Posts Tagged ‘Keezletown’

The Old Massanutten Lodge: Then & Now

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Margie and Guy Vlasits

Margie and Guy Vlasits celebrate 10 years at The Old Massanutten Lodge

The Old Massanutten Lodge celebrates ten years as a B&B, and even longer as a place of personal and community strength.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Old Massanutten Lodge B&B, in Keezletown, VA. However, before Margie and Guy Vlasits purchased the property in the early 1990s, the lodge served as a day-resort for visitors and locals from the mid-1920s through the 60s, providing a place of relaxation and entertainment for its guests. Now, almost a century later, the Vlasits have restored the property and successfully provided a similar atmosphere.

“We wanted to give the property back to the community,” says Margie, the property’s primary caretaker. Indeed, the Vlasits successfully opened their doors to guests in 2003 as a place of rejuvenation, nourishment, and celebration for those near and far. Soon after, in 2005, Margie faced another life-changing situation: the onset of cancer. This didn’t keep her from serving the B&Bs many guests.

The Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown, VA

The Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown, VA

Although she couldn’t advance the business during this time, she maintained it to the best of her ability with the help of others. The business “helped me get through the treatments,” she says. The Vlasits opened the B&B as a place to “renourish guests’ souls,” she continues, and “at the same time it did the same for me.” For eight of the ten years that the B&B has been in service, Margie battled cancer and won. Her own story further enriches that of the property and the community surrounding it.

“We love to host people from all over the world with great cultural and personal diversities,” Margie says. Many guests come from just a couple hours away looking for rest from the daily grind. Others come for adventure and entertainment to an area rich in history, culture, nature, and just plain fun.  Old Massanutten Lodge’s quiet rural location is a pleasant change from the noise and activity of urban areas.

The last weekend in October, the Old Massanutten Lodge celebrates the property’s extensive past in conjunction with its tenth anniversary as a B&B through a story-telling event and concert. The Vlasits plan to invite anyone with a history at the lodge to come and tell his/her story while showcasing local folk artists. All in all, the Old Massanutten Lodge focuses on the past, present, and future as memories in the making. Come make memories at the Old Massanutten Lodge, entwining your history with that of this historic local landmark.

Memorial Day Weekend at Virginia Wineries

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend is filled with all sorts of fun events and festivities at Virginia Wineries in Northern and Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. Take advantage of the long weekend. Get out of the city and spend time at a lovely outdoor setting, listening to good music and sipping fine Virginia Wines.

Consider one of the following activities, then book a room at a nearby Virginia Bed and Breakfast and let the fun begin.

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Enjoy a glass of Virginia Wine, live music, and fun at one of these Memorial Day Weekend events.

ValleyFest – the 11th Annual Shenandoah Valley Beer & Wine Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. Live music, crafts, and the finest Virginia Wine and Beer from the Shenandoah Valley. See ValleyFest for more details.
Lodge in a Harrisonburg VA Bed and Breakfast or a Keezletown VA Bed and Breakfast.

249th Anniversary Celebration of American Wine Festival at the Philip Carter Winery. Featuring Vintage Virginia Wine tasting, historical reenactors, live music, and more. Saturday May 28th. More information available at Philip Carter Winery.
Lodge in a Flint Hill Virginia Bed and Breakfast.

Memorial Day BBQ and Concert at DelFosse Vineyards. Mediterranean BBQ served at the outdoor pavilion. Live music by The Honeybirds. Reservations required: see DelFosse Vineyards.
Lodge in a Charlottesville VA Bed and Breakfast or a Scottsville VA Bed and Breakfast.

Memorial Day Weekend Music at Casanel Vineyards. Steve De Vries on Saturday afternoon and Mike Bowers on Sunday afternoon. Wine tasting and gourmet snacks. See Casanel Vineyards for additional information.
Lodge in a Manassas VA Bed and Breakfast or a Middleburg VA Bed and Breakfast.

Festival of Wines. Some of Virginia’s best wineries will offer tastings in support of Wintergreen Performing Arts. An afternoon of Jazz music, small plates, and wine tasting on Sunday, May 29 at the Wintergreen, VA, Evans Center. Find more information at Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Lodge in a Nellysford VA Bed and Breakfast.