Posts Tagged ‘Tappahannock’

Essex Inn Gains New Innkeepers

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes Jeremy Gassen and Ric Jefferson as the new innkeepers of Essex Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in Tappahannock, Virginia. This perfect pairing stems from Jeremy’s nearly ten years working in the hospitality industry for an international hotel chain and Ric’s extensive culinary skills. “We come from the world of 300 room hotels with astounding amenities, but virtually no guest interaction. We checked in hundreds of people every day and rarely said more than a dozen words to them. In a B&B, part of the fun is meeting new people and actually having a conversation. Helping to create an experience for our guests, instead of just an overnight stay.” Ric and Jeremey share. “Both of our backgrounds are in large, corporate hotels, so making the move to a smaller B&B has been absolutely amazing for us.” The two also operated their own theatre company, bringing a range of experience to the realm of innkeeping.

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The Essex Inn, built in 1850 by Dr. Lawrence Roane, holds a great deal of history within its walls.The property is said to have been an infirmary during the civil war. Authentically restored to its former glory, The Essex Inn new innkeepers admit the history is their favorite part, “The fact that we’re literally surrounded by history. The Main House and Quarters date from the mid-1800’s, we have a 400-year-old Box Elder tree in the garden, and we’ve got views of historic homes from the 1700’s on two sides of the house!” The historically rich property hosts breathtaking accommodations, a pet friendly policy, and is a Certified Virginia Green Inn.EssexInn

The Essex Inn has so much to offer even before guests have seen their personal accommodations. Expect to be blown away by 20 foot ceilings, unique chandeliers found throughout the property, two common areas, private brick courtyard, the library, gardens, sunroom and multiple porches! The grounds provide charming locations for intimate weddings inside or out; the grand staircase makes for a dramatic entrance, while the gardens provide a more whimsical atmosphere. Or perhaps a large covered pavilion fits the wedding vision. Four bedrooms are located in the main house and four suites can be found in the additional quarters. Ric and Jeremy have incorporated their appreciation for the arts into the property. Local artists and authors work can be found in the parlor for personal enjoyment and even purchasing for keepsakes.EssexInnFire

So whether the history draws you in, the Rappahannock River, nearby attractions or the thought of a delicious three course gourmet breakfast kick back “rivah” style at Essex Inn. Click here to learn more about Essex Inn and book your next escape!

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!

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By Tara Stoll