Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Winter Activities in Virginia

Monday, December 9th, 2013

There’s no doubt that winter in Virginia is beautiful, and the chilly weather certainly doesn’t mean that you’re trapped indoors until spring! Whether you’re skiing on snow-capped mountaintops or whale watching on a brisk boat trip, there is much to explore and experience during winter in the Commonwealth. Check out our list of suggestions below, and consider a Winter Special at one of our Inn Virginia members:

  1. Wintergreen and Massanutten: If you’re looking for winter sports, then these resorts are the perfect fit. With skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and ice skating, you most certainly won’t be bored. Nearby B&Bs include Afton Mountain B&B, The Iris Inn, The Mark Addy Inn, and Old Massanutten Lodge.
  2. A Winter Seafari: Take a Winter Wildlife boat trip with the Virginia Aquarium or Southeast Expeditions. Bundle up in your winter gear, grab a friend and a kayak, and drift down the waters of Virginia. Nearby B&Bs include Barclay Cottage B&B, Magnolia House Inn,
    1890 Spinning Wheel B&B, and Miss Molly’s Inn.
  3. Llama Trekking: Yes, you read that correctly. One of our member B&Bs, Applewood Inn, is known not only for its cozy location and wonderful innkeepers, but also for its resident llamas. As long as the weather conditions aren’t hazardous, llama treks are available year round, offering two hour hikes with these animal companions.
  1. Wineries: If you’re a wine enthusiast, then Virginia is definitely the perfect winter getaway for you! Stay warm at one of the Commonwealth’s huge number of vineyards and wineries, sipping on award-winning libations and then returning to the comfort of your B&B room with a bottle of wine to take back home. We have some excellent Wine Tasting Specials and Packages, so peruse the list at your leisure, and find your perfect winter wine getaway.

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By Tara Stoll

The Jefferson Heritage Trail

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is yet another reason to come and visit the state of Virginia. The Trail, which begins in Charlottesville and ends in Lynchburg, is the perfect excursion for history buffs and patriots alike, as it focuses on the life, legacy, and home state of one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. After spending the day visiting historical sites like Monticello and the Oak Ridge Estates, travelers have the opportunity to indulge in a drink or two at one of the seven wineries located on the Trail.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is the 5th largest wine region in the country, so spending an evening wine tasting and catching up with friends along the Trail is a must for any Virginia vacation. Or, for a more family friendly activity, look into attending a live theater production at Endstation Theater Company, Lynchburg College, or Live Arts.

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Check out the list below to see all of Inn Virginia’s inspected and approved properties along the Jefferson Heritage Trail.

Lynchburg, VA:

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Federal Crest Inn

Amherst, VA:

Crumps Mountain Cottage

Arrington, VA:

Harmony Hill Bed and Breakfast

Lovingston, VA:

Orchard House Bed and Breakfast

North Garden, VA:

Inn at the Crossroads

Charlottesville, VA:

200 South Street

Dinsmore House Inn

Inn at Court Square

The Inn at 400 West High

Inn at Monticello

Foxfield Inn

Arcady Vineyard B&B

The Quarters

High Meadows Vineyard Inn

The Shenandoah Scramble 2012

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

It is nearing that time of year when the heat of summer cools, the lush green fades, and a familiar crispness drifts about in the air. Autumn is not too far off, and Virginia will soon see an eruption of fall colors, a sea of red, gold and orange to take the place of summer green. Many choose to venture up into the mountains for hiking during the fall foliage season, and this year, the Shenandoah National Park Trust is offering a new way to explore and observe the changing of the leaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

September 22, 2012 will see the First Annual Shenandoah Scramble to welcome the first official day of autumn: “Participants will gather for a light breakfast and then head out to hike with their group and hike leader (each hike can accommodate up to 20 hikers). Our leaders are CPR/First Aid or Wilderness Safety certified. They know and love Shenandoah National Park and will provide a wonderful experience. Participants reconvene for refreshments after their hikes.”

Your hike will include one of six trails, a Shenandoah Scramble t-shirt, a chance to win gear and getaways, and a fundraising pledge to benefit the Shenandoah National Park.

Register here, and don’t forget to book your room at a BBAV inn to relax after a day of the great outdoors.

 

By Tara Stoll

BBAV Outdoor Adventure Packages

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The weather in Virginia is warmly up wonderfully, and the time has come to take advantage of the many BBAV Outdoor Adventure Packages. Fulfill your need for adventure with hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, bird-watching, and much more.

Mayhurst Inn in Orange, VA is offering as Adventure Package that includes Virginia Hot Air Ballooning, Blue Ridge Biplane and Oakland Heights Farm. Launch in a hot air balloon from Mayhurst, and drift over the Virginia Piedmont. Climb aboard a biplane for an unforgettable trip over the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Saddle up for ride through the Piedmont Foothills. This package includes two nights in a beautiful guest room, full breakfasts, and champagne and strawberries.

CornerStone Farm in Clarksville, VA invites you to enjoy an Outdoor Lovers Complete Package: “Everyone has a bit of an adventurer in each of us and what better area to explore that, than at CornerStone Farm in the foothills of Central Virginia? As outdoor enthusiasts, Corner Stone Farm can provide direction for nature walks and bird watching through our 40 acres of natural woodland. Horseback riding, goat packing, or fishing can also be experienced on-site on the farm in our adventure packages. There are so many opportunities to view the local flora and fauna.”

 Book a room at Fig Street Inn in Cape Charles, VA, and enjoy the Paddle Your Glass Off Kayak Tour: “Spend the day on the Chesapeake Bay with Southeast Expeditions. Paddle to Chatham Vineyards for a wine tasting, and then paddle back to Cape Charles. Paddling gear and instruction are provided. Package includes one-night stay at Fig Street Inn, kayak trip for 2 adults, bottle of Chatham Vineyards wine per couple, and full homemade breakfast. Rates vary based on room selection and day of week. Does not include 10% lodging tax.”

In Lynchburg, VA, take advantage of Carriage House Inn’s Hike, Bike, Tube Package. “Hike and bike 14 miles of scenic trails, and tube down the James River. This package includes a two-night stay in any of the rooms in the mansion, a legendary 4-course breakfast each morning, BOGO bike rental, BOGO tube trip, trail maps, and two picnic lunches. Travel must be completed by October 15, 2012. Please mention this package when booking at 434.846.1388.

Looking for a romantic outdoor adventure? Look no further than Beliveau Estate’s Hiking Package for Two in Blacksburg, VA. “Spend two days hiking the trails at Beliveau Estate and the nearby Appalachian Trail. After a gourmet breakfast, grab a picnic lunch for sustenance during the day’s adventure. At the end of the day, return to the Inn and soak in a luxurious lavender bubble bath in a private air jet tub (included in the Chocolat, Fleur de Lis, and Whimsical Rooms). Finally, enjoy a glass of wine and a casual dinner.

By Tara Stoll

12 Reasons to Visit Virginia in 2012

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“The country is not mountanous not yet low but such pleasant plaine hils and fertile valleyes, one prettily crossing an other, and watered so conveniently with their sweete brookes and christall springs, as if art itself had devised them.” –Captain John Smith, “A Map of Virginia”

Why should you visit (or re-visit) Virginia? The reasons could quickly conglomerate into a great novel that would require hours of your time to read. Since neither you nor your humble blogger has the time to compose and study a novel of such great proportions, enjoy another of our increasingly well-loved BBAV lists.

12 Reasons to Visit Virginia in 2012:

  1. The historical sites. Virginia has Jamestown/Yorktown, Monticello, Montpelier, and a vast number of other sites that explore our rich history.
  2. The wineries, vineyards, and breweries.
  3. The amusement parks and theme parks.
  4. The state parks and hiking trails.
  5. The museums and exhibits.
  6. The theatres. (Did you know that Virginia boasts the only replica of Shakespeare’s Blackfriar Theatre? Yep, we do, and along that that theatre, there are many, many more scattered about the Commonwealth.)
  7. The scenic drives.
  8. The mountains.
  9. The family-friendly activities.
  10. The beaches.
  11. The shopping centers, malls, outlets, downtown boutiques, and locally-owned shops.
  12. The Bed and Breakfasts. What kind of association would we be if we didn’t highlight the wonderful businesses that comprise our organization? Virginia has some truly wonderful, individually unique bed and breakfasts, and no trip to and around Virginia would be complete without staying at one of them.

By Tara Stoll

Hiking Around Virginia

Friday, July 29th, 2011

“I believe that the ascent of mountains forms an essential chapter in the complete duty of man, and that it is wrong to leave any district without setting foot on its highest peak.” — Sir Leslie Stephen

 There are many reasons that people choose to go hiking. Some appreciate the physical challenge, while others enjoy the quiet escape of nature, the ethereal beauty that transcends man-made creation. Others (like me) like to pretend they are elves, nimbly crossing the forests and mountains of Middle Earth. (What? You don’t like to pretend you’re an elf?) Whatever your reasons for hiking, Virginia provides some absolutely beautiful trails for hikers of all levels—day-long hikes, easy walks next to lakes and rivers, trails for biking and horseback riding, treks through national parks, and trails that overlook waterfalls. No matter the area of Virginia in which you find yourself, there will be a hiking trail close by.

Because it would be nearly impossible to list every single trail in a single blog entry, I shall highlight a few options in different areas of our lovely commonwealth:

 

The Cascades, Pembroke, Va- This trail offers waterfalls and creeks, so you can cool off after your trek. You have the option of doing a 4-mile round trip to the lower falls, or an 8-mile round trip to Barney’s Wall.

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Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, Va- This park is full of various circuit hikes, depending on which direction you would like to take. It’s an easy hike, and is a great opportunity to bring your canine companions with you.

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Peaks of Otter, Bedford, Va- This is a wonderful hike, because it offers trails for all different fitness levels. If you’re looking for a good challenge, Flat Top and Sharp Top can take up to three or four hours to complete. Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, you can combine the two for a nice long, 9.8 mile hike.

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If you’d like a list of twenty of the most popular hikes in Virginia, look no further than here. Also, after a good, adrenaline-pumping hike, you should have a nice, comforting Bed and Breakfast to come back to…….so, aren’t you glad we have a list of B&Bs for you to peruse?

By Tara Stoll

A Secret “Sweet Spot” for Lovers in Virginia’s Beautiful Shenandoah Valley: A TripAdvisor’s 5 Star Award for Excellence

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

“Virginia is for Lovers” is a promise fulfilled at Historic Downtown Harrisonburg’s Stonewall Jackson Inn ~ Bed and Breakfast!  Get out your “Bucket List,”  here is “must” places to visit!!   Two well- known, premier travel directories agree!  TripAdvisor has just awarded the coveted 2011 “Certificate of Excellence” to this Inn for again having a solid 5 star rating from their subscribers for the second year in a row. BedandBreakfast.com has also awarded the Inn “Best B&B in the Mid-Atlantic Region” and lists it in the elite Diamond Collection of the World’s Best B&B’s.

 

The really good news is that this Inn  is located in the hospitality-plus “Friendly City” of Harrisonburg, right in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. The City’s lively Downtown  Historical District  is also the Fine Dining & Entertainment Center of the Valley.  But that’s not all.  It offers museums, galleries, shops, stage theater and music, Farmers Market, outdoor festivals & activities.  In the center of the District in a beautifully restored pre-Civil War home,  you will find a  docent staffed  visitor’s welcome center with a gift shop and  a beautiful Tea Room that serves many different kinds of tea along with homemade goodies. Harrisonburg is not only the Valley’s choice destination for a very romantic B&B & fine dining Getaway,  but it is also a “base camp” for outdoor adventure.    There are easy day trips to experience Civil War and Frontier History, Outdoor Recreation and Entertainment, Shopping & Antiquing, Biking, Hiking, Wine Tasting, and much more.  Check out www.HarrisonburgTourism.com and www.VisitShenandoah.org if you are looking for some ideas.

 

The Stonewall Jackson’s mission and promise of a “A Night’s Delight ~ A Breakfast to Remember” is a tall order, but the Inn’s friendly hospitality team is up to the task.  They literally love their jobs of “making guests happy”.  Galina, a “wannabe” interning Innkeeper from Belarus tells the guests “It is like working in a Disneyworld Bed & Breakfast”.  The team leader, Master Innkeeper and owner,  Dr. Wayne Engel, is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at James Madison University.  He and his son started the Inn twelve years ago “just to have fun”.  The ambiance is one of warm Southern Hospitality in a Civil War Era restored mansion , with all of today’s amenities & technological comforts.  The Stonewall Jackson Inn is Certified “Virginia Green” carries a 3 Diamond AAA and an “Exceptional” rating by the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia www.InnVirgina.com. Visit the website for more information and details of “The Stonewall Jackson Experience” in the “Friendly City” of Harrisonburg.

Dr. Wayne Engel, © 2011 http://www.stonewalljacksoninn.com/

Visit www.StonewallJacksonInn.com, write Wayne@StonewallJacksonInn.com, or call 800.445.5330

Dr. Wayne Engel, Owner/Innkeeper

Stonewall Jackson Inn

547 East Market Street, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801

 

Occoneechee State Park

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Occoneechee State Park is located just outside of Clarksville, in Southern Virginia. It’s a wonderful area, and one that is frequently visited by guests of Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts.

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Buggs Island Lake, near Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts.

What can one do in Occoneechee State Park?

  • Hike nearly 20 miles along the shores of the lake and through forests.
  • Go Horseback riding.
  • Bike on trails and roads.
  • Fish.
  • Boat

In addition to these outdoor activities, guests of Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts may find it interesting to learn about the history of Occoneechi Indians, who lived on a nearby island until 1676, and the Occoneechee Plantation, built in 1839.

Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts are about an hour north of Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They are a wonderful destination for a weekend getaway. Lodge in comfort and style while taking advantage of a wonderful resource: Occoneechee State Park.

The Shenandoah National Park

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Sunset at Appalachian Trail

Sunset on the Appalachian Trail

The great Wagon Road was once a principal travel route for early American settlers heading south from Philadelphia. A portion of it traverses the length of the Shenandoah Valley, where Virginia bed and breakfasts have been welcoming travelers for centuries.

Today, the Shenandoah Valley welcomes visitors from around the world, many of whom travel here to visit the nearby Shenandoah National Park. Less than two hours from the nation’s capital, the Shenandoah National Park offers scenic drives and a plethora of outdoor activities. It’s impossible to experience all the park has to offer in just one day. They best way to experience it is to take up residence at a Virginia bed and breakfast near the Shenandoah National Park for a while, and take your time exploring it.

Over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through the Shenandoah National Park, along with hundreds of miles of other trails. It’s possible to enjoy a short, easy hike to a pretty waterfall or scenic overlook, or a long, strenuous hike deep into the back woods; know your capability, and bring lots of water and snacks with you. In addition to hiking, it’s possible to explore the park on horseback or bicycle. Innkeepers at bed and breakfasts Virginia near the park are a wonderful resource – ask them how they most enjoy the Shenandoah National Park.