Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

Innkeeping Mothers and Daughters

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Mother’s Day will be here shortly, and for most individuals, mothers and maternal figures are held with unparalleled high regard as irreplaceable role models for their daughters. For a few InnVirginia members, these family dynamics transfer over into the world of hospitality, where mothers and daughters work alongside each other as innkeepers in a balance of responsibilities and familial enjoyment.

Joyce and Lynn Russenberger are the mother-daughter innkeepers at the Uphill House B&B. Innkeeping has been a lifestyle for women in the Russenberger family for numerous generations. Lynn states, “I am ‘4th’ generation B&Ber with my Mother having one when I was younger, my grandmother had hers just down the road from us, a great grandmother ran one and a great aunt ran a hotel at a holiday resort.”

Lynn and Joyce at Uphill House B&B

Joyce and Lynn at Uphill House B&B

Nancy and Cynthia Bruce are the mother-daughter team at High Meadows  Vineyard Inn According to Cynthia, the best part of their innkeeping lifestyle is the close bond they share: “We both get to do a job we enjoy and live in a beautiful house we normally would never be able to…Because we live together, the relationship between my children and my mother is EXTREMELY close.”

Cynthia and Nancy at High Meadows Vineyard Inn

Cynthia and Nancy at High Meadows Vineyard Inn

Taeko and Lisa Floyd are the mother-daughter duo at Pembroke Springs Retreat. Taeko and Lisa’s teamwork blends together the cultures of America and Japan, while working with their different personalities. Lisa, who works as Pembroke’s full-time Manager, states, “I would say that we play off each other’s strengths – we are almost complete opposites.”

Lisa and Taeko at Pembroke Springs Retreat

Lisa and Taeko at Pembroke Springs Retreat

One final mother-daughter team is Ruth and Betsey Pritchard at Smithfield Farm B&B. Innkeeping has been in the Pritchard family for generations, and Ruth and Betsey’s family has owned their manor house for around 200 years. Like mother, like daughter!

Need a gift for your mother? Why not purchase an InnVirgina gift card that can be used at one of our locations anywhere in Virginia?

By Tara Stoll

Central VA in the Spring

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
A Host, of Golden Daffodils

Walk among the daffodils, April 13 at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.

It’s spring in Virginia, which means flowers are in bloom, music is in the air, and beer and wine is flowing. Several upcoming events are well worth packing a bag and spending time at one of the charming Central Virginia Bed and Breakfasts outside Harrisonburg, VA. Garden walks, carriage rides, and beer and wine festivals will ensure that visitors have a blooming good time.

Upcoming Central Virginia events:

  • April 13, 2011, is the Annual Daffodil Walk at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a paradise of more than 125 colorful acres.
  • April 23, 2011 is the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival in downtown Harrisonburg. Virginia breweries will be joined by breweries from New York to San Francisco; many of the brews are not widely distributed, so this is a rare treat indeed for lovers of fine ale.
  • Mother’s Day Carriage Rides at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. When was the last time you and your mother spent a weekend together? Do so this year, at a Central Virginia Bed and Breakfast, and treat mom to a luxurious carriage ride through the forest. May 7 and 8, 2011.
  • ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival in McGaheysville, Memorial Day Weekend, 2011. Enjoy live music while sampling a wide variety of Virginia Wine.

Winter is past, summer not yet arrived. In other words, it’s an ideal time to travel to Virginia Bed and Breakfasts.