Posts Tagged ‘Shenandoah Mountains’

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.

The Mountains of Virginia

Monday, August 16th, 2010
Appalachia Fall Foliage

Fall color in Appalachia.

Virginia’s western border is mountainous, for the Appalachian Mountains stretch from Pennsylvania to Tennessee. The Appalachians include the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Allegheny Mountains along the West Virginia border, the Shenandoah Mountains stretching north, and even the Great Smoky Mountains, along the border with Tennessee. No matter what you call them, they are beautiful, and share the wonderful, rich culture and history of Appalachia.

If time permits, take your time while traveling through this part of the state. Plan to stay in more than one Virginia Mountains bed and breakfast between Winchester and Norton. You’ve heard of “island time”? Well, it’s time to experience “mountain time” – though there is no need to adjust your clocks.

Keep an eye open and an ear tuned to local festivals as you travel the region throughout the year. The Chilhowie Community Apple Festival, in southwest Virginia, has been a tradition for over 50 years. Stop by for the parade, live music, and apple butter (watch it made). Nearby, the Whitetop Mountain festival features fiddling and a Ramp Eating Contest – not the ramp you drive on, but the local wild leek. And the Virginia Mountain Music Festival will keep your toes tapping. Up north in Shenandoah County, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival is one of the most established music festivals in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, you’ll be thrilled by the breadth of opportunities available in the Virginia Mountains. Scenic drives through the Appalachian Mountains – along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive – reveal one trailhead after another. Hike to Hogback Overlook, Humpback Rocks, or along the Apple Orchard Falls Trail to Petites Gap. You can thoroughly plan your itinerary, or be more whimsical, asking the innkeepers at various Virginia Mountains bed and breakfasts for suggestions as you go.

The mountains of Virginia are lovely any time of year, in the heat of summer, dressed in fall colors, blanketed in snow or when coming back to life in the spring. Travel here as soon as you can, and return again and again.