Posts Tagged ‘outdoor recreation’

Occoneechee State Park

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Occoneechee State Park is located just outside of Clarksville, in Southern Virginia. It’s a wonderful area, and one that is frequently visited by guests of Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts.

OC Buggs Island Lake

Buggs Island Lake, near Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts.

What can one do in Occoneechee State Park?

  • Hike nearly 20 miles along the shores of the lake and through forests.
  • Go Horseback riding.
  • Bike on trails and roads.
  • Fish.
  • Boat

In addition to these outdoor activities, guests of Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts may find it interesting to learn about the history of Occoneechi Indians, who lived on a nearby island until 1676, and the Occoneechee Plantation, built in 1839.

Clarksville VA Bed and Breakfasts are about an hour north of Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They are a wonderful destination for a weekend getaway. Lodge in comfort and style while taking advantage of a wonderful resource: Occoneechee State Park.

Vibrant Virginia Beach

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Virginia Beach: The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk at Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach in the summertime‚Ķ now that’s paradise. Miles of wide, sandy beaches, a boardwalk bustling with activity, abundant outdoor recreation, and a rich history – Virginia Beach offers this and more.

It has been said that the only way to fully experience all Virginia Beach has to offer is to live here. While that may be true, the next best thing is to make yourself at home in a Virginia Beach Bed and Breakfast. Knowledgeable innkeepers can provide useful tips on what to do, when to do it, and where to eat. Whether you are interested in a holiday full of paddling, biking, and jumping waves or one that explores the interesting culture and history of the area, your innkeepers can help orient you to Virginia Beach.

It is difficult to imagine visiting Virginia Beach without at least one trip to its historic Boardwalk. Originally built out of wood to span five blocks in 1888, it has experienced more than one renovation. Today it is three miles long, 28-feet wide, and has a separate bike path, making it a safe place for folks to bike, rollerblade, and walk. The boardwalk is dotted with shops, outdoor restaurants, and food vendors – you may want to look at them all before you decide where to dine.

There are four wooden walkways extending from the main Boardwalk down to the beach, so it is easy to stretch out on the sand or jump in the water. During the summer, outdoor stages near each beach access are a nightly source of great entertainment. It’s fun to walk the length of the boardwalk, hand-in-hand, listening to the music fade from one stage as it grows from the next.

Visit the Boardwalk once or stop by every evening after a day full of outdoor recreation. The Sandbridge Beach area offers five miles of secluded beach and sand-dunes. It is close to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park, which are both ideal spots for hiking, fishing, and paddling. Gentler waves are found on the beaches of nearby Chesapeake Bay. There is golf in Bayside and cycling at numerous Sate Parks throughout the Virginia Beach area. Ask the innkeepers of your Bed and Breakfast Virginia Beach for the best cycling routes near the inn.

In can be as much fun to visit the many interesting historical sites around Virginia Beach as it is to get out in the surf. The Adam Thoroughgood House, in Bayside, is one of the oldest extant homes from the Colonial period, dating from 1680. The Lynnhaven House in Little Neck is a beautiful brick building built in 1725.

No matter how you most like to spend your time, you’ll be pleased by the breadth and variety of activities in the Virginia Beach region. If you can’t make it there this summer, we will welcome you in the fall.

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.