Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Shop the Past at Virginia Antique Malls

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Shopping for antiques is a bit like going on a treasure hunt. You arrive at your chosen destination, sift through the wares of the past, and hope to stumble upon a vintage piece that suits your needs. Virginia boasts a large number of antique malls, vintage stores, and collectibles shops, each of which lies near an Inn Virginia bed & breakfast to complete your antiquing adventure:

The Factory Antique Mall in Verona, VA is “one of the largest antique malls in America.” Whether you’re on the hunt for books, dolls, glassware, or jewelry, you’ll find it and more at the Factory Antique Mall. This Mall also happens to have a Country Café within its walls for those who need a bite to eat while shopping. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes Bridgewater Inn and Cottage, Montclair Bed and Breakfast,

Antiques and More of Appomattox displays a host of products with everything from candles to toys to furniture. With its location in historic downtown Appomattox, Virginia, you’ll feel as though you’re browsing through history. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes Babcock House and Carriage House Inn B&B.)

Williamsburg Antique Mall in Colonial Williamsburg is a charming “niche in the antique community.” Search through historic clocks, hard-crafted furniture, and individual booths set up by specific antique dealers. As with Verona’s antique mall, this one also offers an eatery, La Petite Tea Room, complete with soup, sandwiches, and desserts. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes Marl Inn B&B, Magnolia Manor, and York River Inn B&B.)

“Entering the Middleburg Antique Emporium is like stepping into a tastefully decorated Victorian home.” This establishment boasts around 45 antique dealers with both American and European wares for your purchase—sterling flatware, Brass Fireplace Accessories, china, porcelain, and more. (Nearby Inn Virginia lodging includes the Briar Patch B&B Inn, Berryville Inn, and Goodstone Inn.)

antique malls in Virginia

By Tara Stoll

All I Want for Christmas is a BBAV Gift Card

Monday, November 26th, 2012

It’s Post-Thanksgiving, everyone, and you know what that means—the holiday shopping madness has begun in full force! Crowds have only slightly lessened since the insanity of Black Friday, and if you are not too keen on braving the throngs of shoppers, we think we can help you out with your gift buying. Today is Cyber Monday, meaning that thousands of people will be doing their holiday shopping online. While you’re perusing the sales of the online world, don’t forget that we also have a gift possibility!

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) is, as always, offering gift cards for purchase, and these gift cards just happen to make the perfect gift for the holidays. Why? I’m very glad you asked:

  • Our gift cards never expire.
  • They are good at any BBAV member inn, which includes establishments all across Virginia.
  • They help to support the local Virginia economy.
  • They are a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend, co-worker, or family member.
  • They can be purchased in any increment of $25 from $25 to $800, so the amount is entirely up to you.

And just think, these reasons don’t even mention the overall benefits of gift cards in general, the most prominent of which being that gift cards allow for an immense deal of flexibility for the receiver. Book a romantic weekend for two, coordinate your stay with a Virginia event, or just take off for some relaxing “me time” at an inn—our gift cards are ready and waiting to be used at your leisure, giving the hardworking individual something to look forward to. (And just maybe, you’ll decide to add a BBAV gift card to your own personal wish list!)

Click here if you are interested in purchasing a BBAV gift card.

By Tara Stoll

12 Reasons to Visit Virginia in 2012

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“The country is not mountanous not yet low but such pleasant plaine hils and fertile valleyes, one prettily crossing an other, and watered so conveniently with their sweete brookes and christall springs, as if art itself had devised them.” –Captain John Smith, “A Map of Virginia”

Why should you visit (or re-visit) Virginia? The reasons could quickly conglomerate into a great novel that would require hours of your time to read. Since neither you nor your humble blogger has the time to compose and study a novel of such great proportions, enjoy another of our increasingly well-loved BBAV lists.

12 Reasons to Visit Virginia in 2012:

  1. The historical sites. Virginia has Jamestown/Yorktown, Monticello, Montpelier, and a vast number of other sites that explore our rich history.
  2. The wineries, vineyards, and breweries.
  3. The amusement parks and theme parks.
  4. The state parks and hiking trails.
  5. The museums and exhibits.
  6. The theatres. (Did you know that Virginia boasts the only replica of Shakespeare’s Blackfriar Theatre? Yep, we do, and along that that theatre, there are many, many more scattered about the Commonwealth.)
  7. The scenic drives.
  8. The mountains.
  9. The family-friendly activities.
  10. The beaches.
  11. The shopping centers, malls, outlets, downtown boutiques, and locally-owned shops.
  12. The Bed and Breakfasts. What kind of association would we be if we didn’t highlight the wonderful businesses that comprise our organization? Virginia has some truly wonderful, individually unique bed and breakfasts, and no trip to and around Virginia would be complete without staying at one of them.

By Tara Stoll

Shopping Locally in Virginia

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


There are many, many benefits to buying locally, especially during the holiday season, and Virginia has no shortage of small businesses from which it would be advantageous to make your purchases. Many of the art-related establishments such as 16 Hands in Floyd, VA, Sunspots Studios in Staunton, VA, and Glenfiddich Farm Pottery in Leesburg, VA even feature local artisans who display and sell their beautiful pieces of artwork.

It would take an abundance of time and energy to research every single small business in Virginia, not to mention that it would be a very long, increasingly dull blog entry. Thus, I would encourage you to do a google search for downtown shopping in Virginia, and I guarantee that you will find a vast amount of small, eclectic shops that will fulfill all of your gift-giving needs.

If you have read any of the BBAV’s previous blog entries, you know that I, your humble blogger, love a good list. Therefore, enjoy yet another list, this one presenting you with a few reasons as to why you should shop and buy locally:

1. Obviously, by buying locally, you are supporting your local economy which is an indirect benefit to yourself because of the re-circulation of money and all that jazz. See? It’s good for you!

2. Small, local businesses provide a wide range of unique holiday gifts. From jewelry to artwork to random trinkets, downtown shops offer any type of item that you can think of, and gifting someone with something unique is sure to make you the most celebrated gift-giver of them all.

3. You avoid the crabby crowds that infest big retail stores during this time of year. I mean, really, who wants their toes run over by cart-pushing grinches and line-cutting scrooges?

You know what? Those three reasons pretty much sum it all up, so Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!

 

Photo by Patrick Neil

 

By Tara Stoll

Short Pump Town Center: Richmond, Virginia

Monday, August 29th, 2011

When one thinks of tourism in Virginia, he or she usually imagines historic sites, pleasant wineries, warm beaches, and fantastic hiking trails. One, however, does not usually think of Virginia as being a shopping destination, but we do in fact have an incredibly popular location that is perfect for a lively girls’ day out, a well-needed personal shopping spree, or a fun family outing.

Short Pump Town Center is a 1,200,000 square foot open air shopping mall in the West End of Richmond, Virginia. It provides a wide array of fashion boutiques, department stores, well-known retailers, and specialty stores, as well as a plethora of dining options. Their seemingly endless list of stores includes such places as Swarovski, Cold Stone Creamery, the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Macy‘s, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Honestly, it would take a few days to visit every single desired store and restaurant, not to mention that you would have to make time for one of Short Pump’s special events (such as Fashion’s Night Out on September 8, 2011). Shopping is fun but exhausting, and after you’ve spent a day on your feet, at the spa, in an upscale restaurant, or at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, you’ll need a place of comfort where you can relax with your purchases. So, your best bet would be to include one of our spectacular bed and breakfasts in your vacation itinerary!

If you’d like to stay updated with special events and sales at Short Pump, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Happy Shopping!

© ShortPumpMall.com

By Tara Stoll

Holidays in the Blue Ridge Highlands

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December is a lovely time to travel to Bed and Breakfasts in the Blue Ridge Highlands, Virginia – a festive place any time of year. Music infuses these mountains, called the birthplace of Country Music. With music comes a certain joie de vivre that is so welcome during the holidays.

music wall

Listen to the music in the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands

Find something special for the music lovers in your life in quaint, historic towns such as Bristol and Floyd. The Floyd Country Store features barrels of candy and some of the rarest and best Old-Time and Bluegrass CDs in the country. In Bristol, where the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Ernest “Pop” Stoneman were discovered, there are a number of interesting shops. If possible, swing by the Pickin Porch at the Bristol Mall on Thursday evenings, when local, regional, and even national performers take the stage and do their best to put everyone in a good mood.

You’re sure to find something unique at the Damascus General Sore, be it handmade quilts, scarves, or homemade jewelry. In addition, fantastic Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music musicians take the stage every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Dance while you shop and then relax while you listen.

Enjoy these last weeks as you prepare for the holidays. Get away for a few days and visit interesting old towns in the Blue Ridge Highlands; while there, enjoy lodging in Virginia Bed and Breakfasts and gift hunting for friends and family.