Posts Tagged ‘Virginia history’

Historic Garden Week Inn VA

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Springtime means warmth, greenery, flowers, outdoor excursions, and fun getaways. For those seeking an activity that includes all of these aspects, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week is a fantastic idea: “Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during ‘America’s Largest Open House.’” Top off your tour with lodging at a Virginia inn, and you’ve got yourself the epitome of a spring getaway.

House and garden tours take place April 18-25, 2015 and include everything from waterside tours of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to historic plantations in Goochland County:

  1. James River Plantations: “Open together for the first time in over a decade, three historic properties located along scenic Route 5 celebrate Historic Garden Week on three consecutive days.” These three Charles City properties include Westover Plantation, Shirley Plantation, and Berkeley Plantation. (InnVirginia Lodging: Scents of Cedar B&B, Museum District B&B)
  2. Eastern Shore: “The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a peninsula nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Its history is as old as Captain John Smith and as new as rockets heading for the moon. It is home to the oldest continuous court records in the United States, the freshest seafood and where ponies run wild.” Experience the history and modernity of the Eastern Shore at one or all of the four participating cities– Cape Charles, Exmore, Onley, and Chincoteague. (Nearby B&B lodging: Fig Street Inn, 1848 Island Manor House, Miss Molly’s Inn)
  3. Winchester: “Winchester, founded in 1744, is the oldest Virginia City west of the Blue Ridge Mountains… This tour in the historic district features three private homes and gardens of distinctive architectural styles, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, and the gracious historic home and 6-acre idyllic garden of Winchester’s founder.” (Nearby B&B lodging: Old Waterstreet Inn, Pembroke Springs Retreat, L’Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast Inn)

These are only a few tour options for Historic Garden Week. Click here for a full tour itinerary. (And click here to check out all of our InnVirginia members.)

Happy spring!




Most Romantic Inn near Charlottesville

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

InnVirginia property, Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant, a romantic country inn and award-winning restaurant near Charlottesville, Virginia is proud to be one of the “Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of 2015” by American Historic Inns and “This is our 22nd year selecting the best inns for romance, and travelers’ comments revealed they most valued the top-notch hospitality, the element of joyful surprise, delicious breakfasts & evening hors d’oeuvres, and the overall pleasure of innkeepers’ thoughtful attention to detail,” says Deborah Sakach, president of I Love Inns and author of more than 40 editions of bed and breakfast guidebooks. “This is a tremendous honor for Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant,” adds owner Doc Findley. “From our unique and historic accommodations to our romantic restaurant to our captivating grounds, we are truly dedicated to making Prospect Hill a memorable and unparalleled experience for our guests.”

 The Boy’s Cabin dating to c. 1699

Rare even amongst the most historic plantations, our original cottage, The Boy’s Cabin dating to c. 1699


For nearly four decades Prospect Hill Plantation Inn has been an understated yet integral component of the growth of history-based tourism in Central Virginia’s wine country. Known for its refinement and simple elegance, the historic 13-room country inn offers guests an authentic plantation experience, including lodging in the original slave dependencies (dating to c. 1699), as well as innovative and inspired cuisine. Nestled on the outskirts of Charlottesville on 40 stunning acres, the magic of this romantic plantation invites you to linger, and to slow your pace to that of another era. Prospect Hill… only 15 miles and 300 years away!


Historic Manor House


The Top 10 Most Romantic Inns of 2015 were carefully selected from among 20,000 member inns following months of deliberation among hospitality professionals and consideration of visitor reviews on  The Top 10 Most Romantic Inns of 2015 accolade is the latest in Prospect Hill’s awards, including Trip Advisor’s 2014 “Certificate of Excellence” and Uncle Ben’s “Best Inn of the Year”.

InnVirginia has a full list of romantic properties for all your special occasions.

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.



Best Places to Stay in Williamsburg, VA

Monday, August 18th, 2014

As we all know, Virginia is chock full of history. From Jamestown to Monticello to Chincoteague, the Commonwealth is rich with the past, offering museums, re-enactments, guided tours, preservations, and restorations. One such place that delights the history buff in us all is Williamsburg with its colonial historic and its inclusion in the Historic Triangle along with Jamestown and Yorktown. Tour the Mariners’ Museum, the Sherwood Forest Plantation, or the Virginia Living Museum. Step through time at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield, or the Yorktown Victory Center.


Williamsburg isn’t all history, however, and you’ll find plenty of other activities as well. Spend a day at the ever-popular theme park Busch Gardens or Water Country USA. Take a boat out with Yorktown Sailing Charters or sip your way through Williamsburg Winery.

Once you’re worn out from a day of discovery, you’ll need a place to rest and recharge for another day, and that’s where Inn Virginia comes in. We have some of the best places to stay in Williamsurg, and they’re just waiting for your arrival:

Newport House B&B– Newport House is “Williamsburg’s most historically authentic B&B.” Innkeepers You are invited to relax in their 18th century-themed inn, complete with Tuesday evening colonial dancing in the ballroom. Rest well in either the New England Chamber or the Philadelphia Chamber, both of which provide historic aesthetics and modern accoutrements.


Jasmine Plantation– This plantation home is a restored 18th century farmhouse with modern day elegance. Take advantage of one of their seven guest rooms and explore the reflecting pool, the Magnolia Terrace, the footbridge and the miniature waterfall. You won’t want to miss out on these picturesque accommodations. (They’re also especially known for their weddings, so if you’re looking for a wedding venue, here’s our recommendation!)


Bentley Manor Inn– Bentley Manor is an establishment that dates back to the 1700s and also happens to be within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg. Immerse yourself in hearty, country breakfasts, quiet scenery, nearby history, and overall relaxation. Whether you’re walking the local streets or enjoying a show on the flatscreen TV in your room, you’ll find what one reviewer calls “the 3 Cs—comfort, convenience, and charm.”


For a full list of our Williamsburg B&Bs, click here.

Indulge in the Historic Homes of Inn Virginia

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Much of the charm of an Inn Virginia bed and breakfast lies in its history and the stories of the innkeepers. These historic homes include inns like Caledonia Farm 1812, the Inn at the Crossroads, and North River, each possessing its own rich past and unique origin.

Caledonia Farm in Flint Hill, VA is celebrating its 200th year of history, having been constructed in 1812. The name “Caledonia” is a Latin moniker “given by Romans to the land in today’s Scotland” (Wikipedia). It is possibly a reference to the Caledonii, a Scottish tribe, or to Sìdh Chailleann, the “fairy hill of the Caledonians.” Obviously, Caledonia Farm is rooted in history, from its name to the Scottish immigrants who settled the area.

Caledonia Farm 1812

Originally called “Crossroads Tavern,” The Inn at the Crossroads in North Garden, VA is an establishment that dates back to 1818. As a National Historic Place and Virginia Historic Landmark, Crossroads gifts its guests with a feel of the 1820s, when travelers would bide their time at taverns for lodging. Crossroads is further linked to the past by means of the writings of C.G. Sutherland, who owned the tavern in the 1850s. Sutherland’s books are filled with fascinating records, such as using whiskey and cider as payment to rent the property.

Inn at the Crossroads

North River Inn in Gloucester, VA is comprised on three English-style country houses each of which is reminiscent of the 18th and 19th century.  North River’s Creek House is modeled after the “British colonial homes in the West Indies,” while Toddsbury Cottage displays the decorations and furnishings of 18th Century romance. The Toddsbury Guest House, too, is a portrait of history in its private elegance. (Besides the historic buildings themselves, North River is also located close to the “Historic Triangle,” which includes Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg.)


Click here for a full list of Inn Virginia’s historic homes.



By Tara Stoll