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The Shenandoah Scramble 2012

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

It is nearing that time of year when the heat of summer cools, the lush green fades, and a familiar crispness drifts about in the air. Autumn is not too far off, and Virginia will soon see an eruption of fall colors, a sea of red, gold and orange to take the place of summer green. Many choose to venture up into the mountains for hiking during the fall foliage season, and this year, the Shenandoah National Park Trust is offering a new way to explore and observe the changing of the leaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

September 22, 2012 will see the First Annual Shenandoah Scramble to welcome the first official day of autumn: “Participants will gather for a light breakfast and then head out to hike with their group and hike leader (each hike can accommodate up to 20 hikers). Our leaders are CPR/First Aid or Wilderness Safety certified. They know and love Shenandoah National Park and will provide a wonderful experience. Participants reconvene for refreshments after their hikes.”

Your hike will include one of six trails, a Shenandoah Scramble t-shirt, a chance to win gear and getaways, and a fundraising pledge to benefit the Shenandoah National Park.

Register here, and don’t forget to book your room at a BBAV inn to relax after a day of the great outdoors.

 

By Tara Stoll

15th Annual Rotary BB&T Fourth of July Balloon Rally, Lexington, VA

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Let me guess: Your fourth of July usually includes some sort of family barbecue, a lot of red, white, and blue decorations, and maybe some fireworks. Sound about right? That’s fun and all, but why not do something a bit different instead of your same routine celebrations? For example, as you have already guessed by the title of this blog entry, there’s going to be a rally of hot air balloons in Lexington at the Virginia Military Institute’s parade grounds. If you’re a bit skittish about riding in a hot air balloon, don’t panic. They provide tethered balloons so that you can have the experience without the hesitation.

Although the hot air balloons are the main event, they are not the only attraction by far. There are also food vendors, face painting, an antique car display, and the ever popular “Eleanore’s MarketPlace,” which sells used items that are in excellent condition. Besides the event itself, Lexington is a wonderful city to explore, and a bus shuttle will be provided for those who wish to scatter about and investigate.

If you’re not sure where to stay during your trip to Lexington, fear not. We have some wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area (we are the BBAV after all)! If you’re a fan of Victorian elegance, try the 1868 Magnolia House Inn.  For a unique, environmentally-friendly stay, try the Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking.

 

© 2011 The Reasons to be Entertained

By Tara Stoll

Romantic Weekend Getaways in VA

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Balloon Launch 3

Enjoy a romantic hot air balloon ride in Northern Virginia.

How’s this for romantic: gliding over a valley in a hot air balloon with the person you love?

The 14th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival in the Shenandoah Valley is an ideal destination for folks craving a romantic weekend getaway in VA. Book your Northern Virginia bed and breakfast now for the weekend of October 15 – 17, 2010. The festival takes place in Long Branch, VA, from 1 – 8pm on the 15th, and from 7am to 4pm on the 16th and 17th. Balloonists arrive from all over the country and wineries from all over the state to participate in this fun, colorful event.

Friday evening as night falls, fires from hovering hot air balloons will light up hundreds of carved pumpkins, grinning ghoulishly on land. The atmosphere is sure to put everyone in an autumnal frame of mind.

On Saturday and Sunday, hot air balloon rides will be available at dawn and dusk, and tethered rides throughout the day. Being in a hot air balloon is like nothing else – it’s an ethereal way to travel. Gaze down at trees ablaze in fall color; hover over fields and farmland, and soar over the Rappahannock River. Share this magical experience with the person you love for a truly romantic weekend.

Virginia Wine tasting will also be available throughout the weekend. A wide selection of Virginia wineries will be represented, and with the purchase of a tasting glass, visitors may sample as many wines as they like and purchase a bottle to share back at a bed and breakfast Northern Virginia. Enjoy watching colorful balloons floating in the sky while sipping Virginia wine with your sweetie. A selection of locally brewed beer will also be on hand.

Spend a Romantic Weekend Getaway in VA at the 14th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival. In addition to the activities mentioned above, there will be live music, tasty food booths, and a variety of handcrafted items.

For more information about the Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival, please visit their website.

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.