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Enjoy National Park Week in Virginia

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Spring is when the world comes alive again. As warmth in the air emerges, so does a wash of green over the natural world, and there is no better place to immerse yourself in springtime than in the National Parks of Virginia. April 18-19, 2015 is the opening weekend of National Park Week, “America’s largest celebration of national heritage.” The opening weekend will offer FREE admission into every National Park, which is the perfect excuse for a quick getaway to visit some of Virginia’s historic outdoor playgrounds.

Shenandoah National Park: “Five hundred miles of trails, consisting of 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail, lead visitors to waterfalls, panoramic views, protected wilderness and preserved human history in the Shenandoah Valley.” (InnVirginia Lodging: A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge, Waypoint House B&B, Foster Harris House.)

Colonial National Historical Park: “It began on the swampy marshes of Jamestown in 1607. It ended on the battle scarred landscape of Yorktown in 1781.” Beauty and history collide at this historic park. But no description will do this place justice, so you’ll just have to visit for yourself! (InnVirginia Lodging: Boxwood Inn, Newport House B&B)

Petersburg National Battlefield: From the movies and exhibits in the Visitors Center to the driving tour of the battle sites, this National Park provides peaceful views dotted with remnants of past conflict: “Petersburg, Virginia, became the setting for the longest siege in American history when General Ulysses S. Grant failed to capture Richmond in the spring of 1864.” (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, Grace Manor Inn)

Booker T. Washington National Monument: “Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience firsthand the life and landscape of people who lived in an era when slavery was part of the fabric of American life.” Tour this park’s exhibits, farms, films for a peek at the past and a view of Virginia scenery. (InnVirginia Lodging: King George Inn, The Inn on Campbell)

Click here for a full list of Virginia’s National Parks. Click here to view all of our member inns.



Shenandoah National Park 75th Anniversary, Luray, Va, June 25, 2011

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

June 25, 2011 is the 75th anniversary of the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, and so in honor of that, I present to you a compiled list of random facts about this area. Enjoy!

– Congress authorized the creation of the park of May 22, 1926

-. The park was officially established on December 27, 1935

– Many of the roads and trails were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

–. There are over 200 different species of birds in the park

– The park contains over 1,300 species of vascular plants, 50 species of mammals, and 27 species of reptiles.

– The park encompasses 197,411 acres total

– 40% of the land in the park is protected by the National Wilderness Preservation System

– Shenandoah National Park is featured in a video game called Tom Clancy’s EndWar.

– This park has the densest population of black bears in the entire U.S.

– This park is the only known location in the world where you can find the Shenandoah Salamander.

© 2011

© 2011

As you can tell, the Shenandoah Nation Park is fascinating, beautiful, historical and overall fantastic, and there is going to be a lovely celebration of its 75th anniversary in Luray, VA. I know you want to check it out, and I also know that you’ll be needing a place to chill while you celebrate the gloriousness of the Shenandoah National Park. Luckily for you, there are some wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area! Try the Mayneview B&B and GreenTree Inn or the South Court Inn Bed and Breakfast.

(Facts are courtesy of and

By Tara Stoll