Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

A Few Reasons We’re Thankful

Monday, November 23rd, 2015


Not only is November the month of thankfulness, but social media has taken the celebrations a step further with daily postings of gratitude under the hashtag “30DaysofThanks.” We’re a bit late for daily gratefulness posts, but that doesn’t mean we’re not immensely thankful. Keep on reading for a few highlights of said gratitude:

  1. Our member inns. Without the bed & breakfasts that comprise our organization, we’d have nothing! Each member inn brings such a unique personality and establishment to the association, for which we are incredibly thankful. We love our innkeepers and appreciate everything you bring to InnVirginia.
  2. Virginia. What would InnVirginia be without this extraordinary Commonwealth? From history to winemaking to trails through the mountaintops, it is a cultural hub with an incredible diversity of people and activities. Speaking of activities, we’re also thankful for all of the happenings around Virginia—historic festivals, theme parks, natural wonders, beaches, downtown shopping, theatre, and a whole lot more.
  3. Breakfast. Of course a B&B association has to be thankful for breakfast! No one does it better than an InnVirginia B&B. Our members create, share, and enjoy some of the best Southern fare you’ll ever try. We get to share the indulge of pancakes and waffles, eggs benedict, fresh seasonal fruit, homemade muffins, juicy sausage, crispy bacon, and a whole lot more. (We’re also thankful for those B&Bs who offer alternatives for those with dietary restrictions!)

What are you thankful for this holiday season? We’d love to hear about it! Feel free to share on our Facebook page. Happy Holiday Season!

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.




Giving of Thanks in 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Turkey, and mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, oh my! Thanksgiving is approaching with great rapidity, and if you are looking for something a bit different than the usual holiday get-together, consider some of the following events:

“On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 settlers, led by Captain John Woodlief, arrived at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia, from Bristol, England. On the banks of the James River the Englishmen proclaimed ‘We ordaine that the day of our ship’s arrival at the place assigned for plantacon, in the land of Virginia, shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God’(Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.) In keeping with the tradition of this first official Thanksgiving, you too can celebrate at the very same site where these travelers first held their own feast—Berkeley Plantation. On November 4, 2012, delight in a day of food and drink, games, historic costumes, tribal dancers, and parades at the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.

But that, my dear reader, is not the only celebration of so-called “Turkey Day” in which you can partake. On November 22, 2012, enjoy a Decadent Thanksgiving Feast at BBAV member Cooper’s Landing Inn, or indulge in the 7th Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Holladay House.

And now, I leave you with a Thanksgiving blessing:

“May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!”

By Tara Stoll

Giving Back for Thanksgiving in Virginia, 2011

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The word “Thanksgiving” has come to be synonymous with “turkey dinner.” The name of this holiday conjures images of a cozy family meal, a well-furnished table of food and autumn décor, and perhaps even a blazing fire in the hearth. But in all of the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving preparations, the meaning becomes lost in the labor.

So focused are we on preparing that perfect, Norman Rockwell-worthy dinner that we often disregard those who are not fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving with family, friends, and an overabundance of food. We are surrounded by the homeless, the hungry, and the lonely, and how much of an impact on their lives would it make to invite them to our Thanksgiving meals? I can see the skepticism on your faces, and unfortunately, most will label the notion of extending an invitation to strangers as little more than an interesting idea.

But you’re not off the hook yet, because there are many other ways to support the less fortunate during this holiday season. How about the Central Virginia Food Bank? Or the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia? Or Feeding America: Southwest Virginia? One only has to do a quick Google search for “Virginia food banks” to see that there are so many establishments in the commonwealth in need of your assistance whether it be through donations of money or a few hours of your time.

And so, we here at the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving while encouraging you not only to appreciate all that you possess, but also to give back to the community in which you make your home.

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

(This blog entry was inspired by a young boy named John, who decided that for this Thanksgiving, he was going to collect food for those in need. Thank you, John, for your kind-heartedness and your inspiration.)

By Tara Stoll