Posts Tagged ‘country inns’

Shady Acres Bed & Breakfast, Hanover, VA

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Shady Acres, a small country B&B in Hanover, VA, has been inspected and approved for membership with BBAV.

Innkeepers Gail and Ralph Olberg opened Shady Acres due to their love for hospitality. Gail says, “It’s fun! My husband and I love having company. Our home has always been where people gather for holidays and other events…We used to live in an area where the Chamber would put out a request for people to open their homes to accommodate tourists throughout the year, such as, parent’s weekend at colleges, foliage season, marathons and other events. We met so many wonderful people with such interesting stories from places like Oregon, Texas, New Mexico and Canada, etc.” Shady Acres allows Gail and Ralph to carry on this tradition of hospitality through their business, having fun while they do it.

Part of what makes them love being innkeepers is that they get “to provide a relaxing family-like experience for guests, where they will want to return and share their experience with their friends, family and acquaintances.” In other words, For Gail and Ralph, Shady Acres is a home away from home, where guests stay as family and leave as friends.

Gail and Ralph sought BBAV inspection and approval in order to work and connect with other B&Bs, sharing experiences and information, as well as gaining access to the wealth of information and resources provided by the association. Gail says, “I have found it to be the more knowledge I acquire the better experience I can provide for my B&B guests. Whenever I have had a question BBAV has provided an answer either directly, through their members or through one of their many online webinars.” She continues to describe the BBAV membership as “like a seal of quality” in that BBAV has a high-standard of quality that must be met for membership.

Shady Acres is more than just a place for Gail and Ralph to host guests like family and friends. The inn treats its visitors to a small-town country atmosphere made possible by both Gail and Ralph’s hospitality and amiability as well as the gardens and hens on the property. Gail bakes pies made with fresh fruits from the yard, and she uses fresh eggs for breakfast each morning. These hens, too, are part of the family at Shady Acres, with their own names and personalities. Gail says, “They all come running when it’s time for their daily treat! Some of their favorites are fresh blueberries, watermelon and grapes.”

Come visit Gail and Ralph at Shady Acres, where you’ll find a relaxing, country atmosphere and some great company, too.



Shady Acres B&B

Shady Acres B&B

Country Inns in Southern Virginia

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Like the rest of the state, Southern Virginia has a long and rich history. Tobacco was the mainstay of the economy here for generations, and the area remains primarily agricultural. If you are looking to stay in a VA Country Inn, you are sure to find one in Southern Virginia.

Fall is harvest time, and numerous festivals throughout Southern Virginia celebrate it. Visiting harvest festivals is a wonderful way to experience new communities. Listen to the music of local bands, see arts by local artisans and craftspeople, and discover regional food specialties.

Tobacco Flower

Learn about tobacco while meandering through Southern VA.

Kings Grant Fall Festival takes place in Martinsville on Saturday, September 18, 2010. That evening, relax to live bluegrass music by Mark Templeton & Pocket Change at the Martinsville Historic Rives Theatre. The charming, historic town of South Boston has its Harvest Festival on September 25 – the same day Martinsville hosts its annual Oktoberfest.

The Danville-Pittsylvania County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds from September 17 – 25, 2010. If you have never been to a county fair, you’ll find it a fascinating and fun experience. Check out unusual poultry and Rosaire’s Bears – The Big Bear Show. Also in Danville, the Affair on the Square Concert Series will feature several bluegrass bands from 6 to 10 pm on September 23.

Exploring small towns is just part of a holiday in Southern VA Country Inns. Equally important is experiencing peaceful evenings on wide porches, awakening to the sounds of songbirds, and indulging in a breakfast fit for a hardworking farmer.