Posts Tagged ‘VA’

Four Cleaning Tips From an Innkeeper

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Innkeepers work hard at presenting the best and cleanest establishment possible. Recently, Association Director, Amy Hager, got to “play” innkeeper for the day at Waypoint House B&B in Berryville, VA. After a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs with ricotta cheese (get the recipe here) Innkeeper Rachel Worsley taught Amy how to flip a room and prepare it for the arriving guests. Here are four tips that you can use when you are cleaning your bedroom or bathroom this spring.

Clean natural pine hardwood floors

Clean natural pine hardwood floors

    1. Sal Suds (a bio-degradable cleaning solution that is created with naturally derived surfactants) is a great “green cleaning solution” that can be used in the bathroom, to mop floors and in the kitchen. It is great on the natural pine hardwood floors at Waypoint House B&B because it doesn’t create a waxy build up like Murphy Wood Cleaner or other wood waxes. The cleaner has no preservatives and no added color.
    2. Rachel kept saying “A dry bathroom is a clean bathroom.” After using the Sal Suds and a hospital disinfectant cleaning solution with a wet cloth, she wipes down all the surfaces with a drying towel to prevent any opportunity for moisture to sit and cause ugly water spots or stains on the clean bathroom (also, mildew would have nowhere to grow.)
    3. Cotton Duvet Covers are great to preserve and protect your down comforter, but can get wrinkly sitting in the closet. Once the cover is on the comforter, pull it tight and lightly spray it with a water bottle to get the wrinkles out. In 5 to 10 minutes the winkles will disappear.

      Before and After

      Before and After

Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets

Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets

  1. Rachel has a great technique to folding sheets and blankets to make it easy to make the bed alone. Watch this video of how Rachel does it. Here are the basic steps:
  • Fold the sheet or blanket in half, bottom to top, with the “good” sides facing each other.  Your tag edge, or stitched edges will be the ones you see facing out after this first fold.
  • Fold the sheet or blanket in half again, this time from side to side.  The item is now in quarters.  This is important when you go to make the bed.
  • Keep folding into halves until you get the sheet the size you need to fit in your storage area.
  • To make the bed, unfold the sheet or blanket until it is at its quarter size.  Line it up with the top of the bed and place the folded side on the centerline of the bed.  Flip the cloth out from one side of the bed to the other, then pull the top edge down to the bottom of the bed.

One really unique tool at Waypoint House B&B is an Ironite from the 1940s. Rachel is able to use this machine to iron sheets, table placemats, cloths and more! The automatic ironer owner’s manual states you can “Take a holiday from hand ironing… for the rest of your life!” Rachel claims the Ironite has saved her hours of hand ironing and is easy to use. She demonstrated on a table place mat, but basically you use your knees to manage the controls, keeping your hands free to guide the garment into the wheel and press out all the wrinkles.

1940s Ironite

1940s Ironite

Overall, Rachel at Waypoint House B&B maintains a fresh, clean, modern B&B. Go here to check out the profile and book a room today (PS, The Shore Room with the blue wall is the one Amy stayed in she LOVED it)

Uphill House Gains New Innkeepers

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Uphill House Bed and Breakfast of Gordonsville, VA is now owned by Samantha (Sam) and Scott Darling. The pair agreed it was time for a change and began browsing BBAV resources. After a year and a half of searching, the couple fell in love with the Uphill property. Sam and Scott are eager to uphold the high standards set in place by the previous innkeepers. “They created a wonderful reputation for the inn that we are honored to continue.” they explained. “Quiet.Natural.Simple” This is the Uphill Motto. While traveling to or through Gordonsville, guests of The Uphill House are sure to appreciate the privacy and peacefulness that the surrounding woods provide the 11 acre property. This secluded sanctuary is complete with fire pit and multiple decks, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee.

Samantha and Scott Darling

Samantha and Scott Darling of Uphill House B&B

Sam and Scott offer a warm atmosphere, a friendly smile and optional breakfast times for guests who aren’t exactly early birds. “We absolutely love welcoming people into our home and spoiling them!” Sam says “As a B&B owner we get to do that multiple times a week and it’s extremely rewarding to know that we helped someone relax, that they enjoyed our hospitality and had an opportunity to experience the local flavor!” Sam and Scott own an impressive music library with a large selection of LP albums, speakers and turntable. “Pink Floyd fans, we have you covered!” Scott said.

Check out the turntable and music library

Check out the turntable and music library

To learn more about The Uphill House and book your stay today, Click Here.

 

The Old Massanutten Lodge: Then & Now

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Margie and Guy Vlasits

Margie and Guy Vlasits celebrate 10 years at The Old Massanutten Lodge

The Old Massanutten Lodge celebrates ten years as a B&B, and even longer as a place of personal and community strength.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Old Massanutten Lodge B&B, in Keezletown, VA. However, before Margie and Guy Vlasits purchased the property in the early 1990s, the lodge served as a day-resort for visitors and locals from the mid-1920s through the 60s, providing a place of relaxation and entertainment for its guests. Now, almost a century later, the Vlasits have restored the property and successfully provided a similar atmosphere.

“We wanted to give the property back to the community,” says Margie, the property’s primary caretaker. Indeed, the Vlasits successfully opened their doors to guests in 2003 as a place of rejuvenation, nourishment, and celebration for those near and far. Soon after, in 2005, Margie faced another life-changing situation: the onset of cancer. This didn’t keep her from serving the B&Bs many guests.

The Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown, VA

The Old Massanutten Lodge in Keezletown, VA

Although she couldn’t advance the business during this time, she maintained it to the best of her ability with the help of others. The business “helped me get through the treatments,” she says. The Vlasits opened the B&B as a place to “renourish guests’ souls,” she continues, and “at the same time it did the same for me.” For eight of the ten years that the B&B has been in service, Margie battled cancer and won. Her own story further enriches that of the property and the community surrounding it.

“We love to host people from all over the world with great cultural and personal diversities,” Margie says. Many guests come from just a couple hours away looking for rest from the daily grind. Others come for adventure and entertainment to an area rich in history, culture, nature, and just plain fun.  Old Massanutten Lodge’s quiet rural location is a pleasant change from the noise and activity of urban areas.

The last weekend in October, the Old Massanutten Lodge celebrates the property’s extensive past in conjunction with its tenth anniversary as a B&B through a story-telling event and concert. The Vlasits plan to invite anyone with a history at the lodge to come and tell his/her story while showcasing local folk artists. All in all, the Old Massanutten Lodge focuses on the past, present, and future as memories in the making. Come make memories at the Old Massanutten Lodge, entwining your history with that of this historic local landmark.