Posts Tagged ‘lodging’

Two-day Workshop for Aspiring Innkeepers in Southwest VA

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is excited to host a two day event in Abingdon to help aspiring innkeepers achieve their dream of opening a bed and breakfast. Topics will cover current trends and best practices for the industry, including demonstrations on the most efficient ways to turn over a room. The intensive workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about running a successful small lodging in any state.

The two day workshop on September 21st and 22nd at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa in Abingdon will include educational training from the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia and networking event plus a tour of the city by Visit Abingdon. A full schedule of events is located on BBAV’s website. Registration will close on September 11 for the event.

Designed for anyone looking to join the small lodging industry or improve their knowledge, whether it’s a farm stay, a vacation rental by owner (VRBO), a cottage or cabin, or a traditional bed and breakfast, cost of registration is $99 for a single attendee or $150 for a couple, and the two-day workshop includes refreshments, reception, breakfast and a complimentary membership in BBAV for a year. Special lodging rates have been arranged at several Abingdon properties.

The Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is a non-profit trade association celebrating its 25th year of serving members statewide. BBAV offers trainings, professional networking opportunities, publicity and advocacy for the small lodging industry in Virginia.

For more information or to register, contact Amy Hager at the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia, or (434) 878-2269, or click here.

Hotels vs. B&Bs

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

You’ve figured out your destination, picked your vacation, and made arrangements for your pets and plants while you’re away. Now comes the big question—where are you going to stay? As you research your lodging choices, it may come down to a choice between a hotel and a bed & breakfast, and if you’re wondering about the differences between the two, Inn Virginia is here to enlighten you:

  1. B&Bs offer a more personal, unique experience. Hotels are oftentimes part of a chain, and everything from the furnishings to the personnel are standard and routine. B&Bs, on the other hand, are usually independently owned, offering personalized service, interaction with the innkeepers, unique décor, and a general “home away from home, but better” experience. From modern to historic, B&B styles are vastly different but equally inviting.
  2. The emphasis placed on breakfast is significant at a B&B and limited at a hotel. Many hotels offer continental breakfasts that include light fare such as cereal, yogurt, muffins, and bagels. At a B&B, you’ll feast on gourmet cuisine, oftentimes made with local ingredients from area vendors. Multiple morning meal courses will include everything from fresh fruit to pancakes to bacon and sausage. And if you have specific dietary restrictions, innkeepers are happy to accommodate you.
  3. Hotels will charge you for certain amenities which are free at B&Bs. Not all hotels are guilty, but many require a fee for parking, internet access, phone calls, water bottles, and any items in the excessively-priced mini-bar. B&Bs, however, offer these same amenities (and more!) without charge.

Overall, the main difference between hotels and B&Bs lies in customized luxury. Hotels may be an efficient means of lodging, but inns tailor to your individual needs, ensuring that you have the most comfortable and fulfilling getaway possible.

Click here to browse our member inns, and find the perfect B&B for your Virginia vacation.


Robert E. Lee Even had Breakfast Here!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes Braehead Manor, Fredericksburg, VA, to its list of inspected and approved B&Bs. Originally built in 1859, this historic manor house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, and developed into a B&B by current innkeepers, Warren and Karen Bane, in 2011. This only describes a small fraction of the manor’s unique and longstanding history as it became a popular spot during the Civil War and stands within the limits of the Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park. Robert E. Lee even had breakfast there!

Braehead Manor

Braehead Manor’s life as a B&B only adds to its already remarkable past, allowing guests to experience Fredericksburg’s history while adding to the manor’s cultural heritage in the present by creating experiences of their own.

Now, this B&B serves residents and travelers alike, interested in history and a high quality stay experience—which is why Braehead’s innkeepers sought a membership with BBAV. It’s important to have the property inspected, Karen Bane says, “In order to maintain high standards and safety for guests.” Furthermore, the membership itself is valuable because it allows their B&B “to be promoted on BBAV’s website.”

Although Warren and Karen Bane opened Braehead Manor in order to provide a historical landmark for residents and tourists of the area. These initial goals have grown into their current goals of “expanding the B&B into a wedding venue and creating more activities and events to allow citizens to become familiar with the historic property.”

The Inn at Vineyards Crossing

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes the Inn at Vineyards Crossing to its list of inspected and approved members! Built in 1787 as Barbee’s Tavern, the B&B originally served as a haven for Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. This Tavern Building remains a unique element of the Inn at Vineyards Crossing as it features original chestnut logs and stone mortar along with three original fireplaces.

The Inn at Vineyards Crossing was open in order to “provide a superior B&B which entails tight partnerships with local wineries, hunt clubs, and other local attractions.” These partnerships allow the Inn at Vineyards Crossing to serve guests with not only an upscale stay experience but with amenity options that turn the area from a ‘place to stay’ into a ‘destination.’

A BBAV membership allows Vineyards Crossing’s innkeepers to “comply with a set of basic standards, which are all minimum basics in the hospitality industry,” thereby “giving the consumer confidence in booking a stay.” In other words, membership with BBAV allows Vineyards Crossing to provide guests with the best experience possible, helping Innkeeper, Josh Haugh to provide a superior stay experience.

“Having the ability to interact directly with our guests, building relationships with our guests and creating memories for them, giving them a reason to return.” And so, the Inn at Vineyards Crossing provides the ideal destination for those looking for an interactive, welcoming, and memorable experience away from home.

Welcome to BBAV, The Inn at Vineyard Crossing!

Welcome, The Inn at Vineyard Crossing!

Healthcare Career Leads to a Fresh Start in Hospitality

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

New owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn are excited for their new adventure


Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

The Historic Manor sites on 40-acres of land

Prospect Hill Plantation is the newest establishment to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s property inspection (BBAV). Prospect Hill, set outside historic Charlottesville, VA was originally an 18th century plantation. It is now owned by Dr. Bobby and Paula Findley, who bought the Plantation in the search for a new and exciting lifestyle to follow Dr. Findley’s 25 year long career in chiropractic healthcare. The property itself includes 40-acres of land as well as the historic Manor House, which boasts eleven guest rooms and cottages complete with modern amenities. Prospect Hill prides itself on its vast history, as another one of the guest rooms is the “original cabin, built in 1699, is still used for housing overnight guests… some 314 years later” according to owner Dr. Frindley.


Dr. Bobby & Paula Findley, owners of Prospect Hill Plantation Inn

When asked why membership with the BBAV was important, Dr. Findley stated “All inns are unique in their own way and offer a compelling experience to their guest… what separates one inn from another, though, is the level of quality… both in the experience and in terms of cleanliness. Being inspected simply helps us stress that we value our guests’ experience over everything else.”

Aside from offering unique guest rooms and a lavish setting by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prospect Hill Plantation also offers a wonderful culinary experience in the form of a 4 course prix-fixe dinner for it’s guests and members of the Charlottesville community.

    Dr. Findley explains that his favorite aspect of being a bed and breakfast owner is the opportunity to meet the interesting guests that are constantly staying at Prospect Hill. For the future, Dr. Findley notes that he hopes to “restore Prospect Hill to its former glory as one of the premier dining and lodging destinations in central Virginia!”

    BBAV President Heidi Lanford is extremely happy about Prospect Hill’s addition to the Association. When asked about her thoughts regarding Prospect Hill, Lanford explained “it is so wonderful to have such a historic, and beautiful property pass our property inspection. Prospect Hill is another great example of the impressive establishments that are associated with BBAV.”

Chincoteague Island Events, July 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Parades, ponies, and carnivals. Sounds like a child’s dream, right? Well, actually, these three things are included in an event happening towards the end of this month on Chincoteague Island, the setting for Marquerite Henry’s famous novel Misty of Chincoteague. If you haven’t guessed by now, this event is Pony Penning Day, where the wild ponies of Assateague Island are rounded up by the Saltwater Cowboys and brought over to Chincoteague. This tradition most likely began in the 1700s, but it was not recorded until 1835. Since then, it has evolved into a fully-fledged tourist attraction, including various other events that accompany the swimming, penning, and selling of the wild ponies.

© 2011

What sparked an international interest in Pony Penning Day was the aforementioned book, Misty of Chincoteague. It is the story of a wild pony named Phantom, her foal Misty, and the loving family that buys Misty. You should definitely read it during your Pony Penning Vacation! And while you’re reading it, you should definitely be staying at one of the fabulous Bed and Breakfasts in the area. For the full experience, check out Miss Molly’s Inn, the wonderful B&B at which Marguerite Henry stayed as she penned her novel. Do you see the pun I made there? “Penned”??? “Pony PENNING Day”??? Yeah, okay, it’s not the wittiest of puns, but it’s still sort of clever!

© 2011 Miss Molly’s Inn

There are also a number of other inns in the area that are also wonderful choices, so you have your pick of fantastic establishments!

By Tara Stoll

Virginia’s Historic Triangle

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The Tidewater region of Virginia is perhaps best known for being home to the Historic Triangle. Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are all located here.

Tidewater VA Bed and Breakfasts are close to:

  • Jamestown, the country’s first permanent English settlement,
  • Colonial Williamsburg, the cultural and political center of the New World from 1699 to 1780.
  • Yorktown, where the Revolutionary War was effectively ended after the British surrendered.

Historic reenactments in Colonial Williamsburg.

British settlers arrived in Jamestown in 1607. They believed that the Virginia colony was “a paradise inhabited by simple, friendly people”, for that is what they had been told back home. Yet they found hardship, not wealth or good fortune. The colony struggled until 1614, when settler John Rolfe harvested a profitable crop of tobacco and married Pocahontas, a Powhatan woman. Peace with the Native Americans and Britain’s tobacco addiction enabled the struggling colony to thrive, and colonists began to arrive by the thousands.

Williamsburg is located midway between James River and York River. It was garrisoned and fortified in 1633, and became home to the country’s second institution of higher learning in 1693, when King William and Queen Mary granted a royal charter to the College of William and Mary. Indeed, it was college students who successfully lobbied to locate the new statehouse in their town. Williamsburg, as it was then named, became the capital of the area in 1699, as well as a thriving market town. It was a town where both goods and ideas were exchanged.

The York River has a deep channel, and the village on its banks has been a deep water, international port since the early 17th century. Yorktown was the chief tobacco port on the Chesapeake Bay in the early 18th century, and an active slave port. Yorktown gained everlasting fame when American troops under George Washington resoundingly defeated the British at Yorktown and effectively ended the American Revolutionary War with the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. The town itself, however, was the main victim of the battle, and it never again prospered as it had prior to the war.

There is much to do in Virginia’s Historic Triangle. Travel back in time in Colonial Williamsburg. Visit the Battlefield and Victory Center at Yorktown, and the historic settlements at Jamestown. It would be easy to spend months exploring this area. Williamsburg Bed and Breakfasts and Yorktown Bed and Breakfasts welcome travelers however long their stay.

See Colonial Williamsburg for more information about events and activities. See Jamestown and Yorktown for more information about events and activities.


The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Monday, March 21st, 2011

There are many interesting historic sites in Northern Virginia, making it an interesting destination for a weekend excursion from the Washington D.C. area. Of particular note are the several historic homes, plantations, and museums near Paris Virginia Bed and Breakfasts.

One of the most interesting historic sites and museums near Paris Virginia Bed and Breakfasts is the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. It encompasses the Glen Burnie Historic House, the Glen Burnie Gardens, and the Museum of Shenandoah Valley itself. It easy to spend several days exploring these three venues; indeed, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley houses four large gallery spaces within its 50,000 square feet.

The Four Galleries of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley: (more…)

The Amish of Southern Virginia

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Amish Lad

A young Amish lad.

The Amish Community of Southern Virginia has grown substantially over the past five years, but is still relatively small. The community that has developed north of South Boston, in the area around Nathalie, was founded in 2005 by an “Old Order Amish” group from Dover, Delaware. They were drawn to the fertile, open land of Southern Virginia.

The Amish culture is fascinating. As American society becomes increasingly dependent on technology and, some would argue, increasingly distanced from the land, the Amish maintain their historically “simple” way of life. Their homes have no televisions, or even phones. They don’t use the internet. The children don’t play computer games. What, then, do they do? How do they live? It’s intriguing.

Guests of South Boston Virginia Bed and Breakfasts may notice horse drawn buggies clip clopping along the road, carrying simply clad men, women, boys, and girls. It is not unusual for children to stare and wave as cars pass – after all, with no television, radio, or internet, “English” culture is as strange to them as the Amish culture may be to you.

While traveling through Halifax Country, absorbing the beauty of Amish and “English” farmland, keep an eye out for Amish businesses. As a rule, Amish people are polite and friendly, and when the occasion arises, they are happy to chat with outsiders. The best way to do this is in a shop. Ask your Southern Virginia Bed and Breakfast innkeepers if they know of local Amish businesses or farmer’s markets. The Amish are superlative craftsmen, and their goods, from furniture to quilts to jams and baked treats, are appreciated by one and all.

Cycling the Wicomico to Fleeton Loop

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Spring is a lovely time to cycle in the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia. Make your way from one picturesque town to the next, stopping to enjoy the sights and meals of fresh seafood. Travel between Chesapeake Bay VA Bed and Breakfasts, or use one as a base and make daily excursions.

The Wicomico to Fleeton Loop runs between the quaint villages of Reedville and Fleeton, by Ingram Bay. Begin the ride with a hearty meal at a Fleeton VA Bed and Breakfast – one that will keep your feet happily pedaling for hours. Then make your way north towards Reedville, a historic town with a thriving fishing industry. The main road would get you to Reedville in under four miles, but the Wicomico – Fleeton Loop takes a longer, more scenic route; the entire loop is just under 27 miles.

The cycling trail leads to the Wicomico River Bridge Fishing Pier, a good spot to rest with a picnic. Several restaurants in this little town are good options, too. The Crazy Crab is an excellent restaurant with a water view; think of fresh crabmeat piled on a fried soft crab. Tommy’s and the Fairport Marina are two other good lunch spots. Before getting back on your bike, check out the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.

The view from Reedville.

For more information about about the Wicomico – Fleeton Loop, please see Northern Neck Cycling.