Posts Tagged ‘fall foliage’

The Best Fall Views in Virginia

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

If you haven’t guessed from the red and orange décor, the pumpkin spice lattes, and the emerging chill in the air, fall has arrived. Our Inn Virginia members have some of the best autumn views, and we’ve pulled together a lodging list of inns that you’ll definitely want to visit this season:

Snowdonia on the James- Immerse yourself in autumn at this Scottsville cottage. Walk the banks of the James River and pause for a photo op in the Riverbluff Gazebo. Snowdonia’s Eryri Cottage is nestled in the forests, which means that fall views will be right outside your window.

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Inn at Gristmill Square- This rustic yet elegant B&B features a “prime location deep within the ancient mountains of the George Washington National Forest in the Allegheny Highlands. Lush forests, quiet back roads, and ancient mineral springs.”

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Mayneview B&B- This Inn Virginia member is located “in the heart of Virginia’s lush Shenandoah Valley” and “nestled between the Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest.” You know what that means—a wooded escape with mountain views.

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Ginger Hill B&B- This B&B is a “country home, located on fourteen and a half secluded, wooded acres in Central Virginia.” These trees are awaiting your autumn arrival.

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Inn on Town Creek- This beautiful B&B offers two creeks, “landscaped with the rock gardens, tiered brick walls, patios, rhododendrons, dog woods, pines and dawn redwoods which add to the tranquility.” Sounds like a fall paradise, doesn’t it?

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Fall Travel Checklist

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

It may still technically be summer, but the weather in Virginia has been hinting of autumn, and now is the time when many begin planning their fall foliage travels.  With all of your planning and packing, it may be easy to overlook a few necessary things to help you enjoy your fall getaway to its fullest. Thus, we have compiled a checklist for your convenience:

  1. Book your room in advance. While some B&Bs may have rooms open for walk-ins, chances are, everything will be booked up with other fall foliage travelers.
  2. Be sure to have your camera. Whether it’s a point-and-shoot, a professional DSLR, or a simple camera on your phone, you’ll want to be ready to capture all of the brilliance of the upcoming fall foliage.
  3. Bring your hiking boots. The best autumn views are, of course, outdoors, and sometimes it may require a bit of effort to reach them.
  4. Dress in layers. Fall weather in Virginia is capricious, and the day can offer anything from hot sunshine to a cold rainstorm. Check the weather forecast and bring layers of clothing for your convenience.
  5. Stay up-to-date with autumn  in Virginia by calling the “Fall Foliage Hotline” at 1-800-424-LOVE.
  6. Coordinate your getaway with specific fall festivals. There are numerous autumn festivals all across Virginia, so plan your vacation around a festival and enjoy the array of fall colors as an added bonus.

Ready to book your room? Check out a list of our Inn Virginia members. Also, don’t forget to follow Inn Virginia on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. (If you take photos of the fall foliage, feel free to share them with us on our social media sites!)

 

By Tara Stoll

Richmond VA Tours

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

October is a fine time for Richmond VA Tours. The beauty of this historic city is augmented by brilliant fall foliage, which peaks at the end of October and in early November. Walking tours are a great way to become acquainted with this city, and this month there are quite a few good ones. Richmond VA bed and breakfasts provide gourmet meals at the start of each day, so guests should have ample energy for even the most strenuous walking tour.  Don’t forget to pack walking shoes.

The Valentine Richmond History Center offers several walking tours, as well as Segway tours (wee!) and bus tours. Tours typically last 1.5 or two hours, and most walking tours don’t require reservations (bus and Segway tours do). Read on for a list of upcoming tours. For more information, please visit the Richmond History Center.

Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond

Hollywood Cemetery on a Segway (October 23, 2010). Learn about this lovely, historic cemetery overlooking the James River; it is the resting place of U.S. Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In addition, experience the thrill of riding a Segway – you’ll want one at home.

Canal Boats and Cobblestones (October 24, 2010). Walk along the James River, enjoying large views of the cityscape and intimate views of the river. This tour focuses on historic architecture in neighborhoods bordering the river, and touches on the historic significance of the James River and the Canal, created in the 1840’s in order to avoid river rapids.

Carver (October 31, 2010). The neighborhood of Carver has a long, rich history. Originally home to German and Jewish immigrants, Carver became a vibrant African American community in the early twentieth century, and is today home to an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life. Admire the architecture of this neighborhood, which reveals much about its history.

If Halloween is a favorite time of year and you laugh in the face of fear, you may be interested in Haunts of Richmond. Tours cover several areas of the city, from Shockoe Bottom (said to be the most haunted neighborhood in Richmond) to Capitol Hill. These tours offer a different twist than classic historic walking tours. Prepare to be entertained by expert storytellers. Additional information is available at their website.

A variety of Richmond VA tours await intrepid travelers. Don’t hesitate to ask the innkeepers of you Richmond VA bed and breakfast for opinions and suggestions; they may be your best resource.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage is peaking right now – mid through late October. Make sure the batteries in your camera are fresh or charged, hop in the car, and spend a few days at Virginia bed and breakfasts Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Meander along the Blue Ridge Parkway this fall.

Get in the spirit of Halloween with a walking tour of historic Abingdon VA. Abingdon Spirit Tours depart at 7:30 p.m. and last about two hours. Plan to walk about a mile (often on cobblestone streets and sidewalks, which can be bumpy) and delve into centuries of history. Guide Donnamarie Emmert has researched the haunts of Abingdon rigorously, and the results are both fascinating and entertaining. She is an expert storyteller, and often spins yarns at festivals when not roaming about Abingdon on October evenings. Expect to be astonished, amused and amazed by what you hear. Additional information about Abingdon Spirit Tours may be found at the website.

Autumn means brilliant fall foliage, but it also means harvest time. For many, the most anticipated harvest of the season is the grape harvest, for it brings promise of Virginia wine. Enjoy a taste of autumn at Château Morrisette, which serves lunch daily through October between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. After feasting and perhaps touring the winery, return to a Floyd VA bed and breakfast and enjoy Blue Ridge Fall Foliage from the comfort of a porch chair. For directions to the winery, visit Château Morrisette.

Stop by Williams Orchard Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 for fall festival fun. Hayrides, corn maze, and fields of pumpkins are surrounded by glorious fall foliage. Freshly pressed apple cider, Indian Corn, fall decorations, and pumpkins await those who stop by this Wytheville VA farm.

There is much to do this fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the brilliant Blue Ridge Parkway foliage makes a glorious background.

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.

Fall Stays in Virginia Country Inns

Monday, September 20th, 2010

A poplar dressed in fall colors.

Fall foliage tends to linger in Virginia, thanks to our varied geography. Mountain trees peak earlier than farmland trees, while trees closer to the shore peak last. Spend a month staying in different country inns Virginia, and enjoy a month of peak fall foliage.

Numerous country inns Virginia offer seasonal specials, and now through mid November is the perfect time to take advantage of fall foliage specials. The inns vary widely, though all meet the most strident standards for hospitality. Stay on a 40-acre horse farm and enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and evening bonfires. View fall colors from the comfort of a kayak near the Virginia Shore. Breathe in the fragrant scent of freshly harvested hay in your country inn Virginia Shenandoah Valley, and enjoy magnificent fall colors while sipping wine on the porch of a Blue Ridge Mountains b&b.

We suggest allowing ample time to explore the country roads of Virginia as you travel from one inn to the next. The Virginia Department of Forestry recommends several excellent fall foliage driving tours (which can, of course, also be traveled by bike) throughout the state. Look for scarlet and purple dogwood trees, golden yellow poplar leaves, and brilliant scarlet red maple leaves. For more details, please visit their website.

Take it slow, drive with the windows open, and stop whenever possible to crunch leaves underfoot.