Posts Tagged ‘festival’

A Celebration of Music and the Arts with InnVirginia

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Virginia is known for its history, its scenery, and more recently its wine, but these aren’t the only aspects of the Commonwealth that make it culturally rich. Its citizens are also patrons of the arts, both celebrating and participating in musical performances, theatrical production, and artistic exhibits. Check out these upcoming events, and don’t forget to book your room at a nearby B&B:

9 to 5—The Musical, Fredericksburg: Not only will you get to enjoy a fantastic meal of salmon-stuffed tilapia, manicotti, Shepherd’s Pie, or fried chicken, but this Riverside Center Production will also bring you the theatrics of actress Sally Stuthers, whom you may know as Gloria from All in the Family and Babette from Gilmore Girls. (InnVirginia Lodging: Richard Johnston Inn, Lavender Heights B&B, Braehead Manor)

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella,” Fairfax: Indulge in an evening of dance at George Mason Universities Center for the Arts. “With Russia’s finest dancers, Prokofiev’s exuberant music, sumptuous costumes, lush scenery, and comical stepsisters, this performance is a treat for audiences of all ages.” (InnVirginia Lodging: Manassas Junction B&B, Bennett House B&B)

Virginia Hot Glass Festival, Staunton: Glassblowing is a fascinating process with a stunning outcome. Join fellow art admirers for the 13th year of this annual festival, which will include hot glass demonstrations, wine tasting, stone carving, and even a fire-breathing dragon. (InnVirginia Lodging: The Buckhorn Inn, Middle Ridge B&B, Montclair B&B)

Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival, Chincoteague Island: “Local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their work at this Chincoteague Island tradition.” This annual Chincoteague event presents craftsmanship at its finest. You’ll enjoy all sorts of carvings, photography, and artwork, as well as the much-anticipated hand-carved, hand-painted Easter eggs up for auction. (InnVirginia Lodging: 1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn, Miss Molly’s Inn)

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Blacksburg: “Renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra embodies the vibrant, adventurous, youthful, and inquiring spirit of Australia.” You won’t want to miss the energy of this talented group of musicians! (InnVirginia Lodging: Clay Corner Inn, Beliveau Estate, The Oaks Victorian Inn)


The Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast: 81st Historic Garden Week Selection

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Speckled Trout B&B, a BBAV Inn, selected to be on the 81st Historic Garden Week; The Garden Club of Virginia’s unique, state-wide home and garden tour. Saturday May 3, 2014 (10a.m.–5 p.m.).

“Each spring visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day, statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members”.

The Speckled Trout B&B, located in Waynesboro’s historic Tree Streets neighborhood, has been selected as one of two homes in Waynesboro, Virginia, to be toured on the 2014 Garden Club of Virginia’s home and garden tour. The B&B, decorated in the Virginia Hunt Country Style, opened in 2011.

Alaskans for 30 years, the owners have returned to Virginia and have successfully blended traditional furnishings and antiques with sporting culture that conveys a refined sense of comfort and adventure.

The home reflects the many travels and expeditions that this couple have enjoyed together not only in Alaska but around the world. The home is decorated throughout with fly-fishing related art and historic artifacts, including an exquisitely etched family genealogy spanning back to 1525.

The Speckled Trout is the designated VIP Home for the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival each year and host home of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Many notable fly fishermen, authors and artists from around the country have overnighted here in the luxurious guest rooms and have enjoyed the privacy of informal gardens on the rear brick patio for morning coffee and complimentary evening desserts.

Open for the first time for Historic Garden Week, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Heafner, owners.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens.

See more at:

Congratulations, The Speckled Trout B&B!

Congratulations, The Speckled Trout B&B!

55th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” –Ernest Hemingway

The festival of oysters is upon us! For the fifty-fifth year in a row, the “slightly off the beaten track tidewater town of Urbanna, Virginia” will be hosting the state’s official Oyster Festival. This eastern shore celebration includes a parades, waterfront educational activities, wine tasting, an oyster shucking content, and, of course, a plethora of food to fill your hungry bellies: “The beloved oyster is always available in ample supply and in a variety of presentations: raw, roasted, fried, smoked, steamed, in fritters or in a stew. In addition, one can enjoy clams, crabs, shrimp, Philly Steak, Oriental, hamburgers, hot dogs, roast beef and other goodies too numerous to mention.”

The Saturday Parade of the Urbanna Oyster Festival is arguably the most anticipated feature, and according to the website, it “has become the focal point of the weekend…Many grand marshals have led the parade, including state officials, beauty queens, and lately, community leaders whom the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation wishes to honor.”

Quick Facts:

Where: Urbanna, VA

When: November 2-3, 2012

BBAV Lodging: Click here for nearby B&Bs.


By Tara Stoll

Giving of Thanks in 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Turkey, and mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, oh my! Thanksgiving is approaching with great rapidity, and if you are looking for something a bit different than the usual holiday get-together, consider some of the following events:

“On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 settlers, led by Captain John Woodlief, arrived at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia, from Bristol, England. On the banks of the James River the Englishmen proclaimed ‘We ordaine that the day of our ship’s arrival at the place assigned for plantacon, in the land of Virginia, shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God’(Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.) In keeping with the tradition of this first official Thanksgiving, you too can celebrate at the very same site where these travelers first held their own feast—Berkeley Plantation. On November 4, 2012, delight in a day of food and drink, games, historic costumes, tribal dancers, and parades at the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.

But that, my dear reader, is not the only celebration of so-called “Turkey Day” in which you can partake. On November 22, 2012, enjoy a Decadent Thanksgiving Feast at BBAV member Cooper’s Landing Inn, or indulge in the 7th Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Holladay House.

And now, I leave you with a Thanksgiving blessing:

“May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!”

By Tara Stoll

First Annual Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” –Czech Proverb

“Virginia will be serving up love on tap for the first-ever Virginia Craft Beer Month this August. For beer lovers this means August is a great time to visit Virginia for true local flavor at more than 40 craft breweries and restaurants and bars who have local love on tap” (Virginia is for Lovers).

Virginia may be more well-known for its wine than its beer, but this is a month to celebrate the excellent local breweries. The celebration eventually leads up to the first annual Virginia Craft Brewers Fest: “Presented by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the 2012 Virginia Craft Brewers Festival is designed to bring together all qualified and interested Virginia Craft Breweries as an opportunity to promote the Virginia Craft Brewing Industry and the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.”

Enjoy the Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition, beer tastings, band performances, delicious food, and mountainous views.

Quick Facts:

When: Saturday, August 25, 2012 (Rain date: August 26, 2012)

Where: Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Nelson County, VA

Time: 2pm-8pm

Lodging: A BBAV inn

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” (

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:


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

Shenandoah National Park 75th Anniversary, Luray, Va, June 25, 2011

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

June 25, 2011 is the 75th anniversary of the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, and so in honor of that, I present to you a compiled list of random facts about this area. Enjoy!

– Congress authorized the creation of the park of May 22, 1926

-. The park was officially established on December 27, 1935

– Many of the roads and trails were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

–. There are over 200 different species of birds in the park

– The park contains over 1,300 species of vascular plants, 50 species of mammals, and 27 species of reptiles.

– The park encompasses 197,411 acres total

– 40% of the land in the park is protected by the National Wilderness Preservation System

– Shenandoah National Park is featured in a video game called Tom Clancy’s EndWar.

– This park has the densest population of black bears in the entire U.S.

– This park is the only known location in the world where you can find the Shenandoah Salamander.

© 2011

© 2011

As you can tell, the Shenandoah Nation Park is fascinating, beautiful, historical and overall fantastic, and there is going to be a lovely celebration of its 75th anniversary in Luray, VA. I know you want to check it out, and I also know that you’ll be needing a place to chill while you celebrate the gloriousness of the Shenandoah National Park. Luckily for you, there are some wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area! Try the Mayneview B&B and GreenTree Inn or the South Court Inn Bed and Breakfast.

(Facts are courtesy of and

By Tara Stoll

Romantic Weekend Getaways in VA

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Balloon Launch 3

Enjoy a romantic hot air balloon ride in Northern Virginia.

How’s this for romantic: gliding over a valley in a hot air balloon with the person you love?

The 14th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival in the Shenandoah Valley is an ideal destination for folks craving a romantic weekend getaway in VA. Book your Northern Virginia bed and breakfast now for the weekend of October 15 – 17, 2010. The festival takes place in Long Branch, VA, from 1 – 8pm on the 15th, and from 7am to 4pm on the 16th and 17th. Balloonists arrive from all over the country and wineries from all over the state to participate in this fun, colorful event.

Friday evening as night falls, fires from hovering hot air balloons will light up hundreds of carved pumpkins, grinning ghoulishly on land. The atmosphere is sure to put everyone in an autumnal frame of mind.

On Saturday and Sunday, hot air balloon rides will be available at dawn and dusk, and tethered rides throughout the day. Being in a hot air balloon is like nothing else – it’s an ethereal way to travel. Gaze down at trees ablaze in fall color; hover over fields and farmland, and soar over the Rappahannock River. Share this magical experience with the person you love for a truly romantic weekend.

Virginia Wine tasting will also be available throughout the weekend. A wide selection of Virginia wineries will be represented, and with the purchase of a tasting glass, visitors may sample as many wines as they like and purchase a bottle to share back at a bed and breakfast Northern Virginia. Enjoy watching colorful balloons floating in the sky while sipping Virginia wine with your sweetie. A selection of locally brewed beer will also be on hand.

Spend a Romantic Weekend Getaway in VA at the 14th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival. In addition to the activities mentioned above, there will be live music, tasty food booths, and a variety of handcrafted items.

For more information about the Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival, please visit their website.