Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Virginia Water Parks & Swimming Holes

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

It is hot out there, Virginia! The mid-summer weather is sweltering and muggy, leaving many to hide away indoors with the relief of their air conditioning. But of course, that’s far from fun when you want to be outdoors enjoying your summer break. Luckily for you, we have an enjoyably aquatic way to keep cool here in Virginia—water parks and swimming holes.


Moormans River, Crozet, VA: With a meandering hiking trail along several different waterfalls and swimming holes, this is a picturesque location to stay cool and enjoy a swim.
(InnVirginia Lodging: The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm)

Huntington Park, Newport News, VA: Escape the heat of the day with the designated swimming area at this picturesque park.
(InnVirginia Lodging: Boxwood Inn)

Pony Pasture Rapids, Richmond, VA: Dive into the rapids, catch some rays on the boulders in the river, or simply dip your feet into the shallow waters of the shoreline.
(InnVirginia Lodging: Grace Manor Inn, Museum District B&B)



Water Country USA, Williamsburg, VA: Virginia’s largest water park awaits! Enjoy the waves and water of the Surfer’s Bay Wave Pool, the Jet Scream, the Colossal Curl and more.
(InnVirginia Lodging: Bentley Manor Inn, Newport House B&B)

Massanutten WaterPark, Massanutten, VA: Wade in the three-foot waves of White Caps, race your friend down the Rockingham Racer, or surf down “The Pipeline,” the first and biggest FlowRider in Virginia!
(InnVirginia Lodging: Cross House Garden Inn, Stonewall Jackson Inn B&B)

Great Waves Waterpark, Alexandria, VA: With speed slides, tube slides, and body surfing, this waterpark is a fantastic respite from the summer heat.
(InnVirginia Lodging: Manassas Junction Bed & Breakfast, Bennet House Bed & Breakfast)

Stay Cool at a Virginia Waterfront B&B

Friday, July 12th, 2013

There’s no doubt that summer in Virginia is hot and humid, which is why so many individuals gravitate towards water activities to escape the oppressive heat. Numerous InnVirginia members happen to be waterfront B&Bs, so not only can you enjoy a refreshing relaxation along the water, but you can begin and end your day in the cool luxury of your desired inn.

The Essex Inn Bed & Breakfast is located in Tappahannock, VA, close by to well-known Tidewater rivers and with numerous coinciding creeks. According to owners Bob and Janice, “The Potomac, the Rappahannock, the James, and the York rivers of the Tidewater are the watery roads of history.”  Perch on the edge of a river pier with your fishing pole, or take your canoe or kayak down the water for a day of shoreline site-seeing.

North River is a Gloucester, VA inn with watery relaxation right in its name. Owners Breck and Mary Montague state, “The North River and her creeks provide the perfect setting for walks as well as exploring in our canoe and kayaks. From an abundance of wildlife to the ever-changing river, your jaunts will become journeys of discovery.” Three sides of the North River Inn are surrounded by water, so if you find yourself tired after a day of exploration, rest on the riverbanks, and watch the cool waters flow by.

Baywatch Inn of Franklin City is in a wonderfully quiet Virginia village. The town offers water-based activities like fishing, crabbing, clamming, kayaking, or, if you’d prefer, you can simply sit on the front porch of the inn and observe the restful beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. Innkeepers Carl and Terri Smith say, “NASA Wallops Island can be seen across the bay from Bay Watch especially at night, along with the Chincoteague Island skyline and the Assateague Island lighthouse!”

See all our B&Bs that are on the water and stay cool this summer!


By Tara Stoll

Water, Water, Everywhere

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The heat in Virginia has already been stifling this summer. What better way to cool off than at a Virginia water park or at a water-themed festival?

Water Country USA, Williamsburg, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include A Boxwood Inn of Williamsburg, A Williamsburg White House, Bentley Manor Inn, Colonial Capital B&B Inn, Magnolia Manor, Newport House B&B, Liberty Rose B&B Inn, and The William Miller House.)

Ocean Breeze Waterpark, V
irginia Beach, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, Cape Charles House, and A Williamsburg White House.)

Waterworks at Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include, Grace Manor Inn, Maury Place at Monument, and Kensington B&B.)

SplashDown Waterpark, Manassas, VA
(Nearby BBAV inns include Manassas Junction B&B and Bennett House B&B)

Great Waves, Alexandria, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Foster Harris House, Middleton Inn, and South Court Inn B&B.)

Randolph Waterpark, Dublin, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Rockwood Manor Inn, Clay Corner Inn, Beliveau Estate, The Oaks Victorian Inn, Huffman House at Creekside Farm, Inn at Riverbend, and Trinkle Mansion.)

Splash Valley Water Park, Roanoke, VA
(Nearby BBAV inns include the King George Inn, the Inn on Campbell, Serenity’s Inn! Romantic Cottages, Beliveau Estate, Stoneridge B&B, 1868 Magnolia House Inn, and Wolf Creek Farm.)


August 31-September 1 – Beach Party, Abingdon, VA (Nearby BBAV inns include Shepherd’s Joy, Summerfield Inn, and Inn on Town Creek.)

August 17 – Beach Bash, Virginia Beach(Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, and Cape Charles House.)

August 20-26, 50th East Coast Surfing Championships, Virginia Beach (Nearby BBAV inns include Barclay Cottage B&B, Beach Spa B&B, Page House Inn, Magnolia House Inn, and Cape Charles House.)

Looking for a B&B that wasn’t included above? Search through our entire list of BBAV member inns here.


By Tara Stoll

Peach & Pecan Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sometimes the hot summer months do not lend themselves to a desire for a rich, hot meal. Rather, you would prefer to delight in something light and fresh to contrast with the heat and humidity of the season. One such recipe can be found in our BBAV cookbook:

Peach & Pecan Salad with Raspberry Dressing


1 Tbsp butter

½ cup pecan pieces

3 cups fresh baby spinach (use a variety of greens, if desired)

2 Tbsp thinly sliced red onion

1 fresh peach, washed and cut into ½-inch cubes

Raspberry Dressing

¼ cup sugar

2 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 Tbsp poppy seeds

1½ tsp minced onion

¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp paprika

½ cup mild olive oil

½ cup raspberry vinegar

Fresh or frozen raspberries (optional)


Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add pecans and cook until fragrant and toasted. In a bowl, toss the spinach with red onion, peaches, and toasted pecans. Drizzle with raspberry dressing and serve.

For the raspberry dressing: Blend all dressing ingredients, except raspberries, in a blender. Top salad with raspberries for an extra burst of flavor, if desired.

Thank you to Greenock House Inn for this recipe!

By Tara Stoll

BBAV Outdoor Adventure Packages

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The weather in Virginia is warmly up wonderfully, and the time has come to take advantage of the many BBAV Outdoor Adventure Packages. Fulfill your need for adventure with hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, bird-watching, and much more.

Mayhurst Inn in Orange, VA is offering as Adventure Package that includes Virginia Hot Air Ballooning, Blue Ridge Biplane and Oakland Heights Farm. Launch in a hot air balloon from Mayhurst, and drift over the Virginia Piedmont. Climb aboard a biplane for an unforgettable trip over the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Saddle up for ride through the Piedmont Foothills. This package includes two nights in a beautiful guest room, full breakfasts, and champagne and strawberries.

CornerStone Farm in Clarksville, VA invites you to enjoy an Outdoor Lovers Complete Package: “Everyone has a bit of an adventurer in each of us and what better area to explore that, than at CornerStone Farm in the foothills of Central Virginia? As outdoor enthusiasts, Corner Stone Farm can provide direction for nature walks and bird watching through our 40 acres of natural woodland. Horseback riding, goat packing, or fishing can also be experienced on-site on the farm in our adventure packages. There are so many opportunities to view the local flora and fauna.”

 Book a room at Fig Street Inn in Cape Charles, VA, and enjoy the Paddle Your Glass Off Kayak Tour: “Spend the day on the Chesapeake Bay with Southeast Expeditions. Paddle to Chatham Vineyards for a wine tasting, and then paddle back to Cape Charles. Paddling gear and instruction are provided. Package includes one-night stay at Fig Street Inn, kayak trip for 2 adults, bottle of Chatham Vineyards wine per couple, and full homemade breakfast. Rates vary based on room selection and day of week. Does not include 10% lodging tax.”

In Lynchburg, VA, take advantage of Carriage House Inn’s Hike, Bike, Tube Package. “Hike and bike 14 miles of scenic trails, and tube down the James River. This package includes a two-night stay in any of the rooms in the mansion, a legendary 4-course breakfast each morning, BOGO bike rental, BOGO tube trip, trail maps, and two picnic lunches. Travel must be completed by October 15, 2012. Please mention this package when booking at 434.846.1388.

Looking for a romantic outdoor adventure? Look no further than Beliveau Estate’s Hiking Package for Two in Blacksburg, VA. “Spend two days hiking the trails at Beliveau Estate and the nearby Appalachian Trail. After a gourmet breakfast, grab a picnic lunch for sustenance during the day’s adventure. At the end of the day, return to the Inn and soak in a luxurious lavender bubble bath in a private air jet tub (included in the Chocolat, Fleur de Lis, and Whimsical Rooms). Finally, enjoy a glass of wine and a casual dinner.

By Tara Stoll

2012 Virginia Renaissance Faire

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Attention, Lords and Ladies, Noblemen and Serfs, Royals and Peasants,

Your presence is requested one month from now for the 11th Annual Virginia Renaissance Faire to be held for five weekends from May 12, 2012- June 10, 2012. Polish your broadswords, break out your tankards of ale, and plan your trip to Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania, Virginia. This year, the theme will be the many scientific inventions and discoveries of the Elizabethan Era, and activities include archery displays, jousting tournaments, music, shopping, a showcase of period costumes, hands-on crafts, a myriad of re-enactments, and, of course, a wealth of food and drink to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

Do you know the proper way for a knight to suit up before a joust? Do you know the steps to a Maypole dance? Do you know what all occurred in the Court of Common Pleas? These are only a few of the historically-based activities in which you can partake at the Virginia Renaissance Faire. For any child (or adult) who so wishes, he or she can also become knighted during a ceremony with the Queen. Each weekend will also have a different theme, so if you are interested in a particular 16th century subject, you may have the chance experience it.

© Virginia Renaissance Faire


May 12 and 13: Opening Weekend with a theme of Science and the Renaissance

May 19 and 20: Pirate Invasion Weekend (also Dear Awareness Weekend, with “a discounted admission and interpreters for the deaf.”)

May 26 and 27: Military History Weekend with demonstrations of pike handling, black powder weapons, and more. Active and reserve service members receive free admission with military-issue I.D.

June 2 and 3: Celtic Weekend

June 9 and 10: Closing Weekend

© Virginia Renaissance Faire


Admission: $9 and FREE for children five and under.


Phone Number: 703-508-5036

BBAV Lodging:

Ginger Hill Bed and Breakfast

Littlepage Inn


By Tara Stoll

Chincoteague Island Events, July 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Parades, ponies, and carnivals. Sounds like a child’s dream, right? Well, actually, these three things are included in an event happening towards the end of this month on Chincoteague Island, the setting for Marquerite Henry’s famous novel Misty of Chincoteague. If you haven’t guessed by now, this event is Pony Penning Day, where the wild ponies of Assateague Island are rounded up by the Saltwater Cowboys and brought over to Chincoteague. This tradition most likely began in the 1700s, but it was not recorded until 1835. Since then, it has evolved into a fully-fledged tourist attraction, including various other events that accompany the swimming, penning, and selling of the wild ponies.

© 2011

What sparked an international interest in Pony Penning Day was the aforementioned book, Misty of Chincoteague. It is the story of a wild pony named Phantom, her foal Misty, and the loving family that buys Misty. You should definitely read it during your Pony Penning Vacation! And while you’re reading it, you should definitely be staying at one of the fabulous Bed and Breakfasts in the area. For the full experience, check out Miss Molly’s Inn, the wonderful B&B at which Marguerite Henry stayed as she penned her novel. Do you see the pun I made there? “Penned”??? “Pony PENNING Day”??? Yeah, okay, it’s not the wittiest of puns, but it’s still sort of clever!

© 2011 Miss Molly’s Inn

There are also a number of other inns in the area that are also wonderful choices, so you have your pick of fantastic establishments!

By Tara Stoll