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Shopping Local for the Holidays

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Small Business Saturday will here on November 28, and it’s the perfect time to support your local businesses. It probably comes as no surprise to you that the InnVirginia wholeheartedly supports shopping small and buying locally, since this includes InnVirginia gift cards as well as getaways to our beautiful member inns. However, our support goes beyond these more obvious reasons. The benefits of buying locally are many, and we’ve narrowed it down to the few following advantages:

  1. The re-circulation of money within the local economy. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community” (Independent We Stand).
  2. Job opportunities.  Local businesses provide much-needed jobs, and so long as these businesses are supported, particularly during the busy holiday season, then these job opportunities will remain.
  3. A greener way to shop. It’s fairly obvious that less driving means less auto emissions, and therefore a lesser negative impact on the environment. There are many areas in Virginia where small, locally-owned shops are close to each other, meaning walking or biking would be an even healthier option (for you and the environment)!
  4. Unique purchases. One of the best things about small, locally-owned business is the unique items that they offer for purchase. Whether it’s food, jewelry, books, or clothing, you’re sure to find a special gift that is much more unique that the mass-produced items of retail stores.

Click here if you’re interested in one of our gift cards, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and of course, the upcoming holiday season.




Celebrate Small Business Saturday with InnVirginia

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Small Business Saturday is on its way. Are you ready to shop local, support your neighbors, and get all of your holiday shopping finished before the rush hits?

On November 29, 2014, establishments around the country will be participating in Small Business Saturday: “In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.”


So, what are some small businesses that you can benefit (along with benefiting yourself!)? We’re so glad you asked:

Depot Lodge– This Paint Bank, VA B&B is a peek into history that includes lodging, a general store, and the Swinging Bridge Restaurant. This train depot offers four upstairs rooms, a master suite, and a unique bedroom in a renovated Norfolk & Western Caboose. If you’re a train aficionado, you won’t want

Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast– This waterfront B&B is ready to provide you with a Chesapeake Bay retreat. Relax in the Garden Suite, the Victorian Suite, or the Tidal Pond Suite, and let the elegance, charm, and tranquility help you escape from the upcoming holiday clamor.

Fountain Hall– This inn stands as Culpeper, VA’s first B&B and boasts not only a historic structure but a historic location as well.

Shepherd’s Joy– “Situated in the Historic District of Abingdon Virginia (the oldest incorporated town west of the Blue Ridge), Shepherd’s Joy offers an opportunity to experience the rare Victorian charm of an in-town farm.”

Wyndie Crest Bed and Breakfast– This Franklin, VA B&B is a “turn-of-the-century stately Georgian manor that features 5 luxuriously decorated bedrooms and a guest cottage. Built in 1919, this B&B has been meticulously restored to its former state of grandeur with an appreciation for historical accuracy.”

Whether you’re supporting these B&Bs with your own special getaway, or you’re choosing to give a friend or family member the gift of a getaway, there’s no better time to do it than Small Business Saturday.