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Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

Daughter of the Stars Bed and Breakfast Passes BBAV Inspection

The newest B&B to pass the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia’s inspection into membership is the Daughter of the Stars B&B in Stanley, Virginia. Patrick Burns the owner, decided to have a BBAV inspection in order to help them connect with BBAV’s experienced knowledge base, and thus provide a better experience for their guests, as well as to set their B&B against an outside standard of inspection that ensures guests of the B&B’s high quality.

 

Daughter of the Stars began as an endeavor to “to do something interesting, unique, enjoyable and memorable” while “creating a unique, interesting, educational, fun, and successful travel experience” for guests. Indeed, this B&B does all of the above with its specialization in “The lesser known stories of the Shenandoah Valley”, which allows guests to celebrate and explore the history of foods, cultures, and customs native to the valley. Innkeeper, Misty Henderson, will delight guests with her cooking, and hospitality.

 

Civil War currency

Civil War currency

“In our Authentic Art and Artifacts Gift Shop,” Patrick described, “we have items like real Civil War currency and authentic Native American art and artifacts for sale. This way our guests not only hear the History, but they can touch it and own a piece of it. All of the Native American artifacts are from tribes that are known to have been in the Shenandoah Valley.”

 

Every guest room contains a private baths with Whirlpool tubs, queen-sized beds, and fireplaces that combine to create a romantic and comfortable atmosphere. Thus, guests looking for a vacation with a significant other or friend, or some alone time, the Daughter of the Stars B&B is perfect for a uniquely cultural and relaxing experience in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

B&B Mountain Views Invite You to “Fall” in Love with Autumn

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

We are coming up on that time of year when the humidity lessens, the heat dissipates, and the crisp morning air hints of the seasons to come. In only a few weeks, Virginia trees will begin to fade from the lush green of summer to the burning reds, soft yellows, and fiery oranges of autumn. It is no wonder so many travelers choose this time of year to plan their getaways, particularly in heavily mountainous areas. A few of Inn Virginia’s member B&Bs boast some absolutely breathtaking views of the mountains where you can fully immerse yourself in the fall foliage.

With a suggestion of scenery in its name, House Mountain Inn in Lexington, VA is certain to offer some extraordinary autumn views. Owners Jamie Grue and Jeff Irvine have built their rustically elegant getaway on a “private 1000 acre Allegheny Mountain preserve,” and the inn itself is situated in harmony along the slopes of House Mountain.

Carolyn and Curtis Crump invite you for an autumn getaway at Crumps Mountain Cottage in Amherst, VA. Carolyn says, “Since you are on 243 acres of private mountain land next to the George Washington National Forest, mountains surround you to the left, behind, and further to the right.” The view from the cottages is incredible, overlooking the entire valley below and promising stunning fall scenery.

Brightwood Vineyard and Farm Cottage B&B is a “100-acre family farm in Madison County, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Innkeepers Dean and Susan Vidal provide spectacular views of the quiet transition from summer to fall: “Perched on a rocky promontory overlooking the confluence of the Robinson River and Spring Branch, you’ll hear the gentle sounds of water and the calls of woodland birds from this beautiful vantage point” (Brightwood Vineyard and Farm).

Looking for other B&Bs with fall foliage specials and packages? Click here.

By Tara Stoll

Historic Garden Week in Virginia, 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

“For one week every April, the Garden Club of Virginia invites visitors to more than 250 of Virginia’s most picturesque gardens and private homes in the Old Dominion” (Garden Club of Virginia).

There is no event quite like Historic Garden Week, as it celebrates both the vibrancy and history of the natural world encompassed by man-made gardens. During the week of April 21-28, 2012, indulge yourself in the sights and sounds of a floral adventure in the beautiful Commonwealth. (And don’t forget that there are many nearby BBAV inns to which you can return after your tour!)

The following information about the garden tours is from the Garden Club of Virginia:

Saturday April 21, 2012

Sunday April 22, 2012

Monday April 23, 2012

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Wednesday April 25, 2012

Thursday April 26, 2012

Friday April 27, 2012

Saturday April 28, 2012

Visit the Historic Garden Week website for more information such as an overview of the week, a full-color guidebook, and photos of participating establishments.

 

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By Tara Stoll

Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, February 20th, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day may be a month away, but that just means that there is plenty of time to start planning your bed and breakfast getaway. Whether you’re Irish by blood or simply someone who enjoys a good, celebratory holiday, you can certainly find St. Patrick’s Day enjoyment at any of our BBAV inns!

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, it most likely conjures a flash of green, the color that is traditionally representative of Ireland. So, to coincide with the color of the holiday, we’re promoting “going green” in Virginia, and we are lucky to have some excellent establishments with an eco-friendly emphasis.  In fact, quite a few of them have made a pledge to Virginia Green, “Virginia’s program to encourage green practices throughout the state’s tourism industry” (Virginia is for Lovers).

As stated on our website, “more and more Virginia Bed and Breakfasts are going Green. Some are certified Green Bed and Breakfasts, while others practice Green living where able. These inns feature environmentally friendly cleansers and bath products. They use locally grown produce and products in their cooking. Some offer the use of electric cars, while others offer a special price for folks traveling in a hybrid car. Every little bit counts – whether it’s a freshly laid egg or spinach from a nearby farm. If Green Travel is important to you, stay in Green Virginia Bed and Breakfasts when visiting this state.”

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA- With energy efficient windows, composting, and recycling, you can be sure that you’re staying at a green B&B when you relax at the Carriage House Inn. Gain a greater appreciation of nature by getting outdoors and exploring the area attractions.

Cornerstone Farm, South Boston, VA- Stay green at Cornerstone Farm by utilizing and appreciating natural resources.  Many of the activities surrounding this inn are based in nature. Go fishing at Kerr Lake, walk the farm paths and visit the animals, or relax on the front porch and admire the surrounding scenery.

Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking, Lexington, VA- Stay at this eco-friendly B&B, and get close to nature by walking trails near the Blue Ridge Mountains, fishing at Buffalo Creek,  or going on a two-hour hike with the lovely trekking llamas.

Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Beach, VA- Enjoy a green vacation at the beach! Bike along the boardwalk, go for a swim in the ocean, or take a boat or kayak tour.

(These are only a few of the BBAV inns that have partnered with Virginia Green. Browse through our list, and visit the inns’ personal websites. Virginia Green inns will have the logo on their page.)

By Tara Stoll

 

2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Dust off your bike helmets, stretch out those calf muscles, and brush up on your environmental knowledge! Registration is open for the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour! “What is this event?” you asked, intrigued by its lengthy title. Continue on, good readers, for I shall tell you.

First, you should probably understand what TREE is if you are not already familiar with the group. TREE, or the “Tree Research Education and Endowment Fund,” is dedicated to “to identify[ing] and fund[ing] projects and programs that advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the environment.” They’re a wonderful group that supports nature research around the world, and, according to their mission statement, “the results of TREE Fund-supported research affect people’s lives and arborists’ techniques every day.”

The Tour des Trees is TREE’s largest fundraising event, and it is a primary means of raising public awareness about the necessity and benefit of trees. The first day of the 2011 tour, October 2, is a 30-mile ride around Virginia Beach. Seven days later, the tour ends at Washington D.C. Overall, the riders cover close to 500 miles, and the trip includes areas like Richmond, Williamsburg, and Charlottesville.

If you would like to participate in this enjoyably worthwhile event, registration will be open until September 25, 2011, so there is plenty of time to sign up! Looks like it’s going to be a fun week with some great destinations and a lot of wonderful people (not to mention the health benefits of all the calories you will burn)!

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By Tara Stoll