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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.

Luray Caverns of Shenandoah Valley

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is known for its beauty, nestled as it is between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and a stretch of the Appalachian Mountains to the west. The fertile land is home to farms, woods, and many charming, historic towns. Guests of Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfasts have much to explore.

Yet some of the most amazing attractions of the Shenandoah Valley are under the ground, not above it: limestone caves and caverns. There are several limestone caverns in the Shenandoah Valley: Skyline Caverns, Shenandoah Caverns, Grand Caverns, and more. Of them all, Luray Caverns are considered the most interesting and most worth visiting.

Luray Caverns were accidentally discovered in modern times in August of 1878, when a candle held by Andrew Campbell was extinguished by a rush of cold air blowing out of a limestone sinkhole. In a matter of hours, Campbell and handful of others had cleared an opening big enough for a man, and Campbell and his nephew slid down a rope into the caverns. There is archeological evidence that peoples in the past occupied or at least visited the caves, but not much is known about them.

Popular interest in the caverns was immediate and has grown more or less steadily ever since. A correspondent for the New York Herald called it the most magnificent cave he had ever seen. Scientists from the Smithsonian felt compelled to write that “there is probably no other cave in the world more completely and profusely decorated with stalactite and stalagmite ornamentation” than Luray Caverns.

Dream Lake, in Luray Caverns.

Visitors today are as amazed by what they see in Luray Caverns as they were more than 100 years ago. Read on to learn what guests of Luray VA Bed and Breakfasts may find once they enter the caves.

Luray Caverns features:

  • Stalacpipe Organ: an organ connected to stalactites; produces deep, haunting, sounds.
  • Saracen’s Tent: an incredible stone drapery
  • Pluto’s Chasm: more than 500 feet long, and 70 to 90 feet deep.
  • Frozen Fountain: a giant stalagmite, pure white.
  • Dream Lake: a large, shallow lake that reflects the beautiful stalactites above and around it.

To learn more about Luray Caverns, please visit Luray Caverns. Quotes in this post were taken from that website.