Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

All I Want for Christmas is a BBAV Gift Card

Monday, November 26th, 2012

It’s Post-Thanksgiving, everyone, and you know what that means—the holiday shopping madness has begun in full force! Crowds have only slightly lessened since the insanity of Black Friday, and if you are not too keen on braving the throngs of shoppers, we think we can help you out with your gift buying. Today is Cyber Monday, meaning that thousands of people will be doing their holiday shopping online. While you’re perusing the sales of the online world, don’t forget that we also have a gift possibility!

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is, as always, offering gift cards for purchase, and these gift cards just happen to make the perfect gift for the holidays. Why? I’m very glad you asked:

  • Our gift cards never expire.
  • They are good at any BBAV member inn, which includes establishments all across Virginia.
  • They help to support the local Virginia economy.
  • They are a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend, co-worker, or family member.
  • They can be purchased in any increment of $25 from $25 to $800, so the amount is entirely up to you.

And just think, these reasons don’t even mention the overall benefits of gift cards in general, the most prominent of which being that gift cards allow for an immense deal of flexibility for the receiver. Book a romantic weekend for two, coordinate your stay with a Virginia event, or just take off for some relaxing “me time” at an inn—our gift cards are ready and waiting to be used at your leisure, giving the hardworking individual something to look forward to. (And just maybe, you’ll decide to add a BBAV gift card to your own personal wish list!)

Click here if you are interested in purchasing a BBAV gift card.

By Tara Stoll

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

On select days from November 23 through December 31, 2012, a holiday world explodes across Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. From the array of dazzling lights to the magnificent, 50-foot Christmas tree, Christmas Town is a seasonal wonderland. Sit back and enjoy a lavish show, or grab a cup of Busch Garden’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. And what fantastical Christmas experience would be complete without the holly, jolly man himself? Santa will be available to meet at his workshop, where you can also make some wonderful gift purchases.

Another event that coincides with Christmas Town is the Christmas Town Dash 8K on December  2, 2012. The warm-up begins at 7:30am, and at 8:00am, you have the pleasure of viewing the Running of the Chick-fil-A cows. The 8k itself begins at 8:30 and ends at 10 am, which is when the Awards Ceremony will take place. It promises to be an exciting, energy-filled morning, and each registered runner will receive a single day ticket to Busch Gardens, a long-sleeved shirt, a finisher’s medal, a Christmas Town coupon, and hot chocolate. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the 8k.

Need a place to stay during your Busch Gardens excursion? Check out our nearby BBAV inns.

 

By Tara Stoll

BBAV Holiday Packages

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

If you read our last BBAV blog entry, you know that we encourage you to shop and buy locally to acquire all of your holiday gifts. And did you realize that the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia is also a local business??? You could purchase a BBAV gift certificate if you would like, or you could partake in one of the holiday packages that some of our bed and breakfasts offer.

1. Serenity’s Edge!- The beautifully romantic cottages of Serenity’s Edge are located in Braxton, Virginia (near Roanoke). For a $35 add-on during the month of December, you can enjoy a Holiday Escape Package, which includes a holiday basket, cookies, assorted snacks, a keepsake collector’s ornament, and a CD of holiday music. Contact Serenity’s Edge for more information.

2. Belle Hearth B&B- Belle Hearth in Waynesboro, VA is another inn that offers a holiday package, which includes the following: “Reserve any room, anytime, for two nights and take 50% off the second night rate. Must mention this special when reserving by phone or online and cannot be combined with any other offer or special.”

3. South Court Inn Bed and Breakfast- This lovely inn offers a 3- or 4-day Fantastic Christmas Getaway and Dinners for $680. This includes a Christmas Even dinner, a Christmas Day lunch buffet, a Christmas present opening breakfast buffet, and a Christmas evening tea. Contact the South Court Inn for more information.

These are only two of the BBAV’s many inns, and there are many more offering holiday specials. If you would like to know if a bed and breakfast offers a special or package, check out our website, find an inn, and give them a call!

Photo by JJ Harrison

By Tara Stoll

Shopping Locally in Virginia

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


There are many, many benefits to buying locally, especially during the holiday season, and Virginia has no shortage of small businesses from which it would be advantageous to make your purchases. Many of the art-related establishments such as 16 Hands in Floyd, VA, Sunspots Studios in Staunton, VA, and Glenfiddich Farm Pottery in Leesburg, VA even feature local artisans who display and sell their beautiful pieces of artwork.

It would take an abundance of time and energy to research every single small business in Virginia, not to mention that it would be a very long, increasingly dull blog entry. Thus, I would encourage you to do a google search for downtown shopping in Virginia, and I guarantee that you will find a vast amount of small, eclectic shops that will fulfill all of your gift-giving needs.

If you have read any of the BBAV’s previous blog entries, you know that I, your humble blogger, love a good list. Therefore, enjoy yet another list, this one presenting you with a few reasons as to why you should shop and buy locally:

1. Obviously, by buying locally, you are supporting your local economy which is an indirect benefit to yourself because of the re-circulation of money and all that jazz. See? It’s good for you!

2. Small, local businesses provide a wide range of unique holiday gifts. From jewelry to artwork to random trinkets, downtown shops offer any type of item that you can think of, and gifting someone with something unique is sure to make you the most celebrated gift-giver of them all.

3. You avoid the crabby crowds that infest big retail stores during this time of year. I mean, really, who wants their toes run over by cart-pushing grinches and line-cutting scrooges?

You know what? Those three reasons pretty much sum it all up, so Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!

 

Photo by Patrick Neil

 

By Tara Stoll

BBAV Gift Certificates

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


The usual holiday gifts include such dull items as a tie for Dad, a scented candle for Mom, sets of lotion and bodywash for the girlfriends, and moderately pleasant aftershave for the boyfriends. While these are not necessarily bad gifts, they’re not particularly memorable and certainly not personalized enough to express how meaningful a relationship you have with these individuals.  (Although, if you’re not terribly fond of these acquaintances, a bodywash set might be appropriate.)

Instead of the usual generic gift sets, how about presenting your friends and family with Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia gift certificate? You can buy them in $25 increments between the prices of $25 and $500. They are redeemable at any inn that is a current member of the BBAV. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. ANY INN!

Besides the fact that these gift certificates would make wonderful presents to the holidays, you might be wondering why else you should purchase one. I like a good list, so I’ve decided to present to you a list of three reasons why you should pick up a BBAV gift certificate:

1. You will undoubtedly be the most envied of all gift-givers at your holiday party.

2. You don’t have to fight the Black Friday crowds to buy your gift. In fact, you don’t have to fight any crowds, since the gift certificates are available for purchase online.

3. BBAV gift certificates have no expiration date. Much like that fruit cake that you’re thinking about giving the neighbors. But a BBAV gift certificate is much more appealing than fruit cake.

Photo by Kelvin Kay

By Tara Stoll

Giving Back for Thanksgiving in Virginia, 2011

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The word “Thanksgiving” has come to be synonymous with “turkey dinner.” The name of this holiday conjures images of a cozy family meal, a well-furnished table of food and autumn décor, and perhaps even a blazing fire in the hearth. But in all of the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving preparations, the meaning becomes lost in the labor.

So focused are we on preparing that perfect, Norman Rockwell-worthy dinner that we often disregard those who are not fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving with family, friends, and an overabundance of food. We are surrounded by the homeless, the hungry, and the lonely, and how much of an impact on their lives would it make to invite them to our Thanksgiving meals? I can see the skepticism on your faces, and unfortunately, most will label the notion of extending an invitation to strangers as little more than an interesting idea.

But you’re not off the hook yet, because there are many other ways to support the less fortunate during this holiday season. How about the Central Virginia Food Bank? Or the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia? Or Feeding America: Southwest Virginia? One only has to do a quick Google search for “Virginia food banks” to see that there are so many establishments in the commonwealth in need of your assistance whether it be through donations of money or a few hours of your time.

And so, we here at the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving while encouraging you not only to appreciate all that you possess, but also to give back to the community in which you make your home.

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

(This blog entry was inspired by a young boy named John, who decided that for this Thanksgiving, he was going to collect food for those in need. Thank you, John, for your kind-heartedness and your inspiration.)

By Tara Stoll