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Historic B&Bs of InnVirginia

Monday, January 19th, 2015

“Historic preservation clearly does much more than preserve bricks and mortar. It recognizes that our built history connects us in tangible ways with our past and provides context for the places we occupy and the world we live in.” –Craig Potts

Virginia is history. No, not in the sense that it’s over and done with, but rather that it is the embodiment of the past. From the settlement at Jamestown to Colonial Williamsburg to Monticello and the various Civil War battlefields, Virginia is a portrait of those who came before us. Further embodying our rich past are InnVirginia’s historic B&Bs. Now, historic doesn’t always mean Colonial or Victorian. There are types of historic inns that are very different from each other, and we’ve found that there is a unique, historic home for everyone:

Back Inn Time is a 1908 Southern Manor located in Kilmarnock and boasting charming décor, a homey feel, and beds that “feel like sleeping on a soft cloud,” as one TripAdvisor reviewer said. But don’t think that the inn’s historic status means that you have to sacrifice any amenities; they have all the modern conveniences that you could want or need.


1848 Island Manor House is situated on the picturesque island of Chincoteague, standing a window into the past while offering seaside lodging to the modern day traveler. As innkeepers Lin and Sam Mezza say, “The story…begins in the 19th Century at a time when two young gentlemen, a doctor and a postmaster, pooled their resources to build a grand manor house on a beautiful barrier island along Virginia’s Eastern Shore.”


Caledonia Farm-1812 in Flint Hill is a “beautifully restored federal-style farmhouse” and stands as both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a member of the National Register of Historic Places. Visit Caledonia, and you’ll have the chance to admire historic pieces like the flint-lock rifle belonging to the first owner, who used it during the Revolutionary War. And speaking of the Revolutionary War, it was the Hessian soldiers who crafted the B&Bs window wells and mantels. If you have any interest in this period of history, then you won’t want to miss a stay at Caledonia Farm.


Want to check out more of our historic inns? Click here for a list of members.



The Best B&B Beds

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

One of the most important features of a B&B is the bed. (After all it’s literally half of the name.) From antique, four poster frames to sleek, modern designs and soft, there is a bed for everyone, and we like to think that our Inn Virginia members offer the best. Check out a few of our beds that are just waiting to grant you rest and relaxation:

1. You have a number of fantastic beds to choose from at the Black Horse Inn. Rest easy in the four-posted mahogany bed of the Hunt Box Suite or the wrought iron queen size canopy bed of The Fox & The Grape. You’ll feel like a king in Hunters Haven with its four-poster Chippendale canopy bed or a queen in the Rosemont with its “ornate queen-sized hand-carved, canopy bed with privacy curtains.”


2. Herring Hall provides its guests with both comfort and history. In the General Room, you’ll find a beautiful walnut bed that is original to the Herring family. The Keydet Room “boasts an antique high backed walnut queen size bed” with a memory foam mattress that guarantees a night of deep relaxation.


3. The beds at Longwood Bed & Breakfast embody the word “class.” For example, in the Jarman Room, you can rest your head on in a canopied full bed that complements the accompanying hand carved, mahogany furniture set. Meanwhile, the Grant Room features a “features a hand carved lacquered antique queen bed.”


4. Maysville Manor present a variety of beds. Try the antique double sleigh of the Thomas Jefferson Room. Get your rest in the 1850s antique double rope bed in the Thomas May Room, or slumber in the Garden Room’s cannonball queen-sized bed.


5. Strathmore House B&B on the Shenandoah is furnished with beds that “bring to mind royalty, elegance, and refinement,” and you’ll no doubt feel as though you’re sleeping in a fairy tale. Sleep well in the Imperial’s romantic four-poster bed, the Belgravia’s four-poster iron bed, or the Maychild’s classic, Victorian iron bed.


15th Annual Rotary BB&T Fourth of July Balloon Rally, Lexington, VA

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Let me guess: Your fourth of July usually includes some sort of family barbecue, a lot of red, white, and blue decorations, and maybe some fireworks. Sound about right? That’s fun and all, but why not do something a bit different instead of your same routine celebrations? For example, as you have already guessed by the title of this blog entry, there’s going to be a rally of hot air balloons in Lexington at the Virginia Military Institute’s parade grounds. If you’re a bit skittish about riding in a hot air balloon, don’t panic. They provide tethered balloons so that you can have the experience without the hesitation.

Although the hot air balloons are the main event, they are not the only attraction by far. There are also food vendors, face painting, an antique car display, and the ever popular “Eleanore’s MarketPlace,” which sells used items that are in excellent condition. Besides the event itself, Lexington is a wonderful city to explore, and a bus shuttle will be provided for those who wish to scatter about and investigate.

If you’re not sure where to stay during your trip to Lexington, fear not. We have some wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area (we are the BBAV after all)! If you’re a fan of Victorian elegance, try the 1868 Magnolia House Inn.  For a unique, environmentally-friendly stay, try the Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking.


© 2011 The Reasons to be Entertained

By Tara Stoll