Jenkins

Click here for more information about our Aspiring Innkeeper class.

By Tara Stoll

The Virginia Festival of the Book, 2012

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012


“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” ― Stephen King

Although we are in an age of technology, books still retain their inherent esteem (though they can now be read via technological devices, common ground between tradition and innovation). Furthermore, good writers are still highly celebrated, and Virginia is one of those places that not only spends time celebrating authors, but also puts aside five whole days to do so. The Virginia Festival of the Book offers seminars, presentations, meet-and-greets, and a myriad of other events in order “to bring together writers and readers and to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture” (virginiabook.org).

With the exception of the luncheons, the Authors’ reception, the Leadership Breakfast, and specific theatre and musical performances, all events at this festival are free and require no tickets or registration. Click here for the festival’s page of frequently asked questions.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Where will I stay during this five-day festival?” Since you are reading a blog entry for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia, surely you must know the answer to your question. Continue reading below for a list and links to some of our wonderful Charlottesville, VA inns. Books and bed and breakfasts—sounds like a perfect week!

Introductory Video from the 2011 Festival:

QUICK INFORMATION:

Where: Charlottesville, VA

When: March 21-25, 2012

BBAV Lodging: Dinsmore House Inn

The Inn at Court Square

The Inn at 400 West High

The Inn at Monticello

Foxfield Inn

Arcady Vineyard B&B

High Meadow Vineyard Inn

By Tara Stoll

2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Dust off your bike helmets, stretch out those calf muscles, and brush up on your environmental knowledge! Registration is open for the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour! “What is this event?” you asked, intrigued by its lengthy title. Continue on, good readers, for I shall tell you.

First, you should probably understand what TREE is if you are not already familiar with the group. TREE, or the “Tree Research Education and Endowment Fund,” is dedicated to “to identify[ing] and fund[ing] projects and programs that advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the environment.” They’re a wonderful group that supports nature research around the world, and, according to their mission statement, “the results of TREE Fund-supported research affect people’s lives and arborists’ techniques every day.”

The Tour des Trees is TREE’s largest fundraising event, and it is a primary means of raising public awareness about the necessity and benefit of trees. The first day of the 2011 tour, October 2, is a 30-mile ride around Virginia Beach. Seven days later, the tour ends at Washington D.C. Overall, the riders cover close to 500 miles, and the trip includes areas like Richmond, Williamsburg, and Charlottesville.

If you would like to participate in this enjoyably worthwhile event, registration will be open until September 25, 2011, so there is plenty of time to sign up! Looks like it’s going to be a fun week with some great destinations and a lot of wonderful people (not to mention the health benefits of all the calories you will burn)!

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By Tara Stoll

Memorial Day Weekend at Virginia Wineries

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend is filled with all sorts of fun events and festivities at Virginia Wineries in Northern and Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. Take advantage of the long weekend. Get out of the city and spend time at a lovely outdoor setting, listening to good music and sipping fine Virginia Wines.

Consider one of the following activities, then book a room at a nearby Virginia Bed and Breakfast and let the fun begin.

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Enjoy a glass of Virginia Wine, live music, and fun at one of these Memorial Day Weekend events.

ValleyFest – the 11th Annual Shenandoah Valley Beer & Wine Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. Live music, crafts, and the finest Virginia Wine and Beer from the Shenandoah Valley. See ValleyFest for more details.
Lodge in a Harrisonburg VA Bed and Breakfast or a Keezletown VA Bed and Breakfast.

249th Anniversary Celebration of American Wine Festival at the Philip Carter Winery. Featuring Vintage Virginia Wine tasting, historical reenactors, live music, and more. Saturday May 28th. More information available at Philip Carter Winery.
Lodge in a Flint Hill Virginia Bed and Breakfast.

Memorial Day BBQ and Concert at DelFosse Vineyards. Mediterranean BBQ served at the outdoor pavilion. Live music by The Honeybirds. Reservations required: see DelFosse Vineyards.
Lodge in a Charlottesville VA Bed and Breakfast or a Scottsville VA Bed and Breakfast.

Memorial Day Weekend Music at Casanel Vineyards. Steve De Vries on Saturday afternoon and Mike Bowers on Sunday afternoon. Wine tasting and gourmet snacks. See Casanel Vineyards for additional information.
Lodge in a Manassas VA Bed and Breakfast or a Middleburg VA Bed and Breakfast.

Festival of Wines. Some of Virginia’s best wineries will offer tastings in support of Wintergreen Performing Arts. An afternoon of Jazz music, small plates, and wine tasting on Sunday, May 29 at the Wintergreen, VA, Evans Center. Find more information at Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Lodge in a Nellysford VA Bed and Breakfast.