Posts Tagged ‘green’

Earth Day with InnVirginia

Friday, April 19th, 2013

If you remember our blog about InnVirginia member Oak Grove Plantation, then you’ll know that we promote and encourage the environmentally friendly measures taken by many of our “green” B&Bs.  Two of these B&Bs include Beach Spa and Carriage House, both of whom are offering specials to their guests in honor of Earth Day. Along with these B&Bs, one of our InnVirginia vendors, Titan LED, also has a special Earth Day offer.

Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast, a Virginia Beach inn, is owned by Greg and Yvonne Nelson and run by Sharon and Rich Yenni. Yvonne says the green process of their inn “started with recycling the existing 1937 building, landscaping with indigenous plants, and incorporating a drainage pattern of rainwater runoff to maintain plant life.” Now they use a large number of green products to further their environmental efforts—high efficiency light bulbs, tankless water heaters, and much more. “Beach Spa is celebrating Earth Day with stainless steel reusable Beach Spa B&B water bottles for our guests staying at the inn on Earth Day and throughout the month of May and will be featuring a discounted rate for guests staying on Earth Day.”

Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is a Lynchburg inn owned and run by Mike and Kathy Bedsworth. Kathy says, “Our bed and breakfast is a registered participant of VirginiaGreenTravel.org. We were the first lodging facility in the city of Lynchburg to become certified.  We are still the only bed and breakfast to be certified.” A few of Carriage House’s many green efforts include recycling waste products, energy efficient windows and light bulbs, and high efficiency low flow shower heads. Carriage House also has a special “Celebrating Earth Day” package for those interested in a green-themed getaway.

Recently, Inn at Tabbs Creek, a new InnVirginia member, was awarded a Green Diamond Collect from BedandBreakfast.com for their eco friendly efforts.

Besides our member inns, we also have an InnVirginia vendor, Titan LED, that is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness. Titan LED specialized in “Energy Efficiency and Clean Tech lighting solutions,” and all of their products are “engineered from 95% recycled materials and are Mercury Free” (Titan LED).  In honor of April and Earth Day, Titan LED has offered InnVirginia members a discount to help them take the step to going green.

For a full list of InnVirginia’s green B&Bs, click here.

 By Tara Stoll

Plantation Installation: Oak Grove’s Solar Power

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

One of our InnVirginia member inns, Oak Grove Plantation, has been receiving a great deal of attention lately for their extraordinary eco-friendly efforts. As stated on their website, this “historic inn aims to attract environmentally conscious guests…with the first solar photo-voltaic system to generate clean electricity at a Virginia Bed & Breakfast.” If you are wondering what exactly a “solar photo-voltaic system” is, this type of technology converts sunlight into energy. The process thus produces no hazardous waste or pollution, and it doesn’t require any fuel other than sunlight: “Photovoltaic systems allows you to generate electricity and store it for use when needed… This energy source is free, clean and highly reliable. PV systems are long-lasting and require little maintenance” (Solar Direct).

The installation of this system coincides with the decision of the owners, Mike and Pickett, to protect Oak Grove’s 400 acres under the Virginia Land Conservation Incentives Act. This means that their land will never be used for any sort of commercial development, preserving not only its natural beauty and wildlife habitats, but also the history of the plantation. Oak Grove has been run by Pickett Craddock’s family since 1820, and the juxtaposition of the solar panels and the forested surroundings makes for a poignant melding of past and present: “Our guests will be able to sip lemonade on the front porch as my ancestors once did, then tour the 25 by 10 feet lineup of solar panels in the back field” (Going Solar).

Along with the photo-voltaic system and the land conservation, Mike and Pickett have also made other efforts to go green at their inn. These efforts include a compost pile, “energy-efficient storm windows,” rain barrels to collect water, a “tankless electric hot water heater,” and a clothesline to dry all on site laundry.

Click here if you’re looking to book a getaway that specializes in going green!

By Tara Stoll

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