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Going Green with Oak Grove Plantation

Thursday, May 7th, 2015




Luxurious getaways and environmental friendliness are certainly not mutually exclusive, and no B&B exemplifies this better than Oak Grove Plantation in South Boston, Virginia. recently named Oak Grove as one of the 14 most eco-friendly B&Bs in the entire United States.


Oak Grove’s innkeeper Pickett Craddock has already previously made headlines for the plantation’s impressive solar panel display, which generates clean energy and illustrates the merging of a historic location and modern solar-generated energy. As Pickett says in the article, “Our guests will be able to sip lemonade on the front porch as my ancestors once did, then tour the 25×10-footlineup of solar panels in the back field.”


These solar panels aren’t the only green efforts that Oak Grove’s innkeepers are making, however. The south side of the property will soon see low-emissivity, energy-efficient storm windows, which reflect infrared heat back into the home, thus improving the windows’ insulation abilities. Also, Oak Grove’s guests who arrive in a hybrid vehicle will receive a free third night at the B&B.


Congratulations to Oak Grove Plantation on their current and continuing efforts in environmental friendliness! Check out these other Certified Virginia Green B&Bs for an InnVirginia getaway that will leave you relaxed while reducing your carbon footprint:

1. Shady Acres Bed & Breakfast, Hanover, VA

2. Inn on Poplar Hill, Orange, VA

3. Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast, Afton, VA

4. Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast, Arrington, VA

5. 200 South Street, Charlottesville, VA

6. Back Inn Time, Kilmarnock, VA

7. Bay View Waterfront B&B, Bell Haven, VA

8. Cedar Post Inn Bed & Breakfast, Big Island, VA

9. Flint Hill Public House Restaurant & Inn, Flint Hill, VA

10. The Inn at Tabbs Creek, Port Haywood

11. Stonewall Jackson Inn Bed and Breakfast, Harrisonburg, VA

12. Grey Swan Inn, Blackstone, VA

13. Applewood Inn & Llama Trekking, Lexington, VA

14. Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Beach, VA


Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, February 20th, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day may be a month away, but that just means that there is plenty of time to start planning your bed and breakfast getaway. Whether you’re Irish by blood or simply someone who enjoys a good, celebratory holiday, you can certainly find St. Patrick’s Day enjoyment at any of our BBAV inns!

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, it most likely conjures a flash of green, the color that is traditionally representative of Ireland. So, to coincide with the color of the holiday, we’re promoting “going green” in Virginia, and we are lucky to have some excellent establishments with an eco-friendly emphasis.  In fact, quite a few of them have made a pledge to Virginia Green, “Virginia’s program to encourage green practices throughout the state’s tourism industry” (Virginia is for Lovers).

As stated on our website, “more and more Virginia Bed and Breakfasts are going Green. Some are certified Green Bed and Breakfasts, while others practice Green living where able. These inns feature environmentally friendly cleansers and bath products. They use locally grown produce and products in their cooking. Some offer the use of electric cars, while others offer a special price for folks traveling in a hybrid car. Every little bit counts – whether it’s a freshly laid egg or spinach from a nearby farm. If Green Travel is important to you, stay in Green Virginia Bed and Breakfasts when visiting this state.”

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA- With energy efficient windows, composting, and recycling, you can be sure that you’re staying at a green B&B when you relax at the Carriage House Inn. Gain a greater appreciation of nature by getting outdoors and exploring the area attractions.

Cornerstone Farm, South Boston, VA- Stay green at Cornerstone Farm by utilizing and appreciating natural resources.  Many of the activities surrounding this inn are based in nature. Go fishing at Kerr Lake, walk the farm paths and visit the animals, or relax on the front porch and admire the surrounding scenery.

Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking, Lexington, VA- Stay at this eco-friendly B&B, and get close to nature by walking trails near the Blue Ridge Mountains, fishing at Buffalo Creek,  or going on a two-hour hike with the lovely trekking llamas.

Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Beach, VA- Enjoy a green vacation at the beach! Bike along the boardwalk, go for a swim in the ocean, or take a boat or kayak tour.

(These are only a few of the BBAV inns that have partnered with Virginia Green. Browse through our list, and visit the inns’ personal websites. Virginia Green inns will have the logo on their page.)

By Tara Stoll