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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with InnVirginia

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Small Business Saturday is on its way. Are you ready to shop local, support your neighbors, and get all of your holiday shopping finished before the rush hits?

On November 29, 2014, establishments around the country will be participating in Small Business Saturday: “In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.”

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So, what are some small businesses that you can benefit (along with benefiting yourself!)? We’re so glad you asked:

Depot Lodge- This Paint Bank, VA B&B is a peek into history that includes lodging, a general store, and the Swinging Bridge Restaurant. This train depot offers four upstairs rooms, a master suite, and a unique bedroom in a renovated Norfolk & Western Caboose. If you’re a train aficionado, you won’t want

Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast- This waterfront B&B is ready to provide you with a Chesapeake Bay retreat. Relax in the Garden Suite, the Victorian Suite, or the Tidal Pond Suite, and let the elegance, charm, and tranquility help you escape from the upcoming holiday clamor.

Fountain Hall- This inn stands as Culpeper, VA’s first B&B and boasts not only a historic structure but a historic location as well.

Shepherd’s Joy- “Situated in the Historic District of Abingdon Virginia (the oldest incorporated town west of the Blue Ridge), Shepherd’s Joy offers an opportunity to experience the rare Victorian charm of an in-town farm.”

Wyndie Crest Bed and Breakfast- This Franklin, VA B&B is a “turn-of-the-century stately Georgian manor that features 5 luxuriously decorated bedrooms and a guest cottage. Built in 1919, this B&B has been meticulously restored to its former state of grandeur with an appreciation for historical accuracy.”

Whether you’re supporting these B&Bs with your own special getaway, or you’re choosing to give a friend or family member the gift of a getaway, there’s no better time to do it than Small Business Saturday.

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Christmas Town at Busch Gardens!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

On select days from November 23 through December 31, 2012, a holiday world explodes across Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. From the array of dazzling lights to the magnificent, 50-foot Christmas tree, Christmas Town is a seasonal wonderland. Sit back and enjoy a lavish show, or grab a cup of Busch Garden’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. And what fantastical Christmas experience would be complete without the holly, jolly man himself? Santa will be available to meet at his workshop, where you can also make some wonderful gift purchases.

Another event that coincides with Christmas Town is the Christmas Town Dash 8K on December  2, 2012. The warm-up begins at 7:30am, and at 8:00am, you have the pleasure of viewing the Running of the Chick-fil-A cows. The 8k itself begins at 8:30 and ends at 10 am, which is when the Awards Ceremony will take place. It promises to be an exciting, energy-filled morning, and each registered runner will receive a single day ticket to Busch Gardens, a long-sleeved shirt, a finisher’s medal, a Christmas Town coupon, and hot chocolate. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the 8k.

Need a place to stay during your Busch Gardens excursion? Check out our nearby BBAV inns.

 

By Tara Stoll

BBAV Holiday Packages

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

If you read our last BBAV blog entry, you know that we encourage you to shop and buy locally to acquire all of your holiday gifts. And did you realize that the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia is also a local business??? You could purchase a BBAV gift certificate if you would like, or you could partake in one of the holiday packages that some of our bed and breakfasts offer.

1. Serenity’s Edge!- The beautifully romantic cottages of Serenity’s Edge are located in Braxton, Virginia (near Roanoke). For a $35 add-on during the month of December, you can enjoy a Holiday Escape Package, which includes a holiday basket, cookies, assorted snacks, a keepsake collector’s ornament, and a CD of holiday music. Contact Serenity’s Edge for more information.

2. Belle Hearth B&B- Belle Hearth in Waynesboro, VA is another inn that offers a holiday package, which includes the following: “Reserve any room, anytime, for two nights and take 50% off the second night rate. Must mention this special when reserving by phone or online and cannot be combined with any other offer or special.”

3. South Court Inn Bed and Breakfast- This lovely inn offers a 3- or 4-day Fantastic Christmas Getaway and Dinners for $680. This includes a Christmas Even dinner, a Christmas Day lunch buffet, a Christmas present opening breakfast buffet, and a Christmas evening tea. Contact the South Court Inn for more information.

These are only two of the BBAV’s many inns, and there are many more offering holiday specials. If you would like to know if a bed and breakfast offers a special or package, check out our website, find an inn, and give them a call!

Photo by JJ Harrison

By Tara Stoll

Shopping Locally in Virginia

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


There are many, many benefits to buying locally, especially during the holiday season, and Virginia has no shortage of small businesses from which it would be advantageous to make your purchases. Many of the art-related establishments such as 16 Hands in Floyd, VA, Sunspots Studios in Staunton, VA, and Glenfiddich Farm Pottery in Leesburg, VA even feature local artisans who display and sell their beautiful pieces of artwork.

It would take an abundance of time and energy to research every single small business in Virginia, not to mention that it would be a very long, increasingly dull blog entry. Thus, I would encourage you to do a google search for downtown shopping in Virginia, and I guarantee that you will find a vast amount of small, eclectic shops that will fulfill all of your gift-giving needs.

If you have read any of the BBAV’s previous blog entries, you know that I, your humble blogger, love a good list. Therefore, enjoy yet another list, this one presenting you with a few reasons as to why you should shop and buy locally:

1. Obviously, by buying locally, you are supporting your local economy which is an indirect benefit to yourself because of the re-circulation of money and all that jazz. See? It’s good for you!

2. Small, local businesses provide a wide range of unique holiday gifts. From jewelry to artwork to random trinkets, downtown shops offer any type of item that you can think of, and gifting someone with something unique is sure to make you the most celebrated gift-giver of them all.

3. You avoid the crabby crowds that infest big retail stores during this time of year. I mean, really, who wants their toes run over by cart-pushing grinches and line-cutting scrooges?

You know what? Those three reasons pretty much sum it all up, so Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!

 

Photo by Patrick Neil

 

By Tara Stoll

BBAV Cookbook, 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011


The name “bed and breakfast” conjures up many different mental images and most are related to cozy little getaways, luxurious rooms, and smiling innkeepers. But the one overlying image that almost immediately comes to everyone’s mind is the absolutely delicious food.

If you have ever wanted to re-create some of the decadent dishes that you have tried at a B&B, you’re in luck, because the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia has recently released a fantastic cookbook. From Apple Coffee Cake to Cheesy Potatoes, there are various recipes from each inn in the BBAV, instructing you on how to create desserts, main courses, holiday treats, and much, much more.

Each inn is also featured on a page with a brief description about their establishment, so besides being a wonderful culinary treasure, the cookbook serves as a quick guide to Virginia bed and breakfasts and their surrounding areas. As the BBAV website states, “This is not just a cookbook, but a travel companion. Each B & B is unique. Virginia offers historic Colonial homes, country manors, Victorian homes, old train depots, and former plantations. This book will help you discover a Virginia Bed & Breakfast that is perfect for you.”

One final aspect of this cookbook that makes it unique from all others is that many of the recipes are ones that are prepared in advance. Working at a B&B means that you must become an expert in time management, and preparing food ahead of time is often one way to do so. Thus, if you’re throwing a huge holiday party and you don’t have time to prepare food that day, check out our recipes and make them ahead of time!

(And don’t forget that this cookbook would make a wonderful Christmas gift!)

By Tara Stoll

BBAV Gift Certificates

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


The usual holiday gifts include such dull items as a tie for Dad, a scented candle for Mom, sets of lotion and bodywash for the girlfriends, and moderately pleasant aftershave for the boyfriends. While these are not necessarily bad gifts, they’re not particularly memorable and certainly not personalized enough to express how meaningful a relationship you have with these individuals.  (Although, if you’re not terribly fond of these acquaintances, a bodywash set might be appropriate.)

Instead of the usual generic gift sets, how about presenting your friends and family with Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia gift certificate? You can buy them in $25 increments between the prices of $25 and $500. They are redeemable at any inn that is a current member of the BBAV. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. ANY INN!

Besides the fact that these gift certificates would make wonderful presents to the holidays, you might be wondering why else you should purchase one. I like a good list, so I’ve decided to present to you a list of three reasons why you should pick up a BBAV gift certificate:

1. You will undoubtedly be the most envied of all gift-givers at your holiday party.

2. You don’t have to fight the Black Friday crowds to buy your gift. In fact, you don’t have to fight any crowds, since the gift certificates are available for purchase online.

3. BBAV gift certificates have no expiration date. Much like that fruit cake that you’re thinking about giving the neighbors. But a BBAV gift certificate is much more appealing than fruit cake.

Photo by Kelvin Kay

By Tara Stoll