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Wedding Venues in Virginia

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Chesapeake Bay

Start your life together by the Chesapeake Bay.

If you’re looking for Wedding Venues in Virginia, you have many options. Virginia is not a large state (it’s the 35th largest in the country), but it is diverse. There are gorgeous mountains, fertile fields, and over 100 miles of coastline. There are remote islands, charming seacoast towns, and grand historic homesteads. Once you’ve both said yes, you’ll need to settle on a wedding venue in Virginia.

If you are drawn to the mountains, consider a wedding in the Blue Ridge Highlands. Hope Springs Farm, in picturesque Floyd County, sits on 100 lovely acres, and Rockwood Manor, 45 minutes west of Roanoke, specializes in weddings and receptions. If you prefer to hear the sound of the surf in the background as you say your vows, host your wedding on the Virginia Eastern Shore; the Bay View Waterfront Bed and Breakfast overlooks Occohannock Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. The Essex Inn, by the Chesapeake Bay, dates back to 1705 and was one of the first homes on the Tappahannock.

Planning for a wedding is an exciting time, whether you’re the bride, the groom, a member of the family or a good friend. There really is no bad choice of wedding venue in Virginia – the most important thing is the commitment.

Virginia Fall Foliage

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

If you’ve been hoping to see Virginia Fall Foliage this year but haven’t yet had the chance to travel throughout the state, you’re in luck; there is still plenty of time to stay in a Virginia bed and breakfast during peak foliage. Festivals abound at this time of year; why not combine a festival with a Virginia Fall Foliage tour?

Autumn along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves are expected to peak in the mountains of western Virginia mid to late October. There should be pockets of color in the mountains this weekend, and even more the following week. Consider a trip to a Staunton VA bed and breakfast this weekend (October 15 – 17) to participate in the Fall Foliage Bike Festival. A variety of well marked bike routes traverse the Shenandoah Valley and provide views of the Allegheny Mountains, awash in color. For more details, visit the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival.

Farther south, in the Heart of Appalachia, the Lee County Tobacco and Fall Festival celebrates the heritage of Lee County. The festival takes place in Pennington Gap Saturday October 23, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. That same day, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival takes place in Ferrum, about an hour south of Roanoke Virginia bed and breakfasts. Three stages will host to a variety of music, from bluegrass to gospel, ballads to blues. Storytelling, threshing, and horse-pulls will shed light on the rich heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which should be full of red, orange, and vibrant yellow leaves. For more details, please visit the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.

Leaves in Piedmont aren’t expected to peak until late October, and vibrant colors aren’t expected to take over the eastern part of the state until early November. This weekend, October 16, Gladstone VA hosts a Fall Harvest Festival and Haunted Wagon Ride. The festival takes place in the James River State Park, about 25 miles northeast of Lynchburg, and features apple pressing, wagon rides, and historic craft demonstrations.

Spend the weekend of November 5, 2010 in Urbana Virginia bed and breakfasts and celebrate oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. The Urbana Oyster Festival features a parade, an oyster shucking contest, and lots of tasty oysters. Or enjoy Virginia wine barrel tasting at Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove on Saturday November 13, 2010. Additional information may be found at Ingleside Vineyards.

Virginia Fall Foliage provides a great excuse to travel across this lovely state.

Virginia’s Unexpected Eastern Shore

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a slender peninsula of land jutting out between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. It is an area rich in history and natural attractions. Tourism thrives here, but in an understated way. Stay in Eastern Shore Virginia bed and breakfasts while discovering this unique place.

Onancock is one of the largest towns on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a population of approximately 1,500. Onancock Creek wraps around the town and meanders about 4 miles before spilling into Chesapeake Bay. Stroll or bike through town, admiring the historic architecture. Visit art galleries, take in a movie at the historic Roseland theater, and dine in several excellent restaurants. Kayak down the creek.

Take a day trip from Onancock to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay, a remarkable place where residents still speak with an accent similar to the original British settlers. Be sure to enjoy a soft shell crab sandwich while there.

Chincoteague Island is a quaint island/town on the Atlantic coast with a handful of museums, shops, and restaurants. Nearby Assateague Island National Seashore includes 37 miles of sandy beaches, and wild ponies to boot. There is truly no place like this in the country,

If possible, stay in an Eastern Shore Virginia bed and breakfast during the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival towards the end of July. This is the best time of year to indulge in thick slices of blueberry pie topped with a fat scoop of blueberry ice-cream. The Pony Penning also takes place at the end of July; it has been a tradition for nearly 100 years for horses to swim across the shallow water between islands, run through town, and into pens. Think of the running of the bulls in Spain – the experience will be just as exotic.

It is worth taking the time to explore the whole Virginia Eastern Shore once there. This is a wonderful place to bird watch, cycle past lush farmland, and fish. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts will be equally at home on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, as will people simply seeking tranquility.

Sunrise Paddling on the North Canadian River

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.