Posts Tagged ‘Marion’

Inn’s Gardens and Guests Bring Glee to New Owners

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

The Collins House Inn, located in Marion, VA is the newest addition to join the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV), and the Inn was recently purchased by Mike and Sue Edwards. Originally built in the 1920s by George A. Collins. who opened the Collins Brothers Department store in Marion in 1898, the Inn sits in the middle of historic Marion, and is within walking distance of many of the town’s attractions. There are five guest rooms, each with modern amenities and a private bath. The Edwards purchased the Inn after they “fell in love with the house and the area.” Sue Edwards says that her favorite feature of Collins House Inn is the house’s grounds: “Mike & I are currently in the process of investigating putting a gazebo in our beautiful side garden and landscaping the area in preparation to start offering wedding, elopement, and vow renewal packages. There is nothing like this in Marion, and we have the perfect place to do this.”
When asked what the importance of being a BBAV member was, owner Sue stated that the BBAV allows Mike and her  “to become acquainted with those who have been in the industry and learn the ‘ins & outs.’” She also emphasized how the BBAV’s approval and property inspection “tells your guests that this inn is a special inn and when you stay there as a guest, you are staying at the very best.” Sue’s favorite aspect of being a B&B owner is the opportunity it presents to meet people. “We have had guests from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. We just had our first international guests from the United Kingdom. It is fun just listening to guests carry on conversations around the breakfast table talking about their experiences; guests giving other guests information about the area and places to go and things to do.”
Aside from admiring the Inn’s grounds, while staying at Collins House Inn, guests may venture out to Hungry Mother State Park or Grayson Highlands State Park for a scenic hike and finish off their day by heading out to the Davis Valley Winery to sample some delicious Southern Virginia wines. Marion, VA also is home to The Lincoln Theater, where guests may watch many different live performances. The Collins House Inn is also a short drive to Bristol Speedway, a favorite for NASCAR and racing fans alike.
BBAV President Heidi Lanford is excited to add Collins House Inn to the list of BBAV members, saying, “Collins House Inn is a great addition to our members list! It is located in such a fun area of Virginia and we are so happy to welcome them to the BBAV.”

The  Collins House Inn

Ribbon Cutting at The Collins House Inn

Beartown Wilderness Area

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Virginia is a remarkable state. In its northeast corner sits cities such as Arlington and Alexandria, which border the country’s capital. In the southeast are the Blue Ridge Mountains and some of the most rugged wilderness on the east coast. Beartown Wilderness Area is located here – a welcome respite from hectic schedules and busy lives. Marion and Wytheville VA Bed and Breakfasts are close enough to the Wilderness Area to enjoy its attractions, and provide comfortable lodging for folks not interested in sleeping in a tent.

Beartown Wilderness is comprised of more than 5,600-acres; it is populated with trees, mountains, valleys, and wildlife. At this time of year, snows tend to be deep and the quiet pervasive. It’s a wonderful time to explore the wilderness, provided you have warm clothing and energy.

Snowshoes are the best means of transportation in the winter. A stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the Beartown Wilderness Area, along with many other excellent trails. Elevations range from 2,300 feet where the Roaring Fork River merges with Laurel Creek, to about 4,400 feet. If you can make it to the top of a ridge, you’ll stand among northern spruce and fir trees as you admire views of the surrounding area.

After a day in the snow and wilderness, you’ll be relieved to return to the comfort of a Blue Ridge Highlands VA Bed and Breakfast. Wytheville and Marion VA Bed and Breakfasts are all a short distance from the Beartown Wilderness Area. A hearty breakfast in the morning will provide energy for exploring the wilderness, and a soak in a Jacuzzi or hot tub will ease sore muscles in the evening.

For more information about the Beartown Wilderness Area, please visit the Wythe Ranger Station or call (540) 228-5551.