Posts Tagged ‘Fredericksburg’

BBAV’s Upcoming Annual Conference

Monday, December 15th, 2014

It’s almost that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s Day; we mean the Annual Conference of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia. This upcoming February 2015 conference is shaping up to be three fantastic days of education, exploration, and companionship.

So, what sort of activities can you expect to find at the 2015 conference? We’re so glad you asked: You’ll learn how to use the internet to build your brand in 2015, how to start and run a social media, how to find balance in your life as an innkeeper, and more. You’ll have the chance to hear key note speakers like Marcus Sheridan of the Sales Lion and Jay Karen, Chief Executive Officer of Select Registry. But don’t think it’ll be all work and no play! There will also be a fun “dine around” event, a pizza and karaoke party (for BBAV members only), and a cooking contest, and of course, you’ll also be able to indulge in breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your fellow innkeepers.

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Fast Facts

Where: The Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA

When: Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cost: $229 ($209 for second individual from the same property)

Lodging: The Fredericksburg Hospitality Hotel, Lavender Heights B&B, Braehead Manor, Richard Johnston Inn

Registration: Click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Fredericksburg! Have any questions? Email Amy at info@innvirginia.com.

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Robert E. Lee Even had Breakfast Here!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes Braehead Manor, Fredericksburg, VA, to its list of inspected and approved B&Bs. Originally built in 1859, this historic manor house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, and developed into a B&B by current innkeepers, Warren and Karen Bane, in 2011. This only describes a small fraction of the manor’s unique and longstanding history as it became a popular spot during the Civil War and stands within the limits of the Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park. Robert E. Lee even had breakfast there!

Braehead Manor

Braehead Manor’s life as a B&B only adds to its already remarkable past, allowing guests to experience Fredericksburg’s history while adding to the manor’s cultural heritage in the present by creating experiences of their own.

Now, this B&B serves residents and travelers alike, interested in history and a high quality stay experience—which is why Braehead’s innkeepers sought a membership with BBAV. It’s important to have the property inspected, Karen Bane says, “In order to maintain high standards and safety for guests.” Furthermore, the membership itself is valuable because it allows their B&B “to be promoted on BBAV’s website.”

Although Warren and Karen Bane opened Braehead Manor in order to provide a historical landmark for residents and tourists of the area. These initial goals have grown into their current goals of “expanding the B&B into a wedding venue and creating more activities and events to allow citizens to become familiar with the historic property.”

Vintage Route 1 Tour and Downtown Community Day

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

U.S. Route 1 in Virginia dates all the way back to 1918, and in an effort to commemorate this piece of history, downtown Fredericksburg provides a Community Day that overflows with celebratory activities—tours, displays, exhibits, vintage cars, and more. “Historical images, text, newspapers and in-depth research will show you a side of Fredericksburg that you may have not known was there” (Vintage Route 1).

Tours of the route take attendees down places such as Lafayette Boulevard, Princess Anne Street, and Riverfront Park, while exhibits will educate viewers about the Civil Rights Movement in Fredericksburg, the nearby tourist homes and drugstores, eating establishments, and, of course, Classic Cars.

The tours are not the only part of Community Day, however. There are a number of other activities for both children and adults alike. Stop by Virginia Partners Bank for free coffee and donuts, or try a Root Beer Float Special at Fizzlebottom Café. Made in Virginia will be offering free food and wine tasting, and Jabberwocky will provide fun and fascinating archaeology activities for kids.

And what celebration would be complete without live entertainment? Enjoy Willie Nelson Favorites by Lou Rosgen, music and hula hoop demonstrations at Populuxe, a vintage fashion show, and live radio broadcasts.

Start and end your Vintage Route 1 festivities at a nearby Inn Virginia B&B such as Lavender Heights. (If you’re interested in other Route 1 B&Bs in Virginia, we recommend Grace Manor Inn in Richmond and Scents of Cedar B&B in Peteresburg.)

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By Tara Stoll

Family Friendly Vacation in Fredericksburg

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Looking for a week long family vacation for under $2,000? InnVirginia has put together two different ideas for families to take advantage of this summer, and not only do they include a stay at a high-quality Virginia inn, they also include dining options, entertainment venues, and nearby activities. Keep reading for the first idea below, and stay tuned to our blog—the second vacation suggestion will be posted in a couple days!

The first getaway option is in Fredericksburg, VA with lodging at the Richard Johnston Inn. This inn is “the only Bed and Breakfast in Fredericksburg that allows children and pets.” Bonnie DeLelys, the inn’s manager, says, “Children are interested in the Civil War and love to explore our shops looking for relics and historical finds. The children also love to feed our fish in our Koi pond and will remember this when they return home.” Fredericksburg, VA offers plenty to do in the way of family fun. Enjoy hands-on activities at Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center or visit the alpacas on a tour of Maranatha Alpaca Farm. Fredericksburg is contently located right off Interstate 95, 50 miles South of DC and 60 miles North of Richmond. Once you’ve finished your day’s excursion, return to the comfort of your B&B room, and borrow a family movie from the video library. If you’d like to contact the Richard Johnston Inn, give them a call at 877-557-0770, or email them at info@therichardjohnstoninn.com.

Cost: (two adults, two children) under $1600 for a full week of fun!

Room Rate and Breakfast at Richard Johnson Inn: $750
Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center: $18
The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library: $12
Maranatha Alpaca Farm: $22
Kayak Ely’s Ford: $110
Picnic and beach at Aquia Landing: Free (packed lunch cost approximately $15)
Spend a day at the pool at Dixon Park: $24
Riverside Center Dinner Theater: $240 (Dinner and show. This is a splurge, but well worth the visit)
Kids Walking Tour of Old Town: Free
Explore Miller Farms Market: Free
Carl’s Froze Custard Treat: $24
Go Roller Skating: $24

Places to Eat:
Five Guys Dinner: $25
Quaker Steak & Lube: $30 (Kids eat free on Mondays)
Ledo Pizza: $30 (Kids eat free on Tuesdays)
Hometown Grill:$30 (Friday usually has free live music)
Carlos o Kelly’s Mexican Grill: $30(Tuesday Night is Kids Night. Meals are $2.50 each for kids.)
Firehouse Subs: $16 (Get two kids subs on Tuesday for free with purchase of one adult sub)
Amy’s Café: $30
Hardtimes Café: $30
Friendly’s: $25
Sam’s Pizza and Subs: $14 (buy one, get one free deals)
Spirits: $15

The Richard Johnston Inn, Fredericksburg, VA

The Richard Johnston Inn, Fredericksburg, VA

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Northern Virginia Dining

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Northern Virginia Dining encompasses extremely different cuisines. Virginia sits at the crossroads of three different regions: the East Coast, the Midwest, and the South. Throw in cosmopolitan and international influences from Washington D.C., and you’ve got the makings for some fine food. The next time you plan a holiday in a Northern Virginia bed and breakfast, pack your loosest clothes and bring your appetite.

Try a restaurant that specializes in one geographic area or type of food: The Stable in Culpeper, VA, makes Monumental Sandwiches. Or try a place with more than one tradition within the same four walls: Jack’s Cafe in Bowling Green offers fine Thai cuisine and good old fashioned southern fare. At Jack’s Cafe, diners may follow their traditional Thai meal with a dessert like banana cream pie, all the while looking out windows at historic downtown Bowling Green – a favorite stopping point for troops during both the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Try Bistro Bethem, a Fredericksburg, VA restaurant which serves “seasonal modern American cuisine with a Southern accent”. Like most bistro fare, portions are generous, prices are reasonable, and wines perfectly accent the flavors. Or travel to Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill, where pub favorites like Shepherds Pie and Fish n’ Chips satisfy.

Culpeper’s reputation as a destination for Northern Virginia Dining is well earned. Indeed, the Washington Post has written “In Vogue – A Civil War Town Becomes A Destination for Chic Dining and Farm-Fresh Products”. Sit down for a meal at one of the thriving restaurants, or pick up fixings for a picnic at the various specialty markets, such as Frenchman’s Corner.

Northern Virginia Dining experiences range from casual to formal, traditional to modern. Try as many restaurants as you can during your stay at a Northern Virginia bed and breakfast.