Posts Tagged ‘National Park’

Let’s Go Leaf-Peeping in Virginia!

Friday, September 4th, 2015

If you read one of our latest blogs, then you know we’re excitedly preparing for the upcoming fall season. But as you start planning a fall foliage getaway to Virginia, you may be wondering about the best places for seasonal leaf-peeping, where you can get the most brilliant front-row seats to the changing of the leaves. We’re here to help you out, so keep reading to learn about some of Virginia’s best leaf-peeping destinations:

  1. Skyline Drive: Of course this scenic route has to be on the list! These roads run through the heart of Virginia’s mountains, dazzling drivers, hikers, and cyclists who pass along the winding paths. (InnVirginia Lodging: Click here.)
  2. Virginia’s Eastern Shore: Although many head to the mountains during autumn, the mountains don’t have a monopoly on the fall foliage! Visit the Eastern Shore for a seaside or bayside view of the fall foliage. (InnVirginia Lodging: Click here.)
  3. Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Take your leaf-peeping a step further with wildlife viewing among the fall foliage. (InnVirginia Lodging: Essex Inn Bed & Breakfast)
  4. Manassas National Battlefield Park: If you’re a fan of both history and fall foliage, then take your leaf-peeping to a site of historic proportions. (InnVirginia Lodging: Manassas Junction Bed & Breakfast)
  5. New River Water Trail, Pearisburg, VA: This 37-mile long trail in Giles County, VA will take you on an autumn adventure by means of canoe, kayak, or raft. There are also plenty of spots for some fall hiking and fishing amidst the autumn colors. (InnVirginia Lodging: Inn at Riverbend)


Check out our members’ Fall Foliage Specials here. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Virginia inns!

Veterans Day in Virginia, 2011

Monday, November 7th, 2011


November 11 is Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, commemorating the end of World War I and honoring all the men and women of the armed forces.

Woodrow Wilson was the first to declare a November 11th celebration of Armistice Day, and he did so with the proclamation, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”


Joseph Ambrose, 86-year old World War I veteran

There will be celebrations, free museum admissions, and military discounts all over the United States on Veterans Day, and Virginia will be no exception:

Mount Vernon, VA- free admission for active duty, former, and retired military personnel; free community concert by The Harmony Heritage Singers.

Grey Swan Inn, Blackstone, VA- 10% discount to military personnel

Montpelier, Orange, VA- free admission to all military personnel

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Staunton, VA- free Veterans Day Program

Besides these specific events, there are a number of national parks that are offering free admission to everyone on Veterans Day:

  •     Colonial National Historical Park
  •     George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
  •     Manassas National Battlefield Park

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy

By Tara Stoll

Hiking Around Virginia

Friday, July 29th, 2011

“I believe that the ascent of mountains forms an essential chapter in the complete duty of man, and that it is wrong to leave any district without setting foot on its highest peak.” — Sir Leslie Stephen

 There are many reasons that people choose to go hiking. Some appreciate the physical challenge, while others enjoy the quiet escape of nature, the ethereal beauty that transcends man-made creation. Others (like me) like to pretend they are elves, nimbly crossing the forests and mountains of Middle Earth. (What? You don’t like to pretend you’re an elf?) Whatever your reasons for hiking, Virginia provides some absolutely beautiful trails for hikers of all levels—day-long hikes, easy walks next to lakes and rivers, trails for biking and horseback riding, treks through national parks, and trails that overlook waterfalls. No matter the area of Virginia in which you find yourself, there will be a hiking trail close by.

Because it would be nearly impossible to list every single trail in a single blog entry, I shall highlight a few options in different areas of our lovely commonwealth:


The Cascades, Pembroke, Va– This trail offers waterfalls and creeks, so you can cool off after your trek. You have the option of doing a 4-mile round trip to the lower falls, or an 8-mile round trip to Barney’s Wall.

© Rui M.


Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, Va– This park is full of various circuit hikes, depending on which direction you would like to take. It’s an easy hike, and is a great opportunity to bring your canine companions with you.



Peaks of Otter, Bedford, Va– This is a wonderful hike, because it offers trails for all different fitness levels. If you’re looking for a good challenge, Flat Top and Sharp Top can take up to three or four hours to complete. Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, you can combine the two for a nice long, 9.8 mile hike.



If you’d like a list of twenty of the most popular hikes in Virginia, look no further than here. Also, after a good, adrenaline-pumping hike, you should have a nice, comforting Bed and Breakfast to come back to…….so, aren’t you glad we have a list of B&Bs for you to peruse?

By Tara Stoll

The Shenandoah National Park

Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Sunset at Appalachian Trail

Sunset on the Appalachian Trail

The great Wagon Road was once a principal travel route for early American settlers heading south from Philadelphia. A portion of it traverses the length of the Shenandoah Valley, where Virginia bed and breakfasts have been welcoming travelers for centuries.

Today, the Shenandoah Valley welcomes visitors from around the world, many of whom travel here to visit the nearby Shenandoah National Park. Less than two hours from the nation’s capital, the Shenandoah National Park offers scenic drives and a plethora of outdoor activities. It’s impossible to experience all the park has to offer in just one day. They best way to experience it is to take up residence at a Virginia bed and breakfast near the Shenandoah National Park for a while, and take your time exploring it.

Over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through the Shenandoah National Park, along with hundreds of miles of other trails. It’s possible to enjoy a short, easy hike to a pretty waterfall or scenic overlook, or a long, strenuous hike deep into the back woods; know your capability, and bring lots of water and snacks with you. In addition to hiking, it’s possible to explore the park on horseback or bicycle. Innkeepers at bed and breakfasts Virginia near the park are a wonderful resource – ask them how they most enjoy the Shenandoah National Park.